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Arms, arms! My sweater for some arms! March 28, 2012

Filed under: knitting,WIP — Emily @ 9:23 pm

So, this week the weather hit a high of 85.  I’m really thinking that I won’t be able to wear my Sahara before October.

And all I need are the arms.

I half-knit one of them.  Way too big.  And let me just say, I now know how not fun it is to knit sleeves – especially when you’re knitting top down and the sleeves are attached.  It’s very awkward, constantly having to rotate the pile of knitting on my lap.

Hey, it’s time for the perpetually hopeful gardening again!  Last year, all my work starting seeds indoors netted me 2 green beans (beans, not plants.)  I did have more luck with the rhubarb and asparagus starts; every one of them I planted has grown this year.  Too bad I can’t harvest them yet.  One more year!

Oh yeah, I discovered that I have carpet beetles.  Damn things – I never knew what they were, and now I know that they love eating wool.  They’ve taken a skein of Red Cascade 220 and touched my Knittery 4 ply merino.

the green one on the left

I went a little crazy with the vacuum, and I think I’m OK now.  I think they were living in a cheap wool rug, which has now gone to live in the landfill.


Decisions and Distractions March 9, 2012

Filed under: knitting,Ladybug,patterns,Pigeon,WIP — Emily @ 9:24 am
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I have decided that the hem will have to be ripped out.  I only had to knit 3 rows of the neckline to figure that out.

I have decided that I really dislike purl 3 together through the back leg.  But I’m an adult and it doesn’t do any good to complain.  It may slow down my progress, though.

I have decided that I know who is getting the Moderne Baby Blanket I knit way back in 2008-2009.  One of my best friends from college is having her first baby (a boy, due in July)!  So any stalkers out there now know why I’m searching through the baby patterns on Ravelry and picking up 5 baby pattern books at the library.  Right now my top to-knit choices are the Duck Feet and the Modernist Stripe Sleep Sacque (and awesomely, I picked up the book this pattern is in for $7 at Tuesday Morning one time).  And I’m trying to choose a toy to knit, as well.  I’m thinking one of the stuffed balls or stars that are out there.  I own Zoe Mellor’s Knitted Toys, and I picked up Rebecca Danger’s Big Book of Knitted Monsters at the library, so I may go a little overboard for this baby.  Too bad baby is going to be born in Germany! Ayyyy!, the shipping.

Why so overboard?  Remember this?

Ladybug in hand-knit outfit

And this?


Yup.  She’s a knitter, too.


I have a plan March 3, 2012

Filed under: knitting,Ladybug,WIP — Emily @ 2:02 pm
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I read through the pattern before starting.  I highlighted all of my numbers and all the “gotchas” – the “at the same times”, the “Only for size XL” etc.  So when I started the diamond rib at the bottom of the body, I just kept knitting using the US 6 needles I’d been using for the rest of the sweater.  It looked a little off, so I read that part of the pattern again.  And again.  “Hmm,” I thought to myself, “this ribbing looks really loose.  Should I go down a needle size or two?  Nah, the pattern doesn’t say to.  I’ll just keep knitting.  Let’s see what it looks like with both repeats.”  Bind off.  “It’s OK, not perfect, maybe it’ll be fine after a wash.  Water washes away many sins.”  Look at instructions for neckline, it uses the same diamond rib.  “WHAT THE HELL, use smaller needles?  Why didn’t it say to OH MY GOD HOW MANY TIMES DID I LOOK BUT NOT SEE THAT?”

So yeah, I’m going to knit the neckline with the smaller needles and see if there’s a big difference.  If I like it better, I’ll rip out the diamond rib from the bottom.  It’s only a bind off and 8 rows.

In other news…  I washed my recently completed Fawkes socks, and this is what the water looked like.  Good thing I didn’t just toss them in with everything else!


In other, other news, Ladybug had her 7th (ACK!) birthday in January, and received a pretty cool gift. A crocheted ripple blanket. It’s the size of a twin bed, seriously. As you can see, it’s done in a color that she loves.

Yes, it almost perfectly matches her comforter.

If she’s not careful, I may steal it.


Sweater for Spring? March 1, 2012

Filed under: knitting,Pigeon,WIP — Emily @ 12:44 am
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I’m moving right on down the body of Sahara.

Say Hi to Pigeon Snow White, everyone!  Photo taken by Ladybug.

Actually, I’m binding off the body now.  The picture was taken on Sunday.  I think it’s going to fit, but right now it looks a little like one of these!

Happy March!  I wonder if I’ll get a day to wear my sweater before Summer hits.


And the winner is… February 11, 2012

Filed under: knitting,WIP — Emily @ 4:25 pm
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I suppose it was never a fair fight.  Hubby saw that doe-eyed model sporting the side-boob and said that I’d be crazy to knit anything else but Sahara.  I wound my 7 skeins of Cascade 220 and cast on last week!

Would you like to see what might possibly be the worst WIP picture ever?

It’s not even the right color – think more burgundy purple than pink.

Yee. Haw.

On the flip side, I discovered the LYS in my area that carries the KnitPicks cables, so when I decided that a 32″ cable wasn’t going to work with my 45″ bust, I was able to run out and grab what I needed, without being tempted to spend $50 just to get free shipping on a 40″ cable.  (However, I did also pick up a 47″ cable and some cable joiner things.  I just can’t stop being an impulse shopper.  Still, it was cheaper than $50 and instantly in my possession!)

I still think I’ll knit the February fitted pullover someday.  Let me get my first adult sweater out of the way first, though.


It only took me 9 months January 29, 2012

Filed under: FO,knitting,Socks — Emily @ 6:31 pm
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No, dammit, I didn’t have a baby!  9 month for a pair of socks!


Pattern: Fawkes
Yarn: Crafty in a Good Way Kona sock, color Forest, purchased locally at The Studio.
Needles: US 0, KP Harmony DPNs
Started: April something or other, 2011
Finished: January 24th, 2012
Mods: Followed the lace pattern, ignored their heel.

More on-the-couch pictures (cuz I know you love them):
Heel gusset ala Turtlegirl


Check out my Alphapillar.

Now to figure out what’s next.  It’s time for me to use my 7 skeins of Cascade 220 for a sweater for me.  I’m trying to decide between Sahara and the February Fitted Pullover.  What do you think?  Alive, Dead, both, or neither?


The only things I finish are baby things November 3, 2011

Filed under: FO,knitting — Emily @ 8:04 am

Well, would you look at that – how time has flown by.  Summer has come and gone, and all I have to show for it knitting-wise is 3 small baby items.  (Luckily completed 2 days before the babies were born – TWINS!)


Pattern: Petal Bib pattern out of the book One Skein.
Yarn: Lily Sugar n’ Cream cotton
Needles: US 5
Start and Finish dates: ?? to 10-4-11
Notes: Well, the petals don’t want to stay flat, so I had to iron them for pictures and gifting.


Pattern: I made it up, but I know there are a ton of the center out square blankets out there.
Yarn: Good old Lily Sugar n’ Cream, with a dash of Peaches n’ Creme as well
Needles: every single US 5 that I own
Start and Finish dates: 9-20-11 to 10-10-11
Notes: I started with 6 stitches, increased to 12 in the first row, and then increased (YO) 2 at each corner every other row, throwing in some purl rows here and there where I wanted them. I tried to stick to a 4-2-4-2 striping pattern, but I got thrown off when I ran out of a particular color of yarn. I tried a moss stitch border, but my purls are too loose and it didn’t work out – the attached I-Cord works perfectly, though. It’s really only car-seat blanket size, or will work well for a doll blanket when the girls are older.

Outside of knitting, life has been hectic.  July was not my own – we went on a week-long vacation, and when we got home, I had to work 3 weekends.  We had to replace the furnace and AC.  Ladybug started first grade, and Pigeon is now in a formal pre-school setting (but she still refuses to potty train.  Ah, joy.)  I’ve been reading when I can, watching movies and TV, and mostly working.  It’s not going to get any less busy, either!

Although I did score a pretty good yarn deal at Tuesday Morning sometime in that interim – 2 skeins each of Araucania Ranco Solid in Melon and Cactus, 3 skeins of Araucania Ulmo Pomaire also in Melon.  Less than $50 for all of it.

So that’s the past 6 months in a nut-shell.  I wonder what the next 6 will bring!