Saturday, August 30, 2008

Back to Pre-School U-Neck Vest

Pattern: Back to School U-Neck Vest by Stefanie Japel
Yarn: 3 1/2 balls Rowan RYC Cashsoft Chunky Color 703 Blush
Size: Bear sized
Begun: 8/08
Finished: 8/29/08
Improvised a toddler-sized version of this vest to match a plaid skirt we bought Bear last fall. Initially, I didn't do the 9 rounds of pearl 3, knit 3, pearl 3 at the begining, but I think I might add them b/c the vest seems a little short to me. Maybe we'll see what happens after I block it. The bottom picture is a close-up without the arm-hole edging completed - :-)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Summer of Yarn Love Revealed

My final swap package arrived, and all I can say is W-O-W!!! Carolyn did an amazing job. Here's the overview.

Louet Worsted, Malabrigo Worsted, Sour Patch Kids, A Day at the Beach in a box, stitch markers, and When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters.

Can you see that Louet? Hand-dyed superwash in the most perfect fall colorway I have ever seen. And that blue yarn over there - that's my first Malabrigo. Ever. Ooooh I can't wait to play with it!!!

And all this new yarn? Just in time, since I promised Andrew no yarn, swaps, or ebay for the next two months - we bought Bear portraits today. SOOOOO darn cute. The portraits are on order but as soon as they come in I'll post 'em. (Check out tomorrow's post for a clue as to just how darn cute!)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Perhaps I DO spend too much time at the yarn shop...

Yesterday, on the way out of my LYS, Bear turned to the elderly woman who owns the place and blew her a kiss.

Aww, how cute.

And then, they both yelled out to each other, "Love you!"

Monday, August 18, 2008

Just Call Me Alicia Sacramone

I'm not a master knitter (or a master gymnast, or even a mediocre gymnast but that's not really the point now is it?) but I came to these Olympics with the highest hopes and the best of intentions. I was going to perform perfect yarn overs and land every row with the same stitch count as when I started. But I am wilting under the pressure. Wilting like iceburg lettuce on the grill. And it's going to take a small bed-rest requiring accident for me to pull this one off. Something minor. Perhaps two slightly sprained ankles. Nothing requiring me to take pain meds that will suddenly make me think Mr. Bean movies are actually worth watching.

In case you haven't figured it out yet, I screwed up the lace again. Perhaps mohair, black mohair, was a poor first lace choice.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


I've actually had two "Eureka!" moments this week...

First, after locking myself in solitary confinement for about an hour, I finally was able to get past row four of this lace pattern. There's a few mistakes here and there, but I'm hoping that blocking will even some of those out.

The beginning of Seascape.

Second, I've found an exercise I truly love. This past Christmas my MIL gave me an Amazon gift card which I used to buy this bike seat. We finally tried it out this past week and both Bear and I LOVE it! The seat sits in front of me, so it adds to my center of gravity instead of taking away from it. Also, Bear gets to see all the scenery instead of staring at my back the whole time. Right now we're just taking short rides so I can build up my stamina - Bear yells "Faster Mama!" every time we hit a hill - but I can't wait to go on longer rides with her. Especially this fall, the air will be cool and imagine how gorgeous the bike path will be when the leaves change. Oooh I can't wait.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Tell me why anyone knits lace again

I have cast on Seascape four times and haven't yet gotten past the fourth row. I stopped watching the Olympics while trying to knit the lace patterns, I pause the Tivo for the lace rows and hit play for the purl only rows, but that didn't seem to help much. This yarn is so tiny I feel like I'm trying to knit with hair - which makes keeping my stitch count darn near impossible. Anyway... this is how it's going so far. How are you events going?

Friday, August 8, 2008

A Happy Ending and a Contest

EarthChicKnits is celebrating the year anniversary since her son's dramatic near-death rescue and is hosting a contest that runs until noon today.

Oh, and Bear wants to say hi to everyone out there in blogger land:

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Things To Do Before Opening Ceremonies

1. Finish two of the three PIF gifts I have left.
2. Make progress on the third PIF gift.
3. Swatch Hip in Hemp.
4. Finish uploading the rest of my stash onto Ravelry.
5. Find somewhere to take two two-year olds tomorrow where they can play and I can knit.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008


Another pound down. Yahoo!

A fellow SparkPeople-er showed me this website. I used it to create before, now, and goal pictures of myself.

When I started, 178#.

Where I am now, 165#.

Goal, 125#.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Addendum to Question #7

If I lived in D.C. I would knit here every single day. There must be a bird sanctuary around here somewhere...

(I have no idea how to rotate the video, but that's not the point really. If it bothers you as much as it bothers me just close your eyes and listen.)

Friday, August 1, 2008

SP Questions #7 & #8

What is your favorite place to knit?
My love seat. I sit with my back against one armrest and my feet stretched out in front of me while watching crime tv after everyone has gone to bed. (Boring I know.)

What supplies (besides yarn & needles) make the setting perfect for knitting?
Comfy sweatpants. A blanket in the winter. Someone equally yarn obsessed to chat with.

What is your favorite supper for a hot summer evening?
I love BLT sandwiches or veggie burgers. Carrot and celery sticks on the side and strawberries covered in whipped cream for dessert.