Thursday, July 21, 2005

Bring on the Babies!

Yes, I'm nearing the finish line on the baby stuff I had in the works. Of course, today, I discovered that I lost my little bet that my friends would have one of each in their various pregnancies--the NJ folks had a boy this week, and my local friends found out that theirs is a boy, too. So, the kimono won't be gifted to either of them. It'll keep. :) I'm going to start Trellis for boy #2, due in October. No sweat!

Bunny Hat: So very darling. If I ever make another one, I’m making the ears a little bit wider, but darn, this thing’s cute.

Thick & Quick Hat: So, Sunday knitting at Borealis is supposed to be knitting for charity—St. Joseph’s home and Afghans for Afghans, etc. I’d been working on my own stuff on Sundays instead, and it finally got to me. I’m cleaning out my stash of Wool-Ease Thick-N-Quick by making stuff for St. Joe’s—it needs to be machine washable, since the main residents at the place are kids, and, well, y’know how kids and dirt are. I cranked out a cute little baby hat in the two hours I was there.

Several cat toys for Dad: I made a Koigu fish, kitty won-ton and eggroll, and a Wendy catnip mouse to go with some purchased toys and the Wendy cat bed I finished a few weeks ago. They hit the post this week!

Requiring Finishing: The next exciting challenge will be: setting in and seaming up the sleeves.

Devan: Button band complete. I admit to blaspheming a little bit while attempting to pick up all 242 stitches on size 1s . . . and Rowan arrived on Tuesday! (The baby’s name, not the yarn company.) Time to get those sleeves in!

Baby Kimono: Shoulders seamed, neckband picked up and complete, one tie picked up and started. I cursed over that neckband, too.

On the Needles:
Second Sock: I knit some rows on the cuff while in the KFAI studio, sitting in on an interview with Steven Greenberg, the writer and producer behind Lipps, Inc. (a.k.a. Mr. Funkytown.) Pretty cool!

Fluffy Cuff Mittens: I cast on the fluff for mitten #2, but not much more.

Party-Time Apron: Back from the dead! Now without a fluffy hem, because it annoyed me and obscured my stitches, and didn’t seem like it would wear well. It’s 13 rows big right now, but it’s BACK, baby!

In the hoop: (with the dust blown off)
Merry Cox Sailor's Huswif: No change.
Joe and Sally Snow: No change.
Wedding Snowflake Hardanger: I found one corner of the inside border. Woo! Go me.
Floral afghan: Shelved for the summer until it gets cool again.

Obligatory Cultural References
Reading: Stiff, by Mary Roach. I love icky, nasty books about dead things and true crime. This one isn’t disappointing me. And, of course, I took a little break from it to plow through Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. Really, how could I resist?
Listening to: The cat yodel out in the hall.


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