January 28, 2009

Snowy Day

Posted in Fiber tagged , at 5:16 pm by bookwoman

We have ucky snow today.  It’s not enough to look nice…the grass is poking out from under the snow.  The temperature went up, and precipitation continued as rain, which means lots of slush now.  It’s just a mess.  But, it was enough for a snow day!  This is one of the high points of the new job.  I don’t have to make the call about whether or not to open (and I totally would have opened the library today).  The other high point is that I very often had to shovel the library property myself.  Now, I just wait for someone to call me and tell me to go back to bed.  This is when I love a 5AM phone call.

So, I got to stay home. Unfortunately, Geek Boy was teaching today, so he couldn’t work from home.  So, I treated today as a Sunday.  Laundry, soup and knitting.  (And getting sucked into a Top Chef marathon…I can’t believe I just admitted that.)

I finished the blanket for The Nameless One (who does now have a name, although it apparently took two tries…my sister-in-law sent out a message welcoming Baby A, and ten minutes later sent another e-mail saying it didn’t stick, so welcome Baby B).  We didn’t get out to see them this past weekend, so I got some extra time.  Which means I did do the last two blocks, although some of the last few blocks were a little smaller than they were supposed to be.  Today I did the border and wove in the ends.  It still needs to be washed and lightly blocked, but I’m happy with the results.

finalblocks

Details:

Pattern: Moderne Baby Blanket from Mason-Dixon Knitting.  This is the first entry in the “try and knit from my books” non-resolution.

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, because I love wool, but would never give a new mom something that can’t be maching washed.  Purchased at Slip Knot with the help of a lovely quilter.

Needles: Size 7 Chia Goo…I <heart> Chia Goo needles.  I started getting them over the summer when I needed some sock needles.  Cathy, at Finely a Knitting Party, carries them.  I can see myself slowly converting all of my needles to Chia Goos.

Modifications: None, really.  I made some of the blocks smaller than called for just because of the boredom factor.  This why I generally don’t make blankets at all anymore.

I’m hoping to deliver the blanket (with some books, of course) soon. 

Now, it’s back to the Amelia.

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January 22, 2009

Bad Aunt Bookwoman

Posted in Fiber tagged , at 10:12 pm by bookwoman

Things have been a little crazy.  Just busy crazy.  And all good.

Big news is that I’m an aunt again.  We don’t know her name yet.  So, she shall henceforth be The Nameless One.  (My sister-in-law left Geek Boy a message earlier today, but between her fatigue and Geek Boy’s bad hearing, he couldn’t make out the name.)  Her blanket is almost done.  But, to be honest, I’m tired.  It’s been a lot of garter stitch.

Here’s where the blanket is now

bad-aunt

It measures 26″x29″ right now.  There are two more blocks to do, plus the edging. 

So here’s my dilemma.  The nieces and nephew live a ways away, and we don’t see them very often.  If we get a chance to go up this weekend, it may be a while before we see them again.  So, I’d like to get this done “toot sweet.”  Which, to my garter stitch addled brain, means skipping the last two blocks and getting on with the border.

Does this make me a bad aunt?

January 1, 2009

Resolved…

Posted in Fiber tagged , , , at 11:37 pm by bookwoman

I have never liked making new years resolutions.  Most of the time, I joke that the only resolution I ever kept was several years ago when I resolved not to make any more resolutions.  Plus, it always seemed to make more sense to make “new year” resolutions at my birthday, because that’s really my new year.  Either way, I don’t resolve on January 1st. 

However, I can be sucked into setting goals.  Somehow, I’ve been enticed by this one.

Apparently 2009 is the year I lose my mind.

Apparently 2009 is the year I lose my mind.

In fairness to myself, I did come up with my goals first, and then found NaKniSweMoDo (rav group).  My idea for 2009, knitting wise, was simple.  I have lots of knitting books, and continue to add to my library.  But, I sometimes get so distracted by neat designs I find on-line that I forget to check out my own pattern stash.  So, for 2009, I want to make a true effort to knit from the books I have.

To that end, I had a little credit card falling down incident.  (Does it count as falling on your credit card when it’s an on-line order?)  I got sucked into the Webs end of the year sale.  There are two sweaters I’ve been wanting to make:  Veronik Avery’s Aspen Top Down Sweater and the Women’s Simple Pullover from Melissa Leapman’s Cables Untangled.   I feel like the Simple Pullover is a cop-out, considering all of the gorgeous, complicated sweaters in that book.  But I just want something quick and cute.  So, thanks to the end of the year sale, I got a two sweaters worth of yarn for under $50.

Plus, I was already working on Amelia, which I love.  And even though it would have crossed the January 1st line, and completing projects counts for NaKniSweMoDo, I decided to put it aside and concentrate on something that has a deadline.

I learned to knit when I found out I was going to be an aunt, six years ago.  The first thing I ever made was a blanket for the Chickpea.  Then I made a lot of blankets.  Then I got tired of blankets.  After my first year of knitting, blankets were reserved for the siblings of those who had already received blankets.  Thus, our nephew, Geek Boy Jr., has one.  And since the Niece-to-Be-Named-in-January is due to make her debut any day now, I needed to get cracking on her blanket.  Originally she was expected in mid-January, but apparently the doctors were a bit off in their estimations, and my sister-in-law was having contractions on Christmas day.

I already had the yarn, bought before we heard if we were expecting a niece or nephew.  Cascade Superwash in blue, green, yellow and red.  A lovely quilter who happened to be at Slip Knot helped me choose the colors, since I have no sense of color design.  And I would say she did a great job, wouldn’t you?

What would color-impaired knitters do without kind quilters?

What would color-impaired knitters do without kind quilters?

I had another pattern in mind, but in keeping with my goal to knit from my books, I decided to try the Moderne Baby Blanket (rav link) from Mason-Dixon Knitting.  I wasn’t sure I’d like it, picking up sitches falling into the “too fiddly” category for me.  However, picking up stitches in garter stitch is so very simple.  This has been a great veg out project and has gone quite quickly.  I’ve been working on it for five days (and yesterday didn’t do any knitting on it at all) and I’m already on the sixth block.  Unfortunately, I just ran out of red.  So, there will be a return trip to Slip Knot this weekend.  Then I can finish this off, and get back to Amelia and all of my 2009 insanity.