Serendipity--Knitting Post

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Today, I was knitting outside watching the boys play in the backyard, and look what I discovered by accident:

When my ball of yarn accidentally fell in the cup-holder, I realized that this was a great way to keep it out of the way, and to prevent tangles. Bonus!

By the way, this is the little lace dress I've been working on--and designing on the fly. Yup, you got it, no pattern here. Either I'm crazy or a knitting genius. Don't tell me which you think it is. Oh, and please no comments on the different dye lots apparent in the skirt. I meant to do that, right?

Here are the other projects I have just completed:

Sweater for Noah. I'm hoping I can stretch the sleeves in blocking, to prolong wearability. Also, the hood, since it's too short. (Hah! Thanks to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, I now know what "blocking" is!) Made from Sirdar Denim Sport. Hoping it will soften a bit in the wash, as Noah finds it a bit scratchy, I think. Of course, it probably didn't help that it was about 30 degrees C when I made him put it on for this photo! (This pattern was originally written for Lion Brand Microspun, and although I've made it three times, I've never used that yarn for it. It was featured in the premiere issue of Knit It!, and the first two times I made it was a baby sweater for Jude in lime green, which all of my boys have worn, and another baby sweater in the same size in variegated purple, green and blue yarn for my niece Kayla.)

Duck baby blanket from Bernat Baby Boucle. The pattern was on the sleeve of one of the balls of yarn, and too cute to pass up. This is my first foray into Intarsia Knitting (for the uninitiated, this means knitting colour patterns in designated areas, rather than carrying the yarn behind the fabric). I have to say, I did not enjoy it. Way too many little strings and balls of yarn to keep straight. I think my next challenge will be more to do with stitch pattern than colour.

'Kay, lightning storm's a-comin', and I gotta shut off the 'puter. Have a great night, all!

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  1. The ducky blanket is sooo cute. Really - you must tell me how do you manage to take care of three boys, scrapbook, knit, write songs, redo your kitchen, cook, and god knows what else!

  2. Rohini -- Okay, this is where I 'fess up. I may have finished all those projects recently, but the sweater has been sitting in my knitting basket for over a year, waiting for one sleeve to be lengthened to match the other one. The blanket I have been working on since March-ish. The lace dress I started over a year ago, as well, and have been working on it sporadically. I just picked it up again a few weeks ago after a very loooonng hiatus, because I was totally frustrated that I had made a mistake in the lace pattern, and didn't want to reverse-stitch 182 stitches for 4 rows to find it!

    Hmmm--I guess the answer to your question: It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't sleep! ;-) Seriously, I do a little bit at a time, when I have the time. Knitting is probably the easiest thing to fit in, as I can do it while we are driving on long trips, or sitting outside watching the boys, or watching a movie, or visiting at a friends'. The kitchen--well, let's just say there's a reason it's been going on since April. Really, if I had time to focus energy on it, it would have been a week-or-less type project. Scrapbook--I take the time to do a layout once a week or so, but sometimes I can squeeze an extra one in in ten-minute segments. I have a craft table I can leave up, so I just come and work on it when I have a few moments to string together.

    All of the above is fitted in around the raising of the boys and the cooking, since that takes priority (obviously.) Speaking of which, I need to go make my boys breakfast.

    Have a great, uh, night!

  3. They look awesome, T! Really, really nice.

    (P.S. We had thunder and lightning too last night, complete with a northern power failure. I loved it! Do you?)

  4. You are talented, Talena!! You don't know me but I'm friends with Colleen and Peggy and have been looking at your blog for awhile now since I saw the link to your blog on theirs. I too live up in the 'Knife, just thought I'd pop in and say hi :-)

  5. I really need to learn to knit someday! Awesome projects...I absolutely LOVE that sweater!!

  6. Colleen - Thanks. Really, really. And yes, I absolutely adore thunder and lightning storms. I used to go up to the office when we lived at the camp, because they have a huge long veranda with muskoga chairs and a wonderful view of all the lightning coming off the storms above the lake--which were frequent--and just enjoy. I love the smell of ozone in the air after the rain. I love the power of the rolling thunder. It's like an amazing musical theme of worship from the created to the Creator.

    Monika -- I've seen you post on theirs a few times, but have to say this is the first time I've wandered over to your blog to "see" you. Welcome--I always love it when readers "de-lurk", because then I get to meet them! How old is your little girl, anyway? And any friend of Colleen's is a friend of mine. Seriously. Feel free to comment as often as you like. Especially when they are things that are likely to give me a swelled head! ;-)

    Beth -- Are you the self-teaching type? Because this site has some great on-line tutorials. I'd show you myself, but uh, you know, the drive is a bit extreme. Anyway, my grandma taught me at 5, I never really got the hang of it, so I re-reminded myself at 20 from the internet. Also, Michael's has knitting classes on a regular basis, if you need to be shown by someone.

    Thanks for the comment! And the compliment!

  7. I felt exhasuted just reading your reply :)

  8. Rohini -- Lol! I was just thinking tonight--"I'm glad that this is my own blog, so I don't feel the least bit guilty leaving replies to comments that are as long as some blog posts!"

    You're sick. You'd be exhausted turning on the computer right now! ;-)


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