Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Knitting - Yes, Really

Do you remember this little guy? The recipient of the Daisy sweater? Well last Saturday he turned one. How can he possibly be a whole year old already?!? I am starting to sound like an old woman.

Happy Birthday, D!!

We Now Return to Your Regularly Scheduled Crazy



Do you ever have those days when all of the crazy stuff that could possibly happen happens? I've had a string of those days lately. Crazy stuff at work, crazy stuff at home...I've heard about that superbug and I'm starting to wonder if there is a mutant form of the bug that makes people act crazy. If so, then we are having an epidemic in my neck of the woods.



I found out this week that my friend Allison, who first taught me to knit on my rainy birthday many moons ago, reads my blog. Hi Allison! Allison is currently making Fuzzy Feet. I'll take a picture next time I see her.


The Scarf - A Real Honest-to-Goodness Finished Handknit


I finished the Bouton d'Or scarf. This yarn was an absolutely joy to knit with. If you come across it, I would encourage you - no urge you, compel you - to buy it and knit something. It is beautiful and so soft.

I ended up giving this scarf to my ankle surgeon's nurse/assistant. I finished it the night before my appointment last week and remembered that she was talking about having trouble finding a nice scarf that was long enough and wide enough and not itchy. This seemed to fit the bill and she seemed to really love it so there you go.



Specs:


Yarn: 3 skeins Bouton d'Or in the Ketchup (209) colorway. It must be said, though, that there is nothing ketchup-y about this color. It is more mauve or dusty rose or something. Something decidely not ketchup-y.

Needles: Size 9 Addi Turbos. The label recommends size 11 but I didn't have any on hand. I tend to knit very tightly and was, therefore, a little concerned with going down sizes but it worked out perfectly. The resulting fabric is light and drappy and lovely.

Pattern: Farrow Rib scarf (8 repeats) from The Little Box of Scarves. From the 3 skeins, less about 2 yards, the resulting scarf was 6" wide, 70" long.


Christmas Ornament Sweaters

I am making good solid progress on the Christmas ornament sweaters. As of about 10:30 p.m. last night, I have 12 completed sweaters, one that needs to be sewn up and one on the needles. 18 doesn't seem very far off. (Knock on wood.) They are excellent take along knitting and work up pretty quickly since I haven't been getting too fancy pants with the patterns (mostly seed stitch, plain stockinette, 1x1 ribbing, and a simple slip-stitch pattern, pictured below.)


I haven't had the same luck with the ghosts. Let's not talk about the ghosts.


Here, look at the scarf again.

Today's Quote:

"There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate." -Robert Frost

9 comments:

Rose Red said...

Cute little sweater ornaments! And the scarf is lovely - but yes, definitely not ketchup-y!!

marit said...

Great "today's quote"!
Also- great knitting!

Tactless Wonder said...

ghosts?

Trixie said...

That sweater is beautiful! I bet the hand is lovely.

I really like the teeny sweaters. Would you tell us how you made them?

RC said...

ooh that little guy is a cutie!

ketchup? not ketchup on my monitor! the scarf looks great

are you going to line up all the ornament sweaters and take a pic?

Trixie said...

Kristi

Please email me at trixiebopATalaskaDOTnet

This should be fun!

EnnaVic said...

Hi ya :)

1. D is totally gorgeous. I was in charge of an 18mo yesterday and it made me realise just how past that stage I am - it is hard hard work (or maybe my kids just weren't as into everything as this little chap). He was gorgeous too though :)

2. The scarf is beautiful and you are so kind with your knitting gifts - a generous soul :)

3. The sweaters are beautiful - are you knitting any turtle necks? I haven't started my ornaments yet but will be this week. You have reinvigorated me slightly!

Have a good week...

Allison said...

Hi Kristy!!!

Thank you for mentioning me in your blog! I feel very special.

Your ornaments are precious!! Thank you for teaching me how to knit!! I can't wait to start working on my fuzzy slippers again!!!
Ali

Dr. B. said...

That scarf is great! It looks like a good one for a guy or a gal. Always a find, in my book.

And I can't believe that little guy is a year old! That also means we've sort of "known" each other for about a year. And it also means that I can still blame you for my morbid fascination with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader tryout show, because you mentioned it about a year ago.

Time flies, indeed.