The other morning Julia came over to run with us. Afterward, Jeff let Paco out as Julia and I stood there talking...he ran up to Julia, realized she wasn't Erica (who he loves seeing every Thursday morning), and completely ignored her. I guess he felt bad because yesterday when she brought over some running club stuff, he laid in her lap, trying to get on her good side:
Ever make some microwave popcorn and wonder why it's sounding especially loud? PING PING PING! It took a while to register, but finally something made me look:
Oops - putting the lid on would have been nice!
I finished the baby sweater and boy is it ever CUTE! Baby stuff is so adorable in general, but hand knit something and the cuteness factor just explodes! Here's the sweater, with a question at the end for you knitters out there. Oh, and please note how the color changes depending on the light - I haven't done any editing beyond cropping, but it's crazy to see it go from a soft pink to a very bright pink in the blink of an eye!
Back (you can see the garter stitch down the sides - I followed the pattern exactly as written this time, but next time I think I'll do what a lot of other knitters suggested and omit that part)...
Front again - see? The color has changed (pic taken in a different room than above).
OK, I was having fun with it at this point...
Buttons! Did you know that there is a specific way to sew buttons on a knitted garment? Thanks to Google and YouTube, I do now. For one thing, you're not supposed to use sewing thread (it can wear through the yarn) - you use either yarn or embroidery floss. I was lucky that the yarn fit through my buttonholes...saving me yet another trip to the store (the buttons took two trips). You are supposed to create a shank, or space between the button and the sweater, so there's room to lay properly when it's buttoned up, and you do that by sewing over a spacer (bottom left picture; I used a darning needle). Then you pull the button up and wrap the yarn around, underneath the button, to make the shank (bottom center picture). I was pleased to see that it worked just the way it was supposed to! Oh - you can really see the color change in this set of pictures - the brighter pink shots were taken in my family room; the paler shots were in my bedroom...all in natural light.
And now, here's my question for the knitters out there: I soaked the sweater in Eucalan (a knitter's wool wash) and then blocked it. And while it blocked nicely (save for some discoloring from my T-pins which nearly caused me a heart attack, but I was able to clean it off), it's almost too smooth for me. I thought it looked so soft, for want of a better word, when I was knitting it - here's a comparison shot:
What do you think - would you rewash and just hand shape instead of blocking it like I did? Am I seeing things? Being too picky? Weigh in, please (and thank you in advance).
Big morning tomorrow - we are having Easter in July, in the form of an egg hunt during our run, complete with prizes! Not my original idea (I stole the concept from another blogger's running club) but it sounded like fun, and our goal this season is not only to get our runners ready for the big race, but to bond and enjoy the journey along the way.
Have a great weekend!