Saturday, February 6, 2010

Wins of the Week

I am pleased to report of a number of wins, both epic and not. It has been a big week for:

1) Haiti Relief. Thanks to readers like you, I have been able to donate more than $100 to the American Red Cross, and I am only halfway through my pledge period.


2) Elephants. The new baby sweater is almost finished, and it is pretty freakin' cute. Question, though: I've been holding off on the button band because I am wondering if the body of this looks too long. Thoughts, gentle readers?


3) Snow. There was a minor snowstorm last week and apparently a biggie in the making. Which also makes this a good week for...


4) Delivery. I have just discovered the joys of Fresh Direct and PJ Wines deliveries. It's surprisingly exciting to get a pile of boxes from Fresh Direct delivered up to one's door -- kind of like getting a present, even though you know what is in it!


5) Cleaning tips from Ravelry: I pulled my beautiful cashmere spiral mitts out of my bag on Thursday and discovered that a red liquid ink pen had exploded all over the cuff of one of them. It looked like a bloodbath! But Ravelry forum posts came to the rescue: turns out hair spray and rubbing alcohol remove ink (in fact, I bet the hair spray works because it contains alcohol). So after some liberal hair-spraying and rubbing with alcohol prep pads (all I had in the medicine cabinet) and a good wash with shampoo and conditioner, this is what remains of the ink. The two little spots you see were quarter-sized deep red blotches. Pretty sweet! Plus, the mitts are now softer and fluffier than ever!


6) Fingerless mitts: the possibility of my spiral mitts' being destroyed led me to reconsider the fondness I have developed for them. They are surprisingly useful both indoors and out -- especially indoors, as my living room is quite cold and having just that little bit of cashmere around my wrists is surprisingly helpful in keeping my warm. So I cast on for a pair of October Leaves fingerless mitts with some Dream in Color Smooshy in "Gothic Rose" that's been languishing in my sock yarn drawer for more than a year. What a lovely pattern, and what a beautiful yarn! And fingerless mitts take up a surprisingly small amount of yarn. Which led to this being a good week for...


7) Cable earwarmers. This is a Bamboozled in the same yarn, held doubled this time. This is also a great pattern, and the only mod I made was to add a cable repeat (my row gauge was off from the pattern's) and to switch out the ties for buttonhole tabs.


Also wins, but not documentable in photo form:

8) Belated resolutions. I've been on a weight loss kick and have lost between 3 and 5 pounds, depending, oddly, on where I place the scale in my apartment. Magnetic anomalies? Ah, that reminds me...

9) Lost. It's back on, and it seems great so far. Much better than last season.

10) Emma. The Masterpiece Theater series has been adorable! Which leads to...

11) Cable TV. I finally caved and got cable for my apartment. I realize that both ABC and PBS are not cable channels, but my old antenna only picked up 2 channels.

12) Productivity. Shockingly, considering that the previous three entries on this list were television-related, I have been able to get a lot done in the last week and am now sitting smugly at the cafe blogging with hardly anything hanging over my head for the upcoming week. Indeed, the two pieces of reading I have stacked in front of me at the moment are not even things I have been assigned to read! (They are, however, medieval).

That's it! Anyone want another earwarmer picture?

11 comments:

Carla said...

The sweater is perfectly adorable! Love the colors, stripes and elephants on parade. Cannot tell the length without a baby inside; however, longer length in size = longer length of time to wear it.
I do like that headband; the yarn is great for the design.

Sereknitty said...

I agree with Carla, a baby sweater can never be too long!

Love the Gothic Rose -- my fav colour in DIC -- and the headband is perfect!

Re: ink spots. Saturate the spots again with your hairspray; rub it in well; rewash and you should be good to go! The trick is to wash it within 10 minutes of applying the hairspray.

PennyG said...

Love the elephant sweater! Don't worry about the length. Are you going to make the pattern available to the rest of us? I've made three of the sheep yoke cardigans and one tulip sweater. LOVE your baby sweater patterns!

Jen said...

Thanks, Penny! I am writing it up at the moment.

PennyG said...

Hooray! I can't wait to cast it on!

*Michelle* said...

I hope that elephant sweater will be written in toddler sizes, too, as I have a little girl here who would look adorable in a pink & gray one! :) Love it.

Tara said...

The sweater is adorable. I love knitting, and I have a few babies coming to knit for so I'm excited to try out some of your patterns!

mariacrafty said...

Jen:
I have so much enjoyed your entries and your artistic/knitting gifts! I am a grandma of 4, mother of 3 and have been knitting since I was 5 or 6 years old ... since the last century!
My oldest granddaughter, age 4, comes to visit every few months and always asks if I can knit her something "really fast"....
Thanks for your postings. They renew the spirit.
Maria

Batty said...

Love your Bamboozled! The Gothic Rose colorway is just stunning, if I weren't on a yarn diet, I'd probably get some right now.

I'll keep the ink stain cleaning tip in mind, I'm a klutz. And congrats on losing some weight. Have you taken the scale to every single room yet? How 'bout some science? I wonder if the "magnetic field" or whatever is causing the issue is different from room to room, or if there are only 2 values that come up.

rachelb said...

I'd say (as a mom of 2 tall/long babies) that the longer the better - baby clothing is really cute - but my 7.5 month old has to wear 12/18 month clothing and it isn't as cute as some of the littler stuff - so... keep it long! (for reference - my son is 28.5" and 22lbs at 7.5 months)

Rachel said...

Really nice, and the baby cardigan is especially cute! I have three little kids, and I like the cardigans longer because they tend to thin out as they grow taller, and this way they can wear the cardigan for a longer amount of time.