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So remember this post, in which I said I would never again knit a baby garment in fingering weight?

Well…

Baby Yours by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Some might call me a flip-flopper. I prefer to think I’m willing to admit it when I’m wrong.

I forgot to mail the wee baby raglan cardigan. Again. Suddenly, I realized that by the time it arrived the nearly-ten-pound baby would be a month old and the likelihood of it fitting was as small as the sweater itself. If her parents liked it, I wouldn’t want them feeling badly about not being able to put her into my handiwork. If they were indifferent, I wouldn’t want it going to the thrift store without ever warming my newest relation. So, I decided to do damage control and cast on something new.

However, to prove I’m not a total flip-flopper, I couldn’t bear to go out and buy yet another skein of yarn, considering how much I acquired in January. Pawing through my stash basket, the only thing that stuck out as appropriate was this skein of Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn:

Dream in Color Smooshy in Petal Shower

I genuinely can’t explain how obsessed I am with this colourway. It looks like deliciously melted Neapolitan ice cream. It’s pink but the brown makes it not too girly. I freaking heart this yarn, all right, and my newest little first-cousin-once-removed will be wearing it by month’s end if I kill myself in the process.

Well, maybe not kill. But I might damage my pinkie again.

The obvious choice was to try making Baby Yours again, and I’m enjoying it so much more this time around. It’s a billion times better in this colourway… probably because the check pattern reminds me of a waffle cone, adding to this whole ice cream image I’ve woven up in my imagination. I’m seriously obsessed.

So, it looks like you’re still going to have a lot of in progress photos for the next month, rather than FOs.

Sorry!

PS: I’ve been updating the new photography blog lots – go check it out!

“Guerrilla knitters cosy up to ‘craftivist’ message:
Knitted graffiti both a social statement and attempt to make city streets prettier”

Just a quick post before bed to give you a peek at what I’ve been up to…

First, I never did post a proper finished photo of the Raglan Baby Cardigan I was working on. It turned out cute, but it’s very, very small. Doesn’t help that my cousin had a nine pound baby – I’m not sure it’s going to fit! But I’m going to mail it anyway because, well, why not?

Raglan Baby Cardigan by Debbie Bliss

Raglan Baby Cardigan by Debbie Bliss

Made with Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash

Made with Mission Falls 136 Merino Superwash

I suppose it would have helped if I’d actually gotten it in the mail two weeks ago.

After I finished up the sweater, and the thumbs on the Fetchings, I cast on a pair of Those Mitts by Leslie Friend. I just wanted a simple mitt with a thumb gusset, as that was the one pattern feature I felt was lacking on the Fetchings. Well, it turned out to be lacking here as well… I modified the pattern quite a bit in order to get the sort of gusset I was hoping for (following the curve of the thumb all the way down to the wrist). Luckily, it wasn’t too hard to figure that out.

I’m gifting these ones as well, but I’m dying to make myself something in the same colourway. Gorgeous.

Those Mitts by Leslie Friend

Those Mitts by Leslie Friend

Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Oceanos

Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Oceanos

Still some finishing to do... oh, and the other mitten.

Still some finishing to do... oh, and the other mitten.

But of course, I couldn’t simply finish these ones. No, something far more complicated was calling me…

Bird in Hand by Kate Gilbert.

Bird in Hand by Kate Gilbert in Mission Falls 136 Superwash Merino

Bird in Hand in Mission Falls 136 Superwash Merino

And so now, I have to go.

I have some knitting to do.

Remember the pay-it-forward game I mentioned in my gift post?

Well, with my first recipient in mind, I decided to turn a ridiculously pretty skein of Malabrigo into a pair of Fetchings.

Pattern:  Fetching by Cheryl Niamath

Pattern: Fetching by Cheryl Niamath

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Velvet Grapes

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Velvet Grapes

I had a lot of fun with this pattern, and the only modification I made was to double the amount of cable repeats at both the wrist (from 3 to 6, for length) and the knuckles (from 1 to 2, for look). It was a fast, easy project and all those little cable knots are so cute – I really understand why 10,000+ people on Ravelry have made these little mitts. I really only had one complaint, and that’s the thumb: why no thumb gusset? It would be so much more comfortable.

See the thumb pulling? Not the most comfortable design element.

See the thumb pulling? Not the most comfortable design element.

The yarn ended up pooling in a really cool way. Excuse the poor photo, but it’s for illustrative purposes only:

Spiral pooling

Spiral pooling

I’m not sure Malabrigo is the best choice for this pattern – I think the stitch definition could be much better. But they’ll be very cozy so I think it was worth that sacrifice. Ravelry project page is here.

Now I just need to block them and put them in the mail! One down, five to go :)

For those of you who follow this blog because you’re interested in my attempts at photography, you might be interested in clicking here:

Specular Highlights

It’s a blog I’ve started to document my adventures in photography.

But I promise it won’t take away from this one. Promise!

I’ve been busy!

I’m working away at the 9-5, starting up a new business venture (sssh), taking photography, trying to be a good fiance/friend/sister/daughter/granddaughter… I never feel like I have enough time, but there’s nothing I’m willing to give up. So knitting/blogging aren’t taking the number one position right now, but I’m trying!

I’ve finished the socks, and the baby sweater, as well as a pair of fingerless mitts and another on the needles. I’m working on the scarf, and I’m desperate to start my lace shawl project… and I haven’t had the time to photograph anything.

I was also hoping to start video blogging, just for the fun of it… but I can’t seem to get my computer to recognize my camera. This might be a little beyond my techno-skills. We’ll see.

The point is… stay tuned. There will be much more to see in the coming weeks.

It’s pretty hard to render me speechless, but I definitely fumbled for words upon receiving this beautiful gift tonight.

Eeee! I love surprises! Isnt it beautiful?

Eeee! I love surprises! Isn't it beautiful?

This seriously made my weekend.

A while back I participated in this little pay-it-forward type of game on Facebook. Someone offered to make something for the first five people that responded to their note. I responded, and then turned around and offered to do the same for five others, per the rules of the game.

The gift can be anything you want, as long as you make it yourself, and as long as you make it with the recipient specifically in mind. Of course, my gifts will be knitted – duh. I have the first one finished and the second on the way. I’m so excited to send them!

But one lovely lady offered a trade rather than a pay-it-forward, which was totally fine in my books. Imagine my surprise when she beat me to the punch! And with a teething baby to care for, to boot. I’m beyond impressed. Seriously, look at this work!

Travelling Fern Lace Scarf (I think?) - click for pattern page

Travelling Fern Lace Scarf (I think?) - click for pattern page

I’m thrilled. And, do you want to hear the best part? She’s in Vancouver visiting from Montreal, and couldn’t get out to deliver it, so her husband was kind enough to drive over and give it to me. Her husband who also knits/crochets. What a catch, eh?

Thanks, Rachael!

I’m almost done my first pair of socks!

Plain Vanilla Sock pattern by Keri McKiernan

Plain Vanilla Sock pattern by Keri McKiernan in Estelle Arequipa (209)

Like I mentioned last night, I just have to Kitchener the toe and then they’ll be finished (after many months of hibernation.)

Now the question: What to do with them?

I think the reason I lost my steam on this project is simply that I have no interest in the finished product. Nine times out of ten I’d rather be barefoot. I’m well known for pulling off my socks and leaving them littered all over the apartment. I can’t stand my feet being covered while I’m sleeping, especially – if I try to wear socks in bed I invariably pull them off in my sleep.

Of course, I do wear socks with shoes, but I’m a fan of the plain white sport anklet variety, of which I own about 40 identical pairs so as to avoid the headache of matching. Other than a smattering of specialty socks (hiking, snowboarding) I really have no variety in my sock drawer. And I like it that way.

I see the appeal of the sock as a knitting project – small, cute, just enough difficulty to keep you interested – but unless I find a close family member or friend who expresses a deep and undying love of knitted socks I think this may be the last pair you see from me for a while.

Click here to visit the Ravelry project page

Click here to visit the Ravelry project page

Then again, I do want to learn toe-up…

So… I bought yarn.

*ducks to avoid objects being thrown in this general direction*

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Oceanos

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Oceanos

Friends, I have come to a great realization: the trick isn’t to avoid buying yarn. It’s to avoid the yarn store in general. D’uh. That said – I swear the universe is conspiring against me.

I take photography on Wednesday nights, and the school is in the same block as one of my favourite yarn shops. Now, this store normally closes at 6pm (around the time I would get into the neighbourhood.) But on Wednesdays? No, on Wednesdays they extend their hours to 9pm. This only started in January (same week as my class began.)

Does the universe want me to purchase yarn? Or, is this some sort of cosmic temptation test?

Truth is, I don’t care. I can generally avoid. But I decided I wanted to make a set or two of fingerless gloves (one for me, one or more as a gift) and I needed something more. And in this colourway, I ask you: who could really resist?

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Oceanos

Malabrigo Merino Worsted - Oceanos

I’m also thisclose to being finishing the socks… I got to the end of the toe, only to realize that I’d totally forgotten how to do Kitchener Stitch. To knittinghelp.com I go…

Goodnight :)

I decided to finally revise my knitting intentions for the year. This was a little unnecessary, seeing as I wasn’t going to hold myself to them anyway, but I wanted the list to reflect… well, my intentions.

My 2009 Knitting Intentions

1. Lace. I think I’ll start with something small, like a cowl.

2. Lace. I really, really want to make a larger shawl or stole.

3. Socks. Finish the socks.

4. Sweater. Finish my first sweater. Yes, the Asymmetrical Cabled Cardi will count for this one (if I can ever get unstuck.)

5. Sweaters. I would like to complete at least two sweaters this year, above and beyond the previously mentioned cabled cardi.

6. Mittens. I think Bird in Hand will be the first order of business.

7. TOYS! I have wanted to learn how to make these forever. I particularly like Elijah, Sheldon, and Octopus. And Jellyfish. I’ll try one and see how it goes.