Knitting

Right Now

20140125-114532.jpgRight now, it’s really cold.  Like -5 cold.  Like it’s snowing again, on top of the 12 inches we already got, and it’s worthless because it’s not going to lead to a snow day, cold.

It’s only leading to more cold.

Ok, you get it, it’s cold.

So, of course, cold=wool=knitting, and my Follow Your Arrow KAL has lead to another shawl – 3 out of 32.  I don’t know why, I just thought it would be fun.

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So, here’s an update on the first one I cast on – the Madeleinetosh Pashmina – this is Clue 1b and Clue 2a:

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I love this one.  Of the three, it’s the most traditional, and that’s ok – who knows where it’s going to go.  But, what I love is the yarn – its so squishy and soft.  Just what I wanted!

And, now for the rejects – the stepsisters to the Pashmina.

First, the Zauberball.  This is Clue 1a, 2b –

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I have it on a 24 length needle, so this is the best I can do photowise without my stitches falling off the end.  It’s a little crazy, but I think once it’s thrown around my neck, it will look pretty cool.

And then, after I finished the Pashmina and the Zauberball in plenty of time for Monday’s clue, I became intrigued with the idea of the short row wedges on the traditional pi shawl shaped lace.  So, I cast on – what the heck, right?  I had already knit more than half of the first clue when I took it off the needles, and I hadn’t ripped it out, so it was all ready to go –

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clue1b2b2Again, the needles are too short to get a really good shot of where this one is going – but, actually, I don’t know where it’s going – the short row wedges kind of spout off the circular beginning like a wing. But, that’s why I cast on – because it’s all so intriguing.  And, if it ends up fugly, I can always gift it.  My mom always loves my cast offs.

And what’s up with the quilting?  I’m still chugging along on my Penny Sampler – a little slower, because the precise piecing, for me at least, takes a lot of time.  I spend a lot of time lining up the seam with my piss poor bifocal, and then I spend a little bit of time – not as much as I used to certainly – ripping seams and trying to get all of the points to match.  I got a notice from The Intrepid Thread that my Gypsy Wife BOM shipped, which made me happy, since I didn’t expect it until sometime in February, but it also made me a little anxious – I thought I’d be further along in my Penny Sampler.  Have to pick up the pace!

ribbonblockHere’s one of two half square triangle heavy blocks – the ribbon block.  It’s almost done – I just have to finish sewing the four patches together, and I’ll get that done today.  The other, the snowflake block, I finished a few weeks ago, and I think I already posted a photo.  And, I finished up the spruce tree block – I need a little work with my flying geese blocks – they’re a bit wonky, but oh well.

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My goal is to finish the precise piecing section this weekend, and it’s a doable goal.  I don’t have any large blocks left – on 6 inch blocks, so if I would stop blogging and messing around on the internet, and get going, they would get done.

What isn’t getting done is my daily challenge pages over at the Lilypad.  I just don’t feel like sitting in front of the computer when I just feel like making stuff.  So, here are the pages I made on the snow day –

This is the watercolor photo technique –

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The Pimp my Quickpage –

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Combine Two Templates –

LaundryManAnd there you have it – I’ve only done 12 of 25.  I think tonight, after Joe goes to work I’m going to try to crank out a few pages.  I mean, what happens if I don’t get them done? Nothing.  I just don’t get my $20 coupon, and a chance at a Polly spot, the creative team for the store.  But, ssssh, I’ll tell you a secret – I don’t want to be a Polly.  I just don’t have the time to make that kind of commitment to such a busy store.  If I were a Polly, there wouldn’t be any knitting, quilting or art making.  And, that’s just not what I want.  I’m leaning farther and farther away from sitting in front of a computer.  You may have noticed that I haven’t posted any Project Life spreads in awhile, and that’s because I haven’t made any.  The last PL spread I made got a GSO – and why?  Because it was really intricate, complicated, and detailed – it looked great, but it took so much time.  So, now I’m thinking I might go back to the Becky Higgins PL philosophy – keep it simple.  Put the photos in the pockets, throw in some journal cards, call it done.  And, I’m thinking the easiest way to do that may be to go paper.  I don’t know.  HSN ran a PL show this week, and I was hoping they would have a good deal – which they did, but I think the kit is ugly.  I wish I had gotten my bright idea to go paper when they were featuring the Just Add Color bundle, but I didn’t and it’s gone.  Although I did enter a giveaway on someone’s blog to win one, so if I win, that will seal the deal.

So, I don’t want to sit in front of the computer – I just want to make stuff.  Tactile, touchable stuff.  So, I’m making mail art –

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Mindy finally received my first mail art project, after we had the scare that it had gotten lost in the post.  It’s hard to tell from the photos, but it was pretty big – I had painted the girl on brown craft paper, and then I cut her out to put on the paper bag, and she turned out bigger than I had intended.  I’ve sent off two more creations – just a cardboard postcard painted on one of my curtain inserts, and a crazy gift bag with gelli printed deli paper.  Drat, I just realized I didn’t photograph the bag – oh well, hope it doesn’t get lost!

And Misty Mawn’s class, Full Circle started.  I started our first assignment, the mandala, but this is only the first layer – I’m still going to add paint –

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So many projects!

Too bad this snow we’re getting today isn’t going to lead to a snow day.

But on the other hand, it’s not going to lead to a fourth shawl either.

Have a great weekend!

Follow Your Arrow KAL

Endeavoring sucks sometimes.

It’s hard to try your hardest.

And, KnittyD found it oh so aggravating.

Ok, let me take a step back. Sometime in December, Ysolda Teague announced she was creating a knit-along, the Follow Your Arrow KAL.

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It sounded like fun – remember those Encyclopedia Brown books – at least I think it was Encyclopedia Brown – you could choose how the story would progress. and how it would end. If you wanted the dooer to be Colonel Mustard in the library with the poker stick, go to page 5. If you’d like the murderer to be revealed as Mrs. Peacock in the kitchen with the wrench, skip to page 7. In this case, there are five clues, released every Monday. In each clue, there are two options, leading to 32 possible shawls. Fun, right? I have a stalled out sweater on needles, and I thought an Ysolda shawl would be just the thing to get my knitting mojo moving.

There is one catch. I still have post traumatic knit disorder from the Stephen West knit-along. KnittyD, Robin and I all signed up for the thing. No multiple options, but the finished shawl wouldn’t be revealed until the end. Much time was spent picking yarn, discussing yarn, etc., and then after all of the anticipation, the clue was released . . . and . . . we all hated it. All three of us. Not one of us knit it. And, Robin spent a tidy sum on her yarn. So, with that experience in mind, I decided I would knit from stash – stash which no longer included the Stephen West intended yarn because I believe I knit an Ysolda shawl with it.

Anyway, I thought I was going to use my hoarded Madelinetosh Lace, even though the pattern called for fingering because I just figured, eh, it’ll be a little lacier. But then, the night before the clue came out, I went to wind it — and there were breaks in the yarn. Gasp! Professor Plum took a hatchet to my beautiful yarn! I really don’t know what happened – it is somewhat old – probably three years. There was no moth dander anywhere. It’s a mystery.

But now the mystery was, what yarn was I going to use for the mystery shawl?

And, here were my stash choices –

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Handmaiden Sea Silk, Koigu, Blue Moon Geisha, and Zauerball.

I waited until Monday when the clue came out, and decided on the Sea Silk.  In fact, I was kind of excited about the Sea Silk – once, it was my favorite yarn to knit with.  And now, it’s not.  The old, nonendeavoring me would have continued on – I was on gauge, it looked ok.  But, it wasn’t the fabric or the drape I wanted.  So, I ripped out much of the first clue, option b, and cast on again the Blue Moon Geisha.

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Again, on gauge, and it looks ok – but, not what I wanted. I didn’t want the mohair halo, and I wanted something springy, squishy, like merino. So, I ripped out almost the whole clue again. Onward.

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This time, I decided I was going to buy – buy!  I haven’t bought yarn (well, except for the yarn I got for my mother-in-law for Xmas) since Sheep and Wool.  I should have been excited, but instead, I was filled with trepidation.  I remembered Robin, and her unknit Stephen West yarn.  So, for moral support, I had KnittyD meet me at Loop, and I spent a good half hour looking at two bins of yarn – Brooklyn Tweeds Loft, and Madelinetosh’s Pashmina.  I knew I wanted the Pashmina – but it was investment.  An investment that would pay off?  Well, what evidence did we have?  History – love Ysolda’s shawls and I never did really like Stephen West, and the first clue had already been released, and looked promising.

But, I went with the cheaper option – the Loft.

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When I snapped this photo and sent it to KnittyD it was probably seconds before the aggravation set in. I knew the yarn was delicate – the guy at the store who wound it broke it while winding, and KnittyD had a difficult time with her Loft Shawl, but I had no idea it was going to break every time I touched it. It broke when I pulled it out of the center pull. It broke when I took out my swatch (yes, I’m endeavoring, so I’m swatching), and then it broke three more times while I was knitting – at the fourth spit splice, I decided enough, and the next day, I took it back.

And, in record time, well in standard Wendy time, because I generally know exactly what I want when I go to buy yarn – which was what was so shocking to KnittyD during our trip to the yarn store, I returned the Loft, and bought the Pashmina.

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And, I have exactly what I want!

And, I finished so far in advance of Monday’s second clue, that I cast on the second option as well – in the  Zauerball –

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This shawl, to me anyway, is definitely going to be the ugly stepsister of the Pashmina.  But, I thought it would be fun to do both options each time.

Hey, Clue was fun every time I played it, right?

365 Revisited – Sort Of, Not Really

No, I’m not undertaking another 365 Project.  I’ve decided I’m completely against number challenges – 365, numbered week Project Life, 30 Days of anything . . .  if you want to create something, just do it or don’t do it.  It doesn’t make much sense to me to snap a crappy photo just so you don’t miss day 162.  Numbers aside, though, shooting every day is not a bad thing – it’s just not always a possible thing . . . because there’s that life thing.  So, while I never again want to assign a number to another creative endeavor, I would like to shoot more, so, I’ve signed up to receive Katrina Kennedy’s daily emails designed to help you along with your 365 Project through her website, Capture Your 365.

Yesterday’s prompt (because I’m already a day behind – and – I just don’t care.  In fact, I’m not going to do today’s prompt because it’s about capturing a candid photo, and Joe’s not home, and I feel like I have enough dog photos for the week) was to take a photo of something handmade.  The prompt also gave a nice tip about finding good light – near an open window, in a doorway, etc.  Unfortunately, now that it’s daylight savings, there is no light by the time I get home, so I had to settle.

So, what do you do if you have to settle?  First, crank up that ISO – that’s what it’s there for – low light situations.  When I used to shoot film, I really didn’t like shooting above 400 speed film (which is the closest correlation you can get to ISO – film speed), because of the grainy character of the photos.  Ah, silly me – I was young.  But, back then, grain wasn’t retro – it was just the way it was.  Now, I’m ok with a little grainy quality – because it resembles film.  Go figure.  When I shot with film, I didn’t want it to look like film, and now that there’s no film – well, there’s a filter for that.  Anyway, with the Canon 7D, I can shoot with nearly no grain at 800 – even on a sunny day, if I’m capturing a lot of motion, I may leave it on 800.  For these photos, I pushed my ISO up to 1000.  

Next, stablize your camera.  Obviously, this means go get your tripod out of your closet.  I’m lazy.  I didn’t feel like getting my tripod, setting it up, or disassembling it for one photo.  Lazy lazy girl.  So, I put my handmade item on the windowsill, and I set my camera down on the sill.  There, it’s still on the sill.  Of course, you can get camera shake, however slight, from when you press the shutter button down, especially since you’re going to shoot at a ridiculously slow shutter speed.  If you’re photographing something important, set your timer – the shutter will go off automatically, no pressure from your finger, and no shake.  For this, I didn’t do that – because I really didn’t care that much. This sloppines of mine I guess defeats the purpose of practicing – if you’re too lazy to practice good habits, you won’t have good habits.  Whatever.

Then, pick your settings – as long as your camera’s stable – the correct exposure depends on what your vision is – do you want the whole thing in focus, or just a bit with a blurred background?  

Because my camera wasn’t on a tripod, and not truly stable, I went wide – 3.5 f and short 1/15 – 

 

 

The above is the on-the-way-to being finished Smolder –

I know – it looks more finished in this photo, but this is only one of four triangles.  All four triangles are complete – and now they have to be icorded together.  In the top photo you can see all of the live stitches that are hanging out on a holder.

Fun times!

I hate icord.

Wonder why it’s not finished.

 

 

Mother’s Day Approacheth

Just because I couldn’t buy yarn for myself at Sheep and Wool didn’t mean I couldn’t buy it for someone else.

You would think a festival would be a great place to buy a Mother’s Day gift. Nice thought, but the truth is, my mother is only a fair knitter, and she knits mostly charity things – baby blankets, hats, etc., in that dreaded Red Heart.

So, I was really looking for something else. What that was, I didn’t know exactly, but I thought I might find a simple kit with a simple project. And, I did. But then I decided what was simple to me, might not be simple to her, so I decided to knit it for her.

Can I tell you that this simple pattern – this knit stitch only pattern, that promises to take only 3 hours – has been the bane of my existence.  

I’ve now knit it three times in probably three hours. First, the pattern called for a size 15 needles, so I knit it, and what was supposed to be a scarf looked as big as a hanky.   Not that you’d want to blow your nose in this stuff.  So, I borrowed size 19 needles from the yarn store, and cast on again. However, I was so distracted by my thoughts in the post below, and I was running the whole thing by the girls at knitting circle, I accidentally recast it on on the 15’s again. I finished it – again – and, again had a circus clown, yarn hankie.  And then I gazed across the room to see the 19’s sitting by the register, and I realized what I had done – again.

So, I took a breather, and cast on again last night – knit for a half hour, and it’s about four rows from being done. It’s definitely better, but . . .

it’s . . . gosh – really, what is it?  I wanted to buy my mom a kit that looked like she had bought it at Chico’s.

I think I nailed that.

But is that really a good thing?

Eh . . . we’ll see.

So then, I started thinking, I had better make something else.  And just as I thought that, I stumbled onto this excellent tutorial on making Domino pendants from Art Play Today.

 

 

Looks easy peasy right?

And it was!

Here are the pendants I made so far – preresin, that is.  Since taking this photo this morning, I’ve mixed the resin, “frosted the cake,” and they’re now drying.

 

The photo of the woman is my grandmother.  It’s actually part of a four square of photos.  She borrowed her sister’s fur, snuck out of the house, had her picture taken, snuck back in, and returned the coat.  The rest of the photos are pretty awesome too, but this one was the best shape for a domino.  The tulips are from the flower show, the crow from our backyard, the other flowers from the beach, the cardinal from my parent’s backyard, and a face I painted on tissue paper.

Then, after I was all finished up, I had a brainstorm.

Lightning!

I remember my fantastically fabulous Cartes Postales book that I brought back from my trip to Switzerland years ago.  I think I paid $20 for the whole thing.  

I can’t even begin to tell you how beautiful the postcards are inside.  

And they’re all copyright expired.

Anyway, so what I did was I scanned a few fronts, then scanned the backs, and then I used the handwritten backs as overlays.

How cool are these?  Well, the SheArt one is for my niece, I don’t know how cool that one is, but the vintage postcards?!?!  

So what to do with this stash of postcards?

Hoard them for myself?

Create free collage sheets?

I don’t know.

Stay tuned!

Blocking Brigid

Whoah Nelly!  Two knitting posts in one month?  I’m feeling a little 2009ish.  Swell!  And, wait to you see what I cast on next (and you do have to wait because I haven’t photographed it yet).

I have one word for the next project.

Starmore.

And no more I’ll say.

Anyway, I took photographs of Brigid (from Vintage Modern Knits) blocking, so I thought I’d share a few blocking tips.  I feel like I should have a title like 10 Helpful Blocking Tips, but I’m doing this off the top of my head, and I don’t know if I’ll get to ten.  

So first – block.

That’s it – number 1 advice stands alone – you must block your garments, or they’ll look like poo.  I know people who don’t.

And I’ll say no more.

I’ve already said what I think they’re finished garments look like.

No. 2 – Block before you sew.  Why?  Because I said so, dammit.

No, really – here’s why.  Because sewing your garment together is probably going to be trickier than knitting it was, and you want to make your life easy.  So, before you sew – and I know you just want to dive right in and do it, but don’t – get out the schematic that came with your pattern, and block your pieces just like their accompanying pictures.

Schematic?  Huh? You say – this isn’t one of those crazy Ikea products I have to put together, this is knitting, what are you talking about, schematic?  Every knitting pattern should have a diagram, a little picture of the finished pieces, showing the measurements for each size.  The more measurements given, the better the schematic.  And, if your pattern doesn’t have a schematic, you have a crappy pattern.  And if you have a crappy pattern, you should draw yourself a sketch of what the schematic should look like based on the measurements you were given in the pattern.

And now the magic begins.  You have all of these curly, unruly pieces of knitting, that may look two sizes too small (if they look two sizes too big, they probably are, and you didn’t properly check your gauge – and that’s another lesson for another day, and if it looks more than 2 sizes too small, again, it probably is, it’s not just cables that need to bloom, or lace that needs to grow.  At that point, you have a choice to make – you can block it long, you can block it wide, but you can’t do both – you can only compensate so far.  And if you try to pull the fabric out too much – you’ll get crazy points in the fabric.  If it’s too small, and you aggressively block – you may damage the integrity of the yarn and your stitches, and you may want to just consider gifting or ripping).  But, it’s typical for yarn to bloom once its wet, and once you start blocking – and all of that, say lace – once you get it on your floor, your blocking board, whatever – it’s going to take form, those cables?  will magically unsquish.  There is one bit of magic that blocking can’t do – it cannot fix a too tightly bound off edge.  So, if in your desire to get your project done, you bound off your stitches so tightly that the edge curves – take a step back.  Put your pins away.  Go back, rip out the cast off, and do it again with a bigger needle.  If you don’t, it will always curve.  Water and pins can only do so much.

Now, of course, I didn’t take any photos of the presewing blocking of Brigid.  But, here are your basic steps – (I’m recounting because this seems like very disorganized babble but I really don’t feel like editing this – I know, I’m not winning any blogging awards any time soon) – so – 1. Choose blocking, 2. Block before Sewing, 3. Find Your Schematic

Once you have that down, wet your pieces.  Now here’s an important think – you’re wetting wool – don’t felt your sweater before you even get it on the blocking board.  Put the thing in your sink, get it wet, but don’t be aggressive with it – at all.  I run the water over the garment, let the water soak in, and then I drop it in a towel that’s been spread out.  Then, to get the excess water out, I don’t squeeze it – I simply roll up it up in the towel.  Roll, don’t squeeze = no felting.

Next, get your blocking tools ready.  I use a blocking board.  If you don’t have a blocking board, use your floor.  But, whatever you use, make sure you have some kind of measuring instrument.  That’s why the blocking board is nice – it’s divided into blocks.

Gosh this post is sounding more and more like a field guide to brain surgery with every sentence – a blocking board has blocks – genius!

Ok, so you have your blocking board, with little blocks on it, and your pins.

Pins are your friends.

You can never over pin.

Pins = use them. 

Use them alot.

So, take your pieces – generally your front (or fronts if it’s a cardigan), the back, and your sleeves.  And the most important thing you’re going to block – meaning, pin into place according to the measurements on your diagram/schematic – is the armhole. And the sleeve cap.

If you screw up the armhole and/or the sleeve cap you’re doomed.

Sorry, but true.

If you screw up the armhole, you’re going to find yourself fudging the sewing – the sleeve cap must fit into armhole – and if it doesn’t you’re going to have a lump of fabric either in the armpit, or on the shoulder – Quasimodo, Elephant Man, you take your pick.

And the beauty of blocking is that even if you’ve screwed up your decreases (just a little bit, you can’t fix big big mistakes with blocking) on your armhole or sleeve cap, you can probably fix them when you block, as long as you’re following your little picture/diagram/schematic.  Fudge while blocking, not while sewing.

So pin out all of your pieces – I pin them on my blocking board just like the diagram – so I have a sleeve on each side – blocked very near the arm hole so I can eyeball that they’re going to work.  Two fronts of a cardigan I’ll block side by side, so I know they’re the same length, width, etc. and then I’ll block the back.

Then let it dry – overnight.  Don’t skimp on the drying.  Just let it sit.  Patience.  I know it’s hard – but do it.

Then, you can sew.

And then, sometimes, you can block again!

And that’s where my pictures come in.

Once blocked, and sewn (and sewn much easier because you have nicely blocked, flat edges, and perfectly formed armoles and sleeve caps), often, you have to pick up a buttonband and a collar.  Sometimes, after I’ve done that part of the finishing, I’ll block the whole garment in one piece, to get a nice edge on my button band, and a nice even edge to the hole garment)  –

 

So – there you have it.  I have again wet my jacket, and gotten it into shape on the board.

I have been generous in my use of pins – pinning down the buttonband, and the bottom of my jacket.

And why aren’t the sleeves pinned?  Because at this point I was happy with their shape, they didn’t need any additional pins – and the only thing I could have done to them at this point is over block them – pin them in strange, contorted ways that would result in some crazy point in the fabric.

Love these buttons!

So, there you have it.  Any questions?  I know this was completely and totally clear.

Seriously, if you need any help, feel free to email.

 

 

 

And Now for Something Completely Different – Knitting!

I can’t believe I only finished one item this winter (well, there were all of those holiday hats – so more than one – but only one for me).  My knitting is really low on the priority ladder these days.  The other night I was watching t.v., and playing with the iPad, and I thought, huh, I could be knitting.  Shocking, that this only occurred to me after watching tv for at least an hour.  Not like the old days of marathon knitting in front of the tube.  The knit mojo will come back, though, I know it.

But, until then, here’s my one FO – this is Adelaide, the cover design from Vintage Modern Knits.  In the book it’s a pullover, but I added a steek and made a cardigan.

 

This is not knit in Fibre Co. yarn, like the pattern.  As much as I love you Terra, you were too expensive for this project, knowing that frugal times were a-coming.  Instead, this is Bartlett Yarn from Maryland Sheep and Wool.  Love Bartlett – it’s definitely yarny yarn, in knitspeak.

Here’s a close up of the yoke –

Nice buttons, eh?  I finished the sweater while I was on trial in January.  During a lunch break, when the jury was out, I walked over to Karlin’s at 8th and Market, a sewing store I tend to forget about since it’s not in the trendy part of town.  But, these buttons worked well, and I spent my time waiting for the jury to come back sewing them on, and weaving in the gazillion ends from the fair isle.

Luckily, we won the trial – or I’d have bad feelings about the sweater.

Eh, I’d probably still wear it – it’s so warm and awesome.

 

{149/365} – Aidez

So, were you even just a bit curious about what I was going to do with those 6000 yards of O-Wool?

No, I’m not knitting a cover for our car.

Or the tree in front of our house.

Relax, I’m only going to use about 2000 yards, and then pass it along.

I’m going to knit this, Aidez, a free pattern from Berroco.

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You’d think that after winding 6000 yards of yarn, the knitting gods would be smiling on me, and this project would have been off to a smooth start.  Not to be.  First, I couldn’t get gauge (3.75/inch).  Then, when I got close (a teeny bit more than 4/inch), I cast on, knit 6 inches, hated the fabric (way too loose) and ripped it out.  Then, I decided to try another project – this time, I picked a project with a gauge of 5/inch.  I got gauge – but on a three.  There was no way that I was going to knit a cably fabric on a three with a heavy worsted yarn.  Back to the original project.  I cast on for the 44 (I normally would have cast on for the 36), and went to work at 4.5/inch.  So far so good.  I think I’m getting a size that is between the 36 and the 40, which should be fine, especially since the cardigan doesn’t close.

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And aren’t my stitchmarkers sweet?

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Have an awesome turkey day everyone!

Making the Grade

We all know about comfort food.  And, we knitters know about comfort knitting – it’s called garter stitch.  Easy peasy.  And my friend Grace loves garter stitch (and I-cord – the i-cord I could live without).  Anyway, I took a break (kind of a long break) from my gigantic Grace project (one more triangle to go!), to make her half square shawl/scarf Grade.  And remember a few posts back I mentioned I had a project on the needles in yummy Fibre Company Terra?  Yarn meet pattern –

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I haven’t quite figured out how to fling it yet.  Some people can naturally wear shawls, I have to work at it a bit.  I’m going to get started on it right away, because I don’t ever want to take it off.

Making the Grade

We all know about comfort food.  And, we knitters know about comfort knitting – it’s called garter stitch.  Easy peasy.  And my friend Grace loves garter stitch (and I-cord – the i-cord I could live without).  Anyway, I took a break (kind of a long break) from my gigantic Grace project (one more triangle to go!), to make her half square shawl/scarf Grade.  And remember a few posts back I mentioned I had a project on the needles in yummy Fibre Company Terra?  Yarn meet pattern –

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I haven’t quite figured out how to fling it yet.  Some people can naturally wear shawls, I have to work at it a bit.  I’m going to get started on it right away, because I don’t ever want to take it off.

{138/365} – Another Finished Project! Falltime Bandit

Yep, it’s true.  Two finished projects in two weeks.  Crazy.  This is Kate Gagnon Osbourne’s Springtime Bandit:

 

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The original Springtime Bandit is knit in Terra, one of Fibre Company’s luscious luxury yarns.  I have another project on the needles in it now, so you’ll be seeing it soon.  This is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Bleeding Hearts in a a silk blend.  I forget the name of the yarn, though, and I threw the tag out.  Oops.  Anyway, it’s a gift for my sister-in-law-s grandmother who is turning 90 at the end of the month.  Go Granny!  I may make it again for me . . . though in Terra!