Not blogging today.
Left knitting at work. Must start other project. Watching TV, doing laundry, tidying up and going to bed early!!
Today was a party in Rhode Island where I gifted a mom-to-be a new hat for her little guy. This hat is going to be written up as my next pattern but I enjoyed making it so much I want to make a second one and take time to photograph some steps. This was a bit of a rush job as I heard about the party a week ago.
One thing about this hat is that it's knit from the top down. In top-down construction it's important to have a stretchy edge. My normal method of knit one, slip one, knit the two on the right needle together for a bind off was way too tight.
Elizabeth Zimmerman to the rescue. Her stretchy sewn bind off is really and truly stretchy. Yeah it's a little more time consuming, by a few minutes, but completely worth it. Sometimes there is the easy way and it's different from the right way. It always pays to do it the right way.
Weekends are always wicked busy. After working 37.5 hours, commuting for ten and sleeping for oh, say 30-35 hours in a 5 days I have to jam in 3 or 4 days worth of activities into every weekend. It's a lot to do! My poor yard, I just know we're going to be the last on the block to finish our raking. Or toss our gross pumpkins. Yes, we're those people.
Part of what I have to do each weekend is invest hardcore into quality time with the kids (which is why there's a half decayed pumpkin, no time!). So instead of raking or dusting or knitting or washing dishes I spent an hour and half on play dough and then an hour on fort construction and coloring. I had to run out to work for an hour and while the wee one napped Ben and I ran errands. We come home, I made dinner, we eat, watch a little Transformers and then it's bath, jammies and story time.
Now it's time to get to all those other important duties. But I'm not touching that pumpkin, it's freezing out! Maybe tomorrow. Thankfully I can hear the hubs doing laundry and he loaded the dishwasher so I just might bind off that hat I'm supposed to be gifting tomorrow!
When one's camera batteries are as dead as one's motivation to look for them one must change blogging tactics.
I wanted to show off a pair of mittens I made that I'm about to give to my sister so I drew a picture of them:
Aren't they just exquisite? I love the stitch definition. Perfectly symmetrical too.
Then I was thinking of the future and this great hat idea I have in my head. Wanna see what it looks like?
It's not really a lava cake, it's a striped chevron hat! I don't know how to make chevron stripes just yet but you can be sure I'll figure it out. I have a zillion knitting books and the internet. I can make pretty much anything.
Now that it's really getting chilly I have been wanting to cast on for my Marching Columns scarf I got the yarn and pattern for at the Brooks Farm Ranch at Rhinebeck. It's gonna be so softy and pretty and I love all the colors. Wanna see?
Gentle pools and variations of blues and purples are just some of my favorite colors to see together.
As previously mentioned I have a hat due Sunday so I have to get cracking. The house is quiet with Hubbo at school and I'm going to watch Annie Hall. Yeah I know it's 2010 and I'm a little late to the Woody Allen party. Don't judge me, I'm only 31, I haven't been mature enough for Woody Allen before now!
It's one of those tricky November evenings where the air is soft and cool and the light is all plump and purply; it almost feels like we'll skip past winter and roll right into spring.
It will probably sleet and freeze tomorrow ;)
I got a sudden invitation to a party for Sunday. There's a boy coming from Russia in a few weeks and there is going to be a little shower for the parents-to-be. So I put the cowl down and began a hat.
Turns out I'm going to need some mittens too. My sister tried on some plain Jane mittens I made for Rhinebeck and she fell in love. Who can blame her? Blue Sky Alpacas worsted merino is wonderful stuff!
I may end up with the cabled mittens I wanted to make after all!
I did not write yesterday, not a lick. While I don't actually post every single day, I have written every day. It was Sunday, there was a birthday party, weekend work, cleaning, a visit with my sister. So by the time I was going to bed I was too tired to write coherently.
And now it's bedtime and my little men need to be locked in their cages till dawn or they turn into snarling little beasts. So this will be short.
And photoless- Sorry Heather!
I made this hat about a year ago, it's by MaryLou Egan and it's a fantastic pattern whose name escapes me at the moment. Spiral rib? Anyway, I made it for my husband in an adult size and had so much fun making it I did a second one for my younger son, Eli. One thing to know about Eli is that his head is not just large, but gargantuan. Like get an ultrasound when he's three months old cause his dome piece is so massive and growing so fast the doctors are worried he has swelling in his brain. He didn't. His head is huge though. Like 21 inches around as a two year old. Legitimately, off the charts huge. 8-12 year old size. Balancing acts aren't his strong suit.
Needless to say he needed a bigger hat than even I expected. This fit him like a large yarmulke. So it sat in my UFO bin for a year, waiting for 2 ends to be weaved in.
However! I can always rely on my sister to have a baby. If not her own then someone else's is at her house. The woman attracts children to her door the way old crazy ladies end up with 43 cats. Same principle. Love them, feed them, let them pee inside and they multiply.
This hat now belongs to my niece Tamlyn. The 7 month old wonder baby who says "up" and means it. The hat is a little big on her but she likes it. She wore it for ten minutes today which is all I needed!
When there are anywhere from 4-7 or 8 or 10 kids in the house you can never have too many hats.
It's 11:12 PM and I almost didn't write today! Eep!
Here's the plan, going to bed and reading about different kinds of sock toes. I have some interesting ideas and as soon as I am able with some free needles I've got PLANS.
This is one ball of Valley Yarns superwash wool. Not to bad for $3.99-20%! I got this yarn at Stitches East from the Webs booth.
This cowl is coming along pretty freaking slow compared to the last one. 3 stitches to the inch versus 6 so I guess it's technically twice as long. Also being a twisted rib it takes a little longer than some simple cabling every 6th row. I was hoping to have this sucker get to 10" long as my sister who is getting this is only 5 feet tall. The twist on this yarn is super springy so I don't think it will block out much larger than it is.
I have a lot on my mind, the knitting portion that is, and unless I get this sucker off the needles I will never be able to get to the next thing!
The deodorant is purely for scale! My sister doesn't stink or anything! At least not anymore ;)