9.30.2004

Ta-da! Here's the hat. This pictures makes it appear like I have attached the pom-poms, but, alas, I have not. I'm up to my ears in finishing. Let's count how many projects are just moments away being official Finished Objects... (1) Poor Klaralund who has been waiting patiently on my kitchen counter since Ryan's birth (and since yesterday is waiting on the table on the side of my bed in the hopes of the visual reminder helping to make it a higher priority - but who am I kidding - sleep and any chance of sleep has the higher priority), (2) The first sweater - Lime Green for Jessi. I have found the buttons that I bought for it and now I just need to sew them on (this will be the easiest to finish), (3) Lacy Sweater (needs to be seamed up (I did the right shoulder seam during bath time last night - yes it's coming along very slowly), (4) my pajama pants (just need a bottom hem and lace trim), (5) the pictured hat (pass the pom-poms please). I won't even go into the WIPs. I think I need to abandon small needle projects and only go for projects on US 8s and above so I can actually feel as if I'm making progress.

9.29.2004

Here's some magenta and purple fleece that I bought at JoAnn Fabrics last month for a cute winter hat for Jessica. I picked out the colors for this project because it will match most of what she will wear (I know this because I buy her clothes). If I gave her the choice she would buy only red things and there are only so many red things out there to buy when I go. I'm not a big shopper so the two times a year I do go, I get everything I can (the two times usually being for warm weather clothes and cold weather clothes - maybe one more time when there's a size change mid-season but I don't think that's happened too much).

This is the pattern (Butterick B4306 - the one I'm doing is pictured in the lower left corner). I have most of it done (from before the baby was born) but I still have to tack on the pom-poms. I'll post a picture of what I have so far tomorrow if I have time.

9.28.2004

Thank you Secret Pal for the postcard. I received it last week sometime but just got around to going through my mail on Sunday. It brightened up my otherwise tired, lazy day. In other news, I forgot to post a pic of Ryan during the weekend festival. So here I am including his view of our Saturday outing.

9.27.2004

Neighborhood Festival

We went to our neighborhood festival this weekend and Jessi had a great time. Here's her with her Daddy on the carousel.

Our cousins came along too and Jessi was so happy to have more people with which to go on rides.

A festival is not a festival without cotton candy (and an snow cone, barbecue sandwiches, greasy french fries, popcorn, and a hot dog. But I didn't capture those moments on film).

Jessi was very brave and asked to go on the ferris wheel... how could my husband say no even though he idn't fond of heights? He'd do anything for his little girl.

Here's Imp in progress from PipSqueaks on US 3s. This is the back piece. This will be my first raglan sweater and I'm excited to get to the decreases.

9.25.2004

Just a quick photo instead of a real blog entry today. Ryan and Jessi doing Tummy Time together. Jessi is adjusting so well to life as a big sister. I am so happy and relieved. In summer review: my goal of getting Jessi potty trained has been successful. YIPPEE! I didn't think it was going to work but it has!! She'll be starting her new preschool soon and she'll be ready now! For any people out there going through potty training let me just say that you should skip the Pull-ups. They don't work (the caveat is that we do use them for nap and night time). Pull-ups are just diapers that you can pull on and off. If Jessi is wearing a pull-up she knows that she can make pee-pee in it and that it won't feel wet because it's very absorbent - like a diaper. Just go straight to putting the little ones in big-girl or big-boy underwear and expect a many messes for a contained period of time. With Jessica is was a power struggle... she wanted the attention of cleaning her up so I eliminated that and made her clean up after herself (within reason - like I made sure there wasn't pee all over the floor, but I made her take off her wet clothes, put them in the laundry room, and get new clothes to put on by herself).

9.24.2004

Here's a picture of Ryan with yarn for his Imp sweater in the smallest size (2-3) which I'm in no rush to make since he's now 3 weeks old. Took him to the doctor today after he's been acting crankier than usual for the past 2-3 days and throwing up much and the doctors suspect reflux so we're trying different medicines to see if they work. I hope I get more sleep tonight than the last 2 nights. Y-A-W-N!

9.23.2004

So here's my swatch for Zig Zag trying out Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport yarn in lilac. I'm not that pleased with the stitch definition for this. But it's hard to tell on such a small piece. You can see the yarn overs but not the small cable. Hmm.. Will probably need to try something else... but I don't have anything else in my stash that's not already earmarked for another project.

Here's the close-up shot.

9.20.2004

Here's the fully finished front of the Lacy Sweater. I've sewn the right shoulder together and finished the neckline. I only have seaming up to do now. Two sweaters at finishing stages and I just want to knit so I haven't touched these (Klaralund and Lacy). Instead I cast on and have knit a few rows of Imp in Rowan Cotton Glace. Size US 3 needles and lots and lots of stockinette. Not exciting... but I don't have the concentration or time for complicated at the moment.

9.18.2004

Lacy Sweater Sleeve #2 started! I know it's not so interesting but it is progress! I am getting knitting time in 1 and 2 rows at a time. Not a whole lot of them either. And it'll probably take 2 weeks just to finish up my Klaralund which has been waiting for over a week and a half. I wound up a ball of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport (in Lilac) to start a gauge swatch for Zig Zag. I'm going to start off with US 6 circulars (Addi Natura bamboos). Wouldn't it be great if it all worked the first time especially with the limited knitting time I have? I'll be send off positive vibes so hopefully I'll have some good karma on this one (especially because I stink at following a chart; and I mean I'm a SPAZ - it's going to take forever even if the first swatch goes well).

9.17.2004

At the bris this past weekend look what my friend Cindy brought me!! She really is classy and incredible to be bring _me_ gifts!! And I love these books! There are quite a few things that I love in both of these books. I'll post pics of the patterns I love soon. There's a beaded cardigan that I think I will need to knit since I've wanted to knit a beaded... something. Would a scarf be easier? Sure, but who said I couldn't do a scarf AND this cardigan. Think big, live large! Thank you Cindy (and she also brought stuff for the big sister and the new addition) - you rock!!

9.16.2004

Look what I have! Rowan Cotton Glace (5 red; 2 white) for the size 3-4 in Imp (the Sweetheart one). I love stash enhancement! Now I'm off to change another diaper. I go through so many more diapers with this little guy compared to Jessi -- and my son peed on the wall yesterday. I know that it's my fault but I thought I had everything properly covered and then a stream of pee just arches across the sky and hits the wall in front of me (and squirt in Ryan's face too - I'm sorry little guy). He was not happy but I couldn't help but laugh at my ineptitude. I'll get better at this, I promise!

9.15.2004

Lacy Sweater Update

Lacy Sweater sleeve #1 is finished. To be fair I knit most of this before the baby was born, I'm just only getting around to blogging about it. I really like the way this yarn looks. It has good stitch definition and is shiny and looks happy (if a stitch can look happy) - perfect for a beautiful little girl.

Here's a close-up of the flower on the front of the sweater (on a reverse stockinette background). I love that kid sweaters knit up so quickly.

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9.14.2004

Lorna's Laces!! More stash enhancement pictures from a month ago. We have Shepherd's Worsted on the left for maybe Knitty's Sitcom Chic in lilac and Shepherd Sock in Violet for FiberTrend's Railroad Rib Socks. Also is a small size of Lavender Eucalan since I want to try this for washing my handknits.

9.11.2004

Rip-along?

I have 3 projects that are prime candidates for a rip-along:
  1. Easy Knit Baby Blanket - I'd like to still do a baby blanket but use the Bad-A*s Baby Blanket pattern from Stitch 'n Bitch but with this yarn. Need smaller circular needles. I didn't like the way the needle size I was using was knitting up.
  2. Versatile Aran Scarf using Karabella Aurora 8 - This yarn is too soft and luscious to use for something I'm not excited about. The pattern I bought is not reversible (I didn't realize it then) and call me anal (wouldn't be the first time) but it bugs me when scarves are not reversible. Scarves should look good from both sides. I'd love to find a stitch dictionary to find a nice lace pattern that would still be warm and cozy for this winter. I looked through the stitches in Vogue Knitting but the only stitch I liked was a vertical drop stitch pattern.
  3. Charlotte's Web - I just can't keep knitting this knowing that almost every knit row has an error in it somewhere... I can just imagine how awful this would look when blocked out. So I may just have to r...r....rip her.

Anyone else have some ripping to do? I think it would be a relief to take some items off of my "On Hold" list.

9.10.2004

Presenting the ZigZag button for the ZigZag Knitalong.

Fall 2004 *Knitty* - Zig Zag Along

Go and check out the latest edition of Knitty. I think this is the best issue ever because I seriously want to knit four things from it already!! Cozy is a beautiful lace wrap that looks as cozy as it's name suggests. Clapotis is a parallelogram drop-stitch scarf in a great looking yarn. I've always wanted to try a drop-stitch on something and this yarn and pattern makes me want do it now!

Also like the Blaze sweater in either the green or blue... won't want to wear a body-hugging sweater this Fall but next Fall, watch out!

Zig Zag is my must-have sweater for Fall. For those of you following along this won't be this Fall that's for sure with a toddler and a newborn but maybe start this Fall finish next Fall (hahhaha)!! I just love it and it's similar to Scamp that I want to knit for the kids - I guess I'm into the zig zags and texture. I'll have to check out the colors available in the suggested yarn (and the yarn for the wool substitute and others).

I feel a Zig-Zag-along coming on. Anyone in? I'll need something to replace "me knitting" after I finish seaming up Klaralund. Right now all my other multiple WIPs are for my loved ones! I've started a Yahoo group for the knitalong at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ZigZagAlong. Hopefully I have the settings correct. If anyone has problems feel free to email me at lisamichellecohen [at] yahoo [.] com. This will be my first time hosting a knitalong so let's get the party started! I have no idea what yarn I will use for it so when you join let me (and the others) know your thoughts on any substitutions you'd suggest and what you'll be using. I'll try to make a button and post it. If it comes out crappy then I'll probably solicit some help!

Thank you Knitty for keeping me busy for the next few seasons!! And thank goodness a) I can *sit* without jumping in too much pain (not all gone but doing much better) and b)my toddler finally took her first nap after the birth of the baby (that's a whole week without naps). I think she was afraid of missing something although I assured her that all I would be doing is napping too. Seeing that I already napped and then I typed most of this blog entry with one hand while nursing (impressed myself here), I'm off to look at yarn.

I won't be posting too much over the weekend because we have our son's bris and grandparents in from out of town but I'll be checking email here and there. Have a great weekend everyone.

Someone Stop ME!

Okay so my promise to not go to a yarn store for a month or two obviously failed (and not today but last Friday). With the internet and my favorite LYS (Woolwinders in Rockville, MD) being so accessible and accommodating I have purchased more yarn. Well I have to get in on the Cotton Sale don't I? So I bought Rowan Cotton Glace for Imp from PipSqueaks for Jessi (red and white) and for Ryan (blue and green). I purchased some pink DB Handknit DK for Scamp from PipSqueaks for Jessi. I love the texture in the latter pattern and think it will look very hip and funky for a girl (or I could make the cute pink cardigan instead. I would have bought some blue if Jacqui had any (like a denim or even a forest green color so I could get double duty out of it but pink it is!). She is shipping it out today. I love you, Jacqui. And if anyone is in need of any cotton yarn check out Woolwinders and tell Jacqui I sent ya (nope, I'm not affiliated, don't get a commission, just a very happy customer).

Here's what they have left (you can check their homepage and the blog entries for any recent updates):

4 Ply: Jaeger Siena, Dale Stork
Sport: Rowan Cotton Glace
DK: All Sirdar Baby Yarn, Debbie Bliss Cotton DK, Manos Stria, Dale of Norway Svale
Worsted: Cotton Classic, Cotton Classic II, Mission Falls 1824 Cotton, Mission Falls 1824 Wool, Cherry Tree Hill, Country Cotton, Cherry Tree Hill, Cotton Boucle, Linie Vision, Linie Spirit, Classic Elite Inca Alpaca, Classic Elite Bazic, Classic Elite Newport, Plymouth Encore, Muench Touch Me (very limited quantities and colors), Noro Shinano, Noro Cash Iroha
Chunky: Sirdar Kool Kids, Sirdar Denim Chunky, Berroco Pronto, Rowan Cotton Tape, Skacel Portofino, Skacel Can Can, Mondial Splendid

Imp from PipSqueaks.

Sport from PipSqueaks

Scamp from PipSqueaks

9.09.2004

Here's two hanks that I bought of Lorna's Laces in Baby Stripes that I plan to use for socks (a wave type pattern). Klaralund Alert: I finished all 4 pieces and started sewing up the front to the back this morning. I'm loving it! This sweater was so easy to knit and I *highly* recommend it for any beginner that wants to make a sweater for themselves without having to know anything about increases or decreases. I'm going to love the bohemian bell sleeves too. I'm a hippie in hiding. ;-)

9.08.2004

I've been saving some stash enhancement photos for times like this. Low on sleep, lots of feedings. Here's my Schaefer Yarn Company's Anne yarn. I'm not sure what to do with it. But I loved the colors.

Yummy yarn close-up.

9.06.2004

No knitting news to report. But here's a cute photo of big sister, Jessi, with new baby brother, Ryan. How cute!

9.05.2004

Here's what I was doing Friday (as expected)... having a baby!! After going to my doctor's appointment on Friday morning I headed over to a LYS to go shopping because I had the feeling I wouldn't be going out for a while. So more stash enhancement photos coming sometime in the next week. Baby Ryan was 7 lbs 5 oz, 20 3/4" long, born Friday night at 9:05pm. We're all doing fine and are getting settled in at home tonight.

9.03.2004

I felt guilty that I didn't have many belly shots of this pregnancy's progress so I tried to snap a shot of myself in the mirror but couldn't figure out how to shut the flash off. So here's a silly belly pic.

Finally an adult sweater - finished!

Ok, so I didn't finish this today. But I did finish this on Wednesday. And just in time since, Mike and I think today will be our delivery date (after I get poked and prodded at my doctor's appt today). I tried it on and it stretches over the belly. I think the armholes are a little more snug than I would like but this is my first adult sweater so I'm cutting myself some slack.

Pattern Details
Source: Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton Noro Book One, Sundby
Yarn: Noro Kochoran, Color 34, Lot C, 5 hanks


9.02.2004

Secret Pals III Answers

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high-end/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?

I guess I am a yarn snob in that I haven't used any Red Heart or Lion Brand. I've tended to use the yarns that I find in my LYS because of the support that it provides and they carry higher-end yarns. The ones I've used that I like the best so far are from Rowan, Debbie Bliss, and Koigu (KPPPM). I found that I really like Merino Wool (Karabella Aurora 8 and KPPPM).

2. Do you spin? Crochet?

I don't do either currently but I'd love to learn how to do both (and dye my own yarn too).

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)

I'm allergic to cats. And I'm probably allergic to most dogs and perfumes. My husband and I call ourselves bubble kids because we are so allergic.

4. How long have you been knitting?
I've been knitting since mid-December 2003.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes, probably the biggest one on record at Amazon that I've been keeping since I found out about Amazon.com. It's more of a list for myself of my wish list of books to read. It's embarrassing how big it is.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
Vanilla!! I've been wearing Body Shop's Vanilla Oil since I was in middle school and it's still the scent I prefer. I did recently purchase some Verbena Perfume from L'Occitane and some of their Honey Water Perfume but I still prefer the simple Vanilla Oil (sometimes mixed with their Satsuma oil - then I smell like an orange Creamsicle)

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Right now (37 weeks pregnant) I have more of a salty tooth but I've been eating my fair share of semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies. I prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I just learned to sew. I also like to grow veggies and fruits in the garden. I love cooking and baking (cookies and breads mostly) too. I enjoy rubber stamping (for cards). I've made jewelry in the past but haven't gotten around to doing it recently (there's only so much hobby time in the day and knitting has been taking up most of my time). I tried painting recently (on a flowerpot) - fun! I like all things crafty I guess.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if you want to make her a CD)
I like some modern stuff like Sarah McLaughlin, Cold Play, and Jet; some of my favorites are from the 80s & 90s like U2 and Bon Jovi and I also have a love for 60's stuff like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Grateful Dead (my uncle's influence). Yes, my computer can play MP3s but I don't use a portable MP3 player (I'm too busy carrying sippy cups, changes of clothes for the potty training months, snacks, etc.).

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer?
I look best in pastels (pink, purple, blue, green). But I like to knit with some brighter colors in these families too. Nothing considered "Fall color" looks good on me, sadly enough. I'm a pale-skinned mama.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I am happily married (just celebrated 7 years this Tuesday). We have a 3 year-old girl and we have a baby boy on the way any day now. We also have a black and white shih-tzu named Linky.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
To be happy! I'd love to continue to be happily married, have healthy and loving children. My mom and all of my family to be in good health and around for many more years.


13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
I haven't been knitting too long so I don't have a lot of experience from which to draw. But I've really enjoyed knitting with Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
So far I haven't liked the 100% acrylic yarn with which I made the Summer Sorbet Tank. But I've used acrylic yarns (novelty) that I thought were just great. Oh I just remembered that there was a yarn that I think was called flax (either by Rowan or Berocco) that I didn't like at all.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
I've been trying to do stash-enhancement because I'm afraid that I won't be able to get out much (or it will be very difficult) with a 3 year-old and a newborn. I've been trying to finish things that I have going now (Lacy Sweater, Klaralund, Grace, some socks). I love DB, Rowan and Koigu yarns and want to get some Kersti... but I think I'm going to rip out Charlotte and start over from the beginning. I've been making too many errors. I also want to try new yarns that I've heard good things about (Cascade 220, Lorna's Laces, All Seasons Cotton). So learning as much as I can about knitting and yarns and patterns that I like are my obsessions. I am reading Sweater Design in Plain English in hopes of being able to adapt patterns to fit my shape better.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Anything!! But I'd like to knit more:
A. kids sweaters (from PipSqueaks - the Sweetheart/Little Star sweater for my 3 year old and Scamp; Mya from Rowan Junior)
B. socks
C. cardigans and sweaters for myself (because I love to wear them)


17. What are you knitting right now?
Lacy Sweater
DB Grace Cardigan (Cotton Angora)
Socks for hubby
Socks for Jessi
Klaralund

18. What do you think about ponchos? (this is really a curiousity question for us)
I like pnchos and knit one for myself this summer since tanks were out of the question with my expanding belly and I mixed a ton of very bright colors and have only worn it once. I should have opted for one color family as in the Colinette Kits... knit and learn!

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Circulars

20. How did you learn to knit?
I took a class at my previous LYS, Woowinders.

21. How old is your oldest UFO?
Since I haven't been knitting for too long my oldest UFOs are probably both from January: (1.)the baby blanket that I've decided I hate because my gauge is off and I realize it's practically an afghan - and one I don't like and (2.)a vest knit in Rowan felted tweed from the book Hip to Knit because I won't be able to wear it for a while

Sock it to me!

I finished my first Klaralund sleeve - yahoo - and I really like itl!! So I just had to start some anklet socks for Jessi with my leftover Regia Crazy Stripes Las Vegas yarn. I'm already at the heel flap (1 1/4" of ribbing for the anklet makes things go very quickly). Yep I'm gonna amaze myself again (with the heel) - tomorrow - because today I'll will try to work on my second Klaralund sleeve!

The colors are awful in this picture but it's the Big Mexiko blues that I posted about earlier (http://lifeandsuch.blogspot.com/2004/08/heres-what-self-patterning-big-mexiko.html). I turned the heel and am always amazed that this works and that a heel actually FORMS!! I hope I have enough yarn for these. I bought 3 balls thinking 1 1/2 balls for each sock but it looks as if it could be very close. I wish I didn't knit a full 8" of ribbing on this first sock but maybe good knitting karma will be with me on this one.

9.01.2004

Here are the front and back of Klaralund completed. I decided not to do any shaping so any curves that appear to be shaping are just stockinete rollage. Also the perspective isn't as good as I'd liked (the top looks smaller than the bottom, but I assure you that they look the same to me in person) but I didn't have time to retake the picture this morning as the little one is sniffly and cranky and woke us up earlier than usual. Yawn!

Here's the first sleeve almost finished. I'm liking the shape of this rectangular sleeve - relaxed and roomy.

Green booties are finished. They are for a friend's baby that was born on Monday. They had a boy so I will either get some blue ribbon for these or pick up and knit some blue edging for these. Probably the latter since I already have it in the house.