Monday, September 28, 2009

Baby Blanket #2....Done!

This blanket was actually done well before the other! I've discovered that I really do prefer crocheting baby blankets. I think in the future I will stick to that, unless it is for that cute giraffe blanket I just posted about yesterday! :)
Pattern: Snuggle Up by Terry Kimbrough
Yarn: Pound of Love
Hook: I
Mods: None (all her patterns are well written) I think this just might be my favorite blanket pattern to make. When I picked the pattern and yarn I didn't know if it would be a boy or girl (though looking at the finished product, I'm glad it is going to a little would have been okay for a boy....others on ravelry have changed the border a little bit if it is for a boy and that works well too IMHO)
I'm almost ready to send some packages off for these bundles of joy....almost! :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Giraffe Baby Blanket

I got this really sweet email from Linda of Little Piggy Patterns alerting me to a giraffe blanket she has for sale! and you all know how I love a good giraffe pattern, so I had to share with you all (and everyone who finds my blog looking for giraffe patterns....and there are quite a few)
Too bad I've already finished the blankets on my to do list, but I think I may have to make it soon for my "hope chest." I'll be adding a link on the sidebar, but couldn't help highlighting such an adorable pattern!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Baby Blanket #1....Done!

This blanket is ready to go off to its new owner! I really liked the pattern, but knitting a blanket is not for the faint of heart! Thank you for cheering me on the finish line.
Pattern: Bernat Baby Coordinates Chunky Cables Blanket by Bernat Design Studio
Yarn: Pound of Love, antique white
Needles: US 10
Mods: None...I did 6 repeats. It wasn't as long as the pattern suggested, but I thought it was pretty square. I probably should have done 7, but you live and learn!
Sorry the blog has grown so quiet....being on the job market and finishing a phd sometimes just doesn't leave me much time, or in the mood, to be a good blogger. I do have a couple more things to show you in the near future, so don't worry!

Monday, September 14, 2009

An old FO, but a new scarf

Boy last week felt intense? why? not really sure, but now I feel better. Had my virtual meeting with my advisor this morning (it went well---thanks for asking) and now my stress level feels better. (Not to say that I don't have a lot to do for next weeks meeting, but this afternoon I'm enjoying the relief!) Now on to knitting/crocheting:

This scarf I finished right before I left for Scotland (yep...way back in July) and it didn't get blocked until a few weeks ago....I'm afraid it doesn't realize how much I love it.....
Pattern: Scaruffle (from Knitter's Book of Yarn)
Yarn: discontinued Alpaga yarn (100 % alpaca in a sport weight) from my grandma :) not sure how much because I used some partial balls, maybe 100g?
Needles: US 4 and 10
Mods: None.

I really liked the construction of this....the increases are really only on one row and those well placed increases and larger needles creates the ruffle effect. (okay a few short row too, but nothing major) It isn't a large scarf, but a nice little ruffle to peak out of a light and I have to decide if I need a matching hat of some sort? I have the yarn....hmmm.

Baby Blanket update: The crocheted one is done....just need to weave in end and block! The knitted (cabled one) coming along!

ps-the formatting is way off.....oh blogger....what am I going to do with you!

Friday, September 11, 2009

More blankets

Thanks for all your encouragement to keep going on blanket #1.  In the process I started blanket #2 (I needed something that felt faster)  It will be done in no time!
This picture is a day or two old and now I have less than 3 rows on the border left!  So hopefully this weekend it will be done.  This has been a fun project (and it has nice little scallops on the border that I find really sweet, can't wait to finish and show you those) and it is nice having some natural "guide posts."  When you get the center done....I feel like I've made tons of progress, then just the border.  Then I know I only have 12 more rounds to go vs my current knitting pattern.....go until 36 inches then you are done.  Maybe that is why I like knitting socks?  Do the leg...yeah....heel....yeah...gusset....yeah...foot....yeah....toes (or reverse) but those little achievements motivate me.  I always think I can do the next little step.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Take two!

Woohoo!  Pictures loaded!  So today is just a WIP progress report!  
Baby Blanket:  Coming along nicely, but a little slow going....16 inches as of this morning.  I've been mainly knitting on it in the morning which explains the slowness, but I get tired of it too so I have done other knitting at night.
and the first sock is done!  I'm so happy with it!  It sits of my "legs" awaiting its mate for a final picture (and for me to admire as I walk by)

I do have some other projects to talk about, but they will have to wait for tomorrow.  Lots of math to do (which is going well) but I need to sort some of it get off the computer :)  Have a super day!

ps...the new blogger formatting thing doesn't have my spell check button....oh no what will I do?  Please excuse the mispellings and if you know where the button is in the new format please let me know!  Thanks!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

photo issues

I finally got some pics ready to show you and sat down to post and blogger isn't liking my pictures!  grrrr!  I will try again later!  Just wanted you to know I tried and really want to share with you all!