Monday, September 28, 2009

Yellow Blanket

What a week it's been. I had been feeling really out of sorts about all of the projects under way and NOTHING being finish finished. I started my Christmas knitting (more on that later) but needed a cable from another project that had been on the needles for awhile. When I was pregnant with my son I began a blanket for him - sunshine yellow, soft, squishy superwash wool. It was a lace pattern, and I learned a valuable lesson about dye lots (always order extra...) and gauge - mine was off - but it was a blanket right? Who cared about gauge? Well, I worked away for a good 10 months on that sucker - it grew heavy on my big belly, and heavier on my post partum flab and lap. I was so disappointed with it (dye lot differences - I had tried striping it, gauge - it would be HUGE when done - and I have to finish it - you know - even if its wrong) Then I hated it. I couldn't work on it anymore. So, I abandoned it, and I decided that I would rip it out and use the wool to make something else. I couldn't deal with it, so I left it behind a few piles of stuff and tried to forget about it. Then, last weekend I really needed the cable needle that was buried under the stitches of that blanket. You should know at this point that my son's favourite thing in the whole world is his blue knit blanket that my SIL made - he can not sleep without it. He digs knit stuff. I worked so hard on that damn thing that even if it wasn't right - he would like it - and that was the whole point. I didn't even look to see if I was at a completed pattern repeat - I simply cast that sucker off, wove in the ends and presented it to him.

I think he approved. I now think that it's the greatest thing I've ever made.

I also showed Makhi some love.

Then I cleaned out a stash drawer. This is something I stitched last year for my little guy's room. If you'd like the pattern - I'd be happy to pass it on to you - please leave me a comment. It's LHN "Counting House".

Now, onto the Christmas knitting. I decided to make my kids matching sweaters (just the pattern, not the colours) because I've always wanted to - KWIM? I'm using Wendy Bernard's "Drive-Thru" pattern. Dudes - this is a great pattern. Easy even, and I'm a very basic knitter. So, I've already knit the body of the babe's sweater (in the round, bottom up) and now I'm on to the first sleeve. Here's where I have to give myself props. I taught myself the magic loop method of knitting (with the book - awesome instructions...) Wanna know what's so magic? It's one long circular needle, and I'm knitting a tube that won't need to be seamed!!!

So, thank you and good night.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Hard week

It's been a very, very hard week and I am glad it is coming to a close. I have therefore made a special date with myself for tonight. My husband is leaving again around 2pm for 2 weeks, and I will miss him terribly. I'll pick DD up from school and we'll have a special dinner tonight together after the babe is in bed. Then, I'm making a large pot of coffee, putting some lindor chocolates in a crystal bowl and I plan on stitching into the wee hours. I have podcasts to listen to and a few movies on the PVR. I can't wait.

How will you spend your evening?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Startitis is a disease.....

Thank you Carolyn for your kind comment about Makhi. I really love working on it. Even with all of my other projects on the go, I never tire of these designs. They're easy, only 9 colours and I don't need to keep checking the pattern which makes for great TV stitching.

This is my new start! Sampler Cove's "Spanish Rouge" I have "Spanish Bleue" lined up in my queue (hee hee) as well though I may have some issues with my thread. Another story for another day.....

Monday, September 7, 2009

Ready to start back......

We're home from a great couple of weeks away, decent weather and happy children. School starts back tomorrow and my teaching schedule starts back up as well - I teach private music lessons. It will be nice to see (most of) my students again. I was able to stitch in the evenings after the babe was in bed so Makhi was the project of choice. I did have a new start as well - I love it, but I'll keep you in suspense until tomorrow to see it. I think you'll like it.........