my life as a crocheter & knitter & working mom
Monday, July 31, 2006
I had a good time, too. I could have done without the additional hour in the car yesterday (single car accident on NY Thruway caused a 10 mile back-up). Not a stitch was knit, but it's not all about the knitting (shocking, I know).
Thanks for all of your comments on the socks and things. I'm running a bit behind today, so maybe a fuller post tomorrow (and e-mails to the commenters if I can track down e-mails for everyone).
Thursday, July 27, 2006
I finished the knitting on the potholder and then bleached all the off-white white. I'll get that finished up tonight (weave ends and crochet the pieces together). I couldn't bring it to work on the bus because the pieces are still drying. Then I need to wrap the gifts, do the dishes and pack.
Normally, I look forward to long drives as being lots of knitting time. I probably won't knit much more than a few stitches all weekend (depends on how things go if I'll have down time). Wish me luck travelling with the B by myself for 6 hours in the car.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
I also tried modeling them. Please disregard the fact that my house needs a vacuuming.
I started a log cabin potholder over the weekend and will finish that up today. That's a shower gift.
The yarn is some vintage Phildar I got on eBay last year. 100% cotton. I went down a needle size and I'm going to crochet the two pieces together to prevent burns.
I finally started the apron last night. That's a pain in the butt. I hope to finish it tonight. Packing and wrapping tomorrow.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
I also wanted to talk about my hydrangea socks. See, I was here yesterday. About 10 rows from the toe shaping. Except blogger's not letting me post photos today to show you. But, I'm nearly done the toe and will FO the socks tomorrow.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I'm calling her lotsa dotsa. She's a skirt. The waist needs to be tweaked and the hem needs to well, be hemmed. She's not quite what I was expecting, much busier, but I think I like her.
I did work on the second sock yesterday. This thing has me confounded. I keep thinking that there are huge differences between the stripes and it was driving me crazy yesterday. There seems to be a slight variation in color segment length (second ball has longer segments of each color) and I kept puzzling over how that made for narrower stripes (see I was thinking longer segments over the same stitches = less pooling = narrower stripes). But, in all actuality, I've been agonizing about this and poring over the different balls of yarn for nothing. Do the stripes (or rather swirls) look all that different to you?
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Starting from the top, finished sock. I didn't weave in ends. If it doesn't fit recipient, I'll rip and re-do. They're just a smidge too big for me, so I'm hoping girlwhosefeetareslightlylargerthanmine won't have problems.
Just below that is beginning of sock two. Because if you're going to have to re-knit one sock, why not re-knit them both.
On the bottom are M&Ms pirate pearls. Not as great as I was hoping. I love white chocolate, but the candy coating made it too much sugar.
I realize that I've not been talking about motherhood or anything else much lately. Let's just say that B's life is revolving around "pool, water, " baby pool at home, and town pools with daycare and the grands. But not quite as much as he wishes it would! He asks for "pool, water" every morning at camp. We're hoping to go to the beach this weekend. I sincerely doubt he'll go anywhere near that water!
Monday, July 17, 2006
I didn't do much over the weekend. I was so tired. Anyway, sock 1 is nearly done. I'll get the grafting done on the way home and start sock 2. I think I'll be able to finish in time. Oh, I had plenty of yarn.
Thanks for the compliments on Cece. Between you guys and the ladies in my knitting group, I'm getting a swelled head. It really does help to have a great pattern, though.
Friday, July 14, 2006
I got a bit further on the Hydrangea Chevron. Mostly this was done on the bus and watching Baby Bach with Billy. I didn't knit on it at all watching tv last night. I started a chickami instead.
I'm making the largest size with shaping and wide straps in my leftover TLC Cotton Plus. Leftover from what you might ask.
Leftover from this: CeCe in TLC CottonPlus Salsa. I made the largest size but had to scale her up a bit. I added two lace repeats to the front and back and 9 stitches to each sleeve. I knit two repeats before I started the increases; I didn't want her too cropped. I really liked this pattern. In the picture I'm thinking, how long do I have to stand like this before the timer goes off. Good thing no one else was here and my office has a door!
Thursday, July 13, 2006
I did finish the heel last night. I'm not 100% pleased with the kitchener on the heel. If I have time, I'll probably rip and fix it.
I've decided I don't like the in-place afterthought heel. It's too fiddly and I don't like having to weave in the extra ends.
I do have some excitement. I'm concerned I might run out of yarn. Yeah, I know, what knitter hasn't gone through that. I'll just have to knit faster to see if there's enough.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I have made much progress. This afternoon, I'm going to do the heel. I think the in place afterthought heel (I love the contradiction) will look nicely swirly in this yarn. I don't think I mentioned it but this is KnitPicks Sock Garden in Hydrangea. A discontinued color and yarn. It's 100% merino and so smooshy after the regia I've been using.
Cece did have her bath last night (light cold water wash in the machine, she is cotton and acrylic); then I smoothed her out on my blocking board. Looking at her on the blocking board I was thinking she's going to be way too wide, but I placed another sweater on top and it's okay. I also figure the cotton content will cause her to elongate once on. If she's not mostly dry by the time I get home tonight (which seems pretty unlikely with the humidity and rain in the forecast), I'll put a fan on so I can sew on a button and wear her Friday.
Thanks for the comments ladies, and anonymous pal who may or not be a lady. I know I've not been e-mailing and commenting on your blogs. I hope to be caught up soon and able to spend more time.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
In other news, Cece rapidly approaches FO status. I finished the knitting last night. Now all I need to do is seam the under arm, sew on the neckband and weave in ends. I'll do that tonight so I can block her and have her ready to debut on Friday> Our group's next stitch lunch is Friday so that's the perfect day to take her out.
Friday, July 07, 2006
When faced with this, what is an enterprising gal to do? Take the day off and learn how to replace a window!
(If you want to know, hubby was outside trying to get our freaked out dog to potty, all those thunderstorms and nights of fireworks, and I was upstairs with B, he was banging and, whoops, broken window, his hand is fine)
First I read in my home care encyclopedia what needed to be done, then we all went to Depot to buy it. Then I took a personal day for Wednesday.
After dropping B off, I donned my goggles (imagine me all cute in a ponytail and safety goggles, again blogger's only letting me upload 3 pics) and started chipping away at the old putty with a glazer's chisel. That didn't work. Back to Depot and some real chisels and an hour or so later I had an empty window frame (Blogger's being jerky about this pic heavy post and since I want to show you the finished product, no pic of the empty frame).
I then had to face the daunting task of cutting a piece of glass to size. But, I was prepared. We had bought everything I could have possibly needed, except the ability to draw straight line. I tried, twice. But, had to get a piece of glass cut to size at my local hardware store (LHS for you in the biz). Have to remember that the service is so much more individualized. Not that they aren't knowledgeable at our box store...
Yeah, I was a failure with the glass cutting. Some glazer I'm turning out to be. But, it seems my metier might be putty. I knew all those years of playdough would pay off.
After that I showered, had a nice lunch, and plopped myself down with my knitting to watch the France and Portugal game. (Was going to post a cute pic of that, too.)