Sunday, March 19, 2006

Bit by Knitting Bug

Yes, my remarkable progress in not one but two projects yesterday proves of the existence of such an organism. The Knitting Bug (insecta knitta) bit me bad, but in a good way. You see, I finally finished the Ridiculously Easy Mary Jane Slippers that I was knitting for my SIL (the one who is expecting Zoe in the next 1.5 months). I think they were a little too ridiculously easy because they didn't really keep my interest. But they turned out fabU, if I do say so myself. I hope she likes them since these are a complete surprise for her. And I hope they fit. They're too small for me, which probably means they will fit her (hence, the reason why they are not modeled in the picture)

: Ridiculously Easy Mary Jane Slippers,
Yarn: Bernat Soft Boucle (some sort of deep red color, label is gone), not even half a skein
Needles: Size 10.5 Denise Interchangeable, Size 7 for straps
Mods: The pattern actually calls for Size 7 needles on chunky yarn for the whole thing, but it hard enough trying to work chunky boucle with the called for needle size. Also, you're supposed to crochet the strap, but that was easily remedied.
Woulda-Shoulda: I can't say anything bad about this pattern. It's so easy you can really personalize or go crazy with the substitutions. Good project for some instant gratification. That's all I have to say about that.

I have the first row of the M. Laurel Blanket finished and assembled. With the MJ's and this I was knitting for several hours yesterday. I'm so proud of myself. :)

I'm really stoked for this blanket. I can't say I'm stoked for the seaming involved, but that's why I'm assembling as I go. The knitting is way fun though. And with this kind of progress I might be finished ahead of schedule. *crossing fingers*

In all honesty I think I invoked the wrath of the Knitter Bug because I was naughty and signed up for my second craft swap on Craftster. I was going to wait until the blanket was finished, but when I saw this swap I couldn't resist. My shoulder angel said, "yo' bitch, just finish up all the other UFO's you have and you'll be golden". It's a Princess Bride Swap. I'm sure most of you know and love that movie. I found the swap yesterday morning, thought it over for a few seconds, then signed up (at the last minute mind you). Then I went downstairs and proceeded to watch the movie while finishing up the MJ slippers. I love. that. movie. Ever since I was little I loved that movie (It's hard to believe that it's almost 20 years old). So I have a few ideas floating around in my head, but I need to get in contact with partner to see what kind of stuff she would like. Suggestion Box is open!

"Death cannot stop true love... It just delays it for a while." -Westley (aka The Dread Pirate Roberts)


ErLeCa said...

I love that movie too! It's one of my all time favorites! Your MJ slippers are so cute and the blanket looks fantastic so far!

jackie said...

Wow! What a beautiful blanket. It looks like a combination of knitting and piece work quilting. You are smart to assemble as you go.

Enjoy your swap.

"As you wish"

Anonymous said...

I'm lovin' the baby blanket, and the MJ's are just darling.

Bee said...

The Princess Bride is one of those awesome movies that's great to quote in or out of context.

The MJs look adorable and I love the color for your blanket! Beautiful.

fabrication said...

Hi, random person from the Upstate ring here--I LOVE the blanket, that's the best soft shade of purple. And The Princess Bride is the best movie! Have you ever read the book? It adds so much more to the story. I think I have to go watch it now...

Liz said...

That. blanket. RULES.

One of my friends is having a baby soon... I've been looking for a blankie pattern to knit for her... hmmm...

And yeah - it is hard to believe "The Princess Bride" is like, 20 years old now. It really has become a modern-day classic.

BTW - check your e-mail.