Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Itty bitty baby stuff!

I love knitting baby things, but I never get to since I don't know anyone with babies. But my aunt's friend will be having a baby girl this summer, so I've been asked to knit presents! I've finished a baby kimono, and have so much yarn left over that I am going to knit baby socks and maybe a baby hat. My mom is knitting a blanket as well. The woman wanted things in lavendar, so that's what I used, one skein of Lion Brand Baby Soft in Lavendar. The pattern was a free one off the Lion Brand site. It still needs i-cord ties, and I'm debating whether to do a crocheted border to help with the curling on the edges.

Modeled by the horrible baby doll from hell that I inherited after the death of some distant relative. There are about ten other scary looking dolls that came with it. They sit in my closet now. I hate them, but I would feel so guilty giving them away; they are wating to be taken to storage. But hey, this one obviously served a purpose.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Picture Post

A random picture update:

Colinette Jitterbug sock. I like the way it turned out after going up a needle size and reducing the number of stitches by four. The color still didn't turn out like I thought it would, but it's still pretty.

A Lizard Ridge Strip. A girl on Craftster had the idea of doing this in strips, instead of squares, which I thought was brilliant. So this is almost three squares long, I have about 6 more rows before I'm finished with the pink/yellow/orange block. I need more Noro though, I only have one skein plus leftovers bits left. I'm going tomorrow to buy more.

More sewing! I bought a bunch of flannel since JoAnns was having a sale. I've made a few pillowcases and a few pillow slip covers. I haven't figured out how to do much more than that yet. But this is my goldfish slipcover.

Showing slip cover detail.

A sheep slipcover.

My first quilt! I found a seller on eBay who has great deals on pre-cut flannel. I got 144 6" flannel squares for $25. Not only is that a fantastic deal, but I don't have to worry about cutting squares! I can't cut in a straight line to save my life.

Detail on the fabric.

The layout. I only have a few of one pattern of squares, hence the random diagonal stripe of the white squares with purple things on it. I swear my room isn't as junky as this picture makes it look. I just still have stuff around from repaiting, and have yet to replace the baseboards. And apparently I've knocked over some video tapes.

And my wall of pugs. Most of my stuffed pugs I've collected, a cute pug picture, and pug calendar.

Saturday, May 12, 2007


I went to Pugapalooza in Seattle today! I finished Daisy's sweater, of course at the last minute. Last night I knit the second sleeve, and crocheted a border around the edge (instead of picking up a million stitches and doing ribbing). I used the Casey's Coat pattern from Stitch 'n' Bitch Nation, and used Caron Simply Soft. I didn't take into account that the sweater may fit weird, since pugs are shaped weird. They are very barrel chested, with no neck to speak of, so the top is really stretched out. Thank goodness for ribbing.
I didn't think to make an opening for her leash to hook on to her harness, so I caught it between the weave of the sweater)

(It's really slipped down a lot here, it sits up higher than that normally). Here are the other pictures I took at Pugapalooza: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shannonknits/sets/72157600208404397/

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Anniversary Sale

Just a quick entry to show what I bought at my LYS's one-year anniversary sale.

A tote bag with the LYS's logo, Duet Sock yarn in their official colors (the maroon is for the main part of the sock, and the gold is used on the toes and heels), and another skein of Tofutsies. I also bought some more size 2 needles, which aren't in the picture because I cast on for a pair of socks with them as soon as I got home. I think I was very restrained. Probably more due to the fact that I only had a small amount of money in my bank account. Had I had more, I think I would have gone a little nuts. But all together it was fun, lots of people, lots of sales, I ate too much fancy cheese and crackers. No wine though, the whole "underage and allergic to something in alcohol" kinda got in the way of that (don't know what it is I'm allergic to, but something in most kinds of alcohol makes me break out in hives and makes me feel so horrible, even if I only drink a tiny bit).

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Socks and a cardigan

I finally got around to taking a few pictures of the socks I'm working on, and the $1.50 cardigan.

The first lace repeat and part of the stockinette of the $1.50 cardigan (it called for reverse stockinette, but I don't care much for the look of it, so I used plain stockinette instead). The lace looks small and tight to me, not open like in the picture. I went up a few needles sizes, but it still looks a little off. I'm hoping a good stern blocking will help.

Proving it's tough to get a picture of your own foot. This is just at the beginning of the heel of the Dublin Bay sock. It's so soft!

A better view of the lace-work.

And the Tofutsies sock. I thought it would be perfect for summer-y anklets. So far I like the yarn. I didn't care for the texture at first, but I'm actually really starting to like it.

Renaissance Yarns (my LYS) is having their one year anniversary this weekend, so I'm going to go check it out. They're having good sales and door prizes and all sorts of stuff. I think I may get more Tofutsies.