Monday, March 21, 2011

Test Drive for Teeny Tiny Feet

A few weeks before my friend Allison's due date I took More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson for a book test drive: could these little baby socks really take only the suggested 3 hours a pair? Not counting the 12 minutes it took to find the right size needles in my stash, this 1st pic below was taken at 7:30 p.m.
Next by 7:45 p.m.
Then a break to answer some work e-mails that popped up and grab a snack.  By 8:13 p.m. there were 2" and the leg section was done.
I turned the heel flap the wrong way and had to take a few rows out, then look up the SSK (slip-slip-knit) stitch,
and how to pick up stitches along an edge
since it's been a while since I knit my last little baby project.
Once the heel was done it was on to the toe.
And by 10:11 p.m. finishing off.
And voila!  One done by 10:38 p.m.  So, already that's almost 3 hours (with various interruptions) and the 2nd one took about that long too: twice the quoted time, but I need to brush up on my speed.
In any case, I liked this sweet card to go with it.
And always love gift wrapping, especially for something so very small and soft.  It's nice to use a strand of the yarn for a preview of what's inside.
There are lots more projects in the book I want to try too: soft baskets (2 - 4 hours), spiral seat cushions (6 hours), socks (more than 8 hours) and more...maybe my time ratio will be a little better next time.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Joining up: For Japan with Love

I know I haven't been blogging for a while, but tomorrow I'm joining up with For Japan with Love's Bloggers Day of Silence.  Please donate at Shelter Box USA if you can.  It seems so little to do for all those who have suffered and lost so much, but over $15,000 has been raised so far and the number keeps climbing.  Be safe today and hold your loved ones tight.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Big Hair for the Big Event

Happy National Craft Month!  Here's a postscript to my last post about the big birthday party: got these pics from the hairstylists today and they're way better than my cellphone shots.
The talented (and patient!) team from Julien Farel worked their genius on 14 ladies and 89 guys, including a few on-site haircuts!  
Rachael and I were playing the part and standing up straight for the photos.  I feel like I could've gone to the Oscars with this updo!
At the end of the night I counted 34 bobby pins: haven't had that many in there since my ballet recitals.
On a random note: this amigurumi penguin I made in 2009 reminds of my current Droid Pro distraction: Angry Birds!  I think this little guy would do a good job on those piggies.
And finally I have full wireless computer & internet access, including LogMeIn to access my whole work computer from home.  Now I'm not tech-savvy at all, but to me this is incredible!  Can't wait to revisit all of your sites again and see what you've been up to.  Thank you, Supersum Technology Group, this will change my life!
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