Monday, January 07, 2008

lazy weekend

I have to confess that when I was in high school I found AP Government to be just about the worst form of torture in the universe. I hated it, couldn't care less how the government works, didn't want to read about it or write about it or take tests on it. (My husband, on the other hand, was a political science major in college.)

But now I am a big ol' grownup home-owning, tax-paying, fuel-using, grocery-buying, child-rearing citizen. And I kind of care about what is going on in the government. Rest assured I'm not going to go into my politics on the blog...that's just asking for trouble...but I will tell you this: Hubs and I pretty much hunkered down on the couches this weekend and watched CNN nonstop. I am VERY interested in and fascinated by the 2008 election, as are many of you, I'm sure. So this weekend we spent an awful lot of time watching the news, building block towers with Daughter and 'eating' all the 'foods' she made for us in her play kitchen.

Oh, and knitting! Of course, there was knitting. I knit pretty fast when I'm wound up, and the debates and commentary got me good and wound. I may have shouted at the t.v. once or twice. Ahem.

Anyway, here is an almost-finished sweater I've been working on for Daughter. Truthfully, she is outgrowing almost all her sweaters - they are getting too short and her wrists are sticking out. So she does actually need some new ones, yay! This is Killeany, in pieces:

It's an Alice Starmore design, but I'm sorry I can't remember which book it's from at the moment. I'm making the size 3-4, which is 23-24 inches across the chest. I think I started it back in November, but between the complexity of the design and the holiday season it's been a slow knit.

All that's left to do is finish the second sleeve saddle, seam it up, and knit the collar. I've never made a sweater with saddles (which are those strips coming out of the top of the sleeves, for the non-knitters reading this), so I'm not sure if it would be better to lightly block the pieces before seaming or not. Anyone have experience with this? I want the saddle to fit the shoulders properly.

The yarn is Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Asparagus. I'll give full project details when the sweater is finished, and hopefully get some shots of it on the child. Though it is a very unseasonable 55-60 degrees here just now, so it may be awhile before she wears it!

Now, the sweater was just worked on here and there, but I really did whip this up over just the last 3 days or so:

This is the first of two socks using Knitpicks Felici sock yarn, one of their newer lines. I must say I LOVE the feel of this yarn. It's soft and springy, a lot like Regia, but softer in my opinion. I was a little bummed out by the striping at first - it's a bit wider than I expected - but overall I'm pleased. Here's hoping the second one comes out looking like the first. I'll be casting on during naptime...while I watch some more CNN.


Shari said...

Oh my goodness, love the sweater but can't imagine all those cables. Can't wait to see it done!

Jenn said...

Very pretty blue sock! I may have yelled at the TV more than once or twice. Ahem.

Cori said...

The sweater is to-die-for but I'm no help with the saddles. I am curious about the sock pattern you use. I've only done one pair of socks and I'm on the lookout for a good basic pattern. Any suggestions??

Pam said...

I had to make myself leave the house today just to get away from the drama of the election. Seriously, what is it about this election that has us so glued to CNN? Is it that we are finally over 30? Can't be:)

Love, love those socks-stripes are my favorite.