Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Baby sweater for Noreen

My best friend's sister is expecting her first baby in May (hurray!!) and I made this sweater for her little bundle. Her baby shower was the same weekend that we were out of town, but I was still bound and determined to have the sweater done in time for her party... and I did it! :)

Friday, February 16, 2007

Our Little Bean

Well, it is official... the knitting editor is going to be a mommy! Our wee one is due August 25, 2007. We're very excited and can't wait to meet the little one.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Back in the saddle again

I'm finally back to knitting... hurray! I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right wrist in November, which took me out of the knitting world for a bit. My return to life with yarn has been gradual... I was allowed to knit up to 15 minutes per day starting around New Years and have been allowed to build up from that. Since then, I've made two identical baby hats that look like bunnies (http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/1445260.html) because we have baby central at work right now. I'm also working on a gorgeous cabled Debbie Bliss baby sweater (http://www.debbieblissonline.com/books/bc/bc_3.htm) for my best friend's sister's baby who is due in May. I finished the back and just started the front left side. Will post pictures soon.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

I'm not dead...

OK, I officially stink at maintaining my blog. It wasn't until my friend Jen prodded me to post that I even remembered having a knitting blog. (oops!) I have been knitting, but not as much as I used to. My wrist has on strike a good chunk of the time, but that'll be fixed soon enough when I have my carpal tunnel surgery. During the time since my last post, I have created a few items. I think I made this hat prior to the last post date, but can't exactly remember when, so I'll include it just for good measure. I made this Twizzle Hat for a co-worker who was adopting a little guy from China. I knitted the same hat (different colors) a couple of years ago when she adopted her 1st son. I figured it was only fair to give her new boy a similar gift. :)

In July, I made a pair of felted slippers for our niece's 17th b-day present. Apparently, she loves them and wears them almost everywhere. Thank goodness for the leather soles I sewed on! The slippers are in her school's colors and I used Lamb's Pride worsted yarn.

I've also been working on a sweater for yours truly. It is a Knitting Pure & Simple pattern that I'm quite pleased with. My MIL is using the same pattern for a mutual friend's sweater and neither of us knew the other was doing the same sweater. I have the body and left sleeve done (although, that progress isn't seen in the picture below ... notice the knitting calendar - yeah, I'm addicted). It'll take a good chunk of blocking, in order to give the waist a more tailored fit.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Wen's Tank Sweater

For my SIL's b-day, I made a tank sweater using the x-back pattern from Knitty.com. I finished the sweater in December, but found it to be WAY too big on her. This was my first attempt at knitting with ribbon yarn and found that it is much stretchier than I expected. My swatch was on gauge, but the final product dwarfed her little frame. So, I braved facing a new knitting skill - sewing side seams, cutting out the extra yarn, and then sewing ribbon over the raw edges. It worked perfectly. HURRAY!! Here's Wendy modeling her now-fitting birthday sweater.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Where, oh where has my sleeve gone

I was SO impressed with myself last night. I was making fantastic progress on Eric's sweater sleeve. I had him try on the sweater to check my progress and realized I was nearly done with the 1st sleeve, but still had 16 stitches to decrease (2 every 6th row). "Hmmmm, that seems odd." I thought. I decided to consult my nifty pattern and realized I was supposed to decrease to 61 stitches and then work even, not decrease to 41 stitches (which was the number my wee brain seemed to latch on to). Soooooo, I frogged it to the spot I should have stopped decreasing and am now working even on 61 stitches. Oh well, at least I know it'll be right this time around! (Unless my numbers inability sabbotages my knitting again!)

Friday, February 24, 2006

Knitting Olympics - DONE!!

I put the final touches on my Knitting Olympics project and couldn't be happier with it if I tried. The pattern and yarn were a dream to work with. Now, who to give it to...