Weekending

I already know I’m going to want to spotlight the kid’s Halloween costumes on Friday (they are very awesome FOs, even if they are not knit) so I figure that today I’ll share a bit about my weekend, which does include knitting projects!

Saturday was the end of this session of swim lessons. I am so proud of my girl, she is really making progress and seems to be enjoying it, so we will continue. Maybe because our day started so early, but Saturday seemed to drag on and just be an endless day. Whiney children will do that. The weather here has taken a sharp drop and it’s time to pull out the hats and mitts. I intended to start a pair of mitts for the little nutmeg, but I knew once I got through the cuff they were too big. I thought I had a fingering weight yarn and thought if I held it double and made a smaller size that all would work out in the end.  They did work out, but not for him – I had the Lorax try on the cuff and it fit her, so I continued on to make them for her. I am really pleased with how they came out and will make this pattern again – it is Maize, a free pattern from TinCanKnits.

Saturday night I attempted to finish Dinosaur Rex, and I ran out of yarn! I knew I was getting to the end, so I divided the yarn in half, then started the leg and I only was able to knit 12 rows. My husband said the dino didn’t need the legs and of course it was the first thing the Lorax noticed when she saw him! I think there’s a limerick in there somewhere:  “Terrence, the tap dancing dinosaur / Only has 2 limbs instead of four / (something something something – I ran out of yarn, with none to be found?) / So Terrence will tap-dance no more.” I made him with Vanna’s Choice, something easy to find, but this was a stashbusting project and I really don’t want to buy another skein of it just for the legs. (If you have 1/3 or 1/4 a cranberry skein, let me know! I’ll buy it from you!). I’m thinking about maybe just giving him stripey legs to match the tummy panel, but for now, it will do. It is still a huggable toy.

On Sunday I took the Lorax to the town “Trunk or Treat” which was very cute and great people watching. It was a nice Halloween event for families, so it ran towards the cute vs gory or scary, and there weren’t older kids around being obnoxious (which they totally could have done). We saw a stick figure family, a scuba diver, a minion, princesses, lots of animals: dogs, cats, bunnies, and sharks – lots of sharks. Maybe I kept seeing the same kids but it seemed like there were a lot of sharks. I also finished a project that is a present and being sent off today; I should be able to share that one on Friday too.

And here we are, looking at Monday. I am hoping to do more with my 30 day sweater and my queue of fingerless mitts / hats is just ridiculous, but involves using some new yarns, so that’s fun!

 

Decisions on WIP Wednesday

WIPs 10/2Here’s my pleasant pile of projects and what I’m perusing. I’m on the button-hole band of my Morning Coffee and I’ve hit a wall (it’s all mostly mental). Part one: The buttons are still to be determined! I bought a set at the CT Sheep and Wool this spring, but a) I don’t absolutely love them and b) I’m worried that the 8 buttons I have are slightly too small and would look silly. I found some interesting buttons on etsy and ordered them. They have shipped, so hopefully once they get here all will be clear. Part two: I was watching a “Fiber Factor” judging episode and Cirilia mentioned this particular chapter in the “Knitting in Plain English” book. That’s “Buttonholes are Bastards” in case you can’t read it in the photo. I hesitate to make a button-hole band because I haven’t decided on buttons and I’m wondering if maybe faking the buttons (putting them on the front) and adding snaps to the back is an easier work around. I need to mull it over a bit more. Also in that pile you can see I have started a Runty Raccoon from Rebecca Danger’s 50 Yards of Fun book. He’s for a swap and he’s coming out so cute! Nate’s Dinosaur has also been worked on – the main body is done, as is the tummy panel (not shown, but it’s yellow and orange striped), so I have limbs and the tail still to do. The swatch is my swatch for the 30 Day Sweater challenge. Same yarn as in my Morning Coffee sweater, Good Karma Farm 60% wool / 40% alpaca in the “When Doves Dye” colorway. I love this yarn! After my mental flip-flopping over a pattern, I’m going to go with a very basic pullover sweater, customized by my measurements and the gauge measurements, following the 30-day outline. I’m going to try and take a picture daily, then compile them for a post – maybe weekly, but at the very least include them in my Ravelry project page. The math is done, today is a cast on day (done!) and I have just under 3 inches to knit. Seems do-able.

Happy October!

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Done Dinosaur

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Way back in April I agreed to knit a Terence the Tap Dancing T-rex as part of an swap on Ravelry. Thankfully, the intended recipient is very patient with me. This dinosaur is ready to head off to a new home! His body (including tail and arms) were made with one skein of Ella Rae Worsted, the striped tummy panel are Cascade 220 Superwash. Nate spotted him as I was trying to take photos and promptly ran off with him! Looks like I will be making another in the near future. I’m a bit curious about working this pattern again with a super bulky yarn – there have been several of Rebecca Danger’s monsters made at my SnB lately with larger yarns and they are just incredible! Check out the blog roundup over at Tami’s to see what others have are up to!

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FO Friday – A bit of brain mush

Happy Friday! I’m so glad that I can finally share a few projects. Life has been a bit hectic lately and today my brain is just mush. So I am going to jump in with sharing my projects!

I have seriously been bitten by the crochet bug and I love it. I wanted to make this mobile before my son was born, but I wasn’t ready for it then.  Now is a different story – I’m getting good! This was a gift for my niece who will be arriving in August.

I also made two rattles for my niece. Her grandmother is an amazing (and prolific) knitter and has sweaters and dresses already filling the closet ready to be worn. I’m going to focus on toys (and maybe a few accessories) for the little one for now. They are fun to make and relatively quick too. There are just so many things I want to make and not enough time. I’ve finished one deadline knitting project, a sample that is headed to TNNA. The second deadline knitting project should be out the door Monday for TNNA, and while I’ve enjoyed working on them, I’m ready for a break. Selfish knitting here I come!