Today was the first day this week that we actually made it up early to work out. We had good intentions on Monday and Tuesday but just couldn’t make it happen. I like being up early. I had time to take a brisk walk, do sit-ups and push-ups, take pictures for the blog, watch the news a bit and take my time getting ready. It’s the actual getting up that I have a problem with. Once I’m up for about 10 minutes, I’m good to go, but man is it a rough 10 minutes.
So, on to the pictures. This weekend, I decided I would teach myself to crochet. I have crocheted a blanket before, I actually did that before I learned to knit. But, that was two years ago. My mother-in-law made me some great crocheted gifts for Christmas and my step-mom requested that I crochet her a dishcloth or two. I already had the cotton for it, so I thought that would be a great idea. I spent many hours with a pattern book and how-to books and I just couldn’t get it right. The problem may be that I was trying to crochet circularly before really knowing how to crochet in a square, but the dishcloth requested was round. Well, I gave up. I may pick it up again, but frustration got the best of me. Instead, I knitted a couple. I am going to try to make a couple more for her and send them her way. They aren’t round, but at least they are of the same materials. I hope she’ll still like them. The one on the left is from a scarf pattern in Last Minute Knitted Gifts and the one on the right is just a square knitted in garter stitch with increases at the beginning of each row until it got big enough and then I decreased at the beginning of each row. Pardon the ends.
The second picture is last night’s project. What I forgot to tell you with so many things to blog about in my head is that I met a fellow blogger at a yarn sale on New Year’s Eve. Amanda and two of her very cool, non-bloggin’ friends met up with me at Yarns 2 Ewe where there was a 20% off sale. Among the items I bought, was some Berocco suede and some fuzzy furry yarn (the pattern calls for plush, but they were out of white, so I got a substitute). I had seen this pattern on the Knitty Gritty show a while back, but was motivated to try it when I saw Mason Dixon’s Kay’s orange version. So, last night I cast on and came up with this. All that’s left are the ear flaps, front flap and the string to tie it on.
My question is, with the furry yarn will this be too feminine for a little boy? I guess that decision can be made when it’s finished but I’d really like to send it to my friends’ new baby boy, as long as it’s not too feminine. Here’s to a productive day where my exercise will give me energy (until about two this afternoon when I crash because I got up so early).