As I mentioned in my last post, I really enjoyed working with the Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK. It is new for us here at the store, and it is quickly becoming a staff and customer favorite. (Check out the store model Julia knit for us in the Cotton DK - too cute!)
So when the Summer Vogue came out and I saw this , I could hear the DK calling my name............
I resisted for a couple weeks, but eventually came home with this:
I know it's not too exciting that I didn't vary much from the example colors, but no other combination was as pleasing to me. I cast on yesterday, and it wasn't until that moment that I actually realized the colorwork is NOT intarsia, but duplicate stitch. I'm gonna give it a try - cross your fingers for me that it will work out...
Overall this was a fun pattern to knit. I believe there is a little error in the pattern in the join of the two legs into the body, but it was easy to recognize and correct so the legs joined correctly with the placement of the working yarn.
I did modify the waistband of this pattern. As written you do a few rib rows, an eyelet row, and finish with a couple more rib rows. Then you can thread 1/4" elastic through the eyelets and cover it with ribbon to secure the waist. I wanted a more finished look to the waistband so after the eyelet row I decided to change it up a bit and instead did a waist casing for elastic. That way I could put 3/4" elastic in and cover it nicely with the casing. Because I had already done the eyelet row when I decided to do this, I still threaded some hot pink organza ribbon through the eyelets and the ribbon ties in a nice bow in the front.
Best of all? Campbell really seems to like them! I told her it's like her legs are each wearing a frilly skirt, and she bought it hook, line, and sinker.
I loved, loved, LOVED this cotton (my first time working with it), and in my next post you'll see what I decided to cast on with it next.
No way, no how, will that girl put on a pair of pants, and that includes anything that looks like pants - shorts, overalls, even overall dresses because they kinda look like they might be jeans in disguise. It doesn't matter if they're comfy pants, dressy pants, nada. For her it is skirts or dresses all the time. Even to play outside and ride a bike.
So when Nichole sent me the link for these, I thought - not in a million years. But then Campbell saw the picture, and she was definitely interested. In fact, she swore up and down that if I did indeed knit them for her, she would for sure wear them.
So - I casted on. You may all shake your fingers at me in two months' time when they are finished and she is refusing to put them on.
I'm knitting them out the great new cotton we got recently - Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK. The green is for the bottom lace edging (CK wanted hot pink on light pink and I vetoed that for green). Oh - the pattern is Emma's Unmentionables, available on Knitty (see above link).
I've been enticed by many projects lately, and have casted on accordingly. But I have little progress to report, so I'm afraid my next few posts might be quite boring.
But before I get to all that stuff, let me show you the Blanket! The gals at KAH got together to knit our friend Destiny this baby blanket. We each bought a Roo pattern for the animal motifs - Jill sewed it together, Shannon crocheted the borders, and voila! We are giving all the patterns we bought to Destiny.
My square was the fish in the upper left corner, or below:
We knit it out of Cascade Cotton Rich. It was a lot of fun collaborating on a project like that, and I think Mr. Landon is enjoying it immensely.
On to my knitting - my first "new" project: Friday Harbor Socks.
I have to say -the cuff chart on these bad boys does NOT work correctly. I adjusted it to make it look like the picture in the book Knitting on the Road (Nancy Bush). The interesting thing is - my Sockapalooza pal made me these socks and she clearly had the same problem -except she didn't correct her work to reflect the picture. Her cuffs came out totally different, and that is precisely what I liked so much about this pattern! So it's too late now for me, I'm not ripping it out, but they will be just fine. I'm knitting these out of Tess Designer Yarns Sock & Baby, brought to me by Julia and Nichole after their knitting/yoga retreat in Maine last Fall.
More boring stuff, and then I'm outta here. Remember this? Well, it's been sitting in my closet for one year now, so I thought I'd knit a bit more. Guess what? Hours of stockinette in the round later, and it's still a brown blob!
(It's the Phyllo-Yoked Pullover from Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan, knit in Rowan Calmer) Check back next April for the next status update.
For obvious reasons, I feel like the last post needs to be followed by something a bit more light-hearted. Thank you, everyone, for your kind words. It's getting better. I feel so badly for my friend's family, because I know their hurt is so great. We all know the adage about Time, and as much as it's thrown around, it's the truth. All any of us can do is pass the days and hope it gets easier.
Campbell drew a nice picture at pre-school a couple of weeks ago. It has a lovely stick figure, and next to her is another stick figure, with a big circle and X over it. There is some grass, I think some clouds in the sky - overall a perfectly beautiful portrait with a slight question as to why one of the people has the X over them.
The caption underneath, which Campbell is very proud to have sounded out and written by herself, says, "Minmomcanthvbofrn".
We asked her, What does that say? She replies, "My mom can't have a boyfriend." Apparently I am the stick figure, and next to me is the Xed out boyfriend I am NOT allowed to have. We asked her why, and she logically replied, "Because you're married to Daddy".
But Jason was a bit mystified, and I'm sure the teachers and aides at school were more than a bit mystified, over why my daughter would be expounding on this subject in the first place. And NO - Mommy does NOT have a boyfriend!