Hold on to Your Hats

I have actually accomplished some knitting this week!

A wee pair of Saartje’s booteesfree pattern!–to match the Koigu BSJ! They are teeny teeny teeny… I’m actually wondering if I might have to make a slightly larger pair just in case these are too small. I’m also thinking that it might be nice to have the Koigu as the main color, with the Charcoal yarn as the top contrast strip. It was a really fun little knit, and took me less than two hours to whip out, perfect for a break from other projects and for sitting and watching TiVo’s back log of History Detectives. Now I have to knit up the trim pieces for the sweater, knit up a little hat, find some cute buttons for all of the set and THEN I’ll call it done!

I also managed to finally finish up weaving in the ends for an lapghan that a knitting group I am in had finished up. It is now with the last set of hands getting a nice crocheted border before we hand it off to its intended to recipient. Hopefully I’ll get a shot or two of that to post. The majority of the women in this group are novice knitters, so this first project was a group of garter stitch squares knit up in garter, whip-stitched together with a contrasting yarn. It is quite warm!!

Woo-hoo!! Progress made!

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Battery Life

Hopefully I’ll be able to bang this post out before my battery dies. Actually, these days, my personal battery is running rather low and is becoming more difficult; not such good news as I’m only half way through the second trimester and this is when I’m supposed to be feeling my best. Yug.

I’ve gotten the yarn I needed to finish up the newest little gal’s BSJ. I’ve been waiting to finish up the jacket hoping that I could find a nice contrasting/coordinating yarn to get a little trim work done.

A lovely skein of Lorna’s Lace, colorway Charcoal. Yes you read that right, Charcoal. I actually took it outside to look at the color just to make sure it wasn’t grey. I’m so excited to not have to buy more Koigu! After I get the trim work done, the last thing I have to do is find some great buttons. We don’t really have any great button shops here in town, so I have to rely on visits to NYC or, of course, the internet. Currently, I’m really excited about distinctive buttons; great selection of modern style buttons. What’s really awesome is their “best match” service where you can send in a swatch and they send you buttons. Not sure how I feel about someone else picking out my trimmings, but I like their products so much, that I might just give it a try sometime.

Unfortunately, I have a few other things that need to be finished up before I can get to all of that. You see, two weeks ago, we heard of a local family who just recently gave birth to quadruplets. I don’t know many details, but they are all healthy, all around 2lbs, and there are three girls and one boy. I think it’s time to knit up a few preemie sweaters.

I plan on using Crystal Palace Maizy for these four little sweaters.. and I’m finding a whole lot of advice online about what is useful for these teeny little folk. What I’m not so excited about are the free patterns I’m finding, few of which, if any, contain any schematics for measurements, or even worse, any mention of gauge. Yug. The majority of the patterns only specify which needle size to use, and few here an’ there might even mention yarn weight. Since I’ve never had a preemie, nor known any preemies before they were older, I really need the required measurements so I can make sure that I’m knitting something that has any hope of fitting. I did receive a pattern for a preemie version of the BSJ from a great lady on Ravelry, no1grandma; that might be the sweater I make this round.

Well, at least I managed another post… although I’m starting to realize that I might have a few more projects lined up than I have time for.

Yikes!!

It’s been almost a month since I’ve posted! I just don’t understand where the time goes as I stand idly by. OK, maybe not so idly… taking care of a one and three year old, being pregnant with our third, chasing after two dogs, trying desperately to keep ahead of the household mess, and getting our first house on the market doesn’t really quite stand up to “idle” now, does it?

But I can’t seem to remember how quickly it all slips through your fingers. So as I sit reading the other blogs and think to myself how I should post to my own, what I really need to be doing is less thinking and more doing. Because in the two moments I have between thoughts, I manage to forget that I might actually have something to blog about.

Like this: Turns out were going to have more estrogen here at our home! We’re having another little girl. Truth be told, we were both hoping that we would end up with two girls and a boy, as I’ve never had a sister–six brothers, no sisters–although we really would’ve been happy with two boys and a girl as well. There was only a slight preference. 😉 Her official due date is December 17th, which is also my father’s birthday, but more than likely, she’ll be a few days early as this will be our third, and this time planned, C-section. It’s a strange feeling, picking out the date on which your child will enter the world, uh, barring any unforeseen circumstances of course.

And in celebration of our recently gender discovery, I managed to cast on a new project for the new little life! Drum roll please!!!

It’s another BSJ! If you would’ve asked me two months ago if I would foresee casting on another one of these suckers in the near or distant future, the answer would’ve been a slight shake of my head and a teeny little grimace. Yet here I am, with one waiting for a little embellishment, and yarn set aside for another! I guess it’s true what they say; the BSJ is truly addicting. Whodda thunk it? I’m not showing the whole thing yet, because I have plans for a few embellishments… a little edging, some cute buttons, a pair of booties, and little hat. I’m pretty sure this will end up being our coming home outfit. If anyone has any idea where to find some truly unique/adorable buttons online, I’m all ears. I’ve looked on etsy, and I have a back-up plan, but I’d really like to know where you all go to find some crazy little notions.

And I’ve also managed to get in some spinning. I had my eye on some gorgeous merino at one of my LYS’s but decided that I was too novice to try something so beautiful. Of course, reason gave way to insanity when it was still there three weeks later, and since it obviously needed a loving home,I had to  bring it back with me. What the heck! The worst that could possibly happen is that I sit and pet it all day and forget to feed my children… and let’s face it, they’ve got to learn how to fend for themselves at some point, right? So here’s beautiful basket of lorna’s laces merino that I’m slowly but surely spinning up.

I’m pretty excited about how fine I’ve managed to spin it so far… of course, I’m sure once I start plying it, it will be ten times thicker than I thought it would be. Oh, and it’s also superwash, which seems to make the fibers even more slippery.  At one point the spindle kept dropping every single time I had to give it another spin. Eventually I figured out I was under spinning the fiber and it was just a little too weak. Huh! Looky Ma! She’s learnin’!! I’m sure all you experienced spinners out there can see that there is a few obvious deviations in the thickness, but I have to say that even with the uneveness, I’m still pretty doggone happy with my progress. This is, after all, only my second spin. I’m trying to be a little less rigid in this particular endeavor. We will see how that goes.

I have more to show and tell, but I’m afraid that it’s time to go get one of the wee ones up from his nap and get him some dinner. So hopefully, another post soon… you know… before another month is up!