Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Another Emma Jacket Completed

Elizabeth just finished an Emma Jacket. Check out her pictures at her blog, Auntie E's Knits!

The Emma Jacket in Green

I just finished an Emma Jacket for me! Horray! I used Donegal Tweed Light Olive 851 and love the results. I have been wearing it a lot. It's the perfect spring jacket.

I used some vintage buttons I picked up in Michigan last year.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring Birthdays

Spring Birthdays are just the best. Although I suppose I am bias since I'm a spring baby too.

Yesterday we had the best time celebrating Suse's birthday. The weather was so nice we were able to eat our cake in the sun room.

Bobby was on the prowl for any cake crumbs. He didn't get any (it was chocolate cake) and thus, he was very sad.

I was quite amused to look up and realize we were all knitting. Rachel (my 8-year-old niece) and I are not in the picture but we were knitting too. The only ones no knitting were Suse and JK. Suse told us that she had tried to learn to knit when she was 12 but didn't have anyone to teach her. So... we've all decided to get her some needles and yarn as a late b'day present and teach her!

Friday, March 13, 2009

New Buttons

I won a bloggie giveaway from Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm last week. The giveaway was from Who's Got the Button? (a delightful button shop on Esty) and was a collection of bright, vintage buttons.
I think they would make great buttons for some toddler sweaters, don't you think? And they are washable too! Hooray!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Peter Rabbit Sweater

Yesterday I had a visit with my new OB/GYN -- yes, I switched. For some reason I wasn't comfortable with the first OB. I really like this new practice and now am so much happier.

After they checked me out and went over a million things that scare you half to death, JK and I got to hear the baby's heartbeat again! I just love that little swishing sound.

That little heartbeat makes me want to start knitting for him or her. I was going to wait to knit in earnest for the baby once I knew whether it was a boy or a girl. Yes, I know it is controversial to find out. But I would really like to knit in the appropriate colors and styles for this little one.

But, since I don't know yet, and I really want to get started, I bought some off white washable wool and the cutest bunny buttons. I have a cabled cardigan invisioned...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Warm Weather

Last Friday we had some delightful weather. JK came home early, having worked long hours during most of the week, so we decided to enjoy the warmth.

I made tea and we sat in the sun room. JK read the articles he had written for the Indianapolis Business Journal that week and I, surprise, surprise, worked on my knitting!

Bad picture, but it's a little foretaste of my newest design for Alpaca With A Twist.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Errata -- It happens

Well, it happens. One little thing gets out of place and a whole pattern doesn't make sense. Thanks to Bonnie, I think we caught this mistake before it did too much damage.

In the Little Professor Baby Vest, I said "Repeat Rows 1-5 until piece measures...." Well, it should be "Repeat Rows 1-6..." Can't forget the little cable twist in Row 6 -- that's what makes the vest!

Here is the beginning of the pattern as it should be:

With the #5, 16” circular needle, CO 72 (76, 80) stitches, PM and join. Work in K1, P1 rib for 4 rows.
Change to #8, 16” circular needle.
Row 1: K across 36 (38, 40) stitches, PM, K6 (K7, K8), P2, K4, P2, K8, P2, K4, P2, K6 (K7, K8) PM.
Row 2 – 5: Repeat Row 1. NOTE: you will SM instead of PM as they are already in place.
Row 6: K across 36 (38, 40) stitches, SM, K6 (K7, K8), P2, C4B, P2, C4B, C4F, P2, C4F, P2, K6 (K7, K8).
Repeat Rows 1- 6 until piece measures 4.5” (5.5”, 6.5”) from CO edge to needles.
Repeat Row 1, 1 time.

Happy Knitting!

Friday, March 6, 2009

I'm still here...

So sorry for my long silence. I'll try to make sure that doesn't happen again. I've been so tired lately - you can see why. My tummy is expanding and the baby is growing. I'm just finishing up the first week in my 2nd trimester. I'm told that I'll start having more energy soon. Well, maybe it's already happened because I'm blogging....

I recently finished two little sweaters for my cousins, Annie & Priscilla. They just had new babies -- Annie had a little girl & Priscilla had a little boy. What fun it was to knit these up!

For Annie's little Claire I used some of my Fleece Artist handspun that I had spun last year. I modified a Knitting Pure & Simple pattern.

For Priscilla's little Phin I used some Brown Sheep that I had dyed in a crock pot. Again, it was a Knitting Pure & Simple pattern that I modified.

Happy Knitting & have a lovely weekend!