WIP Wednesday

I have not done a WIP post in a long time! I have one very old project and one new, exciting project on the needles. I still have not finished the Melisandre socks I started back in, erm, March. The sad thing is they are very nearly done–I think I only lack an inch or two on the leg of the second sock, plus the cuff. I hope to finish them by the end of the year.

However, if I complete my new, exciting project by its fuzzy, self-imposed due date (end of November), then I just might get the socks done soon after.

Speaking of the new, exciting project, here’s a little peek.

progress...

progress…

This is a pattern I’m designing (and I say that loosely because I don’t have intentions of publishing it or anything), and I’m working out the kinks as I go, so I’m not ready to say too much about it just yet. My hands are nearly buzzing with excitement to work on this, but I can’t now because I snapped one of my needles. I have another set of tips ordered (nickel-plated, this time!), and I am hoping they will get here soon. It’s really cruddy to just get going on a new, exciting project only to have something like this happen that forced you to put it down.

Maybe I should work on those socks while I wait for my new needle  tips to arrive…

She Knits: Gifts for Emma

I knit two gifts for a friend’s new baby: a little stuffed hippo and a “starghan” blanket. I only got a picture of the blanket before gifting, so I’m putting them both in one post, here.

Progression
Started Hippo – June 3
Completed Hippo – June 6

Started Starghan – June 8
Completed Starghan – July 30

The blanket should not have taken more than a few days, but I took a break from knitting for about 6 weeks. I just wasn’t in the mood, as it goes sometimes.

Pattern Info
Mybootee Sock Hippo by Bobbi Padgett
Ravelry

Knitted Starghan by Stephanie Castro
Ravelry

The hippo pattern was fairly easy to understand, although there were some errors in the pattern. They were minor, though, so it was pretty simple to deduce what the designer intended. I would definitely use this pattern again, as I really love the result.

The starghan is a pretty basic pattern that is easy enough to memorize and work without the pattern. I think the pattern could be simplified even further, and I would probably do so if I ever knit this again.

Yarn Info
Hippo
Peaches & Creme Solids
100% cotton
ecru, 0.37 skeins = 44.4 yds used
rouge red, 0.61 skeins = 73.2 yds used

Starghan
Bernat Baby Coordinates
75% acrylic, 22% acetate, 2% nylon
baby pink, 0.22 skeins used
soft blue, 0.08 skeins used
lemon custard, 0.17 skeins used
iced mint, 0.12 skeins used
white, 0.4 skeins used
(no yardage information available)

I was pleased with both yarn choices. The Bernat Baby is a vintage version of this yarn, but it makes a great squishy, machine-washable blanket. And stuffed animals always look great in worsted weight cotton.

Photo

As I mentioned, I only have a picture of the blanket. I might ask the mama to take a picture of the hippo for me, but I hesitate to burden her with that. You can just take my word for it: it turned out very cute!

it's a star!

it’s a star!

A Month of Parables

Some time ago, I spent one whole month studying the Psalms and the book of Proverbs to learn about God’s character and principles for living a disciplined life. When the month finished, I intended to write about what I had learned here.

That never happened. I have attempted numerous times to put some of my revelations and new insights into intelligible posts, but have failed miserably. For now, I’ve abandoned that quest, but have taken up a new study project.

I have chosen 32 of Jesus’ parables from the New Testament. My plan is to study a parable each day of August (I’ve got to play catch-up, though). I don’t exactly know what I might learn from studying the parables, but I expect it to be interesting and challenging. :) And I do hope to have something to share with you all along the way.