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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Progress made, progress lost

Here's the latest progress shot of my blanket...before I had to rip out 40 rows because of a cable that crossed the wrong direction.  Sigh.  I was so close to adding the third ball.  Meanwhile, my brother-in-law started to ask me some general fiber questions because a friend of his is going to start up an alpaca farm in Smithfield.  I must admit, I got really excited about the prospect of having that kind of connection!  I told him to pass along that I'd help him knit some samples with his alpaca yarn, (when he's had a chance to shear his alpacas).  I just love working with local fiber artists.  So, anyway, the conversation rolled around to his recent purchase of wool socks from L.L. Bean and I told him that what he really needed was a pair of hand knit socks!  I even had Dante come up and tell him about the pairs of socks I've knit for him (he said they were awesome).  Naturally, I came home and picked up a skein of superwash sock yarn from Plays At Life Fiber Arts, and started designing a pair of socks for him.  It's a fairly simple pattern that can be easily sized down for smaller feet (my BIL wears a 13), and looks good in handpainted and solid yarns.  When I get a little bit more work done on it, I'll post a progress photo.  I think you'll like it.  I like knitting it.  Hopefully he'll like wearing it.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

This Easter, I decided to keep the candy minimal and it was a good thing that I did because Alex was bouncing off the walls just from the excitement.  We got to church on time (for the third week in a row...yea new record!) and while I was there I knit two more of those little Mochimochi Land bunnies.  These things are quick and addictive.  They're great travel projects, and I've been using the yarn scraps from one bunny as stuffing for the others.  I've made six so far, but Alex has lost two and I gave one away today. 

In non-productive knitting news...I had to rip 40 rows out of my blanket for Cascade today because I made a mistake on the cable row.  Normally I could just drop those particular stitches and knit them back up in the correct order, but those wrapped stitches throw a monkey wrench into the system!  I tried to drop just what I needed, but I just couldn't do it.  It killed me!!  So I've lost two days worth of knitting and I'm back to school so I'm slower now.  Sigh.  I guess I'll go do some homework and see if I can free up a good block of knitting time to get back on track.  Normally I'd just burn the midnight oil until I'd made up my lost ground, but I'm working on the whole 'balance' thing and I'm living mostly caffeine free these days so lack of sleep is more of an issue now.  Don't worry though, I'll pull it together.  Now, off to sugar up on jelly beans and finish my reading for schoole.