Thursday, May 13, 2010

Savanah in Blue Cardigan

Savanah in her new blue cardigan ~

The pattern for this cardigan is found in Paton's Next Steps Three Create Your Own Cardigan booklet 500838DD. The photo of the cardigan and the instructions for the cardigan don't jibe, especially the collar. If you make the collar the way the instructions direct, it is much, much larger than what the photo shows. Also, while I love the finished product, the booklet is not easy to follow. You have to go to one page for the basic back, another page for the fronts, another for the sleeves, and then back to figure out the damn collar. I goofed up on the number of stitches to do for the front bands, but if it had turned out perfectly, I would have made the knitting gods mad at me.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Mean, Meaner, Suzan, and Lauri all met today for Knitting in the Park today. The weather was perfect. We got to see some wild parrots, escapees from a long ago wind storm that loosed hundreds of rare birds out of their cages. The brilliant green flitting around was a fun sight.

I decided to just take a few photos of hands at work ~

These are Meaner's hands working on a beautiful claret cardigan.

These hands are Lauri's, crocheting an intricate doily pattern. It was discovered that Lauri is great at crocheting, but bad at math. (Me too.)

Suzan working on a baby blanket for a newcomer to the world.

Notice Suzan's hands reflected off her glasses. I really love this photo.

It was great to see Suzan before she leaves for Europe on Saturday. One of her biggest packing concerns has been which knitting project(s) to take. I understand that dilemma.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


After just getting out of doggie hospital for eating something that pert near killed her, Suzan's little girl, Sophie, decided to get more fiber in her diet.

Sophie is the darling of our Monday meditation group. She has a unique way of getting ready for meditation that includes a bit of whirling dervish activity before actually settling down. Meditators and knitters alike were devastated when she was hospitalized. We are all grateful she made it through, apparently not too much worse for the wear and still eating things she shouldn't.

Suzan, Yolie, and Mean met for a nice stitch 'n bitch session in the park this week. The weather was perfect. We enjoyed ourselves a great deal, so naturally we are going to do it again next week.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Knitting for Babies

I'm not sure if there is anything more immediately satisfying as knitting for babies. You can create clothing in a fraction of the time that it takes to knit a similar item for yourself. Add in that the baby you're knitting for is a grandchild and you have knitting nirvana.

This adorable little item is a sweater Meaner made for her newest grandchild, yet to be born.

The details can only be fully appreciated by seeing the sweater in person, but trust me, it's all soft loveliness.

Suzan is working on a baby blanket for a friend. Maybe she'll send a photo when she's done. Baby blankets are a whole 'nuther thing. They do take a good while to complete, but they are well worth the effort. Mason, my youngest grandson, still drags around a hand-crocheted blankie he got when he was first born.