"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman

5/7/17

Random Newsy Stuff

Spring is here. Yay! My flowering Cherry is in bloom. It has 4 small bunches of flowers on it.



Not as good as last year, but I'm not complaining. At least it's blooming.



My daffodils are in full form too. These ones were planted the year we moved here. We had a huge bulb garden. Unfortunately, the deer thought it was their personal smorgasbord. The only thing they didn't eat was these daffs. We planted grass and turned the bed into part of the lawn. The daffs survived and are 25 years old now. I admire their persistence.



This past week I've been working on a baby cardigan for the next layette set.



I got an idea to make it look like a lettermans jacket. It requires knitting in Intarsia if I want to knit from the top down and have no seams to sew. Haven't done Intarsia since I had my shop. I'm happy with how it's going so far.

I had intended to do a Caturday post yesterday, but my plans were altered. So I'll post the pics of my kitties now instead.

Chenille is hangin' in her window bed. She loves this silly thing and spends a lot of her time in it. It's just her size. The boys are too big to fit in it.



Here she is atop the cat tree. I actually took this before we moved the tree to the dining room. Just never got around to posting it. She loves posing for the camera.



I got Merino on the cat tree a couple days ago. He has his "I'm a ferocious panther" expression.



That changed when I started giving him chin scritches.



I could not get Cashmere to sit for a photo. I had to wait until he was asleep. When the boys did this, I had to grab the camera. They don't sleep together very often. There isn't quite enough room for both of them on this chair.



Some news I haven't shared yet. I was texting with my sister earlier last week, talking doll talk as usual. I brought up the subject of an Iplehouse JID doll I've been wanting. I've been saving the money I make teaching knitting classes for this doll. I went to the Iplehouse site to get the link so she could see it, and we ended up both talking each other into ordering new dolls. They were on sale. A good sale at that! Price was knocked down $150. I've ordered JID Asa. She'll have the same face-up as in this photo, and I've ordered that beautiful black wig for her as well. I could not get the red outfit. Not to fear, though. She's the same size as Sierra, so she'll fit in clothes I already have.It's no longer available I guess. She will be here in a few weeks. I'm excited.



We were discussing how hard it is to find clothes to fit these dolls. It's the biggest complaint about them. We're going to see if we can fill that need a bit and make clothes to sell.

Speaking of doll clothes. I've already been working on some dresses to fit the JID girls to sell in my Etsy store. The knitting is done. One is pink.



The other is light yellow with blue fur yoke.



Not very good pics (I took them with the phone while texting sis), but you get the idea. I'm making jewelry this weekend to go with them. Then it's official photo time.

It's a beautiful day out today. I think I'll go get some sunshine.

Live long and prosper. \\//

5/3/17

Layette Set #20

I've made 20 layette sets now, and I'm still not tired of making them. That's something. I usually hate making the same thing over and over. I wonder what's different about these?



I love the colors in this set so much. Couldn't have matched better if I tried.

Cardigan



Pattern: Super Natural Stripes by Fawn Pea

Size made: 6 months

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Capri Blue (discontinued)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 312 Black

Yarn: Big Twist Yarns Sincerely Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Light grey

Needles: U.S. size 5 and 7 circulars

Started: April 4, 2017
Finished: April 15, 2017



Hat



Pattern: Chibi Striped Baby Hat by Chiaki Hayashi

Size made: 6 months

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Capri Blue (discontinued)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 312 Black

Yarn: Big Twist Yarns Sincerely Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Light grey

Needles: U.S. size 5 and 7 circulars

Started: April 16, 2017
Finished: April 18, 2017

Booties



Pattern: Seamless Garter Tassel Booties by Karen Strauss
Size made: 6 months

Yarn: Red Heart Classic
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Capri Blue (discontinued)

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 312 Black

Yarn: Big Twist Yarns Sincerely Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Light grey

Needles: U.S. size 7 circulars

Started: April 18, 2017
Finished: April 19, 2017



Blanket



Pattern: Two rows of (sc1, ch1) all the way around, then one round of dc in the back loop of each stitch.

Size made: 36 by 30 inches

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: 312 Black

Yarn: Big Twist Yarns Sincerely Solids
Content: 100% Acrylic, Worsted weight
Color: Light grey

Hook: U.S. size G

Started: May 1, 2017
Finished: May 1, 2017

Comment: This is the last piece of this fabric. Yay!



I will be turning it in to KnitWits later today.



It's all ready to go.



With pictures being taken, Zoey wanted in on the fun. She's a little ham.



See that sunshine behind her? We're supposed to be getting more of that today and tomorrow. Yay!

Live long and prosper. \\//