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Monday, January 30, 2006

Not much progress

There hasn't been much knitting progress here. I've been sick and now Chandler is sick so I haven't felt like working on much lately. I sure hope all of this stuff passes soon. I've got a lot of projects that need to be accomplished. Mainly baby gifts. I still have seven baby gifts left to make. SEVEN! Seriously, the people that I work with need to take it easy in the baby department. I had to rip out the LSU sweater and start it over again. Savannah spilled a glass of Dr. Pepper on it and it had to be washed. The problem came when it got wet. It grew and grew. I thought this was very unusual for acrylic yarn, but it really grew. It went from tiny baby to almost too big for Savannah. That's a big jump since she's 3. So I started the sweater over with smaller needles and a much smaller gauge and I've reached the sleeve portion again. I'm much happier with the fabric of the sweater this time too. I hope to have it finished soon. This baby isn't due until May though. I've got to get some ideas going for the other babies. I know that two of them are going to be boys now. I have one coming up in March so that's not too far away. I need to make something simple and quick, but what? I'm stumped. Here's a pictures of the LSU sweater waiting for sleeves and a bodice.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

I'm going on a Diet

A YARN Diet that is. I need to do some serious stash reduction so I'm publicly announcing my yarn diet. I will be keeping a tally in the sidebar (assuming I can figure out HOW) to keep me motivated. I will keep track of the number of skeins used from my stash and the number of skeins purchased, because we all know that it's nearly impossible to go an extended period of time without purchasing a single skein of yarn. Don't look at me like that! You know it's true! I recently read a blog that was comparing yarn to heroine and seriously, I may have some pretty bad withdrawals. BUT the good news is that after a fairly good inventory of my yarn stash (after the yarn I got for Christmas) I have enough yarn to knit up 27 pairs of socks. That in itself is enough to keep me busy for months! Especially when you have to add into the mix that I now spend every evening shuffling the kids to Tae Kwon Do and Dance--totally worth the effort though!

Friday, January 20, 2006

LONG Knitting update

Yeah, so it's been a while. I know! I got your emails and I hear you! :0) So here are some updates. First a picture of my grandmother's stole, I can show you now that she has seen it and worn it! I took this picture right before I bound off and before blocking, but you get the idea.

I finished another pair of socks too. These are also Regia Crazy color and I love them just as much as the first pair. These were also my first toe up socks and my first short row heel.

So it also seems like everyone I know is pregnant. There are 8 babies at work alone! Seriously! I refuse to drink the water there. So for the first baby, I knit a pair of booties and the most adorable baby beret. But, alas, I once again forgot to take a picture of the hat and second sock. Here is the first sock after it was finished. Sorry the flash was a little much in the picture.

Now for some works in progress. I only have a few right now. I'm making a baby sweater for another friend at work who is a MAJOR LSU fan, so of course it's purple and gold. No picture to share of it yet. I've completed the body and started one of the sleeves. It's a bottom up raglan. I think next time I make a sweater I'd rather do it top down though. I also finished one sock of a pair of worsted weight fuzzy socks. It may be a while before I make the second sock, I hated knitting it. Here's a picture:

I've also started the cutest little hat for Savannah and a rug for my laundry room. I should finish the rug today or tomorrow maybe.

That's about it for now. I'm on a mission to knit from my stash only for as long as I can. I need to reduce the size of my stash and basically not spend any money on yarn until I do. But with all the yarn that my husband bought me for Christmas, that won't be hard to do! Y'all I SCORED!