Last night I worked a bit more on Sasha’s shawl. I am almost done the right hand side. I love Debbie Bliss’ patterns and enjoy knitting them up but the visual side of me is a little peeved that she never has schematics. She gets paid the big bucks – it’s not too much to ask for. Niki if feeling quite neglected. I haven’t knitted on her for a couple of days, I have been too busy conquering Sasha’s shawl. Some of the directions took a little figuring out.
Sasha's shawl - mid-row and bad lighting
This morning, once I got home, I got dinner on the go before I did anything else. Dinner consist of a 40 meatball spaghetti. This is the second time I have done my meatballs with the broiler. It goes way faster than browning them all up in the frying pan. Meatballs used to be so tedious for me and now they are a whole lot o’ fun.
Mountain of meatballs
Simmering Meatballs... look what's for dinner, hon
This weekend we stayed in and you would think that to mean that one would have more time for things such as knitting. Not when one has a little toddler that is a time and energy stealer. All my time is spent with Sasha... playing and feeding her. Feeding sucks up a lot of time and energy with her trying to be oh-so-independent. By the time you get her down for a nap all the energy you once had for knitting has dissipated. When you have re-fuelled she has gone and woke herself up again only to start the cycle over again... and so it goes. I worked on some mousies for Wendy's Mouse-a-thon.
There is one more mousie to be... but I don't know where he got off to... better go ask Milo.
Once I got bored of knitting up mousies I finally tracked down a pattern for Sasha's shawl that called out to me. I started on the Aran Scarf p. 61/140 from The Best of Debbie Bliss Children's Knits
Sometimes when I knit in the livingroom Sasha comes up to me and says in her own little words that she is fascinated with my knitting. She coos how much she likes it and pulls a little at the string of yarn in between the ball and what I am knitting. Sometimes she tries to wrap the string around her shoulders. She has been very interested in the hat I have been making her. She helped me wind the ball of wool into two balls. She held the big ball and I would pull from there. If I pulled hard it would come flying out of her hands and across the floor. She thought it was a load of fun. She would go grab the ball and maybe put it in her bus and it would come flying out and she would go get it again, over and over. She had me laughing, we had so much fun.
I went and got her from her crib yesterday. To her amazement I put the finished hat on her head while she was still in the crib. She has a mirror in there and had to check her reflection out right away. I was able to take a few pics of her wearing the hat while she was on the changing table. But she pulled the hat off soon after that. I have to take it as a compliment though, it is the longest time *ever* that she has worn a hat on her head. Sorry, I wish I got more of the hat in the picture... you have to take what you can get while photographing a toddler. The hat is in major need of blocking but if was fun to try it on her. I am hoping she takes to wearing hats more in the winter so she can wear this one when we are out and about.
Yesterday I spent most of my knitting time working on Sasha's Peach Hat. There was a point in the evening where I would drop a stitch and while I was picking that stitch up I would drop another... and it kept happening... and happening... and it was %!##!-ing me off. I was only a round or two away from starting the decreasing. All I wanted to do was get to the next step in the pattern. Once I had all the stitches picked up and all was right in the world again I had to put it down and take a breather. I want my knitting time to be relaxing :)
I am happy now, I am on the swirly decrease part and I am pretty sure I will finish it off by tonight. I have been weaving the ends in with my knitting - I have one thread that I will have to use a needle for. This odd ball of yarn has quite a few breaks in it. Yesterday I re-wound it into two balls because after two breaks in the yarn I wanted to know how much farther I could go without having to restart again. I think I will make it with the larger ball and not have to join again. Then I come out this morning and look what Milo-the-Cat did.... looks like I will have to do another start!
Sasha's Peach Hat.
Milo-the-Cat pleads that he is innocent... he always is.
Look what Milo did.
Niki's progress: 1/3 done the back, 25cm/75cm.
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I am very honoured to be the guest of the week over at Chrisknits... Thanks Chris! Go check her site out - she always has an interesting project or two or three or more on the go. Check out all of her Finished Items... very inspiring! I especially love her spice bag... I went out and bought the back issue of Knitters Summer 2001 K63 to get the pattern.
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Word on the street is that Becky has a pattern in the soon to be released book: Stitch 'n Bitch. Yay, congratulations Becky!!!
Hmmmmm, I wonder if we will get chocolate froggies?
Not much news on the Niki home front. I pick it up when I have an odd minute and knit a few rows. I am sure I knit at least an inch or two on her this weekend. I am not at any exciting points with her so I seem to have caught startitus. So I have started knitting a hat for Sasha with an odd ball of wool from my stash. The pattern is from The Grand Plan Tam Chart, Ann BuddInterweave Knits Spring 2002 .
A while ago I bought a bunch of balls of cotton blend from Elann that I intended to use with Krystyna. The guage matches in stocking stitch but when I swatched this weekend in pattern they didn't come close to matching. It looks like I will have to wait until I buy the Euroflax Linen to start on Krystyna. Krystyna says "No switching allowed here"... fine, fine, I will have to spend the big bucks. Instead, I will use the cotton to make a sweater for dh. I swatched for that this weekend. I will use another Ann Budd pattern: The Grand Plan Pullover Chart from Interweave Knits Summer 2002. I like her chart patterns because I can pick up any yarn, do up a swatch - and voila I am off knitting. I don't have to find the correct yarn for a certain pattern or refigure a pattern because my guage is off.
The latest rumour is that Sandy whacked the nice lady at the LYS (third photo down) and took as much yarn that would fit into a glad garbage bag or two. We would have thought that she would have gone after the computer wares seller but she is true to her passion of knitting *Not* blogging.
The word is that she is on the lamb... poor little lamb making his way to Canada with Sandy on his back.
Will she make it across the border??!!!
Will she be met with kindness or will the Green-eyed-Girl-From-Auntie track her down with vengeance making her recite all of the countries in the commonwealth before she can cross the border??!!!
Keep an eye out for a little lamb and a streaked blond lady wearing Zorro Masks. (Heavens, be careful of that last link!) Beware she might be armed with knitting needles... Sandy herself has said "I am one Bad Momma".
My husband stayed home yesterday and I still feel like I am on weekend mode. I have to keep reminding myself that it is indeed Tuesday. Niki is coming along. I must have knit at least a few inches this weekend. I wish I could say I finished the back or something grand like that.
I poured over Rowan #34 and then poured over it again... and then some more. I have to get my fix. I have a "To Knit" list that is a mile long even before the Rowan Magazine. Let's see, I have added design #11 Parka, #23 Carmel, #29 Morris, and #32 Birch to my long list. I am thinking I should make another attempt to learn how to knit continental. I learned English when I was a little girl and have made only a couple of attempts to master continental since then. It just feels so awkward to me. Answer me this: Can a girl knit faster continental style or is it just a cruel rumour?
I was excited to open my mailbox this morning to find my new issue of Rowan Knitting Magazine 34 all wrapped in plastic. Once I got in the door I had a million things going on at once. I finally got Sasha down for a nap - her schedule is all out of whack right now. I think we are in the process of losing a nap, going from two naps a day down to one. She is in to *everything* and you can't take your eyes off her for a second. So now that she is down for her nap - I have a cup of coffee set to go and I will go rip the plastic off in a mo' - Oh the suspense of it all!
Niki is coming along. I have not spent as much time with her as I would have liked to. I have finished the ribbing and am now working in moss st until the armhole shaping. Not very exciting news really!
I want to make Sasha a little shawl but haven't come across a stitch pattern that I have fallen in love with yet. She loves to take her blankets and wrap them around her shoulders. She even does it in her sleep! Sleepily she sits up and I thought she was sleeping. She grabs a nursing blanket and wraps it around her shoulders - the thwump - she tips over into sleep again. What a cutie!
I can't bear to frog and recalculate my Mina Shrug at present time... so what better thing to do than start on a new project! I swatched and started ribbing for the back of Niki. The Rowan Summer Tweed is nice but I have had it break on me a couple of times. I am trying to make the knit stitches look nice beside the purl stitches in the ribbing by doing "elastic knitting". Maybe I pulled a bit too hard a couple of times *oops*. The Summer Tweed also has a tendency to shed a bit. But all in all I am in love with the yarn and I do love the colour, up close it looks gold with green flecks.
Ever since coming home from vacation my husband and I have been looking at houses in different locations in BC. We both want to move from the city so badly. It is so hard to get ahead living in the city. For the time being we are thinking of ways that we can save money. We are starting to think of moving somewhere else in the city where the rent is cheaper and maybe cutting cable... and of getting rid of the broadband and getting dial-up *heavens*.... anything in order to save for a decent down payment.
We have fallen in love with a home on 30 acres in Smithers, which is way up North and unfortunately doesn't have a lot of employment potential. The thing is the cost of it is 1/3 of the cost of a home in the city. It is so nice to dream! Imagine going for a nature walk right from the front door of your house, the sweet air, and no traffic! I wouldn't miss the city for a minute!