Add to the list of things that interest small boys:
1. List your finished objects, or just list your favorite FO:
Favorite FO is the 3-strand Bubbles Baby Blanket (C) in Lion Pound of Love Pink, White and Yellow that I made for Bubs #3. It worked up fast and easy, even for me, and I actually was able to RWC (read while crocheting).
2. List your works in progress:
Currently, I’m working on a couple of baby sock/slipper patterns and trying out two different baby hat patterns (C) and trying to find a nice slipper pattern for the boys (either C or K).
3. What skeletons are in your knitting basket?
5 skeins of Baby Homespun that I got on sale and have no idea what to do with. I really don’t like Homespun and so I’ve thought about finding a beginner K blanket or afghan pattern, just to use it up so that it stops mocking me every time I open my yarn box.
4. What’s your favorite project?
I taught myself to knit for the sole purpose of making the wicked witch/ruby slipper socks for Bubs #3. I cannot wait to ‘get good’ at purling so that I can make them.
5. What project(s) will you never knit again?
Scratch mittens. I tried two different patterns, but I still hated making them.
6. What was your major knitting accomplishment for the last year?
Teaching myself to knit. From a book. And a CD-ROM.
7. What’s your favorite yarn from the last year?
This great WW multi-colored merino/wool blend that was half off when my LYS went out of business… I made some great six-month-sized hats and slippers with it. The boys lost the hank sleeves, so I have no idea what brand it was.
8. What’s your favorite yarn overall?
I lust after Koigu Painter’s Palette, and would love to make an heirloom baby blanket from it, but at $20 a skein and 5 skeins to make the blanket… let’s just say, I could buy a dresser for that.
9. What new knitting techniques have you learned?
Casting on, knitting, purling… you know, the basics.
10. What are your knitting goals for next year?
Even out my stitches, knit myself some Pippi Longstocking knee socks, find a non-gay pattern (C) for men’s slippers, teach myself to knit Continental (speed is good!), find a pattern (K) for some good wool boot socks that DH can wear to work in the winter.
In the battle of life, it is not the critic who counts; nor the one who points out how the strong person stumbled, or where the doer of a deed could have done better.
The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who does actually strive to do deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends oneself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he or she fails, at least fails while daring greatly.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
I found an adorable knit pattern from Frog In Knots for ruby slippers. See here:
I absolutely cannot locate a free pattern for this in crochet, and it’s to the point that I’m trying to rework some of the newborn slipper/sock patterns that I have so that I can make these. I am obsessed to the point of actually relinquishing my hook and teaching myself to knit — JUST SO I CAN MAKE THESE STUPID SOCKS! Ugh, I hate when crafting trumps logic.
I should Google pattern conversion to see if there is a site that can automatically convert from knit to crochet…