Thursday, August 30, 2007

Speed Knitting

Wow! I've finished two WIPs since the weekend! I made a pair of Saartje's Booties for Bex's baby (who hasn't made his appearance yet! She is SO ready!) I used some Koigu that I got in New Orleans.I'm hoping to make a sweater for him for the spring since I'm sure he has plenty of little fall/winter sweaters to wear. I also gave back a sweater that she had loaned me from the shop. I've got matching yarn and since she's now stated that her husband isn't opposed to a boy wearing it (it has some small flecks of green, blue, pink and purple on a yellow base) I'm going to try to whip up another pair of bootees to match.

I also finished a sweater for Elsie, the daughter of good friends in KC. She's so beautiful and I was planning to make a Pea Pod set for her, but I've never been able to get it printed out (long story!) Instead, I checked out EZ's Knitter's Almanac (they haven't had it at the LYS, but it took a while to dawn on me that I could check it out from the library while I'm waiting! I'm a little slow to catch on at times! I blame it on the kids.) and knit up the "February" baby sweater out of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Tea Rose. It was done in less than 3 days and I love the way it turned out. It even fit like a little 3/4 sleeve cardigan on Lainey.... SO, I started one in Cotton Ease (the green matches several of her dresses) with a larger gauge for her! We've got a wedding to go to in Philly in October and she needs a little sweater with her dress.

I've also got a pair of socks going that will probably be for Lainey. They aren't going to be quite large enough for Hayden, so his pair will come next.

Lots of knitting going on here! More to show soon!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

A Finished Weasley

Lainey's sweater is finished! It's done blocking and I've tried it on Lainey (although she wouldn't hold still long enough for a picture.) It's in her room right now and she's sleeping, so I can't take any other pictures. It was a very quick knit and turned out well. It was nice to have a product that was finished in less than a week. Now I'll start Hayden's socks for his stocking. He asked for red, but I'm using a rainbow colored cotton/wool Sockotta yarn. I think he likes it so far.

I'm waiting to start Elsie's sweater since it won't take long. I want to make sure I make the right size. We'll see if she's growing as quickly as my kids or just at a normal pace! haha I've also been unable to get the pattern to print. I went to my mom's today and didn't know my password to log in to IK. Oh well, I'm planning to start it September 1st, after I finish a few other WIPs.

Off to knit!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Knitting for Christmas

I'm getting ready for the holidays (in August with 100 degree weather outside) by beginning my Christmas knitting. I finished Lainey's dolly dress.

I've also started Lainey's Weasley sweater (it will have an L on the front). Other than the intarsia for the letter it's just straight stockinette. Should knit up quickly on size 9s. Hayden hasn't decided for sure what color he would like his to be, so I'll wait to get the yarn until he's ready. I'm also making a pair of socks for each stocking. (We started a tradition of new pjs for the kids in their stocking that they get to open on Christmas Eve and I decided I'd add a new pair of handknit socks to that tradition).

Am I the only one starting presents for the holidays?

Not much else going on. We've got playdates, swimming, etc. planned for this week, so I'm hoping to wear the kids out and have a little extra knitting time. hehehehe

If anyone bothering to read this ends up on Ravelry, let me know! I'd love to add you to my friends!

Hope this hot weather ends soon! I'm ready for Fall (or even snow.)


Friday, August 10, 2007

I've got my sock pal socks!

I love them! They're knit with Fortissima Socka Mit Bambou (wool/nylon/bamboo) and they fit perfectly. The pattern is Thuja from Knitty. I love the yarn and the colors too! This is my first pair of handknit socks. I've knit them for many friends and family, but none for myself. I wore them around the house for quite a while before the 100 degree heat made me take them off. Thank you Wanda! You're fabulous! I greatly appreciate all the work you put into these socks... I couldn't ask for a better pair!She also included this skein of Trekking. I love the colors! I'm tagging it for the first pair of socks I make for myself. I've truly enjoyed Sockapalooza and will definitely take part next time!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Sock Pal has her socks...

I got an email Saturday night and they arrived! She liked what I sent, so I'm HAPPY! Now, I'm patiently awaiting socks from my pal. She could send me any color or pattern and I'd just be happy. It's so exciting! I will definitely be joining in for the next one.

I ended up starting a dress for Lainey's baby. I printed out several patterns the other day and the computer crashed right as I was getting to the Pea Pod set. Off I go to work on the doll dress while Lainey is taking a nap and Hayden plays with his cousin.

Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The Finished Product

Here they are along with a few other things I'm sending... I know we don't have to send anything other than socks, but I thought I'd surprise her with a few little things. I included a skein of yarn and a set of stitchmarkers that I made for her. Two of her colors were blues and pinks. When I saw the blue beads with pink flowers I knew they were meant for her! I also included extra yarn from her socks, although I kept some and am planning to make something with it... I'm not sure what.. a mini sock? We never got around to picking up the honey candies though.

And, we found out that our friends in KC had a baby girl... Elsie Marie! I'm planning on the Pea Pod set for them, but I got the cutest little dress with floral embroidery on the yoke at BabyGap for cheap. Now I'm thinking maybe a little shrug to go with the dress or keeping the dress for our friends expecting twins or some other future babe. Who knows! Our printer isn't working, so I can't start the Pea Pod until I get to my mom's tomorrow and print it off. Guess I'll knit up a little baby outfit for Lainey's naked doll.