Monday, December 31, 2007

The Knitting Frenzy Continues...

Two more quickie projects:

First, I just got an email from one of my college students - she recently delivered a 10-lb baby boy! Ouch!! He is quite the cutie and I am absolutely thrilled for her. I wanted to make her a little something and thought these might come in handy:

Because, as we know, spit happens. Burp cloth is monogrammed because I figure if you have to drool, you might as well do it in style. (details/specs on ravelry.)

Note: I am digging the periwinkle and must make something else in this color soon.

Second, a basic shawl/throw/lapghan for my mom's cousin. She is in an assisted living facility and is beginning to fade, and I wanted to make her something soft and cozy.

I hope it gives her a little comfort.

Actually, there was a third thing too - I knit a second teeny tiny mitten to complete a pair for my SIL. I attached them to a teeny tiny piece of wire with teeny tiny wood clothespins. Unbearable cuteness ensued, but you'll have to take my word for it as I forgot to take a picture ;)

My procedure is at 12 pm tomorrow - wish me luck!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Knitting as Sanity

Still feeling miserable :( Thank you for your kind wishes. I'm having a procedure done on Monday that is *supposed* to help, so we shall see. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

On the bright side, while I did miss a few holiday get-togethers, I have spent a lot of quality time with family. Also, have been treating pjs as outerwear - I highly recommend this. And, importantly, rekindling some very close friendships with my pals, addi and Clover ;)

Other than whining and mindlessly trolling Ravelry, here's what I've accomplished this week:

1) Redo of last December's Calorimetry, only with a new skein of 127 Print purchased for me by hubby. The tan one is the newer, smaller version:

Mods: Cast on 100 st, size 6 needle, 9 repeats of Row 5. This time was the charm - it's a perfect fit. New plan is to rip out the red one for the SECOND time and reknit it with these specs.

2) Rip out Textured Baby Jacket (Lois Dakin) and repurpose yarn as a Personalized Baby Blanket (Erika Knight) for dh's cousin's new baby girl:

Nice yarn for a blankie, soft and washable. Pretty sheen to it too.

3) Continue making Christmas dishcloths, only now it's for next Christmas :) I'm thinking it would be nice to bundle these in 3s for small gifts:

So, I got the teacher scarves done, but the backpack, afghan, and loafers have been bumped up to the next holiday. Under the circumstances, I'm okay with this outcome. And who am I kidding - that afghan twarn't happening any time this year anyway hehe.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Merry Christmas!

"Christmas is...freezing."

I've been in the hospital over the last week and, luckily, I made it home just in time for Christmas. Nothing life-threatening, just painful, tiring, and extremely inconvenient.

No knitting to show, and I'm too tired to write, just wanted to send my warmest holiday wishes to all my knitting buds (and their pups, of course) :)

Happy, happy Christmas and New Years!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Dogs, snow, and knits on Thursday

We got a little more snow today. Another day off for the kids, and for me, an excuse to drink hot chocolate and knit like a mofo.

"You want me to do what? Out there?"


My Christmas knitting scheme has completely fallen apart, but I am okay with this. Maybe because the same thing happens every year? I don't know, but here's what I finished the last few days:

Teacher Scarf 1:

Based on the Spring Butterflies dishcloth pattern - I just halved the pattern (CO 25 st), did 2-1/2 repeats, a whole bunch of garter, then 2-1/2 more repeats. I used just a little over one skein of Paton's Classic Merino and it was a super fast knit, about 72". I love the way it looks on - the garter looks so organic.

Teacher Scarf #2:

Just one skein of Malabrigo makes a 59" scarf. This gorgeous pattern is very fast, and totally easy to memorize. And heavenly soft in the Malabrigo, but you already knew that :)

Desperation Dishcloths

What can I say? A last ditch effort to produce yet a few more gifts! Trying to get a small stack of these (though a stack may end up meaning "two") made for my cousin. Random patterns, Christmas colors.

After this I have about half a loafer and one neckwarmer left to knit and that's it for the gifts. Oh, a a few more teeny tiny mittens, now that I found some teeny tiny clothespins to clip on them - cute cute!

Hope you are surviving the holiday knit countdown too!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Got sock yarn?

...then go make some teeny tiny mittens:

tee hee. so cute. perfect project for those pesky oddments of sock yarn.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

What else? Dogs on Thursday!

Big man, small dog. Some men have a "thing" about little dogs not being cool. Luckily, my husband is not among these:

(You know you blog too much when your husband sees a picture of himself with his head ineptly cut off and remarks, "There's a good one for your blog.")

I've also heard that some little dogs have a "thing" about men. Clearly not the case here:

Napping with Dad.

With one exception - don't try to come between Frisky and Mom or you will SO feel the wrath of chihuahua!


Thursday, December 06, 2007

Dogs on Thursday and Ravelery-ing

"Oh, Mom, why does it have to be so cold out?!"

Poor Frisk - it's just too frigid for him to spend more than a minute or two outside. And anyway, all the good smells are covered up by that doggone snow. *sigh* Get used to it, little buddy.

With the end of semester upon me I am juggling the needs of my stressed out students, my finger-drumming diss committee, and my busy schoolchildren, not to mention trying to be ready for that big holiday that's coming up. Naturally, I find myself spending more and more time on Ravelry, aka my fantasy dream world. My favorite new pastime is clicking "friend activity" so I can see what y'all are doing - and then queue it too. Heck, you guys have great taste! And I am such a sheep.

I heart you, Ravelry :)