Archive for August, 2009

One Down

August 20, 2009

One skein, that is.  I’ve knit up my first skein of Malabrigo. Eight and a half inches of beautiful blue goodness.

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I keep trying it on to be sure it still fits – and it does.

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It even fits in other places.

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Hmmmm . . . Tube top?

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Yes. Yes, It Will.

August 14, 2009

Fit.

It will fit.

Kim, do you hear me? 

It.

Will.

Fit.

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I will not look like a sausage stuffed into a blue casing.

I will not require surgery in order to wear it.

I will not have to avoid wearing it to school because it will make little boys stare at my boobs.

It will fit.

I feel better now.

Knit Two, Purl Two, Knit Two, Purl Two, Kn . . .

August 12, 2009

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Rounds and rounds and rounds of knit two purl two knit two purl two have netted me a whopping one and a half inches of ribbing. Granted, it’s ribbing that’s made of beautiful Malabrigo-ey goodness, but it’s reminded me of why I avoid stuff like this.  Knitting the ribbing on the cuff of a sock is painful, but it ends after a few inches.  This entire sweater is knit in ribbing.

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I’m hoping to get into a good rhythm and enable myself to knit this mindlessly – without even looking.  I’ve tested myself a few times, knitting for a stretch without looking.  I just can’t trust myself to really knit the knits and purl the purls. I have to keep checking.  My speed is building on bringing the yarn forward and back, but I’m no CostumeChick or Anphoe – that’s for sure.  Those girls fly through projects. They can knit in the dark while hanging upside down with their hands tied behind their backs. Really. I’ve seen them do it. I’m a fumbler. The one time I tried to knit in the dark I had to hold the yarn and needles so close to my face that I almost put an eye out.

The bright, sunny spot of this project is the yarn. Malabrigo is my all-time favorite yarn and the Continental Blue color is so beautiful. It’s a little more on the teal side than the photos show. I have 5 skeins of it – a Christmas gift from my parents – and I’ve been waiting for a project worthy of such gorgeous yarn.  I think this is it.

I truly believe that if I can stick to this project and finish it, someone somewhere should give me a trophy. Or a medal.  A plaque.  A certificate.  Something.

Give me some encouragement, people.

Just one request.  No comments about how it’s ribbed – for my pleasure.  I beat you to it.

Hello?

August 11, 2009

Anybody home?  Hello?  Contrary to what you might have thought, I didn’t run out for a loaf of bread and keep going.  Just went through a busy period that didn’t leave much time for anything other than what was required of me. I’ve just started to settle in to some newly found free time and I realized that I didn’t want to let this blog fizzle out and die. My poor mother (Hi, Mom!) checks nearly every day to see if I’ve written a post.  I can’t continue to disappoint her!

Over the course of the last few months, I’ve managed to sneak in a little bit of knitting, so it’s time for a Show and Tell.

These booties were knit as a shower gift for a friend of mine who is expecting her first shmoopie at the end of September.

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The pattern is Ruth’s Perfect Baby Booties and they are pretty perfect. I used Lion Brand Cotton-East in Lime. So stinkin’ cute – I want to hang them from my rearview mirror.

I knit this little bag in June to give as a gift to my Room Mother.

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It’s the Bangle Wristlet Purse knit with Cascade Pastaza in a really pretty teal color.  Like so many things I’ve knit, I wanted to keep it.  It was so hard to give away but its new owner was very happy with it.  I started to knit one for myself in a periwinkle color, modifying the pattern to knit it in the round. Right now, it’s sitting on the pile of unfinished projects because I wanted to move on to this:

This is my Shmoopie Blanket, knit for the same baby who will be wearing the booties.

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This pattern, the Baby Chalice Blanket, was knitted by a friend from my knitting group and I loved it.  I used Bernat Softee Chunky in New Denim Heather. I don’t necessarily love this yarn, but it will be new-mom friendly.

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Still thinking about babies, I knit a few of these:

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The pattern is Baby Ball Rattle by Jessica Gutoski.  So cute.  There’s a cat toy inside the stuffing to make the rattling noise. I think it’s such a smart thing because baby’s always hit themselves in the face with their rattles – and then they scream.  This rattle won’t hurt!

Since we all know I’m a copycat, once I saw another friend’s version of this hat, I needed to make one, too.  It’s Propellor from Woolly Wormhead (Wouldn’t you love to be called Woolly Wormhead?), available in a collection of baby hat patterns called Wee Woolly Toppers.  Here it is during blocking on a big plastic-wrapped ball of wool:

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And here it is in its natural state. Adorable.

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That hat hooked me on baby hats, so I knit this one yesterday:

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It’s the Baby Tri-Peak hat, a free pattern that also came from Woolly Wormhead. I’m not positive on which yarn I used. It was a ball from my stash that had once been something else and was frogged – could be Cotton Tots.

I’m proud to report that everything I’ve shown you was knit with yarn from my stash! No new purchases were made in the creation of these objects. So happy about that. My stash is much bigger than it should be, so my plan is to keep whittling away at it. So . . .

For my next trick . . . I’m going to knit a sweater with the beautiful blue Malabrigo that’s been waiting patiently on the shelf.

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After hemming and hawing over patterns, I settled on Tempting from Knitty. I found modifications on Ravelry that I’ll use to change the neckline – eliminating the eyelets and ribbons and instead adding cables. It won’t be off-the-shoulder, either. Not on me. Nope. I’m sure I’ll bore myself to death with non-stop K2P2 rib, but after looking at all of the beautiful versions on Ravelry, I know it’ll be worth it.

Only a few more weeks until the start of school, and then we’ll be back in action with good kid stories. Can’t wait. Kind of.  As I’m laying here on the couch with my laptop, my knitting, my lemonade, and my television, I think I can wait.