We have sleeves!

Thanks for all of the thoughtful and sweet comments on my last post. I’m glad this is something other bloggers think about as well.

My biggest secret project that was ripped out Monday night is still taking a breather for the most part this week. We’re on time out, while it thinks about what it’s done. Really, it’s my issue. I guess I should have blocked the center panel, rather than just the moss stitch part.

In other knitting news… Z’s Halloween costume has sleeves!

lionI decided to turn this into a bottom up raglan, rather than divide for separate fronts and backs and work sleeves from the top down. I haven’t done a bottom up raglan in ages and it’s pretty refreshing. It’s fun to be decreasing up to the neckline, rather than increasing and waiting and waiting for the moment you get to separate the sleeves. Maybe I should be doing her sweaters like this more often. Every time I really sit down and work on this thing, it seems like I’m able to make quick progress since it’s almost entirely stockinette in the round.

Here is the delicious contrast color I will use for the lion mane and tail tuft:

lion-2It’s Manos Wool Clasica in Topaz. It practically glows. I’m still brainstorming how to get the mane attached to the hood, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out by the time I get to that point.

One of my knitting secret deadlines I tomorrow, and I’m happy to report that project is drying. I seriously doubt the parents will see this post, especially before tomorrow afternoon…so it’s 3 little pairs of Kiddo Kicks. You’ve seen two of the pairs already in the post about the socks. The non-pink pairs will go to a little fella that turned 1 last week and is having a birthday party tomorrow. I’ll show you the third pair when it’s dry. Just three secret projects to go now… They’re all on the needles and I will happily report about one of them after next weekend. I don’t think I’ve ever had this many secretive things going. It’s tough, y’all. I love to chat about the knitting process.

Now, I’ve got to get moving on some baked mini pumpkin donuts to turn in for Z’s school carnival this weekend. Happy Friday!

Back in business

My computer is back! Hurrah! Thank you Megabyte Computer Service for your swift service. My computer also got a cleaning, which is a nice bonus. It’s nice to be able to blog with full force again. I’m down with an icky head cold today, but I couldn’t help posting something.

Check out Z’s Halloween costume so far:

gold lionI’m not working from a pattern. It’s going to be a lion hoodie when it’s all grown up. I just went with her measurements and my gauge swatch and got started. I am still deciding whether I will turn this into a raglan, or separate soon for the front and back, then working the sleeves from the top down. This could get wild! Hahahah. I’m almost through with 1 ball.

The yarn is Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Cognac. This yarn feels so wonderful when knit. It feels good in the hank, but it really blooms under the fingers. I can’t wait to get more of it going.

I’m still busting out the toddler socks like my fingers are on fire. I don’t know how many I will make by the end of the month, but surely they will count for enough Socktober goodness to quench my sock thirst. I think I will write the pattern up, even though there are many toddler sock patterns out there. I had to pause to take step by step pictures of the heel turns and gusset pick ups. I put a few extra photos for a tutorial in my Girl with the Purled Toes pattern, and I want the toddler sock pattern to also have step by step photos of the heel turns and gusset pick ups. I’m going to try to get this pattern out with plenty of time left on my Socktober sale, to include with these three patterns that are 30% off till the 16th (using SOCKTOBER as a coupon code at checkout).

More about kiddo socks and Oshima to come soon. I’m going to crawl back in bed now.

 

Knitting is supposed to be relaxing, right?

PHEW! I feel like I have undertaken a lot of things lately, and more and more are coming my way. First up, let’s look at a finished pic of the Little Fox hoodie:little fox

I gave it to the recipient, but didn’t get to take a picture of him wearing it. His parents loved it. He’s 2, and promptly set it aside, just as I expected. I made so many mods to this pattern, it’s practically not the same pattern. I did it in the round on the body to the armholes, worked the sleeves from the top down in the round using short rows, modified the size of the pocket slightly, and made the ears 2 rows shorter to look more like a fox. I did not stripe it. Pre-ears, this thing was just a hoodie. With ears, the cuteness of it is multiplied by at least 1,000.little fox-2

When I gave it to Moses his mom said, “How appropriate. A fox just killed one of our chickens.” Yikes. No one was actually offended and we laughed it off. I think it might become one of his Halloween costumes, which is pretty cool. A toddler chicken killer.

I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash in Persimmon heather and Oyster Heather. This was the first time I’ve tried the yarn. I’m not a huge fan after using it. I kept avoiding the project because it wasn’t as soft as I expected. I think for worsted weight kiddo knits, I’m probably going to stick with Cascade 220 superwash from now on. It feels much softer.

Ok, now that that’s out of the way. Remember how I’m casting on ALL OF THE THINGS? Well, those things are the for me or Zooey and they are for-fun things that are public. One thing that I haven’t blogged about yet is her Halloween costume. I’m making a lion hoodie, improvising as I go. It has a definite deadline of at least the 26th to attend a birthday costume party.

There are a few secret projects that I can’t really talk about (which always kills me), plus Socktober starts TODAY. I had planned on getting my Girl with the Purled Toes pattern out and ready for October. It’s written, but I haven’t finished the knitting, so I don’t have photos for the pattern! EEEEK! It might be a couple of days later into the month, but I’ll put it on sale to make up for my Socktober tardiness. October sneaks up on me every year! What am I going to knit for Socktober?! I’ll have to think about it.

Dapper Man is off to testers and the tech editor, so that should be released mid-month! It’s a big relief to have finished that sent that off to those folks. It was weighing heavily on my mind as a big, fat WIP.

I need to just take a few breaths, and maybe knit a few stitches. It’s going to be ok. Now, don’t anybody mention holiday knitting and I’ll be fine.

Happy Halloween!

The little mermaid got to trick or treat on the town square! First we stopped at Hand Held to say hi to our favorite knitters. I wish I had thought to get a shot of them in their costumes, but we were in a rush to get out on the square before Zooey got too tired.

We wandered around the square, collecting a few pieces of candy for the parents (yes, we’re scandalous like that), and listening to the squeals of people that were delighted by Zooey’s mermaid costume. That’s really what it’s all about, right? Because she’s not going to remember a bit of it.

Zooey was pretty tired at this point because she didn’t get a long enough afternoon nap, so we had to head home.

I got one more full body shot while she was in her crib, but she was wiggly and fussy by then.

And here is a final shot of the tail on its own.

I made this tail from Dream in Color Starry in Blue Sage. I devised the pattern. I might write it up at some point as a one-size-fits-all for babies that are too small to walk or crawl, but for now it’s just going to be Zooey’s couture baby costume.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic Halloween!

Fintastic

A couple of days ago I began to work on Z’s Halloween costume. She will be 3 months exactly on Halloween. A few months ago the idea of a mermaid tail popped into my head, and stuck. I’m making the pattern up as I go along. Yesterday I ripped out the scaled part a couple of times trying to get it to look right. This was my first try:

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I’m making this out of Dream in Color Starry in the color Blue Sage. It has little silver fibers spun with the merino to make a slight sparkle. I bought this a couple years ago. Dream in Color no longer makes Starry with actual silver, which makes me a little sad. One of the salesmen that comes to Hand Held told us that it became to expensive to use actual silver. It’s gorgeous yarn either way.

Halloween is probably my favorite holiday, and though Z is only going to be 3 months old on this coming one, I know having a daughter is going to make my future Halloweens much more fun and rich. I can’t wait.

Halloween schmalloween

Here is a quick look at my Halloween costume.

I was a vampire (yes, pretty generic). We actually didn’t make it out on Halloween. We went to a skating rink the night before that had unlimited Old Style, Keystone, and skating of course for seven dollars. I got more than my fill of cheap beer and avoided embarrasing myself on the skates for the most part. I was too tired to go out on the actual holiday, as were most of my friends that attended the skating party.

Drew was Van Gogh:

He looks so sad. I loved his costume. We had a lot of fun on Thursday, but I was dragging all day and then we found out that everyone we hang out with was pretty much staying at home, so our Halloween consisted of lazing around with one trip to Barnes and Noble, some HP Lovecraft for Drew and a book called Measuring the Immeasurable: The Scientific Case for Spirituality for me. I love to learn about energy healing and similarly intangible beliefs and techniques. I recently received my Reiki III attunement. The distance healing part seems like you’re just using your imagination sometimes, but whenever I get confirmation that someone feels and responds to the healing it’s a wonderful confirmation. I’ve been sending reiki energy to Drew’s mom because she has to have a kidney transplant soon. After I told her that I’ve been sending it she reported that she had been feeling “waves of wellness.” That made me feel so good.

The rest of the weekend was pretty peaceful. I’ve been trying to coax myself into finishing my Wicked sweater. The stockinette gets a little old. I made my fourth (yes, I love this pattern) Mustard Hat from Rebecca Magazine. I made the yellow hat on the link, one for Drew, one for a friend, and another for me in some gorgeous gray Manos. I haven’t done the pom pom, so I won’t post a pic yet. I also started a ganomy hat in a bright green (I think Cascade?) yarn. I’ll post some pics of it soon too.

I talked Drew into hiking on Saturday. We’re both kind of lazy when it comes to exercise, but Saturday was in the low 70s and it was too colorful and nice not to go outside for a bit. We went up to Mt. Sequoyah and tramped around a bit. It was fun, but the way out is always terrible because it’s almost a solid uphill. It’s all fine and dandy going in, but then you’re reminded on the way out why it’s called Mt. Sequoyah. Here are a couple of shots of the trees messing around with pic effects on the iPhone.

I’m trying to goad myself into occasional exercise. So far so good. I got a Pilates DVD that uses a stability ball which makes it into a little more fun. I’m just terribly lazy and can convince myself that most of my free time can revolve around knitting and that’s fine.

Edited to add: By the way, is anyone else crazy excited about Addi coming out with an interchangeable needle system? I was just going to get a little crazy and beef up my collection with more 40″ needles for magic loop and I came across pages talking about the interchangeable system coming out probably around the holidays. It comes with 24″, 32″, and 40″ cords. Heck yes! It’s $150, but considering the needles are $13 plus apiece it seems like a good deal. Going on the Christmas list…