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February 24, 2005

Partial Quilt Top

Well, the class today was really good. I picked a really fast project, so I got 3/4 of the blocks done in class (which only leaves one "stack" of 6 blocks left to make). I laid it out on the floor to get an idea of what it's going to look like, and I think it's going to look pretty good.

Partial Quilt Top

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February 23, 2005

Quilt Fabrics

I bought the fabrics for my quilt. I'm doing a yellow/red/orange color scheme, using the Rothko prints in my kitchen as inspiration.

Quilt Fabrics

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Quilt Project

I've added a Quilting category, since I'm taking a class tomorrow and expect to be spending more time working on quilting in the near future. The class I'm taking is called "Crazy Rays/Stack the Deck" - I saw a quilt top that I really liked at the quilt store (scroll down to the Crazy Rays quilt) and Aaron got me a gift certificate for Christmas to take the class. Unfortunately (or maybe not), the pattern is really popular and the store couldn't guarantee that they'd get their order in by tomorrow. So, I opted to buy one of the Stack the Deck books (Stack a New Deck to be precise) and make one of those quilts instead. Then I could take the class, learn the technique, and make the Crazy Rays quilt later on. I'm making a quilt called Cottage Quarters, and while it isn't my favorite pattern in the book, it will make a nice small quilt for curling up on the sofa and requires fewer colors than a lot of the other quilts (and I'm pressed for time, so it's going to be way easier if I can just follow the directions as written). There are a couple of other patterns that look a bit more challenging or time consuming that I'd like to try down the road.

I'll be interested to see how much I spend on materials, so that I can see how feasible making quilts for Christmas gifts this year will be.

I need to head over to the fabric store to buy the fabric (I have a 10% off coupon to the quilting store that comes with the class, but I think JoAnn's is still going to be less expensive and I'm not ready to spend a lot on a quilt yet).

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Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn

I was at JoAnn Fabrics yesterday (buying some patterns and scoping out fabrics for a quilting class I'm taking tomorrow) and noticed that they had Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool. I bought a skein with the intention of trying out the koolaid dyeing that I've read about all over the interenet. Turns out, it's really easy and it works (and makes the house smell fruity!) I didn't try doing a handpainted style, since I wasn't really up for a big mess, but I wound the yarn into four hanks of various sizes and dyed them in a pink and orange scheme.

I'm planning to make myself a stripey felted bag - I need to look around at some patterns to get an idea of what size I can do to use up all of the yarn. Maybe something like the knitty.com French Market Bag.

Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn

From left: Cherry (1 packet), Pink Lemonade (2 packets), Orange (1 packet), Orange (2 packets)

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February 21, 2005

I am a turd

I thought I mysteriously broke my stylesheet because my sidebar was sent down to the bottom of the page. Then I realized I failed to close some div tags in my last entry. Oops!

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Even more raglan!

Here's a snap of the sweater on Aaron (same progress as last night).

Aaron's Raglan

I finally got a good natural-light shot of the cables.

Cable Detail

And a bonus shot of Ivy. I walked out of my office to get a cup of tea this morning, and she was laying just like this. She then thumped her tail against the sofa a few times but held still long enough to me to grab my camera and take a picture. I have no idea why she has her feet like that. Sometimes she'll roll onto her back and stretch one front paw up in the air, disco-style. It's hilarious. That is her favorite position on the sofa - with her head on the pillows.

Cute Dog

We're definitely hitting the park after work today, since it's sunny and supposed to get into the 60s!!!

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February 20, 2005

Raglan Update

I've made a bit of progress today. We had a nice lunch out at the New Morning Bakery and then walked around downtown a bit as it was actually warm and the sun was (kind of) out. I bought a book at the used bookstore (another Dorothy Sayers - I'm on a roll). Then we took the dog to the park and I helped Aaron enter some of his data for his field project. He went off to play music with some friends, and I've had a couple of hours to knit and watch TV.

You can't really see the cables, since the yarn hasn't been washed and the oil in it reflects the flash (it's coned yarn). I've done about four inches from the center front, which is dropped. I think the increases are looking okay, actually.

Aaron's Sweater

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Aaron's Raglan

I finished the knitting on the Floral Felted Bag (except the facing for the bottom, but I want to block the rest of the bag first), so I've been working on Aaron's Christmas Raglan. I'm adding a panel of four 6st cables on the front.

I am LOVING my Denise needles. It's so easy to pop and extra cable on like a stitch holder so that I can stretch the work out and check sizing.

Like this:

Aaron's Raglan Sweater

I'm kind of feeling that I should be increasing the sleeves faster than the body, but it's hard to tell so far, since I think the cables are going to pull in a bit more once I have a few more repeats. I think I'm going to knit a little further until I decide. I might also google some other sweaters made with this pattern, to see how the fit turned out.

P.S. Yes, it's inside out. I was just checking fit and wasn't paying attention to how I pulled it over Aaron's head!

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February 19, 2005

Hooray!

I forgot that I had a Hooray for Me glove in the works. Actually, I have one completed glove and haven't even cast on for the second one. I'm trying to work through projects one at a time, since I have WAY too many on the needles (the ones on the sidebar are just the ones that actually have some progress made or that I'm actively working on). I'll probably try to finish these after my mom's purse and Aaron's sweater, since they're a quick knit and I'm halfway done! I think they took about three evenings (I did the hand and all but two fingers in two evenings and then the final two fingers languished until just recently).

I did find that it was very clever of this yarn to have five different colored stripes. I used one color for each finger.

Also, photographing your own right hand is just stupid. It's nearly impossible to take a photo with your left hand. I succeeded, though. Barely.

Hooray for Me Gloves

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Hooray for Me Gloves

Pattern: Marnie McLean
Yarn: Regia? Opal? Need to find ball band...
Needles: US#2
Misc: The first glove is done (minus weaving in ends). The second glove is on hiatus until I finish a few other projects. This might wind up as a Christmas gift this upcoming year.

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February 17, 2005

Retro Rib Socks

Knitted for my dad's Christmas gift (although not finished until halfway through February!)

Pattern: Winter 2004 IK
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Needles: US#1
Misc: Knitted toe-up with a short row toe and heel.

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February 16, 2005

Yarn Stash

Since my yarn stash has actually become stash-like (and I can't think of a single time I bought yarn that wasn't for a specific project - I just seem to stock up on projects ahead of time!), I thought I'd categorize it here so that I don't have to keep rooting through the big plastic bins.

Misc Cascade 220

Miscellaneous Cascade 220. Most of this has actually been used for projects and is just leftover. Some was intended for a baby sweater that never happened and then turned into a couple of felted purses. I still have plenty for a stripey kid sweater, though, which I really should do at some point before Aaron's niece gets too big to make quick projects for. Maybe a sweater vest would be cute (and more likely to fit longer, since she's skinny but gets taller and taller). Several skeins are from the intarsia on the Floral Felted Bag.



Cascade 220 for cabled skirt

Cascade 220. This is for the cabled skirt in the Fall 2004 IK (Heathery Duo - down toward the bottom). I don't plan to make it until later this year, but I got a screaming deal on the yarn (and it's even the same color as in the magazine, which I really liked).



Cascade Fixation

Cascade Fixation. I bought this to make my stepdad some socks for Christmas, but I completely ran out of time (and he has huge feet). They will probably still become socks for him, just sometime in the future.



Cascade Sierra

Cascade Sierra. This was originally for a Chickami, which I ripped out. Then I started another tank patter on it. I don't like the fabric it's making, though, so it's been abandoned. I think it's still destined to be a tank, I just need to figure out the right pattern for the yarn. I might revert back to the Chickami - I ripped because I screwed it up, not because there was anything wrong with the pattern.



Baby Cashmerino

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. I was going to make my dad two pairs of socks for Christmas, but I picked a more complicated pair instead. I might save this for another pair of socks later, but it would also make some awesome gloves (I kept sticking my hands down inside the Retro Rib socks as I was knitting). I've heard this yarn doesn't wear terribly well, so some dressy gloves might be a good bet.



Laceweight Cashmere/Silk

Cashmere/Silk Laceweight. This was a contender for Dad's socks that I got on eBay, but it was far too fine (it's a bit thinner than embroidery floss). It'll probably wind up as a lace scarf or shawl at some point. It's quite silky feeling.



Laceweight Merino

Serendipity Yarns Laceweight Merino. This is for the Dayflower Daydream shawl from Shawls and Scarves (The Best of Knitters.



Worsted Merino

Serendipity Yarns Worsted Merino. This was a Christmas gift from Ellen. I made a multi-directional scarf out of it (which I am complemplating felting and wearing as a belt, because I think it would be really cute) and have quite a bit leftover. Not sure what I'll use it for, but the yarn is awesome and super soft.



Lamb's Pride Bulky

Lamb's Pride Bulky. I bought this in Ashland when I had to drive Aaron down for a meeting (and so we could bring back his work truck that was down there). I had all day to kill and it was freezing out, so I bought some yarn to make a hat. I then didn't like the hat and have partially ripped it out. Not sure if I'll make another hat or something else, but I do like the color.



Lamb's Pride Worsted

Lamb's Pride Worsted. This was part of my Christmas gift from Aaron's parents. I'm thinking of making us each a Team Zissou hat from it.



Artful Yarns Museum

Artful Yarns Museum. This was the other part of my Christmas gift from Aaron's parents. I'm thinking it would make some lovely thick mittens. Possibly felted and/or lined with fleece.



AbFab Yarn

Miscellaneous Colinette. This was left over from the Ab Fab throw I made for Kim (ivory colorway). There is quite a bit of the mohair, so I might make a shawl or something. Another option is a longways scarf with fringe.



Tahki Chat

Tahki Chat. I bought this with the intention of making the >a href="http://www.theknittinggarden.com/ro-magtapething.htm">Carla sweater from Rowan's It's a Tape Thing. But then the sweater sort of un-grew on me. I think I still want to make a top with it, but I haven't found a pattern than I love yet (that I have enough yarn for). It might be something from this book (the tanks are cute).



Lopi Lite

Lopi Lite. The cream skein was used for the snowflake on Jessica's Fuzzy Feet. The brown was to match another project where I ran out of yarn, but I completely spazzed and bought Lopi Lite instead of Lopi and I never bothered returning it. Who knows what it'll become. Maybe a felted collar for the dog.



Eyelash yarn, Wendy Velvet Touch, Cotton Chenille

Miscellaneous yarn. This is some unidentified eyelash yarn that was going to be edging on a kid sweater, some Wendy Velvet Touch left over from a baby hat, and some Cotton Chenille left over from a flower washcloth. Yawn.



Wendy Velvet Touch

Wendy Velvet Touch. An unused skein meant for another kid hat (I made a teddy bear for the recipient instead). I might make something for myself out of it, like a sleep mask. It's very soft.



Sheep's Gift

Sheep's Gift by Joslyn's Fiber Farm. This is handdyed sportweight wool destined to become a Te Rosada sweater from the Winter 2004 IK (see sidebar). As you can tell, I'm going in a slightly different direction with the color. I actually hope to make this one soon, since it'll be a good spring/summer sweater.



Recycled Cotton

Recycled Cotton. This is from a Goodwill sweater (it's about half the front). I'm hoping to have enough to make the Indian Summer Jacket (link opens a PDF), available online from Interweave Press. Assuming I can get gauge, of course, which might require double stranding. I definitely want to make the project, and using recycled yarn would be a good way to make it affordable. If not, I'll use the cotton for something else and wait until I have some yarn savings to do the whole thing in the mercerized cotton.

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Irish Hiking Scarf

I finally wove in the end (yes, there was only one left to weave in) and washed this scarf for my brother (his belated Christmas gift). I used two full skeins of Cascade 220 (my favorite yarn) in a nice light gray that really shows the cables well.

I made Ivy model it. She's not quite certain if she's done something wrong and the scarf and camera are a weird punishment or if I'm just being eccentric. Either way, you can see she is carefully avoiding eye contact.

Irish Hiking Scarf

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Top Down Raglan

Pattern: Incredible, Custom-fit Raglan
Yarn: Valley Yarns wool/cashmere
Needles: US#6
Misc: Adding cable to the front. For Aaron.

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February 14, 2005

Te Rosada

Photo coming soon!

Pattern: Winter 2004 IK
Yarn: Sheep's Gift in Cotton Candy
Needles: US9

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Kureyon Kozy

Pattern: Knitty.com
Yarn: Cascade 220 remnants

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Retro Rib Socks

This is one almost completed Retro Rib sock, modeled by Aaron's slightly scary foot and leg. I've since added the top ribbing (about an inch) and I just have to do about twelve pattern repeats on the leg of the other sock (to make twenty repeats above the heel, for reference) and I'm done with the pair! Then I can send them off to my dad, finished at last!

Retro Sock on Aaron's foot

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February 13, 2005

Layout

I'm still fiddling with the navigation a bit, but I think I've settled on a practical layout. I have four categories to start: Main, Wanting, Knitting, and Finished Objects. Main will be for regular entries and Finished Objects will be an archive of completed projects. Both will need category archives. Wanting and Knitting are just for the sidebar, and will need to be restricted from the archives, since the entries will be more dynamic (I'll either delete them or change the category as they progress).

I'm not sure how I want to archives to be at this point, so I'm going to stop where I am and segregate things later. Anyway, it's not like I have many entries at this point, so by the time things become unwieldy, I'm sure I'll figure out what I want to do. Also, the colors are a bit busy in the sidebar, but I'm tired of tweaking the stylesheet at this point.

Hopefully having a place to log my progress will keep me more on track with my knitting. I think I'm going to go work on those socks!

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Lace Dream

Pattern: Shawls & Scarves (The Best of Knitters)
Yarn: Cascade/Madil Kid Seta

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Dayflower Daydream

Pattern: Shawls & Scarves (The Best of Knitters)
Yarn: Handpaintedyarn.com laceweight merino
Needles: US#3

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Floral Felted Bag

Floral Felted Bag

Pattern: Fall 2004 IK
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles: US#7
Misc: Only doing intarsia pattern on front side of bag.

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New Blog!

Since my best efforts to maintain an offline knitting journal have failed, I figured I'd make a new blog to keep track of my thoughts and knitting progress. And if I remember to actually jot down things like gauge and dye lots for posterity, all the better!

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February 12, 2005

Booga Bag

This was a Christmas gift for my sister, Grace. It's made from two colors of Cascade 220 (a pink and a peach). I might make a bunch of these for Christmas this coming up year, since it was very popular! And yes, the handles are a bit lopsided. Apparently I was drunk when I installed them, since they looked even at the time!

Booga Bag

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Umbilical Cord Hat

From Stitch and Bitch, made of Wendy's Touch Me. Newborn size for Aaron's nephew Benjamin. Modelled by a large ball of yarn.

Unbilical Cord Hat

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Fuzzy Feet

This are Knitty's Fuzzy Feet, made for my stepsister, Jessica. I added a snowflake motif on the top of the foot. Made with Lamb's Pride worsted.

Jessica's Fuzzy Feet

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Haiku Baby Sweater

This was made for Aaron's new nephew, Benjamin (before he had a gender or name!) The pattern is Knitty's Haiku in Lion Brand Homespun. I wasn't thrilled with the buttons, but I couldn't find anything better. Hopefully it'll fit him when it starts to cool off next fall (it's probably about a 12 month size). The first photo is modelled by the illustrious Teddy before the buttons were added and the second is with the buttons.

Haiku

Haiku

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Bobbi Bear

This was a Christmas gift for Aaron's niece, Elise. I used the Blue Sky Alpaca Bobbi Bear pattern and added a little tutu to make him a ballerina bear! I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick rather than the bulky alpaca, but I'd love to do one in Lamb's Pride Bulky and try felting him. Great pattern.

Bobbi Bear

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Irish Hiking Scarf

Made for Aaron's dad, Norman, from the Handpaintedyarn.com merino, this is a modified Irish Hiking Scarf with two cables instead of three. I wish I would have bought an extra skein, since it turned out a bit shorter than I expected. Really nice and soft, though.

Norman's Scarf

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Janet's Scarf

This scarf was made for Aaron's mom (yes, they all got scarves for Christmas!) out of a variegated purple Manos del Uruguay. The stitch is a modified faggoting stitch.

Janet's Scarf

Janet's Scarf

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Brian's Scarf

This was made for Aaron's brother in the same yarn that I used for the "Cozy" scarf. Basic 2x2 rib pattern.

Brian's scarf

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"Cozy" Scarf

This is a scarf made for Aaron's sister-in-law, Jennifer. I used Plymouth Outback yarn and two repeats of the stitch pattern from Knitty's Cozy.

Jennifer's scarf

Detail of Jennifer's scarf

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Kim's Ab Fab Throw

I bought the Colinette Ab Fab throw kit in the ivory colorway to make this throw for my friend Kim's wedding. It was definitely a fun project and relatively quick for the size of the finished blanket.

Ab Fab Throw

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