Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kicks


It's done!

This was a long boring knit, but it did go by quicker and easier than I thought that it would. I LOVE the FO... it's so cute and functional! Haven't washed it yet so don't know how much it's going to shrink, but it should still be the right size.

I've been making tons of the hexagons and am about to cast on for some socks for February... Twisted Tulip Socks from IK Spring 2008 in Knit Picks Bare (merino/silk) that I handdyed last summer.

Hex


Since I only have a few inches to go on the kicking bag I figured it would be ok to start a long-term project. This is the start of a crocheted blanket using Noro Kureyon Sock yarn. I have 2 skeins of this yarn (different colorways) and plan on using both entirely. I'll have to pick up a few more skeins later on, but I'm not thinking about that too much for now since I have a lot of hooking to do until then. Aren't these hexagons so pretty? I love how the colors are coming out and I'm absolutely addicted to making them! They are so quick and it's just a treat to see how each one turns out in the end.

The tutorial has a way to connect them as you go, but I'm just going to do them separately and crochet them together in the end since I'm working with different colorways and want the colors to be more random in the FO.

I should have the kicking bag FO to show you in the next post!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Last One, I Promise



This is the matching 6-12 month hat. I think they look so cute together; can't wait to be matching mommy and baby this winter.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Another Hat




I made another one.

This time it's in the adult size for me. I used some old stash for this; Araucania Atacama and it's perfect. Really, everything Araucania makes is so lovely.

I think I have enough leftover to make another one for Arthur, but in the reverse colors. We may have matching hats come this fall/winter.

I'm still working on the kicking bag between all this hat knitting. It's so boring!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Simple




I talk about wip loyalty in the my last post then have a new FO in this one that isn't the wip I was working on. Oh well. This is a very cute and very quick little baby hat, knit is 6-12 month size, I test knitted for AliciaPlum (link is to her FO). It's called Simple and it really is. I was able to use some ancient handspun leftovers (spun this back in 2007 I believe and knit my first pair of socks with it) and only have about 28 yards left. The colors are more vibrant in real life; we have sucky lighting in this house. The hat is way cuter than the pics show. It's been tucked away into the baby drawer for baby Arthur to use during his first fall/winter.

Still chugging along on the endless stockinette of the kicking bag. I'll be glad to have it finished. It's boring, but I know I'm going to love the FO. My next cast on will be for the Mist Stole nursing covering and I'll be swatching for the Chiton Pullover using Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk that I recently reclaimed after frogging the wedding Clapotis for the wedding that never happened. Much better use for this yarn :)   I had started a Chiton Pullover last year and got quite a long way on it, but ran out of yarn and, really, it was going to be too big anyway, so the cats use it as a cuddle blanket. I think attempt number 2 will be much better.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Knitting

I'm so glad I decided to keep knitting on the kicking bag (thanks, Lunaticraft!). I've knit about 8 inches now and am not as worried about running out of yarn... I think I'll have enough for the bag and the drawstring (just watch, now that I'm not worried I'll run out!).

Since the start of 2012, I've felt this odd urgency about knitting. It's like it's just so important to knit all these things... not sure why, maybe it's the pregnancy thing kicking in and all that? I guess I kind of feel like I'm running out of time and if I don't knit everything RIGHT NOW I'll never get the chance to do it. I know that's silly, but it has made me enter ALL my stash (minus a few tiny skeins of handspun) in Rav, made me being loyal to projects (only have one main WIP - the kicking bag - and the Chroma ripple blanket going), and I've also been thinking really hard about exactly what I want to knit:

* Finish the kicking bag
* Mist Stole in Knit Picks Stroll Tonals (Kindling) - This is a gorgeous pattern (crochet, too!) and I plan on using it as a cover-up when breastfeeding in public. Brown isn't the most glamorous color, but this yarn is machine washable/dryable, dark enough to cover dirt/stains, isn't too girly, and will hopefully go with most of my clothes.
* More soakers using wool scraps
* Finish the Chroma blanket
* A sweater/cardi/something FOR ME. That actually works and I like and will wear. I see sooo many patterns I love, but I'm hesitant to start anything because I know it won't fit me now and might not for a few months post-baby. But, maybe the time is a good thing; I can knit it in my normal pre-prego size so will have plenty of time to get it done and it might be motivation to get off my butt after Arthur arrives so I can fit into it. I have yarn that is just begging to be knit... this sock yarn wants to be a Olive Blouse, the frogged FLS yarn wants to be a Mediumweight Pullover, all this DK weight yarn needs to become a skirt of some sort, etc.

Anyway, just some thoughts on knitting and such. In other news, I finally have a unit to drill with up here Michigan and will be visiting them for the first time next month, Charlie will be leaving for Kentucky for a military warrior competition from Feb 26 - Mar 2, and we are definitely moving to Georgia this fall.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Kicking Bag


I'm making decent progress on the kicking bag, especially considering it's on 2.75mm needles and heavy fingering/sport weight yarn. I've reached a point, though, that's kinda scary... see how much yarn I have left? I know it's still a good bit, but I'm worried it won't be enough to make this bag long enough. I've already decided that I won't be closing the bottom; leaving it open allows more wiggle room for sizing and it allows easier diaper changes. Still, I'm thinking it'll end up being too short to use at all. What to do? Do I frog it now before I've put even more work into it? Or do I just keep knitting and hope the whole time I have enough yarn, potentially ending up with an unusable item and wasted knitting time (so many other projects are calling my name, too)? I'm kinda thinking I'll just keep going and deal with the result... maybe I can find some other yarn to finish it with. But then it won't look nice and I really like how it looks with this yarn.

The worst part is that it's impossible to get more of this yarn. I got it by chance at a booth at Stitches South in 2009... the vendor wasn't anyone I'd ever heard of (didn't even have a real name, just a BUNCH of random yarn on a bunch of tables, piled high for us to dig through).

Friday, January 20, 2012

WIPs and Big News!


The current knitting WIP... Kicking Bag for Babies in Newton Country Softball, a 100% cotton fingering/sport weight yarn I picked up way back in 2009 (I think at Stitches South). I cast on 140 instead 128 because I anticipate this yarn shrinking a lot. I'll also knit it quite a bit longer than the pattern says. I'll be adding a drawstring at the top ribbing just in case it doesn't shrink enough.


Remember when I said I wanted to cross-stitch again this year? Well, I picked up a kit from Joann's with a Christmas giftcard and have been working on this. Still have a ways to go on it (border and flourishes), but the main part is done. It's going to be for my MIL for her birthday in May. She and my step-FIL, a preacher man, are very religious and this will go nicely in their home. I'll frame it for her before gifting it.

Now, for the big news... I'm officially a sergeant in the Guard! E-5 in less than 2 years of enlistment... not too bad. Granted, I did join 4 ranks higher than most due to my degree, but I'm still pretty proud of myself. I was told I may have been promoted back in August, but it wasn't confirmed until yesterday due to a lot of confusion regarding my transfer to Michigan (a very non-helpful state when it comes to the military). There's still a lot of work to do with transferring and all that, but it's at least started now and I know for sure I got promoted!!! You can call me Sergeant :)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Adorable


This is the Frantic Mama Knitted Soaker pattern. It's probably the most precious thing I've ever knitted! It doesn't really look that cute in the picture, but I promise it's adorable in real life. The colors aren't as Christmasy either... the green is a mossy fern green and the red is more rusty/barn colored (Iron Ore is the colorway name to give you an idea). I was trying to use up odd balls of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes I had in stash (speaking of stash, it's seriously lacking in worsted weight wool, which seems odd to me... it's a staple, but I always think that I have a ton of it so never get more).

I made the small size since I plan on using disposable diapers in the newborn stage (they grow so quickly and it'll be easier to just through the diaper away for that first little bit anyway). It seems a little big, but I really have no clue how big babies really are, plus a cloth diaper will add bulk, so it'll probably be ok. I know it'll fit at some point anyway. If Arthur comes out a monster baby, this will just be used as a cute diaper cover for his disposables in the newborn stage. I plan on making more in this size as well as the larger ones so we'll have a good stash. So adorable and a really quick-knit, finished in a day (and that's without me really picking it up a whole lot).

Now I just can't wait to have a little baby butt to cover up with this! About 14 weeks to go!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Success!



My 'Vog On socks are complete and they fit! I really like them, even though the foot is a tad baggy because of the extraordinarily long heel flap (40 rows instead of my usual 30). It needs to be longer for anklets, but it's really unnecessary for taller socks like these (the pattern is for anklets).

In other knitting news, I frogged the February Lady Sweater. I just wasn't motivated enough toward it and wasn't liking it as much as I thought that I would, so figured I wouldn't waste the yarn on it. It feels good to not have it OTN.

I've picked back up on the crochet ripple baby blanket in KP Chroma. I'd forgotten how easy and relaxing it is. I knit way more than I crochet and really need to work on that. Crochet can produce some beautiful stuff and it's sooooo much more mindless (not to mention quicker) than knitting.

Now that I don't have a single knitting WIP needing my attention (I do have a ruffle scarf I started a year ago, but it's easy to pick back up on and I don't mind letting it sit longer), it's time to cast on for a few baby knits!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Papa New Guinea and Mama New Guinea

Our new pigs! I used to breed and show American Cavies when I had rabbits (the shows are often held together, so many rabbit breeders dabble in cavies and vice versa). Papa is on the left and Mama is on the right. Both are Tortoiseshell in color (Papa is dilute) and both have poor color distribution, but the genes are there and they have decent type and coats. They are really young, just weaned, so are still living together for now. Aren't they sweet? I already love their wheeking noises!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Well, That Didn't Work...

So, the sock was a failure. It was coming out way too big. I knew casting on 64 stitches on size 2 needles in a lace pattern was a bad idea!!! I ended up frogging the whole thing and am now halfway done with sock one of 'Vog On. Much better. I really do think that these will work. I'm making them taller since I don't have much need to anklets right now. I may make an anklet pair later, though, as this is a really fun and simple (and quick!) pattern.

Not much else is new here. We have are working on getting our ham radio licenses, so have been studying up on that and will begin taking classes tomorrow night. We are studying for the first level and the classes are for the second... not the ideal way of going about it, but we came across the class online and it is free and we plan on getting level 2 anyway. It'll be something to do together at the very least, which is always good.

I'm battling a case of startitis right now... I just feel this urgency to cast on for tons of projects! I have a crochet baby blanket in KP Chroma I haven't touched in forever, but instead of working on that I keep browsing Ravelry to see what new projects I can start. I know I want to knit something really cute for Megan, my cousin's baby girl due a month after Arthur. I also want to knit a skirt for me to wear to Charlie's uncle's wedding on Memorial Day weekend, but I need to wait to see what size I'll be then and also think about if I really want to invest that much yarn and knitting into something that'll (hopefully) be too big later in the year. Then there are lightweight summery scarves, more little boy knits, etc that I keep seeing! I'm trying to be good, though, and want to finish this pair of socks and my February Lady Sweater first. We'll see how that goes...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Projects

This is a sign I wood burned for Charlie right after Christmas. It's a little plain, I think, but I like how the gun turned out with the shading and such. I haven't burned in a long time and it felt good to do it again. I think that this year is going to be a lot about me actually doing things I like craft-wise. I already have my next burning project in the planning stages and also want to get back into cross stitching, something I used to do constantly. I still have all my patterns and supplies (though the supplies are still in Georgia). I think I may use some of my Joann's giftcard I got for Christmas toward some fabric and thread, just enough to get me started back into it. Or maybe take the kit route. We'll see. Anyway, Charlie liked his little gift even though he doesn't have a gun room yet. One day...

This is a picture of the February Lady Sweater I have OTN. It's been in the works for a while now, but I just can't seem to want to devote much attention to it. It's easy and goes by pretty quickly, but I just have other things that I want to work on. I do need to finish it soon, though, since I sized it for my ever-growing chest and belly and want to get use out of it before the baby arrives! Only about 16 more weeks before he's supposed to arrive... wow. The true color is a dark purple/blue... in some light it looks purpler, some it looks bluer, but it's mostly a dark purple. The yarn is Berroco Vintage.

A very out of focus picture of my New Year sock, Gretya in Blackberry Ridge Silk Blend fingering weight yarn. It's really a very dark navy color and is soooo lovely to knit with! I got it in a swap some time ago and don't know why I've waited so long to knit with it. I love it. Barrett obviously loves it too. Or, maybe that's just the sheepy smell she's in love with. Either one.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Belly, Knitting, and Resolutions

 Here's the 23 week belly. Arthur moves constantly and has started hiccuping, which is kinda cute in an annoying way. It feels funny.


This is my first FO of 2012. It's the Felicity hat knit in Malabrigo Silky Merino (Archangel colorway). Used almost an entire skein. I love this hat! It's warm and I like how it doesn't squish my hair too much.

Now on to the yearly resolutions list...

Knitting Resolutions:

I've decided to join in on the Stash Knit Down Rav group's 121212 challenge. Knit 12 things of 12 different categories. Here's what I picked:

*12 baby items for Arthur
*12 bobbins/batches of fiber from stash spun
*12 pairs of socks
*12 hats
*12 pairs of mitts
*12 projects from Raverly queue
*12 pet items
*12 items to be given as gifts
*12 home items (pillows, rugs, etc)
*12 kitchen/bath items (cloths, etc)
*12 projects from books/magazines/purchased patterns I already own
*12 wildcard projects

Now, I started back in December, so included a 13th category. I'm including fiber arts, woodburning, cross stitch (which I want to get back into this year), etc. And some will be used in multiple categories. I'm already off to a great start and have several projects finished in several categories. Oh, and the whole idea is to use stash for this stuff, which I am going to do, but I will likely be making yarn purchases this year (though not many unless we can figure out how to get some income generated sometime soon!) and am not going to be strict at all on the stash thing.

I'm not really making other resolutions this year. My only real one is to continue to be the best wife that I can to Charlie. I think I do a pretty good job of it, but there's always room for improvement. For one, I know that I'm too quick to judge/put my own opinion in there on certain topics that don't really require it. I also wanna try my hardest to be a good momma and to not let having a baby interfere with the relationship that Charlie and I have. I want for us to grow as a family, not make our lives about our baby. Does that make sense? I just know too many couples who devote their focus to the child and forget about the relationship that brought that child into the world. I know that I'll love Arthur in an entirely different way than I love Charlie, but I don't want to forget about what Charlie and I have together.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

2011 was supposed to be my year and it really was. I moved to Texas and married Charlie, the best person I could ever hope to be with. We enjoyed our time in San Antonio, but had to move to Michigan at the end of summer. The move was rough for me and I still hate this place, but it's temporary (we plan on moving to Georgia next year!!! Yay!!!). Charlie and I found out that we are expecting our little Arthur and, though it was a bit devastating at first, we are beyond happy about our little man. A pretty good year, I think.

2012 should be just as great... We celebrate our one year anniversary in April and should be welcoming baby Arthur into the world around that same time. We'll be moving, if things go as planned, in late summer/fall. Looking good so far.