Not much new knitting, though I do have the front of the Shapely Tank almost finished. My DD#1 and I were sideswiped by a case of strep throat. Of course it's my fault, and then I even gave it to the computer which now has a virus that AVG keeps telling me about but won't get rid of. Time to call my BIL- every family needs a computer guru to keep the rest of us out of perpetual debt to the local computer stores.
Thank you eveyone for your comments! I love getting feed back and I try to answer, but I'm afraid to send any email right now until my computer is well. Natalie asked what pattern I use for the booties. It's my own, adapted from several similar patterns. They're easy enough to crank out a bunch (especially the smaller sizes) for charity, and quick to knit for a last minute gift. I keep a small skein of baby yarn, 2 dps, and the directions on an index card in a baggie in my purse so I always have somethng to knit. At home, I knit 2 at a time on straights. You can knit them in the round, too, to avoid the back seam.
Here's a picture:
Here's the pattern:
Materials: Baby sport weight yarn
Size 5 needles
Sizes: Preemie small (medium, large, full term)
Cast on 25 (29, 35, 41).
K 8 (10, 12, 14) rows in garter stitch.
K 10 (12, 15, 18), K2 tog , K 1, K 2 tog, K 10 (12, 15, 18).
P 9(11, 14, 17), P2 tog P1, P2 tog, P9 (11, 14, 17).
Continue decrease pattern until 17 (19, 23, 27) stitches left.
K1 P1 across each row for 4 (5, 6, 7) rows. Double the rows for a fold down cuff.
Bind off loosely.
Sew back and sole of bootie.
PS Happy Birthday to you too Nanc! I ate more cake in your honor. :)