Archive for June, 2007

Working on the Booga Bag

I’m using up scraps from my stash to make a sort of kitchen sink booga bag. We’l see how it turns out.

Hooray Helmet Liner!

I finally finished it! Bob was so kind as to model it for me. Actually I had to do it pretty quickly before J noticed. He’s pretty attached to Bob when he first gets up from his nap. Anyway, I just wanted to thank Judy for donating the yarn! It’s so nice and soft and very nice to work with! I used a cable cast on for the bottom ribbing and a knitted cast on for the hat portion. Now that I’ve got the hang of it, I think it’s a pretty easy pattern. Everybody should make one and send it to Ruth!

Frak! I wonder if their name is Adama?

You may have a to take a few sentons to click on the picture to get the full effect, but I thought it was funny. Heh. I caught this one at the gas station. How does he turn that thing?

Today after a walk around Sloan’s Lake (man that lake is big), my friend, my sister, and I took our kids over to Clare Gardens. What a lovely place! The kids had a ball playing with the equpiment. Since we live on a hill, it was nice to be in a place where the kids could ride trikes and big wheels without fear of road rash.
On the knitting front, I’m finishing up the helmet liner and getting ready to cast on the booga bag. I figure I should do at least one bag since I signed up for the Summer KAL/CAL Roundup and I think they look cool.

Hooray Crocheted Baby Blanket!

I finished the baby blanket! I’m actually very pleased with how it turned out. (Yeah, I know. I always say that.) This was actually going to be another Log Cabin, but after talking to my sister I decided it still might be too hot for Georgia, so the extra holes in the crochet will make it cooler I think. It didn’t hurt that baby boy was born a bit early and I hadn’t started it yet. And it’s true what they say about crochet. It’s heaps faster. I started this blanket Thursday night over at Marly’s. (BTW, a big THANKS to the ladies of the virtual SnB who helped design the blanket!) I did find that I didn’t chain enough in the beginning so it was too narrow, thus the wide cream colored border. I was planning on putting a border on it. Just not that wide.

So yesterday we packed the kids in the car and made a trip up Lookout Mountain to Buffalo Bill’s grave. The view up there is pretty spectacular. I love that kids under 6 are free too. I like cheap family fun. L and J got to play cowboy and we had a nice picnic.

WIPs and chains…

Crochet chains, that is. Please laugh at my attempt to be clever.

So I realize I haven’t posted for a bit. We’ve had a very busy week with swimming pools and playdates and I just haven’t gotten around to it. L said the funniest thing the other day as we were making a Target run (June has at least 4 birthdays and we are very behind in gifting). The clouds were gray and ominous and the wind was blowing something fierce and she said, “Mama (I love it that she calls me Mama!), why does the wind always come with the rain?” I said I didn’t know so she replied, “Maybe they’re best friends and always have to come together.” 🙂

So I have been knitting. AND crocheting! Marly invited me to be on her podcast for the virtual SnB which was heli-fun (to borrow one of her expressions, borrowed from Cartman I believe.) I’m still working on the helmet liner (there is a story about that on the podcast) and I’m almost finished crocheting a baby blanket. (The baby was born 3 weeks early!)

Pictures on next post.

Keens!

Not one to usually wax poetic about a shoe, I find that I will talk and talk and talk about my Keens. (I had a couple of inquiries about the new purple shoes!) I have a horrible time finding comfortable shoes that don’t make my toes fall asleep. When I was pregnant with J, I saw a pair of bright red Mary Janes with a sporty sole that I fell in love with. (Link is not my pair, but similar.) They were Keens. And they were the most comfortable shoe I’d ever worn. Next I bought a pair of blue Portolas which I pretty much wore when I wasn’t wearing my Mary Janes. Unfortunately, both pairs wore out this year and I had to replace them. I was happy to find a brown pair of Bronxes and my new purple Venice H2’s on sale in the span of a week. SO HAPPY! Ok. Wild raving about shoes is now over.

Hooray Dream Swatch Headwrap!

It is really hard to take pictures of yourself by yourself! Anyway, I’m pleased with the way it turned out. It matches my new shoes! 🙂

Hooray Not-Bamboo Baby Franken-sweater!

I finished it! And it actually doesn’t look half bad. It looks good enough for my sister to take to a baby shower at any rate. So here’s the stats:
Bamboo Baby sweater from One Skein Wonder
Needle size: 6 US
Yarn: 3 balls of Scoubi Du 50 percent cotton 50 percent acrylic
Adaptations:
1) Added 5 garter rows on either side of the back panel using Log Cabin technique
2) Increased the picked up arm stitches from 24 to 28
3) I used a crochet seam for the shoulders and a modified mattress stitch for the sides. I say modified because I continued to use the mattress stitch even when the garter stitch edge was paired up with a bound of edge, just picking through the loops on the bound off edge as if it were garter. Since the pattern gave no instructions for seaming, this seemed to make the most sense.
I found the cute little duckie/chickie buttons at Knit Knack. I’m just glad it’s done. I was so afraid it would be horrible. Hooray!

Yeah. I’m Hufflepuff.

Took the Sorting Quiz from Yarn Thing’s page. I’m a Hufflepuff. Though I’m pretty close to being a Ravenclaw.

The sorting hat says that I belong in Hufflepuff!

Said Hufflepuff, “I’ll teach the lot, and treat them just the same.”

Hufflepuff students are friendly, fair-minded, modest, and hard-working. A well-known member was Cedric Digory, who represented Hogwarts in the most recent Triwizard Tournament.

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Man! I hate that when that happens.

In the midst of working on the Dream Swatch and the Not-Bamboo Baby Frankensweater, I thought I’d actually start the helmet liner for Ruth’s contest. After knitting a few rows of 2 x 2 rib I realized that the gauge was not right. I took a second look at the ballband and found it was DK weight not worsted like I thought. So now I have to go back to the store and get some worsted weight yarn. The pattern calls for 100 percent washable wool. Question to ponder. Doesn’t that mean that it can’t be 100 percent wool?