I've been telling you for quite a while that I've been doing a lot of knitting lately.... but hadn't had much to show for all that talk. Here's something.
Heartbreakingly Cute One Piece Baby Kimono from Mason Dixon Knitting.
The more I knit the more heartbreakingly cute it was. And the more in love I fell with the yarn. I used Mission Falls 1824 wool. 100% superwash merino. Soft as a baby. Sweet. Delicious. I hope it doesn't pill too badly with all this softness. It was gifted at a baby shower yesterday evening that I couldn't attend because I was teaching a class at Michaels so I can easily fantasize about the chorus of oohs and aahs that must have been when the package was opened. But then again, maybe it was like a kid opening (store bought!) socks at Christmas and they just tossed the thing into the pile of other gifts without the proper pomp and circumstance that a knitter thinks her hand knits deserve. The whole thing probably plays out in my mind WAY better than reality. It's best that I wasn't there. ha I also get to avoid the potential mental games I play with myself if there happens to be another (rare) hand made gift... me thinking "is their hand made gift better than the knit/sewn/whatever thing that I gifted?" Am I the only one that has these terrible thoughts? Do I only make a hand made gift for the applause?? No. That can't really be it. I show it to YOU GUYS for the applause! hehe Thank goodness for the blog. We all know how much people generally don't care if you knit them something. But maybe this girl will. I don't know her well enough to know. The yarn and knitting happiness was enough for me.
Okay, enough of this conversation with myself. Here are the pictures.
This took exactly three skeins of MF 1824 wool. Like, exactly. Including the i-cord ties. That means it was right at 255 yards of aran weight wool on US6 circular needles. The pattern was a BREEZE.
As awkwardly thick as the i-cord tie looks at the side, the yarn is so sweetly smooshy and soft that you instantly forget it ever looked awkward because it's so easy to tie. I have to confess that I've seen these on other baby knits and thought "I'll never make an i-cord tie like that for anything I make." GULP. I had to eat those words. This is so perfect I couldn't find ANYTHING else that worked as well or felt and looked as sweet.
Another confession is this: the yarn. Where would I buy this? I haven't got the slightest idea. It's not available around here. During the time when I was requesting seaming yarn for the afghan project I got a TO-DIE-FOR box of yarn from Margaret in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Margaret, when I die I would like to be buried in your yarn stash. Can we work that out? Margaret sent this box of yarn that was, first of all, a BIG BOX. The box was half filled with partial balls of every color of Cascade 220 ever made. I swear it. Heathers and regular solids. Oh this stuff is PRETTY. The other half of the box was filled with 20 skeins of Mission Falls 1824 Wool in the light taupe/tan color you see above and a sagey green color - 10 skeins each color. Mmm. Yarn love at its finest. But on top of all THAT... Margaret sent yarn presents for ME. And some awesome hand lotion. Why? I haven't got the slightest idea why Margaret in Canada was so generous with this yarn. And gifts for me. But I'm so glad she was. I've been absolutely FILLED with guilt about this box of stuff because I have hoarded the box during the seaming and everything, hoping to have a special Greensburg-related project to use the Cascade for. So I could knit with it of course. And the 1824 Wool? Umm... I avoided touching it for quite a while because I've been coveting it ever since seeing it on the original DeStash blog when people would list that they had some to sell. Then this baby shower came up. I somehow overcame whatever was holding me back and grabbed a ball of this yarn out of the box. Yarn Heaven. Knitting Heaven. I couldn't stop myself. Then, as I was looking at these pictures and making this post I remembered the sweet letter that Margaret wrote. And remembered that... uhh... I now have 2 skeins of Koigu Kersti and 2 skeins of Hand Maiden Cashmere Laceweight yarn (colorway Vintage!) in my stash from this lady. I really think she's gonna be okay with knowing that I used 3 skeins of the 1824 Wool to make a baby gift for someone at church. I really think so. Whew. Good Bye Guilt.
And the Cascade 220? I've found a use for it too. The "Special Needs" afghan square packet of mitred squares now has a home. Right here at home. As soon as I posted that it was available I pulled several colors of Cascade from the box o' yummy stuff and started making mitres. I have four finished and only need three more to seam the afghan. And I'll be adding a knit border to the blanket as well. I've gotten kind of attached* to this little set of squares and will enjoy seeing it come together.
* Attached: I've bonded with a few other packets as well and can't seem to let them go. Like the small afghan I've already finished (no pictures of it yet). It included the pretty squares from the person in Finland and also some squares that I've made. For some reason I really wanted to put that one together myself.
SO.... everybody have a great weekend. Safe. Cool. Enjoy your football - I know we will. We have the cutest little Oklahoma Sooner fans ever and I've been trying to catch video and pictures of them singing Boomer Sooner and cheering for their team. It's so adorable.
Have a wonderful weekend and take care of every little thing - OH! My GRANDMOTHER is coming from Michigan to visit so I probably won't be posting again until after she's gone next week!
Let's start with something sweet. :)
This is Emeline and Lila Pearl yesterday morning trying to pose with the Morning Glories before we left to deliver some afghan packets to a few ladies here in town.
Is anybody tired of me posting about nothing but afghans for the past five months?? Sorry but it's not over yet. And even though this post isn't officially about the afghan project I wanted to add something to what I wrote about yesterday.
It might sound like I'm a little worn down by this project after working on it for five months but I'm thankful every day that I can do it. Thankful every day that I didn't lose my home, my posessions, my family members or neighbors to the tornado that did so much destruction in the town of Greensburg, Kansas. Thankful and blessed every day that I can work on this project in the comfort of my home with the hustle and bustle of a healthy happy family around me. And reminded every day that the people and families of Greensburg still have a long road of rebuilding and recovery ahead of them - materially and emotionally. I'm thankful for every single person who has helped with this project and thankful for your continued interest and support. That includes my husband and children who did NOT sign up for any of this and were at the mercy of my whim to start this whole project not knowing what it would grow into. Thanks everybody. :)
NOW on to Something Completely Different!!
We've got new yarn for sale and it's not just a new skein of yarn.... we've got two entirely new lines of yarn that I'll be offering depending on your interest. It's nice to be the master dyer at Sugar Bunny Boulevard because I can make up the rules and change them as I go along! heh
The first new yarn we're offering at the Hutch is called Peachy Cotton. You don't have to ponder long to conclude that the base yarn is Peaches and Cream cotton. I wanted to make the One Piece Baby Kimono from Mason Dixon Knitting and wasn't very excited about the color options I found. The next step was obvious: dye my own. And I now have more than I needed!! Soooooo.... you get to try it out!
The first colorway is called AUTUMN and you can find a description along with prices in the Bunny Tales shop (also linked in my sidebar below all of the afghan info). I'm offering three skeins which is more than enough to make the Baby Kimono from MDK. You could probably get a matching pair of booties out of that much yarn! Awwwww. :)
The next new yarn is something I'm really excited about. It's a 100% Merino Superwash Wool sock yarn that I'm calling Benjamin. My blog is named Sugar Bunny Boulevard because I always called my babies Sugar Bunny. With Benjamin being my first baby it only seemed appropriate that my first named line of yarn would be called Benjamin. I'm thrilled to be finally upgrading my base yarns and this is the first one I'm happy to call "my own" with a name. Ravelry is creating a lot of interest in indie dyers and I'm looking forward to having more time to dye this fall. Check out the details of the Benjamin sock yarn in my Bunny Tales shop. I think you'll love this yarn and I look forward to listing more in the shop in the next week or so!
Gotta run - I've got some special knitting to do, pictures to take, and squares to sort! OH! And maybe some babies to take care of. heh Have a great day and take good care of every little thing! XOXOXOX
I'm getting caught up y'all! It's feeling better and better all the time around here. Boxes going out... dining room getting roomier.
Five months. I've been doing this afghan project for FIVE MONTHS. I couldn't believe it when I was updating the original post and saw it was dated May 8, 2007. And realized it's been five months. And it seems like it's not even close to being over. But I think we're more than half way for sure. :)
Not much to report except that I've updated the "Where are the squares now?" list and a few more available packets have been listed. Packet #54 is Autumn colors and wow. Y'all, I wish every person could see the packets. The Autumn colored packets were popular at the seaming party but honestly, as I have been sorting the past few days.... they're all awesome.
So the title of this post is about FAMILIES. Color families to be exact. I have sorted squares into color families. Every time I count 56 squares for a "Neutral" color packet I think WOW. Not even the "Neutral" packets are boring. They're gorgeous!
Blues and Greens: colors are obvious - blue and green. But it's amazing how many variations there are. And overall the tones blend to feel more like aqua and teal and turquoise. Jewel toned water colors. I love this one.
Reds: Oh man. The reds are amazing. And varied. Bright, subtle, marroon, brick, rust, striped, patriotic, sparkly, tweedy. Everything you can imagine in the "Red" family. I love the Reds.
Darks: Nice. Masculine. Rich. Navy, black, dark mahogany, dark variegated colors, a few light stripes here and there. Classy. I love the Darks.
Pinks and Purples: The name is a little deceptive because there's nothing very "pink" about this one. The colors are more like rose, raspberry, fuschia, grape, lilac, orchid, and all kinds of variegated and striped squares add lots of visual interest to this category. The tones blend to feel more like amethyst and rose jewel tones. Love love this category.
Light: Sweet. Pale. Clean. Pastel. Baby colors. White, cream, pale pink and blue, mint, and light colored variegated and tweedy colors have a very cuddly overall look to the mix. I've got too many girls in the house not to like this color family.
Neutral: My first thought is "boring" until you start seeing the great variety in these squares. Tan, pewter, oatmeal, sage, brown - variegated yarn and stripes add rose and other colors. The interesting mix in this color family makes me think of granite or marble countertops! A very classy subdued range of colors.
Autumn: When we first started sorting the 8" squares for the seaming party we didn't know what to do with some colors. They were too bright for the "light". Too loud for the "neutral". Orange? Where do you classify Orange.... and I mean like Deer Hunting Cap Orange... Hazard Orange... Road Construction Orange. BLIND YOU if you stare at it for too long Orange!! heheh How did people knit and crochet with this yarn without sunglasses? There are a few yellow squares that bright too. You will be amazed at how GORGEOUS it goes with rust. Gold. Olive. Mustard. Peach. GreenRedWhiteBlueYellow variegated. "Camoflage" variegated. "Autumn" was one of the favorite color families at the afghan seaming party and wow - I'm still overwhelmed by the awesome colors and blends as I continue sorting. Maybe it's the season? Maybe they're just colors I love (when they're put all together!)? All I know is that this makes for a gorgeous afghan. :)
Packet #54 is an Autumn colored packet and it has a special square. This is what it looks like. Who will request it? Hmmmm.....
Time to go - I'm teaching a class at Michaels tonight. Only a few more weeks of working at Michaels. My time is feeling more "my own" and I've been enjoying a lot of knitting and dyeing lately. I've got some new yarn that I'll be listing soon but I haven't decided if it'll go in the "Bunny Tales" shop in my sidebar, etsy shop, or just listed on the blog. I'll start on the blog - we'll see where it goes from there.
Everybody take care and have a great rest of your week! Hope the weather is feeling nice and cool where ever you are! XOXOXOX
I'm busily sorting squares to send out packets and trying to keep the list updated about available packets. My hand written list is up to #50 so far! WOOHOO!!! Keep sending those requests. If you want a packet there are still plenty to send out.
I have just finished sorting the 7.5" squares and have a decent size stack of mitred squares that were sent by knitters who obviously thought "let's rock this project with something different!" I'm really loving the mitred squares and set them aside as I came to them in the 7.5" sorting process (didn't do so with the 8"). I have a stack of 29 mitred squares and thought they would work well in an afghan containing 36 squares (set 6x6). That would be a total of nine sets of mitres (3x3). If you have no clue what I'm talking about you can see an example here. Pattern is available in various places including the Mason Dixon knitting book.
So is there anyone out there who is interested in taking on the 29 mitred squares and making 7 more for a 36 squares blanket? I'm just thinking this would be really awesome for a child or lap blanket. The 7 additional squares can be any color but just need to be 7.5" square. I can even send you some nice Cascade 220* in gorgeous colors to make the 7 extra mitres!! :)
Leave a comment or send an email if you would like to take this packet. It'll be #51 when I update the chart.
* Compliments of a very generous Canadian who sent a beautiful box full of seaming yarn!
There are times when a person is so busy
and they have so many things to do
that they can't get it all in order.
There sometimes seems to be no proper order to it all.
That's where I've been.
And it's at those times when I get the very least accomplished.
But I've snapped out of it for the time being and have started getting a handle on all of it and am trying to put an end to some of the things that make me feel like I'm spinning my wheels. Like teaching classes at Michaels. I put in a lot of personal time preparing for my classes (planning, knitting, pattern writing, driving, finding someone to keep the babies, etc etc etc) and I often have just one student every few weeks. My last paycheck from Michaels was $16. Yep. It hardly pays for my gas to drive there and back and definitely doesn't cover stopping at McDonald's or Taco Bell on the way. It's just not the "something to get myself out of the house" that I was looking for. So anyway, I'm trying to cull out the things that are the least satisfying/rewarding/fruitful in the list of stuff I do.
The organizing of my life helps make room for the important things like moving forward with our Greensburg afghan project. October is going to slip away before we know it and I haven't made the list of packets available to y'all yet! So here we go. I have more stuff to tell about but first and foremost, let's get these squares into the hands of people who can seam them together into afghans. The list is on a seperate page here and is organized as a table showing the packet number, a brief description, and if it's available for adoption! I have a ton of squares to sort and so far it just hasn't worked out to have a sorting day where we get them all finished at once. That means they're going to be made available as I get them sorted. Today I've added a few to the list. When they're claimed I will mark that on the table/chart. If you want to request a packet to sew there are a few things to know:
1. When requesting an afghan packet please tell what packet number you would like to adopt from this list. Look for the ones that say AVAILABLE. You can do this by leaving a comment on this post, leaving a comment on the table/chart page, or by sending me a private email at firstname.lastname@example.org. IMPORTANT: If the packet you would like has already been requested, do you want to be placed on a waiting list? I will respond to every request.
2. You will need to pay the postage for the package via PayPal before I can ship it. To estimate how much the postage will be please consult the USPS Domestic Postage calculation page. My zip code is 67042. You'll need to enter your zip code and the weight is 6lbs (small package size). All packages will be sent PRIORITY MAIL. This is because 12x12x8 Priority Mail boxes are the best size I could find for the packets and the boxes are FREE. If we had to buy boxes just for cheaper postage it would end up costing the same anyway. The farther you live from Kansas the more it will cost. It's about $15 to Maine, about $12 to California, and about $8 to Kansas City. You will also be responsible for return postage. When I receive your request and have a packet available for you I will send a PayPal invoice for the cost of shipping the packet to you.
3. Afghans need to be completed ASAP and sent back out by November 1st. That's a target mailing date of November 1st. If it's Nov 2nd don't panic. But do try to get the completed afghan sent out by Nov 1st if you can.
4. Each packet includes 56 afghan squares and coordinating yarn to whip stitch them together. If you prefer to use a different method of joining the squares (like crochet) please let me know and I can include more seaming yarn. If you would like to do a single crochet edge around the entire finished afgha please let me know and I can also include yarn for that. I have received a lot of seaming yarn now. :)
If I'm leaving out details about something please let me know. Ask questions. Tell me I'm crazy. All that, okay?!
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What else have we been doing around here?? Uhhhmmm.... besides Mommy being in a daze the kids have been doing really well in school. Suzannah is playing the flute in band this year. This is Katie's first year marching - she's a percussionist so she has one of the "glory" marching positions. Benny is playing on the Varsity AND the Jr. Varsity teams so that means two games per week for us. Only a few weeks. Only a few. more. weeks. The babies are growing like crazy and getting into everything as you saw in my last post. That was just one event in a long string of crazy stuff they were doing but Mommy decided it was time to get away from Ravelry, clean up the toy corner, and spent a little more time entertaining the babies.
Last Saturday I had a busy day teaching a knitting class at TWIST then doing class preview at Michaels. I didn't get home until about 6pm. During the day Jeff took the babies to the park where they played on the playground. That evening when I got home Jeff told me that Emeline fell from a piece of equipment about five feet down to the ground and scared him to pieces. At the time she held her arm for quite a while saying it hurt but by the time I saw her she said it wasn't hurting any more. All during the week about once or twice a day she would complain about the arm hurting but she seemed to be playing normally and didn't complain about it VERY consistently. Long story short, she complained about it hurting this morning when I was dressing her and that was the final straw. I called the orthopedic doctor's office and made an appointment for this morning.
As we were leaving the house I asked Emeline "Do you mind if I bring my knitting?" She said, "No knitting Mom." I hesitated and gave her a pleading look. She said "Leave the knitting. Put it down." Ugh. I really need to get a sock to a certain point for my class tomorrow morning!
After taking a few x-rays we learned that Emeline has a fracture through the humorus growth plate (upper arm just below the shoulder). They can't cast it but she has to wear a shoulder immobilizer. It's this tiny little thing that's decorated with Charlie Brown and Snoopy and she calls it her vest. It was fun to wear for about the first five minutes. Now, not so fun. But she did get to pick Sonic for lunch with a Braums chaser. I took a little movie of her talking about it but I haven't uploaded it to youtube yet.
Gotta run and get the stuff ready for this table/chart for the afghan project. I've been knitting like a maniac. And trying to get my projects entered on Ravelry. Everyone was right.... Ravelry IS a time-suck. I do not have extra time for this thing but overall I think it's good.
Let me know if you have any afghan packet questions and if the packets are already claimed, click back again because I'll be adding more until the squares are all used up!! I'm sure we won't be able to get them all finished by Nov 1st but goals are a good thing!
Everybody have a wonderful weekend and take good care of every little thing. XOXOXOX