Posts Tagged ‘knitting’

I had such big plans this summer.

“I’m going to finish or frog all the UFOs.”

“I’m finally going to knit Girasole.”

“I’m going to start designing all these sketches.”

Well, summer had other plans. I did start Girasole. I have gathered some of the yarn for the sketches. I made a tiny bit of progress on the UFO pile. I pulled out the Lizard Ridge blanket I started way, way back in 2007. I thought it would be a totally doable Ravellenic/Ravelympic/Raveldacted project.

I did pretty well the first week and half of the second.

I finished knitting all the squares.

I gave them a soak in the bathtub.

I blocked them and laid them out to figure out where I wanted all the squares.


I seamed up five strips, then I seamed three of those strips together. And then, I lost steam. I’m still working on it, but not at the pace I had been. I really, really love it and seeing it SO close to being done is very motivating. Someone just remind me of that when I’m on the third hour of the i-cord bind off I want to do around the whole blanket.



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I can’t believe C has been a part of our family for almost for months now. Yet, it also seems like he’s been here forever.  He’s a generally happy baby, but when he’s not happy he is really Not. Happy.

When he’s getting ready to really cry, the corners of his mouth turn down and his chin waggles. It is exactly like in a cartoon, except it is for real. That’s really the only time that H doesn’t like having a baby brother.


C is an expert at rolling over, just like his brother. And just like his brother, he seems to forget that he can roll both ways. So if he is tired of being on his tummy, he really just needs to remember he can roll himself onto his back.

We’re still co-sleeping. It’s working out wonderfully.  And, unlike H, I think it is going to last awhile beyond the four month mark. C is a very attached baby. He loves to be held by Mama. He’s getting used to the sling, and I can’t wait to use it more often (right now we are in the middle of a very large heatwave and wearing a silk brocade sling in 105 degree weather is so not appealing).

C quirks-

He has a very sweaty head.

He will try to nurse everything. Last night I gave him a kiss and he tried to nurse my mouth- weird!

He is a very touchy baby. He likes to caress me while he nurses and pets my cheek when we talk.

He goes from happy to crying like a banshee in a fraction of a second.


And on a crafting note- this was a soaker I made about a month before he was born. I dyed the fiber (cormo/kid mohair from Juniper Moon Farms), spun up a heavy worsted yarn, and knit it up using my own soaker pattern.  Aside from needing another lanolin filled bath it is great.





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Mitered Crosses

I am trying to get into the swing of life (knitting/housework/etc) with two kids.  So far, it’s going fairly well.  I’m actually managing to keep the house somewhat clean, make a few meals that involve actual prep and heating of food, and, best of all, I’m starting to work knitting back into my daily life.

I’m working on a somewhat secret project and a Mitered Crosses blanket.  I’d really love it to be done before we move in to the new house, but I’m not sure how realistic that goal is at this time.  It’s going fairly well, I’ve got five squares completed and one on the needles.

mitered crosses collage

I’m using leftovers from my Lizard Ridge and Cascade 220. I may run out of leftovers before squares, so there might have to be some additional LR blocks in the next few months too. The LR would be done if I was making the size specified in the pattern, but I am hoping to crank out enough squares for a queen size blanket. Because I’m crazy. But it will look awesome.


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Cardinal Puppet

Cardinal puppet, knit for my April moms swap partner.

Fiber Optic Merino/Bamboo Yarn Pirate Merino

Spinning- Fiber Optic Honeysuckle Rose #2 merino/bamboo, Yarn Pirate Inky merino.

Herringbone Cowl

Knitting- Big Herringbone Cowl. Knit in Malabrigo.

Lisa Souza Roving

Spinning- Lisa Souza Leaf Pile merino/silk

my view

Gestating- 36 weeks (That was 2 weeks ago!)

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Adding more little things to the house.

First, a February Baby Sweater. I knit this with Wollmeise 80/20 in Lila Ludmilla.  The yarn felt a lot like cotton string when I was knitting it, but it seems to have softened greatly with washing.  I really love the way it turned out.
Feb. Baby Sweater
And a gratuitous close up of the lace pattern:
Feb. Baby Sweater

Then a little baby hat appeared out of nowhere. (Seriously, I cast on something to take with me to the second part of the hat class I was teaching, and by the time I got home it was ready for the decreases.)
baby hat
With the matching pants:

And here are some little baby socks from a few weeks ago. It’s my own pattern, and I think I’ll work up a mini-collection to offer as a pattern set.
Baby socks

Finally, a not so little thing. Meet the Button Up Hat. The pattern is available for purchase.
Button Up Hat

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Little things

Between my new niece, and our upcoming little guy, I’ve been nesting a bit lately.  First, I knit this little hat:

mini button hat

It’s Malabrigo worsted and my own pattern.  I think it’s pretty cute, but really aren’t all baby hats just adorable.  I mean, they are so tiny.

Then there is this little girl sweater:

Cascade Sweater

The pattern is Cascade, from Petite Purls.  I added a ruffle to the bottom and used garter stitch at the collar and cuffs.  If I were to knit is again, I’d probably add a little more length to the body.  The yarn is from Yarn Pirate (it’s Veruca on Organic Merino).

Then I knit a little pair of longies.  They seem so, so laughably small when you put them up against H’s longies.  I knit them with the new Knitpicks Chroma.

Newborn longies

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Wrapping Up

In 2010:

I knit 63 finished objects, apparently many of which did not make it to the blog.
2010 knitting projects

Designed 8 new things.  Some of which are still waiting to be released.

I spun 18 3/4 skeins of yarn.
2010 fiber mosaic

It’s been a busy, but productive, year full of exciting things.  We joined a CSA, I got a wheel, a yarn store opened, and a new baby is on the way (and kicking up a storm).  Here’s hoping 2011 is just as great.

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