Monday, February 25, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A faithful and wonderful reader wondered why no picture of Baby Ben and his big sister. I surely don't want to disappoint her, so here it is. Taken about 3.5 weeks ago, so he's bigger. She's still the same. 10.5 year olds don't change weekly. ;-)
Monday, February 18, 2013
And that's all I have to show. After being in Minneapolis for a week to visit kids, Miss P and Baby Benjamin Bunny, this is all I've accomplished.
I love sewing this quilt; even my mismatched corners don't show all that much. It's such a neat pattern, and perfect for me.
And, because I have to do this, here is a yet another Baby Benjamin moment. I miss that kid so much, not to mention his big sister. She's growing up! What happened to my little granddaughter?
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Every baby needs a green jacket and hat. Especially one from his Grammie.
Pattern, also by me. A basic little jacket worked bottom up, with sleeves picked-up and worked down. Hat is also a basic hat. Don't ask for instructions; there's aren't any. I just did my thing.
There's garter stitch at the top of the jacket, because I love to work it, and it shows off the variegated yarn differently than stockinette. Garter cuffs on sleeves, also. No sleeve shaping at all; I want the sleeve to be wide enough for his little arm in a onesie to get through easily. Bottom of jacket and hat have 2x2 ribbing just to hold in a little, especially on the head.
Either it will fit, or it won't. I don't worry much about this stuff. The process is what's important here. I like knitting little garments, and if he can wear it, good. If it's too small, then his Mom can donate it to the annual NAMI auction. If it's too big, he'll wear it eventually.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Here she is, my Garland Shawl redone in this amazing new yarn I'm testing out. I've been gushing over this yarn and it's all true! THE best singles yarn around. Forget the commercial stuff, this is THE best. Too bad I can't take credit for having spun it, it's that good.
As I mentioned yesterday, I knit this shawl originally in a colorway that suited some of my clothing. But it's a weird colorway, and the pattern never sold very much. I had wanted to redo it for some time, but there were always new ideas to play with. So, along comes this singles yarn, and I thought: "This is perfect to try out with the shawl. It'll show up garter stitch, a bit of stockinette and lace." And so here is the result. (Notice that I am not modelling any of these pics. It's kind of hard for me to take pics of myself. And the Hubz tends to cut off heads, shoulders, whatever.)
This is how I wear my little shawls, all snugged up around my neck. Cozy, you can see the fabric from the back, and you get this cute look from the front.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Crazy busy week last week. Between yarn dyeing for Sock Madness 7, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and feeling generally lousy with the acid reflux from hell, I went nonstop. I was so happy when Saturday rolled around and we had a lovely field trip to Warwick, NY.
Sewing news: I've fallen in love with the Scrappy Trip Around the World that's sweeping the blogosphere. As you know, I'm not the greatest machine sewer in the world (or for that matter, the greatest hand sewer, either), but I kept looking at this neat quilt, and decided to go for it. Mine is not scrappy; I'm using a Marmalade jelly roll from Moda. It's such fun to do it. First I get to pick out the strips, put them in order (all color work that I love), and then the machine work is easy. I'm in love!
No EPP went on. Just no time for hand sewing. It really was a crazy busy week.
Knitting news: So, here are my current knitting projects. Yep, I have a bunch more, but these are now on the frontline.
1. Baby sweater and hat for Benjamin Bunny. My own hand-dyed SW merino DK yarn. Softer than you can imagine. Cushy, cuddly, and perfect for a Frozen Northland Baby. It needs the buttons sewn on, and a good blocking. (And that's why the front edges looks so odd. It's the nature of knitting, but wool sorts everything out. You'll see.)
2. Garland Shawl revisited. I made this about 3 years ago, and it never photographed well. I wanted a shawlette in soft avocado, rust, etc, etc. In real life, it's very pretty, but the photographs made it look very dull.
I am playing with this incredible singles yarn, and so I decided to reknit the shawl. WOW! That's all I can say. If you follow me on Ravelry (ruth), you'll see that I'm over the moon with this yarn. I don't like commercial singles, but this yarn is beyond gorgeous. Yep, it's a singles, which means that it wants to get this little kink in it, but the yarn is of such quality, that the kinks just disappear as you knit. The yarn glides through your fingers.
Here's the original followed by the singles version. Non-knitters: it will block out into lacy wonder. This is just what knitted lace looks like in progress (an old tatty bag).
Dyeing: 3 different colorways for the Sock Madness group on Ravelry. Lots of work, but very satisfying.
AND, take a look at this singles yarn. This is the same yarn I'm using for the new Garland Shawl, but in a different colorway. See that bit of sheen? That kink? Yep, this is a singles yarn. And you don't feel the kinks as you work with it. Now, that's a singles!
Crochet news: This is another version of the singles above, only this one is a bit softer, and with virtually no kink. They are both beautiful yarns. This one is not yet available for me to order; this is a trial skein.
And that's that. Now if i could get this acid reflux thing solved....... Going to the gastroenterologist tomorrow. I'm pretty nervous about it, but I feel so awful, and this simply has to get taken care of.
Ya think I had a busy week?