Sunday, March 22, 2015

It's Been a Quiet Week

Working busily on lots of projects at work and following a number of word game apps on the Kindle (trying to improve/save what memory I have left). That left minimal time for knitting this week.

Only FO is a tiny pair of baby sockies. They are knit from some leftover hand painted/dyed yarn that comes out self-striping at this tiny size.

Needles are 2's. Pattern is a basic sock, found long ago on which only exists in memory these days.

Cast on 30 stitches, join being careful not to twist. . .

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Whatever Lola Wants

There's a song from Damn Yankees that says it all. You can hear it here.

And here's Lola. In the sweater that she wanted (okay, her mom wanted). I made one like it (without the pink trim) for her partner in crime, Charlie.

(No, Lola and Charlie are not mine!) Sweaters were a special request from Younger Son for a friend. 

Yarn, Stylecraft Chunky Life and Vanna's Choice. Free online pattern here.

What Does the Fox Say?

I'm not certain that we will ever know.This one (who goes by the name of Fleabag) is destined for an Easter egg hunt at the home of the Baby Grands.

So far, he's been silent.

And I need to make at least 2 more equally cute egg stuffers pronto! Easter is a mere 3 weeks away.

Pattern in the OOP book in the background. Yarn, odd bits of sock yarn, probably Brown Sheep Wildfoote.

I'm not especially inclined to review this book. A quick search tells me that it's available (possibly) from UK vendors, but Amazon lists it only in the used state. I bought mine (remaindered) at Ollie's (good stuff, cheap) a couple years ago--for less than $5. I have made up only one of the patterns (Fleabag) and it is fiddly beyond beyond. Part of that is My Own Fault, as I used sock weight yarn and size 1 dpns. The pattern calls for DK/worsted and size 4s. I think you can see the problem.

Baby, Baby, Bay-BEE!

 And I am replenishing my stock of baby presents.

This newest carseat blankie is in Webs house brand Valley Yarns Dana in a baby blue. When dawn has failed to crack (darn you, DST!) it's hard(er) to get an accurate color on an iphone camera. It's a little deeper IRL

I'll make a pair of matching booties and stash this one away for the next hypothetical future person.

Can't say enough nice things about this Leisure Arts pattern booklet . I've made several of them (Look back to Januaryish 2014 for more pictures). There's a crochet version also available. Most knitters and crocheters would not need (technically) either of these booklets, but frankly, I'm not sure that I would have gotten the concept without mine! I mean, small blankie, perfect for tucking around a tiny infant; no excess fabric to trip up Mom (or Dad). Come on, am I the only one who was in the dark?

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