BEN CAN KNIT!!!!
And I didn't help him at all....which I did before...I used to hold his hands while I explained what to do. But, today, as I was finishing up Tim's Felted Clogs - he wanted to do it on his own!!
I can't tell you how excited I am. I've always wanted to be the one to teach my children "crafty" things...like painting, drawing, sewing, knitting, etc. But, so far, Tim has only been interested in drawing and painting. (It also helps that both Ian's mother and sister are professional artists!)
Finally, one of my sons has taken up knitting! (Though, I can only hope that his interest will continue to grow...) Yippppeeeee.......!
And, now for the long awaited FO:
Tim's Felted Clogs
Yarn: Cascade 220 in black and two shades of red (colors #8414, 8895 and 8555), 4 skeins total
Pattern: Fiber Trends' "Felted Clogs"
Size: Men's medium
Needle: US 13 (20 and 32" circ - I used Addi Turbos)
Time: Took about 4.5-5 hours (of actual knitting time) per slipper and I'm not sure if I'll be adding the full suede soles this time because of how irritating it was to sew them on the last time. I'm thinking of trying those suede pieces, instead. Started on 1/20/09 and finished (with knitting, felting and felting more) 1/30/09.
Fun Level: B+ (I liked this pattern very much. It was clearly written, even though it was a bit complicated at parts. Once you make one slipper, the next one is a breeze. I was having trouble knitting the toe/instep part at around row 38/39, but I finally figured out that it's not the pattern that's wrong - it was me thinking that I could talk or listen to someone while doing those short rows. He he)
Sooo glad that I'm done with these because I'm about to start a new baby outfit in a beautiful white DK wool for a gift. Once this outfit is done, I can work on finishing GiGi's socks - and then there will be no more knitting for anyone else but MEEEE! (think horrible, horrible cackling here....)
I also wanted to share with you the absolutely COOLEST thing that I bought about a month ago. If you're on Flickr, you might have already seen the MOO printing services. If not, go check them out. I ordered a pack of stickers and a pack of mini cards, which were printed with pictures from my Flickr account. I haven't gotten the mini cards yet, but the stickers came today, and THEY ARE TOO TOO AWESOME AND ADORABLE!!!
Look at this!
And this!! (a few free ones on the front page)
I have no idea what I'll do with these yet, but my Moleskine journal is begging to be decorated!!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Oh, p.s.....I'm up to just about 40 pounds lost in 16 weeks (on Wed) and I'm feeling really great. Will try to get Ian to take a pic of me so I can post it. I've dropped about 20 inches from my thighs, arms, waist and hips and a couple of clothes sizes. I'm doing Wii Fit pretty much every day for at least 30-40 minutes and doing yoga every single day. It's soo exciting and I hope to get to a 50 pound weight loss by my birthday in May. Wish me luck!!