Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Love Is In The Air

I've been fairly busy lately, what with my son's wedding (which was a wonderful day) and my knitting, crocheting, and general list of 'have to do's', but then you know how it goes, I'm sure.

I got a little melancholy both at my son's wedding and this past week. I was on the verge of tears all week, every time I thought of him, now married, and no more our little boy. Even though I know each of our kids have to live their own life separate from ours, it's still a bit sad when it actually happens. Life changes all the time and that is the one constant....change! Sometimes I'm good at going with the flow and sometimes I resist. This time I'm not resisting, just remembering, and let me tell you, the time passes so quickly and before we know it our little ones are adults with their own lives to live and that's as it should be, no question.

That said, I must tell you that I truly love the girl he married, which makes this transition so much easier. She makes him very happy as he does her and I know they will have a wonderful life together. His father and I wish them all the happiness their hearts can hold!

I began this post with the thought of posting some knitting pictures and look what happened. I wound up sharing my innermost thoughts and 'fessing up to the tears I shed, happy tears all in all. I have been knitting and crocheting quite a bit this entire week.

I've been working on my baby ripple blanket, the wave ripple blankie for my kitties, and making some lovely coasters as a gift for someone, so I've been keeping busy in the craft department.

Till next time,I'll leave you with a picture of our lovely pink azaleas and wish all of you a happy week with much love and contentment.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Updated Photo

Here is the completed Baby Surprise Sweater with collar and buttons. I don't know about you, but I have an awful time sewing buttons onto my knitted sweaters. This time it was even worse because these are shank buttons and ohhhh my, what a nightmare to sew onto a garter stitch sweater. There must be an easier way, so if you have one please let me know.
All in all, I'm so pleased with this, my first foray into BSJ's. I already know what I'd do differently next time, for instance, I wouldn't put in any large contrasting color rows as I did in this one. I would keep them about 4 to 6 rows at most. Also, I would not place buttonholes on both sides of the sweater as Meg Swansen suggested in her DVD because of the trouble I had simply sewing on the little buggers. I think it's a great idea to so do, but these buttons may have been too small for that, OR, I didn't tighten up on my yarn overs and k2tog for the buttonholes? As far as placement went, it was helpful, but for this type button I wound up trying to close the buttonhole with my thread before sewing on the buttons. It's just me, I'm sure, but next time I'll just do one side or the other.
I hope Meg will like my first try and hope that if anyone reading my blog has ever thought of knitting a BSJ, I'd say go for it, and if you're like me and "a picture is worth a thousand words", I heartily recommend Meg's DVD available at SCHOOLHOUSE PRESS.

So, until next time, dear readers, I wish you joy, happiness, and good health!