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Saturday, August 21, 2010

The end of the mini-project

first wedge in progress
This week marks the end of the mini-project.  There are some major changes taking place in the shop (think furniture moving) and we've got some of our fall yarns in.  We're trying to be proactive this season and knit the samples before the yarns come out so that we can put them out with the yarns and give people an idea of how some of them work up.  This is the Noro lace weight I mentioned before.  It's one full color repeat, and about 2/3 of the first wedge of the shawl.  This one is simple enough for a beginner, but has enough interest to keep a veteran lace knitter interested.  The lace edge is a very simple 10 row repeat that can be easily memorized.  I actually lost some progress on it because after working on it for two evenings, I realized that my needle size was too small (even though I was still getting over the 29sts per 4 inches that was listed as the gauge).  I decided that since this will eventually belong to me, and what with my being 6' and all..., that I should rip it back and knit it on the 5mm needle suggested by the pattern.  It's looking much better and I think it'll actually be long enough for me. 

My break from school is almost over (way too soon).  I got my books in the mail and started looking at the first chapter.  One class is on testing and assessment, and the other is on arts and humanities.  I'm feeling better about them than my classes last term, as the subjects are quite a bit more interesting.  We'll see how I feel about them in a few weeks. 

Now, off to knit on the shawl some more, and let Alex watch some Wallace & Grommit on Netflix instant watch.

a closer look at the lace edge swirl shawl

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Today's mini-project: Noro bottle cover

His & Her's bottle covers, lol.
Today I decided that it was finally time to knit that second Noro bottle cover so that my husband can take hot or cold drinks with him and not have to hide the bottle because of the bright, girly, rainbow colors of the skein that I used for mine (Alex picked it, so you can bet it's pretty).  He liked that his drink stayed hot, but hated feeling like he had to sit in the back of the class to keep people from seeing it.  I promised him one, and today as I made him a pot of coffee, I remembered my promise and grabbed my random ball of Noro Kureyon out of the stash to knit him one of his own.  I even found him a bottle just like mine so that he wouldn't have to take mine all the time.  So, after working on it for a few hours of the day, I cast it off...put it on his bottle...and presented him with it.  He gave me a big smile, and a kiss on the forehead, so it's safe to say that he's a happy man.  Now his drinks that he takes to the gym will stay cold while he works out.  I'll post photos as soon as I can (he's playing Crack 4 on Xbox live so I can't upload photos right now). 

swirly bottoms
The pattern is my own, and it's pretty basic.  If there is any interest in it, I'll type it up and get it uploaded to Ravelry, and provide a copy by email for those who aren't on Ravelry.  It's one skein of Noro Kureyon (it only takes about half), and 4mm double-points or circulars (depending on your preferred method of knitting in the round), and a crochet hook for the tie. 

My buddy from work is back from vacation, and I was able to tell her that I'd mostly finished the garter stitch purse that she left me with when she went away.  I'm not a fan of knitting garter stitch (although I love the look of it...it bores me to death), and I don't like knitted handbags, so this project wasn't one that I was excited about, but it turned out to be the perfect project to knit while watching True Blood.  So after a few episodes, I looked down and it was almost finished!  I feel much better about handing it back to her to take over.  I'm on to another project now; The Lace Edge Swirl Shawl by Naomi (my buddy from work) knit in the brand new yarn from Noro: Kiremeki.  It's a rayon, nylon, wool, and cashmere blend lace-weight yarn with long, long color runs.  When I was receiving this yarn last week, I almost started to drool, so I jumped on the chance to knit this sample even though it's mostly worked in garter stitch (see above comment, lol).  I feel confident that the lace edge, and the pretty yarn will keep me engaged in the project.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Alex's Monster-Mitts

Happy little boy and his hand-warmers :)
Today's mini-project: Composit Mitts for Alex.  The mornings and evenings have been getting pretty crisp, and Alex gets cold fingers.  I went looking for his hand-warmers from last year only to discover that I'd lost one.  That called for a new pair.  I tried a few different styles with some gray Queensland Rustic Tweed that i had left over from Jana's gloves, but the tonal-tweed deal just interfered with the patterns and it wasn't working out.  So, after searching my stash a little bit, I found a stray ball of green Cashmerino DK (I think...might be aran weight), and cast on.  I went to my favorite fall-back pattern: Natalya by Jody Pirrello (Ravelry link).  I love this pattern.  It's one of only two patterns I've ever knit more than time.  I've actually knit some altered version of this pattern five different times!  That's some kind of record in my house.  I followed the pattern using the cast-on numbers for the mittens in the 4-6 year old size from Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns.  The fold-over seed stitch flap and thumbs are inspired by Arachnid by Karen Fournier.  I loved her fold-over ribbed cuffs and thought that would be great for mornings when it's nippy but not cold enough for full on mittens yet.  These knit up in a flash, and they were received with the biggest smile I've seen in a while, lol.  His exact words were "are they finished!  Can I wear them?!  Who's more satisfying to knit for than him?lol.  And he hasn't taken them off yet.  As a matter of fact, he has plans in the works for a matching hat.

Apple green Cashmerino DK
Today we go back to the sleep clinic for our second follow up since the over-night sleep study.  I'm hoping that they'll have some suggestions for us but the last time I was there they mentioned that we're running out of options.  The woman who comes to see us from The Providence Center called (actually her supervisor called) to check on Alex today.  I'd had to cancel his appointment on Friday because his eye swelled up like a balloon about 20 minutes after he went to bed the night before.  It was red, swollen, and he was a mess.  He was having a nasty allergy attack and I dosed him with Benedryl several times through out the night and the following day, and took him to the pediatrician.  He's got hay-fever.  They prescribed some children's claratin for him and he's been doing much better since.  He slept all night last night and had a pretty good day at church the day before.  They suggested asking for a referral to an allergist, and to see if they would consider putting down in their report that he should be tried in a school setting for a few weeks to see if the routine of it could help reset his little body to a normal routine and tire him out enough to sleep through the night.  If they recommend it, the people at The Providence Center could try again with the insurance company to see if they would cover the cost of the day program for a few weeks.  I think it's worth a shot so we'll see what happens.

Ladies and gentleman, your future hand-model
Now, off to see what I can do for a mini-project for today.  Eventually, I'll actually have to crochet this afghan for my husband, lol.  Oh! and before I forget, my final grades are in and I passed Statistics and Research Methods with A's in both!  Somehow, I got a perfect 100% in research methods :)  Not bad for a class that I didn't like and felt unqualified for, lol.  My GPA survived statistics and research methods...I think I might be in the clear now.

And one last thing... the answer to the question about the quotes under the photos on my last post.  Kelly got it right.   The movie is The Ghost and Mr. Chicken with Don Knotts, a favorite in my house particularly with Alex.  What can I say?  The kid has good taste.  Kelly, if I don't get to see you on Thursday night, I'll have your stitch markers on Sunday.