on the needles...
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this isn't like me! I have 3 projects going at the same time (don't forget the mini van sock! Which has progressed to the heel gusset. yay me!) wildflower socks which are very Project Spectrum this month
which I'm not sure if I'm going to frog or not... I casted on the smaller size (56 sts) its a little hard to get over my heel, but once its on it fits very well. To frog, or not to frog?
also on the needles is knit and tonics something red. I've had the pattern forever and the yarn for even longer. It's absolutely beautiful. Here is a close up, this picture is pretty close to the actual color. As ya'll know, red is *very* hard to capture!
I'm using Louet Sales Gems Merlin Camelot in color 60-2895-1. I'm calling it Red Rose. Much more romantic, no? Its 70% Merino and 30% linen. I bought this yarn 2 years, maybe 3 years, ago at Webs on sale. This is so sad, that I have to admit it. I just got the name of the yarn... Merlin Merino/Linen Mer Lin. Holy Crap I am slow!
...off the needles
Little socks for Allysa
(see my beautiful marigold that Bryce gave to me for Mother's Day? I love it!)
I had enough yarn left over from my secret knitting, Kailey's socks, Corra's socks, another pair of socks for Allysa and my socks to knit a pair of socks for Allysa!
Pattern- Waffle Rib II from Sensational knitted socks
Yarn- Socks that Rock medium weight in boysenberry and rhodenite
Needles- Inox US 2 dpns
Started- April ?, 2007
Finished- May 7, 2007
Notes- I cased on 44 sts. Leg measures 3", foot measures 6 1/2" She wears a child's size 10. When Allysa put on her new socks she proclaimed "now I can walk!"
I'm hoping to go to the Waynesburgh Co. Sheep and Wool this weekend, I will be schlepping Allysa and Kailey with me. (unless I can find a sitter for Allysa) Let me know if your going too!
... knit something that you where in completely in love with? Real love. True love, because true love has things that bother you (like not putting the toilet seat down!) but you can live with because you *really* *really* love them/it.
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I'm in love with these socks. The process sucked me in and I feel deeply in love with the diamonds and how they quickly appeared. While I was knitting the second sock I kept trying it on, and take a few moments to enjoy the pattern, the fit, the color. I was in love. (aww!)
But like I said earlier, even true love has its flaws. It wasn't until I finished the first sock, wove in all my ends I realized I made a mistake and I'd be dammed if I was going to rip all the way back to it. damnit. Can you find the mistake? I decided, or justified, my mistake. Telling myself that everything has its flaws. And these socks, even with the mistake are still beautiful.
I know before I said I don't like the feel of a stockinette heel. With the pattern being incredibly awe inspiring, I followed the pattern. I still hate the stockinette heel. And hopefully won't fall for its sweet talk again.
Pattern- Gentleman's sock with lozenge pattern from Knitting Vintage socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn- Socks that Rock medium weight in boysenberry
Needles- Knit Picks US1 dpns (which are really a US 1.5 but I've ranted about this before)
and Susan Bates US 1's dpns
Started- April 14, 2007
Finished- May 6, 2007
Notes- I CO 60 sts. And worked 3 repeats of the cuff ribbing instead of 4. As this pattern was written for a man's leg, and I was modifying it to fit my (much) shorter leg. I worked 4 lozenge pattern repeats using the KP 1's and then worked 1.5 pattern repeat in the SB 1's. Which made the socks a little snugger around the ankle. I switched back to the KP 1's for the heel and foot. I decreased the toe to 24 stitched and then grafted. I love STR almost solids. These socks have my love. Even with there imperfections ; )
Bear wasn't all to amused with my socks photography shoot, see?
PS Kailey is doing better on her meds. She still has some reflux and has been spitting up and coughing more. The Dr took her off one of her meds today. So far it seems to have made her worse. So far, she hasn't had any apnea episodes! yay! The monitors main cable did go bad last Saturday. So the company sent someone to replace it that day. Why is it always a weekend that something happens? *L* Thank you everyone for your well wishes. I can't tell you how much I appreciate them.
PPS This post is just about the socks and just the socks. But Mike, I would be ever so happy if you would put the toilet seat down. You are out numbered in this house. 4 girls to you 2 boys!
a week er, two weeks its been! So much has happened. Among the sleep overs, birthday parties, various chores and Mike being home on break, Kailey has been one little fussy baby. After talking to her Dr. I finally decided to have her tested for acid reflux. She has been very drooly, fussy, has the hiccups a lot, and seems to swallow frequently too. The Dr. called for a 18 hour ph study, and an ultrasound. Damn. It was a long 18 hours in the hospital while she was having her test. Both Bryce and Allysa had reflux, but they threw up. A.lot. Bryce had excessive periodic breathing too. Baby Love, has periodic breathing too. Quite a bit for her age too... our Dr. being on the safe side prescribed an apnea monitor for her to wear when she is sleeping. It has two electrodes attached to a belt that she wears around her chest. It monitors her heart rate and her breathing. Hopefully she won't have any episodes... Our Dr. also put her on Zantac and Reglan (no idea if I spelled that right). Which should stop the reflux, and hopefully heal any damage that may have been done to her esophagus.
Baby love has some new hand knits to show off, After picking up some cotton at the LYS two weeks ago I casted on for little hat
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Pattern- Ruffled tulip hat by fiber trends
Yarn- 1.5 balls Paton's cotton worsted white, approx. 2 yards Patton's martinique in pink.
Needles- size 7 Clover dpns
Started- April 22, 2007
Finished- April 25, 2007
Notes- I used white for the whole hat, Instead of using the pink for the heart pattern. I used purl sts instead. And pink for the tie. Next time, I will in large the heart pattern and knit the heart patten with all purl sts. Its a little big on her right now, but she will grow into it. She is already 12lbs 5oz!
Baby love looks so sweet in Daddy's arms. (Daddy didn't know I was taking pictures, hehe!)
Baby love has a few MDK bibs to show off too,
Silly Mommy put the button hole on the wrong side of one! The buttons came from a tin of buttons I found in the basement of our home. I don't know how long they have been down there, it was a great find!
Now that Baby love is napping I'm going to go take a shower, I really should clean (ick), or knit (oh knit!), or maybe nap... mmm... nap....
A few days ago I finished a pair of socks that I can't quite show off just yet. But as soon as I was done I casted on a pair of infant socks for Kailey. I though heelless socks would be a good idea for her, so she wouldn't be able to grow out of them anytime (real) soon. I grabbed my Knitting Vintage socks book and casted on 36 stitches, 2 1/2 pattern repeats latter I casted off these bad boys:
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Pattern- based on the Heelless sleeping socks in Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn- Socks that Rock in boysenberry
Needles- Inox US 2 dpns set
Gauge- umm... I really should just remove this...
Started- April 8, 2007
Finished- April 9, 2007
Notes- Even though they will fit her for a long time, they cant' stand up to her wild kicking for very long! I also think they look a little stupid with out a heel.
Now tell me something....
do these socks really look like baby socks? or something else? Like maybe *cough*weewillywarmers*cough*?
An knitted Finished Object just in time for Spring. At least I think its Spring, but the weather seems to be a a little confused
(snow by the leftover tree stump in the side yard. boy was it funny watching Mike cut this down and chasing logs down the hill. *snicker*)
Luckly the snow melts as soon as the sun hits it. Stupid lake effect.
What was that? The finished Object you say? Did I say something about a finished object? Did I? Why, yes I did. And guess what. Its not a sock! (shocked are you? hehe)
Kailey wearing Anouk from knitty!
Pattern- anouk from knitty Spring 2004 smallest size
Main color- 1.5 balls Ballerina
Contrast color 1- 0.5 balls Aloe (its really a minty green color)
Contrast color 2- .25 balls Sunshine (holly bright yellow batman!)
Needles- US size 6 Knitpicks Options
Gauge- why don't I measure this? I donno.. its a baby knit!
Started- March 20, 2007
Finished- March 27, 2007
Seamed- April 5, 2007
Notions- 3 white buttons from my Grandmother's sewing box
Knit for little Kailey
Notes: Nice quick knit, cute little dress. It maybe a bit big right now. But little girl looks so sweet in it. I finished it just in time for Easter.
Now time to finish those damned socks... I want me a sweater!
*added* I almost forgot to tell ya'll! Bryce's surgery went wonderfully! You wouldn't even know that he had surgery, he was all over the place this week with energy. He isn't snoring and can breathe better! yay!!!