Saturday, March 31, 2007

At Last!

I finished knitting the blue Knitting P&S sweater--at least as far as I intend to go for the moment. I knitted it to have a model to judge sizing. It is much too warm to wear right now, so I am going to put it aside and follow Elizabeth Zimmermann's idea of knitting sleeve and bottom ribbing that really fits well next fall in case the sweater is a little big by then.

I finished a dress for my DGD this afternoon. It is of cotton from my stash. The pattern is adapted from Wendy Schoen's Alice--a loosefitting T-top dress. I did use heirloom techniques--you can see the corded pintucks, French lace on the scallops, and the machine pinstitching in the detail photo. You can also see loose threads, alas. The gathered lace at the waistline is attached with entredeux, and the English lace on the bottom is pinstitched. Unfortunately, the heirloom work does not show up well on such a colorful fabric. The most important part is on the inside--a label that says "Grandma Loves Me."
This time of year is always busy at school. The English Language Arts testing is over, but we still have science, social studies, and math to go. My Advanced Placement English Literature class will take the AP test on May 10. There are also real privileges to working with seniors in the spring. It is a joy to see the progress they have made in the four years they've been with us. In fact, in such a small community, it's possible to see the progress of students you have known since they were infants.
We've had some special treats this last week with students who did well in UIL academic events and a One-Act Play that advanced. The students presented scenes from Lorca's Blood Wedding. They spoke both English and Spanish, included flamenco dancing at the wedding dance, and included his original songs from the play--all in a 37 minute production. It was quite impressive!

On the needles--1 pair of socks
On the machine--2 baby dresses for DGDs (lace shaping and embroidery finished on both)

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Grandchildren, FOs, WIPs, and Spring Break

I spent a wonderful Spring Break visiting with my children and playing with the grandchildren. Both of the babies are still at the cuddly age, and one of them is old enough to like to be talked to although it is still very difficult to coax a smile. The two that are almost four are growing up so fast!

Alas, tomorrow is a school day! I did, however, accomplish a few knitting things over the holiday. I finished DH's socks. He is modeling. They are from Regia mini ringel. I used black for the heels and toes because I was not sure that I would have enough yarn. I needn't have worried. The fit is perfect, and the grafting is the best yet, but there are some mistakes that I had to fix. Seeing stitches in this yarn was difficult. I needed my Ott lite, and sometimes I didn't have it. I did take extensive fitting notes so that I can knit some more socks for him. The socks are also gray, so they should count as another Project Spectrum item for February/March.

I also finished the clogs I started some time ago for my DD. Whenever I felt clogs, they always look lumpy until the recipient actually wears them. I see pictures on other blogs that have beautifully shaped shoes, but mine never are!

Finally, here are my current WIPs. The sweater is a Knitting Pure and Simple pullover that I'm knitting from some Paton's Classic Merino in my stash. The sock is "Roses for You," a 50/50 wool/Tencel blend from Susan's Spinning Bunny. (That's also the first skein wound with my new ball winder.)
My other big accomplishment over the holiday? I laundered my cell phone!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Socks for Project Spectrum and Slight Progress toward 2007 Fiber Goals

These are the Lacy Mock Cable Socks. The cables are actually straight--my feet are just crooked! They were knitted on size 2 Knitpicks options using a Magic Loop technique. The yarn is Knit Picks Essential Tweed, color Flint. I found the yarn to be very soft and smooth, but somewhat splitty. The colors for Project Spectrum for February/March are gray, blue, and white. These, along with the baby slip shown below, should qualify.

Inspired by the Yarn Harlot's recent garter stitch spree, I ordered some yarn from to make Elizabeth Zimmerman's ribwarmer. I know this is the year to be knitting from stash, but I got back into knitting so recently that I don't have much in the way of stash. I have acquired mostly sock yarn, and we all know that doesn't count. However, new goals keep getting added. I've fallen in love with some of the Fishermen's Knit sweaters from Alice Starmore. I've added those to my fiber goal list.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Another New Granddaughter!

Here is the newest addition to our family--brand new, all 9 lb. 6 oz. of her.


This is a tiny baby slip for my infant dgd. It will go under heirloom baby dresses that I made for her older sister and under the new dress I am making for her. The slips are always the cutest part, I think.