Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I finished the back of my sweater. I'm happy with it all around. I love the weight and the feel of the yarn, and despite the photographic evidence below, the color is really nice.

The pictures don't do the color justice. It is a really pretty sage green that is much lighter than the photo would have you believe. It's closer to the color in the bottom picture than the top-- but lighter.

I'll try and get an outside shot soon. It was on the list for today, up there along with "take the day off" but once I spent 6 hours at work, came home in a horrible mood, and took a 2 hour nap, it got too dark. Feh.


Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I couldn't stay away from the knitting needles for long.

This sweater has been in my head for a long time. When I bought the yarn (6 skeins of Dale Svale), it was going to be plenty for a sweater for Sam. Of course, that was long before Sam needed sweaters in SIZE 4 (ack!). But although the yarn remained in my stash, the future sweater remained in my mind.

So, finally the sweater will make its way into existence...

It even has a matching hat! Hee! I don't design, really... but 3 hours on the (non-cordless!) phone with Dell Tech Support gave me some time to doodle... and this is what came out. Cool, right? For no particular reason, I'm making this one in 12 month size, so Cars-n-Trucks (that's what Sam wants to name his sister) could potentially wear it next year... but I may give this one away, and order more yarn to make a newborn size and a size 4, for Sam and C-n-T to wear this year.

I'm almost done with the back-- no one is more amazed than I that it actually looks like the sketch! I took a few pictures today, but they didn't come out great. I'll try again tomorrow.


Monday, August 28, 2006

We went to an excellent EXCELLENT Afghan restaurant on Saturday night... Pamir in Morristown. The only downside... all the talk of Afghans made me want to make one. Hey Sue-- how about I knit that Colinette Ab Fab Throw you have as a housewarming gift??? :D


Friday, August 25, 2006

Well, blogging about blankets can be fun...

If you finish one!


Progress continues on the "melon" blanket for Malinda... more rows, more balls of yarn, blanket still approximately the same size. I'm trying to pick a contrasting color for edging. Any suggestions?

I also am feeling the need to start 2 different knitting projects-- possibly 3. One pair of socks... something for Sam... and maybe something for THE BABY too.


Sunday, August 20, 2006

The thing about knitting/crocheting blankets is that blog progress photos are not particularly interesting...

I've worked a lot on the crochet blanket, yet somehow it doesn't seem to be getting any bigger. Every once in a while, I finish a row & turn & start the next one... and even less frequently I get to the end of the ball of yarn, and add on a new one... yet the blanket remains the same size.

Odd, right?

I was hoping to post a finished-object photo of the Entrelac Shawl today, as I was more than halfway through sewing on the edging yesterday. Unfortunately, genius divided 56 by 4 to get 13, and the first 2 sides had the wrong number of edge triangles...

So off it came. I have re-sewed to the point where I was before. It's possible I could finish tonight, and then I just have ends to weave in before it is truly finished.

Of course I'm thinking about the next project. I bought a vintage sock pattern booklet at a garage sale yesterday for 50 cents... it has some really good patterns. I might have to start socks. I also want to start something for THE BABY.. .and something for Sam... and the shawl I bought yarn for from Valley Yarns... and a hat...


Thursday, August 17, 2006

My boy is 3!

He is SO big.

Jonathan & I took the day off, and we all spent a family day at Land Of Make Believe.


Friday, August 11, 2006

Works in Progress

I have been working on a couple of things in the last few months...

The first is a blanket for Amy's daughter Emily. Or maybe it's for Nina. Not sure. You may recall 2+ years ago (I forgive you if you don't, as I can't recall what I had for breakfast)... I was knitting a baby blanket for Amy's then-not-yet-born baby, Nina. Well... Nina is 2 now, and apparently her older sister Emily is stealing her blanket. SO... Amy asked (nicely) if I would make a blanket for Emily. I started another one (Entrelac Shawl, by Debbie Bliss, in Cashmerino Aran, yum) in blue.

I finished the entire body of the blanket, and have 46 of the 56 required edge triangles done.

Only truly crazed knitters understand that less than an hour away from finishing a huge project is just an absolutely perfect time to start another... and when evil Webs sent me their Valley Yarns catalog, and I couldn't resist the Mrs. Trombley's Crochet Blanket pattern, and then the yarn arrived so damn fast, well...

This is for my BOOB-friend Malinda's baby, due in December. She's in Australia, so it will be mid-summer when baby arrives. I think this cotton-microfiber blanket will be just perfect. Ack... I'm crocheting!

And speaking of... I guess I should mention my most significant work-in-progress...

Hey! Stop looking at my disgusting mirror & my unmade bed. Yes, I'm gross. But that's not the point. The belly! Look at the belly!

It's not made with yarn (we won't discuss what it *is* made of)... but it's cooking along, getting ever-closer to completion... a baby girl, due around Thanksgiving!!! (That's the real reason I didn't blog for a couple of months... I don't have a great track record with early pregnancy, so I don't like to talk about it, but yet don't think of much else, so it's hard)

Anyway, there you go. Maybe one day I'll tell you about our cool new employee.


Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Ha! Yes, it's been a while. But I remembered my password, so that's a good sign.

In the past couple of weeks, I have received requests from fans internationally to please PLEASE update the f-ing blog. From friends, to patients, to our lab guy, to people I didn't even know *read* the blog... As Sam said over & over again while petting the sheep at the Ross Park Zoo on the way home from our road trip to Toronto... "Baaaa, they cried! We want it back!"

(Do your kids have Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep? High quality literature. It was actually pretty cool to see the light of understanding in my son's eyes as he yelled at the sheep "Mr. Peale will change your wool!"

And how could I not share this?

Happy happy happy wonderful wedding to Joel & Danielle!

I have lots of interesting things in the works... will tell you about them in a day or two (hopefully not 4 months)... just wanted to get an entry up while I remembered how!


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