Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I know this is supposed to be a knitting blog, but Big C at swimming lessons is just too cute. We hit the beach in 2 days!
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In knitting news I turned the heel and worked the gusset decreases on Millicent.
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Monday, May 29, 2006

Growing up so fast...

Big C models my interpretation of the Mason-Dixon baby bib. Posted by Picasa
Summer vacation is here and the log cabin blankie is growing almost as fast as Big C. The pattern is so simple that playing with the colors is lots of fun. This one is for a friend's baby, but C might enjoy one for naptime at pre-school. (He starts this fall *gasp*) I'd also like to try another log cabin in more muted "grown up" colors. I've been eyeing Knit Picks
Mainline. We'll be paying for pre-school soon, so I can't afford to be a yarn snob. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Soul Patrol, Soul Patrol! Woo!

What excellent TV knitting last night! Two hour American Idol finale extravaganza and then a super creepy Lost finale. This log cabin baby blanket was a perfect project. Mindless garter stitch that results in a beautiful product. I knew that Cotton-Ease stash would come in handy. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Where have I been? Sick family, end of the school year stresses, and sore wisdom teeth leave little time or energy for posting. I'm glad to report that Big C and Daddy-O are recovering from their colds and Mommy is LOVING socks on two circs. See how C looks on with awe as I TRY ON my sock.

You may be wondering what happened to my Ravenclaw yarn. Well Cho, as I like to call the skein, is beautiful but somewhat fussy. I waited a long time for my chance with this yarn and I don't want to blunder into a relationship without a game plan. (Unlike Harry) First I want to learn how two use two circular needles. Next I'm going to try a short-row heel. I'm even considering starting from the toe up so that I can get as many stripe repeats as possible. So at the rate I'm going I should be through with the Cho socks in time for book seven...

In the meantime I'll be working through the other house colors and naming them after other female HP characters. I'm calling these Millicent. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Look at what I learned to do!

At long last I learned to make a sock on two circular needles. I was having way too many hand cramps from contorting my fingers in strange ways to hold my dpn's. It feels a little like holding a squid with the loose ends flopping around but I like it. There are no spare needles to keep up with, I don't stab myself when digging around in the knit bag, and Big C will have a much harder time pulling the needles out of mommy's sock. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Lookie Lookie!

I gave my MawMaw (That's what we call our grandmothers in Alabama.) my first two ballband dishcloths for Mother's Day. She loved them so much that she bequeathed me with her Sugar n' Creme stash. I'm amazed at the similarity of our taste in colors. Warshrags for everyone! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Dye-O-Rama Meme

Your favorite colors? Blue and Green

Preferred yarn weight: sport or fingering

Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? I like multi-colors or solids with slight variations in color.

If your buddy is able to do so, would you like a variegated, self-striping, or self-patterning yarn? I will like what ever he/she sends!

Would you be interested in a wool blend sock yarn (nylon, tencel, silk, acrylic, alpaca, etc.)? Sure, but I'm alergic to angora and mohair, so alpaca could be a problem too.

Imagine the perfect colorway. What would you name it? Blissful Bubbles

What was the biggest appeal to you for joining this dye-along? This is my first swap or KAL and I enjoy dying.

General yarn/fiber questions:
Have you dyed yarn/fiber before? A few times.

If so, what’s your favorite dye and method? I really like Kool-Aid.

Do you spin? nope

Have you knit socks before? Yes. Love it!

Do you use sock yarn for just socks or in other patterns too? Just socks.

What are some of your favorite yarns? Lorna's Laces, Koigu

What yarn do you totally covet? Regia Canadian Classic Colors

Favorite patterns? Simple but interesting patterns. I love every pattern in MasonDixon Knitting.

Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? My dream pattern is a traditional aran sweater, but I just don't have the time or talent. =)

Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? Susan Bates Circs

If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be? Wool-Ease; cheap and scratchy (Just kidding!) I would probably be Koigu; fun, interesting and soft.

Nothing to do with knitting/yarn/fiber in any way but seemed kinda fun:
Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack? Chips!

What’s your favorite animal? Dog

Do you have pets? What are their species/names/ages? Shetland Sheepdog, Pebbles, 5

If you were a color what color would you be? blue

Describe your favorite shirt (yours or someone else’s)... My black 3/4 tee with colorful embroidery (blue, coral, and green) across the bodice.

What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature? Lately I have really enjoyed watching the blue birds in my back yard tend to their young. They are excellent parents and very beautiful .

Tell me the best quote you’ve ever heard or read. "A hand knit blanket is a form of immortality."

Saturday, May 06, 2006

A Mason-Dixon KAL. How Exciting!
All knit up...

Blush and Bashful knit up into a cheery little swatch. The more I work with Knit Picks Color Your Own the more I like it. It is soft and squishy, not quite as dense as Lorna's Laces.

I worked on the swatch yesterday while supervising car riders at the elementary school where I teach. The kids were facinated and had a lot of questions. Several told me about their grandmothers and aunts who knit or crochet. I encouraged them to learn a craft over the summer. We've got to pass the crafty baton to the next generation. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Introducing: Blush and Bashful

My colors are Blush and Bashful. (Her colors are pink and pink.)
---- Steel Magnolias
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I hope my Dye-o-Rama buddy likes pink...
(BTW if my buddy is reading this, I especially like blue and green)

lots and lots of pink... Posted by Picasa
Soaking in the sink...
(Note the hand-knit dish rag.)
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Hanging out in the shower...
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Tuesday, May 02, 2006


These could possibly be the ugliest Jaywalkers in the history of knit socks. But I don't care. I've been working on them on and off since March and they are finished. Waa-Hoo! Posted by Picasa