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Saturday, January 26th, 2013
10:15 am
jayne hats
So, the hubby is pretty danged certain that I adapted whatever pattern I used before, because we did screen shots and stitch counts.

This came up when I did the same again.

Will have to write it down this time.

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Sunday, February 20th, 2011
8:20 am
slow down
I hit a snag with the Athena tunic. Gauge was off and I had to frog. Rip it! Rip it!

While I mulled, I worked on Russell's first sock and started Kevin's second sock.

I finally got brave enough to restart on smaller needles and the test seems to be going well. I love this comfort yarn. I may buy more for other projects, it is really luscious for a man-made yarn. It must be the nylon!
Monday, February 14th, 2011
12:30 pm
Valentine's Day
After filling out the classroom valentines with my son last night I went to bed thinking of a knitted Valentine. They seem to always feature lace hearts and I was thinking about that as I drifted away.

I woke with a much simpler version -- based on GreatAunt Thelma's dishcloth pattern -- knit on a point in garter stitch with an eyelet edge. Every knitter should make ten million of those at some point in their life. I know I have made quite a few.

I knit this up over coffee and morning cartoons with the youngest and presented it to my very own Valentine -- my darling husband Kevin who enables my yarn addiction and is encouraging my spinning and dyeing tendencies. Where would I be without my farm boy?

But I digress. Here's my adaptation:

CO 3
K1, yo, knit to end.
Repeat until 21 stitches on needles.
K1, yo, k2tog, knit to end for 2 rows
K1, yo, k to end for 2 rows (23)
K1, yo, k2tog, knit to end for 4 rows
K1, yo, k11, turn
*k2tog, yo, k2tog, k8
K2tog, yo, k2tog, k7
K1, yo, k2tog, k8
K2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to end until 3 stitches remain.
Bind off.*
Pick up 1 stitch at center and and join yarn. Repeat italicized portion.

I don't know if it will work up in acrylic because something about the wool made it sort of "bend" at the top with the placement of the decreases. I'm pretty pleased with how it came out -- and now I'm wondering if I could felt one with decent results...
Saturday, February 12th, 2011
11:33 pm
O grey-eyed Athena!
The socks-for-my-sweeties are nearing an end. I have both Morgan's done, one each of Kevin's and Russell's. Time for a break from that and, huzzah, my yarn for the Athena tunic has arrived!

Knit up the test swatch and it is pretty dead on. Charted the cable pattern, mostly for my sanity. I just can't keep the abbreviations straight in my head. Looks pretty straightforward. While I am swatching, I am going to just do one repeat to make sure I "get" it.
Sunday, February 6th, 2011
8:07 pm
testing, testing...
Busy knitting time. I wish I felt this motivated about other areas of my life!

After the last few knit-on-the-fly, patternless garments for the kids, I signed up to do my first pattern test. It wais tremendous fun: Here is a place where my speed knitting really comes in handy. I got the test done in a day or so, then washed it up and took pictures.

Morgan was thrilled to have a new skirt, but not keen on all the measuring.

I liked it so well, I signed up for another test. That is a tunic, for me. I am considering what yarn to use. The design calls for Berroco Comfort... I have wanted to try that yarn. I may order some just for the project.
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
1:03 am
delightful surprises
Working on my first test pattern with good success. I am enjoying the process of learning the pattern and giving feedback. The designer has been very eager and responsive.

On my Twitter a friend posted a link to an article about Beowulf socks. I had to read it. Then I added it to my Ravelry queue. When my sweetheart had a moment I shared it with him. Then I wandered away to take a bath.

He purchased the pattern. He saved a copy in the proper folder. AND he printed a copy. On cardstock. If I weren't already married to him I would propose.
Sunday, January 30th, 2011
11:14 pm
Sparkly Princess Dress
My darling four-year-old daughter saw the yarn daddy bought for mommy and immediately had IDEAS. "I want a sparkly princess dress like Belle!" *sigh* I don't think one skein of this novelty yarn is going to accomplish that!

So I did my usual: I cruised around for a pattern that would kinda sorta approximate what I had in mind. Berroco had one that was pretty close -- something sorta fluffy at the bottom and something sort of smooth and basic on the top. Their yarn must be some seriously chunky weight stuff because they were using size 17 needles! I can't go bigger than about 13 before I feel retarded and awkward.

Here is what I've wound up with:

1 skein of Fling in the olive/lavender/violet colorway
A little more than half the skein of Guernsey wool in Olive
1 skein of a rope-y yarn in lavender that was gifted to me by Susan Weisman Callihan -- I don't have the ball band to consult but it's a nice worsted weight with good loft and a nice soft hand. And the color match is amazing.

Cast on 72 stitches with a backward loop cast on using both Fling and Guernsey carried together on the size 13 needles. Knit every stitch in every row until the Fling runs out. That got me 36 rows and left a nice tail for seaming up.

Switch to size 8 dpns and continue with the olive Guernsey wool for three "foundation" rounds. Switch to the lavender viscose and knit plain.

So far I'm 4 inches up and I've got at least another 4 to go. I haven't decided yet whether this will get straps or a proper tank top. I originally envisioned it with a scoop neck and a low back like a leotard but the limitation of the work may be the amount of yarn I have when I get enough of the bodice made to suit me.
Saturday, January 29th, 2011
10:31 am
DH had a lunch down in Columbus yesterday. I gave him a Starbucks gift card and encouraged him to make a day of it. Go to a bookstore, stop by Penzey's for some 4S... by the way The Yarn Shop is right there, in case you want to buy me some yarn...

He came home with the new Make magazine, tonic water, some new spice blends, and 200 g of yarn. 100 grams are Crofter DK, which bills itself as fair isle effects. The other two skeins are silky wool and some funky green and purple stuff.
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
9:02 am
projects, projects, projects!
Ok, last night was my second time at the local SnB. I really like the ladies I have met so far, and I already feel myself starting to relax and let the pressure of speech subside.

Morgan has pulled one of my needles out of the blue isis shawl. I am heartsick, but I will probably be able to recover. I cast on a pair of simple socks, with my first self-striping yarn. I got about four inches in when I realized that turning the heel will mess up the pattern. So, I am going to do a replaceable heel, probably in another color.

I finished the vest for Russ last week, but stalled on sewing the zipper. Last night he told me he wanted to wear it to school, so I sewed it in, onl to realize it is an inset zipper not a coat zipper. Whoops! He wanted it so much, he wore it anyway - I tacked down the ends so it looks finished and promised him a trip to JoAnn's.
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
11:01 am
stitch'n bitch
There is a group of ladies that do a knitting night up here near the farm. I went last week and I think I will go this week. I am stopped on most of my projects, though. I need to decide: Take Isis or start the socks I was thinking of doing...
Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
6:07 pm
knitting mishaps
So, yesterday was Morgan's first dance class. Leotard, tights, ballet shoes... we are waiting outside the studio room when my husband points out one of the other girls has legwarmers. By bedtime, Morgan has a special request: Can you make me some? Sparkly ones?

So, I looked up a cute pattern and I pulled that fuschia sparkly yarn out of my stash and I knit one up last night (until the power outage). I was a little disappointed in the pattern, because it has a skip in it, between the repeats. The even number of stitches and the placement of the decrease means the yo doesn't line up on the repeat.

Got up this morning, ate a half of a donut and took a few swigs of coffee, and I started the second one. It was a quick knit up, and all was well. Except... around the third repeat I began to realize the lace lay open instead of having the ridge. This makes the pattern flow better but, why? Oh.... Shit.

I was so excited, I did all k2tog decreases instead of ssk! This means that I could get the same smooth spiral by changing the decreases.... I double-checked my pattern. Yep, that would be the opposite of the design. I like the fabric texture better.

After finishing, I let Morgan wear them. I haven't blocked them at all. With a bit of wear, they seem more similar. Hmmm.
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
10:48 am
As usual, I got bored with endless repeats of lace. My son is outgrowing his winter wardrobe. These combined to make me itch to make him something.

I have an old ufo that I have had in the baskets for almost a decade. It was intended to be a sweater for my dad, who is allergic to wool. An early experiment in knit to fit, patternless work. Sadly, I also was trying out brioche stitch. So, my gauge was WILDLY off despite a swatch because the bigger the piece the BIGGER the piece. I wound up with a sweater back that was wide enough to be the whole work. I kept telling myself I could modify the shaping and use the fabric, but after ten years, a divorce, two kids, a marriage and three moves it has not happened.

So, we frogged. I set the ball winder up on the kitchen counter and Russ wound the yarn into balls while I ripped and ripped it. Felt good. Russ had a blast. He loved seeing the yarn wind up into big balls. It makes me think we should do a thrift store run, looking for quality yarn used in ugly sweaters so I can show him remaking.

Russ requested a vest. Knit plain. With a round collar and pockets. I have knit it to fit, it took about three days so far, although I was ill two of them. He measures at 28" around chest and waist-over-jeans. I knit a swatch that gave me 5 stitches to the inch in unstretched 1 x 1 ribbing and stockingette.

So, I did 28 x 5 for my cast on stitches. I knit my ribbing for about an inch and a half, then I switched to stockingette. I added one stitch by knitting into front and back loops every 20 stitches. (145) Then I knit plain to the armpit.I did a dividing row - knit 32, bind off 3, knit 75, bind off three, knit 32.

Now, of course, I had to join two more balls. I continued the armhole shaping by doing paired decreases at the arm holes on every knit row for several inches. When I got closer to the top, I started neck and shoulder shaping. It was all improvised.

I've picked up stitches around the neck and done another inch or so of ribbing. Same with the arm holes. All that remain now are the pockets and the front - button band or zipper?
Monday, January 10th, 2011
11:33 pm
obsessive lace knitting
I am about halfway through my third corner expansion on the Isis. I am in the sweet spot, where I have figured out the pattern enough to "see" where I am, but not yet to the pace where I am bored silly. I have opted not to add the beads, I think I will bead the border to give it a little weight. I am fantasizing about adaptations that I might make the next time I knit this pattern. (I may make a small one for a certain 4 year old...)
Thursday, January 6th, 2011
1:56 pm
Isis rebooted
Hmm. I got to row 58 and realized I was making a recurring pattern mistake. I ripped out all the offending rows... back 40 rows.

This time, I'm to row 75 with no issues. I'm using stitch markers and rolling right along. When I ran out of space on the dpns, I switched to bamboo skewers.

If the yarn didn't tangle so easily, I'd be in heaven.
Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
10:59 pm
Oh! You can knit?!?
Today I cast on for my shawl. Dad bought me the yarn for giftmas, and I'm very excited about using a quality laceweight yarn on a lace pattern. I have done heavier lacework, but this is my first truly FINE project. I've got a preliminary picture, of the first 18 rows, on Ravelry and Facebook.

I was so excited about the new project, I carried it with me to the Ba-Con meeting. There, one of my colleagues on that committee noticed the work. She became very excited and asked me if I could make something for her. She's trying to do a costume from a bit of Chinese cinema (The White Witch in the embedded video.)

She seems to think the sleeves from the elbow down are knitted lace with some sort of fringe. I will have to find some close-ups to see......... and if it is... to chart the pattern.
Saturday, January 1st, 2011
12:58 am
impulse purchase/impulse project
So, I went to drop my son off to spend New Year's Eve with his dad. The meeting was supposed to be at a bookstore, but they are gone. However, a JoAnn's was there...

And so, I returned home with sale yarn. I limited myself to 2 skeins of sock yarn and one skein of "fuchia sparkle" for Morgan. I was thinking about her begging my SiL to use some pink baby blanket yatn to make her some gloves. I thought she would love it.

And, she did. She loved the skein. She hugged it. She wanted to put it on her head. A few hours later, she asked if I could make a headband. Or a necklace.

To Ravelry!
Friday, December 31st, 2010
8:13 am
the crown
After 11" of ribbing, the crown is done in stockinette. I find I am curious how that will look. I am almost there... seven more rounds.
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
12:15 am
So, here I am, knitting along... working my k1p1 ribbing for 4". I get there, double and triple measure, and pull out the pattern.

The pattern I thought I was making says knit for 2 inches on 108 stitches. I have 136. Uh oh.

After some examination, and a consultation with Kev, we think he was knitting the watchcap and not the beanie. That, my friends, is 11" of ribbing before shaping.

And so.... I am now past half of that... about 6" done so far.
Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
12:28 am
resurrection of ufo
There is a whole long backstory, but the simple version is that my darling husband started knitting himself a cap, and after a year of ufo status, has asked me to finish it.

And so, it doubled in size tonight while we watched Castle.
Monday, December 27th, 2010
11:30 pm
surviving the holidays
Well, here is my gift-knitting scorecard:

Vaughn - I give the sweater a B-. It was great overall, but the size was too big. Then, I got eager and I fulled it... slightly past the mark. I have crafter's remorse.

Russ: Happy kid with new slippers. A-. Slightly too large, but less than half a shoe size.

Basket trinkets: I enjoyed doing them. The siblings made no comment on them. I try not to read into that non-response. I give these a solid A. Anyone who doesn't get it, well that is their problem.
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