Mr. Bear

teddy bear
Started: 23 Aug 2007
Finished: 24 Aug 2007
Yarn: Cotton Ease- Taupe for body, Stone for features and scarf
Needle: 4.5mm Holz & Stein Ebony circulars (which I love)

I was invited to a birthday party for a friend’s one-year-old this weekend. This is a little girl who had a rough start, being born 2 1/2 months early. She spent 2 months in the hospital and was eventually able to come home. Her mom spent that time traveling back and forth to the hospital, since we are about 1hr away from Landstuhl, where she was in the NICU. She’s made wonderful progress in the last year, and except for a few lingering issues, like any other 1 yr old. She’s adorable, so I had to make something for her birthday BBQ, and this is it. It is the Knitted Cuddlies Bear by Louisa Harding. The pattern was originally in the book Natural Knits for Babies and Moms, but has been released by Knitting Daily as one of their free patterns. It was really easy to make, composed of 5 rectangles knit and sewn into the various parts of the bear. And you can use the instructions to construct a bear, cat, or rabbit, depending on how you do the shaping. It’s a wonderful pattern that I see being reused any time I have a little person to make a special gift for.

Done! Odile

ms3blockingfull

Well, I did as promised and went right out to my local hardware store. Welding rods in 36″ lengths were 10 for 2,49euro. Waaayyy cheaper than buying a 30 dollar set from a knitting store that I would then have to have shipped to me. So, Odile has been blocked and dried overnight. It is a beautiful design, but my concerns still stand. I will say that it looks better when worn than while blocking, but I can’t get you any shots of that right now. I haven’t figured out how to take good photos of myself without a tripod, which I don’t have here. These shots will have to do for now.

msblockingcats

ms3wing blocking

They don’t show the beads very well at all, but they are much more noticeable in person. Overall, I’m satisfied that I managed to keep up and produce this stole, but I have no idea what I’m going to do with it.

Blocking Wires? Of Course!

I finally finished the Mystery Stole, which from now on will be called Odile. She is an interesting construct. Asymmetrical designs don’t normally appeal to me (except the Hanami Stole, another PinkLemonTwist design). I still haven’t decided whether I like this one or not. The wing looks very pretty on the finished stoles I’ve seen, but I don’t really care for the transition between the two parts. What I do know is that this baby isn’t getting blocked without the help of some blocking wires. I plan to go to the hardware store and see if I can find some very thin welding rods to do this with. I just don’t have the energy to be crawling around on the floor trying to get this stole perfectly straight using hundreds of pins, then being disappointed because I still don’t really like the edges. As it is, I plan to re-block the Kimono Shawl for my sister when I go home in October, because I’m still not totally happy with the blocking job I did.

Did I mention that I tend to be a bit perfectionist? It’s a beast at times, but I can live with it.

Closing in On the Finish

Today the last clue for Mystery Stole 3 came out. I am busy trying to finish. I hope to have a new pic to post by Sunday.

I’ve also managed to finish my Denmark socks. They’ve been mailed to their intended recipient, along with the Kimono Shawl. Since I forgot to take a picture before I mailed them out, I’ll have to wait for my sister to e-mail me one with the socks on my Dad’s feet. They would have been a really quick knit using Cider Moon Glacier (from The Loopy Ewe) if I had worked on them continuously. They really only took 2 days per sock, but I spaced out those days so that half got done one week and half another. And these are socks for a man with a 10 1/2 sized foot. The yarn was lovely to work with. It was very soft, with great colors and no pooling that I noticed. I have one more skein to work with here, and then I may order more.

And, I’ve signed up for Secret Pal 11. Hi Pal! I can’t wait to get started. In fact, I’ve already placed an order at The Loopy Ewe for my spoilee, and I plan on doing some shopping tomorrow to add to the first package I’m sending. I love sending and getting good mail!

A Learning Experience

Well, I’ve learned something about myself while working on the Sunset Shawl. The shawl is worked in garter stitch lace, which would make it a faster lace pattern to do, because I can knit without even looking at my hands. Unfortunately, I learned after working the first repeat that I don’t LIKE garter stitch lace. So it was rrrrriiippp right back to the eyelet row. Thank God I was able to do that with no difficulty. I do not like doing all those k2tog, yo’s in a row. I guess I’m gonna have to learn to like it, though, since they divide every repeat from the next. Good thing this project doesn’t really have to be finished until October when I fly back to the States. It may take longer than I anticipated.

In other news, the theme for MS3 will be announced on August 3rd, along with the 5th clue. I’m really interested to see what that theme is. I still don’t think I have a good guess. There are lots floating around about tragic love stories, but I just don’t even know at this point.