finished baby sweater! and of course lots more

Knitting Pure & Simple’s kid’s top down cardigan. Gotta say, I like it in the yarn here way better than the pattern’s pic! This Bilbao yarn is old enough that I can’t find any links to it on the web. But it’s cushy and soft, so I’m happy. It finished at 22 inches, the one year old size.
Went with a single button, on recommendation of a coworker with young children. I did the edge of the hood, and the edge of the sweater, a bit differently than the pattern, but I like it this way fine.

I am starting to feel like I should do my part and contribute over on Ravelry, especially for some of these older but nice yarns.

On Mother’s Day my 14 year old niece said, ‘you know what would be a great gift for your niece‘ (meaning herself)… She wants a hat, with earflaps, a big pompom, braids off of the flaps, in pink (but not baby pink).

I started this,
Pretty much winging it… seed stitch on the band, and will also do the flaps in seed stitch. It’s lamb’s pride (fuschia!) and sari silk. I almost called and gave her some choices… but what do you all do when an item has vaguely been requested? Do you make something you consider beautiful and hope the recipient will love it too? I worry that if I gave her too many choices, she’d either get confused, or she’d have an idea in her head that she couldn’t verbalize well enough for me to figure out what she wants… or I’d not have the exact color… or …. or…..

And… This will certainly be a test.  I knit this niece and her sister (whose birthdays are two years but only days apart) felted pocketbooks, with needle felted swirls a few years back.  I don’t know what was going on, but they were terrible about opening their gifts.  They each got a stack of boxes from Dad & his SO, it was a complete outfit and accessories (I think from GAP).  A box would be opened, the item pulled out (as though it was something hideous), a brief comment made, and whoomf, over the shoulder it got tossed.  This also happened with the felted bags (which had some yarn and needles in them… at the time the girls were knitting).  I was horrified!  So it’s been mostly gift cards since, or a book.

Some of you have wondered about the giant snow pile at work. It’s still there. And still pretty big.
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Shade your eyes against the whiteness of the exposed belly there. This is what I get when I ask a coworker to snap a pic (though she gave great button advice!). That’s a brand new LL Bean t-shirt that shrunk in length over two inches, what’s with quality control anymore???  I returned the medium because when that shrunk, it was just plain too short even without raising my arm.  What do you think of the silt fence? Doing a great job, eh? This was mid-week, maybe May 14.

So… I never showed you the city’s snow pile when it was at its biggest.  It is huger than the one at work.
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(again with a well-functioning silt fence…)

Fiber Frolic? Who’s going?? I’ll be there on Sunday.

Because on Saturday I’m doing something else.

I haven’t blogged much about tae kwon do, a brief note here. I haven’t been back, lots of reasons. My good friend and evil twin (though she will tell you it is me who is the evil twin), who co-owns the school now (the one who got her coat chewed by a goat kid) asked if I wanted to come to a seminar. A couple of big wigs (Grandmaster Brenda and her crazy biker dude looking brother) are coming up from Florida. I asked did they really want me since I haven’t trained in a year and a half. But of course says she. I think she has a secret desire to kill me. As in all of my muscles and parts will be aching after this event. Hoping to do a bit of prep training/stretching/etc between now and then. I may be hobbling around on Sunday at the Fiber Frolic… but I’ll be there!

But you know I don’t need any more yarn!

Nor do I need any more patterns or books. But what did I do on Saturday? Running errands and saw that the grange had a yard sale. I didn’t even know Augusta had a grange! So I went grocery shopping and stopped back at the yard sale… was mostly through the place when I saw the books. LOTS of books. LOTS of KNITTING books. At $1 per hardback and TWENTY CENTS for paper. I don’t have a picture yet, but I filled a box. Some I have, one I’ve already given away.

So, if you’re ever desperate for something and can’t find it… let me know, I might just have it.

13 Responses so far

  1. 1

    brenda said,

    May 18, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

    Wow, that is quite a haul of books from the grange sale! The baby sweater looks great. I might be going to Fiber Frolic, but haven’t made any plans yet.

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    alexandra said,

    May 18, 2008 @ 6:32 pm

    Cute sweater.

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    Tanya said,

    May 18, 2008 @ 11:05 pm

    Wow, great book find. Lol, at the snow pile and white belly! The baby sweater looks so cute! i like the one button idea as well.

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    mia said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 6:24 am

    Aww, that’s so cute it almost makes me feel light knitting. almost.

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    Chris said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 8:18 am

    You have the best luck with knitting books! Very, very cute sweater – but yeah, what IS it with the KP&S pattern pictures? They’re universally horrible.

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    olga said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 1:01 pm

    You really score when it comes to ‘stumbling across’ knitting stuff cheap! The sweater came out mucho cuteo and hey! I think I may actually have a chance in winning the snow pile contest!

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    Julie said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

    HOLY COW, great score on the books!

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    Tanya said,

    May 19, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

    Yes they do have a toilet cleaner as well but i have yet to try that product yet, finishing up what i have left. Lol, you just reminded me that that is on my to do list today and i got sidetracked! Back to the bathroom!

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    colleen said,

    May 21, 2008 @ 6:06 am

    Great find with the knitting books! I keep looking at second hand stores and garage sales, but haven’t found anything lately. And, yes, I want to go to the Fiber Frolic this year. I’ve never been before.

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    mollybee said,

    May 21, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

    The sweater is adorable! I love the colors. That snow pile isn’t going anywhere for a while is it! Great haul at the sale!!!!

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    Randi said,

    May 22, 2008 @ 7:38 am

    I love this baby jacket! I need to make one for my niece’s son, and he will be one year old this fall. I have been looking around, but this might be it. What is your stitch count and what sice needles did you use?… and yes, you should post that picture from your friend.. 17th of May parade in Norway is a BIG deal! I really need to go home at that time of the year soon. It will not work next summer either, because we are going home for my daughters wedding in August..
    Have a nice day,

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    beth said,

    May 23, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

    You have the best freakin luck when it comes to BOOKS!!!
    I can’t believe that pile is really snow. It looks like dirt to me.

    Have a GREAT weekend!

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    May 25, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

    Holy moly! What a haul on knitting books! You may note that I’m catching up on your blog – feel like I’ve been out of the loop for a few weeks. We’re house hunting (yay!) and I’m heading to Colorado next Saturday – hopefully I can catch up with you before then –

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