Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yarn Along

This week I got a surprising amount of knitting done.

One rainy evening when our internet was out, I snatched up this handspun and impulsively cast on a sweater for Lucy.  I only had that one needle, that yarn, and one set of numbers from the pattern within arm's reach, so the odds were pretty dismal that it would work out. And yet!  When I measured Lucy the next day, it was spot on. We watched The Grand Budapest Hotel as I knitted and it all seemed to line up perfectly. I had to lay it aside in the last couple of days, but can't wait to get back to it.

Yarn arrived for Sebastian's baptismal gown.  I've just divided for the sleeves, so I'm hoping it isn't crazy to spend my 40 days frantically knitting a wool sack gown.  One consolation is that it can easily be a simple sweater if I lose steam and only knit halfway.

I'm on the last few pages of Emily of New Moon, and plan to start Emily Climbs straightaway.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yarn Along: Casting On

Just began reading Emily of New Moon, knitting a simple roll-brimmed hat out of sock yarn, and, best of all, getting to know Sebastian. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yarn Along: tying up loose ends

 As my due date fast approaches, I've been trying to simplify things, including my piles of books and projects in progress. 
I polished off this baby hatSpiritual Midwifery, and The Importance of Being Earnest in the past couple of days.  Now I want to make a slightly smaller and thinner version of the hat, as this seems more 0-3 months than newborn to me. I am determined that the first hat my kid wears should be wool and not one of those stretchy hospital-grade striped hats.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Yarn Along: finished!

I finally finished this tiny tweedy sweater yesterday. Now the baby is officially allowed to come, though the 80 degree weather we've been having means he probably won't need it right away after all.  I'm reading Ina May's Spiritual Midwifery in preparation. 

As for what to knit next, I'm a little lost. I spent last night swatching some of my handspun, with mixed results.  In the meantime, I'm stitching away on a gauze baby blanket and trying to get up the steam to make a full-blown Alabama Chanin cotton jersey quilt for the baptism. A tall order, indeed. I might have to scale back my plans.