Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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I'm sorry it's been almost 3 weeks since my last update. Let's see, what's happened since my last update?

Well, on the 10th, my Cousin had her baby! It's a Girl! Baby Grace Ann was born on 10/10/08 at 12:53pm. Click here to see her online birth announcement. My cousin loved all of the little baby things I knit, and I can't wait to see baby Grace wearing them :)

I haven't done much in the way of knitting lately. I've been pretty unmotivated. I've worked a bit on sock #2 in the pair I'm knitting for my friend. That sock has suffered a little set back though. Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I found that sock WIP laying on my bed, needles missing and it had SEVERAL dropped stitches. Before this incident I was almost done with the gusset, now I need to frog it back to the heel flap and re-knit. I don't have a dog or cat to blame this on, so it had to be one of the kids. When the boys get home from school, they're all going to get a talking to about owning up to their actions. They should know by now that if they would have told me about it when it happened that it wouldn't be as big of a deal.

I've also been doing a row here and there on the mittens I'm knitting. for the pair I'm knitting for my mom, I'm about 3/4 of the way through mitten #2, and for the pair I'm knitting for my sister, I'm about 1/3 through mitten #2. If I were more motivated It wouldn't take long to finish both pairs, only a couple of evenings if the movie I put in isn't too

It feels as though we only had about a week of Autumn weather. The past several days the temps have been dipping into the 20's at night and hovering in the 40's at mid-day. Oh well, this means that it's time to use the wonderful handknit socks I've made. The other day I wore a pair of commercially made socks and my feet were freezing all day. UGH! I'm sticking to my handknit ones from now on.

Once I get a bit more progress made on some of my projects, I'll update with some pictures. Until then, Stay warm!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Sick Knitting

For the past week, I've been suffering from a cold. Which is both good and bad. Bad in that I feel like crap and have no energy, and good in that since I had no energy to do housework, a good amount of knitting has gotten done. So, here's what I've been working on:
First, here we have a baby hat. My Cousin, Shelly, is pregnant with her second child, and is due to pop and second now. I had cast on-itis so I figured something cute and quick was just what was needed. The yarn is Vanna's Choice from Lion Brand in the color Dusty Green. The pattern is Cabled Baby Hats by Julie Hentz. The only thing I changed, was instead of having all of the cables twist the same direction, I alternated right twist and left twist cables.

On Saturday, October 4th (the day before I got sick) I went along with my Mom (btw-it was her 50th birthday! Happy birthday MOM!), my Aunt, and one of my sisters, went to Prairie Peddler Arts & Crafts Festival. I had a lot of fun, and ended up buying some fresh honey, some homemade soap, and the wool fiber pictured above. I've started spinning some already, but I'm still a beginner spinner and it shows. That doesn't stop me from having fun with it, though:)

Here we have Mom's Mittens that I'm knitting for her Christmas Gift. I think I've only done 3 or 4 rows since I lat posted about these, but progress is progress no matter how small. I love knitting these, but I can't be trying to watch anything interesting while working on them. The yarn is Knitpicks Essential in Grass and Black, and the pattern is NHM#7 from the book Selbuvotter.

More mittens! This is mitten #1 in the pair I'm knitting for my sister, Dawn. Another from the book Selbuvotter, this is pattern NHM#1. I am using Knitpicks Palette yarn in Blush and Ash.

And, Lastly, here we have sock#1 in the pair I'm knitting for Bleahy. Sock #2 has been started, but I'm still on the cuff.