Friday, January 11, 2008

Yes, I'm still alive thanks for asking :-)

Well no one really asked but yes I am still alive, just been extremely busy. Happy New Year and all that jazz. You won't see any resolutions posted here just because... I just don't wanna. My holiday season was pretty low key just spent at home chilling with the family.Not a lot of knitting or spinning going on. I'm not going to recap my knits for 2007 either for the same reason stated previously. With all of that said, why did I start this post? Oh yeah, I just want to bring my blog up to date for '08 (I like the way that sounds).

I'm currently working on a secret project which will be revealed once it's finished. All I can say is that its super cute and way out of my comfort zone. I don't know what was in the water this summer but the preggers people are coming out in full force. I made my first Baby surprise jacket and I am now officially in love with the pattern. I made it for one of my coworkers that attends our purls of hope knitting sessions there. She is so incredibly sweet so I knew I had to make something extra special for her impending bundle of joy.
The yarn is Red Heart baby soft and I can honestly say that I enjoyed knitting with it. I mean its acrylic thats soft, doesn't squeak or hurt your hands, what more could you ask for? It took me about a week to make and I used the pattern from EZ's Opinionated Knitter book. I tried to make the bonnet that has sort of the same mitered lines as the sweater but it looked rather odd to me. I ended up seaming of the side of it and turning it into a hat. I'm planning on knitting another one but with some handspun yarn with a lot of color. Speaking of, have you seen the one in the new Spin Off magazine? Yeah, I know!

As far as my wip's from my previous project, I ditched the sock (just wasn't feeling it) and I lost the chart I made for the vest. Once I get the energy to try and remember what patterns I used and where I left off then I'll resume knitting it. Hopefully I'll have it done before winter is over.

I know I keep making reference to a spinning project that I'm working on but I haven't actually given any details. That's because I don't feel as though I have enough content to show as of yet. Plus I don't really know where I'm headed with it so I want to wait until I have it a little more planned out. But I will take you through my steps so far.

I took some White scoured New Zealand Romney wool that I purchased from RH Lindsay and dyed the locs in shades of purple, green and salmon. I then carded the colors separately into nice fluffy batts. I then added specs of the other colors into each main color (i.e specs of green & salmon in the purple batt etc).

I feel stumped right now because I'm not sure of how I want to spin it and what I want the end product to be. I think I may want to make a fair isle hat being that I only have a little over an ounce and a half of each color or I may make fair isle mittens. So once I know what I want to make, then I can spin and the whole process will be posted here for you all to see.

I think I'm done for now so I'll try not to make myself so much of a stranger. Later.

14 comments:

Necia said...

Go sistah! Don't be stump. Sometimes you have to just do it! I love the baby stuff. Thanks for updating.

Annie said...

Well there you are! You know, I just cast on for a BSJ today! I love the white edging on yours, very sweet. oving your stitch markers too, I think I need to go browse your etsy shop...

del said...

What a cute jacket & hat set; I bet your coworker loves it. Glad to "see" you!

Vera H. said...

Beautiful wool!!! and the baby set came out so cute.

Nancy said...

Missed ya!

m. said...

I'm glad you're still alive. :) Thanks for your lovely comments. And I love the new floors too.

Sheila said...

The baby sweater and hat set is adorable. I must try that pattern its such a hit.

yarndiva said...

that bsj turned out really cute!

spinning is always a conundrum with me. i can't wait to see what you decide about your roving!

sahara said...

OOOOOOHHH, AAAHHHH, the baby set and the yarn is beautiful!

Hey, what time is the knitting group meeting on Sunday? Do you have to be a Harlem resident? I have a plying lesson w/Twain (which I'll be glad when it's finished), then I'd like to come out.

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Love your baby set. Really nice color choices too !!!

Jeanine said...

Your Baby Surprise looks really cute. They are fun to knit up.

Deborah said...

hope to come to the meetup next week...

Maia said...

Love your baby surprise jacket! They are great fun.

Batts are so fun too. They open up worlds of possibility. Can't wait to see what you make!

Love the Marvin Gaye hat too. It looks great on your handsome man.

Glenna C said...

Hey, Chante! Did you see yourself on the Let's Knit podcast? ;)
http://letsknit2gether.com/ Ahh, Rhinebeck.