Monday, June 30, 2008

Debbie Bliss Becky out of Patons Grace. This is a great pattern - easy, flattering and quick. The only change I'd make is adding a little length to it. Given the gathered front, a little more vertical would help with the horizontal, if you know what I mean... But blocking the shit out of it helps too.

This yarn was wicked cheap (2.50) and turned out to be a great sub for Rowan Glace, which was what i was going to use. Won't turn my nose up at those big craft store yarns anymore, nope I won't. I love love love the color too - a brownish purple taupe.

I'm moving on to some mittens next - am thinking long arms and a little smocking down the arm and the hand - an easy & small project to take to the beach, assuming these thunder and rain storms ever stop.

I can't believe it's July and I've only had one day in the water so far - evidenced by my pasty skin in the pic above, and all the cans of Miller Lite still to see the inside of my cooler. We've had so many storms, my kids are no longer afraid of 'em. Even the big crack ones. Seems a month of them is about what it takes - even for a 4 yr old!

No pics, but the drinks around here have been mostly in the tonic family - we're branching out to rum and vodka and mixing in a splash of different fruit juices. Rum & tonic w/ a splash of pineapple & lime was a winner. And my fave, Gin and tonic w/ a bit of pear nectar and lemon. Don't try apple juice.

Anyways, next are mittens. I have some lovely sock yarn and want to put it where I can see it!


To everyone who's begun their Golden Vintage Cardigan -- thanks so much! I can't believe how many of you have gotten the pattern - even before I've posted the final front revisions - I think I've sent out about 30 PDFs. Holy Crap. I'm soooo not worthy!

But rest assured, Colleen is in Germany with her sweater and the revisions have been discussed and are already written out -- all I need is a final OK or tweak so I don't send you all down the wrong path. As soon as I have that, I'll just save and email 30 NEW PDFs to you all :-)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I know I did.

Was just putting an almost forgotten wooly blanket in the groovy mothproof Sweater Bag and saw this on top. I thought maybe you'd all like to take a gander. I love it. Especially the color - a deep brown with flecks of blue and green throughout. The yarn is Reynolds Whiskey - bought at Wild and Wooly's sale a while back. A nice delicate wool, but not so soft, so this won't be a sweater to wear next to naked skin I got burnt at Reveah (for all you local Boston folks) Beach yesterday, so there's NO way I'm putting it on my tender red shoulders today - hence the flat pic on the deck.

Why is it we always manage to put the sunscreen on our kids so carefully and fuck it up on ourselves every time??

Also on the Whiskey - it has very little springyness to it (is that memory?) The button band is already beginning to stretch out at the buttons, so I'm thinking I'll add a ribbon to the back before I wear it next fall. That should give it some stability and prevent me from getting little "tips" down the band as I wear it more often, yes?

Anyways, a great knit. I changed the shape of it, but used the basic instructions from the original IK pattern. The smocking was easy, but pretty labor intensive. What i didn't photograph is the back - it has another panel down the center from the neck to the ribbing. Very cool.

Here are the little buttons I used. Pearly flat with little detailed gold edges. Hard to photograph with my low end little camera, but you get the idea. Delicate little buttons for a delicate little sweater.

And since neutral IS the new purple around here, another brownish number in the works. This mushroom colored yarn is Patons Grace - a way cheaper alternative to either Rowan Glace or the Debbie Bliss called for in this Becky. So far I like it a lot - the color is awesome - a taupey brown - and the drape and sheen are pretty close to the Rowan. I'm afraid it's a little uneven - can you see that in the photo? I can. But maybe it'll block out - and for $2.50 a skein, really, can I complain? Almost done, just these shoulders, so we'll try the iron soon and see.

On other fronts, I'm happy to see how many of you are casting on for the Golden Vintage Cardigan! Thanks so much for the votes of confidence. As soon as i finish my conversations with Colleen, we'll have a perfect neckline in the large sizes and i will send a revised PDF out to you all. If anyone is knitting a small, by the way, you're all set. Since that's my size, and I've been wearing my sweater, I'm pretty happy with the fit on that one.....

anyways, no cocktail yet - I'm still working on my coffee. Am hoping for some knitting today since I plan to keep my lobsteresque shoulders and legs out off the sand - and the kids have buddies coming over. Am looking forward to a few hours of solid ignoring ahead. :-)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I just posted the Vintage Cardigan Pattern for you all. I apologize for not putting it up there for free or for charity this time, but that $1300 computer bill's put me over the edge, so please blame the damned motherboard instead of me.

I took some time this afternoon to redo some math so the armholes and sleeve caps should be OK for all.

Enjoy and happy knitting...

Now I'm going off for the cocktail. Gin and Tonic with some OJ and a bit o mint.

These are the Sugar and Cream dishcloths from the ball band on the yarn. I had a bunch leftover from Zoe's Log Cabin Blanket and no idea what I'd be doing with it, until I was asked to knit for our school's spring fair. This was a few weeks back, during the big heat wave over here, so I was thinking no one would even want to think about mittens, or hats or scarves - much less bid on 'em.

But these little babies? They were so fun to whip up and look perfectly summery.

I added some baskets from the dollar store and filled them with other kitshy kitchen items - sponges and gloves and muffin mixes. By now, I'm hoping someone's happy to have 'em.

This FO isn't mine, but since it's my pattern and it was brought over for show n tell, I figure I'm showing and telling. Susan won't mind...

This is Circley, finished up by Susan, who's a friend and one of the students in my Wednesday Knitting Class. She did an awesome job and it's adorable on her daughter - who has dark hair and eyes about the same color as the yarn. I know more of you are working on yours from the dowload count and am dying to see some finished ones up on Ravelry soon!

More pics in a day or so. I forgot to do a few when the computer was gone, so I have to get that smocked cardigan out of the winter bag for its photo shoot and find M's new hat somewhere in a bag as well. Am sure they will be glad for a breath of fresh air....

BUT my goal for today is to get the Cardigan pattern up!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Yep, all it took was about 5 weeks, a thousand or so dollars, and an endless supply of patience.
All I really had to offer was the 5 weeks,
yet somehow here I am, typing away on my new laptop.

So many new pics to share, I'm just not sure where to start!
Maybe with Maya, since she was so willing to pose for some shots -
unlike Zoe, who is apparently too tired to be bothered.

I'm still trying to knit down the stash over here - I even managed to ignore the siren song of the Wild and Wooly Sale last week (something I've never managed to do before - but maybe that $1,300 computer bill had a bit to do with it.). Always a good bargain - those bags of stuff on the floor all over the place, it's so much fun to see what you'll find. In fact, I just finished knitting my last bag from the fall sale, and still had a few skeins left from last years's spring sale too.

Anyways, i digress.

So, knitting down the stash. Tired of the early morning arguments about spaghetti strap tank tops at school, I dug into my three remaining skeins of Louisa Harding nautical cotton (ironically from one of those sales) and we whipped this puppy up. No more arguments!

Off to pickup for the last day of school - tomorrow, more pics. And this weekend, some serious proofreading and posting of the Cardigan Pattern -- I promise!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Just in case anyone's noticed I'm still gone, here's a little update on things here at Babycocktails.   

The computer's not responded to treatment.  Just got it back from the Computer Doctor ( who would be the tech dude at my husband's office who said he'd fix it for free).  Seems the problem is a biggie.

Now it's off at the Computer Hospital, where they tell me turnaround is about two weeks.  I paid an additional $25 to shorten that to one week, but we'll see how it goes. 

In the meantime, I know a few of you are waiting (oh so patiently) for the Golden Cardigan.  I promise that I will post it as soon as I have the ability.   I won't even wait for the test knitters to finish up.  There's a question about the sleeve sizing, but the back and fronts are proofed, fixed and ready to go.  How would you all feel if I posted a temp PDF first, without sleeves and then added the sleeves once I took the time to make sure those caps are the right length?

  I just don't want to put my summer cardigan out in the world in time for fall.  
That's not such good timing, is it? 

In the meantime, I apologize for falling off the face of the web.  Am sure your days are empty without my cocktail recipes and wit.  Also, if I usually read your blog and talk to you there, please know I'm just not able to these days.  Images (yep, ANY images) make our backup computer crash (lovely) so I've only been able to check messages and emails lately.

On the plus side, it's created lots of free time for other knits. 
 There will be lots of FOs to post once I do return.

  It's also created lots of time for drinks - always a bonus during a heat wave! It's just amazing what you can do with a new blender, ice and fruit, isn't it?  As long as there's rum involved.

Anyways, I'm relying on the kindness of others right now.  This fancy machine is not mine. 
I'm on a knitting playdate this morning.   

Must get back to Carol and the girls.  Hope to see you (or your blogs or your knits) all soon.