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Gentleman’s Plain Winter Socks – Complete!

They’re done!

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Gentleman’s Plain Winter Socks

 

The first sock flew off the needles.  The second?  Not so much.  I’m so glad to have finished them.  These were knit with Knit Picks Felici Sport in “Monochrome” and 2.75mm needles.  I ended up with a gauge of 9 sts x 11 rows = 1 inch.  Yes, my gauge was tighter than the pattern’s when using sportweight yarn and larger needles.

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The toe!

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The heel!

 

I wasn’t that thrilled with the heel in this pattern.  It was kind of weird to knit, and it looks weird, too.  It may be very comfortable, but I won’t know until Kai tries wearing the socks.  I think I’ll steer clear of the Dutch heel from now on, though.  🙂

 

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Kirsi’s Dress – First Progress Report

I finished those Gentleman’s Plain Winter Socks that I’ve been working on for what seems like FOREVER (more on those in a later post), so I’ve undertaken a new project.  This time it’s another little baby dress.

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I’m using Knit Picks CotLin in “Flamingo” and size 4 needles.  I hope it turns out small enough for the baby to wear right away.  I’m pretty much winging it since I didn’t swatch (I never do), but I am using the recommended weight yarn and needle size.

Anyway, I’d like to have this dress finished before she’s born.  Seeing as I’m due in a little over a week, I don’t know if that will happen.  Wait, who am I kidding?  Of course I’ll be able to finish it if I work on it regularly.  I have a feeling I’ll be going late seeing as I’ve experienced no symptoms of impending labor.  I guess I should take advantage of all this prep time, huh?


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Tiny Tied Baby Hat – Complete!

Here’s a little baby hat I whipped up:

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Tiny Tied Baby Hat

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Cute little icord bow!

The pattern was really simple.  It’s just a basic baby hat with two icords coming out of the top.  I used Shibui Knits Staccato in “Watermelon” and size 4 needles.  Even though I knit the newborn size, I think it’s a little big.  It’ll work, though!

Complete details can be found on my Rav page.

 


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Gentleman’s Plain Winter Sock – First Progress Report

Today I started a new project – Gentleman’s Plain Winter Sock

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Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock - Cuff in Progress

This pattern is from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush.  I love this book.  The patterns are very well written and easy to understand.  If you’d like to try knitting socks, but don’t know where to start, I’d recommend taking a serious look at this book.  There are plenty of easy patterns to start with, and even the more complicated looking socks are made simple by Nancy’s great instuctions.

I’m using Knit Picks Felici Sport in “Monochrome” and 2.75mm dpns.  The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn and 2.5mm dpns, but from experience, I know I won’t hit gauge using those.  And besides, Kai’s feet are quite a bit larger than the size indicated in the pattern.  I plan to follow the pattern verbatim except I’ll be knitting a longer foot.

As always, I’ll keep you updated on my progress!


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An Unexpected Find

Today, upon arriving home from running some errands, I noticed a “blob” in one of my thorny bushes.  I took a closer look and saw this:

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Praying Mantis Egg Case

Had I seen this a mere few weeks ago, I would have assumed my bush had some sort of disease.  Fortunately, my mother-in-law had schooled me on praying mantises when I questioned her about a setup I observed in her living room.  She is actively trying to hatch a praying mantis egg case, and she has a tank with all the fixings set up for this purpose.  (What do you expect?  She’s a zoologist!)

I called her shortly after discovering the egg case to brag.  🙂  She said she’d like to have it, so I will be carefully picking it and delivering it to her.  And by picking it I mean cutting off the part of the bush where it is attached.  I read that praying mantises like to lay their eggs in hard to access places, which explains why it’s in the middle of a thorny bush.  :/

I hope the little mantises hatch.  I’d like to see some!