Saturday, January 31, 2009


(So where have I been? Here... with a frozen laptop and a desktop computer with a broken monitor. My husband has been in Chicago on a business trip with the laptop that works. Grrr.)

Pattern: Koolhaas by Jared Flood
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash color #817 Aran
Size: Women's
Begun: 1/16/09
Finished: 1/31/09
Notes: I decided to drop everything and make this hat because I lost the hat I bought myself in NYC. (The color is actually more cream than the picture shows.) I had put this hat in my que on Ravelry the minute I saw it but I was worried about all the cables. The cable part turned out to be easier than I thought. I figured out that the knit stitch is always in front which made it possible to knit without constantly looking at the pattern. AND I figured out how to do the knit-only cables without a cable needle (taught myself, how smart am I?) which made those rows go much quicker. It's nice and warm and the superwash ensures that my loving husband won't felt it in the wash.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Modern Cabled Baby Bib

Pattern: Modern Cabled Baby Bib by gibsongirl
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in color #110 Lake
Size: One size
Begun: 1/7/09
Finished: 1/8/09
Notes: Very cute, very easy baby bib. Made because my husband came home Wednesday and said, "My new boss has a new grandson. Can you make me something to give to him on Friday?" Never, ever want him to complain about the sticks and string again.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Why Do I Love Thee So

An ode to the Circle and Stripes Stroller Blanket.

1. Your drape is beautiful.
2. You knit up so quickly.
3. You are so darn classic looking.
4. I don't have to lug around an entire blanket to work on you.
5. You will be for my baby.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Thanks, but...

Becasue I live near the local high school, the city uses a bobcat to clear the snow from the sidewalk on our side of the street. Awesome.

The guy who operates the bobcat seems to only work between the hours of midnight and 3:00am. Not so awesome.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

I Learn Something New Every Day

So, despite all my WIP's languishing about I decided to start making a baby blanket for Tadpole. I made Bear a blanket when I was pregnant with her (though I swore it would be my last ever) so Tadpole needs his (?her) own blanket too. I saw this blanket in Itty Bitty Nursery while hanging out at Borders the other day and being the poor frugal knitter that I am I put the book back on the shelf at Borders and picked it up off the shelf at my local library.

I love, love, love this blanket. I'm using Bernat Organic Cotton which feels incredibly soft and drapes wonderfully. (I'm sure the Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton the pattern calls for is lovely too but it isn't machine washable. Hello - baby blanket.) I've finished one plain stockinette square and started the striped square today. The stripe pattern calls for three rows of each color per stripe. Three? I'm not weaving in all those ends. BUT you use a circular needle and the "sliding" technique. I've never heard of that before. It is so cool and very clearly explained here.

How have I never heard of this before? Three rows is the PERFECT stripe pattern (at least in this case) and I don't have to weave in a million ends. Brilliant.