Knitting patterns vary so much in their sizes. It can be so annoying. Thank goodness I took the time to compare my knitting with an actual piece of well-loved perfect fitting clothing for size.
I cast on for a Large sweater and began the waist band. When I held it up after a few rows, I thought to myself "This isn't large, it's HUGE!" and I was right. I'm comparing it to Secundogeniture's favorite hoodie and it's about 4-5 inches larger! My gauge on the knitting is spot-on, it's just a case of non standardized sizing in knitting patterns that so often drives me crazy! Good think I caught it early. While I know that my thirteen year old boy will grow from his 6' frame... I'm hoping he grows more in heighth than in girth. I'm going to make the sweater Medium (which will still be a little bigger than this hoodie, but will allow him some room to grow.
Coincidentally, I had lunch with two more Scouting girlfriends this week. We live on opposite sides of the state, so we met in the middle and had great laughs and great fun. These two ladies, Barbara and Donna, have totally reinvigorated the way they do their Boy Scout District Round Tables. They've pumped new life into them and are suddenly the talk of the Council.
Way to go ladies! They have many nicknames - including Pinky and the Brain - and more. Personally, I like to think of them as the Dynamic Duo because they are. Both are very busy people, yet they give so much of their time to make sure the youth in our area have the best Scouting opportunity available. We're so lucky to have them.
My priorty package arrived in the midwest... and Gracie quickly opened her gift and found her Wonderful Wallaby... and the Wee Wonderful Wallaby. Her two brothers immediately asked "Who's that for?" Gracie knew it was for Kaya, her American Girl Doll, but her brothers had other ideas. They were certain it was for their cat.
Gracie looks happy - even with her fancy purple cast.
Kitty - I'm not so sure!
OK - maybe Kitty looks adorable, too.
Now Gracie will have to wait 6 weeks to wear her Wonderful Wallaby... when the cast comes off. Just in time for summer!
It's even more fun than a full size Wonderful Wallaby. I finished the adult medium (for my 9-year old niece) and decided it needed a Mini Me version, too. So I quickly began fiddling with the smallest 2-year old pattern to decrease it by 1/3 and came up with the perfect size for my American Girl Doll.
I finished both Wonderful Wallabies, steam blocked them, and rushed off to the Post Office to ship them priority mail so that they might arrive in the midwest by Friday or Saturday. I can't wait to see pictures of Gracie and her doll wearing matching sweaters.
Awww, nothing knits up quite as quickly or as easily as a Wonderful Wallaby. It's stockinette in the round, but has enough interesting details - the pouch, the raglan sleeve construction, and the hood - knit all together with little to no seaming to do - that you simply don't have time to get bored.
In fact, after you're done knitting the large Wallaby... you might even find yourself improvising and knitting a Wee Wallaby, too.
This weekend I got together with some Boy Scout female leaders who have all been on Wood Badge staff with me.
I made each friend some handknit sleeping socks for campouts. This came about during the Halloween weekend snowstorm (and only snow) of the 2011-2012 winter season. Just as Nora was heading out she posted on FB "Wish I had some wool socks" - and then she logged off. Well, another friend and I hijacked her FB post and proceeded to post a total of about 25 responses of conversation back-and-forth about how I thought she was angling for her own pair of hand knit socks. She got my Appalachian Trail Birch Socks (I really knit them while hiking the Appalachian Trail!) - and Michelle got my Regia Blitz blue and gray self-striping socks. These are going to be two very happy campers during the next cold spell!
It was a great lunch and it reminded us why we should do this more often. I know it's hard to stay in touch with friends when we all have such busy schedules. We had to plan our 90 minute lunch about 6 weeks ago... but it was worth every minute of it (and the hour on the road). Friends are important and I value time spent together. Thanks Michelle and Nora. Caroline - we missed you!!!
I'm knitting a favorite pattern again. It's like an old friend. I just pick up the project and it seems to knit itself. It's comforting - reassuring. I think that's what I like about it.
I'll probably have a FO to show you in another day or two. An entire adult sweater in just under two weeks. Can't beat that! And there is hardly any finishing to do when I'm done knitting. Life is good!
All the birdhouses for the Project Return Bird House auction are on display in Westport. Most of them are downtown. I intended to take a stroll downtown, peruse all the windows and find our Westport Young Woman's League Birdhouse on display... but I never got around to it. Imagine my surprise when I sent to my LYS - Westport Yarns, and decided to get a coffee at Dunkin Donuts... and strolled right past Earth Animal and spied our birdhouse! I squealed (honestly!) I quickly texted Michelle and Joanne, my partners in crime, and they brought family members by to see our contribution. I think the owners of Earth Animal didn't quite know what to make of us!
So, if you're in Westport and you want to check it out, head on over to Earth Animal at 606 Post Road East in Westport, CT, buy a special treat for your dog or cat, and tell them I sent you.
If you want to attend the fundraiser and help young women in the area get back on track, attend Friday night's gala and auction. It's going to be a delight.
The final part of the 10th Anniversary Fabrics and Fabrications Quilt Show at the Southport Congregational Church was the special exhibit - Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice! There were many wonderful contributions on the theme from artists, designers, crafters, and students at the local middle schools and high schools. Check out some of these amazing items.
This tote bag is made out of recycled sails.
How gorgeous is this dress?
That gorgeous glittery dress is made of candy wrappers! Sweet!
My friend, Lori, crocheted this bag out of recycled plastic grocery bags. Very resourceful!
Here are two adorable paper dresses - with other recycled clothing items hanging on the wall above.
I loved this flapper style dress made out of shredded paper and pop tops.
There were many other items that I didn't photograph, but just let me tell you that there are so many wonderfully talented people out there. Thanks for a great show! Thanks Lori for organizing this special recycling exhibit. It was truly inspiring!