Thursday, March 24, 2005

Do you realize that six weeks from today I will be sitting in my spinning class at MD S&W???? Yeah, the chomping at the proverbial bit has commenced. This does not bode well for my productivity at work over the next month and a half.

Meanwhile, this little guy

came into the world via two amazing parents, who are dear dear dear friends of mine from my miserable days in southwestern NY (where even the sun hates to be). He was born Saint Patrick's Day, but no, his name isn't Patrick. (that's right, that pic was taken with him less than a week old and he's got more hair than both his parents combined) I toyed briefly with a baby blanket or layette set with shamrocks on it, and he might still get that down the road. But yesterday morning it occurred to me that I still have those 8 oz of superwash that I dyed at the KR Retreat last fall. For some reason, I chose bright blue and yellow (no green or copper, which shocked the heck out of me). I don't care for pastels on babies - I don't dislike it, I just much prefer fun colors. And this sure will make a fun sweater, don't you think?

Using my modification of the Easy Peasy Cardigan pattern from Little Turtle Knits, we have this. The yarn is closer to sport weight than the worsted that the pattern calls for, and I didn't want the look of garter stitch, so I've adapted things slightly for that, choosing instead to go with a half inch garter border, then st-st the rest of the way. In any event, right now it's ten inches across when it's not curling, and I knit about 5.5 inches up last night watching Lost & Alias. It was my first time watching Lost, and I'm not as impressed as most of the world seems to be, but I guess it's just too far along to pick up. The colors look amazing, if I do say so myself, and it's Jen's yarn, so it's supersoft and gorgeous and knits beautifully. I'll have to look for buttons some this weekend, I'm thinking four or five different buttons, with blues and yellows, but not matching. Depending on how much yarn is left I'd like to make a hat and booties too. Because of the finer gauge, I'm knitting the pattern to the largest size (3T), with minor changes for my garter borders, but it's coming out to the six months measurements. That's what I was shooting for, since it means he'll be able to wear it for a while. The pattern says the 6 month size takes 4 oz of yarn, but I don't know if using the finer weight - and therefore doing a lot more stitches - will take up more yarn or not. I think he'll at least get a hat.

And the headache is still here, although it's not really migraine stage, it's now just that dull throb that comes with recovering from a migraine. But thanks for the well-wishes.

Now, can we all agree to just skip April and go straight to MD S&W??????


Blogger Liz said...

Which class are you taking at MD Sheep & Wool?

11:58 AM  
Blogger IndigoMuse said...

(Jumping up and down, stomping my feet) No fair, I wanna go! But since I can't , I want to know what you're taking too.


1:03 PM  
Blogger David said...

Wow! Look at that pretty yarn, and that pretty... um... rectangularly shaped thing made of yarn!

(Dutiful commentary from the knittingly ignorant.) : )

2:11 PM  
Blogger erica said...

Ooh fiber overload sounds so appealing right now. Wish I could go.

Very cute cardi for baby. :) I am so excited every time I hear a new baby is on the way or has been born, what a better excuse to start something new than a new baby. :)

Can't wait to see what you come home with MD S&W.

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, No, please don't skip April! That will mean no birthday presents for me! Horrors! We can't have that. Spring is the best time for me - anniversary , birthday and Mother's day all within 3 weeks or so.....There has to be a fiberly present in there somewhere, don't you think?
Linda (in Bel Air, MD)

4:58 PM  
Blogger Jensgalore said...

I've been looking at all your sock pics and longing to try my hand at sock knitting. But I'm clueless and have no idea where to start. Can you recommend any good books or a good pattern to learn on?

6:50 PM  
Blogger Jensgalore said...

Thank you! I will look over those sites and see what I can pull together. The worsted weight tip - very helpful. I will definitely try that first. :)

6:13 AM  
Blogger Amy Boogie said...

I'm ok with skipping most of April. Until my vacation at least then head right to MDSW. I'm going to need a big fiber fix.

7:25 AM  

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