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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Little Items for Babies on the Way

I've decided to stop fretting about the project-that-shall-not-be-named, and concentrate on some new, small projects. A co-worker is expecting a baby (third child, first boy), and a close friend is expecting a sixth child (no idea what gender, but there are four boys and one girl). This gives me an opportunity to knit up some small stuff, with the Cascade 220 I have leftover from other projects, and other odds and ends laying around. Unfortunately, some of the odds-n-ends have been around for a long time, and I no longer have any idea what type of fiber it is, never mind how it should be washed!

Socks are always good for babies in the winter, unless of course they're in onesies with feet. In any case, I'm making these socks big enough to be over-socks ... they could slip on over the baby's shoes, or onesie feet, for extra warmth in the winter. Then they could be worn as socks for a toddler.

When the socks are finished, I'm going to scout around for another project for a newborn. Perhaps another bunting ... I really enjoyed the last bunting, though I was tired of it by the time it was nearing its end!

Petunia wants to remind you to stop by and visit Tamis Amis for Work-in-Progress Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Levels of Misunderstandery

Remember this? The skirt that I can't seem to get right?

Well, guess how I messed up *this* time?

Do you notice that the green part of the skirt seems a little ... snug?

Well ... that's because I seemed to think a size 4US knitting needle was the same thing as a 4mm knitting needle.

Yeah. Really. 7 years of knitting, and I still mess that one up. I knit 28 rows with a 3.5mm needle because I just glanced at the directions, saw a "4," and assumed it meant size 4US. A size 4US needle made for an overskirt that was juuuuuust a tad too tight.

I sighed, considered my options, pulled it all back, and started over with a 4mm needle. Which, in my knitting collection, means 4.25mm, because apparently a size 6US is both 4mm and 4.25mm. And I only had one 4mm, so I had to go with the pair of 4.25mm. I can't wait to see how this turns out. 

Here it is with the correct size 6US/4.25mm needle. I tell you, I have messed this skirt up so much, I'm no longer going to link it to the pattern -- I think the designer would want it that way.

To prove to myself that I still know how to knit, I made a Baby Leaves Baby Hat.

I should have folded the brim up, but didn't think of it.

I haven't been knitting a whole lot lately. Summer is passing from eastern Maryland, and the cooler weather has meant I've been able to get some long-neglected work done around the house (painting, clearing out, etc) and I've been running a lot more in preparation for my half of a 16-mile two-partner relay this Saturday.

So ... don't forget to stop by Tamis Amis for Work-in-Progress Wednesday!

Even Momma Girl is ashamed of my skirt project.

Monday, September 2, 2013


I can't remember a time when I wasn't blogging about the Sasha skirt.

Full disclosure ... I am getting pretty tired of it!

The rainbow colors were just a temporary thing. I attempted a dye job ...

Which resulted in this ...

Er--hang on a minute.


I stirred it gently several times, but the dye just didn't soak in. At this point, I'm not sure what I will do with it. I will likely just finish it anyway because I know I would wear it on weekends, as a comfy winter-time skirt with warm sweater tights. I'm just frustrated that the dye job didn't work. I don't know if it would do any good to attempt to dye the bottom part, which is the only part that will really show after the other tiers are finished. And I seem to have missed a purl row somewhere, which is where you start the tiers. And I don't know why the green layer is so much tighter than the brown underneath it!

This is my second frustrating project in a row. Argh! In an attempt to save my sanity, I started a simple legwarmer, in an attempt to use up my lovely Cascade 220 remnants. I can't wait to see how I screw those up!!

Don't forget to stop by Tamis Amis for Work-in-Progress Wednesday!