Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Relaxing Thanksgiving

We at the Digit household are having the best day. We got up late (8:00am is late for those with kids), watched some of the parade and the Packers game (they won!), played with the kids in their (clean) rooms and then all four of us took a nap. Doesn't get much better than that.  So since I just noticed the video feature on Blogger, I'm going to try and post a few videos of the Digit children.  Let's hope this works.  The grandparents are going to love it.  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Friday, November 9, 2007

12 Car Pile-Up

That's what my knitting projects have seem to become. I have way too many on the needles (is that possible?). I usually start something new even when I'm almost completed with an existing project. So either I get bored easy or I'm trying to be competitive with.....myself.

Here's another Raglan Sleeve Easy Jacket. I got the pattern off of the Ravelry site and absolutely love the ease of the design. This is my second jacket with this pattern and I wanted to be a little more daring with the color. I usually overthink my color choices and wind up with a more conservative look. This time I challenged myself to "just do it". I'm still not completely confident with the final design but the mom of the young boy who shall wear the sweater was very happy with it so I'll deem my experiment a success. The best part about this sweater? I found the yarn (Lion Brand Boucle) at a local Dollar Tree. So I have enough yarn to finish this sweater, make a hat and a scarf - all for only $9.00 dollars.

Another second attempt project. This time the Ribbed Baby jacket by Debbie Bliss. I actually started this and then frogged it because it was coming out too big (this happened the first time I used this pattern). I am now on gauge and in the right size. So far, so good. The yarn is amazing - Dream In Color Classy Superwash in Cool Fire. It's so soft and squishy. Nice and cuddly for a little baby.

I've finished two different color charts for the Princess Crown hat and now have to make a choice. I switched to Bernat Satin yarn for this attempt. The Lion Brand Jiffy I used for the last one was just too fuzzy. Little, errant strands wound up everywhere.

Now this next project I really do have to finish. It's a Christmas present for a family member. I used super-soft and warm Debbie Bliss Cashmerino yarn in a rich dark brown. I think the gift will be a hit if I just "work up to my potential" (that's what was written on my report cards quite often) and get it done.

So the whole time I'm taking pictures of my various projects the Incredible Digit Girl is watching me. She eventually puts her feet up and says "take a picture of my feet". So I did. Looks like she could use a pair of socks. Guess I'll have to start looking for a pattern.

Shouldn't be too hard. There's about a ka-jillion on Ravelry. Or I could look through my newly acquired copy of this book.

I was lucky enough to catch a stash sale held by the talented Bestitched. I'm so happy to have this book. It's a great combination of patterns and historical info. I would love to make the Evening Stockings for a Young Lady for the Incredible Digit girl. I guess I'll consider this pattern stuck in traffic behind the pile-up of existing projects.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

The Digits Have Been Busy

With all of our family/friend visits recently, this blog turned into a travel log of sorts. Back to the knitting!

First, there's the Ribbed Jacket by Debbie Bliss. I used Bernat Satin yarn in Camel. Now this was supposed to be for the 12 month old size but, obviously, I did not get the correct gauge. No matter. The Increcible Digit Girl likes it just fine and it fits her perfectly. I added ribbed cuffs on the sleeves and a few rows of garter stitch at the bottom edge.

Then, for a young friend of the family, I made a Princess Crown Hat. I used Lion Brand Jiffy yarn for this one. Pink, grey and a little purple. I was a little disappointed at how high up the crown wound up. I've actually recharted and am making another for the young girl's sister. Hopefully, that will work out more as I had envisioned. Eventually, I'll post the chart for all to see and, hopefully, use.

This next project is the Raglan Sleeve Easy Baby Sweater by Linda (Linda's Lists) which I got off the Ravelry website. It's such a great pattern and it worked up fairly fast. I did get the gauge that was needed but I just made it too big for the recipient. So her older cousin was the more appropriate wearer. I used Cleckheaton Country Silk 8 ply (really nice Australian yarn) in this slightly heathered pink color. The best part about this yarn? It was in the sale bins at The Knitting Bee for only $2.99 a ball.

I was lucky enough to go to the last Yarn Tasting event at Knit/Purl and got to try so many luscious yarns. Unfortunately, I failed miserably in my attempt at mosaic knitting. So I found "Slip Stitch Knitting" by Roxana Bartlett at the library and dove in. With the help of the book, I did achieve what I would call an elementary-level understanding of the process and tried it on these two hats. The yarn is Aspen by ggh - a 50/50 merino/acrylic blend. It's a bulky weight that worked up fast. It's nice to have quick results when learning a new technique.

Next up on the slate. Finishing off another Raglan Sleeve Sweater, another (smaller) Ribbed Jacket and a Garter Stitch Rib scarf.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Costume Central

Halloween is one of my favorite days of the year. We get to dress up, eat candy and run wild around the neighborhood.....who doesn't love that. Of course, now I get to watch the Incredible Digit Girl and Boy do all of the above. Now, I will be the first to admit that I get a little crazy/obsessive when it comes to Halloween costumes. So when my kids tell me what they want to be, I dig through the fabric/craft stash and get out the sewing machine. I also wind up staying up too late and cutting the schedule too close but, what the heck, it's only once a year.

Of course, I can honestly say it was completely worth the effort. The kids looked adorable, they hauled in the candy and had a blast with their friends. Doesn't get much better than that.