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Friday, December 19, 2014

I am Groot!

This weekend, my sweet little baby turns 14!  That’s years!  Human years!  I have no idea how this happened.  It seems like just last week he was burping down my back.  (He was such a little angel baby!)

Anyway, yeah, I’m not sure how he got to be 14, but he is.  In addition to the birthday coming up this weekend, he got his braces off earlier this week!  That was the end of Stage 2 (they do two stages of orthodontia now, the first around age 7-9 and the second around 12 or so, once the kid has all their teeth), so assuming he wears his retainers, he shouldn’t have to go through that again.  He’s got a week of nothing in his mouth while they make his retainers - and he’s really celebrating this week!
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Obviously, for one of his birthday gifts I wanted to make him something and I decided that a Baby Groot was just what he needed.  I didn’t have a spare pot, so I weighted the bottom with some washers and some sort of metal thing I found in Mickael’s tool box (I checked first, he didn’t know what it was either, but it was heavy).  I wanted Baby Groot to stand up!  I mostly stuck to the pattern, except the arms - I couldn’t get it to work to crochet such a tiny tube.  I think it has something to do with the way I hold the hook and my work - I think I hold it more like a knitter than a crocheter.  After a couple of attempts, I grabbed some double points and knit I-cord for the arms.  Then I crocheted the fingers off of the live stitches at the ends of the I-cords.  I have no idea how I did it.  I kind of made it up as I went along, but it worked, and Groot is kind of bumpy and texture-y anyway, so I’m not too worried about it.  The only other change I made was to only add one leaf.  The pattern has several and they’re really cute, but after making the one, I thought it looked SO.  SUPER.  CUTE.  I just stopped.  If Caleb wants more leaves I’ll add them, but it’s his choice.

Here’s a link to my project page if you’re curious for more details.  If you’re thinking you might want a Baby Groot of your own (or you want to make one for someone else), he worked up pretty quickly.  I spent an afternoon and evening working on him and that included digging around for something to weight him with and trying to find pipe cleaners (I never did, I used floral wire instead).

I can’t wait to give Caleb his very own Baby Groot!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Progress

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I worked on the body of my cardigan this weekend.  After I tried it on, I decided to start the ribbing early to give it some shape, but then as I was knitting ribbing, I realized that I wasn’t sure how much yarn I’d need for the sleeves.  So, I put the body on holders and switched to the first sleeve.  This means there are two balls of yarn hanging off my sweater right now.  That kind of drives me nuts, but now the sleeve is long enough that I can just twist the sleeve as I knit and not have to rearrange the entire sweater, so it’s not as bad as it was.

Theoretically, I have enough yarn for this sweater, but I might want to make it a little longer than the pattern calls for.  Once I have the sleeves knitted, I can use everything that’s left for the body.

Since I’m only knitting on this cardigan and my Skye Boat Shawl, in an effort to finish them by the end of the year, and also because it’s just a busy time of year around here, I’m going to only blog when I’ve got real news/progress to share over the next few weeks.  I don’t figure you care to see an inch added here or there anyway.  I’ll just pop in periodically, a couple of times a week!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Buttons

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I’ve gotten a little bit more of the body knitted on my cardigan, but the big news is that yesterday I played in the button stash and picked buttons!  I looked at several different buttons but this is the one that I liked the most.  I was actually surprised because I thought I would like a simpler button, since the cardigan is pretty simple.  When I looked at the buttons on the cardigan though, the simpler one just wasn’t quite right.
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Here’s a shot of where I’m at right now.  I hope to get a lot done on it this weekend, but I’ve really got to finish getting the ornaments on the tree too!  I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Finished!

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I didn’t realize I was as close to being finished on my Mira’s Cowl as I was yesterday.  I was able to get it finished last night and Logan was happy to wear it (unblocked) this morning.  It will be longer when I block it and it should be less bouncy too.

The pattern is Mira’s Cowl, and this is the longer version, worked until I ran out of yarn.  The yarn is Mrs. Crosby Hat Box which was our camp yarn from Camp Loopy 2014.  I got the Forest Hideaway color.  I might need to overdye it with a pale blue because the greens are very yellow (all three of the camp yarn choices were warm colors this past year) and I’m not sure if I can wear it.  I’ll be playing with it later when the sun comes up.  I can wear wasabi green and lime green, but this is leaning pretty far into the pond scum greens with some other greens mixed in.  I’m planning on keeping it for myself, even if I have to tip it a little towards the blue side of green because I don’t have a green cowl.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shawl-ing Merrily Along

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I’ve gotten more done on my Skye Boat Shawl.  You can actually see the stitch pattern now.  I have to say that not only is this a great pattern that’s simple enough to work in front of the TV, but it’s extremely satisfying to watch it grow so quickly - worsted weight yarn!

As we’re approaching the end of the year, I find myself focusing on finishing up the projects I have going and trying to organize myself for the new year.  On the knitting front, I’d like to get this shawl finished, the Romy cardigan I blogged yesterday finished, and the green cowl I started last week finished.  I think those are pretty realistic goals for the next few weeks.  On the Organizing-the-PinkLemon front (that sound you heard was my entire family laughing) I ran across Bullet Journaling on one of my Internet rambles and I actually think it might work with the way my brain and life work.  At any given time, I have a big list, a little list, and several post-it notes sitting next to me, all on different topics.  I’m going to give this a try and see if I can organize the house, homeschooling, knitting, and all the various things that go through my head throughout the day.  I’ve been keeping the grocery list, the calendar, and notes on whatever sock I’m currently knitting (I’m not right now) on my iPhone, and that’s worked out really well.  The other things I’m trying to keep track of don’t really belong on the phone (in my mind) or I need them right in front of me so I don’t forget.  I’ll give this a try and report back next year and let you know how it’s working.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Cardigan Progress

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I’ve gotten a lot done on my Romy cardigan.  When I picked it up to knit on it, I had to sort through the instructions and the knitting to figure out where I was.  This was even though I had left a little blue arrow in KnitCompanion telling me where I was.  (There’s kind of a lot going on at once in the yoke section where you start the sleeves.)  I realized that I needed to leave little notes for myself as well as the blue arrow thing.  Now that I’m past the sleeve divide I just knit, so I don’t need a bunch of notes or the blue arrow, just a row counter to keep track of buttonhole placement.  It should be smooth sailing until the hem for the body, and even the sleeves should be pretty easy.  I am going to change to a longer cable on my needles so I can try it on as I knit.  I’m also going to play with buttons and see what fits the buttonholes.  It’s always fun to play in the button stash!

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Monday, December 08, 2014

Happily Ever After

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I finished my Fairy Tale socks over the weekend!  They ended up being exact identical twins which makes me very happy.  All the details are here on my Ravelry project page.  I love the way this yarn (Biscotte & Cie Felix Self Striping) feels and the way it knits up.  I need to add some more to my stash because I don’t have any more of it - right now.
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I also did another little project this weekend - I wrapped a pair of earbuds.  I had seen these on the Internets and while there is the benefit of making them less likely to tangle, it also gave me a chance to add some color and make them not white.  I used a variegated embroidery floss and I followed these directions.  You could just as easily make them solid colored or work in stripes.  I’m going to do a pair for Caleb and put them in his Christmas stocking as a little surprise.

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