Saturday, August 29, 2015

One-Skein Wonders for Babies

If you're knitting for little ones, make sure to take a look at One-Skein Wonders for Babies: 101 Knitting Projects for Infants & Toddlers

Filled with hats and sweaters and booties and blankets, this book could keep you happily knitting until the little ones in your life are in preschool. There are lots of cute projects for boys and girls and lots of different techniques to try. And they're cute

Disclosure - Storey Publishing provided me with an ARC. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {8/28/15}

 Let's Make Baby Quilts Linky Party Rules: 
Link directly to your post or specific Flickr photo. Your post can be about a baby quilt that's finished, or in progress, or you can be writing about what you have planned,  as long as it's about baby quilts. You're welcome to link to baby quilt posts that aren't brand new, but please don't submit the same post or picture more than once. I'd love it if you linked back to my site, either with a text link or the Let's Make Baby Quilts! button.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to School Socks

My vacation socks were a bit of a disappointment. I'd been saving the yarn for a big trip. Trips were planned and cancelled and I kept my hands off of the yarn because it was a special treat to be saved for road knitting. (I've got specific criteria for road knitting yarn. The really special stuff gets savored at home. The stuff that's pretty but not suited for anything but self striping stockinette makes good trip knitting.) 

When we hit the road and I cast on, the yarn was much brighter than it looked in the skein, not at all what the color name "fern rose" had conjured up in my head. It took me most of the first sock to come to terms with the fact that my socks were bright crayon colors and not delicate garden colors.

I've renamed them my Back to School Socks. With their bold colors that name fits them better, and there will be lots more pairs of vacation socks in my future.

Update -- Teenage Daughter may have complained about her owl embossed ankles, but she's not willing to give up the socks. And my friends on the knitting lists tell me that cabled socks tend to do that, especially with boots. I'm glad to hear that I'm not cutting off the circulation to her feet!

And I've decided to go ahead with the sock knit along based on my sock pattern that isn't a pattern. They'll be toe up, knit on double pointed needles (this would be a great project for learning DPNs, since you aren't joining a bunch of stitches and worrying about twisting them), and I'll include instructions for both fingering and worsted weight yarn. I won't be ready to start for a while (I want to have all of the steps written out and double check my math before I post the first step) but I'll have the details for you this weekend.

This post is linked to Finish it Up Friday.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

{Yarn Along} Self Patterning Sock Yarn

When I showed my sock in progress last week, there were some comments on the design the yarn was forming and whether or not it did that all by itself. It does. I like those chevrons, but no way would I put in the work involved to make that happen!

In addition to self-striping sock yarn, there's self-patterning sock yarn. It's dyed to create a specific effect, which you can reproduce if your gauge and stitch count is right. If it's too wrong, though, you might wind up with a blinding nightmare like this sweater that I knit for my oldest son.  I'm drooling over Regia's Arne & Carlos yarns right now. If any of the local yarn stores sold it, I'm sure I'd be knitting with a skein.

In addition to the knitting, I've been reading.

Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier is the perfect read if you're ready for Fall to arrive. The Great Pumpkin Fest is in full swing, complete with pumpkin catapults, an underwater pumpkin carving contest, and a pumpkin boat regatta. But the event isn't going as planned. Someone is destroying the candidates for the title of biggest pumpkin and tearing apart the scarecrow displays. And when the first pumpkins start to fly from their catapults, a corpse is discovered in the trunk of the junky old car that they were using as a target. The book opens with a chilling prologue and, as the plot unfolds, more and more details of a decades old crime are revealed. I enjoyed the contrast between how women of different generations deal with things.

Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets by Mary McHugh is the third book in the series and the first one of the Happy Hoofers mysteries I've read. The five member dance group is performing on a dinner cruise in Paris when a body is discovered on the upper deck. While they try to figure out who the killer might be, they spend their days seeing the sights. There's a lot of detail about the city here, and a cooking class in one of the chapters, but not a whole lot about the characters or the mystery itself.

For more pretty knitting projects to drool over, check out On the Needles at Patchwork Times.


Disclosure -- the publishers provided me with ARCs.
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