November 30, 2008
A Possible List
- Araucania Nature Wool for BPT or possibly Drops 103-1
- Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran for Saddle-Shoulder Aran Cardigan WG 63/SO 49
These are just sweaters that I have the yarn for in my stash. I have enough yarn for a three or four more but they are all fingering weight so it's not at all realistic. There are also my three sweaters still on the needles, GLMC, Auburn Camp Shirt and Marianne, all knit in fingering or lace-weight yarn. I'd also love to knit the February Lady Sweater and/or Bountiful Bohus during this challenge and probably a dozen more sweaters so there will definitely be a lot of shuffling of this list. But this is the start.
These are all Ravelry links. At this point I assume everyone has joined.
November 29, 2008
Pattern: Syncopated Caps by Kate Gilbert, Summer '07 IK
Yarn: Blue Moon Socks That Rock Medium-weight in a Rare Gems colorway and undyed Henry's Attic Kona Superwash
Needles: Crystal Palace US2 circulars and dpns
Notes: When I started the pattern I thought, "The ribbing's done on the same needle? Won't that be a problem?" I then promptly ignored that thought and knit the hat. Yes, the ribbing section is a little baggy. Overall I'm really happy with my stranding. My tension is very even and I love the way the pattern looks with this yarn combo.
November 28, 2008
It's Crazy But It's My Kind of Crazy
November 27, 2008
Thursdays are for What the Hell is This? Thanksgiving Edition
November 26, 2008
With my socks and baby dress and all the kid knitting done I was ready to start a new project. I have been promising Wes another hat for a while. I had planned on making this hat. After looking at the sizing and reading the comments about it on Ravelry I didn't think I would be able to make a hat to find Wes's huge head without completely changing the pattern. Instead I turned to Syncopated Caps by Kate Gilbert from the summer '07 IK. I'm using a skein of Socks That Rock in the medium-weight and some Henry's Attic Kona Superwash. The STR is a Rare Gems skein I got at OFFF this fall. The Henry's has been in the stash for years. I'm liking it and feeling hopeful that it will fit.
November 25, 2008
Evening Stockings for a Young Lady
Pattern: Evening Stockings for a Young Lady from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Wasonga by Curious Creek
Needles: US1 Addi Lace
Notes: I knit these pretty much as written. I shortened the top ribbing slightly. I also shortened the heel flap. The yarn obscures the pattern more than I was expecting.
Little Sister's Dress
Pattern: Little Sister's Dress by Tora Frøseth Design
Yarn: Handspun Navajo-plied merino (fiber from The Artful Ewe)
Notes: This is a very simple, fun little project. The yarn was spun by me. Very badly spun. I overspun the singles. I underplied the yarn. It biases very strongly which you can see in the bottom photo. The colors, dyed by Heidi Parra, are still wonderful though.
November 24, 2008
I took a bunch of photos of Isabella this weekend with the camera resting on the floor. (Note: Next time I do this I should clean the floor first.) I love these because they really convey the enormity of this dog. Plus her silly and sweet disposition.
It's Gone Now, You're Safe
On the plus side he is actually wearing the sweater. He has worn it every day since I finished it. He kind of views it as outdoor-wear so he puts it on when he's going out. This morning when I came down to breakfast he was wearing it! And he's wearing the mittens too. He probably would have worn the hat to school today too if I had woven in the ends on time.
I'm so excited about this that I want to make him another sweater. I almost asked him a few times but held myself back. If he's still wearing the sweater all the time in a few weeks I'll check with him about a second one.
Now I'm back to finishing up some projects. My socks have just an inch to go before the toe. My baby dress is packed to take to knitting tonight. If I have a good night of knitting I might complete them both.
Little Blue Leftovers Hat
Yarn: Leftover Madil Merino Mix 100 and Lana Grossa Bingo
Needles: US5 and 8 Addi Turbos
Notes: I knit the blue section at the movies and ran out of yarn twenty minutes before the movie ended. I had intended to do stripes in the top portion. When I got home I began the red section and found a few yards left of the blue to throw in. I decreased steeply because I was worried about running out of yarn.
November 23, 2008
Pattern: Target Wave Mittens from Knitting Nature
Yarn: Lana Grossa Bingo and Madil Merino Mix 100
Needles: US6 Addi Turbos and US8 Britanny double points
Notes: If I knit these again I would knit the cuff and the top in the round then pick up the "target" area and knit that in the round as well. I would also eliminate one stripe from the thumb as it's too long. Otherwise a very easy though intriguing pattern.
November 22, 2008
Bohus in Minnesota
I had yarn left from the super bright sweater so now I'm making some matching super bright mittens. This is the Target Wave Mittens from Knitting Nature It's an intriguing pattern but has some drawbacks, like seaming. Who wants to seam mittens? Not me which is why this seam has yet to be sewn. I also think the thumb could be a few rounds shorter.
November 21, 2008
Red Red Raglan
Photos taken before the ends were woven in.
Pattern: Seamless EPS Raglan
Yarn: Madil Merino Mix 100 and Lana Grossa Bingo
Needles: US7 and 8
Notes: I whacked this together with very little thought or planning. The front of the neck could be lower but I'll live. I used a tubular bind off on the neckline which makes for a very stretchy edge.
When One Door Closes Another Opens?
November 20, 2008
Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?
Your eyes are not deceiving you. That is a (very young) girl in a bra and tap pants with suspenders wearing a titanic garter stitch scarf. If I might make a suggestion to any of you who find yourself chilled while lounging in your dainties you might consider putting on clothing instead of a huge scarf. Just a thought.
November 19, 2008
November 18, 2008
Why Must They Torture Us?
Only 8 more months. Sigh...
Labels: Harry Potter
TNNA San Diego?
November 17, 2008
Promiscuity Will Get You Nowhere
Evening Stocking for a Young Lady: I have turned the heel on the second sock. Just need a few hours to finish this one off.
Hexagon Blanket: I have squared up two sides. This took a lot of time and trial and error to understand what spaces needed to be filled in to make a rectangle. I believe I know what I need to do to complete this project. This makes me feel like it should already be done since I've already completed it in my mind. Instead I think I still have about a third left to knit.
Merino Baby Dress: I reknit the body and cast off last week. It's been sitting waiting for me to finish up the edging on the the armholes and neck opening.
Sock Yarn Blanket: I pulled this guy out of the trunk last night when I went to the movies. It's getting really big but I still think it won't be done for a few more years.
Red Red Raglan: On Friday my younger son told me that he wanted a sweater. A red sweater. I pulled some REALLY RED yarn that I got for him a few years ago and cast on for a seamless raglan. I started it on Saturday afternoon. The body is done and I have just started the sleeves. The yarn, Merino Mix 100 by Madil, is discontinued. It's a real shame. It's a wonderfully squishy, drapey yarn that knits up beautifully and is machine-washable. I'm glad I stashed this one. I'm a little worried that I won't have enough to complete the sweater so I brought my son by the shop yesterday to pick out a color of Bingo to use for stripes in the yoke. He picked a very bright blue to go with the intensely vivid red. It's a color palette that proudly declares, "I was selected by an 8 year old boy!"
So which project should I work on tonight at Purlygirls? I can't decide so I'm bringing them all.
November 16, 2008
November 14, 2008
That's What I Meant
Younger Son: Mom, can you help me? My zipper is damned.
November 13, 2008
Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?
Just remember when you're slapping that handknit on to put it on right side up.
Otherwise you end up with a model looking like a demented elf.
November 12, 2008
One Year Later
One year ago we brought Isabella home. 30-40 pounds later she has become a part of our family and gives us so much joy.
Pattern: Cthulhu from Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden
Yarn: Renaissance by Classic Elite
Hook: Size F
Notes: Instead of gluing on Fimo eyes as shown in the book I bought some matte, flat buttons and a paint pen. It was quick and easy and I'm less worried about Cthulhu losing an eye while playing with the boys.
Ahhh. Much better.
November 11, 2008
Now It Relates to Knitting
Straighten Up and Knit Right
I discussed on the last podcast that I wanted to knit the half-hexagons on one edge so I would have a straight line and some kind of guidepost about where to go next. I've been knitting pretty randomly on this thing and can't ever seem to get my bearings. Of course the first half-hexagon I knit went in the wrong place. Ugh. I ripped it out. By the time I went to bed last night I had two done and the start of a straight line. It needs some steam because it doesn't look too straight yet.
I'm all fired up to get this done now!
Labels: Hexagon Blanket
November 10, 2008
Back in the Pot!
I can't seem to capture the super-glow-in-the-dark-screaming-neon-hold-me-mommy-I'm-scared-toxic-waste aspect of this yarn on camera. But, believe me, it's there. I put it back in the dyepot and will try to tone it down with a bit of black.
November 9, 2008
The Great Cthulhu Requires Eyes
That went fast. Now he needs eyes. The ones in the book are made with Fimo then glued on. But the boys would knock them right off. We've discussed buttons and they are interested in painting buttons to look like the eyes in the book. Need to go to the craft store for supplies.
Yellow Plus Black Makes Green
A little eye-searing. I'm going to wait until it dries and see if I can live with it. Otherwise I toss a little black over it to tone it down.
November 8, 2008
My World is Green (Except for the Scarf)
My first scarf is off the loom. It's got some issues. I do love the colors though. I need to get started ASAP on my next and final class project.
100% angora handspun from a hand-dyed roving purchased at The Artful Ewe. It was a pleasure to spin. I'm happy with my plying. Now I need to wash it and beat it up a bit to full it and fluff it up.
Evening Stockings for a Young Lady. The first one kind of dragged on. The second one is knitting up really quickly. I will have loads of yarn left and am thinking up something fun to do with it.
My younger son has been begging me to make a Cthulhu doll for him for months. Finally got started this afternoon.
Would you say I'm in a green phase?
November 7, 2008
November 6, 2008
Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?
Pierre Cardin has lost his shit.
November 4, 2008
Drill Baby Drill and Twill Baby Twill
Then I started weaving my scarf. This is a warp-faced twill.
My beating is *ahem* a tad uneven. I blame the partly textured warp for some of that. The rest is my fault.
I'm off to work. Go vote is you haven't yet.
November 3, 2008
November 2, 2008
Knitting for Obama
Peanut the Second Has Found a Home
Peanut was given to Susanna at the retreat. Here he is on her bed blending right in literally and figuratively.
What a great week.
We stopped at FOUR yarn shops on the way to the retreat. The first was The Artful Ewe. I gave in and splurged on 3 ounces of hand-dyed angora top. I was a little anxious about how well I could spin it but it was so easy to work with. I was able to spin and ply the whole thing during the retreat.I ended up with about 210 yards of sport/dk yarn. It's really soft and lovely. I'm very pleased.
I finished the baby dress. Then I realized that you shouldn't do centimeters to inches conversions in my head at 2 am. The dress is several inches shorter than it should be. I can't decide between ripping out the last 15 rows and bind off and reknitting or cutting them off and grafting them back on later.
I worked a lot on my hexagon blanket. It's getting bigger and more blankety.
I bought a lot of yarn at the stash sale.
I bought a lot of books and magazines at the stash sale.
I had a wonderful time. Next year I'm going for a full week!