Sunday, August 12, 2007

A change in the color spectrum

I finished knitting the Pi R Square shawl. It just needs to be blocked. It's an ok size now, but I want it to be huge!



And I finished that skein of Louet Gems on those socks...



And now I'm going to knit a dishcloth for a clown!!!



Just kidding, I'll probably use this, it's just funny how the colors are so much brighter than what I normally knit with. But alas, it's the last of 2 balls of Peaches and Creme from the Mason Dixon pack. And it must be knit before summer's end. Don't ask me why, it just does.

And another rare color for me is, pink!



Hmm... What do you think I'm knitting that's pink? Is it a hat? or maybe a sleeve??? No, it is actually-a pair of wool pants for a toddler! A friend of my sister's is big into cloth diapering and has been looking for someone to knit these for her. For those of you who are as clueless about diapering as I am (I know it goes on the butt part, and after that I'm lost) cloth diapers are both better for the environment and cheaper than the disposable ones. Much, much better for the environment. People like to use wool soakers (which are kind of legless pants) over the cloth diapers because wool is so absorbent. If there's a leak, wool can absorb something like 40% of it's weight in water without feeling wet. So these soakers are like a big deal for the cloth diaperers. Since my recent epiphany (that if I continue to only knit for myself all the time I will someday drown in a pile of hand knit items in a way that would justify institutionalization) I know I need to knit for others more and I was more than happy to oblige. This person has actually requested the soaker to have legs, so she won't have to put on a soaker and then pants over that. (Good thinking!) The plan is to use the curly purly soaker pattern found here and to convert what are mere cuffs in the pattern into fitted legs. Wish me luck. This soaker pattern is nothing to scoff at people, short rows, needle size changes, picked up stitches, SSP's! Yeah, but it's fun so far and looking really cute. And once I get through the first one I think the rest will be cake. That's right I said first one-my sister and another friend I have who is expecting are both also starting to show interest in cloth diapering so who knows, this might be my new knitted item to add to the repertoire!

Another pink thing I really like right now? this amazing cd box set from Rhino.


My husband picked it up the other day and I was surprised, I think it's kind of more my taste than his. It's chock full of good bands I wish were still around and/or still as good as they were in the 80's. Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, Camper Van Beethoven, the Stone Roses, and my all time fave, the Replacements. Feels just like being back in high school. Sigh...

5 comments:

Tracy said...

Your hands must be feeling better, look at all that knitting you're getting done! I can't wait to check out these soakers, I'm intrigued.

KnitXcorE said...

look @ all that knitting! i want to knit a soaker, but don't know anyone who needs it. that box set sounds awesome!!!!!! is dinosaur jr. on it????

Dorothy said...

Love the shawl and the clown dishcloth. Oddly the bright colours are calling to me now.

Your soaker is looking pretty and I hope the legs work out easily for you.

lobstah said...

You are on fire! That is really cool that you are making the soakers for your friend. I too wonder if I might end up drowning in a sea of handknits! It's so sad though, there's so many things I want to make for myself.

sunneshine said...

I love your pi shawl! If you want it to be bigger, block it again. You'd be surprised at how much give yarn has! I think I blocked mine three times to get it to the size that I wanted!

I am so jealous of all your beautiful OTN projects...