Wednesday, April 27, 2011
|Another Chloe- size 4|
I haven't finished sewing up the sleeves, but the knitting is done. It will be perfect for the little sundress from Hawaii.
|Sewing up the sleeves is my least favorite part of this project so of course, I started a new project (see below). I am a total slacker!|
|The yellow matches those lovely flowers perfectly!|
|Little T was much happier when I took the little shrug off and she could go play with Sammy's birthday balloons. Can you see my yarn basket in the background?|
|I wanted to make a baby hat using sock yarn. So, I headed on over to Ravelry and found the Swirl hat...so simple and satisfying. I really like sock yarn, but I don't really want to use it for socks right now. I have spent a lot of time this week researching patterns for children's sweaters and hats using sock yarn. I'm almost finished with The Wilder Life, Garlic and Sapphires and I just got Organized Simplicity from the library. I noticed it's popular among the Yarn Along group. Well, that's it for now. I've got to keep my Yarn Along adventure short this week. Little James is requiring my attention now.|
Please go and visit Ginny at Small Things for more exciting knitting projects and books!
|Sammy is 6!!!! |
Don't ask why Obi-Wan Kenobi is battling a dinosaur. This is how he wanted his cake to look. Sammy helped to bake his birthday bundt today.
|Sam has really grown up over the last year. He looks like such a big boy. It looks like he's lost the last bit of baby-ness. It's official. He's now a big boy.|
|Here's Sammy with a big boy book for read aloud time. We're moving beyond some of our picture books now, but I hope you won't completely grow out of them.|
Friday, April 22, 2011
I can't believe it's Good Friday already. It has felt like both a long and short Lent. Does that even make sense? Life moves pretty fast with 5 kids no matter how much I try to slow down life. I didn't do much of the reading I had planned, but I did something I've struggled with my whole life. I let myself off the hook. I didn't beat myself up for not accomplishing everything that I planned during this Lent. This year, I didn't want to feel like I failed at Lent. I just picked myself up, tried not to whine (too much) and acknowledged how I weak I am without Christ. I mean, that's the whole point, right? It's been successful in much smaller ways than I expected. As Lent draws to close this year, I take away, more than ever, my desperate need for Jesus in everything.
Blessed Good Friday to all my friends and family!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
|So, try as I might, I can't seem to blog about anything else other than knitting these days although I really want to talk about other things like our recent basement remodeling. Over the past several weeks, we took the plunge and decided to hire contractors to turn our single car garage into extra living space. It's going to give the bigger boys and well, all of us some extra needed space in our cozy conifer cabin, but more on that later. Back to knitting. Last week, I wound (by hand!) three hanks of Spud & Chloe yarn to knit another Chloe to match the cute little Hawaiian sundress. I blogged all about it on last week's Yarn Along, but then I decided that I didn't feel like knitting stripes after all and I wanted it all yellow. Although I didn't want to buy more yarn for this project, I headed over to my local yarn shop and bought Plymouth Jeannee Worsted (51% Cotton/49% acrylic) in a bright yellow. This is economical yarn around $3.50 a skein. I proceeded to cast on and I put the Spud & Chloe away. I was also working on the November hat in Green. There's a picture on last week's Yarn Along as well. After three attempts, I ripped it out, wound the yarn back into a ball and hopped on Ravelry to find a new hat pattern. |
Now, the November Hat isn't difficult at all, but you can't make the tiniest mistake or be off by even one yarn over or it ruins the overall effect. I know this because I just kept making mistakes and then I wouldn't notice until a round or two later. This would happen to me about three inches in and I just couldn't fix it. I'm going to try the November Hat again in different yarn that isn't so fuzzy. Anyway, I found the Dogwood Hat and I liked the simple lace pattern. So, I cast on and although this hat is more complicated than the November Hat, it just knit up so easily, quickly and without frustration. Two days later, I was done and I was just happy to get something completely finished. After all the knitting, I would stay up even later reading. I'm operating on a severe sleep deficit the past few weeks, but I love reading late at night, but I need to catch up on the rest!
I'm more than half-way done reading The Wilder Life. Wendy McClure immerses herself into what she calls Laura World and embarks on a great adventure into all things Laura Ingalls Wilder. The world of the Little House is so multi-faceted and that's what makes this book so engrossing.
|I take way too many pictures in front of this door. I can't wait to introduce Laura and Mary to this little girl.|
|I knit this fun hat up in Sunshine Yarns worsted in Butterbeer. It has a lovely candle glow warmth to it.|
|Tess thinks that this is her hat. I think she looks lovely in yellow.|
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
|A wonderful friend brought this bright happy fun dress from Hawaii for Little T. It's a lovely orange which I think is a|
great color on my little girl. Of course, I thought that I should knit up a little shrug to match. So, I went digging in my yarn stash and pulled out three hanks of Spud&Chloe in Sweater weight. I'm thinking about another Chloe because this pattern is already written for Spud&Chloe yarn.
|Here's the little sundress up close. Doesn't it look lovely with that hank of Firefly? Maybe I should just knit another shrug in one color!|
|Aren't those apples sweet?|
|I started this hat this week. It's an easy pattern to memorize, but beware of getting off by even one stitch. I've already had to pull it out once after knitting three inches or so. It's a free pattern on Ravelry.|
|As for reading, I'm perusing my latest library haul. I'm still working on The Forgotten Garden for book club as well. Please join Ginny for more knitting and reading adventures!|
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
|I literally bound off the sleeve minutes before trying to get little T to model her new sweater for me. Okay, I bribed her with a cookie, but she certainly did not stand still for any of the photos. This is the same sweater from last week's Yarn Along. This time I used almost two full skeins of Plymouth Encore Colorspun. Although I used the exact same needles, this sweater came out much larger than the red one knit with Berroco Vintage Worsted. I call this sweater the chubbymaker. It makes little T look well, not so little. I didn't do any knit gauge. I just cast on and went with it.|
It's amazing how different yarns of the same weight knit up completely differently. I am partial to the red sweater.
|She will grow into it although the neck opening is already too small.|
|Temporarily, I used a stitch marker to keep it together. Can you see that little light blue plastic safety pin?|
|Here's the back of the Chloe shrug. I knit it a lot longer than the pattern notes. I really enjoy knitting with Spud&Chloe|
yarn! The colors are vibrant, soft and perfect for children's things!
As for reading, I just started The Forgotten Garden last night. This novel is for next month's book club. It was very late, after midnight, when I opened the book.
So, needless to say, I know I read less than five pages. Now, I'm trying to decide what to knit next. Maybe the Easter eggs?
Please visit Ginny's for more good reads and yarn adventures!