Thursday, July 29, 2010

Well, look at that.

It's an honor to help keep that head warm. 
That's Little Miss Sadie, born on July 27.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Finally FOs 13 and 14!

I'm back, baby!  Not with a bang, but a little gurgle.  I'll take it, though.  Despite knitting my fingers to the nubs lately, I've not finished a blessed thing.  My dang project-promiscuity has been kicking in hard lately, and I flit, I float from project to project, a round here, a pattern repeat there.  Luckily nature has stepped in and handed me a deadline to finish something, albeit a couple tiny, 30-50-yard somethings.

Embarrassingly, I forgot to take a picture of my latest items!  So here's a word picture: two teeny tiny booties in shares of green, pale pink, and bright magenta, with little pops of sky blue here and there, and a little hat to match, with a rolled brim and a little i-cord knotted at that top.  Impossibly tiny.  Pretty darn cute.  They're both for my niece Sadie, who is due any minute now.  I do believe every baby deserves to have something handmade for her (or him) before s/he was even born, and this baby is nearly here, so I had to get on the stick(s) and make with the gifts!  After a failed attempt at a sweater (somehow the back was only a tiny fraction as wide as the sleeves and front were!) I set my sights appropriately low and went for a wee pair of booties and a hat. I'll try to get a picture of them in use if I'm lucky enough to meet her next week at our family vacation in Ocean City, MD.

Now to plan what I'll be knitting while on vacation!

Bootie Specs:
Pattern: Magic Slippers by SockPixie
Yarn: Socks That Rock lightweight
Colorway: Watermelon Tourmaline
Yardage: Hardly any!  I estimated by weighing these littlebits that they are about 30 yards total.

Hat Specs:
Pattern: Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat by Keri McKiernan
Yarn: same as booties
Yardage: around 50

2010 so far:
FOs: 14
Yards knit: 3550

Monday, July 12, 2010

a reckoning

I can't finish a damn thing.  It is so stinkin' hot here, I can't stand to knit on my Traveling Sweater - too much wool on my lap.  The Daybreak shawl got kind of boring, so I put it down.  I started a baby sweater for my cousin-to-be, and that was going well, but then my mind wandered and I cast on a pair of socks for the Socks That Rawk Ravelry group's knit-along.

Summer is so hard for knitting.  I can't wear anything wool in this heat (and I so prefer knitting with wool), so the incentive to finish something so I can wear it isn't there.  I can't work on a big project because I can't stand to have anything heavy on my lap.  And although I've seen a couple movies lately, I seem to have misplaced my movie-knitting (a big old garter-stitch shawl I started last summer) so that didn't lead to any productivity either. 

But!  I have a vacation coming up in a few weeks, and that means a well-air-conditioned condo for sweater knitting, and beach-time for some little project or another, and airplane and car knitting.  So hopefully the end of July and beginning of August will give me something to show off.

In the meantime, what's on the needles in varying states of neglect:
Traveling Sweater
Daybreak Shawl
February Baby Sweater
Charybdis Socks
and I'm thisclose to casting on for a couple pairs of Mad for Plaid socks from the new Knitty, knit out of the new Loopy Ewe solids series yarn. (I've got a skein each of Sunshine Yellow, Grass, Cerulean, Fuschia, and Smoke)