Sunday, March 11, 2007

Almost a FO

This is just Almost a FO. Size 0-3 months feather and fan baby jacket, my own design. (Not washed and blocked yet, so it isn't laying quite right.) Knit with discontinued Emu Superwash wool and has pink glass beads knit into the hem. This was the first time I made one of these out of anything but Bernat Softee Baby or the like. It's also the first time I used glass beads and not plastic ones. Debating on whether or not to make a bonnet. I need more yarn if I do, but I have to see how it softens up in the wash first. It isn't bad, but it also isn't as soft of the acrylic I use, so I wouldn't want it to irritate a bald little baby head. (Not that this is serving a purpose other than being sold at the store.) I will post a better picture if it turns out alright after its been washed and blocked a bit. (Soaking in wool wash right now.)

I also started a pair of plain old, top-down socks for me out of Fortissima Socka Color 9095. Pat made a pair last month and reminded me that I had the same color. I noticed that mine are striping a little differently. Must have started from the opposite end of the skein than she did. I am using 2.75mm needles and 56sts for mine. I haven't decided on the heel. I may get adventurous and try short row. (That is til I get pissy at it, rip it out, and end up doing a normal heel flap, like the last time.)
I'm going to Lucy Neatby classes with Heddy on May 12. I signed up yesterday. The official e-mail from Have a Yarn is coming out on Tuesday, I think. We are doing the morning class of:
*Phoenix From the Ashes (beginners and upwards, 3 hours) -anticipating trouble spots in a pattern, "fix-it" techniques, duplicate stitch, grafting, ripping out, many correction methods, etc
It comes down to this class and equilateral triangles in the afternoon, I think, but neither one of us is really into that one. Tassels, Trims, and Titbits sounded interesting, but the voters picked these two classes. I would probably really like the Working with Variagated and Handpainted Yarns class since I have a fetish for hand-dyed sock yarns. (Which reminds me -- Heddy is ordering from Blue Moon for the first time and asked if I wanted anything, saves on shipping costs. I am just getting lightweight Sunstone for now for Wyverns. Once hubby gets back to making real coin I will order from The Sweet Sheep and see if she wants anything, too. That way I don't have to worry about hitting the free shipping limit of $80. Not that it's hard for me to manage to find enough stuff to make $80, I'm usually way over on my wishlist and have to whittle it down to more realistic levels. I think once Heddy's used a skein or two of hand-dyed the fever will hit. It did for me!)
Happy knitting!


Blogger Alyson said...

Ooooh, I really like that sweater!! Do you think you'll write up the pattern? It's very pretty.

You're so lucky to get to take classes with Lucy! And good luck deciding what to order from Loopy - I agonize every time she does an update, and there's supposed to be a lot of new stuff going up in the next two weeks.

(I just hit up Blue Moon on Friday for a skein or four. Hee. Oops.)

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Heddy said...

What a sweet baby sweater, nice design, pretty colour!

I ordered the STR wool today -- the Canadian orders are all done via their website now (new sophisitcated system they said in the email! cool!) I am so excited! Can't wait for it to come!

Re: my shoes to show off the handmade socks -- they are Dansko shoes -- got them at Oh My Sole in Halifax ... the style is called "Myla". I think they also come in a style that isn't quite so "strappy". Really comfortable ... and I always get comments on them!

Jill also signed up for the class with Neatby. It should be a lot of fun! I hope she has patterns for sale or books -- her sock patterns are fantastic!

11:28 PM  
Blogger lexa said...

It should be fun. I have no life except for part-time work and the kids, so it will be nice to get out with adults and do something for a change! I don't really do anything or go anywhere, especially anything that just involves me and no kids/husband.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

My gosh, this baby sweater is the cutest ever! What an absolutely beautiful pattern it is, and the colour is just so happy and cheerful - fantastic, I really love it!
Have fun taking the classes with Lucy!

5:42 AM  
Anonymous Pat said...

The lace baby sweater is adorable...and those little beads on the fancy and elegant!
I'm envious of your Lucy Neatby classes...I think she is a knit designing genius!!
Hey I DO recognize those socks!

9:50 AM  
Blogger Alyson said...

(I just noticed what a doofus I am - I think in Bloglines, it didn't show up as a link, so I didn't realize you HAVE written up the pattern. Sowwy...)

11:30 AM  

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