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Not Suitable for the Desert May 15, 2012

Filed under: FO,knitting — Emily @ 10:36 pm
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It’s done!  It’s done!  (It’s been done for a couple weeks!)

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Pattern: Sahara
Yarn: Cascade 200
Needles: US 6 and US 4 (for ribbing)
Started: February 4, 2012
Finished: April 26, 2012
Mods: The sleeves, silly. Also, I added a couple of short rows at the boobs, to add just a touch of length.

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I think I’m a little too boobtacular.

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Pondering, what next? Should I rip out the ill-fated baby pants that are driving me insane?

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Arm number 3 April 14, 2012

Filed under: knitting,WIP — Emily @ 6:32 pm
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Ding ding ding!  We have a winner!

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I know, crappy self-shot Android picture

It’s just what I always wanted.  Now I just need to knit the second fourth one.

 

Arm Number Two April 8, 2012

Filed under: knitting,WIP — Emily @ 5:50 pm
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So, for arm #2, I used the directions for the size Large sleeve cap.  It actually matched the number of stitches I picked up (OK fine, I picked up 83 and it called for 82 stitches.  So decrease 1, whatevs.)  I had read someones note on Ravelry stating that they just continued decreasing every 7 rows for a normal sleeve, so that’s what I did.  Here’s what it looked like:

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Want to see that closer?

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The sleeve was nearly twice as big as it needed to be at the wrist.  Does it look like it got smaller at all?

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I have applied some knitterly maths, and will be decreasing 2 stitches every 4th row.  Third times the charm, right?

 

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?

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.