2.24.2010

Over The Edge

Over the edge is where I’ll be if I don’t finish this baby blanket soon and MOVE ON!  I’m sick of it, I tell you; I need to work a another project.

Not to mention I have projects up the wazoo, like My Guy’s Brimster Beanie or a tam I’m planning on designing for myself using some lovely grass green yarn I picked up recently from my LYS.  (Pic coming soon.)

So, back to the matter at hand: I’ve been playing with different edges since my last post.  Nothing seems to jive with the feel of this little blankie.  What am I to do? 

Time to think outside the box… Maybe I have one oh-so-simple solution up my sleeve.  One technique so basic and classic, and staring me in the face, it could have bit me.  Can you guess what it is?

2.18.2010

Feeling Edgy

I am currently pondering over what edging to use on Austin’s Baby Blanket.  Originally I was going to pick up stitches around the edges and knit a few inches in seed stitch, until it occurred to me that I’d need a really long circular needle (which I don’t have) or two medium long circular needles (which I don’t have two of the same size), and therefore decided I really wasn’t up to it.  I mean, at this point, I’ve had it with this blanket.  I just want to be done.

But of course I can’t be done because all these squares have been so meticulously sewn together and are just calling for a knitted edge to bring the whole darn thing together.

So the search continued, I pressed on, and I came across some knitted edge/trim patterns on Lion Brand’s website.  Here are the runner-ups:

Bias Binding
22biasbinding

OR

Zig Zag Rib
29zigzagrib

Nothing too fancy or flashy.  Nothing lacy or holey – don’t want little baby fingers or toes to get caught…

As it stands now, I’m leaning towards the bias binding trim, but I’m in a pretty fickle mood today.  Talk to me in ten minutes.

2.14.2010

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m bored with all the heart patterns available for this Hallmark holiday.  I mean, if you’re going to celebrate with knitting, let’s try for some fun and originality.  Enter Knit.1’s Heart Pillow:

Heart Pillow

I especially love the arteries and veins.

2.13.2010

The Hardest Part

So My Guy says to me, “What’s the hardest part of knitting that blanket?  Knitting the squares or sewing it together?”

Sewing Squares

I look at him from my spot on the floor, squares strewn this way and that.  If he only knew.

Seaming can make or break a project, at least one of my projects.  If I don’t take my time and do it right, it definitely shows, and I end up with a lumpy, awful looking thing no one wants to touch with a ten-foot pole, let alone wear or wrap themselves in.  So, I’m taking my time with the mattress stitch…

So I tell him as much and he says, “It looks like you’re using invisible yarn.”

He’s so sweet.  He views my knitting just as magically as I do.

2.11.2010

I’ll have good music and a beer. Thanks.

Butterfly in Traffic 2

My Guy and I hit the town last night for an evening of good tunes.  Playing at The Elbo Room was Butterfly in Traffic, with our friend and frontman, Ed.  It was a fabulous time – good vibes all around. 

With the sweet sounds of guitars in the air and the drums kicking up a sweet beat, I really was itching to go dancing.  Too bad it was a work night, or I would have put on my boogie shoes. 

Sometimes, I hate being a responsible adult.

It’s So Easy Being Green

Who said it wasn’t easy being green?  It’s definitely easy when you’re wearing an adorable, green hat like this one.

Kermit Hat

The best part?  It’s KERMIT THE FREAKIN’ FROG!  Those two white “ears” on top are really his eyes.  Can you just picture it?

I really wanted a picture of the front of the hat, but I didn’t have the guts to ask for her picture.  Just use your imagination…

2.07.2010

These Boots are Made for Knitting

Fewer things make me happier than red nails and new boots.

Boots & Knitting 010 

Whether I’m typing, or knitting, or reading, or whatever, when I catch a glimpse of those red fingertips, my pulse quickens and the blood rushes to my head.  Perhaps it speaks volumes of the power of red.  Maybe it’s just that it’s been my favorite color since, like, I was five.

And then there’s the boots.  Like any woman in touch with her womanhood, I like shoes.  I like heels and flats, strappy sandals and open-toed.  And with a red pedicure, don’t get me started… Above all else, I love boots, and I just treated myself to a new pair.  My Guy and I went to DSW Shoe Warehouse, aka Mecca.  Love that place, and love my boots.  I’d wear them to bed if they matched my pajamas.

On the needles is the Brimster Beanie. I’m using Bernat Alpaca in Tomato.  It’s a 70/30 Acrylic/Alpaca blend, and I wouldn’t normally use yarn with such a high Acrylic content (please don’t read “yarn snob”), but it’s actually pretty great.  Soft and drapey, and of course the price is to die for.  Highly recommended.

2.06.2010

What’s the date?

Austin's Baby Square

As I’m sitting here knitting, my Christmas tree is hovering near and looking at me incredulously.  Yes, yes, I know.  It’s February 6.  But, I like the light it brings to our living room.  And, let’s be honest, when it comes to these types of things, I’m just a little lazy.

2.02.2010

Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater No More

You’ve probably all heard of what inevitably happens after you knit that intricate Fair Isle or cable-ridden Aran sweater for the man in your life.  Yes, that’s right, you inevitably break up.  Well, I’ve never knit a boyfriend a sweater, but I’ve knit them other things, and I vowed a long time ago never to knit for a man again.  But then I met my guy, let’s call him “Guy,” and he turned my world upside down and inside out.

From the moment he found out I knit, he’s been begging me to make him a pair of wool underwear.  Now, of course, he’s probably joking, but regardless, it’s NOT happening.  Instead, I’m making him this Brimster Beanie pictured below:

MAN'S BRIMSTER BEANIE

It’s coming along quickly.  Which is just lovely, since I have other projects in the wings.