Distractions from total lack of knitting progress.
A couple of people asked about this little sweater. Some of you recognize it now. It's the Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono from the Mason Dixon book. Yes, it is my first sweater. I like how the colour pooling created a diamond effect on the back of the sweater. I love how easy this was to do and will make more of these for sure. Especially since the giant $8.00 ball of cotton I was using will probably make another one and a small wash cloth or two. When I get to it (famous last words) I'll add a little crochet edging to this and some buttons and loops to close. Ribbon is so pretty, but on a wiggly little kid, it never stays tied up without a good shot of glue. Never a good idea. It comes off in the wash. Ask me how I know. It was a little decorative bow and Girly wasn't in it at the time.
Knitting something like a scarf or a bag where fit doesn't matter all that much is easy to me. No problem, because if it doesn't work out like you thought it would, it doesn't really matter all that much. No one other than you is going to notice any but the worst of errors. Mitts and hats, if they don't fit are not as painful to have to give away. Not as much time, effort or yarn in them. Sweaters though, that's a whole 'nother ball game. It has to work every time and "ah, whatever" doesn't cut the mustard. This sweater was the perfect thing to break the ice for me. Now I don't feel as weird about trying out some of those patterns in the Top Down for Toddlers book. I think the Steadfast Fibres and Freedom Spirit yarns will work perfectly for one of them and since the yarn is a heavier weight than the ones they use, I won't have to try to run the numbers too much. I can just knit a size smaller that Girly wears and it should fit. Of course if I am just ostrich-ing here, I won't cut my yarns on a colour change. I'll just leave a long loop between changes and if it works, I can just cut the loops and weave the ends in. If it doesn't work, I rip and start over without have a bunch of little balls of each colour running around. I'll show you what I mean when I get going on one.
I tried and
tried again to get a good not blurry picture of Girly and pets playing with the ribbon stick. They have been loving it every afternoon after the others go home for the day.
Girly: (Happily hums a tuneless tune) Sam: "Mmmm, ribbon, tasty." Apollo: "Gimmie the stick, gimmie the stick, c'mon, gimmie the stick?!"
The action. I'm the wingnut with the giggles. Girly's voice is a little rough from the cold.