Knitting

{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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SpringtimeBandit

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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!

{135/365} – Light Blocking

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What’s this?  Is it my blocking board for the second time in less than a week?  Yes, friends, another finished project!!!!

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Do you want to hear another crazy thing?  This is knit from the LAST of my Blue Moon Fiber stash from Maryland Sheep and Wool two years ago.  Like the sportweight, this was a skein I snatched while waiting in line.   Now, I just have to get to those Koigu Mill ends from five years ago . . .

Blocking 

Before I talk about today’s Muse assignment, I just wanted to comment a bit on the narcissistic photo journey I’ve been on for the past week or so.  It disturbs me when I pull up my blog, and entry after entry is me me me.  My world is bigger than me, and I have so many more interests.  But, on the other hand, these photos have been telling the story of my daily life – knitting, prison trips, contemplative time.  And, I am shocked to say, it’s been really fun.  You know what the best thing is about being my photo subject?  I’m always around!  I don’t have to wait for me to stop barking and put down my bone, I don’t have to wait for me to get home from work, I don’t have to go searching for the subject.  And, most of these photos, are for the most part, inspired and spontaneous.  For instance, I started blocking my scarf, and as I was leaning over the fabric I thought about how the light was coming from behind me, and streaming over my shoulder, and I thought – get the camera!  Once, I have the vision in my head of what the photo should look like, though, the challenge begins.  To focus my camera on a spot where I think I’m going to be once I hop into the photo, guessing to a certain extent the light metering, and often guessing what’s even going to be in the frame – since my camera is often propped on a shelf, or a ledge, or a book against a wall, or something else that I can’t get behind.  Getting what’s in my head to match what comes out of the camera has really been like a game, like hitting a pinata while blindfolded.  And when you get that dead on blow?  Candy!

Anyway, today’s assignment was about finding the light in our own homes.  Luckily today, the light found me.  It was almost as if it tapped me on the shoulder, whispered in my ear.  All three shots are SOOC. 

{131/365} – Audrey In Unst Finished!

Audrey Finished 2!

Once upon a time, I could crank out five, six sweateras a season, but that was before I got married, before I developed a photo addiction, before a lot of things.  Now, there’s not as much time.  I started Audrey back in the summer, and I finally finished it.

{132/365} - Audrey Finished! 

I hadn’t planned on knitting Audrey.  When that issue of Twist Collective came out, I liked it, but I wasn’t sure if the fit was right for me, and I knew that I didn’t want three quarter length sleeves (which I think, in a sweater are stupid).  But, last year, when I was at Maryland Sheep and Wool, languishing in the Fold’s endless line, I was seduced by Blue Moon Fiber’s Sportweight in Brick, a fabulous red.  Not too pink, not to fire engine, just perfect.  And, of course, after I bought two skeins with no project in mind, it languished in my stash.  Not that my stash is a bad place to be – but I had no plans for it.  Then, over the summer, I decided it must be knit, it deserved to be knit, and I ran a search on Ravelry, and low and behold, Audrey in Unst was originally knit in the BFF sportweight.  So, it was a done deal.

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Audrey is knit in one piece, and after you get passed the 36 rows of twisted rib in the beginning, it really flies along.  And the real beauty – NO SEWING.  AT ALL.  The sleeves are picked up, and the cap is shaped with short rows.  Sweet.

 

Audrey in Unst

 

Even though it’s knit in one piece, I did manage to subtley screw it up.  When I picked up the buttonbands, I somehow must have picked up more on one side than the other because after I had the buttons sewn on, and was modeling it for myself in the mirror, I noticed – argh! – the ribbing on the bottom is uneven — it looks as though its longer on one side.  Sigh.  Not going to rip it out though – it’s now a design element. 

You can see it in the first photo.

Now that I’ve pointed it out to you, of course.

But, sssh, don’t tell anyone else!

{131/365} – Audrey In Unst Finished!

Audrey Finished 2!

Once upon a time, I could crank out five, six sweateras a season, but that was before I got married, before I developed a photo addiction, before a lot of things.  Now, there’s not as much time.  I started Audrey back in the summer, and I finally finished it.

{132/365} - Audrey Finished! 

I hadn’t planned on knitting Audrey.  When that issue of Twist Collective came out, I liked it, but I wasn’t sure if the fit was right for me, and I knew that I didn’t want three quarter length sleeves (which I think, in a sweater are stupid).  But, last year, when I was at Maryland Sheep and Wool, languishing in the Fold’s endless line, I was seduced by Blue Moon Fiber’s Sportweight in Brick, a fabulous red.  Not too pink, not to fire engine, just perfect.  And, of course, after I bought two skeins with no project in mind, it languished in my stash.  Not that my stash is a bad place to be – but I had no plans for it.  Then, over the summer, I decided it must be knit, it deserved to be knit, and I ran a search on Ravelry, and low and behold, Audrey in Unst was originally knit in the BFF sportweight.  So, it was a done deal.

Audrey in Unst 2 

Audrey is knit in one piece, and after you get passed the 36 rows of twisted rib in the beginning, it really flies along.  And the real beauty – NO SEWING.  AT ALL.  The sleeves are picked up, and the cap is shaped with short rows.  Sweet.

 

Audrey in Unst

 

Even though it’s knit in one piece, I did manage to subtley screw it up.  When I picked up the buttonbands, I somehow must have picked up more on one side than the other because after I had the buttons sewn on, and was modeling it for myself in the mirror, I noticed – argh! – the ribbing on the bottom is uneven — it looks as though its longer on one side.  Sigh.  Not going to rip it out though – it’s now a design element. 

You can see it in the first photo.

Now that I’ve pointed it out to you, of course.

But, sssh, don’t tell anyone else!

{73/365} – SOOC Monday

Haruni (the pink thing) is done and blocking!

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New Manos Lace – Coming Soon to a Yarn Store near you!!!

Trust me, it’s sweet!

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The weather was lovely today, but I stayed inside and tried to convince my cold that it’s simply time to go.

I was knitting this – ssshhhh, it’s a sample for the store in the new Manos laceweight (what Manos laceweight you ask . . . coming soon!)

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But, I wanted to be knitting this –

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Two triangles down, two to go.

Hope everyone is having a great Labor Day Weekend!

Still Knitting

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You didn’t think I was spending all of my time being creative and not knitting did you?

If you did, think again!

I’ve been knitting miles . . . and miles of garter.

With miles still to go.

When Grace Anna Farrow’s, formerly of Rosies and Loop, new book came out, A Fine Line, I was excited.  I hadn’t seen it yet, but I was excited because while Grace didn’t teach me to knit, the actual physical mechanics of putting my needle in the stitch, throwing my yarn around the needle, and bringing the needle under and off, she taught me how to knit – and when she was in Philadelphia, she truly was my knitting sensei.   It was a crazy knitting crush – if Grace was knitting in Anne, I knit in Anne.  If Grace was knitting a sock, I cast on a sock.  If Grace lead a class – I took it.  Grace was, and still is, a knitting rock star, I was her knitting groupie, and I miss her very much.

Anyway, then I saw the book.

And I was sad, because I wasn’t really in love with anything. 

And there was all of that garter.

And, in true Grace fashion, all of that icord.  A lot of icord.

But, then Grace came to town, bringing her shawls with her.

And, it was a whole knew ballgame.  These shawls in person are nothing short of fantastic. 

And, I picked the biggest one of them all to knit – Smolder!

New Project!

Smolder is four triangles, not sewn together, but joined with an icord – zig-zagging through the center, then continuing on for the border.  It took me three weeks to finish the first triangle –

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Preblocking, it’s already the size of a generous shoulder shawl.  

Still three triangles to go, sigh.

But, if you’re not interested in knitting garter stitch in laceweight yarn on a  4, but would prefer something worsted/aran maybe close to bulky, head on over to Rosie’s –

O Wool

I’m not exactly sure what the story with this yarn is – something about there being too much vegetable matter in the yarn (i.e., sticks, fiber/plant material – kind of like Noro) for O-Wool to brand it and sell it, so Rosie’s is selling it in 4lb (yes, pound!) bundles – 4000+ yards – enough for 3-4 sweaters.  I felt it, feels fine to me.  So this what normally would sell for $300 bundle is going for a steal at $50 – go with a friend, split one, trade a couple – you won’t be sorry.  My owl sweater that I love is knit in o-wool –

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So go on – knit an owl – or 4!

And, don’t ask about the Starmore . . .

Knitting Content – Sort of . . .

Everyone watching E3 this week?

Sure, you know – that great knitter’s trade show . . . oh, wait, that was TNNA last week in Ohio.

E3??

E3 is the gaming industries trade show, and I don’t know about your house – but my house is abuzz with excitement – 3D, Kinect, Move – whatever . . . The coverage is nearly 24 hours a day on G4 (I sometimes get confused and call the conference E4 because it’s on the G4 network – completely understandable mistake, in my opinion, but my husband tends to scoff), and my  husband taped it ALL. 

And, surprisingly, yesterday – there was something that caught this knitter’s eye – a new game from Nintendo for the Wii – Kirby’s Epic YARN

So, it looks like Kirby the yarn ball rambles through his textile universe, snatching treasure with the flick of a skein.  He can also unzip his cloth and textile universe, revealing hidden layers, and secret things.  And, according to the press release:

Thanks to his versatile yarn composition, Kirby can take on a variety of forms both in his common actions and when he transforms into powerful vehicles. When Kirby dashes, he zips around as a car. In water, he turns into a submarine. At times he can even transform into a massive robotic tank, a UFO and other vehicles”

 

Hmm, thanks to his yarn composition he becomes . . . a tank? a UFO? a submarine?  Don’t they know he would felt?

How about a sweater? A sock?

I don’t know about this one.

What do you think?

(polls)

I’ll Show You Yours – Knitting Circle Eye Candy

Since I don’t have any knitting to share with you, I took my new lens to knitting circle, and photographed everyone else’s knitting.  When I took the card out of the camera, and popped it in the computer, I was wildly disappointed with 75% of the pictures.  What is wrong?  I have a new spectacular lens.  Everything should be crisp and perfect!  This darn lens must be defective, I thought.  But, then I looked at some of the good ones – and the good ones were really good.  And then it dawned on me – it wasn’t the lens, it was me.    

Back in the old days, when I had my Ricoh, the standard starter lens was a 50mm.  Then, manufacturers started bundling camera bodies and lenses, and you’d generally get some kind of a zoom with your new camera body.  With the zoom, you can stand in one place, move in with your telephoto, move out for your wide angle.  And you didn’t have to move at all.  The 50 mm, on the other hand – is stationary – it’s a prime lens. 

And that’s my problem – I am lazy lazy lazy.

It never even occurred to me that I, duh, had to move.    I have become so lazy that two steps forward, two steps back, several to the right or left, has become such an unnatural movement that it’s not an instinct when a shot is not in focus, or badly cropped, or just kind of crappy? 

So, first lesson learned – camera exercises require exercising.

In any event, here are a few of the good or at least ok pictures from knitting circle on Wednesday:

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 This is Natalie’s fantastic, top down Fair Isle creation – with Noro Sock and Alpaca Soc.

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 And her yummy yogurt that we all had to watch her eat.

cheesecake

 But that was all made ok when DC brought cheesecake.

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 Robin’s fab baby blanket – this is Basil in Koigu.

 

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Sherry’s toe-up sock.

 

spindle Sabeta’s spindle. (Gosh I wish I had just MOVED BACK when I took this shot, and then the spindle would have actually have been in focus, sigh).

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 And, Rachel’s Japanese Feather and Fan – awesome!

And then I followed Rachel outside, where she modeled her new shawl, and I snapped these two photos of her which I think turned out just lovely.

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Rachel 

And my knitting?  Well, I’m kind of plugging away at Persian Tiles – honestly, I’ve been playing with photoshop and photography so much that I’ve really only been knitting when Joe comes home work at we catch up on our shows.  But, here’s just about two repeats of the pattern:

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 So, there’s just a little eye candy to start your weekend! 

The State of the Starmore (s)

Stardate May 7, 2010, Knitter’s Log 2 – In honor of Mother’s Day, or just in the course of normal knitting insanity, I cast on another Starmore – a Jade Starmore – and now have mother and daughter on needles. 

First, Mama Starmore – no pictures – it’s too sad.  On Sunday night, just as I planned, I dumped Thoroughbreds on our bed, much to the chagrin of my husband, and began the sorting process.  I picked up each ball, and yelled at it ‘Tell me your name, dammit – are you Turf?  Mooskit?  Tell me, or die!!!!”  Anyway, not shockingly, the ballbandless blobs did not speak up, and I abandoned that line of attack.  I would just figure it out as I went – one color at a time.

So, I started to knit – ok, easy peasy – the first colors were already on the needles, and from looking back, and looking at the tails, I could move on to the next color.  But after the first row, something just felt off – and then I remembered the stitch count problem.  So, I counted.

And, I counted again.

And, one final time.

Drat.  I had only done the armhole decreases on one side of the vest – for 2.5 inches.  No wonder I put it down. 

Let the ripping begin.

And that is why there is no picture of my ripped back Starmore.  But, at least it’s fixed, and hopefully, I’ll start knitting it again before Starmortis once again sinks in.

Now to the daughter, Jade, and Persian Tiles.  Persian Tiles Wrap is from Jade’s book, A Collector’s Item, a collection of knitting designs inspired by the Glasgow Museum’s Burrell Collection, a collection of 9000 works of art, including tapestries, paintings, stained glass, and scupltures, among other things.   Unlike other Starmore’s, this design, a two colored Fair Isle, is meant to be personalized, in fact on the Virtual Yarns website, she says,

 “Here is a very quick and very easy way to add combinations of our Hebridean colours to a home. The example shown here, in Spindrift and Solan Goose, is a subtle take on my original version. I made it to go with the blonde sanded floorboards in my living room. However, you can choose our colours to give many different effects. I know of a deep green leather couch that is beautifully graced by a pair of Persian Tiles cushions in Red Deer and Calluna. Just choose your mood. An amendment is provided to be used in conjunction with the book.”

 

Choose your own colors?!? Sweet!  Of course, she does recommend choosing Virtual Yarns colors, but eh, at least I know longer have to worry is a Starmore still a Starmore when it’s no longer a Starmore, not that I had been planning on worrying about that, really truly deeply.

Choosing two colors was hard for me – I’m not a colorist.   I even bought a color wheel to help me out, but then I couldn’t figure out which arrow went with which star that went with which triangle.  I spent at least 45 minutes at the Davidson‘s booth at Maryland Sheep and Wool, putting every color on the shelf together with a pair.  First, I settled on a rich, dark ocean blue, and a lighter blue, but I was afraid that they wouldn’t read.  So, I asked the woman who was manning the booth what she thought, and she thought I needed something that popped – like yellow.  I immediately said, uch, I don’t want it to look like I went to Michigan – and oops, then noticed she was wearing a Michigan t-shirt.  Oh well.  No yellow.  A slinked away, and eventually picked these two colors:

Burgundy, and

And Bayberry.

Anyway, so here’s almost the first repeat of the fifty row, fifty stitch pattern repeat –

It’s a surpringsly easy knit – it’s a long repeat, but the pattern is symmetrical, so once you go up the row, down the row is just backwards.  I’m not catching my floats in the back, first because I’m lazy, and second, because I knit fair isle with one hand, and pick and throw my yarn, so I don’t naturally carry the yarn behind the work.  Because there are some 15 stitch floats, I’m probably going to have to line the thing if I ever finish it – oh, I’m sorry WHEN I finish it, righto.

Yarn for Persian Tiles was my goal at Sheep and Wool, but of course, I had to go off plan, and buy a few things here and there.  Usually a few things means 10 things, but this year I was pretty good – this is the rest of my haul –

I’m not sure what the skein on the left is, but the center skein is Creatively Dyed, and the 2 on the right, are Miss Babs.  And, from this little gathering of fingering and laceweight will spring Haruni, Juneberry Triangle (if I can ever get my hands on the pattern – it’s backordered everywhere!), and something else.

So, are you a bit tired of my muddy pictures?  I am – and I’m going to take another crack at Photoshop.  I found this online course, so we’ll see how it goes. 

And how goes Lemon – my husband sent this picture from his new camera phone –

It’s nice to be Lemon, and hang on the deck all day!

Have a good weekend everyone, and have a Happy Mother’s Day – and go on, do it – cast on a mother daughter team!