Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

I’m a winner!

December 1, 2009

I made these mystery socks last month.  They were really fun, I liked the yarn, blah, blah, blah.  (Details, if you care, are here.)

The reason I bring this up is because I won something because of them!  I won a copy of another sock pattern from the designer of these socks.  I know it is not a big prize, but still, I won!




A Perfect Fall Day and an FO

November 15, 2009

A few weeks ago, J and I and our friends Sonia and Amy decided to go on a fall excursion.  We drove out together to visit a few orchards and a pumpkin patch.

We stopped in town to get some morning refreshments at local coffee shop before we headed out for the day.  J decided to check his email.


Of course, being so on top of things, I didn’t get any pictures of most of the rest of the day, including a pumpkin patch, an orchard, and an alpaca farm (yarn, woo!).  But, when we stopped for some roadside BBQ (yum) I did manage to get some pictures of J swinging on the tire swing there.  He loved it!



I know he doesn’t look happy in this picture, but I promise he liked it.

Either that or I enjoy toddler torture via tire swing.  You decide.

After J was done, I convinced Amy to take a ride too!

IMG_0291(Don’t tell her I showed you this.)

Oh, the green sweater J is wearing in these pictures is the one I was plotting to make him back here.  Go to Ravelry if you want the juicy details.

Knitting – Coming Soon

August 25, 2009

In the works for knitting are a couple of sweaters for Jaxon for this Fall and Winter.  I just ordered the yarn and am getting pretty anxious to get started!

I am going to be knitting this basic V-neck sweater for him from Pure and Simple Knitting.

v neck

The yarn I ordered is Knit Picks Swish DK in Moss (Green) and Persimmon Heather (Dark Orange).  I just want to get started NOW.  Come faster yarn, come faster!

FO: World’s Ugliest (and Ill-fitting) Toddler Vest

August 21, 2009


Pattern: Naturally Classic Vest (Lionbrand) (Ravel it!)

Yarn: Red Heart Kids, Crayon

Needles: US6 & US7

Started: August 9

Finished: August 17


Oh, what to say about this…  I think the title says it all.  Mom gave me this yarn (as cast off from a project she is working on for J) and it was just so ugly and crazy and gross and clown-puke-like, I just had to make something with it.  I didn’t want to commit to much, so I thought a vest would be perfect.

It is too wide, too short, and scary it is so ugly.  I didn’t expect anything else!  The only way J will ever wear this again is if they announce a Clash Day at daycare.  🙂  Even though it is terrible, I giggled the whole time I was knitting it, and am so glad I did!


FO: Baby Surprise Jacket

August 17, 2009


Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket (Elizabeth Zimmerman) (Ravel it!)

Yarn: Knit One, Crochet Too, Pumpkin Garden

Needles: US6

Started: May 3

Finished: August 16


The knitting on this one went fairly quickly.  It only took me over 3 months to finish it because I avoided seaming this thing up.  Well, that was silly.  Took me about 20 minutes, following the Yarn Harlot’s method.  It was simple.

I really like the buttons I got for it.  I also like the orange thread I used to sew the buttons on.  It all works I think.


I don’t have a baby in mind for this sweater.  I just knit it because it is one of those things a knitter has to make.  Anyone need a knitterly famous baby sweater?

FO: Stripey Socks (My First Socks!)

August 8, 2009


Pattern: Wendy’s Generic Toe Up Socks (Ravel it!)

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici, Providence

Needles: US2

Started: May 25

Finished: August 7

My first pair of socks.  And they fit!  I love the stripes.  It is true what they say about hand knitted socks, they are magical.  So comfy and warm!  I ended up having to add in calf shaping since there was so much yarn, they got so tall!  I am going to start another pair soon.  I need a collection now!

Catch Up

July 25, 2009

Yes, I suck.  It’s been a long time.  Blah blah blah.  Let’s pretend some excuses are listed here.

Now, time to catch up on what J and I have been up to for the last month and move foward.

J went on his first camping trip with his grandparents and even went on a boat (thus the life jacket)!

J Camping

I got my first pedicure.  Fancy!  (Lyndsay went with me as a guide into this new girly world!  I’m on the left.))


While I was getting my pedicure, I finished knitting my first sock ever!  (Second one is well on the way, just turning the heel.)

First Sock

We enjoyed our newly weeded backyard (yes, it was really bad before) with a picnic.


And we went on a hike!  (Balch creek.  J is standing in the restroom ruins!)

hike 2


Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

FO: Tea Cosy

April 24, 2009


Pattern: Felted Tea Cosy (Ravel it!)

Yarn:Patons Classic Wool

Needles: US10

Started: April 9

Finished: April 23

We were desparate for a tea cosy at work (folded napkins just don’t cut it) and so I volunteered of course!  I followed the stitch count of the pattern I used, but obviously not the color scheme.  After I finished knitting, it took two wash cycles for it to shrink down to the right size.  It ended up perfect!

We used it today for the first time, and it kept our tea fabulously warm.  Success!


FO: Owly Sweater

April 5, 2009


Pattern: Owls (Ravel it!)

Yarn:Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky in green, 7 skeins

Needles: US10, US 10.5

Started: January 22

Finished: April 5

My first sweater!  I finally finished it.  And it fits!  Now, if it would just get cold enough here to warrant a thick sweater like this!

owly-sweater-006-smallPlease excuse the dirty bathroom mirror…


Jaxon and I have something else in common.

March 21, 2009

We both enjoy a good dose of knitting humor.  Maybe he would like to read the blog with me too?