Thursday, October 09, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving! (Fellow Canucks)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Not much knitting to report. I'm working away at Na Craga and I haven't figured out a pattern for my nephew C yet, so I'm balancing the Aran work with teacher presents (Everlasting Bagstoppers this year). I'm working up more than half a dozen of them, and quite frankly, they are even less interesting to photograph than they are to knit.

So, for some visual interest...some Gilly photos! This is last week's trip to the local pumpkin/pick your own farm. It has a reputation as a touristy clip joint. (Years ago, my husband got suckered into paying $18 for a pumpkin...long story, the kids were toddlers, it had been a long day and the moral is don't buy pumpkins by the pound...but I digress...

Boo is in yellow...

Have I mentioned that Boo's new teacher is awesome...she loves field trips and takes the dd classes everywhere! Gilly has 9 outings in October.

The hayride was such a big hit that the teacher arranged for us to go THREE MORE TIMES!! Woo Hoo! The next day, my eyes were so scratchy and swollen, I looked like a mole rat.

Guess I inherited more of my dad's allergies than I thought.

Anyway in the pumpkin farm's defence, they do run a nice school program...lots of outdoor stuff, they don't sell the kids ANYTHING and give them each a pie pumpkin to take home at the end of the day.

It was a fabulous day!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I hate intarsia

I hate intarsia, I hate intarsia, I hate intarsia, I hate intarsia...

Which is a shame really, because I found this cute as a button pattern for a dinosaur sweater in a Lucinda Guy pattern book and it would have made a fabulous present for my nephew C.

I've knit the dinosaur a couple times now and it's just not happening. Looks like I'll have to figure out something else...

I have a couple of thoughts...

This is Marie Grace's Orange Twist. Hard to imagine this on a 3.5 year old when it's pictured on a teenager, but I knit it for Clare a couple years ago and it looks nice in a smaller scale. I love the pattern, but in a way it seems a waste to make such a mature sweater for C, when this might be the last year that he is young enough to be dressed in something precious. Little boys develop preferences for "manly" clothing pretty early these days.

This is Sam from Debbie Bliss' Junior Knits. Personally, I love vests and a chunky zipper is pretty easy for this age group to manage, but I worry that C and SIL may not love vests as much as I do.

This is Jack from Rowan Junior. Nice looking sweater, but it does run the risk of being something that is more fun and interesting to knit than it is suitable for the recipient to wear...kwim?

Any thoughts on these sweaters, or perhaps another suggestion all together?