Monthly Archives: February 2010

Ravelympics Finish Line

I finally crossed the finish line!!! It was rough going and there was a point that I didn’t know if I was going to make it, but I “sprinted” to the finish line and made it just in time. An adult sweater may not have been the most logical Ravelympics project to choose with a 3 month old baby and in the middle of a move, but it is said that fortune favors the bold. After all, that is what the Ravelympics are all about, bringing the Olympic spirit to our lives. Dreaming big and daring to attempt something great or difficult, and above all proving to yourself what you are able to accomplish.

Words cannot express how happy I am with the finished product. It was a lot of hard work, but working on it brought me great comfort in a very stressful time. I finished the knitting last night and blocked it. This morning when I tried it on, it exceeded all my expectations. I even had enough time to knit a matching headband in the same lace pattern.

The color is squirrel heather, chosen in honor of the squirrels that frolicked and played in our yard constantly while we lived in South Carolina. It is made of 100% Merino wool and the buttons are wooden toggle buttons bought in SC.

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February Lady Lace Headband

I have lots of yarn leftover from my sweater so I thought I would make a matching headband with the lace pattern.  It was really easy and I knit it up in less than an hour.  Here’s how I made it.

US 8/ 5 mm knitting needles.  I used DPNs as straight needles

Worsted weight yarn

CO 11 sts.

Row 1: K3, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SSK, K3

Row 2 and 4: K2, P7, K2

Row 3: K2, K2tog, YO, K3,  YO, SSK, K2

Repeat until headband is 16 inches long, or to fit snugly around your head.  It should be noted that the lace pattern stretches quite a bit so make sure to keep it short.  Use 3 needle Bind off or simply bind off and seam 2 ends together.

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Handwashing Diapers

I know what you’re thinking of when you read the title of the post, “Why on earth would someone handwash their cloth diapers?”  Before you cast judgement, hear me out.

Because of a unique situation, we had our household goods shipped earlier than normal, leaving us without a washer and dryer.  First of all, I know you’re wondering why I continue to use cloth diapers without a washer and dryer.  It turns out that our baby is very sensitive and cloth diapers are best for his little bum.  And I love them.

So why don’t I take them to a laundromat?  I tried that a few times and came across some problems.  The nearest laundromat is over 20 miles away.  When we did take them there all the buildup of detergents in the machines caused a buildup to accumulate on my diapers. 

I like to read the articles on the Zany Zebra website about cloth diapering.  I came across this article a while ago and stayed open minded about the possibility of handwashing diapers.  It turns out it’s not bad at all, the most difficult part of handwashing is wringing them out.

How I hand wash my diapers, step by step.

1. Rinse soiled diapers with cold water (sink sprayer is what I used)

2. Fill the bathtub with hot water and one scoop of Charlie’s soap.

3. I add about 3 tea kettles of boiling water

4. Add diapers and stir around.  I used the end of a mop.

5. I bought a washboard just for fun and it worked really well.  However I realize these aren’t usually readily available, so you can scrub the diapers clean on themselves.

6. When all the diapers and wipes are clean, drain tub.  Fill up with warm water, stir around and drain again.

7. Wring them out!  I step on them until I can get all the water out, then pick them up and twist until no more drops of water come out.  This step is quite important because it’s what helps the diapers dry in a reasonable amount of time.

8. Hang to dry.  If it’s sunny outside, use the clothesline, if not, you can hang them around your house.

So now if you ever find yourself in a situation where you have to hand wash, you will have a basic idea of how to do it.  You can never really know until you try and you may find it’s not really that big of a deal!

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Back on Track and Feeling Optimistic

Things are going much better with my Feb. Lady Sweater.  First a few thank- you’s are in order.

Dylan: Thank you for being a sweet baby today.  You’re a sweet baby 90% of the time, but you have your moments.  Thanks for letting me work on my knitting today.

To my DH: Thank you for helping me with the eyelet increase row.  Without your math skills I would not have evenly spaced the increases.   And thank you so so so so much for fixing my cabled needle.  Without it I wouldn’t have a project.  I love you!!!

Today I made great progress.  This is a great pattern.  The lace is simple and elegant.  Now that I’ve separated the sleeves it’s going very quickly.  I’ve learned to join a new ball with a felted join, courtesy of knittinghelp.com.  I don’t think it will take me too much longer.  I will for sure finish by the 28th.

 

My DH had a going away dinner tonight at his work.  Dylan and I worked on the sweater while we visited with his co-workers.

Yay for a great day of knitting!  I hope everyone else is doing well with their Ravelypics projects.

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Weekend Progress

Well.  What a weekend for knitting.  I cast on my February Lady Sweater for the Ravelympics during the opening ceremonies.  That went well and the project was flying off the needles. I was so excited!  The next day I had a fussy baby and didn’t get to my goal.  Sunday again a VERY fussy baby.  At the end of the night I was sliding the stitches on the cabled needle and the cable broke!  My project fell on the floor and I had to rip it back pretty far.  I lost my whole days work.  Today I fixed the problem and started knitting again.  I hit a wall and we had to leave the house so I could recover my creativity and desire to continue this project.  A trip to the bookstore and browsing through knitting books and magazines was just what I needed to feel better.  We got home and I quickly began working on my project again.  FUSSY FUSSY baby.  He has been screaming so hard.  I hate it when he gets to the point where he stops breathing.  Why can’t I just work on my sweater?  I want to finish it in time.  I suppose I shouldn’t have chose such a large project with a small baby and also in the middle of a move.  I have a whole week left of nothing going on… I can do this, I just need the baby to cooperate!

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Ravelympics 2010

First of all, I just wanted to show off my new sox that I finished yesterday.  I know it doesn’t have anything to do with Ravelympics, but I will get to that in a minute.  I used the pattern for Pompom Peds that I got for free on Ravelry.  I made them with Artyarns UltraMerino 4 handpainted sockyarn that I bought at my LYS.  This was such beautiful yarn and such a pleasure to work with.  There is nothing like putting on a high quality pair of hand knit sox, especially when you made them for yourself.   

Now on to the Ravelympics.  I have decided to participate with the Itty Bitty Knits group on Ravelry.  For my project, I am going to be making the February Lady Sweater for myself.  This will be the first adult sweater I have made.  I Made my first order from Knit Picks for this project and it will be made of Swish Worsted in squirrel Heather.  I chose the color because it reminds me of the squirrels that play in our yard.  I can’t wait to cast on tonight during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.  I bought the buttons at my LYS, but I might go with some wooden ones instead.

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