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Is knitblogger even a word? Well, I am anyway. Since my last post I knit a pink baby hat, a washcloth and I am working on a burp cloth for a baby, or as I affectionately called them when my kids were little, barf rags. This one is too pretty to be called a barf rag, and if I wasn't too tired to take pictures, you could see it. Here are the other things I need to post pictures of.:
1) Finished pink baby hat with the funky top that is too long and will probably not have the nerve to give as a gift. 2) Purple-ish absorba bathmat that I finished and don't want to put on my bathroom floor because it will get dirty and hairy even though I can wash it. 3) Beginning of my Chevron scarf that I was so excited to make and now sits untouched because I'm not that wild about the color combo even though it's nice and I really liked it on the internet. 4) And let's not even talk about the Babette blanket that sits in a tote in my living room. I know I will get back to that eventually. But eventually is a long time.
And here are the projects I want to start, notice I said start, not finish.
1) Slippers for Max. 2) A hat for my niece Kristina 3) Ballband dishcloths for christmas gifts for my whole family.
But first I must do these things:
1-4) Another washcloth, another barf rag, and 2 bibs for friends who are having babies in August and October.
I look at it this way--knitting should be fun. Therefore, if you get burnt out on a project and want to work on a different one for a while, you should. I hate slogging. And this baby stuff is starting to feel like slogging. So my friends may get other gifts that aren't of the knitted variety, and that will have to be ok.
So now you are caught up. I'll put up pictures soon. Or not.
1) I finished another hat! This is going to be a gift for my friends upcoming baby, I found this yarn by Lion Brand called Landscape. It is a bulky yarn that's very soft. Jo-Ann's was having a clearance sale and the $6 ball was $2 so of course I bought 4 of them. Not knowing what to make because the colorway is kind of unappealing. Lion calls it Spring Desert but I call it Pastel Diarrhea. Anyway, I'm giving this hat to a certain baby because that baby's parents are the kind of wonderful people that if they get a gift that they don't like or doesn't go with their decor, they will hang on to it and display it if the gift giver comes over, because they don't want the crappy gift giver to think that they did not appreciate the crappy gift. That's how sweet these people are. And I am going to totally exploit that by giving their baby this hat:
In homage to all the artistic knitting pictures out there, the hat is on my cat Dolly's back while she drinks from the faucet in my bathroom. So now I'm thinking of knitting a matching hat for the mom, then I will come visit and they will have to wear the hats! I am evil I know.
2) In the car today during my lunch hour, I finished knitting Absorba the bathmat! When I am done weaving in the ends I will post a photo. She is beautiful. I determined that my bathmat is a she because Absorba ends with an A. If my bathmat were a boy his name would be Absorbo, duh!
3) Here is another sign that I am becoming an obsessed knittomaniac--I joined a KAL! That means knit-a-long! Basically someone starts a blog for a certain project and everyone who is doing that project can blog about it so they all are doing the same project together. This one is for the Chevron Scarf. I am waiting for my yarn to come in the mail so I can get started, I ordered 4 colorways of Socks That Rock because I couldn't decide on which color combo I wanted. When the yarn arrives I will take pics and post.
So that is all the news from NO! WAIT! I just thought of a new name for this blog, I am changing it to KNITMARE ON ELM STREET because I live on Elm Street!! I am brilliant.
I was determined to learn how to knit in the round because I wanted to make a hat. Not on a hat loom, I have made those before. On real knitting needles. So I bought this awesome Noro yarn to motivate me. And it did! Yay, me!
I even used double pointed needles for the first time! Yay me again! The top of the hat is kind of wonky, I still have to get the hang of those things:
But with all my miscounting and messing up, it still came out looking like a hat!
It matches the pansies perfectly.
I think I have turned a corner with my knitting. A round corner. I think I am almost ready to tackle a sock!
I have been learning all kinds of things as a knitter. Apparently there are some abbreviations I need to know in order to communicate effectively with the online knitting community. There's the above-mentioned WIP, also there is FO, which stands for Finished Object, and LYS, which means Local Yarn Shop. When I learn more secret knitting codes I will share them here.
So yesterday Faythe and I went to our LYS, Holy Threads. They were having a 30% off everything sale. I bought 2 skeins of Noro Kureyon to make a hat to match my scarf, which was my first FO. I have some hat-making anxiety, but I figure that since it was the Noro yarn that got me to learn to knit in the first place, the Noro yarn will propel me through this mental hat block. Also I bought some lovely purple-ish Cascade 220 Superwash, not with any project in mind, but just because every knitter blogs about buying Cascade 220, and I did not want to be left out. Also I bought a book called Blue Ribbon Afghans From America's State Fairs. It's a crochet book, just so you know. Not only are there some cool patterns for afghans in it, there is also some interesting stuff on State Fairs. I like a pattern book that I can read as a book too. Yes, I have Mason-Dixon Knitting. It was a fun trip and not that costly, so good for me!
So the other day I was at Jo-Ann's, buying some more cotton to finish my WIP Absorba bathmat from the Mason-Dixon Knitting book (notice my use of the knitter's codes!), when I spotted this skein of cotton which I just had to have:
It's big. Really big. Here it is with a normal size skein of yarn and a normal size ball of cotton.
I bought it because I loved the color and they only had 3 skeins left. I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do with it. Perhaps another bathmat.
Finally it's time for an update on my Babette blanket. I finished another panel and joined it up with it's buddies. I was so excited to show Faythe, I even made her hold it, which I'm sure she hated!
So here are the details. I saw the Babette blanket on this website, and I just had to do it. I had decided to order Swish Superwash yarn from Knit Picks, so I ordered 7 colors, enough to get started but far from the 17 colors the blanket requires. While I was waiting for the yarn to arrive, I was perusing this website and found that someone was making the blanket with Caron Simply Soft yarn. This idea appealed to me because the yarn was substantially cheaper and the colors were brighter. So I switched brands and went with the Caron. I did end up using 2 colors of the Swish as well.
Without giving away the pattern, I will say that the odd sized granny squares are joined in panels. There are 10 sections, first you assemble the squares in each section according to the pattern, then each panel is joined together. I have made 4 panels so far. Here are 2 pictures, with and without flash. Neither pic shows the true colors, but you get the idea.
I have decided to take a picture of the blanket after I finish each panel. But the panels are getting bigger so they will take longer to work up. Also, I have been weaving in the ends as I go, and it's not that hard, I don't know why people put it off until the end and have a million ends to weave in.
I started a knitting blog! Now I have to post to it. I will probably do so this weekend. I think I will start with pictures of everything I have ever knitted, which isn't much. A couple of scarves, a pair of slippers, a dishcloth, and now a bathmat. But I have goals, knitting goals! I want to learn to knit in the round, I know it's not hard but it is intimidating to me. Also, the prospect of knitting socks scares the crap out of me. I need to be shown by a patient person how to do those things. But my next big project looming on the horizon is to crochet an afghan. I have ordered the first colors of yarn and as soon as they come it's off to the races. So that's it for now. Welcome to my new blog.