Knit Picky: April 2006

"properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit...
 and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either."
~elizabeth zimmerman

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
I Have Been Knitting

So I don't have actual socks to show, despite my oodles of sock yarn. But I did knit something sock-ish for a baby shower last week.

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Baby Uggs!

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For size reference

Yarns used: Llama Seta for the body of the booties (yeah, not the most practical for a newborn, but I was pressed for time!), and GGH Esprit for the white trim.

These booties took far longer than they should have. I had quite an ordeal even getting the yarns. I went to my LYS where they were sold out of both. I ordered the yarns, and waited a week. A week in which they did not come in! A woman at the shop said that she had a skein of the Berrocco Plush that the pattern called for and that she would let me know that night when I could pick it up. I never heard back from her, and when I called her two days later, she was camping in the mountains. There was no time for mail order, so I trudged to all the nearby yarn-ish and yarn shops that I could reach on lunch breaks.

My first trip to Tall Mouse I thought I'd caught a break because they had (GGH?) Serrano in white. But when I went to knit it up, the texture of the yarn just wasn't going to work. I spent days looking other places. Finally, two days before the shower I went back to Tall Mouse for something else and found a lone ball, sans band, of Esprit in white. Perfect!

The bootie pattern itself is oh so easy and knits up quickly. However, the trim. The trim was a nightmare. I don't know if it's just that I am a hopeless seamstress (I am) or what, but it took me 5 hours to trim the darn things! I finally finished at one in the morning. I was SO.Tired. the next day. But I had a fabulous handknit gift for the mom-to-be. :)

I'm hoping to get a pic of the mom holding the boots soon. When I do, I'll post it here.

I will definitely make these again, I just need to figure out how to minimize the time spent handstitching the trim. There has to be a better way!

What's your favorite baby gift to knit?

posted by Stephanie at 1:25 PM

Friday, April 21, 2006
A Post! From Me! With Lots of Pictures, Even!

I did not join Lolly's Project Spectrum because I know me. And knowing me, I know that the surest way to keep me from finishing something is to put it on a timeline and make it feel compulsory. Hence the almost complete lack of sock knitting since I joined SYAC.

Having said that, I find myself very aware of the colors of Project Spectrum nearly daily since just about everyone in knitblogland has joined, and I read Lolly's blog nearly everyday. This is the best way for me to be a part of PS. I can include stuff when I really, really want to, and not because I feel like I SHOULD.

Below are a few things that caught my eye because of their colors.

Orange and yellow flowers
I believe this is a type of lily? I took this picture in the courtyard of our apartment building. The vibrant colors have just been beckoning to me all of April.

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More pictures from our building.

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An endcap display of silk flowers at TJ Maxx

I also finally got my Hill Country Yarns order from It took them forever (well, back before April 1 when SYAC took effect--have I mentioned my complete lack of patience?) to process the order, but once they sent me the email that it was shipping, I got the package in about 3 days. Here are the absolutely gorgeous skeins that came. Well worth the wait.

Hill Country yarns
On the left is Chocolate Covered Kisses, and on the right is Indian Stone. Are those gorgeous or what?!

And I wasn't the only fan. A couple minutes later Inari came sauntering over to check out the haul.

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(On the right is Lorna's Laces in the Knit Happens colorway for skein size reference)

Yarns on the cat

Loving those yarns
Inari quickly took over. She seemed to think they were her yarns.

Now, brace yourself folks. You are about to be overwhelmed with cuteness. This picture deserves to be in calendars, on posters and on every knitblog ever.

Cutest Picture Ever
Inari makes herself comfortable

And just so The Original Beast doesn't feel left out:

Max says, "Have a good weekend, everyone. Relax!

posted by Stephanie at 3:03 PM

Friday, April 14, 2006
Finally! Someone Gets It!

This is my latest update brochure from those people who manage my IRA. Check out that cover -- that's certainly my preferred way to invest for the future!


posted by Stephanie at 8:02 PM

Tuesday, April 11, 2006
FO Shizzle!

Man, I so shouldn't use slang. Anyhow, I have actually been knitting. To whit:

An unusual knit for a thirtysomething's birthday, yes, but she seemed to like it fine.

The intermediary phase between roadkill (see post below) and finished toy.

The Bear Drives
Happy Driving Bear

Happy Drivin Bear
The finished bear, in all his glory.

Again, I used the pattern referenced here. I used all kinds of scrap yarns for the body and accessories. I am hopeless with toy faces, so after countless failed attempts, his mouth is actually a little piece of red I-cord stitched down.

Interesting bit of trivia for you: the bear was completed while observing a wedding at our church to give us ideas for our ceremony in June.

I would like to be working on socks right now, but my boss' baby shower is on the 20th, so I'm busy working on some baby uggs for her little guy, debuting in May. Below is a pic of the first bootie underway. They are worked from the bottom up, so they start to resemble a nose after you knit the short rows to make the toe.

Baby Ugg Beak

I did swatch for some socks in the Stargazer Lily colorway in Knitpicks' Sock Garden. I swatched the Laburnum design from Sensational Knitted Socks, but I'm going to have to learn to do toe up since I've always done cuff down.

And that's my wildly exciting knit life at present. I'm not feeling too well, so I haven't been able to knit too much in the last couple of days, but I'll get there.

Happy knitting, folks.

posted by Stephanie at 12:55 PM

Sunday, April 02, 2006
Flashin' the Sock Stash

As part of the recovery process for sock yarnaholics at SYAC, we are required to flash the stash. I was supposed to do this yesterday, but the computer has not been cooperative. Stupid dial-up.

At any rate, here we go...

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Left: Koigu, Right: Lorna's Laces (Vera colorway)

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Paton's Kroy

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L-R: Sockotta, Sockotta, Opal Rainforest (Tiger)

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L-R: Wildfoote, KnitPicks' Pansy, bits of Koigu and Artyarns

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Top: Lorna's Laces in Knit Happens colorway; Bottom: Lorna's Laces in Gold Hills

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Left: Lavold Silky Wool, Right: KFI Cashmerino (discontinued)

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Left: Koigu, Right: KnitPicks' Sock Memories (New England Foliage), Bottom: bits of Koigu

There are also two skeins of Stargazer Lily from KnitPicks, and another skein of New England Foliage. And four skeins on order that haven't come in yet.

But other than that, there's nothing. Really. Nothing else.

See? Practically nothing.

posted by Stephanie at 8:59 PM