Friday, January 25, 2008

We're Getting There...

I'm slowing but surely getting the Christmas Knits '07 checked off my list. Here is the latest:

Pattern: None, really, though I followed the basic recipe from this book.

Yarn: Moorehouse Merino, Lace Weight.

Colorway: I'm not sure what it's called. I lost the label long ago. It's a gentle mix of forest greens, dark purples, light purples and grays.

Needles: Size 10 1/2 circs.

Comments: This was really a labor of love. The yarn was difficult to work with, and I was so tired of the garter stitch, I feared I was losing my grip on my sanity at times. I was pretty worried when I finally took it off the needles, because it was so small (see photo above... that's a 12 inch ruler) but was really pleased with the final size after a bit of blocking (see photo below). I am confident that this shawl is just the right size for it's recipient (who shall remain nameless in case she stumbles across this blog). Did I mention how much I L-O-V-E Soak?


I forgot to post about a really great event I went to a couple of weekends ago. One of our LYS's was having a Mardi Gras kickoff Party. They had great food, great yarn and some great sales. I went with some of the gals from Knit Nite. They all escaped my camera, but Ty didn't! He came with us because Matt had to play hockey & tennis (both!) that afternoon.

One of the very nice women from Knitorious walked by Ty & plunked this Mardi Gras inspired hat on his head. I have to say that as outings go, a LYS is probably the best for a five year old... he was not only allowed, but was encouraged by every adult in sight to actually touch the merchandise!!!!!!!! At first I wasn't sure why he was so reluctant to fondle the fiber, but then I realized that whenever we go into any store, we review the "keep your hands down and fortheloveofGod, don't. touch. anything." rule. After a few minutes and a little reassurance from his mommy, he really got into it!

We picked out a pattern book and some yarn for a sweater for him. It won't be done in time for this year, but he'll have all fall/winter to wear it next year. He picked out the colors all by himself & I think he did a fine job. (I knew it would be blue... his favorite color is blue... everything he owns is blue.)
This is my first Rowan book, and I have to say that I'm a bit overwhelmed. Ty & I couldn't pick out a sweater pattern because we liked so many of them! I bought plenty of yarn, and we decided that we'll pick out the pattern when it's time to cast on.


And on the construction front, the basement is moving right along. We are ahead of schedule (by two full weeks!) but a bit behind in the budget. I'm not sure where all the money went, but we seem to have hemorrhaged a lot of it in the first phase of the project. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel... drywall is being hung this weekend, and I will spend the next two or so weeks mudding and sanding the seams and screw holes.

Here's a photo I snapped the other day... Matt is doing his best to make this a government job. Notice how he skillfully stands over my dear old Dad, drinking a beer & watching my Dad do all the work???

LOL! Actually, this was just a quick adjustment my Dad had to make to the frame before they finished installing the fireplace (which has yet to be hooked up). I swear, Matt really has been working his you-know-what off to get this project done in time for Baby What'sHisName (AKA "Sweet Pea").

Well, I'm off to finish some work. I'm so tired lately... those typical third trimester discomforts and problems are definitely taking their toll on me. Does anybody have good advice about relieving the discomfort of the sciatic pain? I can hardly walk right today!


Stephanie said...

I have that Rowan book and love it! I've made several things out of it. One word of caution: if you choose a vest, beware of the neckline. For some reason, any time I make Hayden a Rowan vest, we can barely squeeze his head in it.

Anonymous said...

hey! Not all government ppl "supervise" (heh) we do work too!

ooo love that book! Ty is so adorable. *squeeeeeeeze*