The Return of the Blankie

brown ripple afghan in progress

I feel ashamed. It is so easy to be swayed by other projects these days. Especially now that it is hot and I’m generally cranky and tired. Most of my knitting time is also limited to knitting by the pool or during my commute in the car. Which, I’ve rationalized, is too hard for working on a large project by my brown ripple afghan. So it’s been easy to leave it alone.

But, the fact is that I have to get this done. Lots of people have contributed to it by knitting in stitches or rows. It even survived a major disaster. Now, the fact is that I just need to get it done. And I will. I’m just not sure when. But soon, ok? I’ll keep plugging away.

Remembering My Friend

Today, the following news story hit the wires:

Money ruling a remarkable woman’s legacy

Dr. Sandra Welner was a pioneer in the field of Women’s Health for Women with Disabilities. And she was my friend. I still miss her every day.

The Yoke’s on Me!

sweater yoke in progress

So I’ve never really done major baby knitting. A couple of blankets, but this is my first time attempting a sweater. I’ve never made a sweater of any kind, so I figured I’d better start small. I’m basing the method of construction for this sweater on the February Baby Sweater, except that my gauge is different, and my yarn is different, and, in the end, I don’t like the stitch pattern that was used. Well, ok, I do like the stitch pattern, but what if the baby is a boy? In that case, then not so much.

So I will use the concept of the sweater, in the use of the percentage system and the overall design. But I am still uncommitted as to which stitch pattern to use. Something that says, “Yeah, I’m a boy and I can still wear this sweater, even though it has pink in it,” but that would be ok for a girl, too.

Any ideas? I’d love to hear them. I’m stumped. :-)

Summer of …. Sock Toe

beginning of sock toe

I so wanted to kick off Summer of Socks 2008 in high fashion while knitting by the pool on Saturday evening. But alas, we were all tired, and I had trouble getting started. Earlier in this evening, I cast on for about the 10th time my first pair of real socks. I don’t know why I have such a hard time getting started, but I can’t seem to do the toes until I’ve started at least half a dozen times. So this is all I have to show. Whoop-dee-do.

I recently bought a Namaste Cali Malibu bag in Hollywood Pink. But I also found a mini sewing kit that nearly matched. I don’t really sew at all, but it’s good to have an extra tape measure, scissors, buttons and thread on hand. It matches the bag, and is SOOO cute. For that reason alone, I had to have it. Shallow? Don’t answer that!

Here are two views, one with the kit closed and one with it open.

sewing kit closed

sewing kit open

Play Ball! (and knit while watching)

I’ve been so tired all weekend after Friday’s Stitch n Pitch, that I haven’t had the energy to lift my fingers and type much, let alone blog. But I don’t want the scenes from my fabulous time to go unblogged any longer. So here I am. (Apologies in advance that this post contains LOTS of photos!)

bonnie and trish knitting

The Washington Nationals were hosting the Texas Rangers, and the game went to 14 innings, with the Nats victorious! John and I had gotten up early for work that day though so I confess only surviving to the bottom of the 10th.

The first photo is me with my new friend Bonnie, who it seems of late I run into at just about every knitting event I go to. We sat next to each other at the Yarn Harlot’s visit to Annapolis and ran into each other again at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and Ravelry party. I should have guessed we’d be sitting next to each other for the Stitch n’ Pitch, since we were in the wheelchair seating area that was part of event seating.

Red Porch restaurant

The Ballpark is like Disneyland inside! Upon entering we were greeted with loud music provided by some DJ’s, and this HUGE restaurant right inside the gate.

restaurants

Build a Bear Workshop

playground

There are tons of restaurants, a Build-a-Bear Workshop, a Play Station arcade, and a playground for the kiddos.

My hubby took a panoramic view of the ballpark from where we were sitting:

Panoramic veiw of Nationals Stadium

And the Capitol was sorta behind us.

The US Capitol from the ballpark

Of course, there were LOTS of knitters!

crowd shot

And here’s a view of where I was sitting (I’m the blur in the aqua sweater at the top left.)

view of wheelchair accessible seating at top

There was a touching tribute to Tim Russert at the beginning:

Tribute to Tim Russert

And here’s the pitch:

the windup

the pitch

I made my DH hold the knitting so he could be in the blog, too… He’s not a knitter and he doesn’t love baseball, so all the silliness of the evening was somehow below his radar. But I think he had a good time.

John\'s not a knitter

One of the funniest things was the Racing Presidents, that would have Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Teddy Roosevelt rolling over in their graves. But truly, the race was one of the most entertaining moments.

scoreboard showing screenshot of presidential mascots

new friend

This is Radhika, who I was thrilled to meet along with her good friend and her guide dog (who scored a hot dog from one of the workers, lucky dog!). She is a new knitter and went to the Stitch n’ Pitch table for lessons on increasing, decreasing, and intarsia.

The scoreboard is pretty at night:

The scoreboard at night

And last but not least, the Washington Nationals’ unofficial mascot:

gnats in the night sky

The Washington gnats! (those white streaks in the black photo are a teeny sampling of the literally thousands of buggies that looked like snowflakes in the night sky.)

It was a great night, and I can’t wait for next year. See you there, Bonnie! :-)