Wednesday, July 30, 2008

2008: A Sweater-knitting odyssey

I finally decided I will knit a sweater this year. I'm just having trouble picking out which one I want to knit from the plethora of knitting books and the mountain of knitting magazines that fills our home.

To prepare for knitting the ultimate sweater, I started "modifying" a sweater that I recieved as a gift from my aunt. It's an XL but it is way too short and I thought it could use a little more fun, as its quite plain. I am putting a festive little trim on the ends of the sleeves and on the hood, and will be extending the bottom of the sweater with a glittery white yarn.

I nearly tore my hair out with the first sleeve's trim. I (unwisely) chose to use bamboo circular needles(the smallest circumference), and apparently bamboo needles do NOT work well if you are trying to knit with eyelash yarn. Picking up stitches with bamboo is not fun. Too bad my smallest Addis are really really long, as I bought them for the Magic Loop--which I did not end up doing.

I unraveled the KIYW Wristwarmers ( as seen on my Ravelry page). Made using Cider Moon Glacier sock yarn, I created those before I fell in love with sock knitting. I was rummaging through my stuff in my finished projects bin and decided to frog that project and make Peppermint Socks out of it. At 236 yards, I hope it will be enough yarn for a pair of socks. We shall see!

Warm Woolies sock photo below--that is the pairs I have finished so far. My goal is 27 pairs by the end of September.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

A perfect day

Today we celebrated Charlie's birthday with DH's family. We did a superhero theme (Superman mostly, except for the Spiderman invitations. The cake was nice, the pizza was great, and it was nice to spend time with family, who we dont see as often because we live 45 minutes away from most of them.

It is really hot here in Southern Ohio, so we've been staying indoors mostly. Charlie likes to go outside, no matter what the temperature, so we had to install a secure secondary door lock because he has discovered how to unlock the screen door. He is so smart!

I haven't been feeling well lately, and am scheduled for surgery in the next weeks. More knitting-related posting to follow!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Happy 2nd birthday Charlie!!!!

Happy birthday Charlie!
You are two years old today...the time seems to have flown by so quickly. It seems like yesterday that we brought you home from the hospital, embarking on the awesome adventure of parenting. You grew up so quickly, learning to crawl, then walk within a year.
Life with you is so much teach me something new every day. My life is better because you are in it. I love you, my wonderful son. Happy birthday sweetie.Love. Mommy

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I've been sort of busy this week..

Well, I've been sort of busier than normal this past week, but its been for a great reason.

That is my next package for Touching Little Lives, the charity I'm involved with here in town. I have put together more things besides that, but they were too bulky for this picture:-)
I've gotten the most enjoyment out of knitting the baby hats, as I feel good that a baby will be comforted/kept warm by a handknit hat.
Warm Woolies sock knitting update--2 pairs down, 23 more to go. They are knit with bulky-weight 100% wool yarn, and I can usually do a pair a day. The last pair I made, I forgot to turn the heel with one of the socks, and I had to rip out almost the whole instep to fix it.
I hope to be able to knit the second sock for my son's birthday socks this weekend (my little Kreb will be 2 on July 15th!!!)
I would love to finish the second sock in my pair of Lorna's Laces socks as well, and wind my Paca Peds for some future socks!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

New yarn and general knitting-related stuff...

I got some new yarn yesterday--1 skein of Dream in Color Classy and a skein of some new sock yarn, Studio Sock in Foggy Bottom, from The Neighborhood Fiber Company. It's a pretty cool yarn, good colors. I will post a pic of it soon.
I finished a bunch of hats for Touching Little Lives, and am starting on some socks for Warm Woolies, a charity that gives hand knit wool socks to children in orphanages in Russia and other euro-asian nations. My goal is to knit 25 pairs of socks by the end of October. These socks are a quick knit because they are done in bulky yarn. I really don't like to work with Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride, but I have quite a few skeins just chilling in the stash that I might as well use.
I'm really trying to get around to finishing some projects for myself, but everytime I finish a baby hat, I seem to start another one. I try to do two a day, but usually only get one done.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

4th of July

Well this has been a great 4th of July weekend so far. The three of us went to the 4th of July parade in our town and Charlie loved it. He clapped for all the cars and loved hearing the Marine Band play during the parade.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!