Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Bunny thumpers!

Over on KitKatKnit, there's a Bunny Thumper Challenge.

Laila is up for a challenge. Though it's a bit of a challenge just to photograph her bunny thumpers (back feet). Here are my best attempts at meeting the challenge.

First I discovered that a 5" knitting ruler was not going to cut it!

I had trouble getting her to show me her foot in any graceful way:

Success — kinda. Measuring conservatively, 5 3/8" bunny thumpers on this Bunny Thumpin' girl. They may actually be a bit over 5 1/2" but it was awfully hard to tell. She WIGGLES.

Knitting? You wanted KNITTING?

.. Maybe next time.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Redux, redo ..

It seems somehow fitting that the last thing I tried to knit in 2007 had to be ripped out and redone in 2007.

I did two nice-sized gauge swatches, really thought that a #4 US (rather than the pattern's specified #3) would do it, but no: after about 3" I could tell that the Béret Gaufré was going to be tooooo (large. I had to rip it all the way to the cast-on, then did it again. I've not quite made it as far as I was before, so can't check the size yet, but I'm hopeful.

I love berets. They're really the only hat I look good in. I am using Sundara's worsted merino, and I had almost forgotten how luxurious it feels to knit with a really high-end, sproingy merino. My fingers are happy despite the small needle size and tight work (you knit the Béret Gaufré extra-tight, which adds some rigidity).

Meanwhile, my feet were cold, so I decided to make a new pair of Rick's Socks. I don't usually feel like knitting a pattern I've knitted before, but this was the first pair of socks I ever made, and it's a nice fast comfy worsted-weight sock that calls for Paton's Merino. Since you can buy Paton's Merino in places like Michael's, I have a small stash of it around at all times. For this sock I use US #6 dpns. I knit these with short cuffs because they're meant as house socks and I like them that way, so I nearly got two socks out of 1 skein (just used a few yards of the 2nd skein). I don't really like purple that much, but it was that or some dreadful Pepto-Bismol pink (I must have planned some kind of multicolored, possibly felted, project at some point), so purple it was. For home that's not too bad.

I started these on Thursday night and finished them Saturday, which was good because I broke one of my little toes (just a tiny hairline fracture) on Saturday, and shoes hurt. At least around the house I can avoid shoes and just wear my new socks and keep my feets warm.

The color in the first image above is closest to correct.)

Finally, for your amusement, a label.

Please do not use it near the thing of the curtain.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Everything fits.

Happy New Year, all!

I'm pleased to announce that the new rainbow top fits my niece just fine. She came to the New Year's Party in the cropped cardigan I'd made her this summer:

I then gave her the new top and she tried it on:

The next day, she was wearing the cardigan I'd crocheted for her first Christmas — she was only 6 months old then and I didn't know how to knit yet. I can't believe it still fits! It was big then, admittedly, but really...

Extremely satisfying!

I hope you all start 2008 with much good fortune in store and much joy in your heart. If the joy is a little slow to arrive, I hope it's that much the greater when it does. You are all a great light for me, and I appreciate your presence on my blog... it has come to mean a surprisingly great amount.