Sunday, July 8, 2007

Once Upon a Time


Many years ago, I tried to keep a diary -- it was the thing to do in high school. It wasn't a very successful venture as I was (and still am) a bit scattered. I do remember using it to write down MOMENTOUS happenings. As these events didn't occur very often, most of the pages in the diary were blank.

I want to use this blog to record some of my random thoughts about knitting (my current obsession) and life in general. My life at the moment is on hold as I wait to hear if I will be moving in two weeks to another state. My daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter (the light of my life) moved last year. Now there is another granddaughter on the way. I am desperately seeking a position closer to them.

A new job seems to be in the offing, but I won't know until this week. If the job comes through, I will have to throw clothes in a suitcase and leave almost immediately. One would think I would have better sense than to attempt something like this, but staid old lady that I am, I seem to enjoy the challenge of life on the edge.

KNITTING

I have done quite a bit of knitting recently, all for other people. I never seem to get around to knitting for myself although I have several items in my stash that are just waiting for me to get around to them. Many people I know are having babies, so I am enjoying the pleasures of making tiny garments that make folks go "awwwwwwww" in squealy little voices.

I have finished two EZ surplices (pattern found in the spring/summer 2007 VK). For both of them, I used a US size 6 circular needle and a lovely imported English yarn in a DK weight. (Is British DK closer to US worsted weight?) The surplices turned out to be approximately 6-month size, just what I had hoped. The fact that the yarn is acrylic did not bother me in the least. I am one of those practical knitters who realize a new mom does not have a lot of time for handwash/lay flat to dry. The yarn is called "Marble". It has heathery tweedy colors that gently self stripe The first little sweater was for a baby girl. I used the purple/lilac/white yarn. I had two balls of yarn, but I only needed one for the surplice sweater, so I made a cute little hat and booties to match. Sadly, I never got a picture of it - one of those finished the gift moments before it had to be wrapped for the shower. The second was for my daughter's new nephew. It was done in shades of blue/gray/white. I also made a hat to match that one. I haven't mailed it yet. If I can figure out how to post a picture, I will add one later.

My favorite project of the moment is a christening gown for my new grandchild who is expected to arrive in November. I found the pattern online. It is a free pattern called Tapestry by Judy Lamb. You can see it here: http://www.geocities.com/jewedyknit/tapestry.htm I really like this pattern - simple, elegant , and not too girly. We know this baby is a girl, but if I am knitting an heirloom, it should be gender neutral. I am using Filatura diCrosa Zarina (a washable merino - soft, soft, soft!) in white, of course. I will post progress pictures as soon as I learn how to do that.

12 comments:

irwhatim@sccoast.net said...

I have also knitted the same christening gown. I thought I might add pearls to the hemline but I just realized I do not have page 2 of the pattern that tells how to do the pearls around the sleeves. Is there any chance you could email me a copy of page 2? Apparently the website (geocities.com) does not have the pattern on the page anymore. Thanks. Carol

Anonymous said...

My sister and law offered to knit a christening gown for my new baby and I love this one! Is there any chance you could send me the pattern?? My e-mail is chausch@shaw.ca. Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

se1234i have been searching for the perfect christening gown to knit as an heirloom for my family. i cant find one as beautiful as the one you made, however the website does not exist anymore. if by any chance can you email me the insructions to fishcakes4@aol.com, i would so so much appreciate it. thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

qif the christening gown pattern is for sale somewhere, please let me know where i can buy it. thanks so much!! it means so much to me!!

ACR said...

I have also been trying to find this pattern. I just purchased a book of hers, but it's not in there. Do you have a version you could email? I would greatly appreciate it! My email is anna.ream@gmail.com Thanks!

Jessica said...

I wonder if you've been sending the pattern out, could you also send it along to me? I sent an e-mail to Ms. Lamb but haven't heard back yet. My e-mail is jburton20@hotmail.com

Thank you!

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