Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I have 3 great kids: the Girl is 10, the Boy is now 7, and the Little Guy is 4. Boy was diagnosed with autism at age 2 and had the same teacher from age 2.5 through last summer at age 6. Along with the teacher was her assistant, the speech clinician, and the occupational therapist. As Boy got ready to move on to kindergarten, I felt they all deserved extra special gifts because of all their hard work (which BTW paid off in leaps and bounds), something much more than anything you could buy in a store. But what?
As I read through Weekend Knitting, I thought "could Nicky Epstein's Fluffy Lap Blanket BE any more perfect?" I didn't think so. I imagined each woman after a trying day with special needs kids going home and snuggling up with a book or perhaps some knitting of her own.
So 4 lap blankets were made last spring for 4 special women who dedicate their lives to helping kiddos with autism. Not willing to be outdone, Girl demanded that a blanket be made for her teacher as well. All were extremely well received, so I'm going to do it again.
This year, 4 lap blankets will again be made for 4 special women who have once again enriched the life of my Boy. Girl has a male teacher so I'm counting on her not wanting to give him a blanket. Cross your fingers!
Stay tuned for more details about the blankets, the yarn, and the cause!
Monday, April 16, 2007
Ok, ok, I'll stop now! My cold little fingies have a mean obsession with the fingerless mitts!
Saturday, April 14, 2007
That said, I'm working on the Airy Wrap Sweater from the book. I decided to give it a go with some Caron Simply Soft in Orchid. Not my favorite yarn ever, but the color is fantastic, it worked to the correct gauge, and I had it on hand (I'm trying soooo hard to use up what I have before I buy more). It's turning out fantastic and I just couldn't wait to post pictures, even though it's not finished yet.
The first picture (taken with flash) shows the color of the yarn really well, but doesn't show the detail all that great. It's amazing how a pattern of such simplicity can look so complex and intricate. I'm about 2/3 of the way through the first side tie and tried it on last night. I'm so thrilled with the fit and the color. It will be perfect on our vacation to throw on over a thin-strapped camisole before dinner. I'll have to be careful not to snag it, but the yarn is so cheap and it's working up so fast, I might not even be mad if I snag it.
This photo was taken without flash at 10:00 p.m., so it's a bit dark, but it does show more of the pattern and design details. Ooooohhh, I love it!
Of course I should mention that I'm once again abandoning other projects to finish this. Projects on the needles at this very minute, in order of importance to me (which BTW does not indicate importance to the recipient! picture me with a sheepish toothy grin)
- Airy Wrap Sweater - Fitted Knits (for me, done in Caron Simply Soft)
- Travel Wrap (Quillow) - Knit.1 last year sometime (for the Girl, done in Caron Simply Soft)
- Twinkle Toes Socks - Cookie A. (from Knitty Gritty) (for me, done in overdyed Wool Ease)
- Breezy Cables Cardigan - Interweave Knits, Spring 2006 (for me, done in TLC Essentials)
- Wavy Boxes Baby Blanket - Ellen Lynch (for a friend's baby, double strands of Red Heart Soft Baby)
- Picovoli T Shirt - Grumperina via MagKnits (Knit Picks Shine Sport)
- Hooded Pullover - Patons Weekend Retreat pattern booklet (for me, TLC Essentials)
- Pashmina Cowl - Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson (unknown chenille)
- One Cable Scarf - One Skein by Leigh Radford (hand dyed Lion Wool)
- Warm Up America! Blocks using miscellaneous stash acrylic (Red Heart Super Saver)
- Last but not least...a stripy poncho from Vogue Knitting on the Go! Ponchos (Red Heart Super Saver)
I shouldn't really put that the charity blocks that low on the list, because they are very important to me. I can't believe it took me this long to realize that they are the perfect use for my old acrylic. Clever choice of stitch patterns can give you a surprisingly soft fabric for acrylic. I've also learned through the years that solids are usually softer than variegated, and once I use up all the Red Heart, I'll switch to TLC Essentials for my charity knitting. Love that stuff.I'll get to posting pictures of these other items in progress...I really need to finish Breezy Cables!
Friday, April 13, 2007
I tried to catch some detail with this closeup, but failed due to low light. Anyhow, that's it, in all it's cuteness. Now I just need to get the darn thing off in the mail before cute little tadpole outgrows it!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The boy really digs this one and I have to be careful or he even swipes it from the dirty pile before it gets washed. It's made out of trusy Red Heart Super Saver, but I'll probably do the next one out of a wool blend. Gotta keep that machine washability though.
Both are done in Wool Ease. I'm wearing the striped one as I type and both are my absolute favs for throwing on when I get chilly...it's April 11 and it's been snowing nonstop since yesterday evening...so yeah, I'm chilly. Why put on a sweatshirt when you can wear one of these and still look gooooood?
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
Maybe that's why I love my two new books: Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson and One Skein by Leigh Radford. They also fit perfectly into my newfound love of hand dyeing with my crockpot. I can't really fit more than one skein into the pot at once and I don't yet feel like messing around with the stovetop. So I dye a bunch of skeins, then find a quick little project to knit up with my great new yarn. Over the weekend I started the one-cable scarf from One Skein with my green hand-dye. I think it will be really nice!
Anyways, the project photo for the day is this; the Pashmina Cowl from LMKG. I'm using this rather fine chenille yarn that I bought from Ebay a couple years ago. I loved the colors, but never had a clue what I was going to do with it. There isn't too much, just 3 balls, and there's no label or anything, but when I saw the cowl in the book, the chenille screamed out to be made into it! It worked up to the right gauge (with the correct needles even!) so we're off to the races. It's a little hard to tell in this photo, but it's a variegated chenille with green, tan, brown, and almost a hint of lavender. I think I remember the Ebay listing describing is as Astro Thunder Chenille. I don't know though, because I've done search after search and never found it anywhere. No matter, it's very pretty, very soft, and I think it will make a great accessory for a jean jacket or hooded sweatshirt.