April 30, 2006

Rosebud, finished

So here’s Rosebud:

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Sorry it’s not the best picture, but for some reason Mark didn’t seem to want to spend half an hour away from his conference paper for a proper fashion shoot! (We have discussed, however, that in the future a little more zoom and a little less background would be good, so that I don’t have to crop so severely to get any detail — our camera doesn’t have very high resolution, so things get blurry quickly).

I think, honestly, the long-sleeved version is prettier, but I didn’t have enough yarn. I think this will be useful, though.

Of course, for the next little while, this is my baby:

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I wonder what he’ll think about something else taking over the centre of our universe…

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April 29, 2006

Working on small stuff

First, let me say a great big thank-you to everyone who left me such lovely messages. I really appreciate them, and don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll be reading lots of “mummy” stuff here — I’m sure I’d be deluding myself if I thought I’d be able to separate it from other aspects of my life! But I may just keep some of the more private details a little more controlled — also, Mark wants to be able to post about the baby, too, so a separate page would work well.

In the meantime, I’ve finished the crocheted edging for Rosebud, so now I just have to tear Mark away from his conference paper for long enough to get a few modelled photos. I hope I’ll be able to do that tomorrow, since he’ll be off to the conference on Monday. (That’s why he’s working so frantically on the paper!)

I have also been working on a baby sweater — the first official baby clothing. I have a strong feeling it’s too small for any but the smallest newborn (I’ve only sort of followed a pattern… so it’s my fault!), but I’m persevering stubbornly, partly because I only have enough yarn for this size. The yarn is Koigu, two balls given to me by Dani last summer, just before we left Toronto. I’ve been waiting to find something lovely to do with it, since this is (gasp!) the first time I’ve knit with Koigu. I’m definitely enjoying it.

Here’s the rather lumpy state of the sweater right now:

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It shouldn’t take too long to finish, and then I’ll see what the actual size is!

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April 26, 2006

News

I’m finishing up Rosebud (but that’s not the news). I’m just doing the crochet edging for the armholes and neck, but I can only do it for short periods of time because it hurts my hand, especially with the stiff silk yarn.

But that’s ok, because it gives me time to tell you something that would probably be made clear by my modelling of the completed top. The big news around here is that I’m pregnant! Just finished the first trimester, so we’re starting to tell the world. And Rosebud is my first official pregnancy knitting — I made the maternity top version. (Hence the potential revelation in the modelling — I’m not showing yet, though the top makes my non-pregnancy related belly roundness a little too obvious, in my opinion! I clearly can’t wear it until I can claim it’s all due to the baby!).

While we’re very excited, of course, I don’t want this blog to become all about the pregnancy and (with luck) the baby — not that I won’t share it with you, but I’ll try to keep the focus on the knitting. I think I’ll probably end up starting a separate blog for baby-related stuff, which may be slightly more private (i.e. I might password protect it, but I’ll be happy to give out the password to whoever asks for it — I just don’t know if I want this all available (and associated with my name, since this isn’t an anonymous blog) to the very public world of the internet). But I’ll let you know if/when that happens.

In the meantime, you can expect to see some little knitted things in the near future… perfect stash-busting projects!

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April 22, 2006

Rosebud

So here’s the bottom of Rosebud, with just the first few rows of the bodice, in purple:

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I’ve pretty much done it as written, though in a different gauge — the only change I’ve made so far (other than doing it in two colours) is to alter the edging. The pattern calls for a rolled stocking-stitch edge, but I’d just seen the T Twist Tee pattern, which uses a twisted edging, so I put that on. I think it looks quite nice:

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It’s kind of a neat technique (described in the Knitty pattern) because you actually do, intentionally, what we’re always warned about when knitting in the round — you twist the left needle under the edge, so that it folds over on itself.

Right, back to work — or maybe a quick walk, since it’s sunny here for the first time in a week. I must take advantage of it!

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April 19, 2006

Bad Penny Happy Ending

My dad sent me some pictures of my sister wearing her Bad Penny for the first time, on Easter weekend. It fits perfectly, and she likes it very much. Yay! I think it looks great on her:

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Perfect colour for Easter!

I’m glad they had such lovely weather in Ottawa over the weekend, where she was (20 degrees and sunny, apparently!). Here it’s been a howling gale and pouring rain for 4 days and counting — it’s just barely above zero, and truly unpleasant. But I suppose this is an inevitable part of spring, too — I just hope we end up with some nice May flowers!

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April 17, 2006

Moving into Spring

I’ve finished the one aran sock, and can’t start another until I get another ball of Paton’s Pure Wool Aran — which isn’t hard to find online (there are no yarn stores in town, of course) but I feel silly ordering just one ball. There’s really no rush, since Mark won’t need them until next winter.

I’ll try to put up a picture of the finished sock soon…

Meanwhile, I’ve moved on to a new project, one that more optimistically looks forward to the coming seasons instead of back to winter. It’s Rosebud from a back issue of Knitty — but I’m going to leave off the sleeves and make a tank. I’m trying to use up yarn I already have — I have so many leftovers from previous projects that it’s starting to get on my nerves. So I’m using the last (I hope!) of the silk I bought from Elann almost two years ago; I’ve already made a Pacific Grove Pullover, a Cabaret Raglan, another raglan, and W from this yarn — it’s seemed like the never-ending supply! But I’m down to four balls and a bit of both the purple and the grey, so I’m just going to go ahead and use them together, regardless of whether they’ll look good. I’m using Rosebud because it has a defining band between the lower and upper parts — meaning I think it won’t look too weird to do the bottom in one colour and the bodice in another. I’ve got a little more grey than purple, so I’ve started with the grey, and we’ll see if it gets me all the way to the band.

Oh, I’ve also had to adjust for the completely different gauge of my yarn, so we’ll see if that affects it badly, too! In other words, this is experimental, to say the least!

Pictures next time — I want to get a little further into it, so that there’s more than just a cast-on!

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April 12, 2006

Signs of Spring

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Found in our front yard, left-over from the carefully tended garden of years past.

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The Waterfowl Park at the heart of Sackville.

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The waterfowl, returned to their park.

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Pussywillows, warmed by the sun.

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A muskrat, intent on his own springtime activities. (I’d never realised how very ratty muskrats are!)

And still, there are a few vestiges of winter:

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An aran sock for Mark, to match the aran sweater I made for him a year or two ago. But I only have one ball of the yarn (I realised belatedly) so it may be a while before he has a pair. Fortunately, today’s walk through the marsh tells me he won’t need them for a while!

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April 08, 2006

Sorry!

I know, I’ve been a very bad blogger. For a while I could blame it on the end of term (our last day of class was this past Tuesday) and all the various little things that come up around that time. But it’s quite a few days past the last day of term, and I still haven’t blogged! Until now, of course. So I have no good excuse — I guess I’ve just been uninspired, and I haven’t had anything particularly photo-worthy to put up.

I finished the Bad Penny (and didn’t take a picture — see, I’m a Really Bad Blogger!) and sent it to my sister; I also sent the poncho to Mark’s god-daughter. Unless the mail really lets me down (and it’s true that the Sackville end of things is kind of slow fairly often) they should get to their recipients by Easter. Nice, colourful garments for a spring holiday.

Of course, it snowed here a couple of days ago (2 inches on the ground!), so it hasn’t felt very spring-like recently.

In the end, I ripped out the sleeves of Bad Penny and re-knit them in the round, picking up 7 extra stitches. I did contact the designer, who told me that she intended the seams to be sewn up, and didn’t find it necessary to pick up extra stitches, though some people might. I feel a little silly for asking about such a basic thing (one might assume that sleeve seams are always sewn up) but, in my defence, the pattern is fairly detailed on most of the other points, so I thought it was a design feature. (It tells you, under “Finishing”, to weave in ends — an instruction which I would have thought is on about the same level of redundancy as seaming. It also makes quite a point of knitting the sleeves flat, back and forth — and I can’t really think of any reason to do that if you’re just going to seam the sleeves in the end, especially since the rest of the top is done in the round and top-down).

Anyway, it’s not really that I have a problem with the pattern — I’m just defending my own seeming obtuseness about it.

Since finishing those projects, I haven’t been doing much knitting — I’ve made up a few little squares with the ends of the multicoloured and yellow yarns, for (eventual) incorporation into my scrap-blanket. (The blanket’s been languishing for a while, and some of the seams have come loose — it needs some serious repair, and there are alot of squares waiting to be added to it). But I’ve just started a pair of socks, so I’ll try to have a picture of that soon. And I promise I’ll do my best to blog again in a reasonable amount of time — I don’t want my mom phoning me again, worried because I haven’t blogged in so long! (Yes, she did. And, in fact, I think it’s lovely that she follows the blog closely enough to worry when I don’t post! (Hi mom!))

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