Monday, November 04, 2013
Two baby girls...How wonderful! Growing well (in the 95th percentile—for singletons—off the charts for twins) and appearing healthy. Yesterday was the shower –or should I say deluge! A beautiful day for a wonderful party—and millions of gifts. I am not sure there room for baby's in the apartment.
So many new wonderful things these days for babies...I was stunned and over whelmed. My gifts are all going to be hand made ones.. A niece for my ex's side was there—I haven't seen her for some year (her grandfathers funeral)--Her children still play with the stuffed toy I knit for her-(that is how she introduced me to her children.. (This is Emily's mommy—She's is aunt who made the stuffed elephant).
That is the best—to be remembered and known for the things I hand crafted--(some 40 years)... I didn't even remember that toy at first!
I have to confess—I didn't (don't) care (boys, girls, one of each)--Healthy is my desire. But as a knitter—well, it's way more fun to knit for girls. There are so many things designed for girl—and the same goes for sewing. My sewing machine has several pre-programed stitch patterns for flowers—but nothing for boys—not sports stuff, or even gender neutral stuff (teddy bears or other animals.)
I suppose scalloped edging could be considered gender neutral—but I think its more feminine—I have girls to sew for!
As for knitting—Wedge twelve is complete(finally) —all that remains (for today/tonight) is grafting the open stitches to the cast on edge—and then getting started with blanket 2.
The queue of baby things to knit just keeps getting longer and longer...(and here I am goofing off at the computer!)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Wedge 10 is finished and 11 half done, and when the blanket is folded flat, it seems I will end up with a do-decagon (a 12 sided polygon) after all. Wedge 11 and then some to be finished today, 12 and the grafted seam for tomorrow.
Immediately after-- blanket 2.. A basket weave it is. Garter borders and giant squares of seed stitch and stocking knit. It might end up being a rectangle rather than a square... and blanket 3 will be a triangle.
Not to get ahead of myself, but when I have finished the blankets, I then have 2 commissioned pieces. DD as for so little, it's a pleasure to do what ever she asks.
First she'd like a matching sweater to this one—knit by her grandmother for one of her cousins... I bought the yarn yesterday, and we decided on the slightly darker oatmeal color—since the cream didn't match perfectly. I looked for buttons too--but didn't find any I liked--and certainly nothing that match.
The original is wool, (and slightly fulled from years of use)--and I will read the knitting like a chart to make a duplicate--since I have no idea where the original pattern is. I might change it a bit, and knit it in one piece to the underarms (and eliminate the side seams)--I started a swatch last night (which is why wedge 11 is only half done)--I will swatch the cable—and make sure my gauge is close enough. I might make it a bit bigger.. (and allow for a bit of fulling) –besides, twins (especially non identical ones) don't always grow at the same rate.
The second request from DD was for a set of boob hats for the babies.. I love the boob hat—and I am happy to add this to queue. Even if I also still plan to knit Valentine's day heart hats and St. Patrick shamrock hats!
I was at Joanne's with DD yesterday and we decided on the colors.. the selection was limited. We chose the wrong day to go. The aisles of the yarn corner were filled with boxes—and a harried (but still pleasant) clerk was busy checking invoices and trying to organize things--and getting ready to unpack.. It was hard to walk in the aisles and see anything with all the boxes.. But still, I am not unhappy with what we found... Maybe if they had a paler pink (we are both very fair) but I don't think there is a paler pink.
Which reminds me... I placed a large ($75+tax & shipping) order to Lion Brand last week—and it didn't come packed with their new catalog! How annoying. Well maybe I'll find one in my mailbox this week.
I love my Nook, and reading books on it. (and my reading list is growing fast than even I can read!) but I don't like reading zines on the Nook. I read books in strict linear way—I rarely skip ahead, and only occasionally go back-- but magazines articles are always broken up, and have pages of ads to skip—I tend to flip through a magazine—and it's just not as comfortable on the nook. I don't know if the Lion Brand catalog is available on line.. but even if it is—I want a lovely hard copy to read and salivate over.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Well -- 9 wedges done. But it looks like 9 won't quite be enough. The four skeins will be. As I have gone along, the first skein made 3 wedges and a few rows of wedge 4.
Skein 2 completed 3 wedges—and half of another. Now, 9 wedges have been knit, and there is still enough yarn for most (if not all) of wedge 10. When wedges 10, 11, and 12 have been knit there will be—for sure—enough yarn for wedge 13. I do have 2 more skeins—in case I run short.. but I don't think I will.
And likely, wedge 13 will be needed. I suppose if I were superstitious I would frog, or fudge (and have a slightly less than a flat blanket) and stop at 12. But I am not superstitious—I live on floor number 14—but the elevator skips from 12 to 14—so I am really on the 13th floor—and I know it.
I won't tell anyone—I doubt anyone will sit and count the wedges—in a single color its not immediately evident (or easy to count). My daughter isn't superstitious either—so she won't mind.
I'd rather have a slightly fuller (to the point of almost ruffled) blanket than a slightly smaller (and cupped one).
I am still deciding which square blanket to knit... A simple one—like a wash cloth starting with 3 and increasing—to the half way point and then decreasing..But I think this is better suited to the triangular blanket--(number 3)just knit and increase till I run out of yarn If seems too big—well increase and decrease and make another square blanket!
Perhaps a 9 patch—a border of garter and squares of stocking knit and reverse stocking knit.--or maybe stocking knit and seed stitch... or.. well a simple basket weave of some sort. Even just off set rows of garter would be interesting.
K for square 1, p for square 2, k for square 3.. It would break up the lines and be interesting to knit.. with out being too complicated.--I don't mind doing 4 square of purl every stitch/every row garter.
I have also considered (and rejected) a mock entralac--I'll have to come to a decision soon--this blanket is rapidly nearing completion.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Two more wedge completed—(and a few rows more of wedge 8)--along with the second skein of yarn.
No photos for the moment-- but a recipe--
Since this isn't quite a pattern
Cast on 50,
knit 1 row.
Knit the next row, too. —But stop 2 stitches short of the end of the row.
Repeat (Knit the next row, but stop 2(more) short)
then Knit back.
Repeat 23 more times, each time knitting 2 fewer stitches.
When the last row is just the last 2 stitches-- then knit the full row, and back again-- 1 wedge completed.
Repeat—11 more times—till you come full circle.
Actually, the cast on number (should be about 20 inches) depending on your yarn, needle and gauge; with the number of steps you take (2 stitch step, or 3 stitch steps) the number (and shape) of wedges will change. But there are many different combination that will make a polygon that sort of looks like a circle.
Another version of this pattern calls for a new color of yarn as a wedge is completed.
In the end, I will half graft the last row of live stitches to the cast on edge.
Things will slow down over the weekend—there are things to do, and people to see.. and knitting won't be the top priority. But I still plan to get at least finish the partially started eight wedge, and get one more done —and be at the three quarters point on Monday.
Friday, October 25, 2013
By the end of the day, there will be at least one more wedge completed, and I will be at (or past) the half way point. This yarn, Lion Brands (discontinued) Color Waves is light and fluffy, and knit on the suggested needle is a rather open fabric. But it's warm (it's lovely and warm on my lap)--the fluffy open fabric is a therrmal trap.
At the rate I am working, the first blanket should be finished by the end of the end of this month.
It's chilly—47° out side (at 10 AM!) and cool (67°) inside, and the blanket is nice to knit. This morning it was cold enough to be a hot oatmeal and hot coffee breakfast day—The first time this season. I always cook up a full measure of oatmeal (I make steel cut oatmeal that takes ages to cook)--so I have a few more bowl tucked away in the fridge for tomorrow and other cool mornings.
The second blanket will be made in the same yarn, different color way. The lavender mix is called pebble beach, the other skeins are in the Mai Tai color way—a rosy reddish purple—with lots of other colors mixed in.
Each wedge is 22.5 inches, so the finished blanket will be a 45 inch circle. The plan is for the square one to be a 45 inch square. The 3rd, triangular blanket will be a simple knit, and make 1 every row until I run out of yarn. This is works for me.. making 2 blankets—the same except for the color would be just too boring. But 3 blankets-each different.. not a problem!
I have to work at these blankets and other baby stuff. The babies are doing well and growing well (as they should)--they are in the top percentile for their prenatal age--and the doctors are thinking that while 40 weeks in the first week in February--these twins will be big enough to be delivered at 36 weeks. So there is not much time for knitting--especially when knitting double! And there is a greater need for warm woollies for babies born in the dead of winter.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
And reading, and cooking, and visiting with friends, and....
Monday I mostly finished the Syncopated Rhythm hats—I still need to make pompoms.. but I am going to make a few.... One in every color of the rainbow—and two white ones. Then my daughter can decide what color she wants (or the white)--I have to dig out my Clover pompom maker—I love the big fluffy pompoms the Clover tools make.
These hats are miniature—really home from the hospital and won't fit in month hats.. Which is fine, because when the baby's are a month old, it will be Valentines day—and I will have heart hats for them, and when they are 2 months old, they will be sporting hats with shamrocks, and the next month hats with colorful Easter eggs. Not the I am obsessed with making them hats or anything...
The first baby blanket is started, and 25% done—it will be circular—well actually a 12 sided polygon that sort of looks circular. Blanket 2 will be square—and there might be a spare—triangular-- keeping up the geometric theme. I bought 6 skeins (they were sold in lots of 3)—and I thought 3 skeins wouldn't be enough.
Good thinking--blanket 1 is likely going to need ever inch of 4 skeins—and blanket 2 the same. Then I will have 2 +2 skeins left over.. (for the spare blanket) --
There are still booties to knit, and a nice hood with dickie—scarves are out for infants, but something that covers head and neck will be useful—And I have some skeins of Paton's Décor (acrylic) for baby sweaters, and I keep finding cute patterns that I want to knit! And, and, and!
I treated myself to some wool, for me, too. Lion Brand 1878 wool has been discontinued—I love this wool and at half price—well-- a few cones (each over 2000 yards) have found there way into my stash.
I love the green shell I knit for myself in the Lion Brand sock yarn last year—and I want to knit some more and I will-- But a charcoal grey sweater –knit with 2 strands held together—so it's not so fine as sock yarn—but finer than DK, will be very useful and I now have the yarn for it. I bought some cones of the white, too. No plans for the white—except that some of the yarn won't remain white!