Monday, June 19, 2006

Mystery Toy?

So, I'm strolling by and notice this random object in Brent's spiral toy:

Not unusual. He'll stuff anything that fits into that thing. He loves that thing. You should have seen the joy when he realized his stash of plastic Easter eggs were perfect for it. Look closer though...

Hunh. That's one of the balls of scrap yarn I'm using for my turtle toy. I guess I woulda missed it eventually.

Knitting update:
I bought the zipper for the Cecilia sweater but haven't installed it yet. I haven't gotten around to felting my booga bag, nor have I laundered and delivered the Seton blanket. Horrible.
I started on Mamash's novelty wrap, but quickly gave up. That yarn seems to have an anti-needle reverse magnetic field! It was taking me more than a minute per stitch! Ana agrees that the railroad ribbon on the giant needles is a PITA, but she's actually capable of it, so she took over that particular project. She says that continental knitters seem to struggle more with that railroad stuff. Is that true or is she trying to make me feel better?
To assuage my self-esteem, I started making pieces for a Fiona McTague stuffed turtle. It's quick going and I think it's going to be adorable; so in other words, I'm having fun, which is probably why I've abandoned my other, so-close-to-done projects! Oh well, knitters do these things, right?

Monday, June 05, 2006

Sitting on (mostly) FOs

No energy for photos at this point due to tummy troubles :(, but I'll get some taken soon! The Cecilia sweater needs only a zipper installation -- the booga bag needs to be felted and assembled -- and the Seton blanket just has to be laundered and driven to the hospital! It feels awesome being done with these things.

The project I named "carseat pads" is really just a little handful of soft, squooshy crocheted cotton rectangles that will be laced onto the shoulders straps of Brent's carseats. When he falls asleep during a car ride (which is often) he gets these awful red marks on his poor little neck where those rough strap edges cut into his skin. It's such a tiny project it probably shouldn't count as one, but oh well. I have to be proud of every moment of craftiness I manage to squeak in lately.

What's up next? I'm starting to swatch some Ornaghi Filati Midas Touch (color 06) for a dressy wrap for my grandmother. She chose the yarn and means to wear it to a wedding in October and I hope she'll get tons of compliments. Aside from that, I have the yarn and am raring to get going on the pink and brown hoodie (whose name I really need to learn) from Big Girl Knits. I'll blog the yarn and colors when I start on it. I will probably also be starting a stuffed turtle toy I've been itching to make for quite a while; I envision that eventually getting shipped off to Chicago for my friend Ruth's baby boy, David.

Also being pondered: a Mitered Mozart in Red Heart Soft autumn colors for my sis-in-law, a diagonals jacket in Ana's purple/blue handspun for Ana, a pair of luxurious socks in SP-gifted burgundy Regia Silk for myself, another Caron Simply Soft Seton blanket, a self-designed textured tshirt for my father, a yoga mat bag for Aunt Dianne ...and the list goes on and on.