Friday, April 8, 2016

April Showers

It has been a wet month so far! Which means there is a lot of time for me to be inside knitting. :) I am looking forward to warmer days knitting at the park with the kids, but I have gotten quite a bit done in the mean time. I finally finished Sawyer's Brochan sweater (designed by Kate Oates of Tot Toppers) and it is probably my favorite thing I have ever knit for him.  He looks pretty sharp in it!

I have started knitting a super hero tiger for Sawyer. I am to the top of the head, so I might be able to finish that up this weekend.  I am planning on sewing the cape instead of knitting it. It seems like an awful lot of knitting for a is done in garter stitch, and well, no. I can sew a cape in about an hour is Sawyer helps, so that is the plan.

Still plugging away at Weston's sweater. I am going to be getting to the patterning soon, which might make it less portable.  I am thinking that I might only do the pattern on the front of the sweater and leave the back plain, but I am not sure on that yet. I am crunched for time, but I do want to be happy with it when I am finished.  Weston wanted a simple sweater, so the patterning is pretty simple, but any time I have to think and look at a chart I will knit slower.

I did finish my secret swap knit and it is wonderful (if I do say so myself. ;) ).  I probably will knit myself one as it is quite wearable and warm, which are both things I could use. I will share pictures of it soon as I plan on getting it in the mail today.  I am hoping to cast on a little hand spun baby sweater this weekend. I need to get cracking with baby knitting!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Digging through stash

Last Saturday was the local quilt guild's sewing event, which I love to attend! Since moving to Cordova I have been able to finish a number of quilts that I had started by attending these monthly events. It gives me time and space to sew, which is always nice! Friday I spent the morning going through my fabric stash and pairing fabric I had with patterns so I could get some new things started...and hopefully finished! Lucy found some fabric that she just loved so I got started on a quilt for her.

I have fabric for a quilt for Sawyer as well that has dogs flying airplanes...ha! The hope is that I can have two twin sized quilts finished by winter for their bunk bed. Not that we are lacking any blankets, but it is nice to have a quilt that was made specifically for you. 

I am also still knitting away on a few things. Sawyer's sweater actually has just the last 1/3 of a sleeve and the collar left to knit. Man, I forget how much I dislike knitting sleeves. On a top down sweater they are such a chore! I have the whole sweater to haul around to knit these small sleeves. I know Sawyer is really looking forward to it though as he keeps asking when his new sweater will be finished. 

I have quite a bit finished on Weston's sweater (probably should get a picture of that)...I think it is over 12" long now! It lives in my purse and I work on it while the kids are playing. I started a new project that I can't share yet as it is a swap gift but it is working up quickly and I am happy with it.  I might knit myself one I like it so much! It was also my birthday last week which was fun.  One of the gifts I received was an awesome new book (and a generous gift card!) from my parents which I was really excited about! The kids each picked an animal for me to knit for them and I can not wait to get started. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Finished Objects!

March is the month of my favorite sporting event, the Iditarod... and with it comes a knitting event called the Iknitarod! It is a fun way to challenge yourself to knit something as you follow the mushers along the trail.  This year I had big plans to knit a baby blanket, but after cleaning the house one day and finding a few too many (cough, cough) unfinished objects I decided to change plans and finish some of those up.  First up was a pair of mittens for Sawyer.  He had asked for Spider-Man mittens a while back and I jumped at the chance to knit them.  Color work is my favorite thing to knit, and I know the time that he will ask for knitted things might be coming to a close...I finished one mitten quite quickly but the other one just sat in the bag waiting to be cast on.  The Iknitarod gave me the push I needed and I finished the pair in three days.

Sawyer is happy with them. He has been wearing them to school (the first day he tried to even wear them during school) and the play ground. I wish I would have made them a bit longer (I could have repeated the chart that is in the blue one time in the red section before starting the spider) but Sawyer doesn't seem to mind at all and they will work this year at least. The nice thing about Alaska is even in the summer there are days where we can get wear out of our hand knits. 

The next thing I decided to tackle was my Lilli Pilli shawl that I started last May.  Knitting that is for me always gets pushed to the bottom of the queue. I enjoy knitting just about anything, but I really love getting to see my knitted things get appreciated by the people I gift it to. The other thing that slowed me down a lot with this shawl is the beaded lace. It was tough to work on that with the kids awake and I didn't often have the energy to work on it once they were in bed.  This shawl traveled with me to Washington and Hawaii and it is finally finished.  

It needs to be blocked still, and I need to figure out how to wear it. I wore it like a scarf yesterday but it is a bit too wide to be comfortable around my neck. The pattern is written for three colors, but I didn't have the yarn for that in my stash...I was able to pull all of this (minus the beads) from my stash! Plus, I love rainbows, so it worked out great. 

I am now feverishly working on Sawyer's latest sweater. It needs 1.25 sleeves and a collar and it should be finished.  The winner of the Iditarod has crossed the finish line, but I am going to keep on knitting until the last musher captures the red lantern. (And beyond...)

With all the finishing going on, I was cleaning up my Ravelry project page and I only have four active WIPs. I feel so monogamous! Ha. I really think I can finish Sawyer's sweater in the next week or so and then I have a dress for Lucy that is almost finished as well.  I might be casting on a number of new projects then! With summer time coming up I will be needing a few smaller projects to take to the park with me...a few hats, maybe some baby things...casting on soon!!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Pet Peeves

It's been a stormy week here. I have been doing a child swap with a few preschool moms who have younger girls, so that means two afternoons a week I have no kids! It is so nice to have some time alone to rest, knit, or run errands. This week I was able to get my hair cut for the first time in quite a while. I am really happy with it!

I have also recently been watching the show New Girl on Netflix.  It's entertaining, but I have one pet peeve about it.  The main character wears glasses without lenses. That is something that makes me crazy! Having bad eye sight is a disability.  People aren't using crutches ironically.  And I realize it is probably for lighting reasons, but there are characters on the show that actually do wear glasses and they have ones with lenses and things are fine. It is obviously something that most people won't notice, but it drives me crazy. 

And while we are on the topic of things that make me crazy, another huge pet peeve of mine is people saying they "don't have time" for things.  Everyone has the same 24 hrs in a day. Most people I talk to in the course of the day have small children and similar things to juggle. It's fine if you don't want to make time to do something, but just admit that. If it isn't a priority for you, you won't make time for it. But, there is time. I just get irrationally annoyed by people not saying what they mean.

In knitting news, things have been cruising along on Weston's Gansey.  I have it joined in the round and about three inches of stockinette completed.  I even tried it on him yesterday and IT FIT. HUGE news.  It was such a relief to see that. I still have about a million inches to knit and quite a few things to figure out (shoulder straps for example...) but I am starting to see progress and I think it will come together.  

I haven't been knitting on anything else this week... I have been dreaming of casting on new things. I am obsessing over knitting a pair of baby overalls and other little things. Everything I seem to stumble across that I want to knit is fingering weight. I probably should mix it up a bit with some other weight of yarn just to give my hands a rest. 

Next weekend the Iditarod starts, and with that the Iknitarod! I will be participating in the challenge this year with a baby blanket, the zagaround blanket by Kate Oates. I have had a rainbow yarn for it for a while and am finally ready to get to knitting. I think the pattern is simple enough that I should be able to work on it with the kids up, but finishing such a large project will still be a challenge for me. 

Have a great weekend and happy knitting!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sewing and stripes

I am through the garter stitch stripes on my Lilli Pilli shawl! The rainbow is there...and now there are only forty rows of beaded lace left to go. Ha! Checking my Ravelry page I saw that I started it in May of last year so there is potential that it will be finished within a year. That would be a pretty good record for me for things that I have knitted for myself.

I had sewing day yesterday and I was able to accomplish quite a bit! I put the borders on a small baby quilt and pieced the back so it is ready to be quilted. I am really happy with it! The fabric is very cute without being baby-ish and girly without being pink.

I also finished this quilt top. It needs a border, which means a shopping trip, but I am happy with it.  I had the patterned charm squares in my stash for a long time and I thought this simple quilt would be a good use for them. I am hoping to find something orange or green for the border which means Lucy will have to stay at home. She was already quite disappointed that the blue squares weren't pink...apparently everything should be pink if you ask her.

I have quite a few projects on the needles but nothing that is in a grab and go state.  I am hoping to remedy that tonight so I have something to knit while out and about with the kids this week. Hopefully everyone had a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Needles and hooks

I have been knitting quite a bit! I am almost through the stockinette stripes on my lilli pilli shawl and I am very happy with how it is turning out. It is going to be quite large and I am not sure what I will do with it when it is finished, but the garter stitch stripes are making me happy. 

I have also made some forward progress on Weston's gansey. I am about to join the welts and start working in the round. The other day Sawyer was helping me vacuum and I heard a noise. I asked him to shut off the vacuum and came to investigate. What I found was not pretty. My knitting had been left on the floor and got sucked into the rollers. 

My new addi sock rocket needle was shaped like a hook! Sawyer was upset and thought he was in trouble. I assured him he did nothing wrong and it was my own fault for leaving my things out. It also proved a good lesson for why things shouldn't be left on the floor. I was able to get a new needle from my LYS that night and got everything fixed. 

Hopefully I continue to make progress and can remember to put my things away!

Happy knitting!

Monday, February 8, 2016

A long January

Whew! Finally getting around to updating again after a long break. We had a wonderful trip to Hawaii. It was amazing to just relax and hang out with Weston for six days. Not having to take anyone else to the bathroom or feed anyone else was just simply delightful.  I didn't get as much knitting done as I thought I would, but I enjoyed doing nothing. That isn't something I am normally good at, but it was nice.  I made a lot of progress on my Lilli Pilli shawl, I am now half way through the 100-row garter stripe section.  After that I have another small lace section, which I am sure will slow me down, but I am excited to have this finished! It will probably be the fanciest thing I have ever knitted for myself.

We also did a few tourist-y things.  We went and played mini-golf, visited a goat farm, and a vodka farm.  The tour of the vodka farm was very interesting and I learned a lot! If you are ever in Maui, be sure to stop by the Ocean Vodka farm as it is a fun little outing.

I have finally started on Weston's Gansey again. Nothing like knitting on a deadline! I really hope it works out this time because I am not sure I have it in me to knit it a third time. (Not that I knit the whole sweater the first time, but I knit enough to be quite annoyed at myself for having to reknit it.)

Hopefully I will have more beautiful knitting to share with you soon! Keep those needles clicking!