Finished BSJ (almost) and Struck Down By Shawl Fever

After more than a few false starts I finally finished a BSJ.  It really is an amazing; almost magical, knit.  I still find it hard to believe that the wonky little oddly shaped rectangle or so of knitting turned out to be this really cute jacket.  I don’t have pictures yet to put up.  I will take pictures before giving to its recipient.  I used Rayon Sparkle from Over the Rainbow Yarns on E-Bay and I love, love, love most of her stuff.  This yarn is so soft that I can’t think of a good way to describe it.  I have three different colorways of it varying from a white to lightest pink variegation  (the main color of the BSJ) to darkest pink with some carmel colors mixed in variegation and a mid-shades of pink variegation. All three of them have a bit of Angelina or Fire Star in it that give it its sparkle and shine in the light.  Just beautiful yarns all the way around.

When I finished the BSJ I was struck by a problem I hadn’t had before; there was nothing on the needles to pick up and start knitting.  So out came the laptop, on went Ravelry and somehow I ended up in the shawl category.  I have tons of lace and fingering weight yarn in gorgeous variegated colors as well as solids and everything in between.  The problem:  I mostly have only one skein of each.  I used to just wander around my LYS and pick up one skein here and there of everything I thought was pretty; that, my friends is the danger of going to the yarn shop without a clear idea of what you want the yarn for.  So I have yarn for lots of shawlettes or scarves, but I’m finding myself more and more taken by the full-sized, lacy shawls.  I spent countless hours on Ravelry looking at yarns, patterns, other people’s images of their projects etc.  In the end, I’ve cast on a Forest Canopy shawl using Socks That Rock Lightweight in the Grimm’s Willow Wren (I think that’s the name, I always screw it up) colorway and the Vortex Pi shawl (knitting and math together – my dad would have been proud) in Jojoland Melody.  It’s a red/purple/greenish colorway and I think the really long repeats of Melody and the way they blend and feather together is going to look wonderful, I hope.

There are also several shawls on deck for Christmas presents this year to people  have been extremely nice.  A Birthday Pi, a Lady Eleanor and an Enchanted Forest (again, not sure about a name).  There are also a ton of socks that I want to knit and I’d really like to get back into spinning for relaxation.  We’ll see how it all goes.  Will keep you updated, gentle friends.

BSJ progress

The BSJ project is coming along nicely.  I’m using two colors rather than just one; I thought a deeper red in random stripes making up less than a third of the design would be a nice contrast.  So far I like the way it looks.  I’ve been reading a lot in the Ravelry group about Baby Surprise Jackets as well as a few other sites/KALs that have been giving me tons of great information.  I couldn’t have done it without them going before me.  I’m a little less than 1/2 way done right now.  It’s coming out really well and I really like it.  I’m not finding as much time to work on it as I’d like to, but It will be finished soon and given to the happy couple/new parents.  What they chose to do with it from there I have no control over.  I hope they like it.

BSJ Day 1

Ok, really I’ve been working on Baby Surprise Jackets for almost three weeks now, but there have been epic fails in the first two.  This time, I’ve taken the time to read everything I can get my hands on; I’ve looked at the increase, decrease options and decided what to do and have figured out the best way to keep track of my stitches, I hope.  This will be the first of three BSJs that I plan to finish this summer.

The one I’m currently working on is going to be a newborn/baby size (actually they will all be this size) for an old friend of ours back in the Detroit area.  Congrats on the birth of your little girl, Jimi, and THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity to use girl colors instead of yellow/green/orange etc.  I have a beautiful sparkly rayon yarn in a color called Pink Snow that varies from almost pure white to a light bubblegum pink.  Gorgeous!!!  I’m going to use a different colorway of the same yarn (this one has deeper shades of pink that go into rose shades and even some orange/rust shades) should be a nice contrast to the lightness of the other yarn.  We’ll see.  I’m definitely willing to pull out and start over if things don’t go right.

After this one I have one for one of my best friend’s in the world, Little Thumper I call her.  She’s having a boy around Labor Day and as she’s a rock and roll chick I’m thinking of a rock and roll color.  Black with shades of red and purple overlayed.  Such a pretty yarn.  If she wants something more traditional, though, I can do that too.  I’ll leave that up to her.

The final one is for Jacob’s 1st grade teacher who’s due in October.  I was trying to get that done by today, but an epic fail in the original knitting caused a ripping out and time crunch that was just not manageable.  For that one I used a thicker yarn (Calmer) in three colors:  a medium yellow, light lime green, and bright orange.  It really was a pretty sweater while it was coming along and will be again; when I get back to it.

That’s most of my summer knitting plans.  There are also random socks I want to work on as well as starting to think about the few gifts that I’m knitting this year for Christmas.  I’m trying not to over burden myself because then I get nothing done.  So here we go…

Today’s Goal:  C.O. and get the first 10 rows of knitting done, ending up with the correct stitch count at the end.

Don’t Post Nearly Enough, but At Least I’m Knitting Again

I don’t post nearly enough about life, the kids, knitting etc.  That’s because I’ve been lazy, lazy, lazy.  Since getting my IPad and IPhone I so rarely actually turn the computer on.  Bad Shannon.  So bare bones update:  I’m seeing a therapist and taking Prozac for my depression and it’s helping me so much that I feel almost like a different person.  I’ve still got a ways to go but I’ll get there.  Connor just turned One a few weeks ago, which boggles my mind – it seems like just yesterday that I was giving birth (way to early) to the little bugger.  He’s adorable as ever and so much fun.  Jacob is finishing first grade today.  Time flies.  I swear I’m going to turn around one day and he’s going to be leaving for college.  My quest right now is to spend more time on getting healthier – going to the YMCA and losing weight and doing the things that I love that I’ve let go in my depression.

Right now I’m on my 3rd attempt at a Baby Surprise Sweater (Thank you for having a daughter Jimi D.) after the first two failed spectacularly.  The first one, I didn’t like the color so I changed it.  The second one I was about 1/2 way done with when I realized that I had missed an important increase back at row 9.  ARGH!!!  It was supposed to be for Jake’s 1st grade teacher who is pregnant right now and I was hoping to give it to her today.  So much for that.  So now I’m making this one for Jimi’s newborn daughter with a yarn that is a gorgeous pink (I’m not positive it’s just right for the pattern, but the color is perfect, so I’m willing to give it a shot.)  I guess I’ll know pretty quickly if it works or not.  Wish me luck.  Will update with pictures periodically.