It's almost Summer (really it is; never mind the weather) and with Summer comes Ali's Summer Knitting Goals Contest. She's got some really great prizes to give away and all you have to do for a chance to win is list your goals and let her know that you did. You don't even have to achieve your goals; just list them. What could be easier?
I joined Summer of Socks for the first time this year and as I told you last month, I also joined the Sock a Month KAL. I guess it will come as no big surprise then, that I'll be focusing on socks this Summer. That doesn't mean I won't be doing anything else; there are a few non-sock things I'd like want to accomplish.
So, here's my list of Summer Goals:
~Knit a pair of socks with my handspun (I have some ready for that)
~Knit toe-up and feel comfotable doing it.
~Try new heel construction (I guess that’s a given with toe-up)
~Use up some stash yarn
~Finish the sweater I'm currently working on (only 1 1/2 sleeves left to knit)
~Start theHighlander sweater by Anne Hanson
~Find a pattern and yarn for a Christmas dress for Clover
(suggestions welcome - Samm wants a wide striped red & green dress for her)
~Practice my Fair Isle knitting
I know that this looks like a big list of goals for such a short period of time, but if you look closely you'll see that the first four goals are all sock related and can be accomplished with just a couple pairs of socks.
Anyone who's read my blog for any length of time (actually, even if you've only read this week) knows that I love Summer. There is one thing that Summer brings that I don't love - bees. I freak anytime a bee flies around me. I know you're supposed to just be still and they'll go away, but I just can't help but scream and flap my arms around and run in circles trying to get away from them. It is not a pretty sight.
Samm and her friend had a baby shower for a friend of theirs the other day. Samm's gift to the Mom-to-be was a basket of Burt's Bees products and she asked if I could make a Bumble Bee to add to the basket. Of course I said yes, and of course I decided Clover needed one as well. Then I decided that Clover's boyfriend, Bronson, (the to-be-born baby's big brother) also needed one.
That's how I happened to make this swarm of four bees:
Pattern: Bumble the Bee
Modifications: I wanted a little bit bigger bee so I used a bigger hook, doubled the yarn, and did an additional increase round.
Clover absolutely LOVES her “bumbees" and Bronson apparently liked his enough to give it a kiss before running off to play with something else :-)
Have a great night!