Lickety Knit

In which I stick a toe into the humbling cyberknitting universe.

Sunday, May 22, 2005


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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Where has my knitting time gone??

My knitting time has evaporated of late. I'm not sure how it happened. I'm not that busy at work, and my social schedule hasn't exactly exploded. I have been devoting time to some other hobbies (photography, setting up my new blog) and to non-hobby necessities (yardwork, gardening), and I guess that has been cutting into my knitting time more than I realized. I have been knitting a couple rows here and there on the Crayon baby blanket, which is coming out wonderfully (easy pattern, but the yarn is knitting a perfect baby-blanket fabric), and I'll try to post a picture of that soon.

My photography class ends a week from today, and the next one doesn't start until the end of June, plus work switches to summer hours (8-4) after Memorial Day, which should all add up to increased knitting time. I hope I hope I hope. I miss it!

Oh, speaking of my new blog, I expect to be moving Lickety Knit to a new cyberlocation within the next couple weeks. I have also started a less knitting-specific blog,, which will eventually encorporate all my many interests (including knitting) into one spot. The new Lickety Knit will still be pure, unadulterated knitting, though! I'll keep you posted.

Monday, May 09, 2005

New yarn, new projects

I received a shipment from Knitpicks today, and while the price is right, I'm not in love with the colors. Here is the yarn I will be using for my next baby blanket project (I hope to have one Project Linus project going all the time). It is really, really pink. But some people genuinely love pink, so I have to imagine someone will get use out of it. The yarn is machine wash and dryable, which is nice.

UPDATE: Turns out this yarn is great. It knits up in to a wonderfully soft fabric, perfect for baby stuff. Very light, too. And I decided that althought he pink is a bit brighter than I might have chosen, it's very cheery -- and it's likely that the kiddo who winds up with this blanket won't be in the cheeriest place in life. So I've gone from uncertain to very happy with it in the course of one evening and 2 inches of knitting..

I also got some Wool of the Andes (standard 100% Peruvian wool) that seems to be nice quality, but the off-white color I ordered has so much yellow in it that it's frankly ugly and therefore not usable for my project (Chicknit's Ribby Cardi). I bought the off-white as the main body color and then ordered two options for the sleeve color. I like the colors of the two sleeve options, but they don't go well at all with the sickly yellow main color. I'm sure I'll find some other use for it, but it's rather disappointing.

Finished Object: Basketweave Baby Blanket

Pattern: Basketweave baby blanket from Knitting for Baby
Yarn: Berrocco Lullaby in Little Boy Blue
Notes: This is my first project for Project Linus, and overall I'm pleased with it. I wound up not loving the yarn, but it is nice and soft, and not bad at all for containing no natural fibers.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Introducing my photoblog

I have started a photoblog so that I won't keep cluttering up this blog with non-knitting-related photos. Each hobby deserves its own corner of cyberspace, I say. Its (pretty stupid) temporary name is Clickety, and you can visit it here.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Finished Object: Opera Scarf

Pattern: Opera Scarf from Blue Sky Alpacas
Yarn: GGH Mystik in salmon
Notes: You get an attractive, interesting fabric given how easy the pattern is. I was frustrated by my inability to keep the edges neat, though. Next time I would probably try to give the yarn a little tug after the first stitch of each row. I did that sometimes but wasn't consistent about it.

I may never wear it, so if anyone sees the picture and loves it, let me know and I'll mail it to you.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Watermelon baby sundress

Well, let's start with the positive. I love these colors, and I love the ribbon yarn for baby clothing. It's knitting quickly and cutely.

However, my sizing fears have have been realized. It is now evident that no human baby could wear this. A human-shaped doll, perhaps, but I definitely didn't take up this hobby to make doll clothes. Clothes for hypothetical babies, sure, but not doll clothes.

But all is not lost. I think if I frogged back to the second-to-last skirt decrease and began the bodice there, it would make the skirt shorter and the bodice wider, allowing it to fit, you know, a preemie during her first week of life. Snugly. I'm going to give it a try. Here's a more straighforward photo so you can see what I mean about the proportions. I would frog back about 6 or 7 rows and start the bodice again.

A nice look at the texture of the ribbon yarn: