Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Sock It To Me

Not much to tell... Just plugging away at the sock and dreaming of what I'll work on next. Baby stuff? That's pretty much a givin. I'll try to come up with something cute and interesting soon!


Thursday, January 25, 2007

My First KAL


Well, it took a while, but I finally finished a square for my first KAL! The pattern wasn't difficult, but two cute little kids decided to wake me up a lot recently. I had trouble finding much time to knit. (It's a bit tough to do with a baby attached to your hip.) I was hoping to finish at least two, but I'm not sure it will happen. I'll start another today and see if I can get it there in time. They have to be in their mailbox on the 1st of February.

I'm trying to decide on my next project. I have to finish a pair of socks (in Opal Rodeo #1156)... my first pair for myself! (I started these over a year ago for a friend. She's since received a different gift and I'm keeping these instead.) It's just a basic top down pattern. My husband, FIL, BIL and mother have all received pairs in Opal.

We have some close friends that had a baby girl yesterday (Amelia - that was one of our top picks when we had L.) I think I need to make a sweet little hat to keep her head warm.

I've also got a stash of Mission Falls cotton that I got on sale when they were having problems and stopped selling it for a while. I bought it for some very sweet baby sweaters, but also bought a couple of Mission Falls design booklets. The Spring 2001 edition has a sleeveless sweater that only takes 7 balls. Lucky me! I've got enough for a couple of them in different colors! (plus some...) That would assist with my "knit for self" resolution!

Here are my knitting resolutions....
  1. Knit for charity
  2. Knit for self
  3. Knit from stash (although new yarn isn't ruled out. Especially when trying new yarns.)
  4. Trying new techniques (already did my first moebius. I'm also hoping to try steeking this year.)
  5. Get started on Christmas knitting early!
  6. Post to my new knitting blog regularly.
Have a knitty good day!


Friday, January 19, 2007

Hi, I'm Jenn and I have a knitting habit!

I've gone back and forth about starting a knitting blog. I finally started a blog for the kids (we have a 3 yo and 9 mo) and thought I'd put knitting stuff on there, but finally realized that most of the people that will read it don't want to hear knitting... they want kid updates.

Here are a few projects that have managed to stay at our house. I also have quite a few sweaters I've made for the kids, but since we have large children (L was 25 1/2 pounds at 9 months... H was a pound heavier at that age) they've been outgrown and I don't have any models!

Red happens to be the favorite color of H. He has to have at least a little red every day! I made this hat for him out of Frog Tree Alpaca (two strands held together). He loves it and now wants a scarf and mittens to match. He's also wearing a Debbie Bliss sweater made for my oldest nephew. It's holding up well (made with Brown Sheep worsted weight.)

Our (best) LYS asked me to knit up the Elizabeth Zimmermann Baby Surprise Jacket out of Jo Sharp Silkroad Tweed for display. I was in there recently with the kids and they sent the jacket home for L to wear until she outgrows it. Then I'll take it back for display again. It was such a fun pattern to knit! I've got the yarn for another, but just need to find the time.

I had a sole ball of Noro Kureyon (wish I could remember the colorway -- UPDATE - it's #88) and knit up this hat for H. His dad wants one like it.

I'm finishing a pair of socks (very basic top down) that I started well before the baby came. I just did my first moebius and can't wait to do more!

I'm working on a hat for our baby (with pigtails since she has very little hair.)

Most of the things I've knit over the years have been gifts. I knit a lot of baby things or presents for loved ones and not much for myself. I'm hoping 2007 will change that and I'll have a few things finished for me!

Anyway, I can't promise too much excitement, but if you do read this let me know that you've been here.