After Evan moved down here last year, we’ve made a point of doing one new thing every weekend in hopes of making the bay area more of our home. Plus, it’s lame when people visit and you know nothing about the area that you live in because you’ve spent every weekend sitting around the house doing nothing. Despite this resolution, after the busy holiday season and all the travel it involves, all we wanted to do was sit at home and do nothing. In some ways, puttering around the house and/or pursuing some crafty projects makes it feel more like home than doing a bunch of semi-touristy stuff in the city anyway.
I’ve been working on three different sewing projects, but I mailed one before I photographed it and another is super secret, since I am sending it to a blog pal. Evan’s really pleased that I am finally using my Christmas gift from 2005, but less happy about the bits of fabric and thread that I have left strewn about the house. Here’s a picture of the bag I sewed for the Knitt Mitt Kit swap. I hope my pal likes it. She says that she likes red and naturey things, so I think she will.
I finished the knitting part of the mommy snug sweater for my friend. I haven’t put many sweaters together before, however, so I am a bit nervous about the finishing involved. It was so much knitting I don’t want to ruin it in the last steps.
Saturday evening, I quickly knit this hat for one of my mom’s friends. He works outside and it has been really cold in Washington state, so I wanted to get it done quickly. I made up the pattern as I went, using two strands of lamb’s pride worsted weight yarn in deep charcoal. I cast on 56 stitches and knit a 2 x 2 rib until it seemed long enough, then did a round of decreases every other row. It feels just barely big enough for me, but it should fit him well.
Yesterday, as I procrastinated on putting the mommy snug together, I started a pair of Socks of Doom (this would be #4). Sock wars ended with about a 100 people never getting socks. My last victim’s victim never got socks from my victim, so I am knitting her a pair using zara yarn in bluegreen mist.
Once these are done, I have a few projects that I really need to get back to, like my samus sweater and my fair isle bag that I started during my fair isle class. In this class, I not only learned how to knit fair isle, but I learned continental knitting and the australian purl. For my first project using all of these methods, I think it is turning out pretty well.