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« on: September 30, 2010 05:50:32 AM »

Okay.  Someone needs to send me a reminder when it's Wednesday or something.  Or, we can just rename these loosely WIP "Wednesdays" knowing that it's likely not to be Wednesday by the time I remember to post.

So, things here have been rather hectic for us.  I finally have officially popped... went into labor on 9/16 (our guess date) and, after an almost 60 hour labor, had our son on 9/19.  Since then, things here have been busy and I'm finding that a lot of things are difficult to do with one hand.

The good news in all of this is that I managed to get a TON of knitting done the couple of days before I went into labor!  I guess some women clean floor boards.. I ended up just knitting!


Scrappy Armwarmers.


Armwarmers #2.


Foliage Hat from a prior Knitty.


Bulky Ribbed Legwarmers.


FINALLY finished Juliet. (More details coming later..)


Excuse the giant belly and terrible photo but this is actual labor knitting.. I was having consistent, regular contractions and I decided to knit tiny ornament socks.  This is proof that you CAN knit in labor.



I know I had mentioned these forever ago, but here are the completed washcloths and soaps for the midwives and staff at our birthing center.  The soaps are from MareMare and smell amazing!

So, what's on your needles?  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2010 07:20:53 AM »

Congrats lapoli!

Yay, I finally have something to post, that's not a scarf!! Grin

I finally gave knitting in the round a go, and I must say I'm loving it!

My first go at something other than a scarf:

The yarn's looking blue, but its actually black acrylic. It's the swirl hat pattern from ravelry, meant to be made with fingering yarn, but I used worsted to make it heavier.

And I started making fingerless mittens because my hands get insanely cold, but I still need my fingers to do work Cheesy

The fingerless gloves pattern is from lionbrand and made with lionbrand wool-ease.

I've discovered that knitting on 2 circulars is my new best friend after I got insane hand cramps trying to finish off the hat on dpns.




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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2010 08:01:26 AM »

Congrats on on your baby, Lapoli!! (I actually figured this was why you hadn't posted WIP Wednesday threads...because you were busy having a baby!)

Love armwarmers #2: love the small piece of colorwork where the colors transition.  Really gives them a bit of elegance, I think.  The Juliet also looks gorgeous (do I see green yarn??? Great choice of color there), can't wait to see further pics of that!

Noturavggeek,

Like your tswirl hat! I actually did the camisole version of that hat.  Your fingerless gloves look really warm too! Aren't they great??!? I love my arm/wrist warmers here for the winter and it is still easy to do things (type, write, etc).

I'll have to post my WIPs when I get home, but so far, everyone looks like the've been keeping busy!
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2010 09:42:04 AM »

Thanks striker! There was also a bit of tearing out to fix the thumb hole of the first one after I found a better way to bind off stitches without cutting off the circulation to my thumb, lol. I started making another set a couple nights ago, (I've become obsessed with wool blend yarns for my winter gear), if I make them during the week day I can get one done over the course of 2 nights after work, otherwise on weekends I can make one a day, ribbing seems to take me quite awhile to finish for some reason...
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2010 11:33:20 AM »

Thanks striker! There was also a bit of tearing out to fix the thumb hole of the first one after I found a better way to bind off stitches without cutting off the circulation to my thumb, lol. I started making another set a couple nights ago, (I've become obsessed with wool blend yarns for my winter gear), if I make them during the week day I can get one done over the course of 2 nights after work, otherwise on weekends I can make one a day, ribbing seems to take me quite awhile to finish for some reason...

Oh, yea, I've had that problem with binding off too tightly on a tumb.  I actually use the sewn bind off for those now, it leaves it much less tight and still looks good Smiley Which one did you end up using?

Wool blend yarns are great! They're warm but also washable (the wool/acrylic ones), and you can't beat a wool and silk blend for warmth, drape and sheen!  Don't feel bad: ribbing takes me a little bit of time to do too.  Although I can pick with my left hand, my ribbing always looks better when I throw with my right hand and constantly moving the yarn back and forth can take up a lot of time, especially for 1x1 ribbing.  I always prefer to substitute a twisted 1x1 rib for a regular 1x1 rib becuase it tightens up the rib, but it's also quicker because of knitting through the back loop.
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2010 12:13:40 PM »

Oh, yea, I've had that problem with binding off too tightly on a tumb.  I actually use the sewn bind off for those now, it leaves it much less tight and still looks good Smiley Which one did you end up using?


I found this bind off from another post, recommended by WMA. It reminds me a lot of single crochet, so I use a crochet hook for the bind off and it stays nice and stretchy.
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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2010 01:02:06 PM »

This is my evening project (working on a Xmas when the BF isn't home)  Yes, its the Llizard Ridge. (am I the only one that find this a tedious pattern? ) I'm about 1/2 way done.  I've noticed that its coming out more narrow than I hope and hope that when I block it, it will get some more width.  I'm already planning on adding something to the sides to make it wider.   I seem to like to make blanket size "throws" than the lap size throw

http://buckleigh1961.blogspot.com/
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2010 07:16:42 AM »

Oh, yea, I've had that problem with binding off too tightly on a tumb.  I actually use the sewn bind off for those now, it leaves it much less tight and still looks good Smiley Which one did you end up using?


I found this bind off from another post, recommended by WMA. It reminds me a lot of single crochet, so I use a crochet hook for the bind off and it stays nice and stretchy.

Ah, yes.  The crochet hook really helps too, I've used that for purse tops before.  Thanks for sharing Smiley

This is my evening project (working on a Xmas when the BF isn't home)  Yes, its the Llizard Ridge. (am I the only one that find this a tedious pattern? ) I'm about 1/2 way done.  I've noticed that its coming out more narrow than I hope and hope that when I block it, it will get some more width.  I'm already planning on adding something to the sides to make it wider.   I seem to like to make blanket size "throws" than the lap size throw

http://buckleigh1961.blogspot.com/

Cute! It does look a little tedious though, but your efforts look well worth it!
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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2010 11:46:12 AM »

Having been in university for about a month now, I've haven't had much time to do knitting!

Although - I did finish a faggot stitch scarf in a wool blend (Vintage Chunky, I believe) and another pair of armwarmers from crap-happy acrylic yarn, but at least they are warm!

(I'm typing right now with pair of wool wrist warmers on right now - it sucks to have a cold!)

Right now I'm just knitting a couple of dishcloths and scrubbies in cotton yarn.  (Tribbles, actually - I'm down to a quarter of the big skein!)

Ha, Lapoli - I think it's funny and adorable that you knit whilst in labour.  I think I will be too busy screeching at my girlfriend to focus on knit 1, purl 2!
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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2010 12:59:55 PM »

you didn't have time to post because you were in LABOR!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! on your new baby!! i'm one of those crazy moms (my babies are 21,19and16) that thinks if you can take a shower and get to the supermarket with a baby --you are doing great!!!

I finished the sweater i was working on for my daughter --b/c she's coming home from college for a short visit this weekend. It's really my first project --after a doll sweater and a few hat experiments.
I used beautiful 100% wool from my snooty LYS so it will be warm (if not fashionable)
I welcome any advice esp. a tutorial on sewing/seaming together and how to not make the bound off neck line so wonky.




thanks for looking and GOOD LUCK with the baby!
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