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Lifelines

I haven’t tried the pomegranate thing yet. And apparently I’ve been on some sort of blogging hiatus. So what has been going on for the last 4-5 months?

Well, let’s see. Celiac disease for one thing. So simply figuring out what’s “safe” to eat and shopping and avoiding contamination in my own kitchen have taken an incredible amount of extra time and effort. But it’s getting easier.

Daughter’s wedding. She lives in Northern California and is getting married among the Redwoods in September! I made her wedding dress. It’s in the mail, literally. So I’m anxiously waiting to hear if it fits. That project has taken up some time, and I felt so honored that she asked me to do it.

With all that going on, I do still make it to my Saturday knitting group at Black Bear Crossing on the Lake. This is an open-to-anybody knitting group (we actually also welcome crocheters, spinners, all of it). We meet every Saturday on the second floor of the Pavilion. It’s a pretty spot right on Como Lake, with good parking, plenty of seating, good light, a little restaurant on site … and even live music! If you’re interested, just drop by. Total lack of structure but there’s usually someone there from 10-noon or so. No dues, no commitments, no membership roster, all ages, genders, persuasions and fiber passions welcome. We’d love to see some new faces, and some old friends who haven’t been there in a while.

I’ve managed to finish a couple pairs of socks, nothing earth-shattering. I need to take pictures and add them to my Projects list in Ravelry. That gives such a good record of what has been done. I love Ravelry.

I’ve been working on a little lace shawlette that has gone on a while and has me slightly crazy. (Thank heaven for lifelines!)

Weeks can pass without doing any work on it, then when I pick it up I can’t remember where I am, or knit the wrong row. Ugh! I’ve had to pull back to the lifeline a time or two, so lifelines: a very good thing to use!

I want to run right out and buy a pomagranate

Am I the only one who doesn’t know about this??

A-w-e-s-o-m-e!

Big Brown Bag

I’ve been trying to do some stash-busting so made the Big Brown Bag (designed by Laura Irwin and published in Boutique Knits) from some yarn I’ve had around for a while. It’s wasn’t the best yarn choice, though. It’s a little “hairy” and didn’t felt as completely as I would have liked because there’s a tiny bit of I think acrylic in it.

Felted Bag

I gave it a full lining with a couple of slip-pockets and a couple of zippers, plus a clip to hang keys.

Felted Bag

I wasn’t able to locate the exact “hardware” she suggests so had to come up with alternatives. It’s a great pattern, though, and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.

Sh*t Knitters Say

Fiber Trends felted clogs

One of the all-time best patterns, and one just about every knitter is familiar with, is Bev Galeskas’ Felted Clogs, published by Fiber Trends (and available in both adult and children’s sizes as a download from Ravelry).

Andrea knitted a pair of these for herself a few years ago, loved them and wore them out.  So I gathered together bits and pieces of Cascade 220 I had left over from other projects and this is what I came up with.  (Those are her feet, so the fit is probably … perfect?)

FiberTrends felted clogs

I love stash-buster projects that work out this well.

Professor Jack

Andrea went through her stash a while back and gave me some great leftover yarn. I used it to make her little guy the Trellis baby sweater (pattern by Britta Stolfus Rueschhoff).

I had enough left over to improvise a little hat for him.

Such a little intellectual, and only two months old!

2012 Knitting Calendar

Last year I participated in a spinning challenge through one of the many Ravelry groups. The idea was to take 4 ounces of fiber purchased from one of the sponsoring fiber stores (Splunky Eclectic, Hello Yarn or Southern Cross Fibre), spin it and knit it into an original creation. It was a competition, with prizes. I did not win. The winner was Sweetgum by Stacey Simpson Duke.

But I was happy with my yarn and my finished product, so I submitted it (called the Lacy Girly-Girl Poncho) for publication in the 2012 Knitting Calendar. And it was accepted! No prize, but I did get a free copy of the calendar. And the surprise of seeing it on the back cover.

2012 Knitting Calendar

Yea me! Yea Andrea for taking the photo! Yea Eva for being oh so cute!

If you like the pattern but don’t want to buy the calendar to get it, you can download it here.

New Baby

Jack Nathaniel, born 5/16/2011

Jack Nathaniel

There’s nothing to compare with grandchildren! Here’s his first knitted baby gift from grandma,

Knitted pig

presented to him by his big sister during introductions at the hospital.

Jack Nathaniel

Group hug at home,

Jack Nathaniel

and a sweet kiss from Mom.

Jack Nathaniel

Don’t look now, Andrea finished a project!

Hello,  Andrea here for once! I bet you thought I’d never post here again. Nah, I like to surprise people now and then by doing something out of character. Besides, I actually have a finished knitting project to share, so I couldn’t not post something! Here is my version of the Cub Cuddler (sorry, this is a Ravelry link but there isn’t really a dedicated non-Rav web page for the pattern). I modified it by tapering the ending of it more gradually and ending it in an icord that I tied in a knot. Just because I thought it would be cute.

Finished knitting project for the new baby

It’s kind of a relief to have finished knitting something for the new baby. It just seemed wrong, somehow, to be having a baby and to not have anything knitted for him. But between work, and taking care of a two-year-old, and pregnancy tiredness, and trying to get ready for the baby… well, I haven’t had a lot of energy for knitting. Now I’m at 32 weeks, which means I have about two months left, give or take, and I’m starting to feel like things are a little more under control, thankfully.

So, if you’re looking for a good baby shower gift idea, I definitely recommend this pattern. It was very easy and quick, and the short row shaping made it interesting to knit. It’s probably not the most practical item ever, but I’m hoping it will make for some cute baby pictures! Baby pictures that I will definitely be posting here in a few months’ time.

I’m not adorable

I usually don’t post videos of my grandchild … but really, this is too much.

         

(Video by Andrea)