Monday, October 20, 2008

Finished knits, now with finished babies!

We were overjoyed to welcome our twins, "Luke" and "Leia" (names changed to protect the innocent) on Saturday, October 11, 2008. Leia is the older of the two by one minute and weighed in at an impressive 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Her little brother weighed in at 6 pounds, 3 ounces. Things are crazy around our house as we adjust to being new parents, but the twins are absolutely delightful and we are enjoying every minute (except maybe the sleep deprivation). Blogging and blog reading will be a little spotty for a while, as will knitting unfortunately, but I think it's all worth it. :)

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

A couple of hats, and a scarf problem.

So, the babies have decided to stay in and bake a little longer, much to my discomfort. Not wanting to start anything new or difficult, I turned to an old favorite - the one-skein hat pattern from Simply Noro:

Pattern: Hareton by Jane Ellison [Ravelry link]
Yarn, etc.: Noro Kureyon, colorway 134 (top photo) / Noro Silk Garden, colorway 201 (bottom photo); Addi Turbo needles, size US 8 / 5.0 mm
Mods: Cast on an additional four stitches for the Silk Garden hat, knit to seven inches instead of six and a half before starting crown shaping; no mods on Kureyon hat

I think that this must be at least the tenth or eleventh time that I've knit this pattern, and I always find it to be quick and satisfying knit. Also, for whatever reason, just watching the colors change as I knit with Noro never fails to amuse me.

After I finished the hats, I dug out an old UFO:

That's My So Called Scarf, in a particularly gorgeous colorway of Manos. After I took this photo, I ripped it. I just was not happy with how sloppy the edges were looking, so I restarted it, increasing the stitch count and slipping the first stitch of every row. Unfortunately, it still looks sloppy, with big, loose loops on the edges. I love this yarn, but the pattern is driving me crazy. Anyone out there have any ideas on how to neaten up the edges?