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What I’m Not Knitting

The chevron baby blanket plugs along (as blankets usually do), and I’m starting to day dream about other projects I’d like to start.  My sister is expecting a little boy in early November, so there is another blanket waiting in the wings, not to mention a few unfinished objects that got tossed aside during the move.  We’re going to pretend those aren’t there right now.

What I really want is something in linen!

Living in Southern California, and having the total lack of winter we had last year, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to knit with things other than 100% wool sometimes.  As much as I love my wool, and all things wolly, there just aren’t enough cold days in our year to add more wool accessories to the mix.  (I know those of you in colder climates are just crying for me.)

I’ve had my eye on the Summer Scarf ever since spying it at Two Sisters and Ewe during the San Diego yarn crawl last year.

Summer Scarf by Janet Avila

Summer Scarf by Janet Avila

I’m also contemplating my first knit top, and the Silken Straw Summer Sweater looks perfectly summery, and not at all deceptive!  I’m just sure I’ll look perfectly fit and flattered in it.  (Just let me hang onto my delusions until I’ve knit it.)

Silken Straw Summer Sweater by Purl Soho

Silken Straw Summer Sweater by Purl Soho

For now, it’s all the chevron I can handle.  ON TO THE BLANKET!!!

 

 

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Preparation

I’m trying to organise my knitting (and thoughts in general) for our upcoming road trip.  I have my Sea Bands to hopefully ward off any potential motion sickness, and several patterns.

I’ve decided that hats would be something fairly easy to work on while in the car.  I also decided to knit said hats for Knots of Love (we don’t really go through a ton of hats around here).  Per their required yarn list, I will be stash busting A TON of Carron Simply Soft that I came across while trying to organize all my craftiness.

For these hats I’m taking along two patterns:

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Then, just to shake things up a bit I’m going to use the Tardis chart from Bigger on the Inside by Kate Atherley to make a nice scarf for a friend 🙂

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(I love that as soon as I had printed up the pattern and put it with my stuff to be packed, my friend actually requested this as a Christmas gift haha!)

I may yet also pack up a pair of socks as I’m trying to teach myself to knit them two at a time with the magic loop.  That sounds like a lot of knitting haha.  (…oooo maybe I’ll bring the spindle too…)  What are your go to travel knitting patterns?

Ready, Set, GO!

Finally!  Just in the last seconds of January too!

The Lazer Sheep Yarns Etsy Shop is open for business!!!

Super excited, but that’s not what’s been keeping me from posting though 😛 it’s been succulent center pieces,

20130130-214145.jpgA sweet baby hat for a soon to be here baby,

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Love the sweet little top!

Love the sweet little top!

Succulent center pieces,

Curtacy of my mom's bridesmaid dress sewing space and my great-grandma's awesome 70's tablecloth!

Science!

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I’ve been hijacked by the wedding brigade and am also working hard on the shower and bachelorette party prep.  Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with things here, and maybe even get in some Christmas knitting! (haha)

Hope everyone enjoys the shop, and please let me know if you have any suggestions, or colorways you would like to see 🙂  (It’s sparse now, but more will be added as soon as there’s time to dye up some more yarn.)

Happy knitting!

Temptation

Now that I’ve aired all my unfinished objects out in the open… I’d really like to skip most of them.  At least until I’ve knit myself a pair of these.  I’ve become obsessed with knitting a pair of baby booties for Little Sheep.  One that she can really wear.  I did knit her a pair, exactly one year ago today.  I had just found out I was pregnant, but my husband was out-of-town for the weekend.  I had to keep that to myself for 5 DAYS!!!  To keep myself from spilling the beans to passers-by, I knit these.

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I used a multi colored, wool sock yarn I picked up on the fly from Michael’s, and this easy Magic Slippers pattern from Ravelry.

When my husband finally made it home, I presented them to him, to tell him we were pregnant 🙂  Still gives me the warm and fuzzies just thinking about it.

Anyway, Little Sheep never really wore those.  I wanted to keep them in good shape, for a scrap-book or something.  Plus they only really would have fit her in October, which is never a terribly cold month in Southern California.  Of corse now we’re colder than some places back East!  50’s during the day, 30’s at night!  Unheard of!  The Californians are freezing out here!  Little Sheep’s baby socks aren’t cutting it any more, so I think I’ll give into temptation and knit the new booties.  For my daughter’s well-being of corse.

Also, I’ve dyed up some wonderfully pink stuff for my Etsy shop, and I can’t very well sell it when I haven’t tried it out myself now can I?  So the decision is made!  Baby Booties!  Colorway “Stuck-in-Gum Sheep”!

"Stuck-in-Gum Sheep"

“Stuck-in-Gum Sheep”

Consider this a sneak peek into the Lazer Sheep hand dyed collection that will be available later this month.  I’m super excited about it!  Every colorway has its own sheep, with its own little personality 😀  Hopefully I’ll be adding buttons with the individual sheep on them at a later date.  For the time being I just need to finish up a few tiny things on the shop before it’s opened.  Anyone have suggestions for colorways they’d like to see in the future?

 

 

And the Holiday Sweatshop Continues

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season, and a happy new year!

We had fun playing with the lights :)

We had fun playing with the lights 🙂

While I did finish a fair amount of knit gifts, including that sweet Santa hat Little Sheep is modeling for us (It was a simple 2X2 rim hat, where I put 3 rows between each decrease row.  And obviously, change colors accordingly, and add a fun pom-pom on top!), the holidays continue on at our house in the form of unfinished objects.

Still on the needles:  two cowls

I swear that's black yarn

I swear that’s black yarn

This one is being worked flat, with a seed stitch border.  When it’s done I’m going to sew the ends together, and attach some BIG buttons.  Not useful buttons mind you, just satisfyingly HUGE ones 😀

SAM_0433This cowl is knit in the same Swirl Hat pattern I’ve used before.  The only difference… instead of decreases, I’ll just put a few more rows of 2X2 rib.  Done!  (It’s also showing off my prototype Lazer Sheep stitch marker!)

One scarf

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This is a special scarf for my husband.  I sprung for some super soft baby alpaca.  Should have enough to make a matching hat as well.  I just stuck a basic cable in the middle.  My husband is a man, and his scarf should be manly as well.  No frilly stuff here.

One pair of fingerless gloves

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These I found on Ravelry, for my Dr. Who obsessed friend.  The pattern, The Oncoming Storm! They are modeled after the Daleks, villains in the show.

You’d think being home all the time I’d have plenty of spare time to finish up this knitting and get them off to their final destinations.  Too bad the Little Sheep doesn’t like watching the knitting needles go as much as I do.

How many projects do you have yet to finish?

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On a totally separate note, I’m working hard to get the Lazer Sheep Etsy shop up and running this month.  The yarn is all set to go.  The stitch markers on the other hand, are slow going.  The idea is that each colorway has their own Lazer Sheep character, and I want to send a stitch marker with its character out with each hank of yarn.  Through trial and error, I have a few ideas.  Hopefully I can get enough of them done to be ready to ship with this batch of yarn.  Since I’ve managed to hijack my parents’ computer, I’ll try to keep updated.  (I’m here every other day for laundry any how.)

Internet! a Move, and Typing One Handed

Through many trials and calls to AT&T, I finally have internet!  Internet at our new apartment no less!  Yes, we are officially back in the land of my people, San Diego, and oh how I missed it.

Via a lovely restaurant on Coronado Island

Majority of my family lives here, and we are very lucky to have so much help with Olivia.  Although, right this moment I don’t have this help handy, and thus I am holding the little sheep in one arm, and hunting and pecking with the other.  Whatever works, right?

I have manged some knitting however!  After the baby blanket was finished, I started finishing up all the baby hats I’d started (modeled pictures to come) and working on a headband or two.

After the little sheep debuted, I did have to take five while I recovered and get into the new swing of things.  This was the next project… (I did mine in cotton because it was the only orange I could find (?) and so the rim didn’t roll much)

Cute hat, squirmy baby 🙂
Grumpy Halloween apparently

We also joined the Susan G. Koman Walk for the Cure in memory of her Grammy V.  (My sister made her the shirt <3)  It was amazing, and at 6 weeks postpartum it was exhausting, but totally worth it.  We’re planing on participating again next year 🙂

“Strolling for Grandma”

Now, the race for Christmas knitting starts.  I’ll give you a minute to catch your breath…

So far I’ve got 3 projects started, including his awesome knited moustache,  and at least 4 more to go.  Knitting is far harder one-handed than typing.

How’s everyone else’s holiday knitting going?

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 😀

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 😀

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 😉