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.
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.
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.
- Knitting on the Edge and Knitting over the Edge, Nicky Epstein
- EZ’s Knitting Around (ack! I thought I had this and gave it away… good thing we pretty much share our knit libraries!)
- the 1989 Vogue Knitting book (I have somebody in mind to give this to, it’s a fabulous reference)
- Celtic Knits, Classic Knits for Kids, and Quick Baby Knits, Debby Bliss
- Vintage Knits from Rowan
- Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, Ann Budd
- The Children’s Collection, A&J Starmore
- New Knits on the Block, Vickie Howell
- Men in Knits, Tara Jon Manning
- Vintage Collection, Vogue Knitting
- The Mellow Tone Collection, Elsebeth Lavold
- A Passion for Knitting, Nancy Thomas & Ilana Rabinowitz
- An old Fleisher’s pattern booklet
- and last, but by no means least, five or six Rowan magazines
So, if you’re ever desperate for something and can’t find it… let me know, I might just have it.