Spindling.......and spinning a new yarn

The Spindle I bought at Stitches South is very light weight and I like it's design. My Wednesday lunch knitting buddy gave me some yellow roving to practice with and I have been practicing. Drafting the yarn is definitely the hardest part to learn and since I'm doing it on my own, I'm probably developing some bad habits. A friend and I are taking an actual spindle class from our LYS in July so I guess I'll find out what bad habits I've learned. :-)
Here's what I've done so far.

A Sweet Toddler Dress

I saw the sample in the store and knew I just had to make the Toddler Dress for Gracie. I cast on for it while at Stitches and I finished it last week, so it took a month. I was not monogamous to the project but nearly. I made the 18 month size because Gracie will be 18 months this summer, however, I think it came out a little big. Won't it look cute with a little turtleneck and tights though maybe this fall? It's knit with Plymouth Baby Bunny which is 60% Pima Cotton, 30% modal and 10% angora. It's a little fluffy but oh so soft! I chose not to add the flower because I thought it would get torn off with those little inquiring fingers.

I don't know how the colors will come out on the computer but to clarify I knit it in celery green and white, color # 206.

The only big change I made to the pattern is that I went down 2 needle sizes for the bodice and I started with a row of single crochet before I crocheted the picots.
What have I been up to in the knitting world??? Stitches South is one! The long weekend of April 23-26 was spent with great knitsibs, Chris and Martha, in Atlanta. We left early Thursday morn (left my house at 4:45 AM) and arrived in Atlanta in plenty of time to check in to the hotel, get registered at Stitches and still have time for lunch before our first class on Thursday. Thursday evening, the market opened to registered students only. It was great, overwhelming, beautiful, overwhelming, lots of vendors of yarns and roving and wonderful accessories, and did I mention overwhelming??? Martha and I spent Thursday eve just going up and down each aisle, in anticipation of what we might purchase on Friday when we returned to the market. Chris on the other hand, already knew some items she wanted and went immediately to those vendors. Chris has already blogged about some of our adventures, if you'd like to hop over there..... She has even blogged about our yarn shop crawl on Saturday. We stayed away from the Stitches Market on Saturday with good reason. Open to the public day, ouch!
I will post pics of some of my purchases, but meanwhile, I am posting some items that I have either finished knitting or am in the process.

Fingerless Mitts: I find that they are used more in the spring and summer when the office has gotten so cold because of the air conditioning. My co-workers always want to borrow mine, and they are the wrong color, so I made her a pair of her own to go with her red sweater that never leaves her shoulders in the spring and summer while at the office.

The bank is consolidating some of it's functions into one location and therefore a co-worker lost her job. She loves bunnies, so I made her this little cutie.

My garter-toes socks. I love this pattern!

This was an interesting pattern.

It started out like this:

Then you fold it together, end to end, and you seam it.

and you end up with these: very comfy footies that I made with Cotton for summer.

I've also been working on a Baby Bunny Toddler Dress. Baby Bunny is wonderful yarn to work with, it feels so wonderful, like knitting with butter.

Although I'm knitting to gauge, it's turning out a little bigger than I had anticipated. It was meant for an 18M old, but I believe she will have to grow into it.
I've also cast on for a shrug for me, a very lacy lightweight shrug. Now I don't normally go for a shrug because they typically scream "look at the girls" and I don't need anymore attention there, but I tried on the LYS store sample and it was lovely, even on me. So I purchased GGH Soft Kid at half price (even better) and cast on. The pattern is relatively easy to remember and it's usually not bad as a visiting knitting, although you do have to pay attention, yarn-overs and K2G's and all that. Well, as you have deduced, I made an error and it went into time-out until i could tink it in peace and quiet. I have now tinked and will resume the knitting. But here it is as it stands now:

I've also cast on for a couple of summer tops for me. I will post about them separately.

Happy Mother's Day Mom

I still miss you very much. Every time I pick up my knitting needles, I feel your presence in them. I smile every time I start a new project, the kind of project that I know you would be proud of me for undertaking. You would be proud of the progress I've made in my knitting and I cherish the thought that you and I are actually knitting together while I'm at stitch nights in a small group of friends or together while I sit on the couch knitting at home. Thanks Mom for passing along your natural ability to me.

I remember very fondly that Mother's Day weekend when we met in Chattanooga. I drove up from Atlanta and you drove from Nashville. We met there for a nature photography seminar which was held at a reserve for injured animals. The first "episode" we encountered was the hotel had "misplaced" our reservation for a non-smoking room. We decided not to stay there and went further into town and stayed nearer the artsy part of town. We stayed by the pool most of the day Friday and then early Saturday morning started our seminar. We had such laughs and some intense moments like when we first saw a red-headed vulture up close. OMG, who knew they were that big!!!!!! The Sunday, Mother's Day, I took you to a restaurant by the river, it was packed because of Mother's Day and we were standing for a while and you kept saying, no we should leave and go somewhere else and I insisted we stay..........then you saw Michael. He had driven down from Clarksville that day just to eat lunch with you and it was such a surprise!!!! Oh yeah, I forgot, I also lost my wallet that weekend and you ended up having to foot the bill for everything. Good ending to that episode though, when I got back to Georgia, the sheriff had left a note on my back door asking me to get in touch. Who ever had found my wallet in Chattanooga, had contacted the local authority who then had contacted my local sheriff, and I made contact with the young man and he returned my wallet with everything still in it, cash and all, every bit of it. Yes, I had already cancelled my credit cards, but can you imagine???? Yes, there are still good people in this world. Anyway, all this to say Mom, I miss you very much and I still think of you every day.

your sunshine.........