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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lapsed Blogging. AND Knitting. Again.

It's like ordering too much food when you're starving and realizing half-way through the meal that you over-did it. I have sooooo many projects going, not only in real life, but also in my imagination, I become overwhelmed and stall out. That plus lots of summer traveling, plus living in a small New York City apartment with husband and Boston Terrier equals many unfinished knitting projects.

BUT I am determined:

*to finish the incomplete projects
*to knit up all the yarn in my stash
*to sell all the yarn I know I will never use
*to knit up all those great projects in my Ravelry queue


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Lapsed Blogging

I've really been bad.
Hard to keep up with the blogging.
(I still struggle with flossing.)

I'll update this weekend with photos and thoughts on my current project:
Marie Wallin's Lily of the Valley cardigan.
Rowan Magazine 45.

Love this sweater!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

my nose tastes good

my nose tastes good
Originally uploaded by willaflypics
Found this in the archives. Brutus, early in his first summer. I think he was probably around 4 months old here. He's 4 years old now. Still cute, but I miss those floppy ears.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Annie's Kerchief Scarf

Third time's a charm:
Annie's Kerchief with notes
Again, this is a modification of Joelle Hoverson's Kerchief Scarf from her book Last-Minute Knitted Gifts.

Mark the center stitch. I like to use two markers, one on either side:
Annie's Kerchief in progress

A little over halfway through (and continuing the edge shaping of the original pattern):
*Work short rows on the right half of the scarf, beginning with the st next to center marker, and then every 5 sts.
*Likewise, work short rows on the left half of the scarf.
*Work 12 rows straight.
*Work another set of short rows on each side, this time beginning with the 10th st from center marker.
*Work 12 rows straight.
*Finally, work a single short row on each side, wrapping the 10th st from center marker.
*Work 5-10 more rows.
*Bind off.

This modification is especially good if you don't have quite enough yarn required for the pattern.

The final product:
Annie's Kerchief with Vintage Pin

What could it be?
For me?  Yay!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Knitter's Shame & Gift Mania

I hate it when my husband buys a scarf! I think, "But I knit! I'll make you a scarf. Another scarf. What color do you want?" I hate buying sweaters for myself because I know I could make it myself. Better.

But, seriously, how much time is there? Not enough. Not nearly enough to knit up all the things I imagine in my mind. Which is why I own enough yarn to open a franchise of shops across the North American Continent.

To combat what I call "Knitter's Shame", I've been on a knitting binge this past month. (Of course this hasn't stopped me from actually purchasing yarn...) Working one major project: The Big Cable Coat; AND several smaller projects: Birthday Gifts. More specifically: Joelle Hoverson's Kerchief Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, a project that claims to take less than two hours, but which really takes at least four or five. Unless you knit with super-human speed.

I've made two Kerchief Scarves this week for two different birthday girls:


Kelly's scarf is knit with Handmaiden's 4-ply cashmere.

and Christine

Christine's scarf is knit with The Fibre Company's Terra in Sea Holly.

And I have one to go (for Annie). I have now learned enough about the pattern to know I like to modify it with short row shaping which you can see in Christine's scarf. I think the bulky nature of a knitted kerchief lays better if shaped. ALSO since Annie's party is tomorrow, I have more than six hours to knit! (I was late to the first two parties because I was frantically knitting.)

The Kerchief Scarf is a great last minute gift, don't get me wrong. I just recommend that you allow a full afternoon or evening so you don't cramp out your hands.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

So close and yet...

It looks great on the hanger, but I do think I need to add some cable columns to the front, so that the drape will be softer. I do not want this sweater coat to be "form fitting".

My plan is to add two full columns to each side of the front. Once that's done, I'll see how that effects the placement of the armholes, and if need be, I'll just frog down to the empire waistline and redo the top. No biggie.

Body, Baby!

So, I've completed the main body of the coat. Yay! Thank you, Brutus, for modeling.

Of course, even after all of my careful preparation and measuring:

...I discovered the armholes are WAY too deep. That's probably at least partially due to the weight of the coat being so heavy. Anyway, I am frogging down the shoulder seams at least one cable length, and I'll see where that gets me...

...and after some examination...SIGH. Well, after all that work to make the coat smaller, I realize that I'm going to like the drape better if I add more cable columns to the front. Otherwise, it's going to hug my hips and butt in an unattractive way.

I wish now that I had kept the 4 purl sts between each cable instead of decreasing them to 2. But I was just following the pattern.

Hey, you know what? It's all good.