Monday, August 27, 2012

FO and Little Arthur

I whipped up these Dandelion Daydreamer longies the other day. Quick crochet project using some of the new Patons my mother-in-law got me. The small size used a total of around 1 skein yardage-wise. I'll be making several more pairs of longies for this winter.

Currently on the needles are the Sunnyside for Arthur (I'm making very slow progress and it will definitely be finished before my deadline of Thanksgiving), another Sunnyside (girl version) in Stroll Tonal - Gypsy for the lady in Colorado, and Charlie's Heroclix bag.

Now, for my little love:

Just hanging out with Mommy the other day. The sunlight was coming in and look how red his hair is! It's brownish in darker light, but full on ginger in the sun. How is this baby part Korean and has auburn hair and blue eyes?! Those Knoll genes must be strong... his daddy has bright blue eyes and his granddaddy and one aunt has auburn hair.

This was tonight after eating his five helpings of rice cereal! He is such a little hungry hippo and it's so cute to see him eat with a spoon. He has definitely found his feet!

Giving his giraffe and hug and a lovebite!

The sweetest picture of Arthur sleeping; he's the cutest little thing.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Finished 2/4! This was the Sunnyside Cardigan (boy version) knit with Knit Picks Stroll Tonal (Goldrush). I am very pleased with how it pooled (or, didn't pool). The only noticeable pooling is on the sleeves, which can't be helped because of the decreases.

I knit at a tighter gauge than called for in the pattern and this is a 0-3 month size (knit at the 3-6 month size instructions). Charlie hates my button choice, but I personally love unexpected buttons on things; if I went with orange like he wanted, it would be too blendy and boring.

This is being sent off today to my mom, who will be making matching socks. Then it will be off to Colorado.

2 more to make for this order, then I have to make a few for my mom (she is going to craft shows and wants to have some baby stuff to sell). Before all that, though, I'll be casting on for a Heroclix holder for Charlie (these little figurine things we use to play games with). I will be designing this and it's kind of complex, so we'll see how it turns out. Charlie, as sweet as he is, has a little too much faith and confidence in my knitting and designing ability! He has all these things he wants as part of the design, but they aren't reasonable, so we are having to work it all out and find something that he wants and I can make.

Monday, August 20, 2012

New Stuff

 We had a really great day Saturday. My mother-in-law texted me Friday to see if Paton's Classic Wool Merino for 3.99 was a good deal (normally 6.99). I told her that it was and she said she wanted to treat me to some yarn and lunch the next day. And what a treat it was!

We met her at Joanne's and headed straight for the yarn section. She had picked out a few skeins for herself (she's a new knitter) and told me to get what I wanted. Now, that's a bit of a trick question... I always feel like I can't really get what I want because she is the one paying for it. Not so with her! I initially grabbed 5 balls of the Patons and was going to leave it at that. Nope. She started grabbing yarn left and right, asking if I wanted it. Well, of course I do. I left Joanne's with 17 balls of the Patons and 3 Lionbrand Fisherman's Wool. WOW!

Not a great pic of the (newly reorganized) yarn wardrobe, but you can see the LB in the top drawer on the left (it'll become a Cobblestone Pullover for my brother) and a bunch of Patons on the bottom and middle shelves. I have plenty of yarn for soakers/longies for Arthur and for a project Charlie wants me to make for him. (The rest of the stash: top shelf - bagged yarn, smaller lots of roving; middle shelf - lace, fingering, dk, and sport weight; bottom shelf - worsted and bulky yarn; top drawer - Knit Picks Palette stash; bottom drawer - cotton and cotton blends, some Berroco Comfort (acrylic))

After the epic yarn shopping spree at Joanne's, we had a great lunch at Red Lobster. Arthur had a great time flirting with the waitress and the lady at the next table.

Then, we went to get this:

I found this complete 10-gallon setup for 20.00 on craigslist. It was the tank, 4 large goldfish, rocks, decorations, filter, filter replacements, food, etc... a real steal!!! I jumped on it when I saw the ad because Arthur just adores fish (he'll literally sit there staring at them for 20 minutes if you let him). We put our Brain (the goldfish we got in Texas) in with them and they are getting along wonderfully. Arthur will stop fussing instantly if you hold him up to the tank!

Then it was visiting with more inlaws. A good day all around.

Charlie started school today! He enjoyed his class and, though he will never admit it, I think he's excited about it. He'll be getting his Associates this December. So proud of him!

I'll have a FO to show in the next post (I swear, I've been working on the same little part for 3 days now; just no time to really work on it!).

Monday, August 13, 2012


Today was a sleepy day for all of us, Arthur included. I love when he sleeps on my chest; it's so sweet.

Arthur has taken to sleeping on his side like a little grown up... precious! I love seeing him and his daddy nap together. They are so much alike.

Progress on the second sweater. Look familiar? It's about at the same place as the one I was making for Arthur! I was hesitant to use this yarn because it's kind of a wild tonal and I didn't want too much pooling, but it's really nice so far. I'm not through the increases yet, so the final stitch count may require some tweaking if it's making odd pooling and flashing. It's a good thing I made the sweater for Arthur a size up... by the time I get around to finishing it, it'll be the right size! My goal is to have this sweater finished by the end of the week (hopefully sooner) and Arthur's sweater by Thanksgiving (we are going down to Georgia again (yay!) and I want him to wear it down there... it'll be the first time my family will meet him!).

Sunday, August 12, 2012


I finally finished the first, of four, baby sweater! It took me way too long... I miss the luxury of being able to knit all day without interruption! I also had a few setbacks while knitting (like having to frog about 3 inches because I had dropped a yarnover in the bottom lace portion).

Photos are of it damp and blocking. That, along with the lousy lighting in our house, makes the color darker than in real life.

The job for today is finding the right buttons and casting on for sweater 2/4!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

New Yarn

I had to make an order to Knit Picks to get the yarn needed for the baby sweaters I've been commissioned to make. I normally couldn't justify an order right now, but since I'm making money off these sweaters, I needed to get the right yarn. I also got a few extra things to get the free shipping. Top to bottom, left to right:

* 2 Comfy Fingering, Sweet Potato - On clearance at a little over a dollar a ball, I couldn't pass this up. Will likely make a sweater to sell with it.

* 2 Stroll, Scarlet - For the sweaters

* 1 Stroll Tonal, Goldrush - For the sweaters

* 1 Stroll Tonal, Gypsy - For the sweaters

* 2 Preciosa, Tortuga - For soakers for Arthur

* 1 Stroll Handpaint, Legwarmer - I've been lusting over this colorway since I saw it on the cover of the KP catalog.

* 1 StrollHandpaint, Lake Front - Just an extra skein chosen when I placed the order; it's such a beautiful colorway (much less yellow in real life).

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Baby Sweaters

I started this sweater for Arthur a while ago, but haven't been knitting on it much. The yarn is Knit One Crochet Too Crock-O-Dye and the pattern is Sunnyside (boy version). I really like this project, but have more important deadline knitting to do...

A lady in Colorado bought my Maile Sweater I had knit right after finding out I was pregnant (I later decided it was too girly, so Arthur never wore it) and made an order for 4 more sweaters! She wants 2 in red and 2 in fall colors. This is Maile again, in Knit Picks Palette (Pumpkin). The others will be knit in Tonal.

This is just my new favorite picture of Arthur. We went to a hoe-down themed block party at my SIL and BIL's house. Arthur dress up in his cowboy bib and wore Daddy's hat for a minute. It looks like he's on his pony, looking out over his pasture!