Birth Announcement & Weekend Knitting

I sat down this morning with the intention of writing about knitting.  But something else is on my mind, something decidedly unrelated to knitting in any way. I’m so excited!

Some of you may remember that back in August I was able to set up a new 45-gallon freshwater fish tank.  This was a big step up from my 10 gallon tank, and I have been having so much fun with my fish.  This weekend I went out and bought 2 breeding pairs of mollies, and one of the females was very pregnant.

These fish belong to a group called live bearers, which means the eggs hatch inside the body and the fry are born fully developed.  I have been watching the female very closely over the past two days.  This morning when I got up, I noticed that she was much less bloated than before.  So I started looking around in the plants and gravel and immediately started seeing little fish fry looking back at me!  They are miniature versions of their adult parents, about 1/2 an inch long.  So far I have discovered somewhere between 3 & 5 babies.  Cross your fingers that they make it; these fish are carnivorous…

Okay, so you’ve made it this far.  I suppose you deserve some knitting after reading about my new additions!  I decided to take a break from craft fair knitting this weekend and cast on a new project instead. My first beret, and first top down hat:

This is the One Day Beret by Kirsten Kapur.  What’s great about this pattern is that it is more of a recipe that you can adapt to suit any yarn or gauge.  You kind see it on her blog or on Ravelry.

I originally started this with a hot pink skein of Cascade 220 Superwash, but didn’t like the solid color.  One of the things I loved about the photos I saw on Kapur’s blog was the variegated yarn she used.  So I went to my stash and waited for something to catch my eye.  Out popped 2 skeins of Claudia’s Hand-painted merino sock yarn in Passion Fruit.  I’m holding 2 strands together and using size 4 needles for my beret.

This is a great stashbuster for any odd skeins you have lying around.  And if you don’t have any particular need to knit a beret for yourself or as a gift, consider donating it to Stash and Burn’s project for 7 Long Knits.  Scroll down to episode 58 for details on how you can help comfort some pediatric oncology patients through knitting or crochet.

And because I was going through sock withdrawl, I also cast on a pair of basic socks using Sockotta’s self-fair-isle yarn.  It’s a very relaxing knit, simple stockinette, but the yarn keeps it interesting.

I love smart yarn!

Time to go check on my little Fry Guys.