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This could spell trouble... [Jun. 9th, 2006|08:45 pm]
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |silence, for once]

Hello.  I haven't updated this in awhile, so I thought I might.  I finished knitting the robot awhile ago, but have procrastinated on the finishing, which I started at the SnB on Tuesday and haven't done any of since.  It was really hot here in the beginning of June and I couldn't even imagine touching wool.

I've since started Soleil from knitty.  I'll add pictures of all this stuff later.  I had to rip out the lace section once because I kept having too many stitches left over from the repeats.  Now I'm past all that and into the boring stockinette part.  At least there's waist-shaping and a neckline to mix it up a bit.

Hopefully the next entry will feature a completed robot.  I need to mail it off.  I also need to mail my Dye-o-rama Buddy's yarn this weekend.

But my knitting might be put aside for little bit because...
...I just bought a sewing machine.  There was one at Joanns marked half off and I've wanted one for six years now.  I dabbled a bit in quilting my junior/senior year of high school.  Well, actually, my friend and I made our English teacher a little quilt but my main contribution was cutting squares, as I didn't have a sewing machine I could use.  We used various shades of purple fabric, and just sewed together rows of fabric squares.  That reminds me, I never got a photo of the quilt.

Lauren and I later decided to make a quilt for ourselves (one for each of us using the same pattern) using bright fabrics and triangles to make tropical fish.  Lauren has a sewing machine (well, we used her parents machine and so did she until she got on this past Christmas) but I was limited by when I could use hers or my grandmother's.  Now I can finish my quilt! (It's been in the works for a few summers now) Woot.

Other things I can now do:
-make little pouches and tote bags to my heart's content
-hem the one t-shirt I bought that's way too big
-pajama pants!
-sew fun swingy skirts!

I really have minimal sewing ability (limited home ec experience) but I bought a book and don't plan on doing anything all that complicated at the moment.

I can see this baby getting a lot of use over the years, especially after I move out of my mom's house.  (Curtains and potholders anyone?_
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Projects: Present and Future [May. 20th, 2006|11:30 pm]
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]

Hello.  I just bought the new Interweave Knits and decided to post a list of my current projects followed by what I want to knit next.  It will help me organize myself.

So, projects I'm working on/need to complete:
--Koolaid sock
--Jubilee sock (on hold)
--Cotton sweater (on hold)

Next up, summer lace knitting!

That is:
--Soleil from Knitty
--Icarus shawl from the new IK
--(perhaps a robot for myself
--more lace?

To knit when the weather is cold again (grr summer):
--Lace Leaf pullover
--Tubey from Knitty
--Knitpicks Kimono-Style Sweater
...That's my wish list anyway.  I don't have any stash to speak of.  (I buy what I need one project at a time.)

Also, I just dyed the yarn for my Dye-o-rama Buddy!  I don't think I can post pictures here until I send it, and that won't be for a week or so yet, as I'm going on a random mini trip to PA. :)

My robot is zipping along.  I get so much accomplished at my three hour SnB.  I'll post photos as soon as it's done!
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Spherey completed and Robot started [May. 15th, 2006|04:18 pm]
Hello.  I just finished a Spherey from Jess Hutchison's booklet for my friend's baby.

Here's a front shot, using the flash because it's rainy and is going to be for the rest of the week.

And the back

I used light yellow and light blue acrylic, which was part of the reason why it took so long to finish; the acrylic hurt my hands after awhile.  All the increasing at the beginning drove me nuts, but I'm pleased with the finished product.  I might knit this pattern again in the future, if I had reason to.

For now, I'm moving onto another pattern from her booklet, the one for the robot, for my friend.

From the booklet cover

Here's the beginning, before the intarsia begins.  I had to rip out the intarsia section because I was doing it incorrectly.  Now, I have bobbins.

I'm using Knitpicks Wool of the Andes in Coal (Black), Fog (Dark gray), Red and Winter Night (Blue).  I'm surprised by how soft this yarn is.  I'm also working on my second Kool-Aid dyed sock.  I'm at the heel flap.  Later this week, I'm going to show my friend Mary how to dye yarn with it.  I can't wait to send my Dye-o-rama Buddy her yarn!

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Sockapaloooza Socks! [May. 10th, 2006|01:13 pm]
After much anticipation, my socks arrived all the way from California!  My sock pal was Jennifer of Knit One, Purr Two.

Here's what the package looks like altogether:

The pattern is Waterfall Rib socks from the Sensational Knitted Socks book.  I love that book; must put it on my wishlist.  

And here are the socks modeled:

They are so cool, made out of a wool/cotton/nylon blend.  I like the built in lace ventilation, as my feet get warm easily.  

Thanks again, Jennifer!
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For my Dye-o-rama Buddy [May. 9th, 2006|12:56 pm]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]

Questions specific to this swap:

Your favorite colors? I already answered this in an email, but blues/purples/greens are my favorite colors.

Preferred yarn weight (Fingering, Sport, DK, maybe even Worsted)? I prefer fingering weight because I'm on a sock-knitting kick lately.

Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? Multi-colored; solid is boring!  Although, I wouldn't mind solid so much as there are a few sock patterns I want to knit that would look best in solid yarn.  So, really, either is fine.

If your buddy is able to do so, would you like a variegated,
self-striping, or self-patterning yarn?
  Any of those would be fine, really.

Would you be interested in a wool blend sock yarn (nylon, tencel, silk,
acrylic, alpaca, etc.)?

Imagine the perfect colorway. What would you name it?  Tropical beach?

What was the biggest appeal to you for joining this dye-along?  I like to dye yarn and swaps are neat.  I just finished Sockapaloooza (and am hoping my socks get here soon).

General yarn/fiber questions:

Have you dyed yarn/fiber before? Yes.

If so, what’s your favorite dye and method?  I've only used Koolaid to dye because I have too many animals in my house to try acid dyeing.  I've been looking at Wilton icing dyes but I don't think I'm going to try them this time around.

Do you spin? No.

Have you knit socks before? Yes.

Do you use sock yarn for just socks or in other patterns too?  Only for socks.

What are some of your favorite yarns? That's hard to say.  I don't really know.  I'm big into Regia sock yarns at the moment.

What yarn do you totally covet? Koigu and Cherry Tree Hill and Lorna's Lace sock yarn.

Nothing to do with knitting/yarn/fiber in any way but seemed kinda fun:

Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack?  I like suckers and chocolate.  Mmm.

What’s your favorite animal? Koalas and cats.

Do you have pets? What are their species/names/ages?  Yes--a 10-year-old male dog named Raleigh and 3 cats--Houdini, 6-years-old; Mr. Bradbury, we're not sure how old he is and Phoenix, who just turned a year old in February.  I might get a hamster this summer.

If you were a color what color would you be?  Some shade of blue.

Do you have a wishlist? Yes, here is the general one and here is the knitting-specific list.

Hope that helps!

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Completed Sockapaloooza socks [Apr. 9th, 2006|10:47 pm]
[Current Location |living room]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]

Hello!  I finished my Sock Pal's socks this Friday.  Finally, eh?  I'm not sure why it took me so long; I loved the pattern.  Too many hobbies, too little time.
Anyway, here are some photos...

Together as one:

I kept the photo the original size because the lace pattern shows up better here than in the small ones.

Up-close shot of the lace.  Can you see the leaves forming little Vs?


Pattern: Falling Leaves socks by Jessica Landers

Yarn: Regia Line Steps 5373
I bought this yarn expressly because the people I asked in the knitting community said it had short color varigation, ensuring it wouldn't pool.  Also, I think green is a good color for leaf lace.  (I know, creative, right? :) )  The main green is like a camouflage green, which I usually don't like, but it works with the little bits of spring green and greenish yellow.  I like how it sort of striped the stockinette portions.  I hope my sock pal doesn't think the stripes on the heel and toe detract too much from the lace pattern.  I like this yarn, even though the dark color attracted all the fur in my house to it.  Don't worry, pal, I'll lint-roll the heck out of your socks!

Needles: Size 2 40 inch. circs; my first time using a patten specifically for Magic Loop socks

I loved this pattern!  My first go at lace socks, and it was an enjoyable one.  Loved the fact that the toe and heel instructions are the same.  It was also my first successful attempt at toe-up socks.  Very cool.  One thing I need to work on, though, are my short row toes/heels.  One side was looser than the other.  I reinforced them with yarn, but there has to be a way to make them neater.  Maybe wraps instead of yarnovers?  I like short row heels better than heel flap ones, so I must perfect my technique.

I will knit this pattern again, for myself.  Probably not until I get better at short row heels, though.  All and all, a very enjoyable experience.  I hope they fit; I blocked them but my pal's feet are larger than mine.  I can't wait until I can send them to her!  (with a little goodie included)

Next up:
-finishing two 6x6 cotton squares for a SnB attendee's surprise baby blanket (for Tuesday)
-knitting the second sock to three pairs of socks (oops)
-fixing my cotton sweater that went oh so wrong all of a sudden 

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Baby Spider Monkey [Mar. 20th, 2006|12:15 am]
[Current Mood |nostalgicnostalgic]

I knitted a baby spider monkey for my friend for a going away present during the end of July and last night he finally sent me the digital images.  So, here's a pic.  It's not the best quality because he's not a knitter, and so didn't take 5000 pictures of it as I would have.  I'm actually in the picture holding him.  

Pattern: Baby Spider Monkey from The World of Knitted Toys
Yarn used: Knitpicks Merino Style in Cinnamon (body) and Nutmeg (appendages, face).  I didn't use fuzzy yarn for the body as suggested because I couldn't find any.
Completed: On August 1st 2005
Comments:  Lots of ends and lots of seaming.  What seemed like a million little fingers to knit.  Crappy facial embroidery because I was in a rush to finish it before my friend moved.  Still, I like'em and so does he. (well, monkeys are his favorite animal, so...).  Named Robin after the hairy comedian. :)
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Sockapalooza Update [Mar. 18th, 2006|09:31 pm]
[Current Mood |coldcold]

I keep forgetting to update this, but I've completed my first sock, after restarting due to an error in the lace pattern.  I forgot to knit half the foot in stockinette and half in lace.

Anyway, here it is!

(BTW--I love the new photo resizer!)

Once again, the pattern is Knitty.com's Falling Leaves socks in Regia Line Steps Green.  I hope the next post here will be to show the completed pair.  I really hope the lace pattern comes out in the blocking.  I mean, I know that in general all lace looks crappy until blocked, but I honestly don't know how much more the pattern can show up in blocked lace when referring to socks.

I do love this pattern, though.  I just wish the results from afar looked as nice as up-close.


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Bubby [Feb. 10th, 2006|02:50 pm]

Introducing the bunny!


I used gray acrylic for the bunny and fuzzy blue mystery yarn that I got in a box of yarn that someone gave away free over the internet for the scarf.  I love the mystery yarn, but it's so thin.  The scarf is striped: 5 rows stockinette, 5 rows reverse stockinette, modeled after my own scarf.  Fast knit, it just took me so long because I'm procrastinatory.  I used embroidery floss for the face, and let me tell you, I have no skillz when it comes to embroidering on knitted objects, which is odd, considering I have some experience with cross-stitch and such.  He/she is stuffed with lavender (a tiny amount because that stuff is strong!) and fiberfill.  I was surprised by how small it turned out.  I can read the pattern, but it's different when the bunny is in your hand and you're trying to stuff it through the tiniest holes.  It was a miracle that I stuffed its head.  The circumfrence of its neck is smaller than the width of my pinky finger.  Anywoo, I enjoyed this knit and will likely knit it again sometime.

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Knitting Update [Feb. 8th, 2006|04:58 pm]
[Current Mood |coldcold]
[Current Music |asst. songs from the Rent soundtrack in my head]

Current WiPs:

--I'm to the armholes on the Cloud V-Neck raglan.  I have to provisionally cast-on 50 stitches for each sleeve, and I'm having some trouble with that.  I also put it on hold temporarily to knit...

--...Bubby, as a bunny, as part of my friends birthday present.  I've knit all of him/her but the legs, and I still have to attach the arms and knit it a little scarf, as the neck is really scrawny.  I'm going to put some loose lavender that I got from France in with the fiberfill to add a little something to a regular stuffed animal.  I just ordered the tea for the rest of her present, and will buy some cheapo chocolate the day after Valentine's day to add as well.


Soon to be on the needles:

--my Sockapaloooza sock...I've decided on the Falling Leaves pattern and I've also chosen the yarn, I just have to wait until my next paycheck to buy the yarn and size 1 Addi Turbos.  I'm so excited to be knitting socks again!  Maybe after my sockpal's pair, I'll finish my unfinished pairs.

-Gram's Good Ole Cabled scarf, then Gramp's.  I want to finish all the projects I have lying around.

So that's the latest!

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