I hereby present to you...

...the little number that's been occupying my knitting time.


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A teeny sleeve. [Awwwwww!]
Slideshow! Slideshow!


A striped pullover with buttons on the shoulders and a matching hat using fingering wool and 3mm needles. This will be a gift for a baby boy born into the family last month. Even though he's a newborn, I decided to knit the sweater and hat in the 12-18 month size so he can wear them next winter. Don't you just love it when a baby grows into knits? Yeah. Me, too.

[Free French yarn plug: Both the sweater and hat are Tiboodoo kits, which are by the makers of Anny Blatt/Bouton d'Or yarns. I bought these kits at my local Tiboodoo's boutique located on rue Paul Chevanard near Place des Terreaux. It used to be the dusty Anny Blatt/Bouton d'Or yarn boutique I often visited, but they closed it down, renovated it and turned it into a posh Tiboodoo's boutique, where one can find classic layette pret-a-porter and knitting kits. End of free French yarn plug.]

There's not much I can say about this little pullover except:

1) It's knit on 3mm bamboos, which I enjoy. But did I really teach myself how to knit on 2.5mm-3mm needles? My second project was knit on 2.5mm and 3mm needles. How in the world I managed to finish it without accumulating cobwebs, I'll never know.

2) The stripes are fun until you do about 6 of them, and then you start to wish that the needles weren't so small.

3) The stripes are only 2 rows long. Cut and weave the ends? No thanks. Carry the yarns up the sides, please.

4) I've finished the back piece, the front piece, one sleeve (shown in the photo above) and began the second sleeve last night. If all continues to go smoothly I may just finish this by Friday, which is what I hope. We'll be heading to Vienne on Sunday to see the baby and, of course, give his parents the gift so Friday would be a good day to have everything finished. Say it with me now, friends: NO BONEHEAD KNITTING MOMENTS FROM HERE TO FRIDAY, SLAPPY.

I show you all my progress in a slideshow, of course. Pictures are fun.

In non-knitting news, I cannot resist sharing the peeps that landed in Lyon!

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Peep peep!
Enjoying the view of la cité internationale.
(Long building in the background. Interpol is there, btw.)


A big thank you to my pal Mrs. Pilkington for making sure that yours truly would not be without peeps (and a whole lotta other goodies, including Reese's Eggs and the Knit to Fit book!) this Easter. Doesn't Mrs. Pilkington rock? Yeah. I think so, too.

Queen of Procrastination presents to you:

The seaming party that finally commenced:


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She neglected me all week! Bad, bad Rabbit.
[Zoom in, zoom out.]
[Don't miss the rest of my progress!]


Okay, let's see...last weekend we were supposed to go to Vienne to meet the new baby in the family and pass on one gift consisting of a hand-knit baby sweater, size 12-18 months, reverse striped stockinette stitch, 100% wool, yadda yadda. The sweater got completed [yoo hoo...see all progress here], a neckband and buttonbands were added and blocking got done by last Wednesday. I was ready to seam, wrap it up and call it a finished present by Friday. Then the baby's parents called us on Thursday morning to tell us that they had to be in Grenoble on Saturday and didn't know if they'd make it back to Vienne by Sunday, so we replanned the visit for THIS coming weekend. Ah! Another week! Of course, I promptly put off seaming the rest of the sweater and left it sitting on the table untouched. I haven't gotten a chance to finish seaming it until today. Sing it with me now, friends: THE QUEEN OF PROCRASTINATION REIGNS AGAIN.

(But I will finish seaming today. Oh yes, I will. It's cocktail hour and Monsieur Le Hubby is home, so it's all about a seaming party tonight. Kirs for everyone!)

In another news, Bunny Peeps have landed in Lyon!


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Peeps Bunny poses in front of la fresque des Lyonnais.
Peep Show! Peep Show!


My very thoughtful pal Mariko surprised me by sending me Bunny Peeps (in pink, no less) and Girl Scout cookies [!!!] Oh, pink peeps, thin mints and peanut butter cookies, how I love thee! People, the house is officially rocked. And to show how grateful my cookie lovin' heart is for Mariko's kindness, I've put together a small slideshow of peeps postcards. Please, see the gratuitous Peep Show!

Queen of Procrastination presents to you:

The seaming party that finally commenced:


spring2005_babyschtuff_stripey_seaming.jpg
She neglected me all week! Bad, bad Rabbit.
[Zoom in, zoom out.]
[Don't miss the rest of my progress!]


Okay, let's see...last weekend we were supposed to go to Vienne to meet the new baby in the family and pass on one gift consisting of a hand-knit baby sweater, size 12-18 months, reverse striped stockinette stitch, 100% wool, yadda yadda. The sweater got completed [yoo hoo...see all progress here], a neckband and buttonbands were added and blocking got done by last Wednesday. I was ready to seam, wrap it up and call it a finished present by Friday. Then the baby's parents called us on Thursday morning to tell us that they had to be in Grenoble on Saturday and didn't know if they'd make it back to Vienne by Sunday, so we replanned the visit for THIS coming weekend. Ah! Another week! Of course, I promptly put off seaming the rest of the sweater and left it sitting on the table untouched. I haven't gotten a chance to finish seaming it until today. Sing it with me now, friends: THE QUEEN OF PROCRASTINATION REIGNS AGAIN.

(But I will finish seaming today. Oh yes, I will. It's cocktail hour and Monsieur Le Hubby is home, so it's all about a seaming party tonight. Kirs for everyone!)

In another news, Bunny Peeps have landed in Lyon!


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Peeps Bunny poses in front of la fresque des Lyonnais.
Peep Show! Peep Show!


My very thoughtful pal Mariko surprised me by sending me Bunny Peeps (in pink, no less) and Girl Scout cookies [!!!] Oh, pink peeps, thin mints and peanut butter cookies, how I love thee! People, the house is officially rocked. And to show how grateful my cookie lovin' heart is for Mariko's kindness, I've put together a small slideshow of peeps postcards. Please, see the gratuitous Peep Show!

She's knitting in the car again!

I just love me a good car knitting session, don't you? Here's what I've got this time:


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I hereby christian thee: The Popcorn Jacket.
Close-up! Close-up!


It's the beginning of a sleeve of a fringed jacket [Phildar Tendances Automne 2004] which shall hereafter be known as the Popcorn Jacket thanks to those puffy little tufts in the yarn that remind me of popcorn. For this jacket I'm using Phildar Oxygene and tufty Phil Pompom, which are two yarns that would probably make a yarn snob twitch. We're talking wool/ACRYLIC and NOVELTY yarns. Together. In a trendy jacket. With fringe, no less. How could I not knit this? You can bet your high-end yarn I'm going to wear it, too. And don't you want to see a close-up of the tufty popcorns in the novelty yarn? Oh, go on.

I've worked with Oxygene [such a wool/ACRYLIC blend 'ho] before so I didn't swatch for this one. On Sunday morning I put my yarn and needles in a bag, cast-on, and giddy-ap! Worked on the sleeve on our way to Vienne and before I knew it, I had nearly reached the sleeve cap shaping. It's a relaxing, mindless project. Knitting striped reverse stockinette stitch on 4.5mm addi circs makes me feel like dancing, dancing, aaaaaahhhh...

And here is something else I took to Vienne:


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The completed baby sweater for a new baby cousin!
[Click, make BIGGER.]
[Wanna see some CLOSE-UPS?]
[You know what? There's a HAT, too.]


Quick summation: Baby sweater and hat using 100% fingering wool "Baby" by Tiboodoo's (by the makers of Anny Blatt/Bouton d'Or yarns). The baby sweater is in reverse striped stockinette stitch with stockinette stitch cuffs and hem. Pieces were lightly steam-blocked before seaming. All seams were joined using mattress stitch. Stitches were picked up for the buttonbands and neckband, which were worked in garter stitch. The hat [finished photo here] is in striped stockinette stitch, and was knit flat because that's the way I prefer to knit striped hats. Both were enjoyable knits, and I love the softness of the finished garments. My one complaint: I ran out of cream-colored yarn from the sweater kit and had to use a small amount of yarn from the hat kit so I could finish the neckband. Oops!

But wait...there's more: On Saturday even more Peeps made their way to Lyon! They must want to try the Beaujolais and saucisson.


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Peeps Chick at the circus.
Slideshow! Slideshow!


A very big thank you to Cambria [psst...a snail mail thank you is on its way soon] for surprising us with a load of belated Easter candy: Marshmallow Peeps, malted milk eggs, Cadbury creme eggs [!], a chocolate bunny, jelly eggs...we're talking serious Easter Bunny goodness. Heck, I could BE the Easter Bunny with all these Easter sweets. And you just know that my wacky camera happy tourist self couldn't resist taking the Peeps with me on the road to Vienne, right? So here you go: Another gratuitous Peep Show on the Road slideshow!