Posts Tagged ‘Percy’

I finished up my sister’s mittens really quickly, even with the ripping out of one whole mitt I had to do (I didn’t check gauge and was half a stitch off which meant that mitt was TIGHT). I really love them and I hope that she will, too:

Bella's Mittens!

With those done, I wanted to cast on something new… but I felt so guilty about some things that were SO CLOSE to being finished. Like that Stocking I finished knitting back in September. I haven’t gotten around to knitting the other two, so I decided to just put Joshua’s name on it and add a hanging loop and FINISH it already.

Finished Stocking

I think it looks really good! I just did a little braid and sewed it on for the loop and I duplicate-stitched his name on using a chart for letters from an old stocking pattern. I modified the J to have a top, though, because I think not having one would confuse Joshua. I really like how the duplicate stitch came out:

Finished Stocking

And I’m definitely going to make more… eventually! I have a few Christmas gifts left to start (and finish!) and then I can work on selfish things again. The other unfinished thing that was bugging me was Joshua’s “Baby” Blanket. It had languished for so long because first I needed yarn and then I was distracted by other shiny things (like Margot!). But I picked it up again on the 3rd and tonight I finished it!

Finished Blanket!

It’s approximately 42.5″ square, but the garter stitch is VERY stretchy and it will definitely grow. I think it will make a nice throw once Joshua outgrows it. I’m so happy it’s finished and he loves it! I’m really proud of actually finishing something for him for once and I’m sorry it took so long!

Finished Blanket!

Finished Blanket!

Finished Blanket!

Now I’m going to cast on for a Christmas (or maybe birthday if I finish quickly) gift for my step mother and then one for my father. After that I have to finish up Ms. Squarey and Percy for my little sister. And then maybe figure out something for my sister Kerri or my mom. We’ll see!


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I’ve been working on Percy exclusively since I started it. I’ve done A LOT of knitting on it, but it’s very slow going. Today is my baby sister’s thirteenth birthday. I don’t know if Percy will be finished in time to give it to her this Friday when I see her. I still have hope, but with no days off until this weekend I don’t know how hopeful I should be.


I just started working the flap. After the flap comes the ridiculously long strap (I think I will shorten this quite a bit) and then the inner pocket and outer pocket and all of the finishing (a lot!). I’ve got at least six more inches of flap to go and have knit about 22 inches on Percy total in almost a week. Possible? Maybe. I really like how the seed stripe looks:


I’m going to knit this bag right so that it will be cherished. If it isn’t finished by Friday, I will decide to either knit it in the long-ass car & boat rides we’ve got coming that night, or put it aside so it can be a complete surprise for my sister and work on something else for those long-ass rides. I’m undecided, but will decide when it’s an issue.

In other news, tonight I took Joshua to the movies for the first time in almost a year. The last time was to see Wall-E. He had been VERY excited to see it, but he got overwhelmed by the dark and some sound-equipment malfunctions. He ran crying from the theater before the first trailer rolled and we got comp passes to come back. Today I convinced him to try and see the new Pixar movie UP. He was wary and nervous the whole time. I was cautiously optimistic and even though he cried from fear before the trailers started (he is terrified of being trapped in sudden darkness), he got very excited once they did begin. His little flashlight lay unnoticed in his lap much of the time and while he refused the 3-D glasses (an issue for another time), he LOVED the movie! He said to me about fifteen minutes into the film, “I’m so happy! It’s not scary!” and that is his new refrain. I’m so proud of him for overcoming and so excited about the possibilities this brings up! Yay for movies in the theater! Yay, also, for him liking movies from his culture (the one I am not a part of):


Joshua is half Russian (well, Ukrainian but it was part of the USSR when his father was born there). He doesn’t speak the language because his father didn’t speak it enough to get it through to him and I do not speak it at all. He’s been completely apathetic towards most of the Russian culture thus far, but Cheburashka? It’s become his favorite DVD. He loves to search on Google and YouTube for pictures and videos of his newfound love. I did some research and discovered that Cheburashka has been the mascot of the Russian Olympic teams for years and it’s a favorite among Russian children. Cheburashka translates to something like “topples” and the character himself is ADORABLE and sweet and totally someone I can feel comfortable letting my child watch. He’s begun calling it his “Russian movie” because nobody knows what Cheburashka means when he says it. It makes me so happy to see him so happy about something so simple.

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A Birthday Gift

I set aside Joshua’s “Baby” Blanket to start a new project:

Percy beginning

I know it’s not much to look at yet, but it’s the start of Percy for my little sister’s birthday. She turns 13 (!) on June 1st and I’m hoping to have this finished by the time I see her the following weekend. Wishful thinking? Probably.

I’m knitting it on my grandmother’s old US 2 straight needles. It’s making me feel closer to her, but it’s difficult for me to work with straight needles after so long without (I think about two years?). The yarn is “naturally caron.com” Country (the label calls it a “superior performance merino wool blend” but it’s 75% acrylic & 25% merino). The color is called Berry Frappe and it’s really much more purple than the image suggests. It’s a really lovely lavender shade (my sister’s favorite color!) and I’m hopeful that she’ll like it as much as I do.

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