Wednesday, November 28, 2007

We get our house today!

Foyer & Front door
Originally uploaded by kbelle.
DH picks up the keys at 1! I am pee in my pants excited. This last month of waiting after closing has been horrible. It's quite frustrating to be so excited to be a first time homeowner and have to wait to even see it again.

We will paint this weekend and move in on the 8th! Hooray!

Originally uploaded by kbelle.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

My first Socks!

Jim's socks
Originally uploaded by kbelle.
Shhhh.... don't tell FIL, but my first socks are his Christmas gift. I've been assured by my husband and MIL that he won't notice all of the mistakes. Let's hope so.

After reading a lot about toe up socks using Silver's Sock Class and Queen Kahuna's Crazy toes and heels, I cast on for these. I should have paid a bit more attention to Queen Kahuna's instructions because these are a bit narrow and long. Hopefully it evens out when on his foot. They are just a smidge too small for my H, with his gargantuan feet, and FIL's feet are a bit smaller.

Pattern: Mostly Queen Kahuna with a 2x2 rib on the top and cuff.

Yarn: Knitpicks Essential in Navy, less than 2 skiens

Needles: 3.00 mm knitpicks options

Modeled on borrowed blockers generously lent by City Knits - the best yarn store in Detroit. The ladies there are incredibly friendly and sweet.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

You would think I had children...

...given the large number of baby items I've produced this year. It's just a reminder that all of my friends are happily having children while I sit around wondering why I just don't feel the urge. Maybe once we are settled into the new house and I feel more secure I'll get the urge again. Until then I can satisfy my need for cute, quick FO's with baby gifts for friends.

This was a request for another EZ February baby sweater... my third this year. Jenny's sister is having a little girl and Jenny, who has attempted to knit but wasn't bitten by the bug, wanted to give her something special. So, since I was already knee deep in Christmas gifts, this is Jenny's "gift"... at least until after Christmas.

I changed the sweater up a bit this time. I used the same yarn from my first one, but since I have discovered the magic of blocking I used that and a bit larger needle so it would end up a bit bigger. I'm sure EZ won't mind if I didn't get gauge since babies come in all sizes, right?

Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Sweater on Two Needles Practically Seamless
Needles: Size 6 Knitpicks options
Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Silk in Dusty Rose