Hobbes Has A Hoodie
Posted by thedarwinexception on September 8, 2007
So I haven’t *just* been sitting around wringing my hands over the fate of ole Phil Spector. No, I’ve been knitting, too! I can’t sew when the trial is on, because there’s no TV in the sewing room. I have a small 10 inch TV for in there, but since we have the Dish now, I have to get another receiver to hook up another TV to the whole confabulation. I will – when the trial is done. I do want a TV and a DVD player in there – I think it will be nice to be able to have my “Project Marathon” sewing sessions in there. My best times are when there is a Project Runway marathon on and I just sew. And now that I have that whole cabinet thing going on in there, I have the room again to think about putting the TV in there.
I have a million things I should be sewing, too. It’s getting chilly so I can go through my stash of warm and cozy flannels and make some really neat stuff. I’m really glad this trial will be done with this week.
But, I have been knitting. As exhibits were being moved into evidence, I finished the Hobbes Hoodie.
This is for Pattymac’s new grandson. Patty is a blog reader and fellow AFCA’n. I love this. It’s incredibly, incredibly soft – I used Bernat Baby Coordinates yarn for it, which has a sheen of silvery, glistening white mixed with the really pale yellow. I really like the way this turned out, and I’m sure this is a pattern I will use again. It was just a regular baby sweater pattern, with a garter stitch for the ribbing, and I found a different pattern that had a hood, with a not as cute sweater, so I took the hood from that pattern and combined it with this sweater. I had been wanting to try a hoodie for a while, so this was a great excuse. I think I’ll make another one for my “fair stash” for next year.
Then, as the attorneys and the judge went over jury instructions, and the closing arguments began, I started another sweater. I’m not sure who this one is for, but I have two little girls in mind. This is supposed to be a size 2, but it looks small to me. Maybe not, it’s been a while since I’ve had a kid who was a size two, but I have to check and see which little girl it will fit.
I really like this sweater, too. I hadn’t done ruffles in a while, so I wanted to do those again. This isn’t as soft and cuddly as the Hobbes Hoodie, but it’s still nice. It’s just regular old “Super Saver” Red Heart yarn, with an interesting ombre print. Since I’m into ombre prints now that Mary, The Digital Knitter, got me all excited about them. And both these buttons and the buttons on the Hobbes Hoodie are ones I got over the Labor Day weekend at Joann’s big “50% off buttons” sale. Plus I used a “10% off – even sale items ” coupon – so I bought tons and tons of buttons. Which I didn’t need – this is my button cabinet, it used to be some nail and screw holder Paul had in the shed. The drawers are now full of buttons. In each drawer I have a different color button.
Oh, and by the way, this is also full of buttons
and this too.
Sorting buttons is a tedious, thankless task, and not one I take up very often, so I don’t think I’ll ever actually sort through these to put them in drawers – although I have another one of those cabinets waiting that I stole from the Harley barn if I ever do.
But now I am knitting a new project, a little ruffled sweater with bands of color – it’s another new technique, not one I do often, of short rows of color interspersed with a soft yellow background. It’s one of those “Knit 12, turn, knit 4, turn, knit 9, turn” patterns. Really involved. But I loved the pattern.
THEN – due to the largesse and generosity of one of my readers (THANK YOU) I will have my precious size 0 knitting needles, and I can start on my NEXT project – it’s a christening gown done with 100% Mercerized cotton with a silver sheen to it. Gorgeous pattern – and one that will probably take me a year at least to complete. I really want this to go in the fair next year, so I’m going to start it NOW. I mean, you’re knitting on size 0 fucking needles with what basically amounts to kite string – how fast could this possibly go? If I knit an inch a week, I’ll be doing well. If I don’t go fucking blind first.
But the christening gown will definitely be one of those “pick it up, put it down” kind of projects – too intense to be the only thing I’m knitting – so if anyone wants something knit in the meantime, let me know. I’m working on hats & mittens, and I need another baby sweater or baby dress or something like that to do as a side project. So speak up.
And thanks to EVERYONE – you all were incredibly wonderful and generous in coming to my rescue when I needed those stupid needles. I can’t believe how many offers I got of “I’ll look through my things” and “I’ll get them when I get out this weekend” and “Here – Here’s some MONEY for your Paypal account get the damned needles.” Totally unreal how nice you all are. I can’t believe you all would go out of your way for me like that when I’m such a bitch.