Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I'm On A Preemie Hat Jag

I can't seem to stop making Too Early Birthday Preemie hats.  I can't.  I'm addicted to those little hats made with the variegated acrylics.  I'm a slave to the colors and the way they stack up, so much so that I've carried up all of the skeins so that I can make a hat from each before the jag fades.

This one is Red Rocks...

this is Northern Lights...

and this one's Harvest Melon.

This afternoon I took myself down into the sewing studio and whipped up a couple of microwave potholders to give as part of a wedding gift this coming Saturday.  This is one of those patterns that I think is so clever and "why didn't I think of that?" worthy.  I hope the newlyweds like them.  I should probably put a little note in with them so they understand that the whole shebang goes into the microwave so you can carry your hot bowl to the table or the couch without burning your fingers.

Oooh, it's gotten pretty dark and thunder's really rumbling.  Better get this posted and power down the laptop.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Just Like Potato Chips

I can't seem to stop making these tiny preemie hats.  It's the yarn colors... no, it's the hat pattern... okay, it's both of them together, they make me drunk with knitting and accomplishment.  After being monogamous on the grandbaby blankie for the last couple weeks I needed some down-and-dirty, knock 'em out quick projects.  Not that I didn't love knitting that blankie, I did, I really did even with all the angora fuzzies I'm sure I ingested and absorbed into my wardrobe, but after a spell of extended project monogamy I just have to zoom a few things out--and these preemie hats are the perfect things for zooming and they're for a good cause too.

I am in love with this yarn, acrylic though it is.  It's Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted Prints, and for a variegated, bright color lover like me they're the perfect choice.  (Scroll down  through all the solid colors *yawn* to the variegated colorways.)  I think I want to get Northern Lights and Plum Jam colorways next, those will kind of complete my spectrum on hand because God forbid I should knit a preemie hat in pastels.  I know I have ranted in past blog entries on my feelings about shoving all babies in pastels so I won't trot out that particular rant at this time.

The aqua and lime one is called Happy Baby, it makes me smile every time I look at it.  The other colorway is Beach and for some reason it reminds me of Mom.  I don't know why because her favorite color was green, a nice sage-y green, so I'm clueless but I like thinking about her anyway.  As you can see this is an excellent pattern to knit while reading (and having a little Dove Promise for my lunch dessert) at work.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Done! *dusts off hands*

And brushes all the angora off her clothing.  All week I've been spitting out angora fibers and finding them caught in my fingernails and everywhere because I've been bearing down to finish the Cloud Soft Grandbaby Blankie--and I did.  I finished it just after bedtime last night.  Ahh.  It looks just like I hoped it would, bright and colorful and oh so soft.  Now on to the next grandbaby thing I want to knit.  Hmm, this coming person is sure taking up my knitting time.  Oh well, I guess I've been selfish-knitting long enough.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Another Tiny Thing

These preemie hats are like potato chips, I can't knit just one.  Once I pick up the pattern and needles again I cast one on, knit it, cast on another, knit that one, and on and on.  It's just so satisfying to cast on a project in the morning and have it done by bedtime even allowing for housekeeping chores or pesky customers in the dive shop.  This colorway's called Parrot.  It makes me giggle.  So does my little bison softie.  It amazes me to recall that we were there exactly a year ago.

I'm nearly done with miter #4 of the Cloud Soft Grandbaby Blankie.  I'm planning to sit down on the couch in a few minutes and finish it.  Then I'll figure out how I want to crochet the border.  Maybe I'll poll the knitters tonight...  I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Tiny Thing Got Done

Even though the baby blankie is working up fairly quickly I felt the need to finish something so I cast on a preemie hat the other night and finished it at work yesterday.  It was fun and immensely satisfying.  I think I might do that again today when Durwood has a doc's appointment and we'll be in a waiting room.

Isn't this linen upholstery fabric cool?  I couldn't resist buying it.  I'm going to love the totes I made with it.

But first I need to go make Rice Krispie treats--because I want to.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Still Soft & Fuzzy, Not Done Yet

It hasn't really been a knitting week.  It hasn't really been an "anything" week but I keep plugging away at the Cloud Soft Grandbaby Blankie.  I love the colors, and the yarn is soooo soft.  So soft.  I'm closing in on the end of miter #3 and will use fuschia and purple for miter #4 and take out the fuschia and add in yellow for the corner.  Then it'll be time for the edging.  Woohoo.  Then I can move on to the next grandbaby thing, which will be a teeny tiny sweater for when it's first born.  It better not be over 9# because that's the high end of the size range for this pattern.  That's really tiny, isn't it?  Can't wait to make it.  This might be the best dressed-in-knitting grandbaby this year.  Oh, probably not because I'm not much for knitting with the tiny, fine yarns and lacy patterns, but it will be warm and brightly covered.  And fuzzy in this blankie.

I like this yarn so much and am so disappointed that it's discontinued that I found a bit of it in neutral colors to buy from people's stashes on Ravelry.  That's just one of the reasons I love Ravelry.  One of the many.  I still want someone to make a site like it for fabric craft so I can catalog all my patterns and notions and the barrel of thread I still have and all my fabric.  Get to work on that, someone, okay?

I splurged on a pound of hazelnut decaf the other day and mixed it into my regular decaf.  I just made the first pot with it.  Ooh, it's so good.