That's the expression that my grandma always used on hot, humid days whenever anyone asked her how she was. She'd always reply "I'm hot and stupid.". It always made me laugh, but now that I'm older I'm starting to understand exactly what she meant!
My mother and sister were invited to a baby shower for a really distant cousin. Naturally, whenever a baby shower pops up, they immediately turn to their resident knitter for help. Since we know the baby is a boy and since I have lots of experience knitting for boys, I agreed to make something. Unfortunately, I guess I should have stuck to a tried and true pattern instead of trying to get creative.
I started out with deciding on a bear theme this time around. The last baby project had a duck theme and I wanted to do something different. I picked Plymouth Yarn's Jeannee. It's a nice soft yarn and you can machine wash and dry it with hardly any shrinkage. I used it for Ruthie's blanket awhile ago. Then I wanted to use my Sweet Tee pattern and turn it into a cardigan. I added four extra stitches to the cast on so I could have button bands with five stitches. So far so good. I drew a bear head that I wanted to knit on the back. It was small enough to fit, so I started. I hadn't got very far along when I realized that somehow I had managed to put a hole in one of the sleeves. I didn't mind ripping out at this point as I hadn't got very far. However, it was soon becoming apparent that this bear head was going to be too big. Back to the drawing board to scale it down and another rip. This time, I managed to get all the way to the bottom with only the band left, but I just wasn't happy with it. I thought the bear might still be too big.
I'm knitting a hat and some tube socks to go with the sweater. I also knit some bibs, including a brand new bear, which I'll post when I get this whole set done.
Now for the kicker. The other day in the mail I received an invitation to the same shower! Sigh. For my gift, I'm going with something tried and true. Maybe a Baby Surprise Jacket. Over 20,000 projects have been posted on Ravelry so that bodes well for my chances. At least I hope it does, if we don't have another heat wave.