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If my goal for March was to organize and execute a birth fair/expo and get MASSIVELY sick, then yes, I accomplished my March goals.

Goddamn the end of that month was hard.

I had a really great time working with a friend to put together the birth fair, but then I couldn’t enjoy the afterglow of our success because I immediately came down with the worst sinus/ear infection I’ve had in a long time. It was totally gross. If I say now that my goal was to produce the most snot ever produced by one person, does that mean I win? Because you guys, I totally did. I went through three boxes of kleenex in less than seven days. EPIC is the only word I have to describe my sickness.

Anyway!

I also took pictures during the month of March. Here they are.

2010-03-10

March 10th, 2010 – DeKalb IL
These are raccoon pawprints in the cement of a sidewalk next to the St Mary’s parking lot on Pine Street. It had just rained, or snow had just melted, and the impressions caught the water in such a fun way.

2010-03-18

March 18th, 2010 – DeKalb IL
Some delicious hummus prettily presented at The House Cafe. I love going there on my lunch hour (and it’s where we held the birth fair on the 27th). Everyone there is lovely, and beautiful things like this happen all the time.

2010-03-18

March 18th, 2010 – Sycamore IL
I doubled up on the pictures for this day, which is something I hadn’t wanted to do when I started this project, but you guys, MY SOCKS! I finished them! And they’re so pretty! And they fit perfectly! I love them! SOCKS! I’m kind of chuffed/embarrassed because it took so long to finish them but they are so very awesome. I’m not sure I’ll ever love top-down socks, but these were not so bad once I actually kicked my own ass to finish them.

2010-03-23

March 23rd, 2010 – DeKalb IL
Speaking of OMG PROUD, I freaking love this picture. I took probably 30+ shots when I was trying to get this one, with the pink/red in focus and the white of the church steeple in the background, against all that blue sky. SO COOL. I may have to frame this one just so I can gaze on it forever. I love spring.

Now that it is Tax Day and April is half over, I will tell you that my goal for this month is to get back into the gym regularly (because the Evil Plague knocked me out of my routine for a really long time), choose 12 pictures from last year’s Project 365 and print them out and get them framed, and update this blog at least three more times. This month.

Tonight’s goal: leave work on time, pick up delicious takeout food, and make some gin and juice for my drinkydrink. You know why.

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Though it does have pictures in it.

(You probably thought I’d forgotten how to write a post that wasn’t Project 365-based, didn’t you?)

finished
Hat, on my hand

crown
Looking at the top. Yay decreases!

This hat as written will fit small newborns, and the seedstitch stripe pops out a bit from the stockinette body, which is where the Baby Halo title comes from. (I am highly original.) I invented this hat for wee Elena (in a day!), and I’m pleased to say that her parents (and grandpa) loved it! Hooray! I’m putting the pattern (such as it is) up here for free. Print as many copies as you like for your own (or a friend’s) use, but please don’t sell it or sell the hats you make using this pattern, or I’ll be forced to put a Swedish curse on you.

on the Baby Waggie
This hat is Elena-approved!

Baby Halo Hat
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Cotton (worsted weight) – small bit of Yellow (608) and a little more of Blue (sorry, that skein did not come with a color number!). I don’t have exact weights/yardages, but both required so little yarn, the yarncakes are almost intact.
Needles: 4.0mm / US 6 double pointed needles & 5.0mm / US 8 double pointed needles
Size: To fit a small newborn head. Elena was just under 7 pounds when she was born, and this hat is just a bit smaller than other hats I’ve seen in worsted weight for newborn head sizes.
Make it:
Using 4.0mm/US 6 dpn and Blue, CO 66 sts using the knitted cast on method. Join, being careful not to twist.
Work k2 p2 ribbing for about 1 inch.
Change to 5.0mm/US 8 dpn and work 3 rounds in stockinette stitch.
Change to Yellow [without cutting the Blue yarn — you will carry it up the work by twisting it with the yellow yarn at the beginning of the rounds] and work 1 round in stockinette stitch*. On next round, work k1 p1 (seed stitch) around. Continue working seed stitch around for approximately 2 inches.
Change to Blue and work 3 rounds in stockinette stitch.
Begin decreases:
Decrease Round 1: *Knit 10, k2tog* repeat from * to* around
DecRnd 2: Knit even
DecRnd 3: *K 9, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 4: Knit even
DecRnd 5: *K 8, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 6: Knit even
DecRnd 7: *K 7, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 8: *K 6, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 9: *K 5, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 10: *K 4, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 11: *K 3, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 12: *K 2, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 13: *K 1, k2tog* repeat from * to * around
DecRnd 14: *k2tog* repeat from * to * around
Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches. Weave in ends and present the hat to happy parents.

inside crown
inside look
A look at the innards

must work on carrying the yarn
Carrying the blue yarn up while working with the yellow yarn was kind of challenging. Apparently I figured something out by the end of the yellow stage, but I don’t know exactly what I did. I am so very helpful.

seedstitch stripe

* On the hat in the pictures, I didn’t work the first Yellow round in st st, and I think it would have looked a little cleaner if I had.

If you have any questions or problems with this hat, let me know!

Edit: The part of this blog that has said “My Patterns” for like 2 years now, without any actual patterns? It has patterns now, including this one. I plan to keep putting my little patterns/hacks in there!

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Which is why they’re going up ahead of my next batch of daily photos.

My Chosen-by-Blog Socks are done! D-U-N done!

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I started these on April 22, 2008 and finished August 23, 2009. Yes, these socks have been in the works for 16 months. I am appropriately shamed.

foot!

This sock (above) was finished first, last year sometime. Then I stalled on the second one, because I wasn’t knitting them at the same time, as is my wont. Apparently I only have 2 sets of 2.25mm / US 1 double points, and one set was tied up in another sock that ultimately died a froggy death because it was too tight. I have learned my lesson and will never knit single socks alone again.

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This sock (above, again) was the second one that got neglected. And by the time I got around to knitting on it again, I had grabbed the wrong pattern like an idiot. (At one point I had downloaded and printed off a bunch of Wendy’s toe-up sock patterns, and for some reason thought I was working on the Toe-Up Gusset Heel, when in reality I had been working from Toe-Up Slipstich Heel) When I realized my mistake I bemoaned my stupidity, cursed my eyes, and threw the socks into the bottom of the workbag.

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I didn’t pick this up until two weeks ago, when Femiknitter was visiting. I had finished most of the baby knitting I was working on (except for the baby blanket, which I’ll talk about later), wanted a simple stockinette project (the better for talking while knitting), and pulled this out. Femiknitter must have some project mojo because every time I have a stalled project around her, I pick it back up and finish it within a few weeks. I pulled back the yarn to where I could start the correct heel and forged ahead like I owned the place.

twisted rib

The pattern is Wendy’s Toe-Up with Slipstitch Heel, and I added three columns of twisted knit stitches along the sides, and topped the socks with 1×1 twisted rib. Delicious.

I wore them yesterday, because it was a little cool for August, and they fit perfectly. Hooray!

Ravelry project page

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Not all of my time has been eaten by the house.

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Hurricane Hat, modeled by our lovely and enormous aloe plant, named Chuck Norris. That’s right. Chuck Norris.

I did have time to knit a tiny baby hat for Henry, who will join his parents (our good friends) in the air-breathing world sometime in September.

Want more details? My Ravelry project page, the pattern.

It went superfast and only took about 23 grams of fingering weight yarn. Amazing.

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The hat in progress. It’s so tiny!

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I think I prefer knitting to massive home projects, overall.

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Recap

It’s been a busy few days here at House of HookOn, purchasing and riding bikes, attending a wedding reception and bonfire, almost attending another bonfire, and cleaning out the garage/organizing the basement.

Three-day weekends rule.

Now I have such a drive to get going on more things, like knitting for my three friends who are due in September (and who are all expecting boys, which is going to be way fun), and putting up art in the living room and in my office. Energy is so much fun to have.

Before I get to all that I thought I’d recap the Violet Stripe Cardigan experience, although I don’t really want to think about the first attempt at the button band and my epic failure, so it’s just this:

Button

Pattern: SuperNatural Stripes by F.Pea / Ravelry link / My project page

Raglan increases

Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Wisteria, Banana, Peridot & Prosperous Plum

Sleeve with cat
Man, screw those bamboo dpns. Not nearly pointy enough.

Hem

Needles: 4.0mm / US 6 and 3.5mm / US4

Decreases

Modifications: Many. I used smaller yarn and needles so had a finer gauge than called for in the pattern, so I made the 2-3 year old size, with the assumption that it will fit the baby at 12-18 months. I did not try it on a baby to see, having no baby immediately to hand. The stripe sequence at the yoke was shorter, only one repeat of colors, but I added a stripe sequence at the bottom of the cardi, mostly because I was getting incredibly bored with knitting stockinette stitch in the Wisteria color. I also changed the way the stripes were added; in the pattern the color change is made on the wrong side, giving a really rustic look. I wanted something a little more tailored, but still interesting, so I chose my very favorite stitch pattern: seed stitch.

Violet Stripe Cardigan

How Long? Amazingly, this project took me 11 days. Eleven. Apparently I can be awesome and get things done on time if I really want to.

Violet Stripe Cardigan

What did I learn? I learned how to pick up stitches for a button band, how to knit a top-down raglan sweater (this is my first completed sweater of that type), and how to attach a button loop (self-taught, it may come apart in the first washing of course). This was a really good pattern, very clear, and I plan to knit it again, maybe like the original. It’s really versatile and open to a lot of experimentation.

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In which much knitting took place.

May 4, 2009
2009-05-04

I took this through my windshield while driving through the foundry/industrial area of DeKalb. Safety first, of course — I didn’t look at the picture as I composed it. I like the foundry area, it’s got a lot of textures and character.

May 5, 2009
2009-05-05

Femiknitter gave me these sunglasses when I went out to visit her. They are huge, absurd, and cover most of my face. I love them. (I cast on for the cardigan on Tuesday)

May 6, 2009
2009-05-06

The elusive cattus domesticus. She’s taken to hiding behind the old recliner and leaping out at passersby. It’s entirely hilarious. (More knitting happened)

May 7, 2009
2009-05-07

Looking up at two trees, one leafy and one not leafy. I was taking pictures of the stripey baby cardigan outside the library on my lunch hour, and lay back on the bench to see this. Taa-daaa.

May 8, 2009
2009-05-08

NinjaHusband and his best friend CornBred (I’m not giving him a cute blog nickname for privacy reasons, that’s really what we all call him). CornBred had just graduated with his Master’s degree and we were all super gleeful. (Not much knitting happened this day)

May 9, 2009
2009-05-09

On Saturday we went to Starved Rock state park with our friends Ryan and Lindsay, and had a great time. We hiked for 2.5 hours, had a picnic lunch, and hung out. This waterfall is in one of the canyons … no idea which one. I love being there, and being outside in all the green was awesome. (Very little knitting on this day)

May 10, 2009
2009-05-10

The baby cardigan. I knit from the underarms all the way to where the knitting stops yesterday. Lots of knitting. With 80% cotton yarn. And today I only knit two rows. My poor hands. But the sweater is almost done. Woo! Also, Happy Mother’s Day!

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In Bloom

I’ve started up a new project for a baby-to-be.

color change detail

This replaces the blanket I started a few weeks ago — that one just wasn’t working out for me and was threatening to take too long.

Pretty stripes!

So my solution? Rip out the blanket and cast on for a baby cardigan. But instead of making it baby-sized, I cast on for the largest size possible, 2-3 years.

Stripey Cardigan

Yeah. Big time saver there, right? Whatever, I’m in it now and there’s no way I’m ripping back, so I’ll continue deluding myself that because I’m using smaller yarn and needles, and because the yarn will shrink when machine washed, and because I want to give something that the baby will wear for longer than 30 seconds, that this will all be okay.

Besides, the baby shower is in 8 days and I don’t have time to think about the consequences of my actions. I only have time to knit. A lot.

another shot from above

On the upside, some inspiration hit me this morning as I worked on this cardigan before work. After this is done and presented at the baby shower, I’ll knit a baby blanket using the same yarn & stripe pattern. And that will be used when the baby is still tiny. And then I’ll feel better about myself.

Pattern: SuperNatural Stripes by Fawn Pea / Ravelry link / my project page
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Wisteria, Peridot, Banana, and Prosperous Plum
Needles: 4.0mm/US 6
Days Remaining: 7, 8-ish if I count tonight and next Saturday morning
To Help with the Miles of Stockinette: listening to the Harry Potter books (on #3) and re-watching Scrubs

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