Thursday, June 28, 2007

1+2= 1

One body panel, plus two sleeves equals one sweater. Or at least part of one sweater.
avast 005

Photography can be so hard sometimes. Please excuse the terrible lighting. But I wanted to post before heading out to camp for the weekend. I hope that by Sunday I will have more progress to show off. So consider this a before and after vacation study. How much will I get done? Hard to say. I knit an entire sleeve (and 220 yds of yarn) in the past week. Mostly over last weekend. So magic could happen. As of the photo time, I have two rows holding the sleeves onto the body. As I work upwards I will begin to shape the shoulders and work my way to the neckline. Hopefully after I get past the first few painfully long 368 stitch rows and get into the decreases things will get better. The end goal is 88 total stitches.

Again, the before...with fewer distractions...
avast 003

Have a happy weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Avast update

I have been busy knitting away on Avast the past week. At our last knitting get together I managed to get to a changing point where I completed the bottom half of the sweater body and needed to knit up the sleeves before I was able to proceed. This is my first sleeve with a hem, so that added a bit of variety. I have it pinned back in the photo below and folded up to look like a sleeve rather than a rolly odd shaped piece of stockenette stitch.
Avast arm

Mostly it is just boring stockenette. I made K try it on this morning. Let me tell you he was thrilled. (please insert appropiate sarcasm here) I was happy to find I am getting close to the end length. Maybe another 4 inches. When I slid it over my arm it looked like I would need another 10 inches! Yea for boys with short arms!!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Meme: Seven Inetersting things About Me....

I have put this off long enough. Amy went and tagged me, and all my other bloggy friends to participate in the 'Seven Interesting things about me' meme. So lets see if I can come up with anything interesting.
~All or Nothing at all... Not only the title to a great Frank Sinatra song, but as my husband politely pointed out it is something I seem to live by. (For the record Kevin's song is "I did it my way" also by Frank)With most things I am either completely obsessed and wrapped up in the planning of something, or I am not interested at all. I have a hard time finding a happy medium. Also, if someone else is really excited about something I have a hard time being excited too and fall into the 'nothing at all' category. This philosophy penetrates all facets of my life. Spice cabinet- I need it to be organized and neat. I will tear it apart and sort everything because it bothers me so much to think I can't find something when I need it. However when I get undressed at night I have no issue with leaving my clothes on the floor next to the hamper.
~I have worked in the same job since February of 2001. Which puts me at about 6 years and 4 months of tolerating what I do. I started as an intern, and was then hired full time into the group after I graduated. I don't love the work, it is something I can do and they are willing to pay me for it. I resist change. I am not ambitious.

Golly, doing this is hard. I don't feel very interesting at all.

~I knit. I know, not so interesting to my audience... but I knit only one thing at a time. Currently I do have a sock without a friend and a partial sweater on hold but I really only like working on one item at a time. Start to finish. Having too many unfinished items stresses me out. After reading blogs about other knitters I find that this is not the norm. The sweater is on hold only because I won't fit in it once I get the dang thing finished and it killed my motivation. The sock doesn't have a friend because the yarn has been knit and reknit so many times I wanted a break from it. This was the modified toe-up Jaywalker gone bad turned into a generic toe-up sock.
~Although I do eat a lot of different foods, there are certain things that I don't like that everyone else seems to find weird. Here is a short list... fruit pie (and pie crust), chocolate milk and ice cream, milkshakes, cake, mashed potatoes, turkey, jellybeans, overcooked veggies, and chicken breasts. Some of the list I will eat, I just don't run out wishing I had some. Other things I avoid completely. There are exceptions to every rule too.
~I am very handy and knowledgeable about home repair types of things. Not only from over watching HGTV, This Old House, and the New Yankee Workshop...but also from my parents. Growing up my dad always did our home improvements on his own, and with help from neighbors. It was the only way we could afford most changes. His skills expanded as I grew older and I always wanted to help. When I was in high school he and my mom decided it was time to move and they purchased a duplex in our hometown with a plan to convert it back to the single family home they dreamed of. It was (is) a challenge, a money pit, and a labor of love. We tore out a full length dumpster worth of debris from the first floor shortly after moving in. Friends could easily locate our new house.... "drive until you see the dumpster- that is us!" I helped my dad as much as I could with rewiring the entire house, replumbing much of the mess that had occurred due to the home being a duplex, and hanging drywall among other things. During this time I learned a lot. I miss projects with my dad. Now that I have my own home I feel more confident fixing and changing things on my own, but I still call Daddy when I am not sure. ;o)
~I call my dad Daddy and my mom Mummy. I am 27 years old and I am not embarrassed by either. Kevin calls my parents.... well nothing. He just starts talking to them usually. So sometimes I call my mom Lori to try to make Kevin used to using her name. And it works. He calls her Lori at our house, and as soon as he sees her he doesn't use it. I call his parents by their first names.
~I met all of my current friends online. I am usually a one friend gal. I have other friends, but only one really really close friend. Well when I met Kevin my really really close friend was a bad influence (and that was fun) until I wanted to be in a serious relationship with Kevin. So my friend and I grew apart. For a while having Kevin and his friends as my friends worked out. But it was not the same. So I was so happy to have found the knot's local board where I met my current group of friends.

OK, I think that does it. Sorry if I am lame. Maybe that is my eighth interesting thing about me. My lameness.

Monday, June 4, 2007


13 Week Belly Shot 1

So this is what Sprog has done to my body so far. Well at least the visual changes. It might not look like much, and it really isn't. Just enough to keep me from wearing most of my pants. Any of my shorts or capris. And prevents any of my summer skirts from feeling comfortable. I took the picture on Saturday, it just took me this long to post it. I might try to take weekly photos, but I doubt I will blog each one. Really, my tummy isn't THAT interesting. They will be on my flickr though.

Also in the belly topic zone, the sweater I am knitting for K has finally be photographed. The pattern is Avast from I am using Cascade 220 and size 7 knit picks options needles to get gauge. So far so good. I had to block after I picked up stitches along the cable band because it looked terribly lumpy. Post block I was happy enough with the results to keep on knitting. My progress thus far:
Avast in progress
I am about 9 inches into the 15 inch belly covering portion of said sweater. It is pretty plain knitting until I get to the 15 inch mark. After that I have to knit the sleeves, attach them and knit it all together into one glorious long strip of sweater shoulder action. I am excited for the new-seam-free method!