Monthly Archives: May 2013

Pretty in Pink- The Swatch

The knitting part of the Zig Zag Blanket is done!  More on that later after it’s finished blocking, though.  Now on to Lucille!

I spent last night and my free time today working on the lace swatch.  The Cascade sock yarn is knitting up beautifully and the lace is an easy to follow diamond pattern.  I’m completely happy with the color and drape.  I always worry that the yarn and knitting pattern won’t “get along”, but I am pleased to report that they are getting along famously. 

I am also very, very pleased to find that I am spot on gauge-wise using the size US 1 needles.  It’s a good thing I read through the other projects and noticed that many of them turned out larger than the specified measurements.  I would be kicking myself if I had bought the size 1 1/2 set.

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32 sts = 4 inches (blocked)


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The sweet and simple diamond pattern.


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Update: It’s much easier to see with the dark background:
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A Day Off, Dr’s Visit, and an LYS

Hubby took off of work yesterday because my Perinatalogist has a very inconvenient office policy of “No kids allowed. No exceptions”.  So my twice a month visits mean that either my Mom has to drive 2+ hours to watch Hannah or Hubs has to try and get off of work.  Yesterday, Mom wasn’t available so the duty fell to my Hubby.

Things are going much better with this pregnancy and the doctors are pretty confident that the preterm labor I experienced with Hannah won’t happen this time around.  My cervix is still nice and long with no sign of dilation. 

Anywho…  here’s Ella.  She was super active and wiggly during the scan, so this was the best shot they could get:

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When I got home from my morning appointment, Hubby and Hannah were ready for us to go out and about to run errands.  We only have one car, which means all of our running around has to be done on a day when Hubs is off since he takes the car to work.  While we were out, he surprised me by driving over to one of our LYS (local yarn shops) and letting me pick out some wool for Ella’s sweater instead of ordering it from Knit Picks.  Yay!

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A Stitch in Time is an adorable little shop, all nice and neat and organized as things should be.  It made me happy.  I picked out two hanks of Cascade sock yarn in a pretty, pale pink.  The shop keeper was very kind and chatty and offered to wind the hanks for me.  Yes, please!  Hannah loved watching the yarn fly from the swift to the ball winder.  She was mesmerized!

I also picked up a size 1 circular.  I opted for the 32″ so I can knit my next pair of socks using the magic loop method instead of fiddly dpns.  I’ve never used “Knitter’s Pride” needles before, but the cable is very soft and flexible and the join between the metal needles and the cable seems smooth.

I can’t wait to finish this Zig Zag Blanket so I can start the sweater!  Only 10 more inches to go…

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Photo Friday

****Favorite Things****

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Exploring the Yard

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Springtime =Drying Diapers on the Line

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My Zinnias are Sprouting

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A Trip to My LYS

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The “C” Word

No, not that “c” word.

Change.  I tend not to handle it very well.  I’m kinda like a house cat or little old lady…very happy with my routine and the status quo and very crabby when I have to deviate from it.  I can assure you, however, that I will continue to use the appropriate toilet facilities even when my routine is upset.  Unlike Bogart, our cat.  I still really miss my pretty wool area rug, but I couldn’t get that terrible smell out of it…

So, yeah.  Change.  I have a big old storm cloud of it hanging over my head and I’m waiting to see if it’s going to rain or pass on by.  Add to that the fact that I’m a tad really hormonal at this point in time.  So I go from excitement, to anxiousness, to stressed out, to full on panic, to exhaustion in about 3 seconds all throughout my day.  I think it might get easier once we’re out of limbo.  As crazy as it sounds, there’s a part of me that will be disappointed if everything stays the same.  But also relieved.  Very relieved.

On the crafting front, I’m 2/3 of the way done the Zig Zag Blanket and I think I’ll have enough yarn to knit it to it’s proper size. I’m itching to order the yarn for Ella’s sweater and bonnet.  Hubby says I can place the order on Friday!

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*****Hannah at 13 months*****

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Zig Zag- Pt 3

Oh my heavens.  This is what I get for not bothering to measure the finished size of the “crib size” blanket OR taking the time to swatch.  I tend not to on non-wearable items, don’t you know. 

This blanket will be in use well into Ella’s childhood.  It’s 40″ wide and only about 27″ tall, at the moment. I guess I’ll just keep on knitting until I run out of yarn.  I have about 1 1/3 skeins of yarn left in each color.  We’ll just have to wait and see how much more length I can get out of it.  Or perhaps I’ll make a square blanket, instead? 

Here’s a rather poor picture (complete with Hannah the yarn thief).

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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I’ve received The Versatile Blogger Award!  Who knew?  Thanks to All Night Knitter for the nomination!

Not sure about coming up with 15 bloggers to nominate, though. I’ve just gotten back into blogging and I’m not following too many fellow bloggers, yet.

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So… here are the rules:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award. 

Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.

Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it. 

Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award

Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

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Seven Things About Me

1. I owe my love of knitting to my Mommom who helped me knit my first doll sweater at around 10 or 12 years old.

2. I have a serious sweet tooth that I try really hard to suppress. :)

3. I was homeschooled from 3rd-12th grade.

4. My perfect afternoon would be knitting in my sunroom with a cup of tea and some biscuits.

5. Daisies are my all time favorite flowers!

6. I love old movies. Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Gene Kelly, and Katherine Hepburn are my favorite actors.

7. I’ve never had a drink of alcohol in my entire 27 (almost 28) years.

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