Saturday, February 18, 2017

Baby Blanket Update

I'm in the longest stretch of the blanket, the two very big blocks knitted side-by-side at the bottom of the blanket.

It's slow going because I have to stop and switch yarns, taking care to twist them so that there isn't a gap between them, in the middle of every row. If I can finish five garter ridges per day, I feel like I'm making good progress.

There's one more long skinny section on the right-hand side of the blanket, and then I'll be ready to put on the border. I think I'm going to do applied I-cord. It looks nice and neat and covers up all the wonky-looking color changes on the edges of the blanket.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Baby Blanket

There are going to be some big changes in my family this year. My nephew's mom got married last summer and is expecting a baby girl in June, so my nephew is finally going to be a big brother. He was hoping for a brother instead of a sister, as most 9-year-old boys do, but he's going to adore his baby sister. Naturally, I'm making a blanket for her.

The yarn is Swish from Knit Picks, which is my go-to yarn for baby stuff because it's a lovely, soft washable wool that comes in great colors. The pattern is the Baby Moderne Blanket from the first Mason-Dixon Knitting book. I should be able to finish the fourth section today and start the fifth. I'll post updates as I make more progress.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Hats for the Women's March on Chicago

Just a really quick update: I made 3 more pussy hats for the march today.

At my church choir rehearsal Thursday night, I talked to a few of the women who are going to the march and mentioned that I had extra hats if anyone needed them. A few hours later, an 80-year-old lady emailed me asking if she could have them for herself and her friends. That tickled me to no end. Of course, I said yes, and she picked them up yesterday afternoon.

I can't wait to see all the hats at the march today. The last I heard, about 60,000 people are expected to attend. It will be my first ever protest march, so I'm really excited and a little nervous. I'm not sure what to expect. Fingers crossed that it will be a peaceful and positive experience for everyone.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Temperature Scarf and Pussy Hat

I'm sure many of you have heard of the concept of a temperature blanket. If not, you can find hundreds of examples by doing a search on Pinterest or Instagram. The idea is that you assign a color to a range of temperatures. At the end of every day, you knit or crochet one row in the color of yarn that matches the high temperature for that day. By the end of the year, you have a record of the weather in your area. At the suggestion of a friend, I decided to make a scarf, rather than a blanket, because it's a little more manageable, and frankly, I don't have room to store a huge blanket while I'm working on it. This is what I have for the first 13 days of January 2017.

As you can see, I've chosen cool colors for cool temperatures, and I have warmer colors (yellow, orange, and red) on hand for when it gets warmer. I think it will be interesting to see the progression of colors as the year goes along.

In other news, there is a big women's march in Washington, DC, on January 21. Unfortunately, I can't travel to DC right now for financial and other reasons, but I do plan to attend the sister march in Chicago, along with several friends. Many of us are knitting pink hats with cat ears (also known as pussy hats) as a form of protest. For more info, check out the website for the Pussyhat Project. This is the hat I'm going to wear.

I stopped at my local yarn store Yarnify last night and got some more pink yarn so I can make a couple extra hats to give to friends or to anyone at the march who wants one. This will be my first protest march, so I'm really excited about it.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

First Project of 2017

Happy New Year! Hope 2017 is treating you well so far. I started these socks when I was on vacation last week and finished them last night.

The yarn is Imagination from Knit Picks in the color Ruby Slippers. It's a super soft wool, alpaca, and nylon blend. It has been frigid in Chicago the past few days, so some warm wool socks are a necessity, not a luxury. Hope your knits are keeping you warm, too.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

One Last Post for 2016

I managed to squeeze in a couple of small projects before Christmas. My nephew's aunt and uncle are expecting their second baby, so I made a bib and a burp cloth.

I really like the yellow and blue stripes on the burp cloth. The patterns for both are in the first Mason-Dixon Knitting book.

The yarn is good old Peaches and Creme. It's 100% cotton and machine washable and dryable. I'm so glad I bought several huge bags of this yarn before Pisgah Yarn got bought out and closed their doors.

A dear friend gave me this Noro Silk Garden book and the Hamilton Mixtape for Christmas. She knows me and my obsessions so well. This is pretty much the perfect Christmas gift for me.

I definitely won't be posting next week because I'll be traveling to western New York to visit family, so I'll wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you again in 2017!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Knitting and General Christmas Cheer

Greetings, knitterati. As of 4:30 pm yesterday, I am officially DONE with Christmas knitting. I made a cowl, a scarf, and five hats. Only four hats are shown in this photo because two of them were identical--I was running out of ideas at the end.

I braved the post office (which is like Lord of the Flies this time of year) and got everything sent out, so my recipients should be getting their presents well before Christmas.

In addition to knitting gifts, I've been participating in some Christmas-related activities. Sunday was our annual church bake sale. I contributed these loaves of sourdough bread and some cookies.

 Tuesday and yesterday, I went to the Chicago Christkindlmarket with some friends. The main entrance is guarded by these giant nutcrackers.

Much gluhwein was consumed from these very cute commemorative mugs.

Tuesday night my friends and I also went to the Walnut Room at the former Marshall Field's to see the giant Christmas tree.

I think the display windows outside have been really boring and basic ever since Macy's took over, but I'll grudgingly concede that they always do a good job with the tree.

Finally, since no one ever gets me what I really want, I always buy myself a little Christmas present. This year, I got a little silver fox charm from Jamber Jewels.

It's too adorable! I like it so much that I'm going to use it as my avatar from now on.

This will probably be my last post of the year (unless I have time to knit something else before I take off for my Christmas vacation), so whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or the Solstice or just having time off to spend with those you love, I wish you the happiest of holidays!