Sit and Knit update: I bought some acrylic yarn to make baby hats to donate - hospitals require that the hats are washable, so I went with the easy stuff. Love how the yarn striped itself:
I didn't put a pompom on it because I wasn't sure how well it would hold up to a washing machine. But I think the hat looks sweet, anyway.
This is a newborn size, and I have enough to make either one more in that size, or I could possibly squeeze out two preemie sizes (if I can find a pattern that corresponds to the yarn). Here's a confession: I also bought another skein of the acrylic yarn with every intention of making more baby hats for donation...but I love the colors and am thinking about making a hat for myself instead.
The only things holding me back are lack of an adult pattern for this size yarn, and also I'm wondering if the acrylic will give me a massive case of static electricity with my hair - I'm not really a hat wearer, so I don't know - would wool do the same thing?
I started knitting a sweater on Wednesday. It's the same yarn that I from last summer, when Debby helped me get going on a different sweater pattern. But I set it aside when I came home (I had baby blankets to make!) and when I finally picked it back up, I was pretty lost. So I found a different pattern that thousands of people had used with success (that's the cool thing about Ravelry.com - you can see what people have made and read their comments about the pattern, yarn, etc. to see if it's a good match for you) and got started with it. Now, I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants knitter and can't be bothered with things like a gauge swatch, which helps with sizing, so I have no idea if this will actually fit me...but hey - I figure it will fit someone that I know, and in the meantime, I'll get good practice at knitting a sweater! I had a little trouble with the one buttonhole, but got help from my running/knitting friend, Cary, and was back to knitting it again after a couple hours. Then, I ran into a part that intimidated me and I hemmed and hawed about continuing, but finally decided that at worst, I'd have to unravel it - and it's not like I haven't done THAT time after time - so I plunged in and did it! Here's what I have so far:
It kinda reminds me of Cleopatra's collar, but I promise, this is the beginnings of a sweater.
I'm also knitting some small things for Christmas (which I can't show you yet as certain recipients read my blog), and I'm working on my one bigger Christmas present. I like having several projects going at once, because some of them require a lot of concentration (like the sweater) where I have to refer to the pattern often and, repeat the sequence out loud as I knit - so there's no TV or other distractions on. But others, I can just knit away, and that's when I get to clear out my DVR or watch something on Netflix. And this is probably more than you care to know about my knitting process, I'm sure!
Finally, here's a picture of baby Helen wearing her newest hat:
Such a cutie! And there's room to grow with this hat, which was my intention...she lives in Minnesota and it's COLD out there!
I really appreciate all the comments on Monday's post - it looks like we all struggle with finding clothes that fit well. Nice to know that I'm not alone...and I hope that in the future, we ALL can have esteem-boosting success in the dressing room!
After one last hurrah of near 90 degree temperatures on Thursday, a cold front blew in overnight, and we are going to be chilly for the foreseeable future - which means that tomorrow's 11 miler will be done in the upper 40s - and you better believe I'm doing a happy dance about that! Ahhh...I'm not going to focus on the distance; I'm just going to enjoy running in cool weather for a change!
Have a great weekend!