Monday, May 29, 2006

Knitting for Babies

Alright, so the baby the duck blanket was for was born a week or so ago, it was a girl, weighing in just over 8 lbs. Mom and baby are happy!

Now, my eldest cousin is due with her boy at the end of August, sooo, I've decided to knit this,

which is the Vogue Knitting Baby Blankets 2 On the Go's Textured Blanket, out of this

that would be Knit Picks Andean Silk in Pool. Nothing like knitting with a colour called pool on a day when the humidex is over 40. Andean Silk is a 55% Superfile Alpaca, 23% Silk, 22% Merino Wool blend and is nice and soft. It's knitting a little nicer than that last blanket. Not quite so mind numbing either. The first few times around each of the repeat rounds took some concentration, but I'm *knock on wood* getting the hand of it. I only had to rip out and start over after 9 rows once!

Here's the progress thus far, I'm about 1 ball in, with about 12 more to go!
That there is about all that is left of the first ball. At this rate its going to be about a ball a reapeat. With about 2 inches so far and 13 balls total I might fall a little short of the 32" called for, but hey! It's a friggin blanket!!!

I've also got my very first lace knitting project on the go, I only had to start it over once, and its going well so far. I'll post pictures of it later!

Now that classes are going full swing I should hopefully find more time for blogging. However, I am in 4th year and they decided that we had to do work. So who knows. I've procrastinated a lot so far this term. I just want to get that blanket done in time!!!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Prepare yourselves.....

.... this is gonna be a long one.

I realize I've been a slacker and not posted in a while, but the whole period of time at the end of one term and the beginning of the next is always crazy. Lots of packing and moving and getting settled. I have been knitting though. So here's what I've been up to!!

Here are a pair of baby booties a made for one of the ladies I worked with over my last co-op term, she was having a girl, hence the pink.

The backdrop is my mom's easter table cloth. There are tulips and dafodil's and bunny's. It's awesome.

I made these, one a night during the last week of April out of my left over R2 CashSoft from my Olympic project with some of the white from the baby blanket I'm making. The pattern came out of Nursery Knits.

Speaking of the baby blanket, I've just about finished it. I had finished the knitting once but ripped back the ducks part because apparently I suck at intarsia. I'm still having issues with it, but I'm going to finish sewing in the ends and then wash it, and hopefully the stitches will even out.

Below you can see how many ends I have left. Each green stripe was 2 ends to sew, and there were about 100 for each duck (that might be a bit of an exageration, but there were a lot). I had to be very careful sewing in ends because A) they showed like a bitch through the other side and B) have a tendency to slip out. Jerks. I don't think I'll be working too much more with this yarn, it's super soft and awesome, but not much fun.

Now, I'd like to bring you another picture of Little Lord Fauntleroy. Yes, we named the penguin Little Lord Fauntleroy. I never claimed my boyfriend was a normal person, and I think that name just shouts how nice and wonderfully original he is. Most people I show the penguin to are suprpised by how large he is. Below you can see him with a normal sized bottle of Extra Strength Tylenol. As you can see behind him, I'm a fan of the Robert Jordan Wheel of Time series. Yeah, I'm a nerd, deal with it!

And here we have my finished Jaywalkers. One of them has a few errors in it, but I learned to deal with them. These were a learning experience and only my second pair of socks, so I'm happy. I'm not sure yet whether they will be staying with me or being given away. If you have ladies size 8.5-9 feet and you think you cannot live without these socks, let me know!

You can also see here my ever growing collection of knitting books. I know, for some, it's small, but for those of you who don't actually knit, it may seem a bit much. Oh well. I like them. They make me happy. My newest additions are Mason-Dixie Knitting, which is awesome fun and Inpired Knits, which is so fabulous. I've already got a request fo the yoga bag. Made out of hemp even! I have so many things I want to make, it's going to be interesting.

And here is what I've been up to (besides the socks and blanket) for the last week or so. I picked up a huge honkin' thing of coloured cotton from Zellers when we were picking up things for the new house, thus far is has provided me with two of the patterns on the ball band, an Ann and Kay special and a "company dishcloth" from the first knitting book I owned, and it's not even half gone. AND, it was less than $8! I think I love cotton. The colours are so fun, it's never boring knitting these guys.

I'm starting to get people interested in learning to knit, so Erica and I are trying to set up a meeting time for Knitting in Engineering. I'm one of the managers for the pub/lounge we have in Engineering, so a space isn't the problem, it's just finding a time. We'll be talking a bit about it a the EngSoc Meeting this week, so if you're at all interested, pay attention!

I think this has gone on long enough now, and I don't have too much more to say on the knitting front, so I'll say toodles, and try to update a little more often from now on!