Rewinding a ball completely enthralled her.
thought it was a good interview.
ready to lay down and die.
Kim. You know how I feel.
A “Pippi Knee Socks” bat that I won in one of Jessalu’s contests some time ago has finally been turned into some 2-ply goodness. I’m thinking either socks or a shawl with this falkland wool skein. There should be more than enough yarn at 440 yards and 4 oz.
The color is “Her Name Was Rio” and I must admit, I don’t understand the reference. So, some google-fu may be in my future.
And, in the spirit of finishing things, I also sewed the buttons on Ravinia. I love the marbleized purple buttons. They are plastic, but lovely, and remind me of real-pearl buttons.
While I knit this in a size 33″ with ease for Caitlynn, it appears that I can stretch it around my 38″ frame with some negative ease. 🙂 This means it should fit for quite a while. At least, I hope it will.
So, your modeled shots are supplied by me. Though you may notice a “helper” in some of the photos.
Yarn: Briar Rose Fibers Sea Pearl
Needles: US 7 & 6 Hiya Hiya Needles
Mods: So many alterations. I increased every 6 rows in the yoke, repeated the lace pattern 11 times in the body, altered the button band to 91 stitches, only decreased by 6 stitches in the arm which I knit on smaller needles than called for, then changed the cuff lace to feather and fan. Whew! I think those were all of my changes.
Having finally motivated myself to sew on some buttons, I present to you: Baby Yours. Now with adorable ducky buttons. Modeled by one of my favorite stuffies, Snowshoe the bunny. Well loved for some years now, Snowshoe was happy to help me out by modeling today.
Pattern: Baby Yours
Yarn: Louet Gems Fingering Weight
Needle: US 1 Hiya Hiya Circular
Modificatons: None that I can remember, though I may have altered the size based on my gauge, hee
As I come into the final stretch of my State Fair crafting time, I’m starting to feel unhappy. I have 4 projects left that I believe I can finish before the deadline: 2 sweaters, 1 skein, and a tatting project. The problem is that I don’t want to knit the sweaters. The skein I will likely finish. The tatting will come at some point. I just feel bogged down by the sweaters. I want to cast on something new and knit that, not the sweaters that I *think* I need to finish. This is a problem that I have faced the last two years as well.
As I look over my knitting for the last two years, I find that I am not happy. My two greatest loves are lace shawls and socks. There are few shawls or socks being produced. For the last few years, I have been planning and knitting for the State Fair as soon as it is over. It’s a bit like always studying for the standardized test in school. You may pass the test, but find yourself failing your classes. I have been failing myself by forcing myself to knit more sweaters and fewer of the projects I love.
I like most of the sweaters I have knit. I even find myself excited to knit some of them, but I am making the change after this year. No more knitting for the State Fair. I am going back to what I enjoy most: lace shawls and socks. This doesn’t mean that I won’t be knitting sweaters, but it does mean that I am going to knit more projects that I enjoy and not worry so much about what I’ll enter at the fair.
And, yes, I am stating this on the blog so that you will hold me to it.