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Happy Anniversary to ME!!!

Today is my blog’s second anniversary! ¬†Woot! And to celebrate, I’m avoiding sewing in ends! ūüėÄ

I have a finished blanket and a finished shawl just sitting around waiting for their ends to be sewn in, and to have a good wash. The power of procrastination is strong with me, so not only am I avoiding the ends, I’m creating more! I stared the summer scarf!

I decided to make it an infinity scarf by adding an additional 12 stitches and joining in the round. We’ll see if that turns out to be a good decision or not.

So for now I have my project bag full. Two “finished” projects, and a WIP. I feel kind of spoiled getting this much knitting done ūüôā

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Blanket In Progress

There is a baby. He showed up before his blanket was finished. This is mostly due to the fact that I was busy moving and remodeling and had forgotten al about it until said baby was about to arrive.

In a very interesting coincidence I seemed to have started the blanket just as soon as mama was going into labor. Like, within minutes of each other!

Little baby boy is currently waiting for his parents to discover his name, and his blanket is currently waiting for its last 3 stripes (never mind the ends that will need to be woven in). Perhaps he is waiting for his blanket to be done, not to show up (obviously!), but to receive his name. Maybe I’m getting a little all out in the universe about it. Only time will tell. In the mean time, I shall knit on, and hopefully he will have his name and blanket soon.

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Deadline Swiftly Approaching!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween last night! ¬†I’ve been neglecting the blog again to play with yarn (but who could blame me really?).

There’s a baby coming! ¬†That means there’s a blanket in the works. ¬†The shower for said baby is next weekend. ¬†The parents-to-be don’t live super far from us, but it’s far enough that I want to make sure they have their blanket for when he arrives, so I’m knitting my little heart out every chance I get. ¬†The only reason I have a minute to blog now is because I left my knitting at my parents’ house after all the Halloween festivities last night. ¬†I am not a fast knitter, and I need to be working on this blanket every spare minute I have, so a retrieval mission is set for this afternoon.

I’m using the OpArt blanket pattern, which I’m LOVING so far. ¬†I had a few others in mind, but when my husband saw OpArt he said it looked just like a tattoo that the daddy-to-be had, and that it was the one! ¬†I think that’s as good a reason as any ūüôā

I’ve also been playing with NEW yarn! ¬†I want to expand my line of hand dyed yarns to include some different weights. ¬†This is my heap of trial yarn to see what I like. ¬†And bonus, all of it is made in the USA!!!

So much wooly goodness!

So much wooly goodness!

I’ve been in love with hand dyed single ply yarn lately, and in this heap there’s a very nice one in a lace weight. ¬†There’s also a squishy soft superwash Marino bulky that I can’t wait to knit something up with!

What is your favorite type of yarn to knit with?

So much being done,

And yet so little to show for it so far.

I haven’t mentioned it yet, but I’m going to be participating in the Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta Oct 12-13! ¬†I’m super excited since this will be my first fiber oriented fair! ¬†I’ve been dying up yarn as fast as I can manage, and then, a weird thing happened. ¬†I had a rush on the stock I had in my Etsy store! ¬†I’ve nearly sold out! ¬†While this is great, it means MORE DYING! ¬†All this dying has meant less knitting and a lot less blogging. ¬†I’m currently waiting on another shipment of blank yarn, so it’s time to catch up on the other stuff!

I started my Summer Blooms Shawl¬†not to long ago. ¬†It’s plugging along at about 2 rows a day. ¬†This isn’t so bad considering each row is 417 stitches.

SAM_1151I’m a little over half way through the lace portion and have started decreases. ¬†I’m loving this pattern so bad! ¬†It’s the first time I’ve worked with beads in my knitting, and it’s way easier that you would think. ¬†The best part is that I get to use that sweet little antique crochet hook. ¬†It belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother! ¬†It’s the tiniest hook I’ve ever seen, and I can’t believe she could actually crochet with it! ¬†I’ve seen some of the lace she made with them (I have several of her old hooks) and someday I’ll have to post pictures of them.

There’s also been some Christmas knitting going on (102 days left!). ¬†I started a nice chevron blanket.

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Still not sure exactly who will receive it come the holiday season, but at least I’m making progress on some gifts. ¬†I’ve stash busted some Caron Simply Soft for it, but knitting to much is somehow rubbing my fingers a little raw. ¬†Anyone else have that problem with acrylic? ¬†It’s never bothered me before.

I’ve also started a scarf for my aunt.

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I’m not sure if I like it though. ¬†I had wanted to do this pattern out of something with mohair in it, but I didn’t have any in white, and my aunt keeps saying how hard it is to find a white scarf. ¬†This is some more acrylic from the stash. ¬†It has a sort of pearled strand running through it, and the yarn itself is kind of bumpy. ¬†Any of you have a better pattern you’d suggest?

It looks like my blanks have arrived! ¬†So back to the kitchen with me. ¬†I’ll have more fun shop updates soon ūüėČ

 

The Blankie is Here! (But Still No Little Girl to Wrap in it…)

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a blankie!

The “yet to be named” baby blanket!

Stats:

~38in X 41in

Knit from 5 balls¬†Pattons Classic Wool, which I hand dyed in my “Fuzzy Navel” colorway¬†, and knit on size 7 circulars

I LOVE how this knit up! ¬†It wound up being bigger than I’d expected, which is great, and used up all but a few yards of the yarn I’d dyed. ¬†I’m not one for self patterning, or predictable yarn, so this was perfect for me! ¬†Just happy splashes of color thrown around ūüėÄ

The hearts border the whole blanket, surrounded by garter stitch. ¬†The body is simple stockinette stitch. ¬†Look! ¬†I’ve even got a pattern (such as it is) for you!

*This is my first pattern written for the public, and I’m the only one who’s tested it. ¬†Please let me know if anything is unclear or needs to be fixed. ¬†Thanks!* ¬†(click to make big!)

Heart pattern

The key was sadly lost in translation, but if you use your imagination a little bit I think this will work for now…

Odd number rows = Right Side, Even number rows = Wrong Side

Blank = Knit

O = Yarn Over

\ = Knit Knit Stitch

/ = Knit 2 Together

— = Purl

Cast on 162 stitches

Knit the heart repeat 6 times across what will be the bottom of your blanket.  

When you have a completed row of hearts along the bottom, start the next repeat, but only with one heart on each end of the blanket.  Stockinette stitch (knit right side, purl wrong side) should be between the hearts to create the large solid body of the blanket.

On the 7’th vertical repeat of the heart, do just like you did with the first repeat and create hearts all along the top of the blanket.

Bind off loosely.

I think this would be lovely in a solid color yarn as well… ¬†I’ll worry about trying that maybe after holiday knitting (need to start that NOW!).

For the time being, I’m going to work on a few little things for the little one we’re very anxiously waiting for around here. ¬†Maybe some headbands, Ooo! or a cute little pumpkin hat for Halloween ūüėÄ

In the mean time, I guess the blankie will just have to wait for its recipient to show up in her own sweet time. ¬†After all, she’s not late yet. ¬†She’s still got 5 more days before she becomes her mother and is perpetually late ūüėČ

The Blankie is Nearly Complete!

I have finally bound off on the baby blanket! ¬†It’s hanging out in the sink getting a good wash before I lay it out and
(once it’s dry) weave in all the ends.

Baby blanket taking a swim!

Other than that it’s been pretty quiet around here lately. ¬†I caught a cold somewhere and decided to bring it home and share it with my lovely husband (oops!). ¬†Now I’m just hoping that we can kick this thing in the butt before I go into labor. ¬†To that effect, we’ve all been getting as much rest as possible the last few days.

Linus swears this is comfy

Ivy thinks the new rocking chair is just for her

Hank has a cushy retirement

Leah was a little miffed that I disturbed her nap

The hubby + beagle combo, always irresistible

Pictures of an¬†actually¬†finished blanket, and hopefully a free pattern for it should be up in the next day or two… you know… if baby doesn’t decided to¬†interrupt¬†things ūüėČ

Still Plugging Along…

It’s been a busy week. ¬†Preparing for a baby and a major move takes a lot of time and effort. ¬†Thankfully I have an amazing husband who’s doing most of the packing and heavy lifting for me ūüėČ

In and amongst all the packing and finishing up of the baby registry, we have found a little time to spend doing fun stuff. ¬†We’ve been trying to go out on date nights, and spend evenings with friends while our schedule is still our own. ¬†We also managed one last trip over to Disneyland with my grandparents ūüėÄ

Grandma, Grandpa, Josh, and I with the “Storytellers” statue at DCA.

It was a perfect day, despite the heat. ¬†Maybe not so much the heat as the humidity :P. ¬†I have never sweat so much in my life (cute hu?)! ¬†Most likely more a side effect of being super pregnant, and less about the actual weather, but there you go. ¬†And can I just say, my grandparents can hang! ¬†They’re still going on the likes of the Matterhorn and Radiator Springs Racers. ¬†I can only hope to be like them when we are their age. ¬†I myself sat out of those rides as obviously I am going to pop at any given moment.

Speaking of popping, just today I finally broke down and got my wedding ring CUT off, because my fingers have gotten too fat to take it off any reasonable way.  It broke my heart a little, but obviously, it was necessary.

Ouch!

Yes, I do always have short stubby fingers… it’s just gotten worse lately. ¬†Pregnancy during summer = take your rings off early!

The stubby fingers may also be another reason I’m such a slow knitter. ¬†I do however have progress on the blanket to show!

Can’t decide which picture is better (worse?). ¬†The first picture has the more true color, but the second one is just a better set up, and it includes my awesome wrist brace. ¬†Obviously I am still figuring out my new camera and all its fancyness.

I’m hoping to make the blanket 6X7 heart repeats. ¬†So far I’m at 6X5. ¬†That’s some really fast knitting for me, especially since I did have to dye up two more hanks of the yarn after underestimating myself the first time around. ¬†Being off of work for now has provided me with a good chunk of time each day to work on it though, which I’m thankful for, and very much enjoying. ¬†Hopefully the little girl will hold off at least a few more days while I finish up.

All Caught Up! (For Now…)

Well, I’m plugging along on the baby blanket. ¬†I am not a fast knitter by any means, and my dumb wrist (although getting better, yay!) isn’t helping me be any faster. ¬†I haven’t decided yet just how long I want to make the blanket, but I’m about half way in either case.

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Here it is posed with a gift from a co-worker of mine, Duffy, in the bassinet we are going to use until we move to a larger apartment after the baby comes.

I’m loving how the yarn is knitting up! ¬†Now might be a good time to confess that I can’t stand self striping or self patterning yarn. ¬†Too predictable in my opinion. ¬†I love how randomly this is knitting up, and yet it’s somehow evenly balanced throughout the blanket. ¬†It looks like I’m going to have to dye up another two skeins before all is said and done. ¬†I’m 37 weeks today, and little girl sheep could show up at any time really, so I’m trying to spend all my free time knitting on the blanket.

Fortunately, free time I now have! ¬†Saturday was my last day working for the Mouse for now. ¬†I’m going to miss it, especially my co-workers, but in all honesty I’m hoping to stay home with my little girl (dying yarn???) if at all possible. ¬†It was a fun job while it lasted, and I’d love to work for them again, but family is first, and I’m having a hard time imagining handing over my little girl to a stranger for part of her days just so I can go sit at a desk. ¬†I guess only time will tell how that one will play out.

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Another big milestone… I finally finished off, AND gifted my friends their wedding blanket!

The Happy Couple ‚̧

Arn’t they sweet! ¬†I was lucky enough to have both of them at my baby shower in San Diego last week.

Here’s a close up of the heart detail…

Since I was late in getting the blanket to them in the first place (their wedding was on Aug 12, my shower, the 26th. ¬†Oops!), and since I was IN the wedding, I used a ribbon from my bridesmaid bouquet to thread through the heart. ¬†I think it was just the touch the blanket needed. ¬†It turned out super cuddly and squishy, and I’m so happy they liked it ūüôā

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Well, that’s me getting caught up. ¬†I keep thinking about knitting myself a nice slouchy sweater for Fall, after the blanket is done, and probably after my little girl decides to show up. ¬†What are you all working on, or daydreaming about working on as the case may be?

 

Let the Blanket Race Begin!

I’m 35.5 weeks along… and I have about 6 inches done on my baby blanket. ¬†It might be time to¬†panic.

Saw the doctor this morning, and everything is going well, but he did instruct me to keep track of where the closest hospital would be while we are in San Diego this weekend. ¬†As if I wasn’t already nervous enough about getting everything done before the little sheep’s¬†arrival, now I have to worry that she’ll be early and born out-of-town where we won’t have any of our hospital things.

If any of you read¬†The Yarn Harlot¬†(and I’m sure there are others as well) you might buy into the superstition that babies don’t show up until their blanket is done. ¬†I have found this to be true, assuming I started the blanket before the baby showed up in the first place. ¬†The last blanket I made was for a friend of mine. ¬†I was quite late on finishing her little boy’s blanket… but he didn’t show up until a day and a half after the blanket was done, making him nearly a week over due (sorry Lindsey!).

Now I’m not trying to¬†stretch¬†out my pregnancy a crazy amount of time, I’d just prefer her to show up a little closer to the date we were planning on being ready by. ¬†I know we’ll never be¬†truly¬†and¬†completely¬†ready, but I’ve still just got a few (okay, more than a few) things on my list to get done before she makes her entrance.

So, I am plugging long on the blanket.  I have the bottom border done so far, and am about an inch or so  into the body of it.

 

I’m keeping the heart border all the way around, and that’s about as fancy as it’s going to get. ¬†I’ve used nearly a full hank of my hand dyed Patton’s Classic Wool, in a colorway I think I’m calling Fuzzy Navel (yes a baby blanket made with yarn that’s named after booze is a little odd, but that’s how we like things around here). ¬†I’m hoping through some trial and error to post this pattern up here once I’m done.

In the meantime, here’s who keeps stealing my seat when I’m trying to put up new posts.

Ivy

 

*I’m also playing around with picture size… bigger better???

**And still trying to figure out the new camera ūüėõ

Obviously I’m Slow

At least with my knitting and getting back to the blog.

I did have a few things going that messed with me getting back to the computer though. ¬†August 5 was Josh and my 5 year wedding anniversary, and also baby shower Numero Uno. ¬†It was a long day that involved a mommy convention type thing with a friend and her kids, then a long drive to north LA for the shower. ¬†Only there did my husband and I actually get to see each other, since he’d had to work all morning.

Among the shower gifts, my mom and grandmother brought a camera for us. ¬†Much needed for the baby, but also it can pull double duty here (YAY!). ¬†That is, once I get the hang of it. ¬†It’s a little more complex than my iPhone camera…

 

Some of my first attempts didn’t turn out so well, but I am getting the hang of it.

 

Those are pictures of the beautiful (I promise it is, the pictures are just that lousy) bonsai tree Josh got me as an anniversary gift. ¬†A traditional 5 year anniversary gift is wood, and he’d managed to remember that I’ve been eyeballing these little trees for a few years now. ¬†He’s good like that ūüôā

In other news…

The wedding blanket is done! ¬†Mostly, and late, as the wedding was on the 12’th. ¬†Still needs a good wash, and since I didn’t finish it in time for the actual wedding I’m going to add some ribbon from my bridesmaid bouquet to it as well. ¬†(Pictures to come. ¬†I need a cat free place to block it out first.) ¬†Almost makes it worth having their gift late, eh? Who needs a heavy blanket in San Diego in August any how?

As promised, with the wedding blanket done, I have a new project! ¬†I finally got started on the little sheep’s baby blanket!

Much swatching and sketching was had…

I am liking how the dye job turned out very much. ¬†I don’t think it will be too over powering for a simple pattern to still be seen in it. ¬†I’m also hoping that the pattern turns out well enough that I can put it up here for others to use once I’m done.

Over the last two days, after all the swatching and working for The Mouse, this is what I have so far…

Not all that much. ¬†I promise it’s more interesting that just plain old garter stitch, it’s just really hard to see it at this point.

As you may recall, my wrist has been acting up due to knitting on a deadline. ¬†I’ve gotten myself a more ridged wrist brace that I now where to bed, when I knit, and throughout the day as I need it. ¬†Knock on wood, it seems to be doing the trick! Also knitting on the baby blanket, with more than just big repetitive stitched like the wedding blanket had, really seems to help as well. ¬†(Any other suggestions for help with wrist pain would be greatly appreciated. ¬†Since I’m 34 weeks pregnant still, no pain meds though.)

Now that I’m able to get back in the loop for a bit… What’s everyone else working on?