finished objects


And there be soakers afoot.

Little Turtle Knits Original Soaker

Newborn

Little Turtle Knits Original Soaker

Small

Little Turtle Knits Original Soaker

Small

Little Turtle Knits Original Soaker

Medium

Little Turtle Knits Original Soaker

Medium

All from the Little Turtle Knits Original Soaker pattern, available online. Projects added to Ravelry.

I have also been updating the R site with past projects. I think most are in, although I realize that my photography skills of an artist are lacking for some items. I will add that to my list of nine famillion items to work on some day in this lifetime. Good thing nobody is keeping track of them, or I might worry that I could fall behind.

In other news almost too incredible to believe, I finished a sock. Yes, one of the current pairs of Monkeys on the line. It turned out pretty funky. I hope to finish up the other this weekend. Otherwise, not much knitting wise, though I did have an accident and somehow some new Lorna’s Laces sock weight found their way into the stash. In celebration of the new acquisitions and the weather that wants to change from hot and/or rainy to cool but just won’t (oh how I miss the west coast this time of year), I’m going to look for a new sock pattern to try. It’s been far too long since I thought of Nancy Bush, but I can’t just limit myself to one of her fine books… I’m going to flip through Ravelry, the real ultimate resource for knitters and see what strikes my fancy.

Yo-ho, mi hearties, and happy belated Talk Like A Pirate Day. It be a favorite day of mine, arr. Twere also the day the babysaurus and I went for a check up and happily everything is perfect! I’m at 23 weeks now and can hardly believe it. I’ve enjoyed the ride so far, and it was scary and exciting all at the same time to register for the birthing class and be told my monthly check ups are going to become bi weekly after October.

And as for knits, the Baby trend continues…

Little Turtle Knits soakers

3 finished soakers, 2 size small 1 size medium from the Little Turtle Knits Original Soaker pattern.

All Cascade 220 colors, I’ll find the numbers someday when I can post a decent non overcast photo. Also, be awake for more than four consecutive hours without needing a nap.

I’m working on the LTK Flirty Skirty as well, and I can’t wait to get started on some pants. In the meantime, thinking about my fourth wedding anniversary TOMORROW, and have been pondering just what sort of gift the traditional “fruit or flowers” entails. Besides the obvious, ya know. Hubs isn’t partial to any fruit that isn’t an apple, but I feel like I should do more than flowers.

Or do we buck tradition and go with the modern day appliances? I don’t know how he’d react if I were to purchase a new washer/dryer set as an “anniversary duo”. Decisions decisions. First ones to make: What size soaker to knit next, what color combo to come up with, and what to do for dinner.

I may be back from the north, but I don’t have to like it. This July heat wave has me ready to pack and take a cruise to Antartica for some penguin sightseeing. Instead I stay, and I knit.

This post is number 100, and it’s roughly been a year since I began babbling about yarny, fiberish related goodness. Time sure does fly when you are all but not paying attention to it.

In light of all the recent reading related excitement, I should admit that I’ve already begun stacking up children’s books for the babysaurus. I really can’t help myself here. Hubs and I love to read and if there is nothing else I can pass on to my offspring, I hope it is this. Plus, Eric Carle is hands down one of my favorite people and I’ve been waiting for an excuse to stack up his tomes.

I know what I liked to read as a child, so what are your favorites?

Moving on to the knitting… because there are Things That Are Completed

Baby's First Hat

Pattern: Baby’s First Hat by Blue Sky Alpacas
Yarn: Used less than 1 skein each of Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton in nut, sage, and bone
Needles: Size 4 DPNs

Baby Bolero

Pattern: Baby Bolero from One Skein
Yarn: 1 skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton in color #82
Needles: US 8 and 9 Addi Turbo 24″ circulars

And Things That Are In Progress

Lizard Ridge

Remember the Lizard Ridge? Yeah, so do I. I don’t know what’s going to happen with this guy next, whether more shades of Noro will be required or things will stay “as is”. This is back on the front burner, however.

Moderne Baby Blanket

A Moderne Baby Blanket from the Mason-Dixon Knitting book. A little over a year ago I was down and out, having just learned to knit but tired of scarves. This book and the Yarn Harlot’s blog are the reason I’m still in the fibery world today.
This is knit in Knit Picks Swish Superwash, obviously 4 colors. Progress on this is steady, as garter stitch can sometimes be tedious unless Netflix serves us up something good but there will be more info in the future.

Saddle shoulder sweater

I’m almost embarrassed to say this sweater has been sitting in this state since April. It only took a week or so to knit up once I figured out just what the hell I was supposed to be doing. All it needs is the neck ripped back and redone and hems.

Not Pictured: The latest sock, yet another Monkey. It seems I was a little overzealous with the delete key.

Thank you for the contributed suggestions regarding lace like fun. It seems I am not alone in such endeavors. The truth is I am in chart 3 of a shawl design, and I’ve not the good sense to snap a photo. Besides, lace progress shots are boring, yes? I will surprise you later, with a large bunch of yarn in a very blue hue.

Washcloth

Cotton Bonanza

So I’m reading the Harlot’s new book and I come across something very familiar to me-the term “knitting jag”. Certainly we all know what happens to dishcloth cotton combined with buttons when it gets in my hands… 16 bibs later and I’m still eyeing the Sugar and Cream stash, subconsiously matching it to buttons I have.

Then we had the Monkey sock debacle, after which the knitters of the group I frequent promised severe intervention if I should dare cast 64 stitches onto another size 2 needle in their presence. I think we can call it safe on that one.. in fact, I think I’ve finally hit the brick wall with Second Sock Syndrome, but that’s another show.

Casts Off is a great little read I finished up at a doctor’s appointment today. The caution of Knitting Jags described me pretty well, and one sentence jumps off the page at you: each knitting of the item is as enchanting as the last.

So true. I used four colors for the quick little dishcloths above, matching colors differently and I couldn’t be more happier with the results. The colors are bright, springy, and happy. Plus, the knitting was overly enjoyable… really, what else could you ask for in a hobby?

So many good vibes going on here, in spite of the excessive yard work and the allergies that don’t make such things easier. I’m crossing my fingers for rain, to wash the yellow away and bring on the bright summer days.

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