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I took a lot of projects to Montreal. Well, more accurately, a lot of yarn. And needles. I brought Sand River:

Sand River - in progress

and worked on it in the car. A lot less than expected.

You know how I said it was a 6 hour drive to Montreal? Well, I thought I'd have 6 hours to knit. Each way. That's a lot!

Until you take into account the time that I'd be driving. Or sleeping. Or too hot to knit. Yep. I'd say I knit a good hour in the car. Maybe two. And not at all the rest of the trip.

Still, Sand River was almost done Sunday night:

Sand River - in progress

and magically completed Monday night!

Sand River - almost done!

I thought I still had a good foot to knit, but then I tried it on and it was good to go. And I was at the end of a repeat, too, so all I had to do was tink back a row and cast off. Nice. Just need to block her out.

With all that knitting I thought I'd have time for, at the last minute I wound that rambouillet/silk on my yarnwinder and threw it into my bag with the 3 skeins of sock yarn (that I didn't use). I had a pattern picked out and 4 different needles to test out the gauge.

rambouillet/silk - ready to go

Of course... I forgot the pattern.

It's just as well, it was better to finish knitting Sand River before starting the shawl:

rambouillet/silk shawl - in progress

The pattern is "A Beginner's Triangle" from A Gathering of Lace. I'm still thinking up a name for the project. Any suggestions?

I'm really enjoying knitting with this yarn. It feels really good and I think it's working nicely with the pattern. Which is hard to tell without a contrasting background or slight blocking. But trust me. Er, trust Scott. He's been reassuring me.

Thanks for your kind comments about the accident. I read them before we went to Gram's, and as we drove, I felt kinda guilty. Hey, I'm okay, I thought. Talking and writing it out musta helped. Guess I'm over it.

Gram wasn't doing so hot. Neither were we. We bought a photo printer last week and printed out some photos to bring with us. Of our wedding. Of our honeymoon. Of the last couple of visits (though the photos we take when we're there all look the same: posed, on the sofa). I had hoped having the photos there would remind her of our visits. I had hoped they'd make her smile. They weren't the 'hit' I hoped they'd be. I don't know what I expected, they're just photos. And when we're there, why would she look at those?

We took a couple more again, same pose, same location. I'll print them out and bring them next week. Meanwhile, I'm thinking up ideas for different photos. Something a little more interesting. Wouldn't it be fun to get a photo of Gram sticking her tongue out? Or maybe just one of her laughing. I don't know, she's old school; she comes from the generation when you kept a serious face for photos.

She didn't want us to leave. I left feeling that it wasn't enough. Our visit wasn't enough. What we could do was not enough. It compounded with the helpless and useless feelings from witnessing the death. Yeah, guess I'm not quite over it.

It's gonna be a rough week.

I hoped to show you FBS, but man, not on such a down note. Instead, here's the scarf I finished FBS to begin:

Sand River - started

It's for my sister. I hope she likes it. (Hey Sis, do you like it? If you don't, let me know. Sooner than later. :)

Yarn is Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb. Yum. Silk merino, my favorite.

Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb

I love the 3-dimensionality of the stitch pattern. Reminds me of sand dunes in the Sahara. Or, in another colorway, a river. So I think I'll call this project "sand river".

Sand River - rich texture detail

Picovoli

Picovoli

Picovoli
Started:
3/17/06
Finished: 4/8/06
Pattern: Grumperina's Picovoli, with modifications
Yarn: Classic Elite Provence in a to dye for red (color # 2627), almost 2 full skeins
Needles: #5 bamboo circulars
Notes: For starters, I didn't get gauge. Next, my size is between the pattern sizes. So, all actual numbers were recalculated and fudged to fit. And boy does it ever fit. I suspect that it's either too short or small, or I'm not used to baring the midriff. Scott loves it, though. Any thoughts? I could always add some rows near the waist to make it longer.

Modifications aside, this was an easy and relatively fun knit. The plain stockinette stitch makes for good TV knitting, while the shaping details give it interest. Plus, the fact that you can try it on as you go helps make a garment that fits. The instructions are clear and in-the-round knitting means minimal ends to be woven in.

I enjoyed knitting with Provence. Soft and silky with a nice sheen. Good yardage, too.

The bottom edge won't stay down. I've tried steaming it to no avail. Any thoughts on that one, too?

More Knits??

I'm making a liar of myself, where's the spinning content?? Actually there's been some spinning and dyeing, but today's post was determined to be color coordinated.

Sock one of The Red and The Black is done! My first handdyed handspun handknit sock, hehe.

The Red and The black - sock 1 done!

I added a simple 1x1 rib only in the last black band, because it looked odd any other way.

The Red and The Black - sock 1 done!

Sock 2 is in progress and I'm curious to see how they match up. These I will be sad not to be wearing until the Fall.

Oh hat

I wanted to knit a second hat for MJ's Norwegian Knits-Along, and ran into some troubles. Adrian helped me brainstorm and I tackled the project anew. On my first stab, the gauge and stitch pattern were not cooperating to make a hat to fit my head. I considered:

  • adding larger motifs separating the panels
  • adding an extra repeat to the "front" and "back" panels
  • adding an extra panel to make 5 (Adrian's suggestion) 

In the end, I went with the first option. I'm pretty sure there was a good reason. I distinctly remember trying the second option and having one of those, "<sigh> this is not going to work" moments. At this moment I can't recall what the issue might have been.

Oh hat - in progress

Assuming it will fit, it's looking good. I'm not happy with the way I increased stitches before starting the main pattern, so I'll probably have to rework the first few rows. But, with the Norwegian Knits-Along ending and Spring seeming to be around the corner, there's no pressure to finish anytime soon.

Curlycue scarf

My niece loves her scarf! I think it looks fabulous on her. Even in 80 degree weather.

Curlycue scarf

I was surprised by how much longer it is on her than on me. Which just means it'll last longer. :)

Curlycue scarf

Y'all are the sweetest, thanks for your lovely comments on the neckline and sweater. Just a few ends and she'll be done, and I'll post modifications then.

Meanwhile, if you smirked at those photos you might like these:

Curlycue Scarf

Curlycue Scarf

Curlycue Scarf

Curlycue Scarf
Started:
12/28/05
Finished: 3/10/06
Pattern: Ruffles from Scarf Style, with modifications
Yarn: Danette Taylor superwash merino in Bramble Rose
Needles: #5?
Notes: Since it's for my 7 yo niece, I didn't want too big or overwhelming a scarf, so I worked the rufflies over 18 stitches, and worked seed stitch for the neck wrapping. I had thought up an elaborate gradual transition from curlies to seed stitch, but at the moment of truth realized it worked fine switching cold turkey. Miles of seed stitch was not so fun for me, and in retrospect, I probably could have decreased by at least a couple of stitches for that portion. Meh. It's a cute, fun scarf, and the colors are gorgeous.

(You know, the rufflies look better in one direction than the other. If I were to do this same scarf again, I would use a softer yarn for drape, and do both rufflies so they hang in the same direction. That means grafting or invisible cast on or some such, but it'd be worth it.)

Perhaps my humor in the last post was a bit base for you. Muahahahaha. As Scott would say, I crack myself up.

Speaking of which, Julia at Moth Heaven cracked me up with her discussion of Warmus digitus latvius.

In other knitbloglandiosity:

Enough inspiration for ya?

Thanks for your nice comments on Autumn Leaves. It was such a serendipitous project, and one of the reasons why dyeing and spinning are so fascinating to me. One last photo, in sunlight:

Autumn Leaves

All that glitters

The mohair/ribbon scarf is all done. It was a quick knit, promptly followed by a thorough brushing to remove mohair from my clothes.

Glitterati

Glitterati
Started:
3/11/06
Finished: 3/14/06
Pattern: The scarf is knit with one strand of each yarn carried together. Cast on 13 sts, knit in seed stitch to desired length.
Yarn: Danette Taylor mohair in Birds of Paradise, about 2 oz; Erdal Yarns Harlequin, less than 1 50g cone (probably ~125 yards of each)
Needles: #13 circulars
Notes: The ribbon gives the scarf surprising weight, surprising only because mohair is so light. It also gives it more structure, or body. Shape. And the way it catches the light is really something. One more photo:

Glitterati

Tang

Last, a possible neckband for Creamsicle T:

Creamsicle T - almost done?

Did you think I forgot all about her? The garter border matches the bottom of the sweater. I'm not quite pleased with it, but I'm not ready to frog it out just yet.

Thanks for the suggestions on the bonnet cables, all good ideas. I shall mull it over and distract myself with...

Look, a finished object!

Curlycue scarf

It's the Curlycue scarf I've been working on for-e-vah and a day. It came out really cute! So glad it's done. Just need to steam to set the curlies and it's off to my niece.

I finished it at the Fabric Place Knitters Club on Friday and got up and did a weird victory/celebratory dance. I couldn't help myself, and I couldn't figure out what kind of dance I was doing; it reminded me of a Native American dance that you see in documentaries. Very strange.

When I got home I was surfing and came across someone selling their Anny Blatt angora/ribbon scarf kit, and it reminded me that I wanted to try out mohair and ribbon for a scarf. The only thing holding me back before was not knowing if I'd have enough for a scarf. Well, that and not wanting to knit with mohair because of Scott's allergies. I did some searching, found out the Anny Blatt angora and ribbon were lower in yardage than what I had, so with much mohair caution, I started:

Glitterati

I love how the ribbon picks up the light. It's a simple seed stitch; I tried fancier stuff but it wasn't as effective. The mohair is Birds of Paradise by Danette Taylor, the ribbon is Erdal yarns Harlequin bought on eBay. They happen to match perfectly, as if made for each other.

Stashorama

Last some stash pics. The yarn arrived during the Knitting Olympics and there was just too much going on so I put off posting. And again. And again. Well, I'm tired of them sitting around in flickr!

These are from handpainted wool on eBay, purchased through the Yarn Coop. Like Malabrigo, they are soft, kettle-dyed singles. Like Malabrigo used to be, they were quite affordable. This one was a well run coop, it took about 6 weeks from payment to receipt.

100purewool

Mmm. Soooft. Purrty.

100purewool

After much searching online, I bought some syringes from KV Vet (an online pet supplier) in 4 sizes:

Syringes for dyeing

Prices were really good, shipping was fast. These syringes are great for measuring and for placing dye. Skooshing. Yeah.

I also bought some Henry's Attic undyed Kona superwash, Monty and Andromeda (silk-merino) last month. No need for photos, it's natural colored, on cones. No need to discuss quantities, let's not go there. It was a liquidation sale from someone who used to handdye yarn. She also sold me a bunch of Jacquard dyes for a good price, too. I'm not to buy any more yarn until my birthday. June. Unless I sell some...

I sold some yarn! Well, I was trying to raise funds to buy some fiber for dyeing. But promptly spent it at the Knitters Breakfast last week. But I also swung some trades:

My first Lorna's Laces (mmm, soft):

LL Shepherd Sock

and 2 oz each of cashmere batt, silk caps and mohair:

fiber from trade

Phew. I'm pooped, are you?

I thought I'd make a pair of Jaywalkers with The Red and The Black. I wanted something that would showcase the striping. But I knew I'd have to knit toe up because I wasn't sure how much sock I'd get, and I'd have to modify the pattern for that and the gauge. I figured the best way to get ready was to start a regular pair of Jaywalkers in my Xmas Rock Socks That Rock:

Jaywalker - started

Those are itsy bitsy bendy Brittany needles. I started with some bamboo dpn's and was miserable. I'm still miserable, the yarn sticks to the needles and I much prefer working with two circulars; but it's less torture than the bamboo. (And what is up with the pooling? I mean, I think it looks really cool. But hasn't everyone else's STR Jaywalkers been coming out stripes?)

Look, I got a whole 2 rows done last night:

Jaywalker - in progress

Impatient to start knitting with The Red and The Black, I did some googling and I found someone else had not only thought of toe-up Jaywalkers, but had written out instructions as well. Cool. I started a pair using the figure 8 cast on. Look at the striping:

The Red and The Black - begun

I used two #4 circular needles (yay) and modified for gauge as I went. But you know what (or if you're in Texas, I'll tell you h-what), the number of stitches and bulkier fabric just aren't working for Jaywalker. I'm not liking it. So after a bit of thought, I decided to add two negative ribs up the sides, like bonnet stripes on a Mini, just to add a little interest, and knit the rest of the sock plain. The stripes will speak for themselves, and the little bit of detail will (I hope) keep things interesting.

Lunchtime knitting has yielded:

Curlycue scarf

an almost done Curlycue scarf! This is for my niece and has taken for-e-vah (the last photo). Curly parts from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, pared down to child size. I didn't think such curlies around the neck would be so practical so I added enough seed stitch to wrap around once. Dangling curlies, pretty colors. If you were seven would you love it?

PS:  I joined Project Spectrum. I love the idea of celebrating colors, I'm all about colors these days. The Knitting Olympics pushed me to explore things I wouldn't otherwise have, and I think Project Spectrum will do the same (just not as, uh, intensively). Colors for March are Red and Pink. It's not intentional, but all three knits in progress have one, the other or both!

spin-dye-knit-a-scarf - blocking
spin-dye-knit-a-scarf blocking

spin-dye-knit-a-scarf

spin-dye-knit-a-scarf
Started:
2/13/06
Finished: 2/25/06
Pattern: my own
Yarn: handspun 2-ply 100% cashmere, 2 oz
Needles: #8 circulars
Notes: This is my 2006 Knitting Olympics project, taken from fluff to scarf. I got my wheel and dyes in the first week of February and since then, have way more interest in spinning and dyeing than in knitting. This is my first time spinning cashmere, the 5th thing I've spun on the wheel, my first intention dyeing (where I'm trying to get particular results), first time dyeing handspun, and second time knitting with it. Each stage was challenging for one reason or another, but not so time intensive that it wasn't do-able. Which made it an ideal KO project. It was still very difficult to maintain project monogamy, however. Staying focused was tough. Now that it's done, I look at it not so much as a wearable finished object, but as a completed project and challenge. And I'm very ready to move on to the next thing!

Just because it's called the Knitting Olympics... doesn't mean the knitting part is the fun part. Not for this project.

But, I did pick out a pattern last night:

spin-dye-knit-a-scarf - begun

and managed to knit 6". I weighed what's left and calculated I can make a 3' scarf. Not very long. For a scarf, and to knit.

Thanks for the comments! I'll respond post-scarf.

It seems I haven't posted much knitting content in a while so here's an update.

Curlycue Scarf is now on the straightaway, which I'm doing in seed stitch. The idea is to have a straight section for wrapping around the neck and curly ends to dangle. It goes slowly.

Curlycue Scarf - in progress

Gram's socks are just past the heel, though I think I'll have to rip out and add a few rows after she tries them on today. As long as I'm not redoing the whole sock it won't faze me.

Gram's socks - in progress

Creamsicle T is a big disappointment. When I couldn't sleep night before wheel arrival, I started seaming her. Shoulders, check. Sleeve, check. Pinned the other seams for a try on. Hmm. Not good. Poofs in the wrong places, it does. Poke, prod, no help. Plus, with the mods for a snugger fit on the body, the sleeves looked a bit roomy overall. I've had trouble with sleeves lately, they just don't fit the way they should. Why??

Last night I ripped back, recalculated, and restarted. I added slight bell shaping to the bottom and took out 2" above the elbow. I'll probably have to readjust the sleeve cap shaping, which I've not done before. This may become a debacle. It may go swimmingly well.

On the plus side, the body fits me well, though maybe a couple of rows too long.

The yarn is holding up well to being frogged and reused. Plus, I reseamed the shoulder using it and had no problems.

Creamsicle T - sleeve redux

And in the spinning world

This is the superwash merino, re-plied tighter. That's more like it. Better for socks.

37: Superwash Winter Solstice

And this I call Stained Glass. It's Winderwood Farms Corriedale plied with black commercial textured yarn. I didn't want the colors to clash like they did before, so I plied with a solid. This will be interesting knit up, I think.

39: Stained Glass

The back of Creamsicle T is done. I took a photo this morning but it came out very weird, part of the right side of the photo was on the left side and except for the very top it was all dark, dunno what happened, technology glitch.

Instead, I bring you photos of some holiday knits! Below are Scott's parents with Caribbean Flora Scarf, and Argyle Caddy on the special club:

Caribbean Flora Scarf Argyle Caddie

In other holiday knitting news, Linda's family absolutely LOVED the Esther Williams hat! She has some crafters in her family, and they were inspecting the construction, trying to reverse engineer it. I love that.

I miss my family. [sniff sniff]. When I was home over the holidays I found out my sister and niece both get tongue bumps like I do. It's genetic!

Special white dress shopping this weekend was productive, if exhausting. How can it be so tiring? I suppose there's a lot of emotional investment. I was amazed when I was shopping for my dress and again this weekend how different dresses look on the hangar and on a body. Some dresses that look boring or flat can look stunning and just pop when worn. It's also amazing how darned expensive they are. What the heck?? Shopping is not my forte to begin with so I struggled to find words to describe why this dress was not quite right, or what was good about that one. Mostly it was facial expressions and hand gestures accompanying words like "something about this part..." The front runner was simple, elegant, dreamy and flattering. Sometimes I can find the words. ;)

Knitting during commutes is a thing of the past, but I still get morning anxiety -- do I have enough knitting? what should I bring?? -- before I remember. In a way, I miss it, commuter knitting. Focused time with few distractions and nothing else to do. No computer or TV to get in the way; only elbows and newspapers to battle. I think a good chunk of knitting time is lost on browsing time at home: blogs, forums, sales; too addictive. I need to learn to get away from the computer. (Except to post and process photos, of course.)

Lunch hours are whittled to half an hour now, instead of the hour I had at my last job. Again, less knitting time. (No complaints, just less knitting throughout the day and a lot more in the evening.) Today I finally knit a few rows on my portable project during lunch. Here's a photo from last week:

Curlycue Scarf - in progress

Yep, Ruffles from Scarf Style, in yarn to match my niece's Bramble Roll Hat. Since it's for a 7 year old, I didn't want it to be so large. The thinner yarn takes care of part of that problem, and I also cast on 2 less stitches. It's purty.

I thought ruffles throughout might be too much. Scott had the idea of making the ends ruffles with a straight stretch in between, so I'll give that a try. With all the back and forth and curling about, this scarf will take (me) a while to finish. Could have to do with my knitting ADD.

Speaking of knitting ADD, I started a new project last night. While I wait for you to stop snickering and rolling your eyes, I'll explain. You know I really want to make the Bistro Shirt despite its short-sleeved inappropriateness for winter. I finally caved and hunted for non-wool in the right gauge. I don't have much non-wool. I do have some supersoft handpaintedyarn.com merino from a Knittyboard swap in bright colors that don't suit me that I've been wanting to use for months. It's wool, though... Hmm, it's the right gauge. But it's wool... Hmm, the t-shirt sweater from ella rae designs also knits to 18 sts / 4". Interesting, I've wanted to make that for a while. Yarn and pattern that I've wanted to use for a while. Hmm. I should knit a swatch. A swatch will come in handy no matter what I make. Hmm, swatch knits to gauge and damn that's soft. I need to keep knitting with it. How many stitches do I cast on??

See? See how it happens? And still no Bistro Shirt.

Don't you worry about my WIP count, I did a few more rows on Kiri; I am determined to do a few rows each day and get it done this year.

No wheel for you

The wheel plan was to go to The Fiber Studio in New Hampshire, but a friend is shopping for a, um, special white dress, so that takes prioritiy. Maybe next weekend!

Special Mayo

I love knitters/spinners/crafters. Catherine in UK offered to send me some Heinz mayo! Yay! I'll find some cool yarn to send in return. Thanks, Catherine!

I'm battling serious startitis. Last night I was roaming, from yarn room to living room to computer room and back, trying to match yarn to pattern for a new sweater or top, knitting swatches. I really want to make a Bistro Shirt, but I probably won't be able to wear a sleeveless top for a while. I really want to use the Bamboo or Oasis I just bought, but those are probably going to be summer tops as well, maybe a ChicKami and Picovoli. I'm looking at some Jaegar sweaters, and then there's the sweater I've wanted to make combining these yarns:

Danette Taylor yarns for a sweater

While pondering all this, and catching up on some blog reading, I saw Adrian's finished Kiri, and noticed she had made hers out of Koigu KPPPM. I had been thinking about making a Kiri or Birch for a while, you know, hop on the bandwagon, and had secured 3 balls of Kid Silk Haze in a swap a few months back. Somehow the timing never seemed right. And, while the Yarn Harlot's been known to call it Kid Silk Crack for its addictive qualities, others have been less than impressed with the knitting experience, so I've been wary. I wondered what yarn from stash I could use.

And then this happened:

Kiri - in progress

That's the beginnings of Kiri using the KSH. It all happened so fast, I can't explain it. I think it started with, "Let's just see..."

The first few rows I wasn't sure about the combo. Thin yarn, big needles. But as the pattern emerged, I could hear the inner voice saying, "I like, I like." And the soft and silky flow through my fingers, mmmm, nice. It's still early; anything can happen. I hope it gets knit, though. It'll be beautiful. (At the same time, I know it would have to be gifted; Scott would get shivers just looking at it, and I mean the heebie jeebie kind, not the good kind.) 

Some finished items

Grey Cabled Socks Grey Cabled Socks

Grey Cabled Socks
Started:
12/96
Finished: 1/6/06
Pattern: Stahl Socka booklet #6, pattern #23
Yarn: Stahl Socka 50 in color #9444
Needles: #2
Notes: These only took me 9 years to finish, not too bad, hahahahaha. The first sock was finished 7/24/97. It was on the tight side, so I didn't start the second. I finally started the second sock a few years later, but was getting a very different gauge, so I dropped it. Last month, as part of my WIP Management efforts, I picked it up again and finally finished the pair. The second one is even tighter than the first, but once they're on, it's not noticeable. They're snug and warm, I've been wearing them all day, and I love looking at them. Well, I haven't looked at them much, but I love knowing that they look wonderful with their cabley goodness.

 

My Birthday Scarf

My Birthday Scarf
Started:
9/29/05
Finished: 1/6/06
Pattern: my own: c.o. 38 sts. 2x2 ribs ad nauseum.
Yarn: Danette Taylor 4 ply cashmere in Calypso, just over 3 oz
Needles: #5
Notes: I bought this cashmere as my birthday present to myself, but it took a while to make it to the needles, and then just as long to knit. 2x2 rib is not fun, but on the plus side, this yarn is so very soft and luscious, it's as soft as angora without the bits of fluff escaping, without the allergic reaction. If I were to do it again, I would probably add a few more stitches to make it just a bit wider. Otherwise, I love it.

I'm looking forward to when my sinuses drain and I stop making noises that gross out Scott.

On my trip to NC, I found out my sister reads my blog! She called Buttercup the upside down noses scarf, hehe. Hi Lisa!

I took so much knitting with me and did so little. Knitting can't compete with this:

Akira and Auntie

and the drool he produces (danger, will robinson!):

Akira

That's the best photo I could find of me and my nephew, taken by my niece. My slacker husband didn't much pick up the camera this trip.

Here he is wearing Blueberry Fields, with room to grow:

Blueberry Fields

And Matching Hat (the cardi looked like it might be too tight on him; he SO does not like being changed, clothes or diapers, so I didn't want to risk it):

And Matching Hat

That's Scott, scruffy and not looking at the camera (very camera shy).

Some more New Year's knits:

New Year's

My niece wearing Bramble Roll Hat 2 (here's Bramble Roll Hat, which is just a smidge smaller, and from the top), brother wearing Charcoal Cashmere Scarf, and his fiance wearing Buttercup. Unfortunately, don't have photos of my sister or parents wearing their scarves.

Our non-traditional New Year's feast of Korean delights: 

New Year's Feast

I should explain: my family is Buddhist, and for New Year's, they drive to DC. They stay in some kind of Marriott, get some food, bring champagne, hang out and watch the countdown on TV. In the morning, they go to the Temple for New Year's, hmm, what do you call it, a meeting? prayer? Then lunch, shopping at an Asian food mart, and the long drive home. I've been a non-practicing Buddhist for a while now, so I usually don't join them; but I suppose I got tired of going to NC for New Year's and then spending only a few hours of New Year's day with them on their evening return; plus I missed out on the family time. This year Scott and I went for the ride and the New Year's eve celebrating; were even going to go to the Temple with them, but our colds got in the way. Maybe next year.

Last pic: my sister and me at my niece's school on her birthday. she's wearing the Belt tie that we had dyed together and I knit. The other pics had kids in 'em, but Scott and my dad were there as well.

School lunch

I finished My Birthday Scarf and the Grey Cabled Socks last night! Mebbe pics tomorrow. I'm battling serious startitis, distracted by all the yarn and books I just acquired, projects that have been calling out to me throughout holiday knitting, stash that begs to be made useful...

Thanks for the lovely comments about the baby sweaters! Tonight is the BASD meeting - I'm so excited!

Buttercup

Buttercup is a done deal. Here she is blocking:

Buttercup blocking

It's like looking up a bunch of noses.

And here she is finished:

Buttercup

Buttercup
Started:
11/17/05
Finished: 12/5/05
Pattern: my own
Yarn: 8 ply cashmere in yellow, 4 oz; purchased from Paul Moore (eBay: aggo64)
Needles: #10
Notes: After a while I really liked this pattern. Enough interest with the bobbles, and then some "plain" rows to zone out. Twisted stitches were a little more work but look great! Steam blocking worked nicely; the edges rolled slightly before. I stretched a bit width-wise to open up the pattern. Final size is 4" x 56", a good length and style for folding in half and looping the ends through (if that makes any sense). I wasn't sure if the pattern would be too much done all the way through; I had considered doing a few repeats at the ends and then an occasional bobble here and there. I like it, though. If there's any interest I will post the pattern.

Holiday Ideas

These scarves were knit earlier this year and are going out as gifts this holiday season. Maybe they're just the thing you were looking for! I included pattern info and notes.

Sideways Seaman's Scarf Sideways Seaman's Scarf

Sideways Seaman's Scarf
Started:
5/20/05
Finished: 5/21/05
Pattern: "Sideways Short-Row Seaman's Scarf" was originally posted at http://sssscarf.blogspot.com/, but isn't there now; the blog owner is http://ma2ut.blogspot.com/
Yarn: Noro Kochoran in color #21 (1 skein)
Needles: #10
Notes: An easy pattern that kept my interest with all the short rows, was quick because it's all garter stitch on #10 needles, soft to knit, pretty colors, and only 2 ends to sew in. Shed a little while knitting.

 

The Purl Scarf The Purl Scarf

The Purl Scarf
Started:
3/16/05
Finished: 3/31/05
Pattern: "The Purl Scarf" by Joelle Hoverson, Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Steadfast Fibers' Wonderful Wool in Blue Moon (less than 1 skein), Koigu KPPPM in P866 (leftovers from socks), Ski Yarn's Ski Kid Mohair in col #110 (light blues; less than 1 skein)
Needles: #15
Notes: Ran out of Koigu first, and didn't want to buy more to make the scarf longer. Quick knit and fun to see how the colors interact.

 

Caribbean FLora Scarf Caribbean Flora Scarf

Caribbean Flora Scarf
Started:
11/01
Finished: 4/04
Pattern: simple garter stitch
Yarn: Trendsetter Yarns' Flora #202 (2 skeins)
Needles: #10
Notes: This scarf sat on the needles for 3 1/2 years simply because I was using the wrong needles (Inox metal); when I tried bamboo needles in '04, I finished it in no time.

Knitting with Flora was not so fun, felt very string-like. But, the finished fabric is soft and pliable, and the colors beautiful.

Pattern: Cast on 22 stitches; knit every row.

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