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26. August 2011 08:13
by Jobo

Leaf Lace Hat... in Handspun Yarn

26. August 2011 08:13 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Yes folks, the Baby-Crazy is probably upon us.  I've been thinking a lot about what we should be getting ready for the jellybean, but it's tough getting started.  It seems that there are tons of lists and gadgets and piles of general junk that you are "supposed to" be acquiring before bring a new baby home, but I'm just not sure I buy into all of the hype.  I know there are certain things that are not optional (i.e. place to sleep, way to get and stay clean, some form of diapering, feeding equipment, car seat) but we're trying to avoid the buying-for-buying-sake type items.  The kid won't be able to use something like a bouncy swing the minute he/she comes home.  Take a deep breath and just take comfort in the fact that we don't need "everything" the second the brat comes home.

One thing that doesn't stress me out about getting ready for Baby - the Baby Knits!

Baby stuff is easy peasy... takes very little yarn, next to no time commitment, and carries that cutesy factor that makes us all go "Awwwwwww, wook at da baby stuffff!"

I was stuck waiting in doctors' offices a bunch last month, so I've been just tossing leftover balls of yarn in my purse (with coordinated needles of course) and just picking away at small projects when possible.

One such project:  Handspun Leafy (Lace-leaf hat by Sophy T. O'Donnell)

I basically took smaller yarn (heavy fingering/sport instead of worsted/aran) and smaller needles (4 mm instead of 5.5 mm) and worked the smaller size of this hat as written.  I have always enjoyed knitting leaf lace, and this was no exception.  Simple to follow, every second row is knit plain so it works up fast, and the gradually migrating colors of the handspun added some interest to the basic knit.  I don't actually have a baby head, or baby sized object to block this on, but soon enough I will! 

Leaf Lace Hat Handspun 

The yarn was leftover from these socks:  The "Not Mary Kate and Ashley" Jaywalkers I completed a few years ago (you can read more about them here) and I was quite pleased to find a use for the remnants.  I really enjoyed the way this yarn flowed between the pinks and yellows, almost like water-color paints swirling together on a painting.  I just wish my stupid camera phone would show the actual colors of things, instead of washing them out.  The new camera is coming, the new camera is coming, the new camera is coming.

marykate and ashley socks revisited

14. May 2009 21:30
by Jobo

Yearning for Yarn

14. May 2009 21:30 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Why is it that when life throws you a whole pile of crap obstacles that you seem to run out of time for the activities that help you to remain mostly sane...

The wedding is in 36 days.  I am really excited about it!  don't get me wrong!  But seriously folks, in the last 2 weeks I have been running to, fro and sideways trying to get all the necessary things done.  We got our engagement photographs taken, proofed, ordered.  Our wedding bands were chosen, picked up, paid for.  Florist chosen, flowers ordered.  Dress altered, tried on, altered again, steamed.  Hair cut.  Wedding favours chosen, filled, glue gunned, stacked, sampled, mostly completed.  Really all that is left at this point is decorating and seemingly simple things.  It remains to be seen just how simple this will actually be.

For interests' sake, here is a pic of the style of bouquet I decided on... politely borrowed from a search on Google Image, a sample of the fabric from the gentlemen's ties, the colour of the bridesmaid's dresses


Keep in mind that the dresses look darker chocolate in person, and the flowers will be more purple than pink/peach as shown in this photo.  The goal was for plum mauve dusty rose.


And of course since this blog post is supposed to be about the lack of knitting time I've had this week... about the only thing fibery I've managed to work on was my generic ribbed socks.  (And only because I can knit in the car when Marky offers to drive us to/from work!)  My Brother-in-law wanted me to knit him a pair of socks, so I've started on them (for the second time... I started with some handspun delicious yarn, but realized halfway through the first one that I would not have enough yarn to cover his size 10 feet!)  and I'm definetly making some headway (footway?)

I chose a basic acrylic yarn (Bernat Sox) which comes in an XL ball, and hopefully will be easier on his Mom than the 100% Merino I had started with.  At least these won't be accidentally felted or shrink 3 sizes if they find their way into the dryer.  The colourway is Heathered Blue, which I think will look very sharp with Blue Jeans (a teen boy's mainstay of fashion) I wasn't sure if I liked the look of the pooling going on, but once I got a little further into the foot it didn't look quite so obvious.  It's pretty interesting also to see the difference in my knitting, and what interesting changes it makes in the flashing and pooling on the sock where I was tighter or looser.


For the design I chose a basic Toe Up with a K4 P1 ribbing on the top of the foot and the leg of the sock for a little added stretch (and in case my gauge is a little wonky)  I have never knit socks in a man's large size before, so they look a little funny (aka massive!)  My Marky and my father both have relatively smallish feet in the size 9 range.  So I hope I am doing okay on these.  Especially since they are so huge that they are taking forever! (Normally I'd have the whole pair done at this point!) 

Well, there's a lull in the action... Must... goooo.... cast on.... another.... toe

hope your week was more productive knit wise!

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