Saturday, September 30, 2006

The Last Knit

Blogless Ruth sent this around last week, and I thought it would be fun to put it up here. I thought it was a really cute animation! To see it bigger, I think you can click on it to go to the YouTube website.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Melodramatic Headline Involving a Bear

Baby Bobbi BearNEW YORK, NY SEPTEMBER 27, 2006
Baby Bobbi Bear is in critical condition today after her knitter decided to do a bunch of random things instead of knitting her this weekend. The headless, armless Baby Bobbi Bear (left) was not available for comment yesterday as she has no mouth or head. "The pattern is going smoothly," insists the knitter, Ms. Passionknitly, who has yet to be charged with any serious crime. "I was worried about how to pick up the stitches for the butt, but after reading the pattern notes, I found it was simple." Ms Passionknitly states that she has been quite busy with adventures tied to her 25th birthday which took place September 26th, yet still thinks she should be able to completely finish her work on Baby Bobbi Bear in time for the nascent recipient's baby shower sometime in mid to late October. "I'm actually wondering what the child will be like as I'm knitting this piece. With every stitch I'm wishing it a happy and successful life." Only time will tell how the O'Shea daughter will turn out, while the search for a name for Baby Bobbi Bear continues...

In other news: after having felt a hat made of some Karabella Bulky merino wool, Ms. Passionknitly's brother decided it would be fine to knit with and exclaimed "that's wool!?" His girlfriend was also shocked saying "It feels like cotton!" While Ms. Passionknitly's mother also commended its softness while stating that she would call the brother's allergist to determine if he really is allergic to wool or not. While the jury waits for the final decision (mom's had a rough time with dad who has some sort of internal infection - he'll be fine after a few antibiotics kick in and hasn't had a chance to call the allergist yet), the brother chose a color of Knit Picks Superwash (there's more superwash colors and I thought he would like them more - it may still be wool, but it'll be fine for him. He's decided on Swish Superwash in a beautiful Deep Ocean colorway. As soon as Ms. Passionknitly gets the "all clear" from the allergist, she will order the yarn and the swatching can begin. Ms. Passionknitly expressed her first nervousness regarding the pattern questioning: "Any idea how you swatch for a pattern that big?"

Thursday, September 21, 2006

I have a goal!

It's a fairly silly goal, but worth a shot anyway.

I'm going to attempt to knit Baby Bobbi Bear in a weekend. Specifically this weekend. I have quite a bit of time on the bus, and I'm hoping it won't take too long to knit. I bought some Blue Sky Alpaca Cotton at Downtown Yarns last week. It's for my friend's baby. I kept thinking of what I could knit for the baby that would be really special. I wanted it to be something that the baby would be able to use years on down the line, not a sweater that it would out-grow in a heartbeat. I didn't want it to be a baby blanket because I feel like they'll probably get a ton of baby blankets. While she'll probably get a lot of stuffed animals, this one will be VERY different. Hopefully I'll be able to not pass out for the WHOLE trip home so I can start it on the bus.

This weekend is also the attempt to placate the brother with merino yarn. Let's hope that goes well too, otherwise this sweater could get ugly...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Congrats to Heather!

Heather's book hits shelves on National Talk Like a Pirate Day!!

We had a little soireƩ to celebrate the book's publication on saturday and good times were had by all. Unfortunately, I used Jill's camera to take pictures and don't have any of my own.

I do, however, have a picture of the River Rapids Sock I finished while I was there:

River Rapids Sock

I'm using Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn in a color called African Grey. I really like what the orange zig zag is doing. It makes my day! I did a different heel than the sock pattern requested. I used the heel from that leaf sock pattern in the Spring Interweave Knits.

I'm also coming along quite well with Icarus


Though I think I'm going to take a break on it for a while so I can get going with this other sock and so I can get something knitted for my friend's baby! The shower is sometime in October, so I would seriously need to get a move on with regards to that project. But it'll be way cute when it's done.

I've found it hard to discuss knitting when I don't have any problems with what I'm knitting. There's just that one issue with the sweater that I hope will be alright soon, and that's about it. My friend did send me a link to this though: Knit Converse sneekers. However interesting, I'm not sure I want to knit them. I think I'm going to try to knit a shawl out of the Brooks Farm I got last year at Rhinebeck. Ravi, who I keep meeting at The Point but don't have her blog address if she has one, knit the Summer Shawlette staff pattern from the Summer IK. It's so adorable, that I was thinking it would work well with that yarn which is so unbelieveably soft.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

More proof that I'm insane!

First up, I'll do a progress post later on this week. I've made quite a bit of progress on both the Icarus Shawl and the River Rapids Socks.

Way back in January, my brother decided he wanted me to knit him a sweater. I said alright, and added that he *might* get it by Christmas (I took pains not to mention which Christmas). Originally, I took his measurements and wanted to knit him one from scratch. Having only knitted one sweater before, I thought that this might be a bad idea. So I started the quixotic task of trying to find patterns that he would like and wear and that I wouldn't shoot myself while making. Last weekend while on Cape Cod for my grandfather's 80th birthday party (my brother and I rarely get a chance to see each other) I showed him the Knitting Nature book by Norah Gaughn that I had with me. I needed to fix the straps of the Roundabout Leaf Tank. There are a few sweaters in there for men, and I found that it would be fitting if I did one of the sweaters since my brother lives in Connecticut and Rhode Island and is pretty in touch with nature himself (seeing as how he's looking to get into turf grass management like my dad). My brother found this sweater:
Knitting_Nature_3 Now, I'm not going to lie. This is an ambitious project, especially ambitious to complete before Christmas. I would need to start this like, NOW. But given that I almost finished the Angie sweater in two weeks, I think this is a possibility. The chart is mad crazy. But I love to cable. I especially like the cables that go on the sides all the way to the back. I think they'll be fun and particularly easy compared with the rest of the sweater.

He thinks he's allergic to wool because it always makes him itchy. I maintain that he just needs to wear a shirt under the wool sweaters he has, but like everyone else in my family, he doesn't think so and doesn't want to find out. So I decided I'd use Knit Picks Main Line in the color Blueberry:
Main Line Blueberry

In other crafty news, I'm trying to teach myself how to sew. My grandmother gave my mother one of her old sewing machines and my mother is giving me hers. I'm trying it out this weekend on a jean skirt. I'm recycling a pair of jeans that are beyond their usefulness as jeans and am going to flare it a bit and turn it into an a-line skirt. I'll be trimming the bottom of it with some fabric I found at Purl Patchwork that has been on my mind for quite some time now. I'm pretty excited about it. We'll see how it goes. I'll post my finding sometime soon!