Monday, October 27, 2008

I'm Her

It's official- I am her. I am the childless aunt that knits ridiculous things out of Red Heart yarn and forces her infant kin to model them. I don't know how I got here, but there's no denying it's where I am.

Logan's First Halloween

It started with the pumpkin hat from Itty Bitty Hats, which he just had to have for Halloween. I was in a time crunch, so I went to Joann to get some orange yarn and dammit if the only thing they had that was the right orange was Red Heart Soft yarn.

But that was only the beginning. I woke up on Saturday, which happened to be the day of Logan's baptism, and decided I HAD to make matching booties. And finish them before 2:00, when I had to leave the house and become a godmother.

Halloween booties

So I went to Ravelry and found Ruth's Perfect Baby Bootie Pattern. I knit the bottom of the booties in the same Pumpkin pattern as the hat and used a seed stitch cuff to look more pumpkin-y. Knitting feverishly in the car on the way to the church, I started a green i-cord tie and finished it on the way over to the party.

Then, the next day, with my sister collaborating, we dressed him up in a Halloween onesie and took some pictures that we will someday show his dates while he cowers in mortification.

Halloween outfit

I can't even help myself. I'm already planning for Christmas.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Socks that Sorta Get Down

I finally used Socks That Rock yarn to make myself a pair of socks. I got it in a trade, and it came in a beautiful colorway (Nodding Violet), but once again I've realized that I just don't dig on FOs in varigated yarn. Love looking at it in the store, love it when I wind it into a cake, but don't love it in the actual knitting.

Charade socks in STR

The pattern is Charade, which I think would be perfectly lovely in a nice solid colorway, but in the STR it's just kinda "Meh." They are really comfy, though, and I think they'll be cozy in the winter. Final verdict: these socks don't really Rock so much as Sorta Get Down. Like your Uncle Walt might at your wedding.

Charade socks in STR

I'm still dying to make the Opulent Raglan sweater from the last Knitscene (Julie's gorgeous version didn't help the craving) and I thought I was onto something when I found Soft Lux on sale at littleknits for crazy cheap. So I bought a bag for about $36.

1 bag of Rowan RYC Soft Lux in Camel

It's soft and pretty and great. But here's the thing- instead of calling the color "camel" they should call it "Half Latina Ohio Girl Skin". Because dammit if it's not the exact same color as my skin!

It's the same color as my skin :(

So I need to sell this bag of Soft Lux so I can buy enough yarn to make my Opulent Raglan. I'm trying to get $30 (shipping included) for the bag, so if you're interested, let me know!