Time to Post!
Time for me to get off my duff and stop reading other people's regular blog entries and post some of my own! I've been so lazy with the blog. The best excuse yet is "the camera cable in downstairs in the cold 1st floor". That's been my excuse-of-choice. The other excuse is my overexposed knitting photos. I can't seem to take a good flash photo without it being too bright. There, how's that for excuses?
Now for some photos:
This is the Presto Chango sweater (a free pattern from Jimmy Beans Wool). I made it for a friend's new baby in Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton. I thought it came out really well. The yarn is wonderfully soft and nice to work with. There was plenty of yarn for a 2nd panel (the idea being if the baby stains the sweater, you can unbutton the panel and put another one on)! I think it's brilliant, knowing how much babies gack.
Made the hubby an Irish Hiking hat as a late Christmas gift. It could have been a bit longer but he doesn't have a big head and I was knitting to the pattern. Made with Berroco Pure Merino in Gray. Like the yarn a lot too. He's a gray lover. Loves that gray.
What else? Didn't get the Red Sox sox done for the boys for Christmas. Planning to do it this winter/spring. I finally found a pattern that might help me with my gauge and sizing problems (Priscilla's Dream Socks).
I ripped out a knitted Manos scarf from last year that I didn't like (it curled and just didn't look that nice, considering how lovely the yarn is). And I started this pattern instead, which I like a lot.
Last but not least, DS #1 is turning 9 at the end of this month. He is a lover of green and all things Irish. He originally asked me for a sweater with the Irish flag on it but I just couldn't bring myself to do it (we live in Boston, where the Irish flag can be misinterpreted as a "whites rule" message). So, I found some wonderful Malabrigo Worsted in Verdes and am knitting him a basic v-neck pullover. The yarn is very soft and lovely to work with. This should fulfill his need for green!
OK, kntting content complete. I will write more in the future about life, my lack of following through on a diet (ahem, choosing a different eating lifestyle), exercising more and trying to get more organized. However, January blew by with little of that being accomplished, thanks to the flu, colds and MIL who is very ill. I hope to pick up and address some of these priorities soon!