Thursday, April 27, 2006

Excuse The Mess!

My blog was in need of change. Please bear with me as I slowly will be changing things around!



Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Wicked Progress on B-Day Gift

I'm making wicked progress on the
Top Down Sweatshirt. I've got the sleeves on holders and I'm less then 1" away from starting the pouch.
I decided to make the size 4 instead of the 2 (it jumps from 2 to 4). I just hope it's not going to be too big but I wanted her to get the extra wear out of it. She's 8 months older then Paisley but they're about the same height and Briana's a little bigger in the shoulder and chest.
Tonight's also a big night for Jenn because 2 stitches were accidentally dropped down a few rows and I got the trusty old crochet hook out and picked them back up myself and it actually worked out. Usually I get incredibly confused when stitches are dropped and I need to seek the help of my MIL but I got the balls up to just try and do it myself tonight because I'm on a limited time to finish this.

Paisley was really enjoying her oranges this morning at breakfast. Infact, she got me making "orange smiles" with her. I then ofcourse had to run and get the camera for a photo-op. The unfortunate part of this cute moment was that after it was all done she got a hold of my knitting on the table and got the sweater all gucky with orange mess. I took a damp cloth to it but one it's all finished, I'll try and work at it a little more.

How could you be mad at a face like that though??

Monday, April 24, 2006

Ugly Weekend

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Due to the ugly weather we had in Southern Ontario, I feel like I got a lot accomplished knit wise. The Simply Lovely Lace Socks were christened for the first time on Saturday, they fit nice after my MIL Rhonda helped me rip out the picot edge that I sewed up to tight (I couldn't get the sock over my foot). Sewing's just not my forte! :-)
I also had almost an entire 50g ball left over of the Sirdar Snuggly DK left over from my socks that I had to make Paisley a pair to match. I just used the Basic Sock Pattern in the Top Down For Toddlers book and did a picot edge instead of the ribbing that they were using in the pattern.
Paisley got invited to a birthday party next Saturday, the little girl will be 3 years old and I thought as I was going through the Top Down For Toddlers book I'd make her a sweater. I found one that I liked called "Sweatshirt Style"(page 69 if you own the book), it's like a kangaroo sweater with out the hood and the sleeves are kind of like the 31/4 length style. It's really cute! I got a little bit of a start on it last night and after 2 previous attemps and a little frogging action I'm almost finished the increases. I think it will be another pattern to go on my "Knit it Quick Picks". The bonus is, it's a no sew-completely seamless so once it's done it's done!

So I guess, once again my sweater is on hold a little longer. My goal is to a least have it done for the fall....

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Lace Sock Nearly Finished!

My Simply Lovely Lace Socks are nearing completion. All I have to do is graft the toe, sew up my picot edge and tie in my ends, WHOO HOO!!! :-)

The squares for Warming Grace are almost done. I just have one more on the needles now. I think I'll be putting them in the mail tomorrow though!

Good news! My cousin had a little baby girl yesterday morning, so it looks like one more little girlie sweater will be made to give to her as she got a heck of a lot of greens and yellows for gifts at her shower. I am super stoked for her because she has a little boy who is 4 so now she has one of each. I can't wait to see the little bundle of joy. My neighbour also loved the Ribbed Baby Jacket and the Lilly Hat. She popped the hat on the baby's head right away and it fit perfectly.

That's pretty much it for this week! Paisley and I are going to go out and enjoy this beautiful weather we are having in Hamilton this afternoon so the needles will be away for the day or at least until tonight.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Lilly Hat is Finished

Finally, the
Lilly Hat is finished! I actually had the hardest time getting it to not twist when I was joining up in the round so my MIL Rhonda helped me cast it on. I probably tried it about 3 times before I got her to help me out and I was getting frusterated!! I'm pretty happy with the way that it turned out and I think it looks smashing with the Ribbed Baby Jacket. I guess this is also another addition to my Project Spectrum challenge this month. I added a strap to the hat because I know what a pain in the butt a baby hat that doesn't have a strap is. I just did a simple little 2 stitch i-cord. I should be able to give it to my neighbour tomorrow, little baby Abigail will look like such a cutie in it. My model's such a scary looking dolly (in the picture anyway) :-)

I'm also half done my last Simply Lovely Lace sock and should be done that this week
. I've done a few squares for Warming Grace too, but I'm not finished yet, I would like to do up a few more since they really don't take that long to make.

I'm that much closer now to starting my sweater, maybe by the weekend.

I hope everyone had a great Easter. Mine was fun, I went to a family reunion in
Owen Sound. It's always so nice to go up there and see everyone. The only bummer with my whole weekend was that today I had to work. I say BOO to working on holidays!!!!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Cold Virus

Just like a domino effect, a cold virus has taken the whole family out. It started with little Paisley first with a fever and a cough and moved along to Ron and I. It's ugly...really ugly!! I'm still feeling the awful symptoms even today. Gotta love feeling like a bus hit you and you'd rather go back to bed. I got it all, the fever and the sinus issues. Needless to say, not too much knitting happened over the last few days. My hope is tomorrow I will feel alot better, although I've been saying that for 4 days now. Paisley's much better and she seems to be a day or 2 a head of us, so all I can do is wait it out, unfortunately is sucks feeling like garbage!

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Project Spectrum Fun

Project spectrum is turning out to be quite fun!!! April's colours as you probably can tell are yellow and orange. Stay tuned there will be more colourful projects ahead in the month.
To go with the ribbed baby jacket I was going to make booties. Now I'm scrapping that idea and going with a nice sun hat instead. I found this adorable hat surfing the net for patterns and I couldn't resist! It's called Lilly's Hat . I started it once already, but I ripped it out because I got a twist in the work. I'm thinking it probably happened when I joined up in the round.

Paisley came down with a fever today, so I haven't done too much knitting but I was working the sock a little more tonight, I've done about 10 more rounds of it so far, it's coming along. I will post a picture once I get a little more of it done, that way I can try it on. :-) I'm going to stop the sock for tonight and start another little project that's underway...

Like a handful of other knitters out there I have joined up in making squares for a project called Warming Grace. This was all started by Cynthia fellow knitter/blogger and little Grace's aunt. What a wonderful aunt!! Grace is 5 years old and fighting cancer and these squares will be made into a wonderful blanket for her. I just happen to have ALOT of pink/purple cotton yarn on my hands, so I will be trying to make as many squares as I can this month. This little lady's going to have one wicked blanket! If you're interested in helping out, check out Cynthia's blog for more details. She's a darling little girl!

Monday, April 3, 2006

Ribbed Jacket Finished

It has been quite a long time since my last post, but I'm back!
During my week and a half hiatus I have managed to finish another beautiful ba
by sweater, this one from Debbie Bliss Special Knits, the cute Ribbed Jacket and ofcourse since I joined Project Spectrum I thought why not do it in Banana Yellow. I am currently in the process of working out some yellow booties to go with it. The flower's not actually part of the sweater, but I thought I would add it for some spring flair! :-)
It was yet another quick knit, that's why I'm starting a section on my side bar called "Jenn's Knit It Quick Picks", so if you're in need of an immediate gift or just instant gratification I'll have some recommendations! :-)
I've also cast-on my second Simply Lovely Lace Sock, so that is now on it's way to being finished so I can start my new project below.

I've never made a sweater for myself, so for my birthday last month I was gifted many balls of yarn from my mother-in-law
Rhonda to do the sweater I've had my eye for a few months. It's just a simple sweater from Very Easy Vogue, One sweater 4 ways, I'm doing the sweater that you can see in the picture, it's the longer version with the furry collar. I'm very excited to start it because I don't knit very much for myself, always for everyone else! The sweater will be made using Paton's Decor in aubergine and Lily Chin Nolita.
With all the sun and warm weather last week, Paisley got to go to the park nearly everyday. Here's some cuteness factor to go along with the beautiful weather we've been having.