Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Nothing too exciting to post, but I'm still alive! I haven't done any knitting since Saturday morning when I finished the second simple t-bar baby shoes. If time permits I really want to cast on for my second sock!
I also just joined up for
Project Spectrum this afternoon, thought I might get the creative juices flowing and it sounded like alot of fun too. I'm going to start for the month of April though for Orange/Yellow.

My trip up to
Owen Sound was fun, we stopped off in Guelph for breakfast at the Golden Griddle around 8am. It was great, always something I look forward to when we go up there. We arrived around 10:30am (ish) greeted by my Dad, the only one awake. :-)
Later in the afternoon, I went off with my sister for a little girl time. My sister is a regular at the YMCA there and knows the little old lady at the front desk quite well and got me a pass to go in with her. We went up to the gym and had some fun on the elliptical for a 1/2 hour then went down for a swim and hot tub fun. It was really relaxing and nice to spend some time with my sister because we don't see each other that much. My mom made a nice dinner followed by the traditional ice-cream birthday cake from DQ as well.
Unfortunately my brother ended up getting sick later that night so we left Saturday afternoon back to Hamilton because we didn't want to catch it and he needed his own bed to sleep in (he was nice enough to lend his room to Ron, Pailsey and I).
I will have a picture soon of the Baby kimono all finished, I left it with my mom to take to my cousin's shower on Saturday.

One more thing........
Playdough and a play rolling pin and cookie cutters from the dollarstore are the best $2 ever spent. Paisley has been playing with it for a good hour and 1/2 and is occupied! I'm finding this activity is very little mess and she's not eating it, bonus!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

I thought I'd make a quick post today before I'm gone for the weekend and show you my almost finished baby kimono. I pretty much all done except as you can probably see, I haven't finished sewing up the right arm. This is because I did my 3 needle bind-off for the shoulder on the wrong
side(Duh!), now that will have to be ripped out and redone. I have to weave in my ends as well. After some thought on closures and the fact that the sweater is a kimono I thought I would try constructing some Asian-inspired frogs to go with the theme of the kimono(props to Anny for the idea) I also wanted to do a pair of little booties or something to go with it, so I decided after looking for a pattern to do the simple t-bar shoes (Zoe Mellor) again because I've already done them, they really were simple and I probably wouldn't run into any problems as I'm on a limited amount of time to make these little guys.

So here we are, nearly finished and ready to go back to the Lovely Lace Sock and possibly start another baby sweater to work on when I need a break from socks! :-)
Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

First off, the festive St. Patrick's Day pen was hard at work this morning!

My hands have been hard a work
with knitting as well. I've finished one of the Simply Lovely Lace Socks and I have my lovely model Paisley to show them off!
The Baby Kimono from Interweave Knits is just creamin' along. I'll be finished it tomorrow at some point. I'm actually in a mad rush to get it done now because I just found out yesterday that my aunt is having a baby shower for my cousin next weekend (she's due via c-section April 10th). I was going to start one of the adorable little girl sweater patterns that I really
want to do but they don't know the sex yet and there's no way I'd have time to finish it either. The kimono seemed pretty generic and still cute. I'm also going to whip up a pair of booties or socks to put with it. We are going up to Owen Sound this weekend to visit my family, so I think I'm going to go over there and personally deliver the gift myself since I won't be able to make it to the shower.
I guess my second sock will be on hold until I get this baby gift out of the way with, but luckily this sweaters knitting up quick. It seemed to take forever to get to the part where you divide for your fronts and back, good old knit stitch!! This sweaters proving to be a great "quick gift" project but very boring!

Well, I better be going now, my dear daughter some how got hold of a pen and is giving herself pen tatoos all over.

Monday, March 13, 2006

The weekend came and went and I'm all back on track with my lace sock again. I really don't have far to go before I can start the toe and I'm done the first sock. I can't wait to sew up the picot edge, they're going to look so cute!

We took Paisley to Gramma's on Saturday afternoon and we got all of Rhonda's magazine's out looking for blanket ideas and squares. Do you think we ended up find any blanket stuff? Nope! I was too distracted from all the other nice patterns I ended up finding. I now have about 6 baby sweaters that I really want to make. I've started one already just because it's all done in garter stitch and all in one piece and it will knit up quickly. It's going to be completely adorable when it's finished. We found it in Interweave Knits Summer 2005 . I don't have much of it knit up yet (3" or so) but when I get more of it done I will post a picture of it. It has a ribbon as a closure, but I was thinking maybe some toggles might be cool instead.

Now, I have something nice that I want to share with everyone....
Yesterday I was at work, and it was nearing the end of my shift. I just had a cranky customer complaining about something for about 15mins until he got his way. You know, it just knid of ruins your whole day when someone is like that! After he left and another customer was waiting for her photos, we started chatting a bit. We noticed the cute little St. Patrick's Day light up pens that we had sitting on the cash wrap. I told her how I was going to get one because my birthday is on St. Patty's Day. We talked a bit more and she ended up buying 2 pens while she waited. Then she handed me one of the pens and said "Here, one's for you, hope you have a Happy Birthday". I didn't really know what to say because it's not often that something like this happens, so I took the pen and said thank-you. Anyhoo, it just ended up making my day (well the whole 20 minutes that I had left to go). I guess I'm still thinking about it because I had to write about it! Working in customer service for as long as I have, my faith is now restored in for every bad customer there's a handful of great customers.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

After ripping out the entire pattern (row 2) back, I thought "SUCCESS" I fixed the problem of the missed yarn over at the beginning of needle 2. Unfortunately now I think I have the case of the dropped stitch out of control. Take a look....
Just when I thought it would be smooth sailing for the rest of the sock!!! On a good note, I finished the gusset so hopefully I won't have to rip it as far back that I have to re-knit all of that again.

I don't have the yarn for my blanket yet, so maybe I'll start a baby sweater for my cousin who is due April 10th for now until I get my sock straightened out. I really want to try this Twist & Twirl baby sweater, it looks so adorable!

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

I thought of an idea for a blanket! I've never made a blanket before so I thought I'd do squares and why not intarsia squares?? I think I'm going to knit them 8" all squares.
I took a pictures of the diagram I drew, but the colours didn't come out that hot. I want to do a lime green, purple and yellow colour scheme. I can't wait to start it!!

We got a new couch and loveseat last week, so I haven't quite worked out my knitting spot yet so I keep moving around.
My simply lovely lace sock is coming along too, I've just finished the heel and I'm now onto the guesst. I haven't got a picture to show of it yet since it's in an akward stage to be photographed. I'll get one in after I'm done the guesset. :-)

A few pictures of the Family here too! Daddy doesn't get in too many pictures, so there's everyone except him.