Monday, May 28, 2007


Child's Placket Neck Sweater, from Joelle Hoverson's Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

I think the pattern intends for the opening to be along the shoulder, but I put in the middle, not sure if it's the front or back, probably will depend on the baby and mother's preference. When I finished it I decided that I liked the way it looked and that it probably didn't even need the buttons or beads that the pattern calls for. I'm going to cast on a blue one next.

I got a great knitted baby present this weekend! You can see it here. I was very excited, I'd seen the blog about it last week, but didn't know it was for us! There was more, I'll take a picture for my next post.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Socks, Flowers, Vacation

Combination belly and vacation shot. We spent the weekend on Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of NC. I had pots to deliver to a gallery there, so we decided to drive instead of ship. It was great! Very relaxing, not too crowded. The village is small, so we did a lot of walking. The beach was beautiful and we spent over an hour there walking without seeing another human, just dolphins! The photo was taken on the Windfall as we took a sunset cruise.

I got lots of knitting done on the drive. These are toe up from Wendy's pattern (pdf). Made from Mama-E sock yarn that we traded for last fall. It was very nice to do a toe up without a short row toe and heel. I'll be trying that again. It was also my first picot edging for the top. Anyway I can avoid ribbing is fine with me. Too bad that my internal thermostat is set on pregnant, there's no way I can wear them until fall.

Although what I really need is another mindless project for carrying around, I started yet another project that requires some concentration. At least in this stage. Monkey socks from Knitty. I really like them so far. Yarn is more of my own hand dyed.

Flower shot. This was a fish bowl until this morning. Flush, snip, now it's a vase. There is definitely a color trend in my yard right now. There are 6 types of flower in that vase. The purples are columbine, false indigo, and iris. The pinks are bleeding heart, dianthus and cheddar pink (also a dianthus)

Thursday, May 03, 2007

In Progress

I've got three projects going this week, the first is the Candle Flame Shawl from Knitpicks. I'm using the hand dyed merino from my LnV magic yarn ball swap. Progress so far, the border and half a repeat! It's one of those turn off everything and concentrate, pattern in my lap the whole time kind of things. Yikes, but no deadlines at least.

Second, here is half a baby sweater. It's taking a little concentration too, at least until I finish the second sleeve and join it all up. Then it will be smooth going all the way up to the neck. (I hope)

And since I needed something mindless for in front of the computer and in the car I started a pretty basic sock. This is some yarn I received in a trade with Mama-E last fall. The color is Koi. The stripes are actually spiraling up the sock. Not my usual colors, but that's why I like it.

Today is a firing day in the pottery life. Usually that makes for a very late night, but I got a good early start, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Hope I get a nap! I've got a little more glazing to do for the next loads. But so far everything is on schedule.