Wednesday, February 25, 2009


So, I've wound both of my green choices, and tried my darndest to get decent photos.

Dream in Color Smooshy
"Go Go Grassy"

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight

And, finally, a side-by-side comparison:

In the side-by-side, you can see that there's a significant difference in weight. I think the sweater I'm knitting in the DiC is working out nicely, although the fabric is maybe not as dense as it should be.

In terms of a color comparison, you can really see how bright the STR is compared to the DiC, but I really don't think it's fair to put them side-by-side. The DiC is very sweet and soft, without being anywhere near a pastel shade, but it of course looks dull compared to the STR. They're both lovely for different reasons.

I've sent pics to A., who will hopefully be enjoying looking at this sweater on her little one for a while, and I've asked her to choose. While I bought the DiC specifically to make a sweater for this baby, I'm actually hoping she'll choose the STR. It's bright and springy, and I do really enjoy knitting with STR. The Foo Foo February sweater was one of my favourite things to do in a long time.

Although, as an aside that I may have mentioned before, I'm not liking the STR for socks lately. I think it's just that I've been knitting things other than socks for such a long time, and the tight-tight gauge is hurting my hands; it may just be socks that I'm not liking, not necessarily STR for socks. I hate to give up so easily, but I'm not likely to be finishing the Leyburns I started, at least not anytime soon. I've developed some pain in my right hand that I'm not sure has to do with knitting (it's mainly in fingers that aren't involved in the actual knitting motions). I'm desperately afraid it's heralding the onset of arthritis; my mom, who worked for the Arthritis Society for years as a therapist, couldn't tell me that it's not possible, so I'm just keeping an eye on it for the time being. I'd hate to be forced out of this craft while I'm just getting going.

But, no decisions and no knitting today. N. was sent home from daycare yesterday with a fever, and we're required to keep him home until he's 24h fever-free, so I'm home this afternoon. The problem is that it was just a small teething fever that disappeared as soon as it came on, and he's been fine since 8pm yesterday. I still have to miss work, though, which irks me; I do appreciate the policy, however, since it keeps kids home that are seriously sick and contagious. So, we're going to go for a walk while it's still sunny, rather than sit in this tiny apartment bumping around like bees in bottles.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

More sweaters to knit.

Well, my best friend A. decided to find out what flavour of baby she's having, and it turns out that it's pretty unequivocally a boy (yay!).

Which means that my yellowy-pinky Baby Yours (Ravelinky) sweater isn't going to cut it.

I could give her the BSJ I made out of my STR Lucy, which still isn't seamed or buttoned, but it's not speaking to me. I did ask her what she would like, out of the unisex/boy colors of orange, blue, green, and purple that I have in the Dream in Color Smooshy stash, and she was pretty clear that she wanted green.

(Although, she has no idea what kind of yarn I'm using, nor has she seen any pics, so she could be expecting any shade of green other than the one I have.)

Because she seemed to want green, I'm now re-thinking using the DiC, and contemplating using my skein of Lucky STR from last year's sock club. I've seen it used for a few baby sweaters on Ravelry, and it doesn't seem to be striping or pooling in any sort of obnoxious way. Plus, A. did mention that she likes very bright colors, and while I love the DiC Go Go Grassy, it's by no means bright. Maybe I'll take both skeins out tonight and give them a good look.

I have the sleeves and buttonband/edgings left to go on the yellow Baby Yours, so hopefully I can get it done over the next week or so. I'm desperately trying to actually take my days off, but it's a pain. I'm on contract as part-time, but I really want to push this project forward, so when I'm on campus to feed Baby N., I inevitably come into the lab for a few hours. Now that he's starting to wean, I'm hoping to actually only work part time, rather than give 15 or so unpaid hours per week. I'd gladly take the money and work full time, but since that's not an option, I have to start taking me-time.

(Gah. I'm all about the rambly posts lately.)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A February Baby Sweater for a February baby! (Sorry, no pics)

Well, my SIL had her darling daughter this morning at 6:20 local time, and everyone is doing just fine. No pics to post of her in the Foo Foo February and Foo Foo Booties, being as she's just about 16 hours old.

(Truthfully, there might not be any pics of anything but her feet - her parents are extremely private, and though I'm not sure they even know I have a blog, I have to respect their wishes.)

Suffice it to say, she's gorgeous, might even have some red hair, and the new family is doing just fine. It was a really great phone call to wake up to first thing this morning ;-)