Hi!

Spencer's Hoodie & Hat

You think he’s saying “hi,” but really he’s trying to grab the camera…the next shot would have showed him ticked off since I had the audacity to not hand it over. 😉

Anyway, I thought that since Spence had been wearing this sweater/cardie since Fall, I should get a pic of him in it! It’s HPY and just a generic raglan, knit in one piece sweater. I did a garter stitch button band while knitting the body (never mind that I never actually attached buttons…), but if I did it over I would pick up stitches & knit the band on — this one folds in constantly & annoys me. The hat is actually too small so I finally knit him another one…out of the Landscapes from my last (admittedly whiny) post.

Unoriginal hat Generic baby hat

The wine helped my grumpiness — and for the record, Beringer Pinot Noir is yummy! 🙂 In the finished pic I folded up the brim because I was *sure* it was going to be too big. Turns out, it fits him perfectly:

Spencer in his baby hat.

Details:

– Knitpicks size 11 circs (options set), magic looped.
– Landscapes yarn, 1 small (less than 2 inch diameter) ball left.
– Time to knit…an hour or two? I watched House and some other random show (LOVE House!).
– Pattern, my own. Here’s a quick rundown:

CO 9 sts. (5 sts 1 ndl, 4 sts 2nd ndl)
Join & k 1 round
*kfb* 1 round
k 1 round
*kfb, k1* 1 round
k 1 round
*kfb, k2* 1 round
k 1 round
*kfb, k3* til last 4 sts, k4 = 44 sts
k until piece is about 3 1/2 inches from CO
Do short row on needle with more sts (if you kept to stitch arrangement at beginning one side will have more – either 25/19 or 24/20, I forget. That way the back of the hat — where the short rows go — will reach past the ears on both sides & keep both those & the neck warmer).
k 1 round
Do 2nd short row on same “side.”
k 1 round
*k2, p2* ribbing for about 6 rows.
BO VERY loosely.

There is enough yarn left for a pom-pom or tassel if you are so inclined. I’m not much for them, myself. Plus I couldn’t pull his hood over it if I did.

In other knitting news, I’ve started my youngest sister’s birthday present. Lacecap, from Knitty. I’m using Louet Gems & I love the feel of the yarn. I’ll definitely be buying more. From my Ravelry search I’ve found that many people felt the hat wasn’t deep enough, so I might tack on a half inch before starting the decreases.

LaceCap by Knitty

Starsky is soldiering on. I’ve picked up & knit 2 rows of the collar then set it aside as I’m going to attempt to disguise the new dye lot in the ribbing there (and I have yet to buy it), and I’ve cast on for the first sleeve. I altered it to do it in the round, but I think I’m going to have to frog it & alter it further. It’s too loose; I wanted a more fitted wrist/forearm, so I’m going to see if I can fudge the numbers a bit.

Magic Ball of Yarn Swap - Feb '08

I received my yarn from Briar Rose the other day, and it was just as wonderful (and even more HUGE) than I had expected. The color is a bit more brown than I thought, but as I was winding it into the MBOY (magic ball of yarn) the colors blended beautifully. Chris is so sweet, she emailed me 1/2 hour after I ordered & said the shipping was a little high, so she put a gorgeous fimo/clay beaded stitch marker in the package as well. She also gave me a coupon code for 10% off when I called her (after hours — 6pm-ish) to see if she could ship immediately the next day. I’ll definitely order from her again. The skein was a hefty 850 yards, so I did a rudimentary estimation & wound off 1/2 of it for my pal. I also wrapped up a skein of natural BFL for accents and an almost full skein of Patons Merino (pictured) in natural & a skein of Jubilee in browns with both pink & blue accents. I knit a sweet baby layette out of the same colors/yarns last summer. I also knit my first ever pair of socks out of the Jubilee, although they didn’t hold up wonderfully — I think the knit was a little loose.

I’m hoping that will give her lots of “gender neutral baby project” yarn, as that’s what she requested, but there are some other goodies in there too, and I wrapped it all up in the bright yellow flannel (for sewing baby somethings…she’s preggo) pictured. I hope she loves it. She’s spoiled me rotten twice in the past and I really wanted to return the favor, ya know?

On the mommy front, I have some new links for you…or maybe I should call it the “soapbox” front…that’s what my dh claims, anyway. 😉 There is a wonderful movie called The Business of Being Born that (from what I understand) depicts the way birth is being turned into a business instead of a natural phenomenon. I don’t know if I’ll get to a viewing of it, just because of the logistics of dragging the kids along. There is also a study out that has found stem cells in breast milk. Amazing, really, & a great way to circumvent the whole ethics of stem cell research. I must admit that I almost spit my drink out at this part:

Further research on immune cells, which have also been found in breast milk and have already been shown to survive the baby’s digestive process, could provide a pathway to developing targets to beat certain viruses or bacteria.

No, really? I thought those antibodies were only helpful if you squirted the baby on the arm & rubbed it in… *rolleyes* I can see it now, scientists are going to “suddenly discover” that breast milk is useful and start encouraging women to breastfeed instead of touting it as “a personal choice.” /rant

Sorry…that soapbox just popped up under my feet! lol

…on to less controversial topics…

We filed our taxes last week & are getting a ridiculously large return — apparently this employer takes out more than his last one did. Bonus! DH talked me into letting us each spend a percentage of the return instead of our usual $200 or so by pointing out I could get a laptop!! Woot! It won’t be anything fancy, but I’ll be able to get the computer desk out of my dining room & enjoy the soft couch in my living room more. 🙂

I’ve also done a little yarny shopping already… Some GarnStudios Alpaca from Threadbear, to start (color 6309). One of the owners posted on Ravelry last week that Garnstudios isn’t going to have a US or Canadian retailer anymore, so they’re selling off all their stock at awesome prices. Grab some quick if you’re interested — they do actual shipping & are super friendly! I also signed up for a Cookie A. class this September (at Threadbear as well) on sock design…really I just want to meet her, though! 🙂

Because the boys have all been sick (3 weeks of this cold/flu/whatever!!), my plans to visit my sister & get her to babysit while I went to a block-a-month knit-a-long at the lys near her were ruined this weekend. I had planned to buy the recommended yarn (whatever it was) at the store, and also some fancy needles in the appropriate size. I know she (Rae of Rae’s Yarn Boutique) had some glass needles in the past, and it sounded like a perfect indulgence, ya know? Now that I missed the first one, I’m kinda down, so we’ll see if I decide to join in late. If I don’t I think I’ll still splurge on some fancy needles…who could resist with this stellar “no questions asked” lifetime warranty?!

Gee, I was about to keep on rambling, but I just took a look at the length of this post…maybe I could save some for another day, huh? And yea, I really do talk like this IRL. Scary. 😉

PS…how could I forget!  I also picked up this yummy handspun on Etsy!  Yay!

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6 thoughts on “Hi!

  1. Wow – what a post full of stuff:) You can jsut send me that yarnball, I’m sure your pal won’t appreciate it a bit:) haha! Need me some Briar Rose in the future. Your handspun is beautiful – what will is be when it grows up??

    Your hat is so sweet – though the subject helps – what a doll! (well, most of the time, right?:) Thanks for the pattern write up and for the link to the knitty hat and sharing what you learned over at Ravelry! Take care!

  2. Ok so you did ramble on a bit…..what was I going to say? Hmmm well, anyway let me stick to the important stuff: The cardi is wonderful!!!!! He looks sooo cute and with a hat to match too! And you were taking the photo while he was in a sling – “you go girl!!!!!!” I slung my twins for as long as I could, and that goes for the nursing too – those kooky scientists…… And finally Oooohhh Aaaaahhhh gorgeous yarn! Can’t wait to see how it knits up! OK so this is almost as long …. lots of smiles 🙂

  3. okay. your little guy looks SO cute in his cardi!!!!! the whole look is just adorable.
    the lacecap is so great. i look forward to seeing it finished. your sister will LOVE it!
    hope your home will be healthy this week. these winter colds just seem to linger.

  4. I love your little cardi and it has nothing to do with the fact that I have a cute Spencer too, (happily breast feed 14 years ago). I love Threadbear! I’m signed up for the Cookie class, too. What day are you?

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