Thursday, December 20, 2007

Merry Christmas

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Thank you, all of you, for sharing our happiness at having a boy (we would be equally happy having a girl).

Here is a nice photo of Fred - he made himself comfortable on a Christmas tablecloth-cum-chair cover.

Merry Christmas to all - and if you don't celebrate it, have a happy holiday or whatever you do. I'll be signing out now until 2008. But shortly thereafter will be my first blogiversary, so there will be contests and winning and more celebrating, so stick around!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Just One Little Bit

It's a Boy!

(I'm wondering how many of my readers are geeky enough to get the title.)

Monday, December 17, 2007

WIP: Cable Rib Baby Socks

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This is the Cable Rib pattern in the "Better Than Booties" (pdf) baby socks pattern (You can download it here). I'm knitting them on size 2 needles (Takumi/Clover bamboo) and the first one came out really cute.

The pattern has a 1x1 cable in it. I'm cabling without a needle, and I didn't like having to move the stitches back and forth from the left to the right and back to the left. Instead, I'm picking up the left stitch knitwise, dropping and picking up the right (first) stitch, and then putting the left needle into the crossed stitch in the front and knitting it off directly. I find this is much faster than moving the stitch back to the left needle and then inserting the right needle the other direction.

I'm sure I'm not the only person who thought of this, but I thought I'd share.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Promises, promises

Wow, it's so nice to hear the group's enthusiasm behind my return to knitting! Unfortunately, I forgot to snap a photo this morning before I went to work, so I'm afraid I'll have to keep you in suspense for just a little bit longer.

If you could manage it, though, could you keep the good vibes coming for finishing that pesky second sock?

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 13, 2007


I'm so excited I had to share - I knit last night! I've been dutifully ignoring the baby sock I started last week, haphazardly wondering from time to time if it too would be unsuitable (too big?). I worked on the cuff a little at lunch on Monday with the knitting ladies, who reassured me that it would be fine. But last night, The Sweetie was inspired to make an ornate dish (homemade tortellini and pesto - I wrapped the tortellini) and while he buzzed about the kitchen, I sat nearby and knit on the sock. I finished the foot before the wrapping of the tortellini, did the toe after it while The Sweetie worked on a sauce, and cast off during clean-up (I loaded the dishwasher, The Sweetie did the handwashing). And not a bit of wrist pain! Sigh....

Details and photos tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Random Tuesday?

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It's a pretty cold day to be swimming in the Pacific. I have photos, but I haven't downloaded them. Bad blogger!

Yesterday, I was able to meet up with a knitting group that was meeting for lunch near where I work instead of their usual location that's farther afield for me. They are a lovely group and were all working on beautiful projects. Alas, I thought I'd see Kadiddly there, but had to leave before she showed up. Someday we'll prove that we both exist! I also missed seeing Inky because she had to work.

But, it was a beautiful day to sit outside in the sunshine and get some work on this toddler sock, which the ladies agreed was a fine size. So no ripping this time. Cursed yarn has been exorcised! Now I just have to find the time to finish it. And a second sock!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Friday already?

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Well, the whole week's gone by with no knitting. I think I'm gonna try the Better Than Booties baby socks from Interweave Knits Summer 2005, and I bought needles (size 2 and 3 dpns), but have not yet found the time to sit down and cast on. Hopefully, this weekend I'll get a chance and they'll go quickly. Then a hat, and we'll have a full set!

And for a laugh, we have sock puppets talking trash about the argyles:
Rose is Rose, Dec. 6, 2007

Monday, December 3, 2007

Random Monday

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More elephant seals to accompany the randomness. These are adolescents, playing at fighting and resting, between sessions of teaching themselves to swim.

I've started an Oz Vest from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms as a replacement for the Trellis that just didn't work out, and I've already frogged it. The largest size was way too wide - almost fit around me! So I've decided I need to start small. Make a pair of booties or socks, a hat, maybe a pair of baby mittens. Call it a gift. Or call any one of them a gift.

The Bears lost the Big Game this past weekend. Pfft. And yet, they are still going to a Bowl game - the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth. I might not even watch it. It's time to call it a season, and look forward to a new team next year. But still, go bears.

In pregnancy news, I'm feeling good again, and not always eating like a monster. Just snacking lightly between meals. This second trimester thing, it's good.

Last night we watched an old episode of The Simpsons - the one where Marge gets into a Thelma & Louise sort of situation. Once again, there was a knitter portrayed with ends-up needles.

Happy December!

Might be enough randomness for today.