Monday, July 10, 2006

I guess we'll go golfing...

Hey, I finished something! Woo woo! I don't even want to go back and see how long it's been since I finished something. Here is the elegantly named Simple Top and Socks With Contrast Stripe from Debbie Bliss Easy Knits (just rolls off the tongue). I think Baby's First Golf Shirt might be a catchier name. I did not make the matching socks, though I have yarn left and might eventually do so.


I'm not sure the jaunty mismatched button thing is working for me. I think it would be cute if there were three, but with two, it just looks like I picked out the buttons in the dark, so I will probably change them. I like the cute little polo collar (which felt like it took forever) on this one, and I'm pretty happy with my color choices. They look pretty accurate on my monitor. The pink is just a light pink and the blue is a dark purple-blue. I like the contrast, and I feel like it's a little unusual.

Edited to add: Oh, the blue is Debbie Bliss Wool Cotton and the pink is Rowan Wool Cotton. I can't really tell the difference between them.

So, this sweater is designed to go with my big project, which I've been calling Butterbean, and for which I will not be posting a pattern :) Butterbean is due to arrive January 18 (plus or minus a couple of weeks). I asked my husband if the pink trim on the sweater would offend him if Butterbean turns out to be a boy, but he thought it'd be fine. So those of you wondering why the inconsistent posting in May and June, there you go! Both knitting and looking at the computer monitor made me nauseated, and I was just so darn tired. I'm feeling pretty good now, though, and wanting to knit more stuff for the baby, so I should be better about my posting.

But this is for me:

This is the Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Look for a pair of angora baby booties here sometime soon :) My friend Holly decided to make this, and as soon as she told me, I thought "Hey, that's what I want to make!" so I'm jumping on her bandwagon and making her do a knitalong with me. I dug through the stash for this. I first picked out Rowanspun DK in Eau de Mil (a lovely nubby greeny blue color), but when I swatched it up, it was a very thin, see-through fabric. I like the yarn, just not for this project. Next up was Jo Sharp DK Wool in Seashell. When I got two bags of this on sale at WEBS, I thought, "Ooh, Seashell...sounds like a lovely pale, pearly pink." Not so much. It's pretty much...tan. The color has grown on me, though. After the Debbie Bliss pattern, size 7 needles feel gigantic! Now, why am I making a sweater that I won't fit into when it's finally cold enough to wear it? Well, I figure I can wear it after Butterbean appears, and since I'm in Wisconsin, I'll still have four months of use during the season.

I know I have a million projects over on the sidebar, and I'll get back to them. I still have an aversion to the baby blanket I was designing, since that's what I was knitting with morning sickness when I realized that knitting made it worse. But I want to post the pattern and see how it turns out, so I'll get to it. I also want to finish my Indian Summer Shawl before it starts to get chilly here. This week, I may also go through and make a Christmas gift list of knitting.

Writing: I took yesterday off. Today I'm working on a tricky revision, sort of turning one chapter into two chapters. Lots of avoiding repetition. I'm at 27,000 words.

Reading: Still on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Hey, I got really excited when re-reading this because there's a reference to the Vanishing Cabinet. When Harry is in Filch's office, Nearly Headless Nick gets Peeves to drop a cabinet, which sends Filch out of the office. When Filch comes back in, he says something like, "That was a very valuable vanishing cabinet." My husband was not as impressed, since it's not like it's important in book 2. But I like how cohesive Rowling's story is. Things show up in book 2 that you don't realize are important until 4 books later. Cool.

Cooking: It's been too hot again. I have an eggplant I've been meaning to roast, but it's too hot even in the morning to have the oven on.

11 comments:

Annie said...

Yeowser! Bun in the oven for you! YAY! Very exciting. Happy baby knitting! I plan on making the Hourglass sweater, too. I have yarn for it and someday I will cast on...

Poops said...

That is awesome! I love it!

The pink is perfect with that blue, and I agree with you on the buttons: I'd make them match.

Great job!

Batty said...

What a wonderful polo shirt! It looks fantastic, and I'm sure baby will be competing with Tiger Woods before you know it. : )

Have fun with the Hourglass sweater. You deserve to have something pretty just for yourself.

YarnThrower said...

WOW! That is a PROJECT !! Congrats, and best wishes for a healthy preganancy, delivery, and beyond! And, I love the baby's new sweater!

Rachel said...

There's something in the water in my blogroll -- great news of the knocked-up variety abounds! A zillion congratulations to you and your Butterbean. I can't wait to see the FO in January. :)

By the way, you definitely got yourself a good husband if he was cool and not freak-outy about the possibility of a boy wearing a little pink.

Holly said...

I love that you are calling the baby Butterbean. I think that is so cute! I had a friend who called hers Pea Pie. We however, weren't more creative than Munchkin. And Mini-Munchkin (for Baby #2).

The baby sweater turned out very cute. And if the baby is a boy, he'll never realize he is wearing something pink, or that that means anything one way or the other. At least you wouldn't be putting him in a dress or something. :-)

Stephanie said...

Oooh, congratulations!

Stefaneener said...

Hey, congratulations! Baby boys look sweet in pink -- didja know it used to be a boy color?

Glad to hear you're feeling less green. Hated morning/all day sickness.

Rain said...

Congratulations, that's wonderful news!

The golf sweater is really cute, I like the contrast and don't think it would matter for a boy in such a tiny amount. I think I'd go for matching buttons too.

KnitPastis said...

Big congrats to you and your husband! Love the nickname Butterbean. Very cute polo sweater, true classic. I think the Seashell is a pretty nice color. Glad to hear you are feeling lots better!

Marie said...

Congratulations!!! I love the Butterbean nickname. So adorable! :) I really like the sweater too...the pink trim is perfect.
It's too bad the rowanspun didn't work out for Hourglass. You're so lucky that you got a bag of the Eau de Nil colorway...I'm still kicking myself for not snatching one up until it was too late.