Monday, May 29, 2006

I Love a Long Weekend

So, the BBBB was completed on Friday, May 26. Let it be written - I am DONE! I wish I knew the exact date that I started it (sometime in March) although I have to include the zillion times I had to rip and restart due to some minor difficulty with all the seed stitch. And yes, the yarn pooled; I didn't know this was a bad thing until I read about it recently on the WWW. But, it looks like Sam loves it anyway! I took it to my sister's yesterday, and visited with my new niece, Maria. She is absolutely beautiful! And, she is now my reason to knit baby clothes and accessories! But, first things first: The Mason Dixon Book, and the project I have been dying to try: The Ballband Dishcloth. Here is my first (completed in Sugar & Cream, except for weaving in ends,)

and my second, already a WIP, in Peaches & Cream. This dishcloth addiction is hilarious, and useful! Which actually, I need to get back to...

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Anxiously Awaiting

So, tomorrow is THE day - my sister is being induced at 6:00am. Go ahead, ask me if the BBBB is finished - well, it's not. 28 rows left. But looking fantastic, and it feels so good to have the end in sight! What is finished is the baby hat - a much smaller, quicker project that I seamed up this past week. Why is it that small articles of clothing knitted in baby colors are always so precious? I would like to make a zillion more of these little hats! (Another reason for being so precious - it was my first real project attempt with decreasing.)

I think the reason the BBBB is not yet completed is because I am constantly being distracted with other projects. I read a little bit of my Mason Dixon Knitting book each night, and have already purchased enough cotton yarn for a whole drawer-full of "warshcloths." And of course, stitch markers have been on my list for months. I was so thrilled yesterday to finally find split rings in the sizes I had been searching for. I made my first set tonight. A little rusty on the beading skills (I've been knitting!) and yet I think they turned out pretty great. They're on a Size 9 knitting needle in this picture. I am planning to knit at least one row of the blanket tonight, since it needs 3 of these markers! I can't wait to see them at work! Although I can't wait to see my sweet little niece even more...

Sunday, May 07, 2006

My First Day

Alert the press! Today is the day I post for the first time. If only I could explain how long it has taken for me to get to this point! Not so computer/blog savvy yet...

Ok, my sister's baby is due VERY soon, as in a couple of weeks. I have 50 rows left on the BBBB. It takes me about 10 minutes to knit 1 row (I know, don't laugh - it's long, and I'm still a beginner!) So I'm looking at about 8 and a half more hours of knitting. This would seem so feasible, except that I am constantly getting distracted by so many other things. For example, look at the new books I received the other day. I can't stop opening them, reading their valuable tips, and drooling over all the pictures of projects I will soon allow myself to begin. After seeing The Yarn Harlot in person here in St. Louis, I am now a huge fan, and I had to have all three of her books. As for Mason-Dixon Knitting, I love the beautiful, inspiring pics and the humerous story telling in this new book. I am so ready to dig into these patterns, and pretty much bought out my local Walmart's stock of Peaches & Cream cotton yarn the other night.

But, the BBBB must be completed first! By the way, here's a pic of Muffin; she is obviously being very helpful with the BBBB, don't you think? I know, I keep hearing about all these knitters who have numerous projects going at once. And I'm dying to be one of those knitters - but not until after this blanket is done!

On that note, I'm off to make up a smoothie and knit like crazy!