Monday, July 28, 2008

My weekend knit

So I decided to make Dad a pair of slippers to wear around the house or wherever as he usually has thin socks on....or hospital slippers (which if you've ever worn...DO NOT do the's like wearing panty hose to keep your feet warm). So, anyway, here they are! They look odd when they aren't on feet, but Adam tried them on and they fit perfectly!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

the cancan skirt trial size

so I wanted to design Hazel a little skirt with some flair, but having not made her one before I had no idea what size to make it...this, was not big enough. It looks like it fits in the pictures, but it's very snug. So I'm going to make the actual skirt about 1/4 again as big.....wish me luck! This one is going to my friend Michelle's little girl as she's probably the perfect size for it...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The One in Which I am Frustrated!

AAARGH! OK, so I have cast on for the body of elefante (see link below) so any times I have lost count! It is done in the round on dpns. I am supposed to cast on 9 sts (3 on each) then knit in front & back of each stitch. I keep screwing it up. Any advice? I need some help!

PS...pardon the FRIENDS title reference :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Best Laid Plans Pictures!

Here's the hat I made Adam to keep his cranium warm and un-sunburnt! Hazel's not a big fan as he was wearing it and leaned down to play with her and she got this terrorized look on her face and started crying uncontrolably! The rest of us like it, though, and it didn't turn out too bad provided I didn't have a pattern to follow!

Here are the balls that I made...the pink one is Hazel's and the striped one is one of the set I'm going to make Adam (you need 3 to juggle for some reason ;-) ). The took no time to make, so I should have the rest of Adam's done in time for his birthday!

I cast on last night to learn 2-at-a-time sock knitting, but I need different needles than my Boye Interchangeable, they don't seem to want to bend and twist the way they need to. I also think I need a little more patience than what I have right now as it is NOT an easy technique. So the socks will have to take a back seat to other projects. I'll learn eventually.

I cast on for a second Violet dress for Hazel. This time, though, I decreased the cast on and all the calculations by 20%, and I'm going to make it fairly short so she can wear it as a tunic instead of a dress....wish me luck! It's a little odd, though, I've changed so much about that project that the pattern only resembles the original. The finished project still looks the same, but I've switched so many stitches that it doesn't feel the same!

Well, I'm off to knit! Have a great day!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Best Laid Plans....

This week has been CRAZY!!!!! Adam and Linds got here on Wednesday and my days have been a whirlwind since! But you can read about our travels on my other blog....

So this week I cast on 2 different pair of socks for my friend Michelle's birthday (which is tomorrow), and pedicure socks for Jenn, Linds, and I when we get our peds later this week. I found very cute sock yarn for both and started right away. Then Friday, Hazel spit up on the red sock yarn for Michelle's I frogged those. I'll figure out how to wash the yarn and use it for a different project. So she may not get her present till next month...
Then I cast on for the ped socks and got distracted by making my brother's juggling toys and made one for him (I'm going to make 3) and then I made one for Hazel since she wanted to play with his. So I got 2 balls done and started working on the ped socks again, when, Adam stated (while we were out and about on Saturday) that his head was really cold and he wished he had brought a sock of course I started that project Saturday night when we got home. I should be done with it this afternoon, that way he'll atleast have it for 1/2 his visit. Then, hopefully, I will be able to get the ped socks done before our pedicures this Thursday...I'm not holding my breath, though!

I think the ravelympics sounds so fun! What project are you thinking of doing? I have a shirt I want to make Linds for christmas that I could do, or I thought of trying something for my mom for her birthday in September. The other thing I thought of doing was knitting 1 swatch a day for 15 days, making them rather large swatches and all different stitch types, and then stitching them together as making it a blanket for Hazel's 1st birthday. I don't know if I'll actually sign up for the event, especially as we'll be traveling so much during that span and I won't be able to knit while I drive (although, if you can figure out how, that would be fantastic) but I thought it would be fun to knit along to see what I'm capable of, and joining next year!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Kids Asleep, Husband Out...Why Am I On The Computer?

I am loving the dress Carli! It is so cute! I think that I am going to have to make one for Layla. Maybe even one for my niece for Christmas. Wouldn't it be cute to make them matching Christmas dresses? I think I will at least do that for my girls. I was going to sew them some, but maybe this would be better. I will have to think about that. Hmmm....

The purse is really cute too. I am proud of you for designing something! Go You! I really hope that she likes it.

Last week I went home to visit my parents. We had a nice time. While we were there, I got to go to the yarn store close to them. I have been wanting to go, but just haven't been able to. It is called the Trading Post and not only was it a yarn and fiber store, but it was also an alpaca and llama farm! They are SO cute! The yarn store had some beautiful things in it and I was really excited to check it all out. Unfortunately, Mom was watching the girls in the car so I really couldn't stay very long. But, I did buy a hank of 100% alpaca undied wool. It is SO pretty.
There is about 150 yards there, I'm not sure yet what I am going to make with it, but I can't wait to do it! I have a couple of One Skein books from the library so I am going to have to find something neat that is worthy of the wool. The coolest thing was that I got to see the alpaca that it came from. He was SO pretty and his name was Hamlet. The only bummer about the place is that it is only open 2 days a week. But the store girl said that anytime I was coming into town to call the owner and if she was around she would most likely open the store so I will have to keep that in mind!! Yeah!! A new yarn store!

I finished up Jillian's dress. I am really happy with it, but wish it was a little longer. However, with a diaper cover, I think it will be cute. It matches the dress I made for Layla. Here is the best picture I could get. I will try and get a better one this weekend.

Right now, I am working on a shawl for my grandmother, a hat for my grandfather and I think I am going to cast on for
Elefante tonight. I bought some Caron today to do it in. The pattern calls for stripes, but the varigated yarn I think will be really pretty. I can't wait to make this. It will be my first toy so that will be exciting. I am going to cast on for a scarf too...I have been trying to make a summer scarf, but just haven't found one I like. Hopefully this one will be cute! I'm tired of ripping out stuff! :)

I am trying to decide if I am going to enter the Ravelympics. I have to come up with a project that I can finish in 17 days, but will challenge me. I am going to have to think on it. Any ideas? Let me know!

Monday, July 14, 2008

My first "design"

So this "design" needs a lot of tweeking, but I thought it made a fun project for Lindsay's birthday! I really stuggled with lining the strap, and my handstitching leaves something to be desired, but, oh well. I think it's cute anyway!

The outside is done in simple Entrelac squares (15x15), the strap is increased cable (c4b) surrounded by garter st. The flap is from picked up sts and steadily decreased, adding a button hole near the point and I finished it off with a decorative border! I even added a phone pocket to the strap. We'll see if she likes it!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Hi Stranger!

Well hello there!

T, those are way cute stitch markers!!!!! I can't decide if I want to make some SMs or avoid adding ANOTHER project to my To Do list....

But here's one I can check off!!!! I just finished Hazel's Violet Dress (named by the designer-not me) and I love love love love love love love it. It's a little big, but that's ok b/c she'll have room to grow into it. And I think I want to make her a couple more in different lengths. I wasn't sure about the colors until I got into the striping I put into the skirt and now I couldn't love it more!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Look What I Made!

I had seen fancy stitch markers online and thought that it would be neat to have some. So, I gave it a try...what do you think?
Sorry for the bad know I suck at that!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th!

Just wanted to sat HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

My New Favorite Hat!

I can't WAIT for winter to be able to wear this hat! It is the My First Hat from Knit 2 Together. It is knit with Lamb's Pride Wool in "Orange You Glad". I LOVE it! I think the flower really adds the something extra! Sorry for the not so great pics...I'm not much of a photographer.

So Sad!

Bummer! I am without my oldest today and the LYS is closed! Bummer and a half! So sad!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Where does the year go?

I can NOT believe that it is July 1st! Where in the world does the year go? It seems like just yesterday we were "ringing" in the new year! OK, so we weren't even awake to see midnight, but come on, we have a 2 year old and I was pregnant! :) Anyway, I can't believe the year is over half over...does that make sense? Craziness!

So, unfortunately, I haven't been able to get much knitting done the past couple of days. We have been SUPER busy. Baby Jillian was baptised on Sunday and we had a lot of our family here to celebrate with us for a cookout. We had a really great time and got to visit with our family. The kids played outside (thank goodness it was nice outside). Thank you so much to all of our family that came. In other Jillian news...she is rolling over! It seems so early, but I know it isn't. She is also teething like mad...which is driving me nuts. Layla is trying to learn to use the potty. It is really frustrating for me, but I know she will get it.
I did get some things done...Jillian's hat and bootee set are finished. They are so cute...I love them. I want to make more for her. I think that I will make a set in blues, greens, and purples so we have cool and warm colors to wear with everything!

I have a couple of other things in the works. I wish I had time to knit more...where are baby sitters when you need them?

Oh, also, I wanted to post about my cousin. She had surgery this past week up at Mayo. The doctors took out 12 lymph nodes, 4 of them had cancer in them. Evidently though, she is doing very well. She was feeling up to coming home the day after the surgery. She will have to go back in 6 weeks to see if it is still all gone. If so, then she only has to go back every 6 months. Please keep praying for is going to be a long road, but at least she doesn't have to have chemo or radiation. Thank the Good Lord!

Carli, I hope that you are having fun with your guests. Can't wait to chat with you again, miss you babe!