Thursday, August 31, 2006

Waiting . . .

I've been knitting up a storm lately, but mostly I'm just filling in knitting time until my Peace Fleece shipment arrives. I have some Wool Ease in my stash and thought I'd try making soakers out of it. They seem to work just fine, even though the yarn is only 10% wool. I still love wool for soakers, but these will be nice for backup soakers and for bumming around the house. The yarn is a weird color for a baby--black with colored flecks. I got an email notice that my Peace Fleece has been mailed, so I'm hoping it will arrive any day now. First item on my list: Aubrey Doodlepants. I've never tried short rows, kitchener stitch, or knitting on circs, so it should be interesting!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

My Freecycle Find

I scored a wool sweater from my local freecycle group. Here are the soakers I made from it. Not bad for a first attempt, though I think I'll get better with practice. It's not as easy as it looks in the tutorials. Yes, those are flowers on the longies--I'll have to stash those away for someday in the future if I have a daughter. I won't be putting them on my little man!

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Monday, August 21, 2006

My Most Recent Knit and Crochet Projects

These are my first wool soakers. They're made from Patons Classic Merino, which is available at my local Meijer. It's nice and soft, but after seeing some of the yummy colors available in other yarns, I'm looking forward to beefing up my stash with some more interesting yarns! I just ordered some Peace Fleece in Kamchatka Seamoss and Zarya Fog. Can't wait!

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The Beginning . . .

It feels kind of weird putting myself out there for everyone to see, but here goes. I decided to start a blog as an outlet for my creative ideas. Instead of boring the pants off my friends and family with my endless whirr of ideas for knitting, crochet, and sewing projects, I can now post them in my blog.

My latest obsession is knitting wool diaper soakers for my five-month-old son (who is cloth-diapered). I've completed three so far, and I'm really impressed with how well they work. His diapers are often soaked, but the wool holds the wetness in. Who knew? Sometimes the old-fashioned way really is the best! But I'm now out of wool yarn, so I'm waiting for my birthday, hoping someone will give me some yarn so I can play again. (Yes, I have yarn on my wish list . . . ).

In the meantime, I'm trying to come up with ways to use up some of my stash of acrylic yarn. After all, I have to knit something! I thought it would be cool to do some things for charity. I found a charity called Project Snuggles, which provides handmade blankets (snuggles) to animal shelters. Very cool idea! I made one snuggle (a 14" x 14" square of garter stitch). Booooring! I think if I want to make any more snuggles, I'll use that plain old square to practice some new stitches. So I can hone my knitting skills and help a poor, scared, lonely, abandoned doggy or kitty feel a little more comfy and safe and warm at the same time! I also thought it might be fun to make some simple rectangle sweaters. I'm making one now out of really gaudy colors--sort of a color-block effect. Maybe I can find a children's charity that needs sweaters.

Anyway, welcome to my rambling journal--a chronicle of my attempts at handicraft. Now, I'm off to see if I can figure out how to post some pictures on here . . .