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11. July 2011 10:32
by Jobo

Making some Progress...

11. July 2011 10:32 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Little by little, I'm making some progress on some knit/crochet items...  despite the summer heat.  I've been melting a little more than usual when it's warm, especially where the warm makes my hands and feet swell up.  I've been battling with my rings to get them on and off.  The puffy appendages have not, however, stopped me from fondling the fiber.

As far as the crochet goes... I'm working on a creative swap with a photographer friend:  I made her some photo props, and when the Jellybean gets here, she will take photos for us!  Sounds like a perfect fair trade to me?!  I made one of those baby cocoon/bowl type thingees, and a soft textured knitted hammock.  For the bowl I used a nice neutral brown colored Lionbrand Homespun (which lived up to it's reputation of making a nice finished object, but being a general PITA to work with).  For the hammock, the pattern called for 2 strands of bulky yarn, and 35 mm needles (yes, double take, THIRTY FIVE mm) so I opted for a nice plain cream worsted weight in soft acrylic and a strand of nice floofy cream boucle.  I really like the texture of the two yarns together.  It took a little while to get used to knitting with tree trunks, but after that, the hammock didn't really take that long.  Next I get to work on some textured small blankets to be used as backgrounds, and perhaps some hat and diaper cover sets.  I have lots of ideas :)

I also completed a shawl I have been working on since Christmas - the persimmon Vernal Equinox.  Sadly, my cell phone camera cannot capture this orange.  It reminds me of the color of burning embers... changing from red to orange, even with flecks of gold.  The shawl itself is ginormous, feels lovely and drapey on, but alas, unless you are able to stop by my office today, I cannot properly show you it's awesomeness.  Sigh.  We need to really get the camera situation back in order.

In other news, the Bump is here, and is here to stay:  Also, no photos of that either.  I am trying to be patient waiting to feel the Jellybean move (which I am assured will happen any day, now that we have reached 17 week status... certainly by Week 20) but as of yet I have not felt any of the "bubbles" and/or "butterflies" that others describe.  I thought I felt something once, but it was Gas, as evidenced by later events.  Also, le Sigh.

Hope your Monday is a good one, full of fun.

25. March 2011 08:15
by Jobo

FO Friday: Tassel-Hat!

25. March 2011 08:15 by Jobo | 0 Comments

A friend recently had a cute bouncing baby boy... so of course, I wanted to be able to make him something! 

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feb 14 2011 022Baby hats are a great project for many reasons... Basically they are a quick knit, so instant gratification; they don't take up much yarn; and they are so stinking cute!

For this little hat, I mostly winged it using measurements from some other free square hat patterns.  I just cast on a guess at the right number of stitches to work in the round (the yarn is worsted weight 100% super soft hand dyed Merino... left over from these mittens)  worked about an inch in twisted rib then plain stockinette until I thought it was tall enough for a toddler noggin and cast off the top with a 3 needle Bindoff.  The tassels were an afterthough, but I really enjoyed working on them!  I had hoped to make a hat that might fit the little guy a little longer than just his newborn phases, so it is a little big, but almost fits the little dude already at just over a month old. 

I also made a pair of teensy mitts to match, with fluffy 100% Angora (Ruttiger Brand) yarn used as soft thrums.  Basically I didn't cut thrums, but I wove in the loosely plied single as if it was a thrum with short floats so that little fingers woudn't get stuck, but would still feel the warmth that Angora brings.  The mitts fit right away! (Sadly I was not smart enough to photograph them before giving them away)

Baby Liam is as cute as a button... and I hope someday I'll get to see him with his Tassel-hat on!

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