July 2007

What a busy busy weekend.  I’m exhausted.


Blossom is going… mostly well.  It’s going to need some serious blocking since I guess I haven’t learned how to knit without it curling up yet.  I also think I got the ribbing done on the wrong side, but I don’t feel like starting it all over unless I absolutely have to.   And the only people who will know it’s wrong are you and me.  I won’t tell if you don’t.  My only complaint is it is a bit tedious since it’s mostly all just stockinette and garter stitch.

blossom close up

I think it’s turning out alright however.

zane knitting

Zane has been wanting to learn how to knit so this weekend we worked on casting on.  Next time I think I will just cast on for him and teach him the knitting because he was getting discouraged.  At least he learned how to do a slip knot.  Every little boy should know that!

cast on monkey

Here’s Monkey being cast on.  I like how it is striping up.  I like these colors together.  Monkey has been a bit neglected for Blossom, but I’ll get to it!

packed sophie

Poor Sophie, she misses the boys so much when they go to daddy’s house.  She tried to pack herself.

pizza evan

I got to babysit my nephew Evan this weekend.  He weighs about 24lbs.  I’m 7 and a half months pregnant.  My back was killing me!  But he is so adorable.  Here he is passing out during lunch.



I decided to go for it! It’s just so cute and I’ve been wanting to make an outfit for Evie. I went and returned 4 or 5 balls of cheapo yarn to Michael’s and headed over to a local craft store to get yarn for Blossom. The store owner was so kind, she went on the net to look at the pattern and we tried to decipher what I could substitute since the yarn the pattern calls for is hard to find.  She also calculated I’d need about 400 yards, since the pattern doesn’t say how many yards are necessary.

We had several choices, Debbie Bliss was one and I can’t recall the other. The one I settled for however was Plymouth Yarn Dreambaby D.K. in Sagesage dreambaby yarn The chip here doesn’t do it much justice. It was half the price of the others and I’m super poor right now, so this was it. It’s almost as soft, all in all I’m happy with it. I cast on tonight and between Blossom and Monkey, I’ll be a busy girl!

tutorial sock starter
Yesterday I started learning how to knit socks. I did silver’s sock tutorial which I highly recommend. So easy to follow! I cheated a bit and only did an inch or so of each step. I didn’t want a sock, just wanted to learn the steps. So now I want to make Knitty’s Monkey sock, as suggested by the fantastic knitters at Crafster. Mnemosyne_LA started hers last night, in the same exact yarn I had planned to use. How weird is that!

yarn and dpns

I splurged today and got a set of 5 size 2 rosewood dpns and some other yarn since I’m afraid I might not have enough. Here’s my two color choices so far. I might have to go with the reddish, because I have more yards of that and the only store that has the green is 30 mins away and I won’t be there again till my next OB appointment. The reddish is Soxx Appeal Chocolate Cherry. The greenish is Crystal Palace Bamboozle in Fern.


Sophie likes to sit on my lap and watch me knit. She’s generally pretty good about not attacking the yarn or the needles. She’s 16ish weeks, and a very good kitty. Thats my start of yarnfwd bonnet. It’s filled with M1s and I am having a hard time with them. I may not finish this one.

Today I’m finishing the thumbless mittens, starting a monkey sock and teaching my 8 year old how to knit. Should be an exciting day!


My next project I think will be this beautiful baby dress for Evie.  It’s blossom from Magknits.   I just saw some of this yarn at the shop today and wanted to find a project for it, but 3 balls = about $27.  It may have to wait awhile, or I may just substitue something not as nice.  I’ll have to think on that.


I love going to the farmer’s market on thursday nights. Handcrafts, organic veggies, interesting people. Some nights my mother belly dances there. Some nights theres a great alpaca booth with that lovely yarn. Not last night, sadly. I got a $4 worth of tomatillos, jalapenos, poblanos, anchos, tomatoes and garlic so DH could make the salsa he really loves.


Some lovely squash with tomatoes peeking over their shoulder.


bath salts

A booth with bath salts. My favorite was lily ginger, yum!


This woman with the baby foot peeking out of her sling is chatting with my mother’s belly dance instructor. Very colorful people.

fire zinna

Baby’s Thumbless Mittens Close-up

My newest project, baby’s thumbless mittens for baby Evie. I’m going to do at least one, but I’m just not sure about this yarn for it. I may start completely over.

I lost the little tag, so I have no idea what the yarn is. Bad me! Maybe it will turn up. I got it planning on using it to try to make socks. That still might happen. Stay tuned!

I do love the colors, but maybe not for a newborn baby girl?

Knitty’s Fetching Finished

Originally uploaded by lhawi

Well, here’s the FO! And a nice shot of baby Evie as well, since I don’t have a recent tummy photo. Kill two birds with one stone, eh?

The sad part is I made one shorter than the other. Hah! No one will notice once a coat is on top of them… right?

Knitty’s Fetching, 7dpns at once!

Originally uploaded by lhawi

These are my first trip into the world of double pointed needles. I taught myself how to use them with the help of knittinghelp.com. I cast on at 8am. Off and on through-out the day and by 8 pm I had my first of the pair done. I am so proud of myself!

I was very nervous about the thumb, this pattern asks you to knit waste yarn into the thumb hole then go back to it. I didn’t want to finish it all then go back and discover I’d knitted the thumb part wrong, so I didn’t wait. At one point I had 8 needles going in one armwarmer. My husband looked at me funny. I laughed myself silly.

The good news is, it turned out just right.

The pattern can be found at http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTfetching.html

The yarn is Caron Simply Soft Shadows in Mardi Grey.

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