01 August 2007

More about those knits

So here's the list of works in progress
1. The Mable dress for Margaret, done
2. "Labor" socks, these are the bed socks that were intended for wearing during Margaret's birth, one done, second foot left
3. Betsy socks, foot left on both socks
4. Palette Fair Isle, lots left
5. EZ February baby sweater, done
6. Estonian socks, one sock is half done
7. a sweater for Elisabeth from this book, lots left
8. a Mason Dixon bib, done
oh, and I added a project that I just couldn't resist, a Knitted Babe, I only have half of her body done now, but she is a quick knit.

I am checking them off!

And now, as promised, a little bit about those finished projects...

This is the Mable dress. This was started back in March, intended to be the dress Margaret wore home from the hospital. When she decided to join us almost 2 months early, I was a little preoccupied, and believe it or not, I had a real hard time sitting and knitting, even though I did a lot of sitting. Working on something for baby, that was intended for our happy time, when she was sitting in the hospital, was very difficult.

So, finishing this was very healing for me. I love it! I finished the little slippers too. It's adorable on Margaret. She wore it to church a couple weeks ago and will wear it on Saturday to my cousin's wedding.

It is made in KnitPicks Shine Sport in cream.

Here are the "Labor" socks, same story as for the dress. I was making these to bring to the hospital, in case my feet got cold during labor & delivery. They are almost done and will be nice to wear around the house this winter. These are done in KnitPicks Memories in Rocky Mountain Dusk (now discontinued, I think)

Right next to the socks is the Mason Dixon bib. These are such an easy knit, I added a ruffle to the bottom. I still need to weave in the ends and add a button. This is done in Peaches & Cream cotton, in Gumdrop.

Finally, this is the EZ (Elizabeth Zimmerman) February baby sweater or Gull Stitch sweater. I *love* this knit. I started this shortly after Margaret was born, I needed something new to work on. I wasn't sure if I was going to finish it, but I really fell in love with the sweater as it grew. I have buttons picked out, they are from my button box, check 'em out, 49 cents for 5. I still need to sew them on the sweater. This should last Margaret for a few more months, we always need a sweater in the diaper bag to deal with the a/c here.

I knit this is some acrylic baby yarn, I think Bernat, I know the color is called denim something, anyway the yarn was given to me for Christmas by Mom and Dad. This sweater will become a standard gift for me, I think. I have several other balls of the baby yarn, perfect for gifts, easy wash and wear.

I will be pulling out some of my unfinished cross-stitch projects after I get a few more knitting projects off the needles. I have about 5 or 6 projects that need attending to. And there is some sewing I want to do as well. How much can I get done before the fall semester starts with my orientation on August 16th?

I managed to get a couple pictures of Elisabeth and Joseph at the park yesterday, no action shots though. Of course, Elisabeth closed her eyes, oh well.

This evening, I pick up my brother, Unci Ben, from the airport. I am so excited to see him. He has not met he new niece yet. I can't wait!

In the meantime, laundry, reading, knitting and quiet, the kids are at camp today. Oh, I may go to campus today, to see one of my professors who retired in May. She has been cleaning out her office this summer and has set aside a box of books for me, such a wonderful gift! Did I mention she is my favorite professor? I am so sad she retired, I would have loved to work with her for my graduate studies. She will remain in Gainesville though.

Have a blessed day!


msrib said...

i already emailed Mitchie about these projects from the Kodak Gallery email... but oy! i adore these projects!!! i really want to learn to knit socks, but i'm hesitant with those itty bitty needles and thin yarn. it's bad enough that i have a bunch of projects on my needles already that i don't work on.

do you have any super easy sock patterns you'd suggest? i know Knit Picks has some gorgeous yarn, but i want to find a pattern first..

Sharon said...

One of my favorite sock pattern books is Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Church. Knit Picks has it on sale now. The book starts with a "class sock", a smaller sock that allows you to learn all the different parts of the sock. After that, the book has several different patterns which allow you to choose size, stitch pattern and a few other options. If you wanted to place an order for the book plus yarn, the class sock uses worsted weight on size 6 needles, the others could use any "sock yarn" and needles sized appropriately. I use size 1 needles with knitpicks sock yarns.

Sharon said...

Oops, it's Charlene Schurch, sorry for the misspelling.

Juls said...

love the mabel dress, so lovely!!! I may have to make one for my little niece on the way...