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Little Wonder

On Saturday I got a birth announcement for Griffin. He was born 2 lbs, 3.5 oz on June 19th to my friends Tiff and Drew. The pictures of the tiny babe made me want to make something to keep him warm and snuggly in the months ahead.

This sweater is the result. Shoulder to hem it is 10″ tall. Buttons are 1″. Considering he was born 15″ long, this will probably be huge for a while, but I’m hoping they like it just the same.


baby sweater

It is made from BERNAT Bamboo Natural Blends yarn in color Dill. At 67 yds per ball, it took 3 balls of yarn to make the One Skein Wonders Pattern “One-Skein-Wonder Baby Sweater”. I used 6mm (US10) needles and my gauge was smaller than the pattern’s at 14st/4″ ( pattern called for 12st/4″). The proportions seem ok and since I am knitting for a preemie, I figured smaller was better. The pattern says the stitches are large enough to accommodate buttons, but it didn’t look like it in my case, so I made button holes 2 stitches wide. I was thinking that the neck closed at 11″ and calculated button position with that number, realizing after I got to the top that the top 2 buttons were going to be closer since the front length is 9.5″. I think it worked out okay though, since I don’t think the top one will be buttoned much.

The yarn is incredibly soft and drapes rather than stretches. I hope the weight isn’t too much for little Griffin, and that it will be comforting for many months. It is so adorable, I am having trouble packing it up and sending it off.

Baby things are fun to make. They are so small, they just fly off the needles. Before I started the sweater, I finished a soaker for my new friend from Knit night, Larissa, who is expecting at the beginning of October and is planning on cloth diapering whenever possible. I made a size large of the Curly Purly pattern from some Deep Charcoal Lamb’s Pride Worsted she had in her stash. This was my first attempt at short rows, and there are some little holes on either side I’m not happy with, but for the purpose of covering cloth diapers, everything worked out just fine.

Curly Purly Soaker

I am also very close to finishing the “V-neck sweater with deep ribbing” from Fitted Knits. I just have to weave in the ends and block it, so I hope to have pictures by the end of the week. It was my first project with fancy yarn, and it turned out okay. I used the specified yarn, Cascade Pastazza, but I think I might be allergic to Llama wool. Every time I work with it, my eyes get itchy, but I’m still hoping to wear it. We’ll see.

That’s about it in knitting news.

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Blogcrastination

Well, it has been less than a week and already packing fatigue has set in. Progress has been made, but there is more stuff everywhere you look. I have limited the kitchen to 2 pots one pan and a couple of plate/bowls that I bought when we moved back to Berkeley and couldn’t find the dishes. 🙂

Considering we still have more than 2 weeks (the PODS container arrives on the 16th), I am not too worried, but maybe I should be. Dr. B spent Sunday working on the books and got one book case empty. That room is going to be a lot of work before it is all done. He put all the stuff he didn’t want in the rest of the house into that room, not to mention all the stuff he really wanted close by. Part sanctuary, part junk room, it will take a lot to empty it. Some of it I can do, but some of the books he still needs, so I am waiting for some direction.

Dr. B is still spending every day at work just like nothing is changing, trying to finish things before he leaves. He already has plans to come back to Austin in July to finish some stuff, but his new boss is going to want him to work there on the new stuff very quickly.

On the flip side, my secret sock is coming along nicely. I have turned the heel and am working on the gusset. I haven’t quite figured out how to keep there from being a hole right were the picked up stitches meet the top, but it doesn’t look too bad. Considering I have only knit one sock in cotton on US3 needles, I don’t feel too bad about it. Using nice sock yarn gives it a lovely look and feel. I am following Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s instructions in Knitting Rules! and things are going smoothly. She really makes a good argument for knitting in general, not that I needed much persuasion. I have made 3 hats and a sock since I read her book, and that is just the start. I have been reading knitting blogs for several hours a day. So much fun to see what people are making and what skill is out there. Hopefully one day I’ll have the skills and endurance to tackle a sweater.

At least in New Jersey I will have the weather for wool. Knitting is kind of a silly hobby in Texas. Too hot for most everything.

I snatched a couple of photos from Jennie’s flickr site of me in NYC. I can hardly wait to get back there!
Tea For Two
Times Square

It’s been a while…

I have been reading blogs again since I stopped working, and it has made me want to try posting again.

Lots of things have changed since my last post. Let’s see…
1)I started and stopped working after 6 months as a contractor for a company that makes fused silica apparatus for the semiconductor industry.  I think everyone (including me) thought it felt like I was there longer, because I got some really nice gifts when I left.
2)The reason I quit is because we are moving to Highland Park NJ in the middle of April so that Dr. B can start a new job at Rutgers University.
3)I just got back from a trip to find a place, which was great fun because our sister-in-law, Jennie, came up from Baltimore to spend the weekend with me. It was my first time in New York City, and boy am I smitten.
4)I’ve learned to knit and have been bitten by the knitting bug in a major way. Even found time to visit a LYS while I was in NJ and picked up one skein of sock yarn. Since I have so much packing to do, the knitting is limited to half an hour during the day as a reward. I have been known to do nothing all day but knit if I have a project I am into. It would be disasterous in this case, so I am exercising control.
5) After reading blogs about the Yarn Harlot’s “represent” day with yarn crawls in NYC, I am anxious to get out there, but I know Dr. B will flip out if my knitting habit really takes off. From what I see on the web, I am only in the early stages of the addiction. I will have to exercise discipline or get a job real quick to support my habit since the yarns available look so yummy.

Check out my flickr site if you want to see what our new apartment looks like. Checking out those photos and thinking about NYC is what keeps me moving in the drudgery that is packing.

I am going to try to post more, if only to be able to come back and read about what I have been doing when I look back and say “Where did all the time go?”

Cheers.

The end of David and Jennie’s Wedding day



The end of David and Jennie’s Wedding day

Originally uploaded by Stellar Babble.

By the end of the day, we were all tired, but Rodney did finally get a shot of Scott and I together. Since he was best man, we didn’t see too much of each other that day. He looks sharp in the tux though

The Morning of David and Jennie’s Wedding



The Morning of David and Jennie’s Wedding

Originally uploaded by Stellar Babble.

For those that want to know what I wore to David and Jennie’s wedding in May, here’s a nice shot that Rodney (their photographer) took. This is in the bridal suite where the ladies were preparing for the wedding. I am wearing a vintage dress I found in Berkeley.

Where to start…

It seems that a chronicle of activities is a good way to measure the use of a day. Publishing it for the world might just help jumpstart the motivation section of my brain that has been wilting from neglect.
My days are primarily filled with crafty things, so for right now, that will probably be the majority of the content I provide.