I bet some of you were wondering if you'd ever hear from me again! I'd like to have a good excuse for not posting earlier, but the truth is I was just burnt out. I had absolutely no desire to knit anything. I didn't feel like reading about knitting or writing about it! I think a lot of it was an accumulation of failed projects. Everything I tried to knit, I ended up ripping. Remember the ladybug soaker? Too small. My daughter-in-law did squeeze poor Ruthie into it, but I think it was just for my sake and just for that one day. It was pretty obvious it didn't fit. Add to all of this, a root canal to just add to my lousy mood!
This was going on for a couple of weeks, when my youngest grandson came to visit. Marty has a little stuffed animal that he calls his "baby". It's not very big, but he was dragging this huge crocheted blanket around in case his baby was "cold". I told him he needed a smaller one, so he said maybe I could knit him one! Oh dear, how could I say no? He told me his baby's favorite color was yellow, so we checked out my stash and came up with an intense egg yolk yellow. Since he was spending the day, I started on it. It was only about 14 inches wide, but Marty said it was too big, so I had to rip (again) and start over. This was actually a good thing, because I only had to make it 12 inches, so it went a little faster. Not fast enough for him though. We were sitting on my front porch and he remarked that it sure was taking a long time! Fast forward to dinner. I was trying to bake something in the oven, I had food on the grill and something on the stove. Older brother Jack was calling me to go outside on our deck, while Mickey was calling me from the bathroom. In the midst of all this, Marty marches into the kitchen and demanded to know "Why aren't you knitting, Grandma?"!!! Too funny. The blanket did get finished the next day, but I didn't get a picture, since it was snatched up immediately. I think this was the kick I needed to get going again.
As for that tee shirt, I started writing up the pattern, but I discovered that I didn't take enough notes. I promise that it's really simple to knit, but not so simple to explain. I also had a great idea for knitting and finishing the placket at the same time. It's so much easier than trying to crochet around the edge. I don't crochet well, and I know that I'm not alone. The knitted placket looks nicer and lays nice and flat. I have no choice but to knit another and try to clarify the instructions. This afternoon looks to be quiet, so I'm hoping to be able to get going on it today!
Finally, here's at least one picture of a recent project that worked out!
This is Kathleen Taylor's pattern called "Purl When Ready" from her Big Book of Socks . The yarn is Lorna Laces' Solemate. Basically, you pick out a color and whenever you come to it, you purl that one color. It makes an interesting pattern.
You do have to pay attention though. If you're engrossed in watching a tv movie, it's easy to forget that you're supposed to be purling a specific color! I left the feet solid so it would be smooth inside shoes. I did an eye of partridge heel and they are just fun, quick socks. Jack wanted a rainbow and this meets that request.
I'll start to work on the shirt this afternoon. I'd ask if anyone would like to test knit it, but since I intend to offer it for free, maybe I'll just post it as is and wait for feedback!