Saturday, June 23, 2012

Wool Sweaters in the Summer?!? Part 2

This Paton's wool has been languishing in my stash for years, thanks to some poor judgement due to a 50% off sale at Michael's.  The color is pretty, but its quite scratchy.  Unbeknownst to me (at the time), not all Paton's is merino.  This is not.

Rose Cardigan.  670 yards of Paton's Wool.
It took several months (and more sleeve attempts than I imagined), but this batch of yarn is finally a sweater. A bit oversized, but should keep Sweet Pea warm next winter.  That is, if I can convince her to wear it.  I found the wool scratchy to knit with, and she wouldn't wear it more than a few minutes.

Reconstructed Skirt
 What she does love is this reconstructed skirt that I sewed for her several weekends ago.  It had been an unflattering green striped tank top languishing in my closet.  I sliced off the top, added a tube of quilter's cotton as a waistband, and ran elastic through the waistband.  It makes a nice, summery skirt!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Wool Sweaters in the Summer?!? Part 1

This winter was hard on my knitting mojo.  I understand that global climate change has far-reaching consequences.  I didn't realize that my knitting would be one of them!  My desire to pick up yarn is subconsciously driven by being cold.  So, very little knitting occurred this winter.  This...

was finished for the Noodle prior to his arrival.  The hat fit perfectly at the hospital.  The sweater might fit in the fall.  Both are free, fast, great patterns for using up leftover sock yarn and make a great set (sweater is here and hat is here).  I didn't hit my stash of leftover sock yarn, however.  I have several bags of different colors of Rowan Wool Cotton (seen here in grey) and Debbie Bliss Wool Cotton (the blue).  Of the two, I prefer the Rowan - the colors are a little deeper, whereas the Debbie Bliss always looks a little flat to me.  In fact, I'm trying to figure out how to make a sweater in my size using the 2.5 balls I have leftover of the Wool Cotton.  Pretty sure I can't, but I like a good challenge :)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

What I was doing for 4 months...

Since I disappeared for 4 months, then hit you guys with baby pictures, I thought I'd back up a bit.  I'm not sure which actually ate my blog - my job, my pregnancy, my kids, Pinterest, or the expansion of my hobbies into new and different areas.  Lately I've been sewing...

Reading on my nook...

Making frosting with the Little Dude, who now insists on being called 'Medium Man'
playing both ME3 multiplayer (not well) and SWTOR...

Look!  I'm a Twi'lek!  On Hoth!

having post-semester family visits...
Auntie Jen/Antigen and Little Dude during a Game of Life.

at-home makeovers...
We had never been to an Ulta.  Apparently they're neat!  And I'm blonder!

and playing on Pinterest.

Not to mention gestating!

That about sums it up.  There will be more posts.  Summer is coming...

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Look! I had a baby!

About five weeks ago, our new noodle joined us.  He eats, sleeps, cries, and makes the most adorable surprised faces.  Here he is in the hospital, wearing his first knitwear:

And here he is, in his embroidered onesie. IMG_7824 Life has been a crazy rollercoaster for the past 5 weeks, but we're starting to settle into the new 5 person family.  Sleeping and snuggles seem to be his favorite things, so I've read several books (my Nook has been invaluable!) and walked around several neighborhoods (thanks to our baby sling).