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Snowcopolypse Knitting

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Knitters would think of any reason to start a project and/or have a knitalong. So….there are two blizzards headed your way?? Yes, I think it’s a great reason to cast on something.

I present…….my Snowcopolypse/Snowmageddon 2010 Shawl:

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This is the Conifer Shawl from the Winter/Spring 2010 issue of Knitscene. It would have probably been done if I didn’t leave it at mom’s house when I was at her place on Sunday the 7th. opps. But I got it back and hope to finish it soon.

I also finished the first sleeve on Abby’s Starlight Starbright Cardigan

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and I finally finished Courtney’s socks.

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Pattern: Serpentine Socks by Wendy D. Johnson from Socks from the Toe Up
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Fiesta Yarns Boomerang
Colorway(s): Sapphire
Needle(s): US 2 / 2.75 mm
Casted On: December 23, 2010
Casted Off: February 11, 2010
Modifications: I did a short row heel instead of a heel flap. no biggie

DSCF0934 This was my first time knitting with Boomerang. It’s a warm thick yarn for socks and I’m sure Courtney will love them. I have another skein in my stash and I’m sure they’ll making warm socks. But it wasn’t the most flexible or giving yarn. The resulting socks will be warm and very appreciated so that’s all that matters, right?

Ravelympics

The opening ceremonies for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver will be starting at 9pm EST and that is the precise time the Ravelympics will commence I have decided to knit Seneca out of Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Woo. Progress pics to come!

Happy Ravelympics everyone! Be safe!

Seriously, as someone who has had her share of tendonitis issues due to flute playing, if your hands hurt, STOP!

Snow, Roughing It & Ravelympic Poll

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

On Friday February 5, DC got hit with a record breaking snowstorm. See…lemme show you it from space

I did some research and found this out

Our big weekend storm surged Reagan National Airport’s seasonal total to 45″ with the balance of February and March yet to go. This places our current winter in position number three for the snowiest winters on record, behind 1995-96 (46″) and the big one, 1898-99 (54.4″). Of course, that all-time record was set at a more downtown location (M Street), so some may argue the higher elevation and location away from the Potomac was an easier accomplishment. But in my mind, that makes this potential record season all the more notable.

And on Friday night, at about 2250, Jermaine and I lost power that we did not get back till Monday morning. It was fun on Saturday. Jermaine and I played a hysterical game of Trivial Pursuit. But I have to say, as our apartment’s temperature was dropping, the fun was dissipating. I felt how cold Layla and Luna’s paws were through multiple blankets!

365.37 Mom and Ray got their power back on Sunday morning and invited the whole family up to their house. So Jermaine and the kittehs and I went up to mom’s house. I have to tell you it was the most stressful car ride of my life! Roads still weren’t clear making it so so stressful. I got out of the car, shaking and simply said two words to mom “booze please!” I have to say that my mom is pretty damn hip but it still had to be weird for her to hear her little girl request demand that!

I have to say, it was stressful being at someone else’s house. Especially knowing that they’re breaking their rental agreement allowing kittehs to stay the night. (I was nervous they would view the carpet as a scratching post :-SS ) That said, it was also great spending the night at home with my mom like old times, something I haven’t done since I graduated from college. We enjoyed watching the Super Bowl (Congrats, Saints!!) and said nighty nighty, like old times…I woke up and my sweet mom made me pancakes. How amazing was that? So there are parts of me that want to go back to my old life–working, relaxing at home….but there is a another part of me that really enjoyed the time I spent with mom and Ray. And popping by Dad’s place to make sure he was ok too. It was like we were all a team helping each other out. I went over to dad’s to help him out and we, in turn, borrowed his metal shovel.

Now I have a poll for Ravelympics  ;;)

Should I cast one of these sweaters?

Seneca (Ravelry Link)

or Henley Perfected (Ravelry Link)

These would be for the Sweaterboard Cross event. Only one, mind you. :-) It is either I cast on one of those lovely pullovers or I finish one Lace Cardigan in the WIP Dancing Event

this yarn…..so so so lucious

I am a sucker for these polls, so tell me what you think!!

What should my Ravelympics project be?
Sweaterboard Cross – Seneca by Jared FloodSweaterboard Cross – Henley Perfected by Connie Chang Chinchio

WIP Dancing – Botanical Lace Cardigan by Margaret Atkinson

Results

Sweaters, Cardigans and Hoodies, Oh my!

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

So I mentioned that I joined the International Knit a Sweater a Month Group on Ravelry and I’ve been thinking about what sweaters/cardis I should make for a long time.  Evidently I have a thing for lace sweaters

Lace Sweaters

The First is Lattice Lace Pullover by Laura Grutzeck from Knit So Fine: Designs with Skinny Yarn. I swatched for this sweater last summer but didn’t go beyond that. I have a wonderful collection of KnitPicks Gloss for this. This color looks great on me if I do say so myself :-* The second is a pattern I’ve wanted to knit for a long time–Apres Surf Hoodie by Connie Chang Chinchio from Interweave Knits, Summer 2008. I was originally going to use some KnitPicks Gloss but I am not a big fan of the color I dyed it with. Instead, for my birthday, I got a gift card from mom and Lindsey to the Loopy Ewe. With it, I got some Dream in Color Smooshy in the Plum Paisley colorway for this wonderful hoodie. The third sweater is Lace V-Neck Top by Pam Grushkin from Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2009. I have no idea what yarn I will knit this sweater with but I have to say–it would be nice if people on Ravelry would state the size they knit and how much yarn they used. grumble. :-& lt; Finally the fourth cardigan is Sabbatical by Connie Chang Chinchio. For a birthday present Jermaine got me a KnitPicks gift card and I got some Telemark with it. I got some of this yarn in the Aubergine color. How pretty!

Why am I thinking about these particular sweaters so early in 2010? Well lace sweaters have a tendency to take forever. I mean shooooooot—I got gauge on the Lattice Lace Pullover with US size 1.5s! That’s going to take some time!

These next two patterns will take some time as well–Autumn Rose by Eunny Jang (kit bought from Knitpicks) and Blackberry Cabled Cardigan by Alexandra Charlotte Dafoe. I got this wonderful yarn, Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool, from Fibre Space in Alexandria, VA.

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I don’t think the cabled cardi is going to take a looooooooong time perse but I’m still very excited to make it. The yarn is DELICIOUS!! I’ve already started swatching:

For the past few months, I’ve been considering countless sweaters.  These twelve, however, stick out the most:

Sweater Crazy
TOP ROW: Blackberry Cabled Cardigan, Apres Surf Hoodie, Lattice Lace Pullover, Autumn Rose SECOND ROW: Sabbatical, Lace V-Neck Top , Kelmscott, Henley Perfected THIRD ROW : Notre Dame De Grace, Seneca, Fair Isle Cardigan (With different colors, of course!), February Fitted Pullover

Of course these can change. I won’t start any of these until I get this wonderful cardigan done for lil Abby. I’m test knitting the Starlight, Starbright pattern by Kirsten Jensen. Christmas knitting and some other personal events got in the way of my completing this so I’m bound and determined to get this done….as well as some Christmas socks…still!

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I hope to have this completed really really soon.

Have a great night, everyone.

2009 in Review!

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Happy New Year!!

I hope you had a great New Year celebration. J and I welcomed two friends to our apartment we haven’t seen in a while. It was a great new years.

In the idea of nostalgia, here is what I completed knitting-wise in 2009

FOs for 2009 So, in review:

1 Cowl
2 Baby Sweaters
3 Pairs of Gloves
9 Pairs of Socks
2 Shawls
1 Hat
2 Cardigans

There is a part of me that is a little disappointed. Last year, I made 29 items and this year, it was 22. That said, I made more sweaters and cardigans and I’ve learned a ton. See…lookie. This year I also:

Steeked:
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Learned how to knit fair isle on two hands
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Learned Double knitting for a future finished object for Jermaine
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So yes, I wasn’t popping out finished objects as I used to in previous years but I’m still proud of myself and what I did in 2009.

As far as goals for 2010, I want to concentrate on sweaters, pullovers, cardigans. I seem to be in a huge sweater kick. I joined the IntSweMoDo2010 group on Ravelry. Sure, working on a wool sweater in July in DC won’t feel that fantastic but that’s where lace sweaters might come in :D

I have some sweaters in mind for this KAL but I’m still getting my thoughts together for it. But I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a KAL with very little rules as that is up to the individual knitter, which is nice, seeing as how I have work deadlines, not knitting ones :-)

Happy new year, everyone! Stay warm and happy knitting.

FO: Girl Friday for Mom

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Where have I been?
Knitting a ton for Christmas and I’m not even halfway there!

I’ve stuck to the list of projects previously listed…and I feel I’ve done a really good job of knitting these projects, but let’s just say I’m thankful I have patient friends who understand that I only have two hands ;)

But I did finish some projects and will continue to pop out FOs till they’re all complete. I finished mom’s Girl Friday on Christmas Eve Eve, just in time for when Jermaine and I went to go have dinner with her and Ray.

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Pattern: Girl Friday by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark from Knitty- Fall, 2009.
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Berroco Ultra Alpaca, 5.5 skeins = 1182.5 yards (1081.3m)
Colorway(s): Marsh Mix
Needle(s): US 7 / 4.5 mm
Casted On: October 29, 2009
Casted Off: December 23, 2009
Modifications: I made it longer. I was very inspired by Ravelry user, Sweatshopoflove’s Girl Friday (her blog) to make it longer. It was the look mom and I wanted. I have to say, there are areas of the sweater that are a little tight for her but, because it’s a lacey sweater, I’m confident that it will stretch out a little. Until then, mom said she wouldn’t be wearing something too too heavy underneath.

I was nagging Want to hear something funny? Dad and I went out on the 23rd to get buttons. We were walking to the car and I had a bizarre case of buyers remorse on the buttons. For whatever reason, I didn’t like them. Once we were in the car, Dad even asked, before he started the car up, if I wanted to return them. I said no and I went home and sewed them on. Care to know what mom’s first words after she opened the present? “What lovely buttons!” Laura=#:-S

Mom's Girl Friday Doesn’t it look great on her? I tell you–I was so so so nervous about giving this to mom. See, last time I gave a sweater to someone, Dad, and it was about two sizes too small for him. Of course this happens with a parent. Needless to say I didn’t want a repeat. But it looks great on her.

And isn’t that a cute couple picture??

Mom, this sweater was knit with a lot of love. I hope you love this sweater. God knows it will keep you warm! Love you!

Yarn Review for two Christmas Presents

Friday, November 6th, 2009

On October 29, I started a Christmas present–Girl Friday made out of Berroco Ultra Alpaca. This picture pretty much sums up how I feel about this wonderful yarn:

365.274 OK I used some alpaca yarn once about a year and a half ago and it shredded all over me. Unfortunately that turned me off of alpaca yarn for a while. Then I saw some folks on Ravelry who started the project with this yarn and started thinking about it. Mom wants a warm cardigan but it can’t be too bulky. This yarn’s alpaca content can provide some extra warmth without it being too heavy. I started this project and fell in love with this yarn. It’s so squishable and yummy! Here’s the progress so far

DSCF7897 I’m knitting this at a 4.75 stitches per inch gauge as opposed to the 4.5 stitches per inch as instructed in the pattern. I am knitting the pattern for the 37in chest size and. with these modifications, the size will be 35 inches. My friend Steph helped me with recalculating gauge:

(pattern bust size in inches) x (pattern gauge stitches per inch) / (YOUR gauge stitches per inch)= bust size in inches of YOUR sweater. For example: 37” x 4.5 spi/” / 4.75 spi = 35”

I’m really enjoying knitting this. It’s going by pretty quickly too so who knows when I’ll be posting a finished cardigan.

Project #2

Jermaine did something dumb. He put a vest on his Amazon.com wishlist. Just for kicks, I was looking at it and saw this said vest and that’s when the monster came out >-) .  hehehe I sketched some versions of cabled vests for him to pick from.

scan0055 I do, in fact, doodle on something called a Doodle Pad. HaHa L-) Those squigglies represent where the cables would go. 1-many in parallel rows with equal spaces between them, two bigger cables on each side, one up the middle to follow the v-neck, or that last one with cables on each side. Jermaine picked out the fourth option. I will be spending some time with my favorite knitting book and an Aran Cable book to develop a vest for him for Christmas out of this lovely yarn:

DSCF7738 Does anyone know any suggestions about knitting a garment for a significant other with whom you live and still trying to maintain the surprise aspect? ;))

Have a great weekend everyone!

Dad’s Cardigan

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

On September 26, I completed Dad’s Cardigan. He put his right arm in and it didn’t fit.

KNITTING FAIL….again

I felt terrible. The cardigan was short on him and the sleeves were downright tight.

But then Dad got in touch with his inner clothing designer MacGyver.

Long Story Short–he stretched the hell out of it. AND IT FITS!

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Pattern: Set-In Sleeve Sweater – Adult Cardigan by Ann Budd from a Knitters Book of Sweaters
My Ravelry Page
Yarn(s): Valley Yarns, Goshen, 13 skeins
Colorway(s): Dark Blue
Needle(s): US 5 / 3.75 mm
US 7 / 4.5 mm
Casted On: July 23, 2009
Casted Off: September 26, 2009
Modifications: I followed the pattern and, of course, if I were to make it again, I’d probably modify it so that it wouldn’t be snug on dad. I mean it fits well but I know he would want it a little looser. Anyway, I did a button band that is described in Mary Townsend’s Rogersque Cardigan

DSCF3125 Just want to thank dad for not giving up on this sweater. To be honest, I was looking yarn for attempt number four as soon as dad left my apt.  So thanks Dad. I wish it fit better but hey…if you’re happy with it, then so am I!

And might I brag for two seconds–

DSCF3124 THIS stresses me out to no end–sewing the sleeves into the shoulders. Puckering can happen so easily and nothing screams “this is a homemade hot mess” more than puckering sleeves. :-) I’ve improved this rather  hard process and it looks great. yay! and yes, the collar is a little twisted. Opps Merry early Christmas Daddy! I hope you like this!

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I’m starting to really get into the challenge of sweater making. I’m learning a great deal about shaping. Even learning from mistakes (There’s hope for me, people ) I joined a group on Ravelry and I hope there will be a similar cardigan/pullover knit along for next year– NaKniSweMoDo. I will be very much up to it! Here’s my Cassidy that I am knitting out of Tess’ Merino Wool. It feels so damn squishy and comfy!!

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With all this sweater talk, I still have a great deal of love for the socks Next, I’ll show you my current sock progress

Starting things…doing it well akshully :-)

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

I can’t stop starting things and ya know what? don’t feel the slightest bit bad about it. I’m making wonderful progress still on many of these projects and that’s really all I can ask for.

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Dad's cardigan back

One might look at this and call it a boring stockinette cardigan. I can get that however I’m making it out of Valley Yarns Goshen and it feels absolutely wonderful. It’s a cotton, modal, silk blend. If you’re looking for a worsted weight cotton yarn, it’s definitely something you should consider.

Like I said here, I started a Botanical Lace Cardigan with some lovely Brooks Farm Solo Silk. It looks like a great cardigan to throw on in my cold office.

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one word - yum

Here is my mom’s Christmas or Birthday present…she has turned into a sock feign and I can actually accommodate. Mom, as much as I love her, is the hardest person to shop for so I couldn’t be happier about this.

DSCF5997 This sock is a little twisted but it’s because I have already turned the heel.

I am making pretty good progress on projects already mentioned too. Abby’s Cardigan isn’t the most portable project in the world with eight skiens attached to it but even with that it’s turning out well. I turned the heel on my stockinette sock from the Loopy Ewe Second Anniversary kit. Again, the yarn feels heavenly.

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DSCF6003 There are two socks I’ve had on the needles for a very long time. My stockinette stocks made from Mini Mochi feels like there’s some mohair in it. It doesn’t really have it but it feels like it, it’s not all that pleasant in DC during the month of August to knit with it. My Bauldiere socks are coming along very slowly and I have no idea why. Love the yarn. Love the pattern. Love the combination of the two and yes I know it’s hard to match the two. No excuse really.

And ya know with all these projects on the needles, I don’t have any quams starting these two socks–Merino Lace Socks or these Toasty Twist Socks. Why not? I’m making progress and am happy about it

Merino Lace Socks Toasty Twist Socks

I have some lovely Dream in Color Smooshy for the Merino Lace Socks and maybe some Noro sock yarn for the latter? Don’t quite know yet but that’s the most exciting part right?

From Finishing to Staritis

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Now I’m starting things left and right as opposed to finishing them and you know what? I’m enjoying the whole thing. I understand…trust me I’ve been there…how starting projects can seem like that’s all you’re doing. But it ain’t like that. :-)

yes...i know This will grow up and be a Cherished Pullover. So far I’m am LOVING watching this evolve. I feel that, at all times, I need to have something lacey, stranded and something for mah feet on the needles at all times.

Which brings me to my boss’ present

Patti's Scarf so far I have no idea under what occasion I’d give this to her–she’s not a fan of Christmas nor her birthday, which is fine. So I think I’ll give it to her cuz it’s the third Wednesday in August or something :-) The pattern is called the Strangling Vine Lace Scarf. It’s very simple but still quite pretty. Patti loves scarves in the winter as she uses them to accessorize every outfit so I know this will be appreciated.

DSCF5745 This? A pair of stockinette socks. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the combination of black white and red and I also wanted to go stash diving to use the Loopy Ewe 2008 Anniversary kit yarn, Handmaiden Casbah in the Loopified colorway. It’s such a lucious yarn. Feels fantastic! At first I was going to make Fawkes with it. Great pattern but it just didn’t go well with the yarn. Then I thought “maybe a ribbed pattern?” That didn’t work. So I stuck to stockinette. I’m enjoying watching the stripes form too.

And yes, I mentioned before how much I want to start making more garments. Trust me the temptation is SO THERE to start one but I just bought some Goshen in Navy for my THIRD attempt at a cardigan for my dad. I’ll be using The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes & Gauges as my guidance for this cardigan and with some luck, Dad will have a cardigan by Christmas.

Happy Wednesday everyone :-)

My Queue of Sorts

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Ravelry has  a feature called a Queue. My philosophy with this feature is quite simple. I like It, I queue it. Because of this, it has resulted in quite a lengthy queue. teehee (It got that way through a ton of friend stalking on Ravelry. I use that feature a lot too to find lovely patterns)

So I go queue crazy but I have very little order, if any, to it. So in an effort to gain some and to do some stash diving I will share some upcoming projects.

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will soon be knit into the Cherished Pullover for little Abby for Christmas

Courtesy of Renee at http://froggiemeanie.blogspot.com

Stranded projects are always so much fun for me. While I love making hats and gloves, it’s about time I experience a steek. I have a feeling it will be very much like my first time on a roller coaster. First time I feel like I’m going to die and I get off the ride and say “that’s it?” This fall might be the time to do eeeet!

I seem to very much be in the garment type mode right now. I’m enjoying knitting components of sweaters. Socks are great but they’re just not doing it for me right now at least. Some upcoming cardigans/sweaters:

Botanical Lace Cardigan

Shawl Collar Pullover

Nympheas Tee

Josephine Top

Hilja Vest (or this might just be a shawl. I dont know yet)

Apres Surf Hoodie. My buddy Steph really wants to cast on for this and it’s totally worn off on me. :-)

I’m also making the Lattice Lace Pullover in KnitPicks Gloss. Whether I work on Apres or Lattice Lace, a nice challenging lace top will soon be in the works. I don’t think I would be able to work on two lace tops though.

As far as lace shawls, I have been eying patterns quite a bit. I’ve been making a lot of triangular shawls and I think I want to move to rectangular ones. Triangular ones get overwhelming towards the end because the rows just get bigger and bigger. Oy. Since it’s so cold in my office, shawls are not only a nice accessory but they provide much needed warmth.

None of these are set in stone but I’ve had my eyes on these pullovers

This is by no means set in stone but it’s nice to organize some of my stash. It’s also great to be stash diving…to be using yarn I got a few months ago and telling it that it will soon be a pullover :-)

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