Sunday, February 26, 2006

A Surprise FO

The past week didn't give me much time to finish up the Baby Albert jacket but I managed to squeeze in some quality knitting time anyway.

I swore to myself I wouldn't cast on for another project but I broke that promise in the latest visit to Babetta's Yarn and Gifts. A cutie ski hat for the baby! Oh yeah, we have grand plans for this kiddo to be some kind of snow bunny. Last Wednesday I was flying between San Jose, CA and Hillsboro, OR for the day. Something like 6 hours of total travel time for just 2 hours worth of face-to-face meetings. Ugh. In any case, I cast on and finished this little gem going to and fro. The details:

Yarn: Filati Biberon 100% Superfine Merino, Superwash
Needles: Size 3 US Addis
Gauge: 6 sts/inch
Pattern: Ribbed Baby Hat by Bev of Bev's Country Cottage
Modifications: I don't know if it's a mod but I couldn't tell if the pattern wanted me to purl the wrong side rows or not after the decreases on the right side. I did anyway. This is only my second knit hat.

The other quality knitting was getting in a few more inches completed on Kristy's baby blanket. I discovered something - I really need to knit the blanket in bright light. Bright light makes a difference. Duh. I found this out during our snow hike.

In my daypack is the blanket and a new ball of yarn. We hiked for only 2 or 3 miles and the guys let me sit around and knit while they tramped around the man made lake. Isn't this dog just gorgeous? His name is Doug and he's a Great Pyrenees.

As I sit and write this, the smell of roasted tri-tip and roasted potatoes is wafting through the air. I'm trying out Potatoes LaMarr, a recipe from Lori. I've been cooking on a regular basis; I find that it grounds me, a routine that is comforting to for me and Karl. Lately I've made a few items from Every Day with Rachael Ray, a new cooking mag. Our favorites so far have been the braised pork which reminds me of carnitas, and a raspberry-lemon shortbread tort that I made for Karl for Valentine's Day. Yum-O!

The last thing in this rag-tag post I want to say is just a small prayer for my dog, Tasha. She had just turned 18 years old but I clearly remember the day my brother and I brought her home. Tasha had been valiantly holding on for the past couple of years but she was really suffering. My brother had to have her put to sleep this past week. For Tasha and for my brother, I wish I could've been there with you both to give Tasha one last scratch behind the ears and kiss on the nose, and provide support to my brother. I love you both.


candsmom said...

Your baby ski hat is adorable!! I love the colorway and hooray for the superwash factor! On a more serious note, though, I'm so sorry about Tasha, Lynette. It's so difficult to say goodbye to a pet you've loved for so many years and who was such an integral part of your family. It must have been so hard on your brother, too and I can only imagine how hard it must've been for you not to be able to say goodbye. You are all in my thoughts and I hope you're able to find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of Tasha during this difficult time.

Agnes said...

OMG ... the baby ski hat is so cute ... a little ball! And OMG ... it finally starts to show ... I mean your belly. You see, you ARE a very fit woman.
Sorry to read about Tasha. If the poor animal is suffering, it would be a relief for her and your brother to let her rest in peace.

Ruth said...

i love your baby hat! i haven't been to babetta's since the last time i saw you there... perhaps a visit is due very soon. =) and i didn't know rachael ray had a magazine... must check that out. and very sorry to hear about tasha! what a difficult thing to do.. saying goodbye and letting her rest in peace.

Tena said...

What a cute little hat! I love the colors. I can almost smell your dinner...yum.

I am sorry to hear about Tasha. As you know I recently had to do the same with my sweet old girl, Crystal. My heart still misses her but I know she not suffering anymore and that gives me peace.

About the blanket pattern I'm considering...I don't sew at all and I thought the trim was knitted on with fabric strips. I need to go back and check that out.

Rebekah said...

Awww, I'm sorry about your dog, it's hard to lose an animal, especially one that has been the in the family so long! That's an amazing age for a dog.

Doug the Pyrannes is adorable, I'd like to spin that fur I think. Okay maybe not, but I'd sure like to pet him.

Cute baby hat!

Stephanie said...

Damn. I'm crying here. Losing a pet is sooo sad and I'm sorry for you and your brother. I'm sure Tasha is happy and pain free where she is.

The hat is adorable and look at your cute little baby belly!

I like the new Rachael Ray magazine too. I just got the "new" one and I need to try some of the recipes this week.

kittensmittens said...

unexpected FO's = happiness. it's a very cute hat.

I love rachel ray and her recipes. the fact you can just throw stuff in, measurements don't matter and all within 30 minutes. tasty tasty tasty.

JoanM said...

I love the hat. Lucky you to be able to knit in the plane. I am sorry about your dog. They become one of the family, and it is sosad to see them go

Purse_Ho said...

that hat is sOOOOO CUTE!!! :)

Mama Bear said...

Knitting for babies is a delight! The small scale makes it so possible to try so many things. I love knitting toys also! Have you seen the Greenhowe toys?

I'm very sorry for the loss of your dog. It's so hard to say goodbye.

Mama Bear