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Free Willy! April 19, 2011

Filed under: FO,knitting — Emily @ 6:35 pm

He’s trapped in the cubicle farm!

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Pattern: Oedipus the Orca by Ali Tong
Yarn: Paton’s Classic Merino for the Black, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted for the White
Needles: US 4 Susan Bates Silverlume DPN’s
Started: April 8, 2011
Finished: April 10, 2011
Mods: I had to reknit the white belly because the belly that followed the written directions was too big. The fins are all stockinette rounds instead of garter stitch.  Were I to knit him again, I would slow down the increases so that he doesn’t get so round so fast.

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See my belleh!

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Poor little chap is a bit cock-eyed, but I just call him special.

 

Keeping busy April 8, 2011

Filed under: knitting,me — Emily @ 7:50 am

I finished the vest over a week ago – so what on earth have I been doing?

I’m sure you’d be happy to hear that I started another pair of socks.  Yeah, boring.  Like you didn’t expect that.  Here’s something that you wouldn’t expect:

I’ve been running.  (Well, jogging/walking, really.)  I started the Couch to 5k program a few weeks ago, and I just started week 3.  And you know what?  It’s not so bad.  I’ve always sucked at anything that involved stamina, so this gradual approach seems to be the ticket.  Also useful – the free Android app called Exertime, which came pre-programmed with the timers for the Cto5k runs.  I really have no excuse now.

What else?  Reading.  I hit the jackpot at the library a couple of weekends ago with some knitting books, and also on a whim picked up the first in Charlaine Harris’s Sookie books.  Yeah, they pulled me right in, and now I’m waiting for book 4 to be available.  Luckily, a book I’d requested months ago arrived to fill the void.  (It’s a good read, just as funny as her blog.  Strangely though, it’s not the first memoir I’ve read this year about a pregnancy that didn’t go as expected.)

And yardwork, of course.  It’s Spring – that means it’s time to get all the leaves that we missed last fall.  I’m the-perpetually-hopeful gardener, and I planted some strawberries, rhubarb and asparagus starts, as well as corn, squash, and green been from seed.  We’ll see if anything survives this year.

Last night I discovered an Orca pattern that I just HAVE to knit.  He’ll look so cute on my desk at work.  I think my socks may take a breather while I whip this little guy up!

I shall leave you with a picture of my library haul.  We have an amazing library system around here!

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Widdle Itty Bitty April 4, 2011

Filed under: FO,knitting — Emily @ 1:58 pm

All together now, AWWWWW.

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Pattern: Baby Argyle Vest (and hat), sans hat.
Yarn: Cascade Sierra, both colors leftover from the baby blanket that has no home.
Needles: US 3 for the ribbing, US 5 for the body
Started: March 10, 2011
Finished: March 26, 2011
Mods: No argyle! Also, I couldn’t get the tight gauge that is specified in the pattern, so I knit the larger size with my larger gauge to hit the 6-9 month size.

Progress in pictures:

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Here you can see that instead of using a stitch marker to denote the beginning of the round, I just used the yarn tail.  I stuck it in between the needle tips every now and then.  It worked out great, and my stitches didn’t get distended because of a heavy metal loop.

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And a close up of the puppy dog button:

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I’m pretty darn happy.  I hope the recipient is happy too.  (What?  You didn’t think I was pregnant, did you?)