Tuesday, August 21, 2012

FO: round citron baby blanket

One of the knitting group ladies had a baby! In my knitting group, this does not happen terribly frequently. So after some plotting and planning, we had ourselves a citrus-themed knitted baby shower! I got a special skein of very citrusy yarn during an unblogged work trip to Boston. Newbury Yarns wouldn't let me take any pictures of the inside (weird), but here is a skein of their house-dyed DIPS sock yarn.

dips
I originally got this for a baby sweater, then saw that too many compatriots were doing that, so I dug around for blanket patterns. Not many blanket patterns are in sock weight, especially with just 400 yards.

Since the last Citron was such fun and well-received, I decided that if I doubled the half-circle into a full-circle, and knitted in the round, this would be an all-knitted and easy-peasy blanket, and I'd just stop when I ran out of yarn.

citron_round1
Which is exactly what I did, after just 3 repeats! Actually I ran out of yarn to cast off, so then I used the remaining loops to do a crochet bind-off; since it was on the ruffly part with lots of stitches anyway, it didn't end up too tight (definitely NOT recommended for a regular shawl).

citron_round2
I wrote down the final dimensions but the house is still a mess after moving in. I hope this expectant mama picture gives a good sense of scale.

citron_round3

Welcome to the world Aurelia!
citron_round4


Monday, August 13, 2012

A long break

Wow, a long break! It has been very, very busy. Part of the busy-ness was incorporating this alley kitty, on the other side of the door, into our family.


Meet Penny! She has not yet learned to pose for the camera, but she is only a wee lassie, so I have high hopes.

Cammy, regal as always, is hissing a lot.

I hope they learn to get along. It's like hoping an 80-year-old virgin queen learns to get on with a 14-year-old streetwalker who keeps pouncing on her out of the blue. Much depends on the strategic doling-out of tuna and catnip.

The other busy-ness has been moving houses, in >100 degree weather. You know what a new house means... A knitting/craft room! It is a small alcove on the top floor, which is sure to get great light in the winter, but is unbearably hot right now. Just so you can see how sad and slope-y and junky it is right now:


The albatross grey couch that has been deemed not worthy of being in any other room will be living here now. 
I'll be back with 2 small FO's (like I said, it has been insanely hot) and more regular updates from now on!