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I started with 6 skeins of Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn–2 each of Ivory, Mid-Green, and Brown–and ended with all of this:

Gift Basket

In total, I was able to make a 36″ square Log Cabin Squares Baby Blanket, a Baby Bobbi Bear, an Elijah, a Kai Cable Sweater, and an Umbilical Cord Hat from only 6 skeins of yarn. If you include the basket (50% off plus July 4th additional 10% savings-woohoo) and sales tax, this entire set cost me $25.87 to make!!! I suppose you could add a couple dollars for the stuffing, but even with that, I think this has got to be the most cost effective gift basket I’ve ever seen. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what it brings in at the auction in November! I can definitely see this being made in gender specific colors or other variations of neutral. Maybe even a black, white, and red combo since those are the colors babies supposedly see first. Hmmm… So many choices!

I have a couple of other things I plan to knit for the auction, but nothing quite as cute as this (if I do say so myself.) I might even go so far as making a baptismal shawl &/or robe.  I’m not sure how best to package a shawl like that since space is at a premium at the auction and I can’t really hang it up on the wall or anything.  I’ve been asked to make a Harry Potter-themed scarf/hat set to go along with a book set to be purchased, so I’m working on that now.  I’d love to make so much, but school starts next Wednesday and my spare/knitting time is going to be at more of a premium than it already is.

Oh, I also finished a pair of socks for my friend Meredith.  She’s REALLY pregnant with her first baby (the gender of which she refused to find out for me! The gall!) and I wanted to make something for her.

Meredith's Socks

Pattern: Basic cuff-down sock from the Handy Book of Patterns

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Potlucks, Jewels

Needles: 2.50mm

Started: August 13, 2008

Finished: August 20, 2008

I hope she likes them! Honestly, I love the Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn (is it a Louet base?) but this particular skein bled like a mo-fo. I ended up having to boil the socks in a big glug of vinegar water for a long while before they finally didn’t bleed profusely. I’m still a bit concerned over her being able to machine wash them with anything other than the blackest clothing in her home. At least I found out ahead of time so I can warn her. She’s due on the 28th, which coincides nicely with my son’s return to school, so I’m holding hope that baby will wait until after that to make an appearance so I can see her preggers. (She’s just completed her second year of medical school, so between that and my 3 kiddos, we’ve not been able to connect much) I can’t wait to meet the little one, too!

Take care and enjoy your upcoming weekend. 🙂

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Boring socks, as promised

I said I’d post about the car-knitting socks once complete, so here they are.

Sockotta Socks

Pattern: Basic Sock Pattern by Ann F Budd from the Handy Book of Patterns

Yarn: Plymouth Sockotta Jacquard Effects

Needles: 2.5mm

Started: July 29, 2008

Finished: August 11, 2008

Really plain-Jane socks, but the yarn had been sitting in my stash for a really long time and I was getting sick of seeing it, so I decided it was time.

I’ve almost finished dyeing up my little test skeins of yarn with my acid dyes. I can’t seem to attain the shade of green I really want, but I’m not exactly into dyeing as a profession, so it’s no biggie. I figure since acid dyes are readily available in a zillion and one colors, I’ll just find the shade of green I want and skip the mixing part!

I feel like I haven’t knit much lately because it’s been all socks, all the time for a while now.  I’ve had a hard time concentrating on things for the past couple of weeks and I think it stems from anxiety over my new position as a Hot Lunch Mom at the school this year.  Really, for the next 10+ years, but the first time is always a learning experience.  I know things will go just fine, but I always freak out a little over things I’m not familiar with.  Feel free to just sit back and laugh at me while I go through the motions, ok?

I’m a little anxious about my youngest, as well…  He’ll be 3 in late September, so that means he misses the cut-off for almost all preschools.  He’s not potty trained and doesn’t show any interest in trying anytime soon, so that doesn’t help.  He’s super outgoing and social, but his speech skills are lacking, so I’d like to put him in a two-day-per-week preschool class to expose him to as much peer interaction as possible to enhance his speech, but at the same time I want to keep him home with me cause he’s my baby.  We didn’t have this problem with our oldest because he qualified for an Early Childhood program through the public school where he received speech therapy and learned like crazy.  Our daughter could have definitely benefited from speech in the same program, but the qualification process changed quite a lot between our oldest’s attendance and our middle’s age-eligibility.  Now our youngest is in the same boat.  The age old battle of the evaluator’s perception and the parents’ perception of need.  He’s not speaking anything like a typical 3 year old, but he’s not delayed enough to qualify for speech therapy through the EC program.  Sigh.  I know it’s not a big deal in the whole scheme of things, but it’s frustrating anyway.

Sorry about the downer post… I’ll hop off my anxiety train now and leave you with a terrible photo of some test skeins of yarn:

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Have an excellent weekend!

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Lots to tell…

I finally finished my first pair of Monkey socks and I LOVE THEM! They fit well, they’re pretty, they knit up pretty darned fast, and I didn’t run out of yarn. What more could I ask for?

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Pattern: Monkey as found in Knitty, Winter 2006

Yarn: Shibui Sock in Orchid, two skeins

Needles: US2 (2.75mm)

Started: July 28, 2008

Finished: August 8, 2008

I finished these just in time for our first visit to the zoo in too long to admit. I had grand plans of photographing my socks in the monkey house, but as they say, sometimes the best laid plans…

The best I could muster is presented below:

Monkey visiting Baboons

If you’re interested, click on the photo for the Flickr link where you can aaaaaalmost see the baboon in the distance. The baboons weren’t exactly a happy, cooperative bunch. The best I got was this photo of the baboon off in the distance (truth be told, it’s not even the baboon’s face… it’s the rear end!) but I figured after 5 hours at Brookfield Zoo with 5 kids under age 8, it was good enough for my blog post! FYI, if you’re ever presented with the opportunity to let your kids touch stingrays and nurse sharks, DO IT!! Here’s my oldest after actually touching the stingray:

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He was just a little excited!

For your amusement:

Brookfield Zoo
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Sword Fight
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I’ve made some good progress on my plain-Jane-car-knitting socks, too. In fact, I’m almost done with sock #2, so I’m hoping for an FO post on that later in the week.

I don’t think I mentioned here that while on vacation, my youngest son decided to ‘help’ me by tossing the tv remote my way while I was sitting on the floor by the couch, playing on the ‘puter. It wasn’t the best idea.

Broken Mac

That would be the spidering, broken, bleeding, way-too-expensive to fix screen on my iBook. There is good news, though. The iBook has a lot of photos on it and the hard drive is almost full, my birthday is soon, and my hubby is wonderful, so I’ll be getting my new MacBook delivered next week!

I also decided to order myself an itty-bitty scale for weighing acid dye powder and am all ready to dye some yarn using real dyes!

Dye Job

The most exciting news is that I attended a mom/baby shower on Tuesday where I learned that a fellow second-grade mom is also a fellow knitter and spinner!!! YYIPPPEEEE!! We’re getting together on Tuesday to knit to let the kids play, so I’m thrilled.

Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend and getting ready for back-to-school days!

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