Hey Jill P:
I had to put aside my regular knitting once again to make baby/kid stuff. My good friends Jeff and Morgan are having their first baby! I have known Jeff since middle school, and Morgan was one of my college roommates, although I am not responsible for them getting together. So this is a very important baby. Oh, at some time I blogged about going to their Hut wedding on Mt. Hood, but maybe that was on my old blog. Anyway, I had a bunch of ideas for presents, but didn’t move on any of them. Of course, a week ago or so, I emailed Jeff to find out the sex of the baby and realized that the baby was due in two weeks! I had to get moving!
Here’s what I decided on:
Yeah, not a very impressive display. But here’s what it looks like hanging up!:
Pattern: Flock by Meg Bakewell in Knitty, Spring 2009.
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes and Lamb’s Pride Worsted. I used leftovers from my Mosaic Yoke Jacket and my Road to Golden.
I used size 4 needles for everything. Since I used leftover yarn my only cost was less than $1.50 for dowels. Of course it took $8 to ship it…
I had loved this when I first saw it, but didn’t even think about making it until a week ago. I was on such a time schedule that it did start to feel like a bit of a chore. But I can’t believe I finished it in a week! I did have to sit at the court house yesterday for about four hours while contesting a traffic ticket. I did all my I-cord branches and some of my leaves there. Oh, and I lost my case and got a parking ticket while there. Bummer.
I had to make a few substitutions on color when I ran out of dark green and when I didn’t want to use the branch color in the birds. The pattern was very well-written. Very precise. The only thing I changed, was to continue the same shaping in the head that I did in the body. I like having ssks and k2togs to shape the head instead of doing all k2togs, like in a hat. But that’s it. I also made the shortest version of the mobile.
Here’s some more shots of it.
I hope they like it!
On a random note, here was the view from the front of my work the other day:
That’s a cell phone picture, so not great. The Church of Scientology owns that workshop/space and are always doing weird work in there. I think they were fixing up Ron L. Hubbard’s car in there once. They are moving what looks to be a zero-gravity simulator/gyroscope onto this truck. Later in the day when I walked by, they were moving some control panels. One said Gravitron and the other said Motion Control. Weird. Don’t tell me they’re not building a space ship. Maybe they’re just working on carnival rides for a company picnic or something. =)
I’ll probably have our usual Monday night SnB at my apartment next time. Let me know if you want to come!