Monday, January 29, 2007

It Came, It Came, It Came


I had to stop at the grocery on my way home from work tonight. When I got done bringing in the bags I looked into the family room and saw a package sitting on the floor in front of the couch where I knit. I have to admit (with only 2 days left in the month) I had given up hope of getting my 2nd package in the SockretPal swap (sorry pal). I was so delighted to see it, I really needed this pick-me-up. So this is what she sent me: 1 ball of Sari Silk (it is so beautiful), 2 skeins of Knit Picks Peruvian Wool in the Blue Bonnet colorway (for some reason my husband thinks this should be a hat for him?), 1 skein of Cleckheaton Studio 8-ply Mohair (simply gorgeous), a little tub of vitamin E creme (my hands are going to love this) and a bottle of Oceanus eau de toilette. Thank you so much Pal, you are the best. You've brightened up my day so much.
A few people have asked about the sock and hat pattern I used for the baby stuff so here is what I did. I used leftover sock yarn,for the hat I cast on 100 stitches on a size US1 16" circular needle, I knit for 4-1/2" beyond the roll (that naturally occurs with stockinette) and started my decreases (which Monica figured out for me). They are as follows: k18, k2tog around. Knit 1 round even. k17, k2tog around. Knit 1 round even. k16, k2tog around. Knit 1 round even. k15, k2tog around. Knit 1 round even. continue in this manner until you get to the k9, k2tog around, do not knit 1 round even anymore and just do the decrease rounds till you end with k2tog around. then just thread the yarn end onto a tapestry needle and bind off the remaining stitches and weave in the ends. you will need to switch to dpns at some point in the decreases. For the socks I used this pattern for a reference (as you can see I didn't change yarn for the heels and toes). I hope the hat instructions make sense to everyone, if not I'll try to help in any way I can. If I can't, I'll ask Monica for clarification.

4 comments:

monica said...

I am so glad you got your package, I know you needed a little pick me up. And how funny that you said this afternoon that you really hope it came today because you needed a little boost. Thank you to my sister's secret pal for making her day!!! And what great goodies too. And those are Colts colors so the hat should come here he he he.

Shelley said...

Look at that great package you received! Can't wait to see what you make with all that pretty yarn!

Sourire11 said...

Thanks for posting a pattern!!! That hat and booties are adorable and I have a few babies that I need to knit for...

Anonymous said...

I'm glad it got there, and cheered you up- it has been / will continue to be a stressful few months for me as I am commission baby knitting- 8 babies in 3 months and organising my sisters wedding in march- but hopefully the next one won't be as deadlined- and will include the socks (though if you want you can have the first one now LOL) now I am off to steal your baby hat/sock pattern :)

luv ur sockret pal