Archive for August, 2012

knitting betrayal

I finished my hospital stay crocheting. I had to put down my knitting needles to pick up a simpler stitch, hoping the medication, wouldn’t prevent me from following the pattern. It was a nice break from knitting, and seemed to be easier on my hand with the IV. I did find the pattern in my knitting book so it was not a complete betrayal. The pattern is a nice simple lacy hat for a baby. Fun to crochet with quick results….just what my short attention span. Almost as short as this post.

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Not Knitting

I have not been very good about picking up my needles lately.  I have been thoroughly distracted by house hunting, up until the last day and a half….now I am just consumed by discomfort in my foot.  Nervousness has set in.  I will be back in the hospital on Tuesday to have stage 2 embolization of my venous malformation in my right foot.  This time I am going in with my eyes wide open about the impending pain.  Our house hunting, had kept the looming procedure burried in the busyness of thoughts of moving, but now that we have found a house, have a purchase agreement, I can no longer hide from the fact that it is creeping up on me.  I look forward to having less pain in my foot, I just dread the pain that it will take to get there.  My oldest starts school a week later, and I really hope that I am able to enjoy the excitement of the first days of school, not be counting the minutes between pain pills.  So at a time when I really should be picking up my needles, finding away out of this worrisome thought hole, and find something pleasant to distract me from something I have no control over.  I will pull myself up, well sit a little taller in my recliner, find my needles wedged beside me and create something, anything that will put a smile on someone’s face, if not my own.

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sidelined by a sleeper

occasionally there are times when a request is made and projects are put on hold for just one more knitted item. This is one of those times and what I came up with was a knitted sleeper. My mom has these tiny baby dolls with soft vinyl bodies that were in desperate need of soft cute outfits. Unfortunately, finding an appropriate pattern was awkward to say the least. I finally decided to adapt a Barbie sweater pattern, elongating the body and adjusting the diameter, to make a sweater-sleeper. I might attempt a matching hat, but first I have to finish the dreaded job of sewing in loose threads…….my least favorite of all knitting projects. This is the first of what is to be many little knitted objects for these little babies. I think I will squeeze them in between my other projects to break up the monotony, I am not quite as confident with doll clothes as I am with real baby clothes, but I do enjoy a challenge.

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My enormous afghan

I just thought I would post something about my favorite afghan.  This is probably one of the most convincing reasons people should check gauge before knitting, however despite my grievous error, I love the results.  This blanket suits our family perfectly in spite of its crazy dimensions.  This afghan measures approximately 4 ft by 6 ft, the longer being the width.  This is a favorite for the kids because no one gets left out on the couch, no need to worry it covers everyone’s laps.  My husband, who is over 6 ft tall, likes to lay under because it actually covers his tall frame.  My least favorite part, has nothing to do with the blanket itself, as much as how difficult the last foot was to knit due to the weight of this wool blanket.  I think I like it all the more, because of the perseverance it required to finish.

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Knit hat

I finished a hat. I thought about making a cool accessory for the top, but I like the way it looks too much. I did start an I-cord just in case I change my mind. The yarn’s variegated colors are some of my favorites. I bought more skeins than I should have but I couldn’t resist. It is very soft and works up great. Just enough shine to show off the stitches. Now that I left you hanging I will tell you which kind it is, only because now I’ll set down my phone long enough to find it! Deborah Norville’s Serenity Garden Yarn. I really do enjoy working with it. It is very soft.

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Quick Gift

So I decided to make a quick gift for my niece.  A doll bib, I downsized the pattern a bit, added some of the smelly yarn and voila I have a gift.  Hope it fits at least one of her dolls.   Now if only wrapping was so easy.

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