Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Seafoam Pantaloonies completed, Pomatomus begun

Oh so embarrassing!!
I am late with my Sockapalooza4 socks! I am knitting Pomatomus from Knitty in a variegated pink yarn. It's working out okay, but slowly :( the twisted stitches are slower to knit than normal stitches. I didn't think it would make that great a difference but it has!

I am oh so very late. I have told my pal.. I hope she's not too disappointed. Needless to say, this package will have to be padded out with other goodies in an attempt to make up for my tardiness! I'll post photos when I have taken some photos.

However... I have managed to complete the seafoam pantaloonies. I am rather pleased with them. thank you again to everyone who suggested wave patterns and Kat, THANK YOU! The lady getting these pants like the waves you suggested!

Seafoam pantaloonies - front Seafoam pantaloonies - front

Seafoam pantaloonies - front Seafoam pantaloonies - front

Friday, July 27, 2007
More progress on the Seafoam pantaloonies

Thank you for the wave pattern suggestions. Kat's comments and email came in first and one of her suggestions was very close to what I wanted.

This is the result. It's not bad, I think, and I hope it's what the lady who is getting this pair of pants wants. I am so glad I checked the original design with her before I did both legs. What a lot of unpicking that would have been! I hope that I won't need to unpick again, but I would rather get it right than have a customer "just settle", you know. I want my customers to be happy. That, and I am really enjoying working on these pants. I love a challenge! I am glad I can still afford to think this way (about making customers happy). I don't depend on my knitting and dyeing to put food on the table, and I am more than happy to spend some extra time making sure that my customers get what they want. It will be a sad sad day, I think, when I have to start thinking that it is no longer worth my time to reknit or re-embroider something because I need the time to knit more stuff to sell.

While we are on the topic of knitted pants, I think this site is worth a mention. Not all their products are to my taste but I think the detail in the embroidery is really something. That is A LOT of attention for a child's outfit! I know what I said before about keeping my customers happy, but you know, I'm not sure how much I would have to charge for a pair of pants to make this level of detail in embroidery worth my while!

Before I forget, this Sunday is Sally's birthday. Go over and say happy birthday. While you're at it, have a read of some of her posts. She has much to say about many things aside from knitting (local politics and the like), most of which are worth a read.

Alex seems to be sleeping better these days. It's not great, but it's better, and there is light at the end of the tunnel. For example, last night, he went to bed at about 7pm, woke up briefly at 9.45 and 2.30 for feeds, and then was awake again at about 4.30 ready to play. At about 630, he went back to bed for another 2 hours. This may sound like an awful night to most of you, but you know what? It's much better than most of the nights we've had in the past month or two! For that, we're grateful. It means, we think, that he's getting better.

He still loves his food. So far, he's had rice cereal, apples, pears, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, mushy rice and sweetpeas. I'd like to try banana and pumpkin next, but only because I am out of ideas. I was also thinking of mushy sweet corn (maize to those of you who know it as that). I want to try feeding him pumpkin because he is likely to get that at daycare when I start allowing them to provide his meals. I need to know whether he is intolerant of it. Apparently many babies are, but they grow out of it in the first year or two of their lives.

Well, I should get moving on the seafoam pantaloonies. I'd like to have them finished as soon as possible and posted out by next week.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Ravelry addictive? N.E.V.E.R.

No, really?
Why didn't anyone tell me that Ravelry will suck away all of my knitting time? It is the biggest time waster most time consuming past-time ever. All that time spent on Ravelry, and I haven't even added all my projects yet nor taken photos of my stash. Instead, I find myself looking forward to a chocolate and yarn swap and stirring up sh*t (it was NOT deliberate, I swear!) about annoying parents of misbehaving children.

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I have made progress on the seafoam colourway pants. At the moment I am up to the second leg. The lady buying it wants a wave pattern on the leg of the pants, and I misunderstood what she wanted. I did this ========>

As it turns out, she wants a row of wave patterns around the ankle of the pants. That is now unpicked and I am looking for a chart for a small wave pattern. Know of one? Let me know please! I have been trying to chart my own rather unsuccessfully.


Saturday, July 21, 2007
More Pantaloonies

Remember those pants I was knitting? All done!

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And a close-up, just because...
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Now that I am done with that pair, I have started another pair using Cleckheaton Country Silk for the ribbing and cuffs and some hand-dyed merino for the rest of it. This one is for a little boy, and it does look quite "boyish" if you ask me. Photos to come later...

We're all doing really well now that we have all recovered from our respective colds and coughs and ear infections. Finally, perhaps we'll have an illness-free weekend.

Alex is still loving his solids. In fact he loves them so much that he gets quite upset if you take away his bowl and he hasn't had quite enough. He has two meals of solids a day now, and quite substantial amounts too. Substantial for a tiny belly anyway. This week, his carers at daycare have started giving him only half his fruit at lunch and reserving the other half for afternoon tea. This came about after they found him trying to swipe at other kids' food at afternoon tea. Ugh.. what a greedy little piggy!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Guess who was Ravelry-ised?

Me Me Me!!

[insert happy dance here]

So.. if you're on Ravelry and want to be my 'friend', let me know. :) I am slowly updating my stuff on Ravelry. I don't really have time for it but I am trying.

At the moment I am rather pressed for time. not only do I have 1 1/2 pairs of pants left to knit, but I also have a hat on order and a pair of socks for Sockapalooza 4. For some reason, I thought the socks were due at the end of August. Oops... apparently not!

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Sunday, July 15, 2007
Our first illness free weekend in 2 months - NOT!

I thought were would have an illness-free weekend now that Alex is doing so well and I have recovered. Uhm.. think again. Chris is now down with some sort of flu bug and his joints are killing him. Does it ever end in this household?!

On the knitting front, not much has been happening. I am busy trying to complete a pair of pantaloonies for the little girl who got this brown and purple pair. Her mum liked them enough to want another pair, but a machine washable pair this time. She liked a pair that I had previously made, but unfortunately they are too small for her baby. So I am making her another pair, as close to identical as possible.

See.. the thing is.. I made the first pair out of stash wool. I think the colours had been discontinued, and not recently either! So I had to find similar wool in colours as close to the original as I could get.

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The original pair is on the right and the new ones are on the left. Pretty darned close, huh! We're nearly done with the body part now and in another few rows, I'll be splitting the piece to knit the legs. Hmm.. I wonder whether she would like purple cuffs at the bottom too. Off to go ask!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Just catching up all the time

Or at least that's what it feels like. I don't seem to find time to post any more and every time I do, I'm just playing catch up.

Our home is finally more or less illness-free. Alex is a lot better as am I. As for Chris, well, I think he was coming down with the same bug but it never did hit him as hard as it did Alex and me.

On Friday, we started feeding Alex with some rice cereal. Oh man! I would never have guessed that he would enjoy it so much. He took to it like a duck to water and we very quickly moved on to larger meals and now two meals a day.

We took a video of him having his first taste of "real" food

How funny is that? He complained every time we took the spoon away and tried to grab the spoon and shove it into his mouth. The carers at daycare are already making jokes about how he is going to eat us out of house and home by the time he is a teenager.

Today he threw a tantrum at daycare. Why? Because he finished his bowl of rice cereal and wanted more. Oh my little piggy.. what a greedy little man! I cooked him some pears yesterday and he totally rejected them. Tonight's meal was a little better in that he did eat some. he did grimace, but at least he ate some. maybe tomorrow will be better.

On the weekend we bought him a high chair. I was very pleased as we got a fantastic discount, paying only about 30% of the marked price. It was floor stock and is missing a manual, but who cares! It's a high chair. How difficult can it be to use?

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Alex has taken to banging on the tray. Perhaps he is saying, "Service please!"

Oh, and do you remember the purple and brown long pants I knitted? They were for a swap with Mel who owns SpunkiMunki This is one of the blankies I got in the swap (she sent me two)

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And on the topic of long pants, here's the latest creation - I called them Superstar pantaloonies:

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They are up for sale at Ozebaby as Alex is still a year or two away from being able to fit into them.

And on the needles right now I have a Baby Surprise Jacket (Elizabeth Zimmerman's pattern). I got really confused when I was reading the instructions and stalled. Luckily, Sally came to my rescue. I am now about an inch and a bit into it. I think it's going to come out well. Photos when I have a little more to show. Right now it just looks like grey garter stitch - which is pretty much what it is!

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