April 09, 2005

Cotton Candy

The sweater, she is done. I finished knitting last Saturday, seamed it up while I was in Bend, and wore it on Wednesday. It's a comfy, slightly oversized sweater. I will take a photo soon, I promise.

Right now I'm working on a Clapotis for a friend's birthday, immediately to be followed by a smaller version of Cozy for another friend's birthday. Then... I'm not sure. I have some Tahki Chat cotton tape yarn that I've been sitting on waiting for a project for a while. There's a tie front tank in the Spring VK that might be suitable for that. Otherwise, I don't really have much summer knitting lined up. Hopefully something in the Summer IK will appeal to me. The Spring issue (which I JUST got due to moving and not updating my address) didn't appeal to me as much. There are a couple of things I might consider, but I'll wait until I see the Summer issue in person to pick my next project. I might start Rogue, since it's still rainy and cold here, so knitting wool isn't a problem yet and then I could get a head start for this fall/winter. I also need to knit on Aaron's sweater, too. I'd like to get to where I split for the sleeves by the time it gets too hot to knit wool this summer. I want him to have it for our wedding in Boulder.

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April 01, 2005

Homestretch

Front and back are both done. Sleeves are started (maybe 5 inches) - I'm knitting them at the same time. I should be able to finish them this afternoon (knock on wood). Then I can block tonight and seam this weekend. And wear the sweater next week!

I also need to finish my prototype pants and possibly make a real pair. Once I get the prototype done, I should be able to produce a real pair in a few hours. And then I can become a pants factory! I need to buy fabric for a quilt block exchange that I'm participating in anyway, so a trip to JoAnn's is definitely in the cards for this weekend.

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March 28, 2005

Yet more Te Rosada

I think I am going to start calling this sweater Cotton Candy, since that's the name of the colorway (and the pattern sweater is named after the original colorway). Te Rosada just doens't make much sense in the pink.

And speaking of which, I am almost done with the front:

Here is a closeup of the stitch pattern (unblocked):

I also started a pair of test pants today - I'm working with a printed pattern to adapt the perfect pants. I just sewed the waistband in upside down, though, so I'm putting them away until tomorrow. Yeesh.

Bonus: very cute photo of Aaron and Ivy snoozing on the couch.

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March 26, 2005

Hooray

Back of Te Rosada is done. Starting front tomorrow! Photos to come.

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March 24, 2005

RIP Te Rosada

I ripped out Te Rosada. I was having yarn quantity issues and then I found a STUPID mistake so I'm ripping and knitting a size smaller.

The good news is that if I actually sit down and start over, this sweater should really only take like 2 weeks to knit. I just need to give it more than 15 minutes at a pop!

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March 21, 2005

Bridesmaid Scarf

We're basing our wedding colors around the existing decor in our venue. The questions is, what shade of Koigu goes best with these chairs?

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Te Rosada Progress and Wedding Swatch

I made disgustingly little progress on Te Rosada when I was in Bend last week. The upside to that is it's because I had plans almost every night rather than sitting around glumly by myself. The downside is that this sweater should NOT be taking this long to knit. My knitting attention span is about 2 minutes lately. Anyway, I still have about 6 more inches to knit on the back. And then the front and the sleeves. Oy.

The other reason I haven't spent as much time knitting Te Rosada is that I've been charting and swatching for the wedding sweater. The pattern is WRITTEN OUT (I've never bought a Jaeger book before, so I'm guessing this is par for the course, but what the hey?!) And not only is it WRITTEN OUT, it is WRITTEN OUT WITH THREE ERRORS. One of the errors was easy to figure out once I had it charted, and the other errors were the same error on different rows. Those took my longer (and required some online help), but I got them figured out. And then I swatched the pattern. And found TWENTY-EIGHT MORE ERRORS. Literally. The pattern is not centered correctly, which means there is another mistake on every row. The same mistake, granted, but still. And actually, it's twice on some rows, since the repeat is a diamond pattern so some rows have half of two adjacent repeats.

I think I'm going to fix the mistake on my chart (which is a godsend) and then swatch two repeats, to make sure that they line up correctly, etc.

I don't regret picking this pattern, though, because it's beautiful. And can I say that I want to make out with the Koigu? Check out my irregularly blocked swatch:

Wedding Sweater swatch

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March 11, 2005

Must soldier on!

Since I haven't been knitting much this week (just a few rows of Te Rosada here and there), I really need to get on it. I'm going to get back to Aaron's sweater for the weekend. Then I'm going to wind the rest of the Te Rosada yarn and take that with me to Bend next week. I should be able to finish it, since I'll be languishing at the rented apartment thing that has no cable (I'm bringing my antenna this time and hoping I can at least get PBS). Then I will come back and finish Aaron's sweater. After that, I have a couple of May birthday gifts that I'd like to do, the wedding sweater (which I will be swatching and measuring obsessively to make sure it turns out perfectly), and I ordered yarn (Cascade Ecological Wool, which I've been dying to use) and the pattern for Rogue, which I've always liked. I'm planning to do the original pullover, minus the pockets (I've never liked those kangaroo pocket things). Since everyone I love will (hopefully) be at the wedding in December, I'd love to come armed with a lot of hand knits for myself to show off. I really only have one nice thing that I've ever done for myself, and it's a SCARF!! (Oh, and a wrap, but it's too small and I think I'm going to frog it.) I love knitting for other people, but it's time to be a bit selfish.

In other news, I think everyone's getting lap quilts for Christmas this year. More expensive than knitting in a lot of cases (since I mostly knit accessories for gifts that don't require a lot of yarn), but so much faster (and you get something big out of it!)

I just need to give the house a quick cleaning and then I'm knitting for the rest of the evening.

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March 10, 2005

Oh! Wedding Sweater

I completely forgot to mention that I've picked pattern and yarn for my wedding sweater (to be worn with a ball skirt).

I will be making Rosita from Jaeger 35 (which is winging it's way from England as I write this), but substituting Koigu for the 4-ply mercerized cotton. I'm still shopping around for the yarn, since not a lot of places seem to carry the solids, but I will probably order here before too long.

Rosita:

Rosita Sweater

Koigu:

Koigu Color 0000

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And...... I'm Back

I have been knitting, just not posting about it. Last week I was in Bend and Portland for work and I've been sort of vegging this week since I have to go back to Bend again on Monday.

Anyway!

I haven't worked on Aaron's sweater at all. The yarn is so nice when it's knitted and washed, but it's a bit rough on the hands to knit with since it has next to no spring. Before I went to Bend, I made a quick French Market Bag out of the koolaid yarn.

French Market Bag

It needs to be wet and blocked again, since it got a bit smooshed in the car. It's very cute and cheerful, though, and the wide, shallow bag is good for storing a couple of knitting projects.

Because I didn't want to tote the huge cone of yarn for Aaron's sweater all over the state, I grabbed a ball of the Sheep's Gift that I have for Te Rosada and started that sweater. I'm hoping it's not too big - I made a size larger than I usually would, since I think the lace looks better a bit relaxed and not super open. I'm pretty sure I'll have some leeway during blocking, so I'll probably be okay. Aaron said that it looks like cotton candy, which happens to be the name of the colorway! It's knitting up better than I expected - the yarn seemed to have a lot of white in it in the skein, but it's nicely distributed in the sweater. I haven't done more than a couple of rows in the past few days, but it knits up very quickly when I actually work on it. I'm about halfway through the back.

Te Rosada Back

I also finished the last 6 blocks for the quilt I was working on last night, figured out how to use the free motion quilting foot on my machine and quilted some of the baby quilt I'm working on (practice project, and I'll probably give it to Aaron's little nephew since he's the only baby I know about), and experimented with some quilt blocks for the online block exchange that I'm participating in. Still undecided as to what pattern to use. I need to make 15 12.5" blocks, all the same with orange and the main color and black to complement (we're doing brights and assigned various colors so we'd have a good mix).

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February 23, 2005

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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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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February 14, 2005

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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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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