Wednesday, 24 December 2008
We've decided not to go overboard (and not just because we're down to one income at the moment). This year, he will receive a hardcover book that he can look at later, and read the (yet to be determined) message we have for him.
However, having a child means that Joe & I need to think a bit harder about what we do as a family at Christmas.
I've been doing some thinking about Santa over the last few weeks (check out my SIL's thoughts here). When I had figured out the truth about Santa, and let it slip to my parents (we all lived in denial for a few years), they said that my brother and I could have one lot of presents a year, either presents from them, or presents from Santa. We weren't silly, Santa gave us heaps more presents, so we opted for him as the gift giver.
When I became Christian I was struck by how different Jesus is from Santa.
The premise behind Santa is, if you behave yourself (all year), you will get presents ... a reward for being good. Regardless of how naughty I may have been during the year, I still managed to get presents. Santa was a bit of a soft touch.
The Bible tells us the truth. We aren't 'good' all year. We can't even go a day without indicating to God that we don't need him (either actively or passively). And God is no soft touch. When we reject him, it matters.
But God is so much more merciful than Santa.
Even though we do reject Him, he sent His Son (Jesus), as our extra special Christmas present. Jesus was good ALL YEAR, EVERY YEAR, and if we ask God for forgiveness, we can claim Jesus' goodness as our own.
So Joe and I have decided that for our family, Christmas is going to be about Jesus, not Santa. We celebrate what God has done through Jesus everyday. And once a year we get a holiday to help us stop and think that extra bit more. We pray that you will too.
Friday, 19 December 2008
Pair number 1 is now 'llama wear'. He received many compliments (from knitters and non-knitters) when he showed them off around town this week.
I will knit him another pair (at some point) in a larger size. Current pair only fit comfortably in disposable nappies (he's often in cloth), and at his current growth rate, won't fit him in the new year.
Yarn: Moda Vera Supremo (100% cotton). On special at Spotlight last year for some ridiculously small amount. It's a frustrating yarn to work with. Quite nubbly, and a bit raw, so even moss stitches are not easy.
Needles: 4.0 mm knitpicks options
Pattern: Kanoko Pants
Mods: Shortened the legs.
Pair number 2 is in my 'stash of knitted items for babies due next year'.
For this pair, I removed the things that frustrated me when knitting the first pair.
Same pattern & needles.
Yarn: Bendigo 8 ply cotton (much, much nicer to knit with, so smooth and soft)
Mods: Used a provisional cast on, and knitted in the stitches to form the casing at the end of the rib. Joined to work in the round for first 10 rows, so the waistband didn't separate. Chained the drawstring first, then inserted it into the casing as I knitted the casing together. Added two extra stitches to the cast on (so that rib edges would match), then knitted 2 together when I rejoined to work in the round at the end of the rib. Then with an uneven number of stitches the moss stitch would look nicer at the join. Lengthened the rise (waist to crotch) by 2-3 rows, and shortened the legs.
All up, I'm happy with the changes. And will use them when I make Llama's next pair.
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
There are soooo many yummy patterns I want to knit.
But I've already got four projects on the needles (and one waiting to be blocked).
- The Man Jumper: Having fixed the shoulder cap, I'm having my third attempt at the sleeve (knitting the pattern as written, just for a change). Maybe the high likelihood of running out of yarn is influencing my reluctance to keep going?
- Fairy Floss: My current lace fix. An Estonian lace stole, knitted in wool I picked up in Japan. 13 pattern repeats down, 28 to go.
- Kanoko Pants: Stash busting with purpose! With Llama's frequent 'posseting', separates are the way to go at the moment.
- Woollen Soaker (pdf link): The plan for llama-wear this summer is singlet tops with funky knitted nappy covers (they look good, and keep the moisture in!)
So what's tempting me at the moment?
Maybe I've been spending too much time online, and not enough time on the lounge (with my knitting).
Monday, 1 December 2008
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Pattern: Pretty as a Peacock
Needles: 3.5mm Knitpicks
Yarn: Not too sure - From Ailsa's stash, held double.
The colour is more accurate in the last two photos.
Monday, 17 November 2008
Amidst the never ending loads of washing, nappy changes and time spent watching him sleep (very easy to loose track of time that way), I have been able to carry on with some knitting ... Joe's jumper is progressing. One sleeve is around 2/3 done. I'm worried about the amount of yarn I have, so sleeves are being done before the rest of the body.
It's been ripped out once, to redo the shoulder/sleeve cap. And may need to be ripped again to change the shaping along the under arm. I've decided that this is not a project where I will carry on knitting in denial ... if it looks like it's wrong, or not going to work, then I'm going to fix it instead of carrying on (with my head in the sand), hoping that it will sort itself out.
And now for a photo of the singlet that I knitted. The armholes are way too big. But I reckon he looks pretty retro.
I've also managed to make a pair of Fleeglised Saartje's Booties for my cousin's baby due in early December. How exciting that I now have a model for baby knits.
*It hit home in the early hours of one morning, that we can't give him back or hand him over when we get sick of being parents ... we're the ones responsible! Not rocket science, but it took a while to totally sink in (quite scary).
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Don't let the photo deceive you ... it's really a very black, black.
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Sunday, 12 October 2008
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Sunday, 7 September 2008
Thursday, 28 August 2008
Project #1: Glacier Ribbon Scarf
Lots of pictures thanks to Joe's good work with the camera!
Yarn: FlameTree Yarns silk single (Cystal Pool colourway) courtesy of Knitabulous
Pattern: Lace Ribbon Scarf
Needles: 4mm knitpicks options
Mods: A bit shorter than the pattern stipulates. Using a slightly heavier yarn means it's a little wider too.
I like that I can wear it scrunched up around my neck
Or opened out over my shoulders
This yarn has to be cuddled to be believed ... sooooo soft and (would you believe) silky!
Project #2 Pomotamus
These will be going to a good home.
Yarn: Patonyle (old style) in cream
Needles: 2.75 mm dpns ( a mix of grey and anodized green that I picked up from an op shop - sweet!)
Mods: Took inspiration from Princess Pea and used a rib cast on. The toes are totally different. With 48 sts remaining shifted to a decrease every row. Then grafted when there were 20 sts remaining (or something like that). I'm not a fan of pointy toed socks.
I love the stitch pattern. It's like there are 2 or three layers of knitting lurking in there.
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
The stitch definition is wonderful. And I used a k1 p1 rib cast on (found in a random book of Patons patterns) for a stretchy cuff.
and Veronik Avery's Lace Ribbon Scarf knitted in Knitabulous' hand dyed silk.
I think the colour is more like the blue in this second photo.
I decided that I'd had enough with all the complaining. And set out to do something about it. The answer was (of course) long fingerless mits. I settled on a pattern from one of the books I bought in Japan. After contemplating the pattern and figuring out what most of those Japanese symbols meant, swatching (that's right, I swatched!), switching hooks, getting halfway through the first one, before pulling it out (I don't have Japanese skinny arms and hands) they were finished!
I LOVE them! I think they're just a little more elegant than Fetching (I like to practise a royal wave when wearing them). The colour changes from grey to purple to brown depending on the light.
And so for specs:
Pattern: no idea what it's called, it's in Japanese
Yarn: Patonyle (a bit more than one ball)
Hook: 3.25 mm
Modifications: in the original pattern the elbow ends are more flared, as I've only decreased once (instead of four times). I've also added a pattern repeat (2 rows) between the thumb and the knuckle.