Recent Projects

Life has been busy lately.  We are expecting our first baby in April, so I have been preoccupied with organizing the apartment.  This will be a review of everything I have been working on the last few months.

A Lace Gauge Swatch

After the wonderful experience I had with blocking my Queen Silvia shawl, I was eager to being my next lace project: the Triangular Summer Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia.  I decided that this time I would make a gauge swatch and block it before I began my shawl.  I had made gauge swatches before, but I had never blocked one because I was always too impatient to begin my project.  I figured that since everyone recommends it, it must be important.

A New Appreciation for Blocking

In January I talked about my Queen Silvia lace shawl.  I had to set it aside for a month to work on the baby blanket, but I finally finished it.  I had heard that blocking is essential for knitting lace.  Before I had always blocked rather half-heartedly because it usually didn't seem to do much.  However, after reading some blogs and watching videos on the subject I realized that I was not getting my finished items wet enough.  I also learned that blocking wires make it a lot easier to block lace, so I used my money from the baby blanket sale to buy some blocking wires.

Selling a Baby Blanket

I had an interesting knitting experience today.  A co-worker had asked me if I would knit a baby blanket for her grandson.  I was excited, because I saw it as an opportunity to get started selling my knitting.  I came up with several design ideas and knit small samples for her to choose from.  (I was thrilled when she picked the one that was also my favorite.)  After she picked out the yarn, I started knitting.

My Adventures with Double-Pointed Needles

Ever since I learned how to knit with double-pointed needles, I have thought they are awesome.  I like watching people’s expressions when I pull out a dpn project.  Half-finished gloves and socks look pretty funny with needles sticking out all over.  My adventure with dpns began in August of 2007.  I had been knitting for five months, and I loved learning new skills.  I had discovered that the yarn aisles at craft stores sometimes have free patterns.  One of the free patterns I had was for making baby hats, and my cousin was having a baby soon.  My only obstacle was to learn how to use dpns.

Knitting in Public

When I was a kid, I hated sitting in the car doing nothing.  It was so boring, so I always brought a book.  One day in second grade, I wanted to start reading books on the bus, but I was self-conscious.  I thought maybe the other kids would think I was weird for reading books on the bus, or that they would make fun of the book I was reading.  The first day, I held my backpack in my lap and read my book secretly while it was still inside my backpack.  I probably looked silly staring into my backpack, but at least no one could see what I was doing.  After a few days of this, I finally ventured to bring the book out of my backpack and read it openly.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that no one had any reaction.  I was now free to spend the boring bus ride pleasantly occupied.

Lace Knitting

One of the Christmas gifts I got from my husband was a knitting book I really wanted: Knitted Lace of Estonia, by Nancy Bush.  It talks about the history of lace knitting in Estonia and gives several beautiful patterns for lace shawls.

Slippers for My Husband's Cold Feet

For a while I had been thinking about either getting Brad some slippers for his birthday or knitting some.  After Christmas I had some time to take on new projects, so I found a few patterns and had him pick his favorite one.  The pattern he chose has pompoms, but I didn't do that.  (It would not have been very manly.)  I also made his slippers longer than in the pattern.  They are very warm, and he likes them a lot.

Christmas Knitting Projects

After I finished my fall garland I devoted my energy to my Slanting Gretel Tee and blocked it the day before Thanksgiving.  I ended up making one more alteration before I finished.  I bound off on the neckline sooner than in the pattern because I don't like my necklines to come up over my collarbone.