Wednesday, March 29, 2006

felted bag and WIP

These are the wild legwarmers I'm working on now. I'm trying out lots of different stitch patterns, and, obviously, different combinations of the colors. :-)

This is the felted booga bag I made. I do like the pattern, but the yarn didn't felt up well. I used Ecoyarn, and it's OK, but I had an allergic reaction to it, and it didn't even felt right. I read, afterwards, that white often doesn't felt as well as other colors . . . but in this case none of it was doing much felting.

This is one of the potato chip scarves . . . except I obviously didn't make it long enough to actually be a scarf. Any suggestions for what to do with it?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts

Simon on his first Boy Scout campout. They went to Mammoth Caves. Cool!

Simon entertained the other boys by drawing their pictures. :-)

Spring has finally sprung (a little)! These crocus are in our front garden.

These last are from Simon's Blue and Gold Banquet - the last of the year - when he crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. The 4 boys who crossed over got to be the color guard together one last time.

Simon getting his "Arrow of Light" award.

Mike and Simon - aren't they adorable? Two peas in a pod.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Baby Sweater done!

The baby sweater is now done! Yay! Isn't it cute? I used colored paper to show where the buttons will go, and to highlight the pocket. :D I'm waiting to hear the gender of the baby (they were supposed to find out last week) before adding buttons. I have a full skein of yarn left, and might make booties or socks to match. I might also use the yarn to make one of those "potato chip" scarves (even though I don't like the idea of making scarves all the time I keep stumbling upon cool patterns for them). Time will tell.

This is the booga bag I cast on Saturday evening. It is going well! Big problem, though, is that I think I might be allergic to the wool. My eyes are watering and I'm getting stuffy in the head when I knit with it for too long. Good excuse to cast on another project for breaks! I'm thinking more socks!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

On the needles

I currently have 3 projects going. The big one is the baby sweater for my friend, due in August. I had to stop and wait for more yarn . . . and it's just come in so after posting I'm off to the LYS to get it! Yay! I will cast on the stitches from the stitch holder on the right shoulder and do the rest of that sleeve and the front quickly. I did put in the spot for the pocket on the right . . . hard to see in this pic . . . but I think I'll skip the left one.

This second project is just a whimsy. I had yarn from my M-I-L's stash and just got these huge (13) needles, and had to try something fun. Every 6th row you wrap the yarn around 2 times after each stitch, and the next row you drop those wraps. Lovely effect. I'll make it as long as it takes to use up the yarn I have.

The third project is the one that frustrates me. I started this pair of socks for my son so he wouldn't have to wear the ones with purple . . . but a.) he likes those other socks now . . . and b.) he is in a growth spurt and when he tried on this sock last night he declared it too tight. Hmph.

Anyone know a kid for this sock? Problem: I've lost the motivation to finish.


Sunday, March 05, 2006

Our trip to Cleveland

Here's my Aunt Ginny (GAG) and Uncle Bob (GUB) with Simon, discussing his drawings. And then this is GUB as he was talking to me.

GUB is showing me how his antique Bullet camera would work. You can't even get that type of film anymore. We talked for quite a while about the old processing of film, etc, and how he learned from his mother (my grandmother who died before I was born), as she was someone who processed Xrays at the hospital, apparently. This is new information for me!

This is my sister and Gag - talking about life.

It was an excellent trip.