Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sorry, Mom

I'm sorry Mom. I had to do it. I know that 15 months ago I presented to you a partially finished scarf (I despise myself for doing that) for your birthday and promised (duh) that I would complete it asap and get it to you. Instead, last weekend, I completely frogged the scarf. I couldn't bear to knit another row. The scarf was looking good, but I hated every minute I worked on it. And do I really want to gift you something knit with so much hate? No. After 2 mistakes in as many rows, the scarf had won. It had beat me down. So, after cursing under my breath (kids were in the room), I took a farewell picture and started to unwind it.


The scarf had one last jab. I did not know (at the time) that the yarn I used, Malabrigo Lace, was so grippy. It took me at least a couple of hours to rip the scarf back, because every row I pulled was desperate to hold on to the row below. I did eventually finish the job and knew immediately what the yarn was to become. I've started it and love it. Love knit into a gift is so much better, right?

But, Mom, I'm not telling you this time. Know that it's not what it was. And it's a triangle. Any ideas?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Where Have I Been?

Sorry for the long lapse in posts. Life has been absolutely crazy at the Weberhaus. Even more than usual. And blogging just isn't a priority when so much of the day to day is in turmoil. Most importantly, Emmett, Leon, Ryan and myself (plus Georgia too) are all healthy and together. More than that I'm not ready to say, beyond that I want you all to go and hug your families, friends, pets, etc, and take a moment to appreciate your home, your job, groceries in the kitchen. It is so easy to lose any one of those things.

Life has been stressful as you might suspect. And my go to stress relief is knitting, knitting, knitting. I still don't have a ton of time to do it, but I seem to be moving through the projects, none the less. Of course I haven't taken photos of most of these things to show you, but I will. Let me show you the one I have photographed and then I'll list the rest:

FO #1: Emmett's spiral ribbed tube sock.


I know tube socks are not the best fitting choice, but when it comes to a 5 year old with feet that are growing a mile a minute, I felt a tube sock would be the best way to get some longevity out of the pair. As his feet grow the leg shortens, which is fine with him. Also, his heel is in a different place every time he wears them (I did a whirlpool increase on the toe to help with this as well), so maybe no holes in the heel. We'll see. They're worn almost as soon as they hit the sock drawer, so they are getting a ton of use. I let you know how long they last.

Some detail shots:




(As is typical, it is now Saturday and I'm still trying to finish this post!)

The rest of what I've finished:

-Jaywalker socks in BMFA lightweight called "Hurdy Gurdy." For me.
-Felted Witch Hat in Lamb's Pride "Onyx" (black of course). I knit this up in a crazy couple of days leading up to Halloween. And then everyone in the house besides myself came down with the flu. So the only exposure the hat got on the holiday was to Costco to pick up a couple of dvds for the sickos to watch while curled up on the couch. I plan on wearing it for most of next October because of this. :)
-Old Fashioned Potholders in Tahki Cotton. After seeing all of the gorgeous potholders that came out of the swap back in the spring, I've been wanting to work up a few sets of these for last minute holiday gifts. So far I've finished one pair and have started on a second. Easy, quick, and I really like how they are turning out. Not too fuddy-duddy, but hand made. I like that.

And the list of WIPs? Embarrassingly long. I don't feel good about having this many projects going at once, but it is holiday knitting season, right?

- Yarrow ribbed socks in Wool Candy Marzipan Merino "Caramel." For manly gift exchange.
- 14-27 Jacket from Drops Design using Baby Cashmirino. For Leon.
-Mom's never-ending Lace Ribbon Scarf. Only 15 months late.
-Fish Hats in Cascade 220 for Emmett and his cousin Wil, for xmas.

Finally, there is the list of knits for the nieces & nephews, which of course isn't finalized and I haven't started with anyway. Wish me luck!

I'm determined to post more frequently again and will get the projects photographed soon. In the meantime, I'll throw in some recent photos of the little men because they are so darn cute. No, I'm not biased! :)