It's just really hard to find the time to blog. Without, y'know, neglecting the children; or leaving everyone with nothing clean to wear; or blogging at work; or cutting into my knitting time; or deciding that my kids don't actually need birthday parties. Stuff like that.
When did life get so TIME CRUNCHED?!? Augh!
(Don't answer that. I know when.)
But I digress.
Knitting has indeed been continuing to happen. Actually, finding knitting time is super-easy, as my work commute is about 85 minutes each way. As much as I detest having to get up really early; not seeing the girls in the morning; and spending so much time in transit, it is still really lovely to have a good hour and a half per day to myself, all for knitting, in a (fairly) comfy commuter train seat, with sun coming in through the windows, listening to knitting podcasts.
And so, here's what I've been up to...
- Ragna for bro
- This continues to grow. I'm about three or four inches away from the neck shaping, I think. The cables look awesome. (No surprise there, since Elsebeth Lavold designed them.)
- Ljod for moi
- I don't think I've actually worked on this any more since my last blog post, but I have taken an updated picture:
- Prototype sock
- Design inspiration struck again. (I love it when that happens.) After various false starts, I made a prototype sock (just one, made from leftover sock yarn that I've now used up, so it will, sadly, never have a mate). I'm really happy with it, but that's all I'm going to say for the moment. Hopefully I'll eventually be able to tell you more about it. :)
- Christmas socks for Dad
- Fresh from my triumph with the prototype sock of my own design, I decided to use the same design for my dad's Christmas socks this year (to heck with what I'd been working on before), ripped out what I had, and re-cast on. I may continue to try putting some snazzy subtle twist-knit cables on it to change it up a bit...but I'm not sure.
- Comfy Angel's Nest for baby ?
- I realised that I needed to do some more baby knitting. There are...
Hm. Wait just a second...
Chris, are you reading this? Get the heck off my blog now. You have a baby coming! Stop peeking!
(Not the most respectful way to speak to one's boss, sorry, man, but sometimes one needs to go to strange lengths to preserve the shroud of knitted gift mystery.)
You think he's gone now? (Admittedly, I don't think he ever reads this blog, I'm just being overly cautious and silly.)
Okay. Then, to resume...
I returned to work last month after my mat leave to find that my director was expecting his second child. (Yay!) He told me not to knit anything for him, but I am going to totally ignore that because I am, well, me. What I really would like to give him is the Sweetness prototype - it's recently knitted, already washed, hasn't been worn by my baby daughter except for the photo shoot, and is too small for her now anyway. And I really want that top to go to a nice home, because I think it's deliciously pretty and I really, really love it. The downside of this plan, of course, is that this would be a really useless gift if the baby turns out to be a boy. So I need a backup plan.
I found this sleep sack pattern through Ravelry's awesome pattern search, and I think it's really cute. I'm making it bigger than the pattern calls for, because it's a rather warm item of clothing, completely inappropriate for spring and summer wear. So if I make it about 6-9 months size, that will do well for fall/winter for this baby.
Here is how it's going so far:
Cute, eh? And the good part is that if I don't end up using it for my boss' baby, I'll send it off to Australia where my cousin (once removed) is expecting her first baby, due this fall (her spring). Again, the timing will be perfect, since the size I'm making will fit the baby in Australia's fall/winter. Tadah, I win no matter what, because if this project ends up going to my boss, I'll simply make my cousin something else nice.
- Lliclla for MIL
- Every year I look for something spectacular to make for my MIL, and every year I have tons of wonderful ideas, and every year I can't afford any of them. Le sigh.
I have deeply wanted to make her Helen Hamann's Llcilla mantle for almost two years, ever since I won the book with the pattern in it. It is truly spectacular, and the colours used in the model for the book would suit my MIL (a redhead) bee-yew-tifully. But I've been stymied by the price of the yarn it would take. Actually, no, not really the price of the yarn. I have actually found two places which offer appropriate yarn in more-or-less the right colours, and the yarn is vaguely within my budget: elann.com's Peruvian Highland Wool and KnitPicks's Wool of the Andes Yarn (hmm, I sense a theme...). Unfortunately, this affordability of both of these hits the crapper when you add the shipping cost.
I felt like weeping. Here was the yarn that would make this gorgeous thing, and my budget could almost handle it...but not quite.
But then...I had an epiphany.
If I ordered something in addition to the Christmas project yarn...something really inexpensive that I could slough off on some other part of our household budget...well then, I could have that part of the budget 'eat' the shipping costs, and I'd only have to assign the cost of the yarn for Lliclla to the Christmas budget! YES!
Almost giddy with glee, I added four balls of Elann's Sock It to Me 4 Ply yarn in black to my cart, and checked the whole thing right on out. I make black socks for DH as gifts and clothing ALL THE TIME. I'm going to account the sock yarn and the shipping charge to the birthday presents budget, or the clothing budget, and all will be taken care of.
Ahhhhhh. I can't wait to get the yarn. I'm going to cast that sucker on so fast it'll make your head swim.
Unless the colours end up being totally different from how they looked on my monitor. Then I shall cry.
Oh, and if it turns out that the yarn sale that my LYS is having this Saturday brings other yarn that would've been good for this project into my price range...well, I'll cry then, too.
Wish me luck!
And finally, I have the photographs for the two KWB/TSF hats I mentioned in my last post: