Sunday, October 29, 2006


Hey, Melanie... Ever heard of spell check.

Thanks for pointing out the error guys!

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

stupid blogger

I'm fed up.

I'm moving.

Please come visit me.

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can anybody see this?

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My camera cord is missing. Which is a shame. I have lots of pictures to share... Erin's socks which I've started, but am almost certain I'll have to restart. (I think they're too wide.) I also have pictures of my black sea hat which is very near completion. I am one ball into Jenny's baby blanket. I am getting ready to attach the arms to the body of my pink sweater. And I need to upload better grey cardigan pictures. Oh well. At least once my camera cord surfaces I'll have enough post material to last for a while.

Until then, I leave you with this...

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My camera cord is missing. Which is a shame. I have lots of pictures to share... Erin's socks which I've started, but am almost certain I'll have to restart. (I think they're too wide.) I also have pictures of my black sea hat which is very near completion. I am one ball into Jenny's baby blanket. I am getting ready to attach the arms to the body of my pink sweater. And I need to upload better grey cardigan pictures. Oh well. At least once my camera cord surfaces I'll have enough post material to last for a while.

Until the, I leave you with this...

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006


I'm having an affair. With this. (which doesn't look near as neat as grumperina's.) I hope to have it completed within the next day or two. It certainly is cold outside!

I needed a break from the sleeves on DPNs. :-)

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Finished Object -- Grey Cardigan

It is done. I will get a better picture and add it to this post this week sometime.
Until then... here is the same picture from right below.

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Here are the stats.

What: Grey Raglan Cardigan from Ann Bud's Book of Sweater Patterns. I thoroughly enjoy this book. And am certain I'll use it again. It has EVERY size you can imagine in it. I do wish it had shaping included in the patterns, but I'll just have to get brave and try my own shaping on the next one.
Started: Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Finished: Saturday, October 21, 2006
Yarn: Cascade 220- a little more than 5 skeins. I really like this yarn and can't wait to use it again. It is VERY VERY warm. Slightly scratchy next to the skin, but not intolerable.
Needles: size 7 addis- 24" & size 7 bamboo DPNs for sleeves.
Lesson: It is my first completed garmet. I see that my finishing skills need practice, but am quite satisfied being as it's my first one. I even wore the sweater all day yesterday and I'm certain that I will wear it often. That, to me, is considered a success. The amount of satisfaction I had when I held it up after it's full completion was absolutely overwhelming. I think I have turned into a garmet knitter.
Recipient: Me.
Knitting Time: 23 hours 5 minutes
Pattern Changes: I changed the sleeves. There is no increasing, as I like my sleeves to either be belled or straight. My shoulders are not very big so I didn't want it pooching.

Well, what do you think?

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Saturday, October 21, 2006


Lookie here!

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Stats and more pictures to come. You have NO idea how many tries it took to get THIS crappy picture.

YAY. First sweater completed!

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Reinbeck and Sleeves

The sleeves for the hourglass sweater are coming right along. I am just above the elbows. I can't wait to see what this yarn looks like after a good blocking. It's a bit wrinkled (for lack of a better word) right now.

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I have been completely ignoring my 2nd October goal of starting on Erin's Knee High socks. I've certainly been thinking about them though. I'd love to knit them both at the same time on two circs, but am thinking that with the amount of yarn I need vs what I have that I should really knit them toe up. I've never done that either. So we're looking at two new methods. That's a little intimidating to me. So I picked up two sets of size 2 DPNs and I think I'll use MJ's method of knitting them at the same time. Toe up. I need to start those this weekend while the little guy is at his dad's. So hopefully I'll have progress to show you later besides the same pink sweater! :-)

Everyone going to Rhinebeck: Have SOOO much fun. Buy lots of yarn, take lots of pictures. Even though I've never gone I have such a great time reading about everyone elses adventures there. It's some of my favorite blog reading.

I need to find a local knitter who will travel with me next year! :-) Maybe I should start going to knit at nights at the lys. At least until school begins next semester and my time is not my own.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Hourglass & Roxy

Progress on Hourglass:

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Sleeves are coming right along. Trying to do both of them at the same time so that when they're done, they're done.

The raglan cardi has two new botton bands and a collar. All that's left to do is attach the bottons and sew the arm pits. I hope to debut it Monday at work. :-)

Does this look comfortable to you?
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Home Sweet Home Shawl

The shawl has been blocked and the ends have been woven in.

Here is the completed shawl before blocking:

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And after blocking:
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It still amazes me what blocking does for knitting. Especially lace. This home sweet home shawl is especially meaningful to me. It's sitting in my new home. The home I had waited a long time for. The home that is truly mine.

Anyway, here are the stats:

What: Home Sweet Home Shawl
Started: Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Finished: Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Yarn: Sock Memories in fly fishing. 5.5 skeins; I really like this yarn and can't wait to use it again.
Needles: size 5 clover bamboo
Lesson: First sucessful lace project. YAY!!! I'm ready to try lace weight yarn again. I really got a lot of fundementals down with knitting this lace project.
Recipient: Mine. All Mine.
Knitting Time: 35 Hours and 54 minutes. So roughly 36 hours.
Pattern Changes. I did 28 repeates instead of 35 as written. I'm tiny. It didn't need to be as long as it was written for.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

I love being wrong

How beautiful is this?

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It sewed up beautifully. I made it up to the yoke, so before I couldstart the sleeves I needed to find out what I was doing. turning the hem seemed like an impossibility but I tried it anyway. It hangs beautifully.

Also some news on my raglan cardi.

I managed to finish both of the button bands.

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Then to my absolute horror I realized I had miscounted and the 2nd and 3rd button were 3 stitches too close together! RIIPPPP...

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The side with the button holes took me 1 hour to knit. The plain side took me 45 minutes. I have only ripped out the side with the button holes, but I think I'm going to redo both sides. I think I needed to pick up two more stitches than I did. One at the top and one at the bottom.

I also started Jenny's Baby's blanket.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Knitted Hems

Anybody done any of these before? Sucesses? Failures? I'm starting to doubt my choice for following the pattern for my new sweater. I know you can unravel from the beginning and knit downwards... I'm wondering if I could be 2nd guessing myself too soon, though?

I'm knitting with mohair and it is knitting up incredibly airy and thin. I love the way it looks, but am wondering how much the stitching from turning the hem will show. I'm also a few days behind on the yarn harlot's blog and noticed her whole speech on rolled hems needing to be knit with smaller needles to keep from flaring. I wonder if the rolled hem is too much for this light yarn. Maybe a seed stitch would be better? Could I snip the cast on edge unravel to my purl round and then knit about an inch of seed instead. Will the "columns" line up correctly?


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I actually love knitting with this yarn SOOO much that if it weren't mohair I'd just rip it all and start over with a better "border." But seeing as it's mohair and won't unravel well, I'd like to unravel as little as possible.


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Monday, October 09, 2006

I need to quit my day job

... so that I can stay home all day and knit. I've decided this is the only way I'm going to get ANYTHING accomplished EVER!

I took two days of last Thursday & Friday. It was the first two days I've actually scheduled off since I started there December 19th of last year! Any days that I've missed thus far have been due to illness (either myself or Zander). And usually those have just been half days. I always managed to work something out.

Anyway, that's how I was able to get so much knitting accomplished this past weekend. I made the one goal of not doing ANYTHING while off work. Of course, I did do a few things. Grochery shopping, running errands, spending a day with Zander, cleaning, laundry. But every other moment was consumed by knitting and watching movies. I even refused to leave my house and go out with my best friend. I wasn't budging!!! I was knitting damnit!

Anyway, I managed to get the button band and buttons sewn onto my cardigan yesterday. (2 hours of knitting time!) Next is the collar. A lovely lady at my LYS showed me how to do a single(?) chrochet around the collar, but upon further discussion we decided a shallow knit ribbed collar would be the way to go. I think it will still be open enough, but will add a little more stability and shape. Maybe I'll get to that tomorrow. I'm not feeling like struggling with picking up stitches tonight.

I showed you that yarn that I bought for my friend's baby blanket the other day. I asked her today to make sure when she was due. 8 more weeks! I thought it was a Christmas baby! I have less time than I thought. I have 5 balls to knit in 8 weeks, which is .625 balls a week. I'd better get busy. The good news is that it's a bulky yarn (knit on size 15 needles) so it should go pretty quickly.

I also did a bit more unpacking tonight. I'm actually mostly unpacked. It seems to be the craft stuff that remains behind in boxes. I came across all my DMC floss. When Nick & I were married if I needed to go out of the house (but didn't have much money to spend-- which was ALWAYS the case) then I'd run up to walmart or A.C. Moore and grab a few dollars worth of embroidery floss to add to the collection. I'd really like to have all of them. I even have a spreadsheet with all the colors on it and how many I have (or don't have) with all of them. I'm such a dork!

Anyway, enough of my inchoerent rambling. I need to get back to knitting.

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

New Projects

So I casted off the home sweet home shawl. It still looks like a hunk of tangled yarn, so I'll block it before posting more pictures. So one sweater is blocking waiting for it's collar and button bands. So since I feel like I've casted off a whole bunch of projects. (okay 1 and a half) that I needed to get things to start 2 more. HA!

Look at the haul from today.
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The 4 hanks of blues on the left and the blue chibi is for my secret pal. I might share more about that later, but we'll keep a bit of mystery to it for now.

The blue at the top right is plymouth yarn's "Heaven." It's 100% nylon, but is sooo soft and machine washable. It's going to be a blanket for a girl at work who's expecting in December.

The pink is Kitten Mohair by SandesGarn. I felt like I needed pink in my stash. Of course, it's not really IN my stash as I've already cast on for the hourglass sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

So, regarding the post below... what about an icord collar for the cardigan... just give it a finished edge? Or maybe a crocheted edge would be more suiting? Of course, I don't know how to crochet, but I have heard that that collars can be crocheted on? Ha ha, am I an idiot... I have no idea, but I just keep looking at it on the floor as it's drying and I just love the neck the way it is.

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Friday, October 06, 2006



Here's the cardi as of now:
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Yeah, the picture is blurry-- deal with it. It was quite hard getting a picture without a flash in a bathroom with no window.

At first I was going to do a long fold over collar in 2x2 rib. But I really like how open the neck is. What can I do with the collar to keep it open and casual like it is?

Next thing I need your help/advice with:

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Blue to add some color? or celtic knots to add some personality?

HELP HELP HELP! I am SOOO psyched to finish this cardi and don't want it sitting forever.

Oh, as a side note, look at the little fun things I bought to paint for Zander. I'm going to hang them on his bedroom door.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Dead Battery & major accomplishments

My digital camera's battery died about a week ago, and it took me this long to find the charger for it. (It's charging now, so still no pictures-- you'll just have to take my word for it.)

Not only did I finish 1 sleeve for my cardigan this week, but I also finished the second, got them attached to the body and have started the raglan shaping. It's so exciting. This may be my first completed sweater!

I am going to the Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend. :-) Oddly enough I don't see "yarn" booths listed in the crafts area, but certainly there will be yarn there, right?! I certainly hope so!

Anyway, I'll be sure to post pictures of the cardigan right after my camera battery is done charging.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Secret Pal 9

It's secret pal 9 time. I've signed up and am PSYCHED about finding out who I'll be spoiling! :-) Here are my answers. Please let me know, dear secret pal, if you'd like to know anything else.

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I LOVE WOOL! wool/cotton blends are also nice. I don't do red heart acrylic. Ever.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
My DPNs are stored in a pencil box. My circulars are stored here:
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3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I learned to knit in childhood. Young childhood. I put it down. Pick it up for a while when I was 16. Put it back down again. Picked it up December of 2004. Unfortunately life got away from me for a bit this summer... but I'm back :-)

I'd consider myself an intermediate knitter.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
If I want a book I buy it.

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
I don't do vanilla and I don't do food flavored stuff. I like fresh scents like peppermint, melon, linens, etc.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Chocolate. I like English toffee and chocolate, shortbread.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
Cross Stitch. I've tried my hand at spinning. I have tons of unspun fiber though... I doubt I need anymore.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I have an Ipod. I love almost all kinds of music.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
Blues and Browns. I don't like red much. I love neutral colors and I feel like I need some pink in my stash.

10. What is your family situation?
My son, dog and I live together in a little, homy 2 bedroom apartment complete with a beautiful fireplace.

Do you have any pets?
Dog. Roxy.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Scarves, hats, mittens, Yup! Ponchos, no. I'm dieing for a pair of fair isle mittens.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I don't have a favorite. Whatever I feel like knitting. :-)

13. What are you knitting right now?
Right now I have socks, a shawl, 2 cardigans, and clapotis on the needles.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Of course. I've always wanted a hand knit gift, because I'd know how much time and effort and love went into making it. Especially a lace shawl or something fair isled. It'd be well loved.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Circulars. Addis or Clover Bamboo are my favorite/preferred needles.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Yes, both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
Clapotis. March 2005.

18. What is your favorite holiday?

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Yarn. My son collects hotwheels... I find myself checking them out for cool ones that he might not have.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I don't have any subscriptions. I don't really cheat myself when it comes to knitting. If I have the money I spend it. I do want to expand my selection of addi needles. And I'm kind of interested in trying the knit pick needles.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Fair isle.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
YES! from heel to toe= 9.5"; around the ankle= 8"-- I'm quite picky about the toes on socks. I've made several pair with the "decrease every other row" toes. But they're too pointy and they annoy the crap out of me. I like to decrease my toes ever single row so that they're flatter across the front.

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
May 26.

**As a side note... I love love love Knitpicks. I think their yarns are beautiful for such a fantastic price.

***As a 2nd side note... I am dieing to one day make the Irish Diamond Shawl from Folk Shawls. Seen here. and here. (In this link it's the green one... first shawl shown. and oh yeah, here. It takes A LOT of yarn. 2,200 yards at a gauge of 16 stitches and 24 rows= 4". Of course, I am a VERY petite person, so getting gauge wouldn't be essential... I could certainly use a SMALLER one and be just fine.

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

October Goals

September Goals:
1. Get halfway through The Home Sweet Home Shawl. Done.
2. Finish my cami socks. Done.

October Goals:
1. Finish Home Sweet Home Shawl. That's 7 repeats, which will take me roughly 9 hours.
2. Start Erin's *tall* socks
3. Finish one sleeve on grey cardigan.

This week was Zander's third birthday, so not much knitting was accomplished. I did get about 3 hours into a sleeve for my cardigan, but then decided it was about 3" too big. Rip. I think I shall go cast on for it again. Wish me luck.

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