Knitting Kneedles

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We painted our kitchen. Well, I shouldn't say *we* as in me helping, because my mom and her husband did it. They're helping us fix up our townhouse to sell it before we move after we have the baby.
It looks nice so far. We only have one wall left to paint, and for that we had to borrow a friend's sprayer thingamajigger because it's brick, and would just be easier with the sprayer thingamajigger :) Then they are coming back to help put in pergot-type floors in the downstairs area, which includes the living room, kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. They also are going to help us put new counter tops in the kitchen. I think it will look great.

I worked on socks during my 4 days off from work. I got most of an adult one finished, for a coworker for Christmas. Then I got antsy with new yarn that I bought from a LYS here in Salt Lake called The Wool Cabin. It's just an acrylic/nylon blend, but I really like the way it worked up. I am making more baby socks from Mim's pattern from it. The nylon in it makes it rather stretchy, I think. The little one I am giving it to has the perfect size foot. I was at her family's house last night and finished the first one, had her try it on, and it was the perfect fit. Hopefully by Christmas her feet won't have grown 2 sizes larger LOL! I'm size 0 dpns because the yarn is thicker yarn, actually recommends a size 6 needle. As soon as I'm done with number two, which will hopefully be tonight, or tomorrow, I shall share photos with you :) Then it's back to work on the adult sock. I'm using the lion brand magic stripes yarn and their pattern. I'll also post pics of those when they are done. I don't like the colors in that sock, but the girl I'm giving it to says she likes it, so I guess that's what matters most.

Also, I got some yummies from my secret pal!!!!!!! There is a gaboodle of purple yarn! *drool* OH how I LOVE purple :) And a book called Treasure Forest that looks great, and something heaven sent... body wash in one of my most favorite scents... warm vanilla sugar *drool* It makes me want to bathe continually! I haven't had a chance to photograph these things, but when I do, I'll post it :) I did have a chance to ball up one of the hanks of purple :) SP, did you spin this yourself? If so, it's awesome, I LOVE IT!!! If not, it's still awesome and I still love it :)

Well, I'm off to work more on that sockie :)

Monday, November 21, 2005

The baby socks are done

I think they look "ok." The first sock, I messed up on the toe. The second sock I tried ot match to the first sock when it came to the toe, but that didn't happen. LOL I figured that's just too bad, my friend is getting them anyway. Here are some pics :)

This is the first sock, wet and blocking on my favorite winnie the pooh towel.
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Here is the second sock doing the same thing as the first. You might notice that toes aren't twinlike.
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Here they are together, blocking it up.
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And here is the first one, freshly finished.
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The last photo is my favorite of the two socks.

Thanks again for this pattern :) Even though I boofed the toes, I know my friend won't care, and she'll love em anyway :) Plus, I know where I messed up and how to fix it, I just didn't want to frog the first one to fix it because I'd already seamed it and don't know how from that point, so figured botching the second toe the same way would work... LOL

Anyway, it was fun, and I look forward to many more baby socks!

EDIT:
The socks really are the same size, I don't know why they are different sizes in the picture.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Another ultrasound! And a contest!!!

So yesterday I had a little spotting. I talked to my doctor, which was easy since I'm also her admin assistant. She said we should order an ultrasound to check and see if the baby is ok, so that we could all sleep better this weekend. So down I went for my ultrasound nervous as heck. The last time I had spotting was 5 1/2 years ago and I miscarried. And working in an OBGYN office, of course all I could think of was the worst. However, everything went well. I told them before hand that they might see I have a full bladder because I was scared to go to the bathroom for fear of seeing more blood. I know that sounds ridiculous, but that was my fear yesterday. Sure enough, they laughed at how full my bladder was. LOL!

So as they are scanning around I catch a glimpse of something I hadn't decided if I wanted to find out yet. There was, to me, a great "down under" shot, as my friend who went with me called it. The tech doing the scan only said "Well, it's too early to try and tell what it is, being only 15 weeks, so when we do your routine scan we can tell better." In my head I thought "Yeah, right. I know EXACTLY what it is!" So as my friend and I were walking down the hall, we both decided on the same thing. Then I told Jennie, my OB, what we thought we saw. A few minutes after I talked to Jennie she called back and said that the doctor who read the scan just called her to tell her everything was great, no sign of cause for the bleeding. Then Jennie said "And I grilled her about the sex. She said it's still early but she really thinks it's a *insert sex here.*

So. Whoever guesses the sex of the baby first and correctly wins a prize! Email me at romiettah at comcast dot net with your guess and if you're right, I'll let you know so I can get your address and send you the prize. Not sure yet what the prize will be, because I just barely thought of doing this, my first contest. But it will be yarn related :) Also, only one guess per person please :) No fair emailing twince since there's only two options to choose from!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

It's done :)

It's not perfect, but it's done, and I'm quite pleased with myself. I even went to take a picture of this wee little sock to share with you, and just as I was about to clicky the camera.... the batteries died! So, the picture will have to wait.

There was a bit of a mistake. Somehow I got the needles messed up and I did the toe in the wrong spot. But I think you could only tell if you 1) Knew what you were looking for and 2) Made up the pattern :) As long as I do the other toe the same way, everything's all good. And it actually doesn't look too bad. The decrease marks are just on the top and bottom instead of on each side of the toe LOL. Oh well. Live and learn. And the kitchener stitch is something I've not yet mastered. I know how to do it, thank goodness, but hopefully it will just improve with time. :)

Thanks Mim, can't wait to show ya the finished product :)

Good night!

The sock

So, I have restarted the sock. I worked on it last night during Tuesday Tv, which is of course, Bones and House. I started out with 5 needles, but lost one *cry* I guess it's ok because they are crystal palace DPN's and for some reason, I just have never really liked those brand. So I'm knitting with 4 instead, which actually seems to me to go faster. I have just picked up the stitches and started my decreasing rounds to get ready for the toe. I'm hoping I can finish it tonight, but darn it there's nothing good on TV tonight. Guess I'll have to pop in a video :) Anyway, I'm excited that this sock seems to be going so much quicker than the frogged one. The baby they are for was just barely born, and I'm doing them on the size one, which is the infant size rather than the newborn size, so I'm thinking they'll get to her next week when I mail them and still fit :) Thanks Miriam for the awesome pattern :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Mim, this one's for you if you read this

Or if anyone else can help, that works too :)

I ended up starting over on my baby sock found at Mim's Basic Baby Sock because I just didn't like the way it was turning out, plus I dropped a stitch a kazillion rows back and it just was easier. Anyway, it was the toes that I wasn't liking, because apparently I don't know how to do a wedge toe, yet I thought I did. Can you help me figure that one out?

Thanks! :) By the way, I REALLY love this sock. I'm doing it in Lorna's Laces in a colorway I am unsure of because I left the wrapper at the yarn store when I was using their ball winder and swift :( It's very pretty though, with peach, pink, and purple :) I have fallen in love with Lorna's Laces. I plan to make lots of these baby socks for my own little munchkin because I love the way they turn out (even though I only got to the toe on the first one before ripping it out LOL). I like that the cuff is tight enough to keep the sock on, but that the foot is fat enough fore a baby foot. :)

Monday, November 14, 2005

Exciting news

Well, it's exciting for me anyway :)

I CAN FEEL MY BABY MOVE!!!!

Not on the outside yet, just on the inside. I love it! It's one of the things I missed the most after my pregnancies with Jessie and with Niff. Looking forward to when I feel it more :)

Friday, November 11, 2005

A painful experience

A friend of mine recently had a baby, so I'm knitting here
Mim's Basic Baby Sock in the infant size, so I'm using size two size 1 16 inch circs. This is my first time knitting with size 1's and I'm glad it's a baby sock, because they are tiny, and I think it would take me forever to make myself a sock in these bitty little things LOL! This wasn't a planned gift. Well, it was, but it was a sooner one than I expected to make. While knitting happily along on the cuff, all of the sudden I felt excruciating pain in my left thumb. Why you ask? Apparently the size 1 needles fit rather tightly in between your thumb and the thumb nail! OW!!! I jabbed it in there pretty good, it is still pretty tender today. It didn't stop me from knitting of course *gring* I plan to buy some size 1 dpn's today so I can start on the heel and do the rest. I'm not good at doing heels on 2 circs.

Anyway, just thought I'd share that :)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

IT. IS. FINALLY. DONE!!!!!DONE!!!!!DONE!!!!!

So I finally finished it. It's done. DONE. DONE DONE DONE!

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A close up of the letters:
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To make those letters, I did reverse stockinette. It was more confusing to me at first than anything, but once I got it figured out, it actually went pretty smoothly.
I used the personalized baby blanket pattern from Simple Knits For Cherished Babies. I think the author is Erika Knight, but I loaned the book out, so I'm not 100% sure on that. The yarn was blue Cotton Ease. The needle size was 3.75. Time it took was about 7 months, but mostly because I just didn't work on it diligently enough.

Niff has mentioned what she would like to name our baby. Currently she is obsessed with Batman, so that's what she wants to name it. It's out of the question of course, so she came up with her own way of making herself happy:
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She went upstairs for a few minutes, then came back down and informed me that she has a baby in her tummy. I giggled my face off, then had her grab the camera so I could snap a shot or two :) She had stuffed her doggy in her tummy. Then she pulled the stuffed animal out and said "It's my baby! It's Batman!" I thought it was adorably cute :)

SP, I have an apology. In my previous post, I mentioned feeling old while knitting. However, it wasn't the knitting that made me feel old. It was that we were sitting around not going out somewhere that made me feel old. Like a boring old home body or something. Not that we normally go out on the town, but for some reason last night, waiting for my shows to come on, I felt..."settled" I guess. I hope nobody took my post as knitters being old people, because that's certainly not how I view it. Quite the contrary. The only knitters I know are young people!

Well, my next project to finish is my branching out scarf, which is for one of the docs I work for for her late birthday/Christmas present. Hopefully it doesn't take me 7 months to finish that.

Good night!

J*A*K*E

I was nearly throwing a party last night as I finished row 96 on this blanket! Finishing row 96 meant that I WAS DONE with the body and could start the 10 row garter border. YES! I'm on row two of the garter, so am on the finishing track tonight! What helped me get this far was that Tuesday is my TV watching night. I can't miss Bones and House. So I plopped down on the couch after dinner and got the blanket out. I was on row 85 by the stitch counter, ready to start 86. Little House on the Prairie was just about over, and 15 minutes to my shows. I made a joke about being like old people with nothing to do to my husband. He was sitting there reading a book, I was sitting there knitting. LOL So my slow knitting got me through those rows and half way through House I put it down and hubby and I pulled out the hide a bed to finish watching the rest of it. Then we just ended up sleeping downstairs on the hide a bed LOL.

So anyway, I just had to share my excitement about nearing completion on this never ending (or seemingly never ending) project!

Does anyone know if Cotton Ease blocks well? That's what I made the blanket from and if it doesn't block well, I don't want to waste the time blocking it. Thanks in advance if you know!