Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What I've Been Up To

Greetings, southside bloggers!

I have been away from the blog for some time, but a fear that people were holding their breath while waiting for me to post brought me back!

I haven't done much knitting since January, but here's the scoop on what I have done:

I finished the cable scarf with icord edging only 6 months late, but it was still a very appreciated birthday gift. And, since this winter in Chicago was especially horrible, it has already been put to good use. Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of it before parting with it, so you'll just have to imagine what it looks like. I trust you all have good imaginations.

When I finished the scarf, I made my first felted wool bowl. It was actually my first felted project of any kind and I have to confess that I owe my love of the felted wool bowl to HEB who has made many in her knitting career. She gave me my first over a year ago and I have put it to good use. I have actually put it to such good use that it is often overflowing and in desperate need of a companion to also hold my random assortment of things. In the picture, the bowl that HEB knit is on the left and the bowl that I knit is on the right.

For both bowls, the pattern is from One Skein. There are patterns for 2 sizes, I knit the larger of the two. It knits very fast. I knit mine at the airport and on a flight. For my bowl, the yarn is Manos, the washing machine for felting was my parents', and the tennis balls in the washing machine for felting were their dog's.

As you can see, I can probably benefit from more felted wool bowls. Who couldn't? I mean, what can't you put in a felted wool bowl? Fortunately, I have another skein of the Manos (in a different color) to make one.

Felted wool bowl aside, I most recently knit baby hats for twins (one boy, one girl). The pattern is the umbilical cord hat from Stitch 'n Bitch, and the yarn is Manos (yes, again, but this time a very soft cotton).

The umbilical cord hat is also a fast and easy knit and I hear (from people who have babies) that the hat is a great fit for newborns. Apparently finding a store-bought hat that actually fits a new baby is quite difficult. Never fear, knitted gifts for baby!

Onward, knitters!


HEB said...

Whew! Feels good to get some fresh air. Thanks, kid!

I must admit, even I had no idea how popular the felted bowl would be. But I'm quite fond of them as well, and must give you props for knitting the large size. It looks like it felted beautifully.

And those are some darn lucky twins! How did you resolve your issue with the i-cord on those hats?

RJW said...

very nice, the twin hats i'm sure were a hit. my question is in regards to the wool bowl, where do i get my free sandwich?

CH said...

HEB: I totally forgot about the breaking yarn and the icord! I couldn't piece together yarn (where it tore) in the actual icord without it looking totally obvious, so I finally tore out the icord down to where it started at the top of the hat, purposefully tore the yarn there and reattached the skein and kept on knitting. Since the point of reattachment is where the icord ties (and is sort of bulky), it is totally hidden. I am still proud of myself for figuring that out.

RJW: You can get a free sandwich from Potbelly if you ran the Shamrock Shuffle and use the coupon at a Chicago-area location. Or, if you really want the free sandwich even though you didn't run the race, I'll give you my coupon but it's still only good in Chicago.

RJW said...

i've run the shamrock before, and never got a coupon. i do enjoy potbellys quite a bit, especially in airports. i could try to run the shamrock now but i'd probably have a heart attack.

Elizabeth said...

Bowls and baby hats, oh my!!

I'm so impressed with your successful felting work! Felting intimidates me somewhat.