Friday, February 25, 2011

I'd Like To Thank My Niece...

for leaving her (really very scary) baby doll at my house.

I needed a model for these recently completed baby hats, and well, no babies here.

 Gooseberry Hat

Pattern:  Gooseberry Hat by Suvi Simola Yarn:  Crystal Palace Yarns Merino 5 Print Color:  5220 Red  Needles:  US 4 - 3.5 mm  Started:  February 3, 2011  Completed:  February 9, 2011
Note:  This pattern was quick and easy.  I actually knit two of these in six days.  I knit them for a friend's charitable group, and I've been too sick to hand them off.  I may need to sterilize them before I do hand them off.  The pattern is a free download off of Ravelry, the original website is not in English. The yarn is a perfect yarn for baby clothing, soft and squishy.  (There was one knot in the yarn, which made me unhappy).

(Ugggh.  That doll is seriously creepy.)
Also?  February is continuing to worsen as it goes along, Puck woke up with a seriously croaky throat this morning.  Just when I thought he had escaped unscathed and right before his Freshman year of Lacrosse Captain's Practices are set to begin, the VIRUS strikes.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I Can't Believe...

I've been AWOL for over three weeks.  I mean.  I've got FO's, and new yarn and some WIP's.  (Ummm, way to mix military and knitting acronyms in one paragraph.  Wow.)

I can only plead that I got sick.  I got the sickest I have been since I got married, (thank you dear, for those germs).  As I huddled in a blanket, trying to breathe, I did a little knitting.  Mostly, I stared off into space trying to think of another way to get air to my lungs, as obviously the nose and mouth thing was not working correctly.  Guys - that lasted for ten days.  Ugh.  Then came the sinus infection.

Oh.  I also watched a lot of hockey.  GO WILD!

I did, however, finish a pair of socks.

If I Only Had a Brain' Socks

Pattern:  If I Only Had a Brain' Socks by KellyK Designs Yarn:  Zen String Bambewe+ fingering Color:  Agate  Needles:  US 1 - 2.25 mm  Started:  January 22, 2011  Completed:  February 5, 2011
Note: Evidently, Zen String is now Wildflower Whimsy.  Who knew?  This yarn was part of the Oz Sock Club from  - Woolgirl used to sell sock yarn, now she just does clubs and kits.  The pattern was easy to learn and knit up pretty quickly.  The yarn is definitely a bit fuzzy, but made a nice fabric.  She does her Eye of Partridge heel differently than I normally make it, (alternating the slip stitch row EVERY row, instead of purling on the WS.  Not wrong, I just didn't like it.)  and that made for a bit of pulling and a denser than usual fabric.  I would change that next time.  Correction:  The yarn was not part of the kit - it was from my stash.  I destashed the yarn that came with the kit and just knit the pattern - which WAS a part of the kit.

 I'm heading out to my knitting group this morning, but I promise some pretty yarn, some more FO's and a new sock club before I disappear.  Again.

PS.  Hey did you hear about all of our snow in Minnesota?

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