The Cold and the Frog

We have an unwelcome guest staying with us.  It has only been a few days really, but already the guest has started to disrupt our lives and is the reason why Boo is home from school today.  I’m generally not one to beat around the bush.  Both Boo and I have a cold.  An unfortunate result of my lack of a driver’s license and it being winter on the west coast.

There is a reason why this area is called a Temperate Rainforest.  While the interior gets snow and rational winter weather, we get rain.  And lots of it.  Hopefully this means that this year our mountains will have a decent snow pack on them.  Last summer we had a dreadful drought, which made things interesting as it was Boo’s and my first attempting a garden of our own.

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Good-bye sleeve

I had to tear back the sleeve on Nod’s sweater earlier this week.  I had realized that I had made a major error.  Instead of spacing the decreases out I did them all at once.  Even tiny humans don’t have 90 degree bends in their upper arms.

To be honest, I’m starting to get discouraged when it comes to this sweater.  I’ve been working on it since November.  It was meant to be a Christmas gift and at this rate Nod will be lucky to get it by Easter.  I’ll keep slogging away at it.  I just want it done.

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Also on my needles

Besides the socks I have two other projects on the go.  Both of them are left over Christmas projects that I simply could not get done in time.  The first is the baby’s sweater.

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Playdate Cardigan by Tin Can Knits in Lion Brand Sock-Ease

It’s a Playdate Cardigan from Tin Can Knits. Another purchase from Knit City last year. This is also the first sweater I’ve ever knit. The pattern is straight forward and easy to follow. For yarn I choose to go with Lion Brand’s Sock-Ease in Rock Candy.  Originally I had thought that I had chosen to knit up the 6m-12m size but when it came time to knit the arm holes I realized that I had actually gone with the 1y-2y size!  It’s likely a good thing too.  The baby is growing so quickly now that he’s starting to be in 9m clothes.

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Picking up the left arm

The sweater called for seaming the front to the back using kitchener stitch. Since this was my first time doing kitchener I had to pop over to YouTube and watch some tutorials on how to do it. Once I found my rhythm I actually found that I enjoyed doing it. Perhaps it was because I learned a new skill or may-be I’m just one of those knitters who enjoys seaming.  Now I’m onto knitting up the arms.  I can see the end of project coming and I’m already wonder if I should cast on another sweater once this one is off of my needles.  My daughter has been asking for me to make her one so that might be coming next.

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Susie Roger’s Reading Mitts

The last thing on my needles is a pair of Susie Roger’s Reading Mitts for my sister.  I’d link you to the yarn but my husband threw out the skein band before I had a chance to add it to my Ravelry and my spare skein is in the stash upstairs in the room the baby is sleeping in.  I’ll try to remember to grab is later to tell you.  My sister has been asking for me to knit her a pair of fingerless mitts for about the past 3 or 4 years.  Considering it took me 9 years to knit up the blanket I had been promising my husband I think my sister is getting a pretty good turn around time.  I had originally intended to make these as a Christmas gift for her but since I had the baby’s sweater and my niece’s gift on the needles I had opted to buy her something else instead.  Instead these will be an “I love you and know these will help you” sort of gift.  I know that she’ll understand why it’s taken me so long to make them.  That’s the beauty about sisters.  They understand you.

The Princess and the sock

My daughter got to meet Cinderella today.  It was one of her Christmas Gifts.  We had hid a plastic glass slipper in the Christmas tree and placed the party invite by the mail slot and told her that it must of arrived over night while we were all sleeping.  She had a great time meeting Cinderella, learning how to wave and curtsy like a princess, and doing all sorts of activities.  From the sound of things she had a blast.

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I did not get to see her interact with Princess Cinderella.  In fact, I did not attend the party at all.  On the drive over to the party the baby fell asleep in the back of the car.  Since my husband had driven us he got out with our daughter while I stuck around in the car. We had decided to go this route because I had brought my knitting to keep me entertained while the baby slept.  And boy did he sleep!  For the whole two hours that they were in the party he slept.  I got a fair bit of work done and Husband got to see a different side of our daughter.

He kept a running, play by play, commentary going for me via text message.  It was interesting reading him witnessing little girls being little girls.  I don’t think he was truly prepared for what was waiting for him.  From what has been relayed to me it sounds like he got to see exactly how our daughter interacts with others.

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The project I had opted to take with me was a sock.  Which will, hopefully, turn into a pair of socks. My first actual pair of hand knit socks. Not my first sock mind you. I do have one. A dirty little secret sock that I’m pretty sure I messed up so badly on I’ve been waiting for a time to frog it and to reclaim my good sock needles and turn the yarn into something else.  Or to recast on later.  I haven’t really decided yet.

The yarn for the sock that I brought with me is from Yarn Ink, in her Immortal colourway.  It’s a merino/nylon blend and I love it.  I had gotten it when I went to Knit City last year.  Which, by the way, is awesome!  If you have the opportunity to attend next year I highly recommend it.  The yarn had been sitting in my stash since Knit City, tempting me every time I opened the stash up.  Finally, after spending November and December knitting gifts for people, I could resist its siren call no longer.  So onto my needles and into the car it went.