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.
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:
– 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.
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.
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!