I’ve been in a bit of a blogging funk lately. I don’t think I even posted once last week. I will say I’ve thought about posting. Then I think that I don’t have anything to post about. Well, that’s not exactly true. I’ve just been lazy. But I knew I needed to participate in WIP Wednesday this week. I have so much to share!
I do have quite a bit going on in the knitting front. First, I frogged a hat I was trying to design to match Miss A’s Milo Vest. Not a bad attempt, but if was too small. I’ll come back to it soon. I also frogged my surprise gift. I can tell you now, I was making a lace garter for a best friend. She just had a very intimate ceremony and married her fiance, with very short notice. I’ve had this garter in my queue earmarked for her for about 2 years now. I was just waiting for a date. Well, unfortunately 3 weeks wasn’t enough time to get the right yarn, get it knit, blocked and sent to her in time. So sadly I pulled it out. Oh well. I’m glad she had such a great wedding and I don’t think the presence of that gift would have changed much.
On the needles is Roo Two, which I’ve promised to have done for my husband before he leaves for training. He asked if I could get it done by then (6 weeks from now) and I just laughed. I actually don’t have to concentrate on it quite as much as I was if I have a whole six weeks! After starting it, I think the smaller needles and fingering weight yarn is much more appropriate. The worsted weight was going to be way to big for him to put in his uniform pocket.
I’ve made some progress on my Grad Gift – The Boneyard Shawl. I’m not sure if I’ve actually shared that one with my readers, since it’s a gift. But I was home recently and showed the gift to the recipient. So I don’t feel like it needs to stay a secret anymore. I picked the yarn for her – Lang Yarns Tosca Light from my stash, because I knew she would love it. Then went from there. I thought about making handwarmers since I think she would get alot of wear out of them, but decided this yarn was begging me to be a nice chunky shawl. The recipient lives in upstate NY so this should get alot of use in the winter! Sorry about the washout in the picture. Today’s not a good picture day so far, and I took so many pictures of this shawl. This is the only picture that the color was accurate in.
Next up is probably my favorite thing on the needles right now. Favorite project actually intended for me, I would say. I special ordered yarn from A Stash Addict. If you haven’t checked out her shop, go right now! She is awesome. Her colors are so bright and playful! She has a line called “dark arts” and they are half black and half another color. Oh, and they sparkle!! Well, I ordered a skein with the same effect, but with a dark brown and pink. Not only did she dye two shades to choose from (awesome customer service right there, and I just noticed the other skein is up in her shop!!) but it turned out exactly like what I was picturing in my head. I had this pink and brown comforter when I was in college and I’ve always loved it. Somehow those colors popped into my head one day and I had to have her dye it for me. Not only is the yarn itself amazing, but it’s knitting up beautifully…..now. I had to cast-on this pattern 4 times with new modifications every time. I don’t think I’ve never taken as many notes on a pattern as I have had to do so far on the Anastasia socks. I think these socks do however, show-off the colors of the yarn without adding too much. It’s such a nice and simple pattern. The part where the twist wraps from one needle to the next I was a bit hard to figure out but I’ve pushed through! Can’t wait till they are done and I can wear them!
I am so thrilled to be celebrating today! Not for the recognition of taking care of my daughter. Not for the gifts. But because celebrating today means I am a Mother, and I wouldn’t be if it wasn’t for dear Annabelle. So today I want to celebrate her, and how much she means to me. I love watching her grow up, and taking care of her day by day, even when the days are rough. I wouldn’t give her up for the world.
It’s finished object Friday! And I have two things to share with you! I’m very excited about this one. Mainly because I’ve wanted to knit the Hitchhiker for so long, and it’s finally done! I also have something to share, that I wasn’t expecting to be done.
First, the Hitchhiker pattern. I knit this up with some German sock yarn I had dyed. I didn’t realize till I finished that I didn’t have enough yarn. I think because the yarn is part cotton though, it made it very stretchy, so I’m kind of glad that I only was able to knit 35 out of the 42 teeth. As far as I’m concerned, it’s big enough! And I absolutely love my Hitchhiker Pat!
I also have had the supplies to make a “name plate” or sorts for Miss A’s bedroom wall. I started painting the letters this week. I didn’t expect to be done so soon, but I finished this morning! Mostly because my daughter decided to sleep for 10 hours last night, so I was up before her. So the letters are done, then I will be posting again when they are actually up on the wall.
Yay! I got an award! I don’t even think I’ve gotten one since I moved my blog to WordPress.com. But they are fun and let you explore and discover new blogs. I mentioned yesterday that I got the award from Will Knit For Food. I wanted to mention it when I got it, but had quite a long post yesterday and I wanted to give it the attention it deserves today.
So, here we go. The conditions of the award:
- Thank the person who gave you this award. (check)
- Include a link to their blog. (check)
- Next, select 15 bloggers that you follow regularly or have recently discovered.
- Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile blogger-award.
- Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
Nominations – blogs I follow regularly or just recently discovered. Each of you have been nominated because I enjoy reading about you, your creations and your life! I know these awards are not everyone’s cup of tea, so don’t feel obligated to post, and just take it as a compliment!
1. Better Than Yarn
2. A Tangled Yarn
3. Life & Yarn or Yarn & Life
4. A 1/4 to
5. A Twisted Stitcher
6. Eskimimi Makes
7. Wife, Mom, Knitter
8. Mutant Supermodel
9. Autumn Geisha
10. Bird In Hand Farm
11. Elephant Juice Knits
12. Socks And Scrapbooks
13. Wool & Cotton
14. A Playful Day
15. I Should Be Folding Laundry
Now to tell 7 things about myself.
1. I have 2 cats named Edgar & Mifflin and they were both born in Germany.
2. I’m obsessed with color. The brighter the better when it comes to yarn.
3. I miss Germany and all the friends I had there almost every single day.
4. I think dishes are the complete worst chore ever, and I don’t understand why they never go away.
5. I never knew how everything else in the universe could become so unimportant once you have a baby, but my baby girl is my everything.
6. I wear mismatched socks on a very regular basis.
7. My husband and I are addicted to Netflix. One tv show after another. So much so, that I canceled my cable because we NEVER watch it.
So much going on in the blog world lately so keep checking in! Hope you like the new look I have! And I’ve updated all my links and whatnot.
I made a Moby! If you don’t know what a Moby is, it’s a type of baby carrier wrap. But they are expensive! And I might figure its worth it if wasn’t just a large piece of material. It was so easy to make! I bought six yards of material; cotton gauze to be exact. I picked this because the summer is approaching and it’s nice and lightweight, plus it has a bit of stretch to it. In hindsight I probably only needed five yards to make it. Then you cut it in half length-wise and seam all the edges. Sounds so hard right? Oh, and did I mention you have two after that? The faux-moby can be wrapped all different ways to hold the baby. To wrap it the directions refer to the logo, so I just bought a cute iron-on transfer for that spot. The second one went to my Sister-in-law who just had another little baby girl this month!
For today’s WIP Wednesday I have my Dad in Argyle, as I’m calling it. An argyle golf club cover. I still have My Monkeys, and 42 dishcloth on the needles as well, but haven’t really made much progress. As I mentioned last week, the golf club cover is faire isle knitting with 3 different colors, and the yarn is doubled fingering weight. Basically, I’m dealing with alot of strands of yarn at once so the words controlled chaos may even be a bit of an exaggeration.
I finished the “cuff” of the cover and started the stranded knitting. I would have been able to do it the way I was, but I was just getting too frustrated. I knew I wasn’t using the right techniques. So I ripped down, and looked to my knitting library for some help. I couldn’t find my favorite reference book, Knitting for Dummies so I inspected the other choices. That’s when I found that my Stitch & Bitch Superstar Knitting had a section on knitting with 2 colors. I figured that’s where I should start, even though I’m working with 3. The book suggested knitting inside out so all the floats would be wider and you avoid the tightness you can get with stranded knitting. Since alot of the notes on ravelry mentioned people had problems with the tightness, I figured I would give it a try. It could only help, right? The biggest problem I had was “catching” the floats correctly. So after using my resources, I think I will be able to get this project done with less frustration and swearing!
I’ve also been working on a big project. It’s a bit of a secret though. It’s also a different craft. I’m changing it up a little! Here’s all I can share now, but maybe soon I can show you full pictures!
I can’t say it enough. Today’s my husband’s birthday. Happy birthday to the most amazing man I know. I wouldn’t want my life to be any other way than they way it is right now. Being here with you, with our family. It’s just the best thing in the world and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. So here’s to you!!
Things are starting to get a little bit back to normal around here, with of course the addition of a new little human that has become part of my routine (and my heart!). My Mom has come and left, and let me tell you how big of a help that was! My husband’s paternity leave has ended. Most of our unpacking is done, and we are pretty much moved in. And I’m starting to heal up nicely from my surgery (but I still can’t wait to start working out – 4 more weeks!!)
I was going to say I haven’t had time to knit, but thats really not accurate. I really just haven’t got my knitting out since babe has been born. Any down time I’m really just trying to sit and relax. But I’m going to pull the knitting out soon, I swear! There are a few projects that I will surely be frogging since I never really got them done for baby. Example….my Baby Surprise Jacket. I think it’s about 1/4 done and by the time I finish it (even if it was next week) Miss Annabelle will have outgrown it! She’s not exactly tiny, and she never really was! Once I frog a few items, I’m going to cast on a nice white cardigan for the little girl. She has one and it’s starting to get small, but I absolutely love it. It’s a necessary item in her wardrobe because she has so many cute onsies that I want to see when she wears them, but they are too cold for her to wear without something keeping her arms warm! I can’t believe I’m talking about my daughters like she’s a little fashion model or something, but I’ve found that I think I will always need a white cardigan for her!
That’s about all I have to say on the knitting front. I’m just so preoccupied with caring for my little bundle of joy! I just hope she doesn’t grow too fast (although everyone has already warned me that she will!!) She has also become the hubs whole world! I don’t know how he’ll be able to deploy in a year. It breaks my heart for every Father and Mother who has to leave their kids. I’m starting to realize that it’s very different than leaving a spouse.
That’s all for the week, but I’ll leave you with some pictures of Miss Annabelle.
I should have posted this yesterday. But I fail. Most readers know the story about my twin nieces that were born last year. Well, they would have been one yesterday, August 28th. So it was a bit of a sad day. My SIL and family honored them by having a balloon launch which I think is just a perfect way of saying hello. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be there with them. BUT I did get the Preemie Hats Project in the mail. Well, I was supposed to but the Post Office decided that their credit/debit machine wasn’t going to work! And they were closing. So they will be shipped off tomorrow, I promise. But I still thought that now was a good time to honor and remember Thia and Ella by sharing their hats with everyone. I have to say I am amazed at the amount of people who donated their love and yarn for the project and not only am I proud but I’m sure that Thia and Ella are proud as well!
I haven’t talked too much about the project put together, except for the original post. It’s been quite a while since then, but I thought I would bring you all up to speed. If you don’t really know what I’m talking about, my Sister in law lost her twin girls last year who were born at 26 weeks gestation. I wanted to do something in the girls honor, and charity knitting came to thought. Then I roped in a bunch of volunteers from Ravelry to help, and I now have over 100 hats to send into the hospital the girls were born at! The original plan was to get the hats to the hospital by May 17th, my Sister in law’s birthday, but that has changed. And for a good reason.
AFN, or Armed Forces Network, wants to do an interview. This is thanks to my husband who contacted them, told them all about me and the project, and told them how proud he is of me. So the interview was originally planned for a date in May (I don’t remember exactly when) then it was post-phoned. I have to say it’s probably a good thing it was because thats the day my morning sickness appeared. So, we are scheduled for today. I’ll be meeting with Sgt. Brown today, along with my husband, at the Cafe on post. Is it safe to say I’m nervous?? I’m more than nervous! First I want to be sure I get all the facts straight. Second I need to remember to give the girls from Ravelry credit for helping me. Third, I’m worried about how I’m going to feel, because as you probably know I’m still not really feeling up to par with this whole “morning” sickness. And I use the word “morning” very loosely. Fourth, I’m really going to try not to cry while talking about the memory of the girls. A few tears wouldn’t be a horrible thing, but being pregnant I don’t usually just have a few tears!!
So everyone wish me luck! The interview should not only be airing on AFN, but it’s also going to be posted on their website. So I should be able to share with everyone!