Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Pieces & Parts

Rocky One-sock You, my friends, are so considerate (and so right) with your collective advice to give my body a brief break; that the knitting and the intended recipients would understand any delay. Listening is one of those skills best honed when practiced regularly.

I put the needles down Saturday night and settled into a deep, peaceful sleep. Twenty-four hours later, the Knitting Goddess guided my fingers to completion of one sock. One beautiful Hedera sock, which Rocky seemed keen on modeling. I tried to take it away from him, but he slapped out one paw to grab it back. Once the mate is done, I fully expect him to lay claim on it as well - just as he did with the Cable Twist socks. Think I've got myself a sock lover here!

Baby pink kimonoNow that Hedera One is done, I've turned the spotlight to the sweet baby kimono. The mom-to-be just informed me that Baby D is due to appear within the next 3 weeks. With 2+ of the 3 main pieces done, I'm confident in the finish deadline - that is unless I get stranded on sleeve island!

I'm using Catalina Yarns Baby Pima blend in two colorways: goldenrod and cotton candy. These generous 218 yard hanks knit up into a flat fabric with just the slightest halo from the 60% alpaca. The recommended needle size is US7, but I'm using my Colonial rosewoods in size US5 resulting in a slightly denser knit.

The deep pink and yellow-gold embroidery floss (in the center of the photo) should provide just the right finishing touch for the flowers. About those flowers, I have a question: would you embroider just the sleeves, leaving the body plain or do you think it would look better in an all over pattern as indicated by the picture from Special Knits? I await the verdict. Meanwhile, it's back to the stockinette!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

for the embroidery, I'd suggest starting with the sleeves and seeing if you are feeling up to an all over pattern. I also wonder if maybe just a trimming of embroidery would look nice (like at the sleve edges, bottom edge of the body, maybe a line up the middle where buttons are? Does this kimono have buttons?)

11/28/2006 02:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Knit Mongrel said...

I LOVE the baby sweater, and I think it looks fantastic on the smaller needles. Just gorgeous. As far as the embroidery goes, in my experience babies can be very finicky, and I would worry that the embroidery would get picked out over time. But what do I know - I'm not much for the babies. :) Glad you gave yourself a rest... sounds like you needed it!

11/28/2006 05:10:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Rocky looks adorable with your Hedera! I'm so glad the Knitting Goddess has blessed your hands once again.

That Baby Pima is gorgeous! Thanks for turning me onto it. I'm always looking for a good cotton blend.

As for the embroidery, I like the way the all over pattern looks, but I think Alice gave some good advice as to starting out with the sleeves, then seeing how you feel about it.

11/28/2006 05:16:00 PM  
Blogger Sister Madness said...

PA's advice echoes my own -- I like the allover flowers, but see how you feel. No matter what, 'twill be gorgeous!

11/28/2006 05:31:00 PM  
Blogger sweetfigs said...

Hi, I'm glad you're giving yourself some time to recuperate!

And Rocky is so adorable. Do you have that catnip mouse pattern for your sweet boy?

The Baby Kimono's color is one of my favs. With the embroidery, I think less is more. To my eye, all-over suggests machine-made. So maybe a few florettes around the cuffs, a bigger spray across the front w/a single letter monogram or maybe a bouquet cluster with some stems, and a little something at the nape of the neck.

11/28/2006 06:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have some of the most wonderful touches for your knitting. The floss looks perfect - a bit of contrast color, love it! Yes, Rocky seems to have that "don't take the sock from me - and don't think I know there's another one" look :) Take good care, Terry

11/28/2006 06:56:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

That Rocky is one handsome dude! And Hedera is lovely!

I think the less is more contingent is spot on. I think as a highlight rather than all over would be precious!

11/29/2006 12:58:00 AM  

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