Numerical Knitting

March 29, 2007

Knitting in EPCOT

Filed under: Disney — by bethc @ 8:15 am

Well, not knitting exactly, but knitting kits. Imagine my surprise on our trip through the gift shop after riding the ride at the Norway section of EPCOT to find Dale of Norway knitting kits! However, there was nothing I was interested in. A “Learn to Knit” kit and a “Make your own Scarf” kit. Now if they had sweater kits…

March 28, 2007

Fun with Friends

Filed under: Disney — by bethc @ 8:31 am

We’re having a great trip! The sun is warm and shining and the humidity is low. Not much knitting, but a whole lot of fun. Yesterday Bunny and I hit 3 parks in one day… He’s seen a bunch of friends,


and even tried life as a monkey!

Off to a Character Brakfast with JoJo and the Little Einsteins now.

March 23, 2007

Kimonos, and raglans, and blankets, oh my!

Filed under: Knitting,SP10 — by bethc @ 11:07 am

My SP hostess Shelby has challenged us with a first contest!

First: You must have your questionnaire posted where your pal can easily find it.
Second: I’d like to see what you’re all working on! Please make a post, where you pick one of your favorite current projects and explain why you love it so much! What yarn and pattern are you using? Who is it for??

Ok, questionnaire is done, it’s two posts back and there’s a link under “current activities.”

Right now I am working on 3 projects. I normally try to only have two things going on (in my knitting life that is, in my “regular life” I would be thrilled to have only two things going on!) but babies on the way and a SKL knit-along resulted in three simultaneous projects.

1. Kimono for baby boy M. R is already born, the second child of Bunny’s teacher and the baby brother of one of Bunny’s best friends. The baby’s grandma is a knitter, so I hope this cuts the mustard! Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon. Knit in Mission Falls cotton in a really nifty slate blue color.

2. Top-down raglan for Bunny. A bunch of the SLKs are knitting top-down raglans. Mine is in a cotton-microfiber that I got a Big Lots. I totally forget what it is at the moment. I’m using Kitting from the Top Down as the pattern. I think I’m almost ready to split out the sleeves.

3. Pinwheel blanket for Baby P. A special blanket for a special cousin! Knitted in two colors of Rowan All Seasons Cotton.

I am supposed to pick a favorite, and that’s hard. I like the color of the Kimono a lot, but knitting it is getting hard on my hands. I like the rhythm of the pinwheel, longer and longer stretches of knitting with the yarn overs to keep me from completely nodding off. I guess my favorite is the raglan. I like the stitch pattern, the challenge of knitting from basic instructions rather than a set pattern, and the fact that it goes pretty quickly!

We’re off to the Happiest Place on Earth first thing tomorrow morning! I can’t wait!! I think we will have Internet at the hotel, so you may get the joy of seeing us on vacation…

March 22, 2007

Teach your children well…

Filed under: Knitting,parenting — by bethc @ 4:23 pm

I just love this shot of Bunny winding my Monsoon! We had a little trouble with starting and stopping, but overall he is a champion yarn winder!

March 21, 2007

SP10 – The Answers

Filed under: SP10 — by bethc @ 9:41 am

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I like most things except for really squeaky acrylic. I really like alpaca blends and other really soft stuff.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I mostly use my KnitPicks Options set and those have a nice notebook thingie. Other than that my needles are in a plastic bag from the grocery store…

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I learned to knit as a child and have knit off and on since then. I started knitting a lot almost two years ago.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Right here!
My Amazon.com Wish List

5. What’s your favorite scent?

I don’t wear perfume, makes me sneeze! I do like vanilla or light floral scents for home and my classroom.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

There’s not much candy I don’t like! Peanut-butter cups and Starburst are favorites, but I like most any candy. I do prefer more ordinary candy to fancy ones. Oh, and I love chocolate covered pretzels.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

I have sewn and scrapbooked and hope to get back to both this summer. I just received the supplies to learn to spin, but I haven’t decided if it’s right for me or not.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I tend to like folk music and other songs where I can understand the words 🙂 I think my computer can play most anything!

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?

I like most anything. I guess green and blue are my favorites, but I also like red, yellow, purple, orange, pink…

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I have a husband and a four-year-old son. We have two cats.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

Scarves and mittens yes, hats some, ponchos not so much…

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

I guess baby socks. But I mostly like whatever I am doing right now best.

13. What are you knitting right now?

A Mason-Dixon Kimono, a top down raglan, and a pinwheel blanket.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Absolutely!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

I mostly use my KnitPick Options so I guess circular/aluminum. I use Addi turbos for smaller sizes.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

Yup!

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

It was started in 1999. My tastes have changed. It’s a baby blanket, I should just finish it and donate it somewhere.

18. What is your favorite holiday?

I think Christmas, but I like most any holiday especially if it involves gifts or food!

19. Is there anything that you collect?

I collect Doc from Snow White.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

I get Cast On, but no other magazines. I put the books I want on the Amazon list. I would love to try some other sock yarns like Yarn Pirate or other hand dyed. I would love to get some fancy beaded stitch markers.

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?

I mostly pick a project and then teach myself the techniques

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

A beginning one! I wear 7 1/2 medium

23. When is your birthday?

June 25

March 18, 2007

How Lucky am I?

Filed under: Knitting — by bethc @ 9:28 am

I tell you, I’m pretty lucky! A while ago I entered a contest on Nina’s blog (check it out, she’s got great information!). On Thursday she brought my prize to SLK. Let me tell you that this girl doesn’t understand that prize is singular! I got a whole bag of great stuff!

A book, a Vogue Knitting, yarn, floss, a yardage card, and a cute sheep!

But wait, there’s more!

Can you say, “bibs, kimonos, and washcloths Oh My!” Yup, its a cone of Peaches and Creme!!

And one more thing… something to tempt me, something to see how firm my “I don’t need another hobby” declaration is…

Did you guess?

Will I try? Will Nina teach me?

Thanks for all the great prizes, I am really lucky! I would have been thrilled if you had just sent your husband over to play a board game with my husband! Maybe we can do that too…

March 14, 2007

The Force

Filed under: Knitting — by bethc @ 2:20 pm

Perhaps I’m just going for more hits on my blog from all the people searching for Star Wars, or perhaps I remembered to bring the Baby Yoda to school and then managed to get Julie to take photos for me!

This darling pattern comes from Cari of Dogs Steal Yarn and can be found here. I used Mission Falls 1824 Cotton as the pattern calls for and I got the yarn here mostly because of this.

As I posted yesterday, this is going to baby Eli. The latest news is that they think he has Hirschsprung’s Disease. From what I have read the long-term prognosis is good, but it may be a bit of a struggle in the short-run.

As an aside, see the cute labels mom got me for Christmas? Makes me feel all official!

Here’s the note that’s going into the package:

Dear Eli,

Here’s the sweater I knit for you. The person who made the pattern called it the Baby Yoda Sweater after a character in a bunch of movies. In those movies Yoda is a very wise (and rather strange looking) teacher who helps young warriors learn about doing the right thing. Some of those he teaches have struggles, but Yoda helps them learn about “The Force,” which gives them the strength to carry on.

Your entrance into this strange and wonderful world of ours has not been without bumps. But know that you have a loving family, and a larger community to care for you. May the Force be with you little Eli, that and all my love.

March 13, 2007

Round and round

Filed under: Knitting — by bethc @ 2:24 pm

I feel like I’m knitting in circles… maybe that’s because I am!

I finished Baby Yoda, but of course I haven’t taken any photos yet. The baby it is for is having some struggles so please keep baby Eli in your thoughts. I have to get the sweater to him, he needs The Force.

In other knitting news I’m actually making progress on the pinwheel blanket. It’s nice mindless knitting with the yarn-overs coming less and less often. I hope to have it done to gift to the parents to be on April 7. We shall see how that plan goes.

For those who have done one, when I get to the border, I’m thinking seed stitch, do I need to do increases on that too? Seems like I would…

The group I knit with on Thursday nights has started a knit-along for top down raglans so I had to join in on that band wagon too!

Here is the start of a raglan for Bunny. The color isn’t right in this photo, there is more brown in the real stuff. I’m pretty proud of it because I’m working from the Kitting from the Top Down book and have only knit from an exact pattern before. I decided on my stitch pattern, made a swatch, practiced my increases, realized I had to make sure it work both back and forth and in the round, cast on about 5 times, totally frogged once, and am now completely on track. I need to switch to longer needles tonight and maybe I can get Bunny to try it on! Oh, I also went back about five rows over about five stitches and changed my knits to purls and purls to knits when I realized I had messed up. All and all I’m learning a lot and gosh darn it I’m proud of myself! I might be an accomplished knitter yet…

B started his own blog, guess he wanted to see what all the fuss is about. Complete lack of knitting, but there is a cute story about Bunny!

March 6, 2007

What can kids do?

Filed under: Knitting,Teaching — by bethc @ 5:29 pm

What can a group of energetic 6th and 7th graders do with a little information, a little yarn, and a little time?

A lot of good!

Saturday was the school’s fun fair and our band of little knitters had their booth ready to go. After a major panic earlier in the week that we would have nothing to sell they came through.

Scarves got finished and the ends got woven in. There was even fringe on some! And I ask you… who doesn’t need a fun fur scarf? It’s the hottest spring accessory!

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Far and away our best sellers were Zoobies! Who knew a square with eyes would have so much appeal?

The kids had so much fun making them that one of the moms put together make your own Zoobie kits and we sold those too!

Other hot sellers were cell phone/iPod cozies that were sadly unphotographed.

So, what was the total you ask? $710!! The group gathered this afternoon to choose a charity. Suggestions included local homeless shelters, Heifer International, and the World Wildlife Fund. The clear winner after two rounds of voting was to give the money to UNICEF to help the children in Darfur. I feel lucky to work with kids who understand the need to help others!

On my end I got in the charity action as well. I donated a trip with me to MD Sheep and Wool to the school’s auction. I was thrilled when it sold to a group of parents whose girls I adore. So, now the real fun begins. Soon I will be soliciting ideas and volunteers to make this a trip to yarny goodness they will never forget. Put your thinking caps on…

March 5, 2007

Funny!

Filed under: Knitting — by bethc @ 3:49 pm

Quick post, no photos… progress on Baby Yoda continues. Got my Rockin’ Socks!! If you’re a science/math type you might enjoy this. (Heck you might like it more if you’re not!)

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