Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Baby Blankets & Booties

I'm finished with all my baby knitting:

Pattern Big Bad Baby Blanket
Source Stitch 'n Bitch Handbook
Yarn Blue Sky Organic Cotton in Nut and Bone, 4 skeins each
Needles Size 8 Addis
Time to Knit Blanket #2 - July 7 - July 15; Blanket #3 - July 17-July 26.
  • Great pattern, great blanket.
  • I used larger gauge yarn, so my blankets came out a big larger than the original. I made sure to end each ball of yarn at the end of a row. Because of the thick, organic texture of the yarn, the weaving was really noticeable in a stockinette portion. The garter stitch hid them well, though.
  • The yarn was a drapey dream while knitting, but stiffened up a goot bit after washing / blocking . I'm sure (I hope ) it will soften with use.
Mods I opted for garter stitch instead of seed stitch just for timesavings and peace of mind (seed stitch is beautiful, but takes me SO LONG).

The third and final baby blanket was the perfect project to keep my hands busy while ready the 7th HP book. I sat outside, Miles at my feet and read and knit. Pure bliss! I'm so sad that it's all over and done with - the books, not blankets!

Miles at my feet, Zoe, Harry Potter and the Big Bad Baby Blanket on my lap

I'm pleased wtih both blankets and will certainly knit more in the future. I gifted tfhe third blanket at a baby shower this weekend. I didn't get to see the mother open it (it was a couple's shower and they opened gifts afterward), but hopefully she'll was happy with it. I just need to make a date to gift the third and all the blankets will be in their happy homes.

I met the recipient of the first blanket this weekend--what a cutie! So cute, I raced home and told J how much I wanted one. [That feeling lasted just a few minutes.] The baby's mother tells me the blanket sits on her nursing chair and that she uses it just as much as the baby. Makes it all worth it! Because I couldn't go meet a brandy new baby empty-handed, I finished these booties I started way back in May. (They were originally supposed to accompany the blanket as the shower gift).

More fiberlicious fun for you. Megan's right, it's addicting. Soon, I'll break away from fruit.

Pattern Christine's Baby Booties
Yarn Dale Baby Ull in sage green, leftover from these
Needles Size 3 Addis
Time to knit May 3 - July 29
Mods None
Comments I was worried these looked a bit "moon-booty," but they look better on baby feet. Phew. This pattern rules and it's free. What could be better?

With all my committments out of the way, I started on a long-awaited project - one I swatched for last summer and that's been sitting in my sidebar for months! Progress pics of Cherry soon to come.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Fiberlicious Friday

I was inspired to partake in some fiberlicious fun when I noticed these cherries were the exact same color of the latest STR Rockin Sock Club Yarn, Firebird.

Mt. Ranier cherries are my favorite. Pure summer.

Then, I noticed these other cherries were the exact same color as one of last year's skeins, Mustang Sally.

Yum. Fiber.

In other news, I went to the fabric store to find well, not much potential for my pretty new dress and have been relegated to the internets. With the bazillion choices and my distrust of accurate coloring, I'm paralyzed by indecision. On a positive note, the lack of pretty, distracting fabric hanging around begging to be made into a dress has enabled me to finish both baby blankets! More on all that later.

Have a good weekend!

Friday, July 20, 2007

I'm obsessed.

I'm obsessed with this dress.

This is just a picture from Amy Butler's site - no pattern has released yet. I swear, my favorite designs from her site are always the ones without patterns! I've been drooling over this dress for awhile now, just mustering up the courage to make my own version (I even carry a printout in my purse! If I had a locker, I'd hang it up in there next to my picture of Brad Pitt. Maybe I'm getting carried away...). This is how my mind works - I stare and drool, obsess, let that fade, wait for it to come back, drool, and so on. Sometime in the cycle of hemming and hawing, I'll reach a new level of obsession, drop everything, and impulse shop (for some reason shopping for the materials makes me feel just as good as making the final product). I think we've reached that level. Well, actually I reached that level on July 3. Unfortunatley, the only local fabric shop that's not joann's was closed for vacation (grr, didn't they know I needed fabric?). Stupid me even drove all the way there to find out! (I did go to Joann's afterwards to see if I could find some fabric, but left emptyhanded). So today, I will set out to the fabric store (after calling ahead, of course) for fabric to make this beauty. Oh, and curtains--my next home improvement project. Raw silk curtains won't be too $$$, right? ha!

Back to my soon to be beautiful dress... I've actually never made a dress with a pattern (I'm a big fan of the "try it on as you go" school of thought), but this one seems more daunting with those fancy sleeves and all. Sleeves that a pucker will just ruin. Plus, there's no shot of the back. That's cool, though. I have big plans for the back. I'd like it to look like a built in shrug, but with a peep hole between the two fabrics. The seaming could get tricky, though...hmmm... Still brainstorming, obviously.

Blanket? What blankets? Okay, I didn't forget about the baby blankets. And admittedly, the dress project may have to wait a bit (but at least I'll have pretty fabric to stare at). But, I finished the second one and am 1/4 done with the third. I see a light at the end of the tunnel!

And the quilt? Well, no real excuse. Can't explain how the obsession strikes! I'm sure all the other ADD crafters understand. :)

Have a good weekend !

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Blankets, more Blankets and a little Rafting

Lots of babies on the way around here. It don't think I'm the only one as baby knits seem to be populating blogland in record numbers these days. Hopefully all you baby knit knitters were smarter than me and chose to diversify your patterns a bit. All that's on the front burner of my knitting queue are Big Bad Baby Blankets. A total of three for this summer. I bought yarn for this one and another at the same time. Then, another pregnancy was announced and I bought more yarn for another. It seemed like a brilliant plan. I finished the first in two weeks, the yarn is soft, the pattern easy, and the baby showers were cropping up quickly. I'm about 10 rows from finishing blanket number two and desperate to work on my quilt. I sneak in a bit of cutting every once in awhile, but usually make it back to the ball and chain blankets.

Anyway, that was a whole lot of bitching when really the blankets are fun, easy knits and I really think all the babies (and mommies) will love them (they better!). I just like having an option from project ADD. Because of the static knitting, I have no knitting pictures.

Instead, I offer some pics from my weekend up in Maine.

Not our raft, but my best river shot. It's tough taking shots while trying to paddle and stay in the raft!

We went up to The Forks for a white water rafting trip (my first) on the Kennebec River. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun - what could be better than an all natural (well, mostly - the rapids get a power boost from the dam) water roller coaster? Now I want to quit my job and become a rafting guide (surely they'd hire me with my one day of experience, right?). The icing on the cake was hanging out with Lobstah and some other friends.

me after a quick dip (on purpose, I didn't fall in) in the river. Just a teensy bit cold. At least the water tasted good!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Grasshoppers on my Mind

Before I start, I'm going to apologize for the lengthy post - I'm still getting back into the swing of regular posting.

Thanks for all the nice comments on the house. It's hard work, but every day the house is more comfortable and more home., so it's worth it. And it will be cool to look back in a few years and make fun of all the sellers' 70s furniture all over again. Even more disturbing, I would have loved half that decor in my college apartment!

Moving on...The past couple months, there have been several grasshopper sightings round these parts.

EXHIBIT A - Sunshine Yarns in Grasshopper on its way to becoming Embossed Leaves Socks.

EXHIBIT B - Grasshopper Cupcakes. Parikha's refreshing warm weather confection (sorry, I can't figure out how to link to the exact post, but the one from 5/31). I kept some for our house and J brought the rest into work - apparently his coworkers were fighting over them! They are just that good. I'll be sure to make these again. Thanks, Parikha!

EXHIBIT C - Rockin Sock Club March installment - Walkin' on the Wild Tide yarn paired with Grasshopper pattern. So, I'm not actually making the grasshopper pattern, but it still counts. At least, I think it counts.

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Okay, so there's been more crafty goodness outside the realm of grasshoppers. I finally pulled out my Amy Butler Belle fat quarter pack for a Flock of Triangles Quilt from Denyse Schmidt Quilts.
That's about as far as I am. I refolded the fabric to take pictures. Okay, I might be a little farther, but not much. I just washed and ironed the quarters. Anyone have a trick for preventing all the loose threads from knotting up?
And, I've been baking some other favorites... Apple Pie, perhaps my favorite food. I used to request this over birthday cake!

Hopefully a finished Hourglass sweater soon! Have a happy 4th everyone!