Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Big Foot

I just finished this baby ugg bootie. Yes just one because it looks super cute, but what you cannot tell from this picture is how big this bootie is. Angus would have a club of a foot to fit. My problem is gauge. I knit loose so my project always end up larger than the pattern calls for and I am lazy not doing a gauge sample. So it is my own fault. The question: should I make another CLUB ugg (maybe Angus will have one club foot and one regular) or just start a new one with smaller needles?

I got this pattern from ravelry.com and here is what a completed set looks like:I aspire to be a good knitter...

The pattern so I can make the second bootie
Sizes: 3-6 (9-12) months.

Yarn: Suede by Berroco (100 percent nylon, 1-3/4 oz/50g ball, 120 yds: 1 ball #3714 "Hopalong Cassidy" (main color); 1 ball #3714 "Wild Bill" (sole color)
Plush by Berroco (100 percent nylon, 1-3/4 oz/50g ball, 90 yds): 1 ball #1901 Crema (finishing) One pair sizes 4 and 5 straight needles (or size to obtain gauge for smaller siz), and 1 pair size 5 and 6 straight needles (or size to obtain gauge for larger size)
Other Supplies: large-eye yarn needle; row counter (optional)

Gauge: 24 stitches = 4" (10cm) in st st using size 5 for smaller size; 21 stitches = 4" (10cm) in st st using size 6 for larger size.

Note: Directions are the same for both sizes. For the smaller size use the size 4 and 5 needles; to make the larger size use size 5 and 6 needles.

Stitches Used in This Pattern
K – knit
P – purl
St st – stockinette stitch, knit 1 row, purl the next row
Yf – yarn forward (increase)
P2 tog – purl 2 stitches together (decrease)
SKP – slip 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch, pass slipped stitch over knit

To Begin
With smaller needles and Wild Bill cast on 26 stitches and knit 1 row.

Row 1: k1, yf, k11, [yf, k1] twice, yf, k11, yf, k1.
Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: knit (when you reach the yf knit in the back of the stitch).
Row 3: k2, yf, k11, yf, k2, yf, k3, yf, k11, yf, k2.
Row 5: k3, yf, k11, [yf, k4] twice, yf, k11, yf, k3.
Row 7: k4, yf, k11, yf, k5, yf, k6, yf, k11, yf, k4
Row 9: k5, yf, k11, [yf, k7] twice, yf, k11, yf, k5.

Change to larger needles and Hopalong Cassidy.
Rows 11,13,15,17: knit.
Rows 12,14,16,18: purl.

Shape Instep
Row 1: k 29, SKP, turn.
Row 2: sl 1, p 7, p 2 tog, turn.
Row 3: sl 1, k7, SKP, turn.
Rows 4 –13: repeat rows 2 and 3 five times.
Row 14: repeat row 2.
Row 15: sl 1, k7, SKP, knit to the end of the row.
Row 16: p 21, p 2 tog, purl to the end of the row (35 stitches).

Work in st st (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) for 2", ending with a purl row.

Change to Plush and work 2 rows knit, then bind off in knit.

With Plush weave yarn under and over the stitches on sides of booties and over the instep. Sew bottom seam of booties and back seam.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Skater hat

This is a skater hat with a brim that I knitted for a baby due to be born at the end of the month. I used this pattern from Ravelry and this blog site, but I used size 4 needles to get the baby size. I have since made another hat, but I need a baby model to see if I need to adjust the size or fit. More knitting to come.

belly pic

Almost 34 weeks

Two weeks ago I had a midwife appointment where I gained 4 pounds in 2 weeks! Wowsers! I guess it has been the 80-100g of protein I'm trying to eat each day (normal recommended amount is 50g). Or could it be that I had stopped working out completely.

I have gained a healthy 20 pounds so far and have put exercise back into my routine including yoga a few times a week and running/walking.

The question I get most often after hearing about my retirement is "what have you been doing?"

Good question, I have so much spare time, it is wonderful!

In no particular order, I have been:

Lunching with friends and family.
Registering at BabiesRUs, Target, REI.
Researching cloth diapers.
Going to see this group in concert.
And this group in concert.
Eating mexican food.
Mini vacation in Breckenridge with the girls.
Taking birthing classes on Sundays.
Reading Committed for book club.
Reading It's Really all About God for bible study.
Watching Ellen because she cracks me up (that's the only daytime television I will watch)
Knitting baby stuff because it is so much quicker to knit a baby hat, vest, booties than adult size.

So as you can see life is good.