Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I Really Have Been Knitting More Than Hats

Here's The Kid's sweater that I finished back in March. It took a whole year to complete, because other things came up along the way.

Here's a beret I designed for MadelineTosh. It's a free pattern.

I also designed these for MadelineTosh, but made this pair in my favorite colors for me. It can be purchased on the website.

I finished the Gathered Pullover! I used Brooks Farm Yarn Mac Acero. My sewing dress form is modeling it, and you cannot tell by looking at it, but it fits me well.

I made the Mara Shawl (another free pattern) by MadelineTosh using a skein of MadelineTosh Tosh Worsted in each of the Carmen and the Oak colorways. It is currently blocking. I hope to wear it soon.

MK out.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Time Flew

The Kid graduated from high school last night.

All that hat knitting business was for him and his friends. I made each a hat in his college colors.

Yep, time flew.

MK out.

Friday, June 5, 2009

How to Knit a Hat in One Day

There are two methods:

1. Accompany a friend or a family member to a big city university hospital while he or she undergoes a special test that takes about 5 hours from start to finish.

You may not necessarily spend the whole five hours knitting, but you end up with this:

2. Knit a hat on a day that is full of errands and tasks.

It is not as effective as the first method, and the probability of ending with a finished hat by the end of the day is lower, but...

I gathered the materials.

Then I made a little breakfast, ate it and tidied up the kitchen. On the agenda today is to steam clean the grout in the kitchen only - That shouldn't take too long.

For those of you who have known me for a long time, this grout cleaning thing - been going on for y.e.a.r.s. Kind of like the decrapification thing. I'm all into it for about the first day, and then realize how monumental the task is, and the enthusiasm fizzles. It's just not fun!

I tidied up the den.

I cast on and started the first row.

I went for a three-mile power walk in the neighborhood.

I came home and it was about time for lunch; so, I made a little something, ate it and tidied up the kitchen.

The Kid needed a ride to drop his truck off to get some speakers added to his stereo system and then he needed to be dropped off to school for a mandatory graduation practice.

I got home and pulled ot the steam machine.

I started in on the grout. I'm ashamed to show you how gross it was.

I steamed and scrubbed for about an hour, and cleaned a 4-feet by 6-feet section of the kitchen floor. I was tired and put away my cleaning supplies.

I knitted some more on the hat, and realized that I was inadvertently knitting a mobius.

I tinked back, untwisted the stitches and started in on the hat again.

It was about 3:30 by then, and I still had errands to run. I took a shower and got dressed.

Before I got home, I picked up supper at Pei Wei. Yum!

After supper, I went to get my knitting, and discovered that my mom had found it and had knitted to the second red stripe while I was gone before supper.*

The hat was finished by me at a leisurely pace by 10:30ish.

The end.

MK out.

*There was still a chance that the hat would have been finished by me before midnight had she not done that, but less likely. Thanks Mom!