Thursday, May 26, 2011

On and off the needles

Oh, you wanted knitting? I can do that, too.

I've had an idea for another sweater for Tadpole bouncing around in my head for a while and last night I actually got around to crunching some of the numbers and casting on.

It doesn't look like much yet but I hope it turns out as cute and clever as it is in my head. And if I'm really good I'll put together a pattern, too.

I was shocked when I counted this morning because I'm more than half-way through the edging on Rock Island.

It's always interesting to follow the progression of memorizing a pattern repeat. I start out staring at the chart for every stitch, then I check every row. A few more repeats along I only look when I think I'm doing something wrong but I keep the chart out the whole time. Several more repeats later, I realize that I'm not looking at the chart at all. And finally, I don't pull out the chart when I grab the project from the knitting basket. 

It would probably be a good idea to throw in a lifeline at this point but I like knitting on the edge.

Forty-two repeats down, twenty-nine more to go. Shoot, I was much happier before I thought of that second figure.

I even have an almost FO to share. After the tornados that hit Alabama a few weeks ago, Elizabeth announced that she was starting Blankets for Birmingham and asked knitters to contribute knitted squares that she would put together into blankets for those who had lost their homes. I'm having fun playing with a new-to-me cotton (Cascade Ultra Pima) and contributing to the cause.

I still need to weave in the ends and block the square (and knit a few more) but this is still good progress.

One more almost FO. I finished the first of my green socks a little while ago but it wasn't until today that I found my favorite sock model ever.

She doesn't always manage to stay upright by herself but she's working on it. Corners help.

So do fists.


Jonah said...

Now that's what I call a sock model!

kristenmakes said...

Tadpole is growing!! Wow! I love your description on the progression on memorizing a repeat, the process is very familiar to me!

Gale said...

Tadpole looks to be a sweet girl with a great sense of humor! Can't wait to see what you're dreaming up for her.

Brendaknits said...

29 repeats to go and no lifeline? How daring! Tadpole still cute as ever. Sock and matching outfit are cute.

Jacey said...

Rock Island is coming along nicely! And Tadpole is so, so cute.

elizabeth said...

She is just so precious! Thanks for the shout out for the Blankets project - I'll have to try that new cotton yarn!

Rachel said...

That sock is bigger than the baby! Oh yeah, HI! Back in for a few days and will at least get caught up with my favorite blogs.

The tomato looks nice and healthy...are you planning many things to do with your bounty this year? Or just sticking simple and slicing and eating?

I'm working on squares too...though mine are simpler (miter)...that one will be a great addition to the cause!