Friday, December 31, 2010

I finished the body...

...then knit up about 1/2 a sleeve before deciding to have my recipient try it on. Wrong, wrong, wrong. The sleeve wasn't tapering down fast enough, and the neck! Oh the neck is too high. My last Aryan sweater the neck seemed too low, and thus I've over compensated.

I've ripped out the sleeve back to the starting point and will start again. When I finish the sleeves I'll be going back up to the neck and will try and unwind it down and then knit it back to a better dimension. That will be a bit experimental, as I've never unwound a garment from the beginning. However, I think I should be able to, why not? Better than ripping the entire thing out. Oh the hours, and hours I've spent on this thing already. I don't foresee this being done before Valentine's day at this rate.

Friday, December 10, 2010


I knew this sweater would take a long time...but it's a little frustrating that I'm still working on it. Hopefully, I will get it done for Christmas...I hope!

Here I am multi-tasking; knitting, administering a math lesson, and serving as a baby bed. The baby is quite cozy under the large, warm sweater-to-be.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Project Pumpkin Pants

It started out as a skein of plain Aryan wool. I poured a dash of vinegar into the bathroom sink, then added orange flavored kool-aid (1 packet unsweetened) and enough water to cover the whole skein. It resulted in a very pale orange yarn. Then I repeated the process using 1 packet of black cherry flavored kool-aid, and this helped to darken the orange a bit more.  After it dried I had a nice variegated peachy orange color.    And now we have a new pair of longies for the baby.   The longies are knit in the round from the top down. The body of the pants were knit on circular needles, and then the legs were knit on double point needles.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lime for the fall

 Just finished knitting this last night and got the dress sewn up this afternoon.

The sleeves should shrink up a bit after it's washed, but they are a bit longer then I'd intended. Oh well...

I'm not even going to bother with a headband...she won't wear them anyhow.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Two down, one to go

I didn't think I'd have enough fabric, but I've got a plan to eek out one more dress from this lot, so that my three girls will have matching dresses. It would have been nice if I'd finished this at the begining of Spring....but before fall will be fantastic too!
The goal now, is to finish the third dress someone's birthday at the end of this month. "just keep knitting, just keep knitting...knitting, knitting..."

Here's the second dress.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

It's been a long time

...but I managed to finish a dress for my littlest girl. I've cast another dress top onto the knitting needles...and hope to have that one done in a month.
As I sat down to sew, I realized I hadn't really put my sewing corner into order. I usually require four large push pins to anchor the skirt to the bodice. I couldn't find the stuffed animal, a green Loch Ness Monster toy I got years ago on a trip to Scotland, which I now use as a pin cushion. But luckily, the former owner of this home left behind a sewing machine inside a table, along with all their sewing things. So I used her little pin cushion and her teeny tiny pins. They did the trick, but I was sure glad to find Nessie later, because larger pins work best.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

At least someone is knitting

A month ago I had to...scoff with me for a a couple dresses for my baby, because she had grown out of most of her clothes and I hadn't found time to make some for her. A few days ago I cast on a dress top. I plan to make it into a V-neck with cap sleeves to go with some peach floral fabric in my stash.

I used to be able to crank these out in a few days...a week tops! What's happened to me? You can see why it took me over ten minutes to complete a single row this afternoon (as I sat in the car awaiting the older kids to be done with their class). This child is very hands on and HAS to touch everything she sees!

These days go by so quickly, so I'm not sad at all that I haven't much time to knit.