• Knitting

    Counting to Six.

    I finally found a rhythm with the cabled baby blanket. Turns out, it’s just about counting to six (which I can manage to do most of the time 🙂 The blanket features columns of paired cables twisted in opposite directions. The pairs are separated by six stitches of reverse stockinette. Each cable is six stitches and they’re twisted every six rows for a six-row repeat. Last week, I started tracking the repeats in my planner… I’m sure you can imagine how much I enjoy all those tick marks! I finished 13 repeats last week (and if I continue at that pace, I could finish the blanket next week – woohoo!)…

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    A Perfect Pairing.

    Remember when I mentioned Theresa had added some new yarns to the shop? and that I might’ve brought a few skeins home with me? Um, yep! Today I’m sharing the first project with y’all. This is Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (my first time knitting with this yarn) and it’s going to be a blanket for Charlie’s little brother. The gradient possibilities seemed like a perfect match with Purl Soho’s Colorful Wedges pattern. And I’d heard wonderful things about knitting garter stitch on larger needles with this yarn….and about how soft and light the fabric is after blocking. The pattern is written for a sport weight yarn on size 5 needles; I…

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    New Favorites | Baby Boy Edition.

    Have y’all used the new Bundle feature in Ravelry? I love it! I started a New Favorites to help me keep up with all the projects I want to knit, including two (more – the blue blanket still has a l o n g way to go!) for the baby. you can see the details on Ravelry here That Star Blanket is in the same book that the blue blanket is. I’m thinking about knitting it in Berroco Vintage (the pattern calls for a DK weight yarn) so it ends up a little bigger (and it comes in a beautiful gray that I know Katie loves). And I want to…

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    Introducing Little Charlie

    Charles Clay Tieman | born September 13 at 10:22 pm | 7 pounds, 7 ounces | 20 inches …and everyone is doing fine. They’re expecting to go home today, a little nervous, but ready to start being a family on their own. Saturday was a long day. Thank goodness for college football, coffee and knitting. Marc and I finally got to meet little Charlie just before midnight. Love at first sight for sure! Then Marc came home (someone needed to take care of Holly and I’m grateful he did!) while I helped Katie get settled into her room. And finally, I got to hold him.   Charlie slept most of…

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    September 11.

    …the long-awaited due date has arrived, but so far, no signs of the baby actually arriving. We’re ready and waiting. and trying to be patient. It’s weird having a joyful event to (potentially) celebrate on this day. There’s still so much sadness and loss fresh on our minds. Certainly those feelings won’t fade for anyone who remembers that terrible day 13 years ago. For me, the words “nine-eleven” evoke those memories. When I started sharing Katie’s due date, I purposely said “September 11th”. A few people commented about that being unfortunate timing. I replied that I thought it was wonderful to add some happiness and joy to the world on…

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    A Super-quick Drive By.

    …I “found” this photo when I opened my photostream; I must’ve taken it Sunday evening when Holly and I managed a quick walk in between “severe thunderstorms”. A definite happy accident because I certainly don’t remember spinning around like that! Katie and I walked this morning, starting from my house instead of the park, which afforded us this lovely view of the lake just about 7:30. Tomorrow we’ll be back at the park and I can only hope we see something watercolor-worthy. (or the baby comes… actually, I think I probably hope the baby comes!) …because I am now only six rows from finishing his blanket (plus a few ends…

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    A Different Kind of WIP.

    …Y’all were so kind to indulge me five days in a row of knitting WIPs. I am happy to report that one of them is off the needles and blocked and hopefully I’ll have another one (or two?!) to share before FO Friday. But today, I have a completely different kind of WIP to share. This one is about my grandson to be …due in *just* 17 days.   The wonderful girls in my Monday night class threw a Grandma Shower for me and the other “expectant” Grandma (this one will be her second grandchild, but her first granddaughter). So. very. special.  Several of them are already Grandmas (a few…

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    It's a Baby Shower.

    …celebrating Katie and little baby T. Four of Katie’s girlfriends threw her a shower this past weekend. It was perfectly delightful. This umbrella was featured on the invitation and the scorecard for the game. I’m so glad shower games have progressed beyond the “guess how big around she is” and “guess how much she weighs” games we played at my showers! Instead we played along with Katie as she tried to guess how Rob answered 14 questions ranging from “how many diapers will the baby go through in a day?” (10 they both said), “will the baby have lots of hair, no hair or some hair?” (lots they both said)…