Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Behold, the blue and fuzzy sweater:
This is the first shaped item that I have knitted that has actually come out looking like it was supposed to! The pattern is from Knitting for the First Time. I thought this was a great book when I first started knitting again, but I'm not so sure that the finished projects really work like they should. Do you see the sleeves? Aren't they strangely shaped? And I followed the project to a letter--It just didn't seem to work as well as I hoped for. But, I did remember how to do decreases and increases with this pattern, so all is not lost.
This was, however, a great beginners project. I used Lion's Brand Homespun, which is sort of fuzzy. It is very forgiving and hides mistakes, so the stitches look decent. Plus it is cuddly warm and machine washable, perfect for my daughter who creates washing/stain removing works of art each day!
Next time I post I will show a few more early knitting projects and talk (write) about when I learned to knit (think 4-H and lots of acrylic).
So, here's the first entry! I have knitting pics and kid pics for additional entries, once I am sure that I know how this crazy thing works.
Monday, August 30, 2004
Anna and Bruce were busy yesterday in the yard. It is so hot here--100 degrees--that the plants are just hanging on. But, there are some tomatoes in the garden. I guess tomato part 2 is starting. Here's a picture of Anna raking with Daddy (The little wooden rake was mine as a kid--bought from an Amish store in Lancaster, I think).
As for knitting, I finished up the actual knitting on the Yarn Girls tank from the Summer Interweave Knits. The yarn is a gorgeous light blue blend of silk and pima cotton from Classic Elite. Now I have to stitch it together and finish the crochet edging. I'll post pictures of it shortly (plus two other finished projects).
Now I get to return to the never ending felted bag from Hip to Knit. I frogged my (stupid) mistake--I was watching the Olympics, reading blogs, and watching the kid, so I wasn't paying attention and missed the edge knitting. Argh.