Monday, July 24, 2006


You may have noticed that I’ve been MIBA (Missing In Blogging Action) lately…that’s because I’ve been MIKA (Missing in Knitting Action)! I’ve been back at work for 3 weeks now and still haven’t really found my groove yet. I just don’t know when I’ll get to fit in all the knitting I want to do! Turns out, I don’t feel like knitting at 7am on the train as I thought I would. Turns out, I just want to lay my sleepy head on my hubby’s shoulder and sneak in a few more zzz’s. Which works out because since we travel together, I get to do just that ;0)

Pinwheel edging

I’m still working on my pinwheel. I finished the body and the snazzy loopy border which is actually 16 million I-cords knit together! It looks pretty cool but was a bit of a pain to knit. I actually had to use some Lamaze breathing techniques to get through it at times ;0) But I did and am really glad I did it because it finishes it off so nicely.

Pinwheel sleeve

I unpicked my scrap piece of yarn to reveal my sleeve stitches and am happy to report it worked marvellously. I made it up about two third of the way on the first sleeve (note that I skipped the ribbing because the intended giftee is 3 years old so there won’t be a need to fold the sleeves up at all) before realising that the sleeve shaping is on the wrong side! That’s right, the decreases are lined up across the top of the sleeve - and they’re not so neat! I have no idea what to do about it. Should I just keep going and hope that blocking will neaten it up and make it acceptable? Or should I let her rip? I decided to put her away for now while I compose myself and plan my exit strategy ;0)

Picot sweater beginning

So I started another itty bitty project for one of my new colleagues’ grandson due in mid-August. The pattern is from Debbie Bliss’ Special Knits and is indeed a nice and simple train knit. I finished the back last week and started knitting the front this morning. I’m knitting it out of Bernat Softee Baby in blue and using my Knit Picks classic needles in US 3. So far, I’m kind of on the fence about the needles. I like the nickel plated tips and the great price ($4.99) but the tips are really pointy and hurt my index after a while plus one of them is kinda bumpy about 1 inch from the tip which is really annoying. I should probably send them back but can’t be bothered. Besides shipping would probably cost as much as ordering another pair.

Julian's nap

And in Julian news…he said his first word!!! Are you ready for this? His first word was: “Wow”! He started saying it at a friend’s pool party last weekend when we put sunglasses on his nose but we weren’t sure. Then on Tuesday at grandma’s he said it again when we placed a makeshift crown on his head. So cute! Wow wow wow!!! Here’s a picture of him sleeping in his swing. I really don’t know how he can sleep that way. I tried straightening him out a few times but he kept slouching like that and holding his feet. Go figure ;0)

Have a good week!


  1. Anonymous5:51 p.m.

    he looks so big in that picture! so much more like a kid and not as much like a baby. the colors on your pinwheel look great together!

  2. Your pinwheel cardigan is looking so great. I also have the pattern for the baby jumper too, and it is very cute, love your color. Julian is getting so grown up and how cute with his first word. It is very rarely mum or dad that they say. He looks so content asleep.

  3. You'll find your groove again. It'll take some time, but the groove is there to be found, I promise. Pinwheel looks great! I really loooove the colours you chose. Snazzy! :) Julian is so freakin' adorable ... he makes my uterus ache. *lol*


  4. How adorable is Julian's first word! And he does look so big (& very cute) in that picture. Your groove will come and at times leave again. Love the pinwheel! I'm not sure what I would do about the sleeve, although I'd probably rip & restart after it's had it's time out. It's such a beautiful piece, I wouldn't want anything distracting from that.

  5. Anonymous9:03 p.m.

    Your knits are amazing. It is hard working and trying to knit too. I face the same problem. It just takes me 2-3 times longer but it's still worth the finished product in the end! Your baby J. is too cute :)

  6. Anonymous10:20 p.m.

    Wow Wow Wow!

    That is a great first word!

  7. The pinwheel is gorgeous!

  8. Lovely pinwheel. I hate to say, but I think you may want to rip the sleeve. Great first word for Julian. And the slinky spine doesn't go away for a while. My kid is almost 2 1/2 and still sleeps like a pretzel sometimes!

  9. That is one beautiful baby you have there, ma'am. To borrow a phrase- WOW!
    Good work on the pinwheel- mine has sort of stalled-I'm not sure it will suit me, so I am giving it a "time out"

  10. Anonymous12:47 p.m.

    The pinwheel cardigan is looking awesome. I love the color choices.

  11. Everthing looks great and the loopy edge is fantastic! Sorry to hear it was kind of a pain...I was hoping it was one of those wonder techniques that looks like a million bucks but only costs a quarter!!

    I don't know how Julian can sleep like that either except that it's still a familiar position to him! He looks like a baby in a conogram picture! I think that his apparant contentment is a real tribute to you and your husband. Children pick up on tension and stress and he always looks very secure and happy (of course you probably don't take too many pictures of him pitching a fit if he ever does!).

    Keep up the good work! What will the pinwheel look like when it's done? I missed that blog, I guess.


  12. What a special picture of him sleeping! I don't have nearly enough of those. Pinwheel is looking good!

  13. That's the coolest first word ever! Just like Julian to pick an abstract word rather than a concrete one for his first!

    And that's the most adorable picture ever.

  14. Anonymous7:10 p.m.

    wow, the pinwheeling is so fab! Great color choices.

  15. What a precious picture of a fleeting moment! Save that picture for future astonishment. Your knitting is lovely and your child is too! ---pattipurls

  16. That picture of Julian is so cute. He looks like he should be in an Anne Geddes picture.