Tuesday, July 18, 2006

In The Pink

Pattern: "Polly" from Berroco Scarves and More Collection #225
Yarn: Berroco Pronto, color Wild Rose, 50% cotton 50% acrylic
Gauge: 3 sts/in
Needles: US size 10 and 11
Size: Large (12 mos)

Don't look too closely at the picture. It's a cute dress, very fast to knit and I liked the little detail using double yarn overs for the ribbons. But. My knitting is very uneven with this piece, especially the Reverse Stockinette. I had to put it down (to change diapers, burp the baby, etc.) and pick it back up so many times I thought I was never going to finish. Karalyn will wear it next year and she won't care that the knitting isn't perfect so I guess that's all that matters.

I'm trying to decide what to knit next. I want to do something for me but not a sweater...I still need to lose a little more weight. Maybe a shawl? An easy one like Shoalwater from Fiber Trends? I've got about 900 yards of Koigu Kersti in the Ocean colorway that would look very similar to the picture. Or, I've also got 600 yards of Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb in Iris Garden. That would make a small Shoalwater or Clapotis. Can Clapotis be used as a shawl if I blocked it out?

While I make this extremely critical and important decision, I'm working on a pair of socks. I started them last year as an experiment using Magic Loop, the Figure 8 cast-on, 2 socks simultaneously and toe-up all at the same time. It was a bit much trying to do the socks on the same needles so I split them up but I still got bored. They have been on the needles ever since, and I suddenly feel compelled to complete now them even though they're just straight stockinette.

My days are running into each other. Beyond the feedings, diaper changes, burp sessions and seemingly endless crying jags (Karalyn's, not mine) I manage to get out. Sometimes I take Karalyn for a 2 mile walk to Starbucks. Sometimes we just meander around the mall. Then again, on some afternoons we just lie around on the ottoman and take a nap. I've watched every sporting event there is on TV. Oprah is my new friend. Life is very slow right now.

Latest photos of the babe.


Ruth said...

karalyn is such a cutie!! glad to hear you are trying to get out occasionally, as i hear it drives people crazy staying in all the time with the baby. your baby dress is absolutely adorable. when karalyn is big enough to wear it, you have to snap a photo of her in it. =)

Agnes said...

Lovely baby and lovely little dress! When are you going back to work? If you do, treasure this time when you can devote all your time to the baby ... life would become a lot crazy when work sets in. It's a good idea to knit a shawl ... I don't know if the pattern is only good for solid colour, but Cozy from Knitty is a beautiful shawl too.

kittensmittens said...

i LOVE your baby dress, it is gorgeous! I'm jealous you got to knit it on size 10 needles. (I just finished one on size 4 and the collar look weird but I just can't be bothered to start over. took too long to finish)

I'm working on clapotis. it's nice because you can easily knit it so whatever dimensions you want. make it skinnier or wider than the pattern. very easy to tweek and it will still look good.

how's the little one?

mazhalai said...

i love "polly".. now i know what to make for my niece's first bday :).. and karalyn is so cute :) {{hugs}} to her

Stephanie said...

I'm glad you're knitting and getting out of the house. That baby of your's is just adorable - such a sweet face. The shawl is very pretty, but you can also make clapotis whatever size you want (I don't think you have enough LL to make a shawl size one though). The baby dress...well it's just the sweetest thing.

Shannon said...

Enjoy the slow life. Things will be hectic soon enough. I wouldn't worry about any unevenness (is that a word?) in the dress. That happens to me often and for the same reasons. A few washes and it should even out a bit or you won't notice.

Purse_Ho said...

This dress is SOOO CUTE! have you thought about blocking to even it out ? i don't see unevenness. :)

i love the 2-socks-at-once magic loop method. definetly the only way i will do it now. :)

your baby is beautiful. you did a wonderful job.

Macoco said...

That dress is almost too cute for words! I love those little bows/ribbons.

Shannon said...

I answered your question re knitpicks on my blog. BTW