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It was meant to be August 2, 2012

Filed under: FO,knitting,me — Emily @ 8:49 am
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Have you ever had a project that went so smoothly from start to finish?  I was fated to have this vest!  First of all, I had a suitable yarn in my stash, in just the right amount.  The magazine was the last one at the grocery store.  My admittedly meager swatch showed I had the right gauge with the first needles I tried.  I cast on 120 stitches only once and ended up with a tail in just the right amount.  Even the mistakes I made were able to be fixed easily, and I didn’t have to rip anything out!



Pattern: Planche Vest by Meghan Jones, Interweave Knits Summer 2012
Yarn: Araucania Pomaire Solid in Melon, 2.63 skeins
Needles: US 7 and 9 Harmony Interchangeables
Started: July 14th, 2012
Finished: July 31, 2012
Mods: The only adjustment I made was to not have quite so many knit stitches around the keyhole in the back. I tried what the pattern told me to do but I thought it was too thick.  And if I were to knit it again, instead of using the pattern’s directions for the applied I-cord, I’d just pick up the stitches as I went around.  I thought this way was a little too fussy, having to move the stitches back to the left hand needle each time.


Front view

The vest did sag a bit after wearing it all day (which is when the pictures were taken), but I’m still perfectly happy with it. I received so many compliments, two requests for one, and one request to teach someone to knit.



And Hubby loves it too. I wonder why?



He even agreed to take pictures for me! (Love my sunburn?)



For some reason he thought it was important to get a shot of the side of the vest. So this is the part that goes under my arm.



Raise the roof! Another successful project!



Everybody’s smiling.


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!



Not socks, dishcloths, or baby clothes! October 15, 2010

Filed under: FO,knitting,me — Emily @ 11:48 am

But an actual garment for me!

Off center but flattering!

Pattern: Gilmore Vest (Ravelry)
Yarn: Cascade 220 in 8010, less than 3 skeins
Needles: US 7 Addi Natura
Size: A combination of the XL and L directions
Cast on: September 2, 2010
Cast off: October 13, 2010

Mods: Tons of them. The pattern is written for a DK weight yarn, so I had to fudge the numbers to go with my gauge. I Cast On 109 stitches because I wanted the ribbing to start and end in a knit stitch (for seaming purposes) then did 4 sets of decreases and 3 sets of increases for waist shaping, following my own measurements for length. On the front at the bustline, I did 3 short rows to add length. Instead of sewing on the neck ribbing, I just picked up the stitches. I also added one set of short rows to each side of the neck ribbing from the bust line down to where it gets sewn down to the body for a little extra coverage.

Ze back.
I call this picture “Staring at the trees, wondering when the leaves are going to take over our lives.”

All in all, I’m pretty pleased. I could have added a couple of extra rows in the front; when I was seaming I discovered that I didn’t have the same number of rows on the front as I did in the back. I think the short rows threw me off in measuring the length of the piece. I probably could have added a couple of rows to the armscye on the front as well. I’m not sure if I would have had enough yarn if I had done both of these things, though!


Everything, except I’m sure I forgot something May 6, 2009

Filed under: knitting,Ladybug,me,Socks — Emily @ 9:54 am

I feel like blogging!

First up – the Monkey socks.  Ripped.  They were spiraling in a way that annoyed me.  The yarn is much happier now as a 60 stitch stockinette sock.  Boring, maybe, but at least I’m satisfied.

Second topic – Ladybug!  She hasn’t made much of an appearance lately on this here blog.  It’s time to remedy that.  She had a little “Spring Tea” concert at preschool last night, and boy was she cute!

A special dance for preschool

Ladybug Dancing

G-R-E-E-N song

They had us all packed into one of the little classrooms, and we got to sit on the teeny tiny preschool chairs.

Thirdly, Hubby is on Facebook and is totally addicted to it.  It’s so cute how thrilled is gets when he finds someone he knows or knew 10 years ago.  But in the pretty cool category, he found a friend from college who lives in the same town as we do, and has two kids close in age to ours.  We met them for dinner on Saturday night!

Finally, my surgery.  I had my gallbladder out on Friday, and now I get to tell you about it!  (Warning, pictures behind the cut.)



Just a Quickie April 28, 2009

Filed under: me — Emily @ 3:46 pm

Gallstones.  Fun.  (Not.)

New socks started for waiting room waits.


Storm sewer improvements tearing up my irises unless I get them out of the ground before Friday.

Termedor applied, so termites should by dying by the dozen.

Tripped a GFC sometime (probably Sunday), so freezer in garage was off for over a day.  Lost over 50oz of EBM, plus thawed out our meat.  Looks like we’re having chicken/fish/steak for dinner tonight.


Yellow shoes of good luck:  wore them when we found the house, when we made the successful offer on the house, and when we closed on the house.  They are happy inducing.  I need some happy right now.


No Time, Must Blog! April 7, 2009

Filed under: knitting,me,Pigeon — Emily @ 3:24 pm

In an effort to save money, Pigeon is staying home with me during the day.  This means that I have very little time for anything that isn’t entertaining the baby, or making sure she doesn’t crawl down the stairs (because up is so easy, she thinks down will be too, and MUST be done head-first), or eat all the paper in the house.  (I still get Tuesdays though; my Aunt takes her for the day on Tuesday.  Hence the blogging today.  And job apps.  And cleaning.)

But last week I did have some knitty fun.  I picked up my Moderne Baby Blanket and knit a few ridges, and cast on for my Cardi Cozy in that gorgeous soft blue laceweight.  I don’t have pictures because Hubby commandeered the camera for his trip to Phoenix and hasn’t yet returned it to its rightful place on my desk.

Phoenix?  Well, Hubby’s Grandpa had a heart attack and his body is shutting down.  He has a week or two left, and Hubby got the opportunity to fly down there and say his good-byes.  It’s very sad, but Grandpa has led a very full life, and right now his quality of life is poor – he can’t walk any more, his kidneys are almost non-functioning, and he can’t take care of himself now.  But his mind is all there, and that’s very reassuring.  

On a lighter note, I got to go shopping with my Mom and Sister (who just got a job, yippie!) and got oodles of great interview/work outfits, and a couple pairs of very non-sensible shoes.  I think my favorites are the python print pumps.  

I know y’all read Techknitter, but did you know she reads my mind, and posts new articles about something I’m going to have to do on the next row of my current project?  

I think that’s it.


While Waiting March 13, 2009

Filed under: knitting,me,Socks,WIP — Emily @ 1:37 pm

My mittens are done!  However, they’re still wet – 24 hours after I washed them.  I was hoping to take pictures and do the FO post today.

So instead, I started a sock.  Technically, it’s the second sock of a pair, but, well, these socks are going to coordinate instead of match.

I’m using this:


That goes with this:

Flutter-By sock for Maggie

And making this.  (No pictures yet, it’s just a cuff at the moment.)

Of course, the big news for today is that it’s the last day of my employment with my current company.  I did support work for Circuit City, and in case you hadn’t heard, they went bankrupt.  I stayed on and helped close down my stores, but now my company doesn’t need me.  I’m lucky; I get a severance package and with the COBRA subsidy we can at least consider affording it.  I’ve got a good job prospect IF they decide they’re going to fill the position (grr, government jobs with their waffling on whether or not it’s a total hiring freeze or if they can give the go ahead they already gave.)

So don’t cry for me yet.  I’m choosing to be somewhat optimistic – there’s lots of time to knit and fill out applications during the day.