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Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Moose is 7? How can that be? And knitting, of course!

 Last Saturday I helped Moose, my favorite big boy grandson, celebrate his 7th birthday. I can't believe he's 7 already! He is growing up so fast.
He was awarded "Celebrity of the Month" in his class at school. He is in first grade but also second grade, so his teacher, Mrs. Malinowski, commended him on his superb juggling skills between subjects. We are all so proud of him!
 Uncle Drew paid a rare visit to Pennsylvania too so he had some serious catching up time with his nephew.
 And some serious playtime with his other nephew, Leo, as Poppop joined in the game.
Dinnertime and celebration time with my favorite little boys. What could be better than that?!
 On Tuesday the Chicks and I got back to business with our knitting. Kathleen's daughter did have the perfect buttons for her cardigan from last week's post. 
 Now Kathleen is working on a sweater vest, a pattern from her archives.
 The back is almost finished. She is using a heathered yarn from Plymouth Encore.
 Kathleen's Chinook scarf from last week is finished too. She blocked it when she finished knitting and it made a world of difference. If you don't believe in blocking you should read this from Stephanie Pearl McPhee.
 My Olivia Cowl is ready to go into inventory. I used Cascade 220 yarn because it shows the stitch definition so nicely.
 I'm still working on a linen stitch infinity scarf. I think this is a Malabrigo yarn. It is a very soft single ply yarn and the colors are a great picker-upper.
 I am also working on a stealth project about which I can't say much other than I knitted both mittens at the same time on two sets of needles. Having only one set of size 6 DP's, I had to use 2 size 6 circs to knit the other mitten. By knitting them simultaneously I can assure they are both the exact same length and gauge. This is also a good way to avoid sockitis, or mittenitis in this case. That's when you knit one sock, or mitten, and then you suddenly realize you have to do it all over again and you don't really want to. I tried the Magic Loop method but I hate fiddling with the long cables.
 And here they are, exactly the same! Some day I'll tell you about the time I made three baby 
socks, no two the same size.
 This is the second time I made Foolproof using the last of the baby alpaca yarns I used in the first one I made months ago.
 The directions say it starts without casting on and finishes without binding off! I wasn't sure how that was done but if you want to know you'll have to try one yourself. It was a really fun pattern to knit and one that was good for TV knitting but still interesting enough to hold my attention.
 Carole added another hat to the inventory this week. Look at those beautiful cables!
 Now she is working on a baby sweater...
 in a pretty soft pink.
 Beth wore her newest creation. 
 I had a heck of a time getting a good photo of it though. It's really pretty!
 Now she is working on Brickless to add to our donations.
We should be wrapping up these projects soon and then we're all going to make baby clothes!

1 comment:

AlisonH said...

Leo and Moose steal the show--and their uncle and mom and grampa, too, with all that love and pride on those faces. Beautiful!