Thursday, August 23, 2007

Jett's Jacket :-)

Well, as promised, I have finished Jett's jacket. YAY for me!!

The pattern is by Zoe Mellor, from her book Nursery Knits. It uses Rowan Calmer, in two shades, the darker one Slosh and the lighter blue Calmer. I made a size 2-3 years, but it was a bit smaller than I anticipated, my son is only 16 months and it fits him perfectly now. Plus I have a bit of left over yarn, about 70 grams of Calmer and 30 grams of Slosh.
Wonder what I can make with that??

I kind of knew I had a problem with my tension, I did do a tension square (but then promptly ignored it). My tension square was a bit out, but I thought, I've never had any differences with my tension before, so I just went ahead. Mmmmm......

But over all, I'm really pleased, I tried very hard to be neat and precise. And I think it shows, especially in the shoulder bind off, and hood. The pockets are well done, and my stripes match at the side and underarm seams.

On the critical side, my zipper could do with some work. I machine sewed it in, and the machine pulled a bit so it the stripes don't line up-a shame! Also, I still find it so hard to sew my ends in. I weave them in but the little tiny bits just pop out, I feel like I need to glue them down.

As I said this is for DS, he tried it on for me tonight, and looks pleased I think.

DD also tried it on, here she is showing the sleeve.

And doing her model pose, (ie/ grabbing booty and boobie with a silly look on face :-) )

It's always a good week when a WIP is finished.

On the needles now is DH's sock, the 2nd one, and I'm up to the foot, so nearly there. And OH MY GOD, that is all. I do have some projects ready to start though:
  1. Debbie Bliss baby cardi like the one I just finished

  2. Jo Sharp vest for me

  3. Sirdar baby bamboo cardi for DD (still in post though)

That's it for now, off to bed with Harry Potter, ciao xoxo

Saturday, August 18, 2007

What to tell......

.....not much going on here to be honest. I had a good week, just the usual children, family things. Mondays I take Dear Daughter to music classes, toddler ones and soooo cute. Tuesday I hang out with my mum, my kids just adore their Nana. Wednesday, DD was at daycare and husband had a day off work, so we had breakfast out and then went and had an interview at a school we are looking at for DD - still undecided about that (the principal was a bit of an idiot really, but we both quite liked the school apart from that :-? ) Thursday I spent with the kids on my own, and we went to baby gym for the first time. Both kiddies loved it, crawling around over the big mats. And Friday was Nana day for DD this week. DHubbie had a day off (again I hear you say!!) and we did shopping and I even had an afternoon nap (YaY for me). And finally, Saturday, DHubbie was fishing from 4 am till 3 pm :-0 so I had kids all day. We went to the park, and for an ice-cream (them not me) and I did a spot of shopping in the lush baby shop next door to the ice-cream shop (why oh why did they put it there????), spent $91 but got a hat each for kiddies (if you live in Aus you know we need at least a hat for every day of the week here), and a long sleeve t-shirt for each of them for next winter. Shhhh.....don't tell DHubbie......

My knitting has been a bit slow this week, I've had a spot of a sore shoulder which I think is because of my knitting so have been taking it easy. I am so close to finishing on DSon's jacket, just have to sew up one side and sew a zipper in, so I must, must get cracking and get that done. Plus progress is being made on DH sock, have finished one, and up to the heel on the second. And that is all my WIP's at the moment. But did receive a lovely parcel from Angel Yarns, with my Addi turbo (haven't used it yet, but am wondering what the fuss is about.....oh oh), and 3 balls of baby cashmerino in off white to make a twin jacket for the other newborn nephew.

Oooowwww, mustn't forget I shopped at the for the first time, and bought Sirdar, baby bamboo knits and enough yarn to make two projects, one for me and one for my mum. I am knitting for DD and mum is knitting for DS. Got that for my mum to say thankyou for babysitting at the wedding last weekend, and, well, I couldn't purchase something from America without including one thing for me could I??

By the way, the wedding was nice, I'll put a photo in of myself and DS at the wedding. DD didn't want to go as she felt "sickie" so she stayed in hotel room with Nana. The little jacket was sufficiently appreciated :-) Not like a scarf I sent my brother over a week ago, and have heard no reply, did he get it? did he like it? does he know the work that went into it? (probably, maybe and absolutely not!)

Till next time, when I will definately have piccies of DS wearing his new jacket. Ciao

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Debbie Bliss Baby Jacket is a Beauty

I'm so pleased with this little baby jacket. I think it is the first thing I have knitted where I have made no mistakes, that's right, no mistakes....
It took me about 4 weeks, not too bad considering I finished a few other things in the meantime and my slow knitting pace. I really love the yarn, so soft and yummy, I'd dress my kiddies in it. And I just adore the shoulder shaping, never done a raglan like that before. It really pulls it all together. I even think it is worth the $8 + I paid for the black wool, just to use it for two rows. In case you haven't guessed I'm a bit chuffed with this.
Yarn = Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino, 3 balls in blue, 1 ball in black
Pattern = from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2007
I went out tonight - yes after dark!! (not a mean feat in a house with two small kids) and bought a lovely box and some tissue paper to wrap it all up right. You know the funny thing, this jacket is for my husband's step brother's son. Not someone I am particularly close to, or even know at all really. I think it's just I know of a baby that was born, and maybe because it is a gift to someone I don't know well, I wanted it to be extra special. Anyway, gift giving today is tomorrow, so I'll let you know how it goes....

On another note, we are going to a wedding tomorrow, quite looking forwards to getting away for the night, my mum is coming to babysit the kids at the hotel we are staying at. Hope I look ok, I don't' get frocked up too often anymore.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Finished scarf

Well finally I have finished the scarf for my brother. Bet it's not even cold in Perth anymore though. Was a bit boring to knit to be honest, k1,p1,k1,p1,k1, get the picture. But I hope he likes it. Here it is being blocked, and then all wrapped up ready to post.

On a different subject, I have such a sore shoulder, like a muscle pain, but it's getting worse not better. Started about 3 days ago, I can't even put my right arm up to do a ponytail, it's just so sore. I'm getting a little worried actually. Hope they don't have to amputate.....just joking you know....

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Nearly there with baby jacket!

Well, last night...finally....I got around to blocking this baby cardigan. It is looking very nice and I can't wait to see it finished. I'll post some pics when it is all done.
It is Debbie Bliss pattern and her baby cashmerino, I really liked doing the raglan shaping all on one needle, think that looks lovely.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Husband's beanie

This is husband's beanie I have just finished for him. It is a Jo Sharp pattern from Knit Issue 3 (a
gorgeous book by the way). It is made with Silkroad Ultra, colours Salsa and Cement.

I made husband this beanie before and being my usual it'll be right self, I put it in the washing machine, on a normal, warm, wash.....of course, it felted, shrunk and looked awful.

I had some more yarn in the Salsa colour which I am using to make brother a scarf so I used what I had left in grey for the border and pinched some of the scarf yarn. I'm sure the scarf will still be long enough.

I really like the inside pattern of this beanie, in the book the inside is shown modeled on the girl.
My WIP is getting rather low at the moment I think, must need to do some shopping.....

Mummy's Day

I have been so sick all week, A brought a bug home from daycare last weekend, had a runny nose for all of one day then gave me the dreaded lurgy. Consequently I have been sick in bed, with husband, my mum and daughter A running around looking after me for a week now. It all ended last night with me getting the worst migraine in 5 years, and calling the hospital. Luckily I did call, because I was just going to go down there and wait, but on the phone they said they don't give narcotics for migraine, and it was definitely a narcotic I was after, pethidine!!!

I have only had to have a shot of pethidine once before, years and years ago now. Don't get them that bad too often, happily...

Anyway, just suffered it out through the night, and now have that muddled woozy feeling.

On a happier note it is mummy's day today, and I have just made cupacakes with A, she is washing up now.....water is going everywhere!!!!

Now to knitting, I have finished the first Debbie Bliss baby cardigan for husband's nephew, just have to block it and sew it. Also did my first dishcloth the other day. It is ok, I tried to crochet around the edges, never done that before. Also, the cast off is much looser than the cast on so it looks a little oblong shaped. But, like I said ok.