Knitting Loosely
a journal about knitting and life as a mom of two kids in New England.

Sunday, June 29, 2003  

oh oh, new digs here at blogger....hadn't gotten used to the old ones frankly.

working on designing my new kitchen, but still knitting in between. The baby sweaters are in full progress and the babies are being born left and right. Must complete two more for the summer and another for the fall. Thankfully they are rather good summer knitting projects.

the kitchen.... mmm.... more on that later.

posted by Kathy | Sunday, June 29, 2003

Monday, June 16, 2003  

The cream colored baby sweater and the hat I made to match were a big hit at work. Everyone was impressed...can't help feeling a little guilty about it, since it was such an easy thing to do. (there is a picture of the pattern on the DB pattern section.) I did add another decrease row at the neckline and added 6 more rows of stocking stitch so that it rolls better. I think it looks better. The blue one is done and the hat is nearing the end. That one will be off to Albany soon. I also found out this weekend that my two cousins are having babies this summer and another one is having one in the fall, so I better get cracking. I think I shall look for someone having a discount on Cashmerino Aran when ordered in bulk!

And sorry to say, I forgot to take a picture of the sweater and hat before it went off to the recipient. I will take one of the blue one later today. For once the SUN is out for another day in a row!!!

posted by Kathy | Monday, June 16, 2003

Sunday, June 01, 2003  

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Me and the kids and 900,000 other people in Massachusetts decided to go to see Finding Nemo today. It was very fun, even if we had to buy tickets for the later show just to get in. I highly recommend it. As usual Disney takes care of the adults as well as the kids

The cream baby sweater is done being knitted. I have to weave the underarms and cast off the neck tonight. Such an easy pattern, it beats all other baby sweaters I've made. On to the hat and booties.....

posted by Kathy | Sunday, June 01, 2003

posted by Kathy | Sunday, June 01, 2003

Monday, May 26, 2003  

Sturbridge was a lot of fun. There was an old time baseball game that the kids were able to participate in and really enjoyed, and they got to sew their own baseball at the craft center. I did not think my 11 year-old son would really be too into this, but he was, and he made it all by himself! They also liked the saw mill and the carding mill in action. It is amazing what people can do with just water power.... The gardens were beautiful and the rain held off, though it could have been a little warmer...

I bought some Old Sturbridge Village hand-dyed yarn in some lovely colors...don't know what I'll make, some socks or maybe that knitted ball that people are talking about on some sites. I just wanted to indulge in a little 1830's time period and see what I come up with. Meantime, I made some progress on the DB baby sweater in cream while travelling. I figured the blue one was so quick and easy I would whip up another one for a friend at work who is due in July. I am onto the second sleeve, body and 1st sleeve are done. The shower is June 7th, so I should make that deadline. If the sun ever comes out, I'll take some pictures outside.

posted by Kathy | Monday, May 26, 2003

Saturday, May 24, 2003  

Knitting Update:
Scrapped the neutral color sweater for Jenean's baby in favor of a blue raglan using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. It is sooooo soft that I could not resist and it is just more baby like. The neurtal color one is 1824 wool, which I think will be a birthday gift for my friend Kate's son who will be two this summer.

The raglan is actually a free pattern on the DB web site shown here, except I did it in the 3-6 month size (I got the book out at the library). It is done except for sewing up under the arms. I added 6 rows of stocking stitch to the neckline to make it roll better and then bound off using the EZ sewn bind off method. It gives the neck ample stretch to fit over those big baby heads. It will be quite roomy I think, so should be a good fall sweater. This sweater took only a week to knit up ( and that was while working on it here and there). Working on matching hat and booties.

We are off to Sturbridge, MA to meet up with some friends and see Sturbridge Village for Memorial Day weekend.

posted by Kathy | Saturday, May 24, 2003

Monday, May 12, 2003  

Oops...sorry no updates.

Let's see, last month it was the grey cable socks...I completed the second pair on the bus trip with my son's class trip to Philadelphia. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring the first sock with me, so the toe was done by memory and is a bit shorter than the first one. In any case, they have been given this weekend to my MIL for mother's day.

I also found out two weeks ago, that my girlfriend, Jenean from college days is pregnant with her first child! So naturally, I started a sweater right away. I started with some leftover pink Debbie Bliss merino and began that baby sweater from EZ's Knitter's Almanac, hoping it would be fast and easy and the baby a girl to boot. However, I made a mistake somewhere in the lace pattern and tried to fix it and it is now a mess to be started over. I have no idea what I did. And it turns out Jenean is having a boy. So, I bought some neutral color wool and have started a simple raglan sweater with seed stitch accents. Meantime, the EZ sweater was very easy up to the mistake... and so I plan to start that one again, because my friend Des is having a girl. I did not think I would have so many friends starting the motherhood thing all over again (or for the first time), but hey...more power to them!

Speaking of new babies..... we do have one in our house, of the cat variety! He is a black and white fella with double front paws and a very playful personality. We have named him Simon. Oreo (the old guy) is slowly getting used to him, though he has NOT been happy about the situation. Simon goes to bed with us at night and settles himself between me and my husband, with the covers to his neck and sleeps there all night. That cracks me up!

posted by Kathy | Monday, May 12, 2003

Saturday, April 05, 2003  

I am still working on sock number two, but have made some good progress since I've been taking the T to work. I have been diligently working on the cuff and leg without a comment from my fellow passengers until Thursday night when a guy who looked to be in his 30's and in businessman dress asked me what I was making. Then he said he had started knitting a few years ago but gave it up because he couldn't get the tension right. Go figure. Of all the people who I thought would comment on my knitting, I did not think it would be someone like him. Shame on me.

I am halfway done with the heel on this sock, so should have the pair done this week.

Oh and before I forget....check out my friend Allyson's dog Stella... she is the first Pawprints dog at Children's Hospital which means she gets to come in and visit the kids who are inpatients at the hospital! She is such a good dog (I would even like her to visit me... which says alot...I am not a dog person!) Allyson and her kids have trained her through 4H to be a therapy dog and Allyson brings her in on Wednesdays. The smiles on those kids' faces are just priceless. She has been visiting patients from our former unit.

She's a good egg, my friend Allyson.

posted by Kathy | Saturday, April 05, 2003
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