I just realized that it had been two weeks since my last post, and close to three since my last knitting-related post. I wish I could blame it on being really busy, but I think it’s just been sheer laziness. Well, I have been emptying the catch-all room (formerly the computer room/office/library) and preparing to paint it and make it into the kids’ room, but that’s been done in spurts and certainly hasn’t been so much work as to make me fall off the face of the earth for so long. We’re painting the room today and hopefully I’ll be able to get the bunkbed brought in and put together tomorrow. I’m still going to have to track down mattresses for it, I’m thinking Ikea might be the easiest. I’m not 100% sure it’ll be the cheapest and/or best option, though… I guess I should make some phone calls in the morning. The plus on the Ikea mattresses is that they come all rolled up, so they’d fit in my minivan. I can’t argue with the convenience of that.
On to the knitting content!
I finished the BFF Socks (the website is still down?!) on Friday or Saturday, I think it was. It was a great pattern to knit – easy enough to not need the pattern but interesting enough to keep me from losing my mind. I know they’ll be well-received!
BFF Socks by Cookie A., knit in Shepherd Sock – Mixed Berries colorway
I’ve also started a Baby Surprise Jacket – my first one. I checked out The Opinionated Knitter from the library and I think it will definitely be going on my wish list – I am enjoying just reading through it. My cousin is having a little girl in December and when I showed her this yarn she made some very positive noises:
Handspun wool, ~600 yards, 8.35 oz (both skeins combined) click for closeup
I finished this yarn ages ago with the plan to make a sweater for Arlo, but I thought it’d be very nice for a baby sweater – I love bright bold colors on babies. I cast on on Sunday, goofed up to the point where I had to completely rip it out, and then started over again. It’s been going strong since then, thankfully!
I’ve just started the increases here (closeup)
I am really enjoying how this yarn is knitting up. At first it wasn’t really pleasing me, as I’d been hoping to see *all* of the colors in the yarn, but that’s just not going to show up in garter stitch. Right now it really reminds me of the recycled sari silk yarn – I think it’s that red that does it for me.
I also have a sock going, surprisingly enough not from Sensational Knitted Socks. However, it is another Cookie A. pattern – this time it’s Baudelaire. I’m really enjoying the pattern, but the yarn leaves a bit to be desired. I’m using Universal Yarns Pace, which is a wool/nylon blend. The yarn seems to be of good quality, but this particular color is scratchier than anything I’ve ever felt. The other colors are nice, it seems, but this one – I love the color, so I’m hoping it softens up considerably with washing. If not, I guess I’ll wear them anyhow. FWIW, Borealis has this stuff on clearance now – they’ve found a solid-colored sock yarn they like better (Opal, I think), so they’re making room.
I’m sorry for the poor quality of the picture, the light this morning left a lot to be desired.
Alright, I think it’s time to go shower and wash the green paint out of my hair. But first, I want to tell you that I got a package in the mail today and (time and small children permitting) I will be posting a contest tomorrow. Holly gave me a great idea for a contest, so I’m really excited to get this started!