Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Notice anything weird? Like how the sole smooshes out sideways, like I seamed it in the wrong direction? Well, I was just following the instructions.
The foot from the top looks like it could almost work but the bottom turned out terrible. I thought I just Kitchener stitched it the wrong way but then I realized the decreases had to be in the wrong place. I have no idea how they got this way. I'm terribly frustrated with the instructions though. I'm a very literal thinker. If you say, "Turn left in front of the school," there had better be a road in front of the school, not off to one side or slightly ahead or behind. Maybe I'm just a moron and haven't figured out how to read a pattern yet. I can't bring myself to kill this masterpiece yet. When I do it will probably be ripped back to the ribbing and turned into a sock or something.
Thankfully the Presto Chango baby sweater is coming along well.
I must say though that as much grief as knitting can give me, as bad as the baby bootie turned out, and peeved as I am at the instructions, I'm still really happy I tried. I didn't hate the process. In fact I loved it. I hated the result but not the actual knitting. I heard a saying once that sex was like pizza, even when it's bad it's still pretty good. I guess knitting is the same way.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Why, University of Georgia gymnastics.I used to be able to do this actually. I was a gymnast for 6 years.
Look at how high she is!
There was also some knitting. These are some booties that I had started in hopes of having them finished for a baby shower on Saturday morning. As you can see, that didn't happen.
In fact, I don't really like these booties. I don't like the little ridges on the insole. And I'm still not 100% sure that all the instructions are correct. If they are, they are rather vague to me. When I divided up the stitches like it said to, half the stitches were purled and half were knitted which was not going to work out.
I'm going to frog them. The yarn was scratchy and sticky. Boo :( But from the looks of things at the shower little Elijah will be just fine without them. The Presto Chango baby sweater is coming along much better. And I really like this yarn. It's so soft to work with.
I need to update my Ravelry page and also figure out how to make my bloglines account work. Hopefully I can get everything running smoothly in the next couple of days.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Baby bootie number one...4 rows done...
On a normal week I think I could have done it. I'm not super woman or anything but I'm a pretty good knitter and 2 baby booties should not have given me such fits. As it was though, my co-teacher has been out since Wednesday so I've been more than a little busy teaching. When I get home the time I had planned to spend on baby booties was spent knitting one bootie, deciding I didn't like it, ripping it out, and going to bed. Then on Thursday I went to see some of my former students at the high school. I did manage to knit these before then.
Yep, hand knit rings. For a student. Who wasn't there! That was 30 minutes I could have been working on the baby booties. Oh well.
Today, Penelope was trying to ruin any picture taking moments by demanding my attention. Example 1:
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I got the Romanian book and the Yarn Harlot's book yesterday. The Kid's Knits one came today (no thanks to my mailman who jammed it into my tiny mailbox sideways! Hello! What were you thinking?!?!). I'm very excited about all of these. I've already started looking at the learning Romanian book. I can already say a few things. Also, I can't wait to read the Yarn Harlot's latest. The last one I read (Knitting Rules) was awesome. The last one I am especially excited about though. I'm very much about versatility and this book is perfect for it. It includes all these generic patterns and embellishments that can be combined to make a million different knitted objects. I can't wait to try some but tonight is for knitting baby booties. A family friend is having a baby shower on Saturday and I think I can crank some out before then. But first, as promised, these are the pictures that wouldn't post from last night...
The beautiful orange rose:
Penelope taking up the whole couch.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
But she didn't want to wear it on her head. How about here?
And....ta da! Yellow socks!
Oops, different decreases on both socks. On the left sock I did the gusset decreases on ever row and on the right I did them every other row (as suggested in the Yarn Harlot's recipe). I like the decreases on the left sock and in the future if/when I make these socks again I would probably do the decreases that way.
I still love these socks. I kept them on until my feet started to sweat because it was 80 degrees in my apartment.
So, there was celebrating...
Once I finished those I immediately cast on for an ear flap hat from the book Knitting in No Time. I finished it tonight.
Side view 2:
I like this hat very much. I was afraid that I would run out of yarn so I did a crochet bind off (a la the Yarn Harlot) instead of a regular bind off. In the future I would do a regular knit bind off. There was plenty of yarn left over. Also, the ear flaps come down past my ears. But it looks pretty cool none the less. I really like the colors and the hat is really warm. Penelope came to check out the action. However, she didn't really seem to care too much. Maybe I should have let her try and wear it...
Saturday, February 16, 2008
All black. On the perkiest, lovingest day of the year. Is there some subliminal message included there? Penelope didn't care either way. She didn't get chocolates or flowers. Sorry kitty.
I have been able to get a few things to the almost finished point. But that's the good and bad part. 3 projects are almost finished but still need to be seamed or embellished.
Baby Hat #3.
Pattern: My standard baby hat pattern
Needles: US size 10
Yarn: Bernat Krysta in an off white-ish color (don't bother looking for this yarn, I'm not sure it exists any more)
All this bad boy is missing is some seaming.
Second yellow sock
Pattern: Yarn Harlot's simple sock recipe
Needles: US size 6 DPNs
Yarn: Caron One Pound in Sunflower
Still need to make it to the toe. Almost there so long as the needles didn't fall out as I was putting this back in the knitting bag of doom. And that is a big if.
T-Strap Baby Booties
Pattern: T-Strap Baby Booties
Needles: US size 9
Yarn: Bernat Chunky in Nature's Way
Needs seaming and some buttons. I was thinking maybe some antique looking silver ones would be cool.
My hopes for tonight are first and foremost to get a gift for a one-year old's birthday I'll be attending a party for tomorrow (I know, if I was a real knitter I would have made him some sleep pants or something. So sue me). Then I plan on getting some dinner, coming home, watching American Beauty, and finishing at least 2 of these WIPs.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Plain stockinette stitch baby hat with a 1" K2P2 ribbing at the bottom. US size 10 needles and some old skool yarn, I mean, seriously old. So old that I can't even tell you what it's called because the ball band is at work and I can't even find something remotely close on the internets (I think it was Krystal by Bernat or something along those lines). And dudes, this yarn is funky.
It's all fuzzy and I don't even think it's plied. It's just like someone pulled long lengths of fleece and then kind of bunched it into a skein. Weird.
And it is sooooooo split-y. Every time I go to pick up a stitch I have to be careful or I'll take half a loop with me and then make it look all wonky. It's turning out to be an ok hat. I ripped back to the ribbing twice because I was trying to use some cute stitches but they just weren't working for me (I think it was knitter error). I finally gave in and began some mindless stockinette. I wish I could do some cool snowflake pattern because that's what this yarn reminds me of. But I'm not that motivated to figure it out nor to write a pattern for it.
Tonight I braved the 30 degree (Fahrenheit) temps to do my Valentine's shopping (do not even lecture me on waiting until the last minute, that's just how I roll). After coming home I decided that tonight was for sock knitting.
I'm wearing one sock to motivate myself to finish the other one so I can have 2 warm feet tonight instead of just one.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I came home and dug around in my knitting bag to find something to work on that wasn't too challenging. Behold the Knitting Bag of Doom. Enter if you dare!
It's just a simple baby hat. I used a new stitch though. It's called the trinity stitch and it makes these cool little bobbles all over the hat. I used some Rainbow Classic yarn in the purple colorway (berry) and some US size 10 needles. I cast on 44 stitches and did 2 inches of K2P2 ribbing and then did the trinity stitch until the whole thing measured 7 inches from the cast on edge. Then I threaded some yarn through the top, pulled tight, and topped it off with a pom pom.
I have the yarn suggested in the book and the needles and I really think the pattern is cute. But, alas, I've told myself that I will wait until I have finished one of my other projects first:
1. Second yellow sock
2. Second T-Strap Baby Bootie
3. Back of pink sweater
4. 4th baby hat
5. Ripple scarf