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I've been back from vacation for a while, but have felt a bit overwhelmed with catching up at work and at home. Luckily the husband is back in town too!
We went to Seattle for a few days to enjoy the cool weather and meet up with some friends from college. We had gorgeous weather and especially enjoyed a day trip to Mt. Rainier. I finished a new hat just in time for our hike - it was much too hot to wear it, but I got some good FO pictures!
Pattern: Slouch for All Seasons
Yarn: Louisa Harding Grace Silk and Wool (1.5 balls)
Notes: I couldn't resist the beautiful color of the yarn, especially since it was on sale. It's so nice and soft and worked perfectly for the hat. The pattern made a great traveling project!
We also went to Bainbridge Island and stopped by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas where they had some great yarns and patterns on sale. Here's what I picked up:
My current project (Catriona) is a bit slow going, so perhaps I'll save pictures of that for next time. Hope everyone has a nice weekend!
I decided that this fabric that I had originally bought to make a dress didn't want to be a garment. Made it a whole lot easier to cut the stuff straight (and it didn't matter so much if I messed up).
This is the Tokyo Tie Bag from Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp. I just got this book and absolutely love it! It's a great beginner sewing book with clear directions and some really cute patterns! Like this:
So cute! I've also cast on for Catriona but I couldn't get a good picture, so you'll just have to wait until later to see the fun cables!
**Ooh, I had chosen the name for this post about five minutes before the Beatles' "Day Tripper" came up on my MP3 player. Freaky!
Wow, two new FOs in just a little over a week!
Lucky for me my husband/FO photographer will be back soon, so I'll hopefully have not so crooked pictures in the near future! But you get the idea...
Pattern:Phyllo Yoked Pullover from Knitting Nature
Yarn: Rowan Calmer in Laurel, 8 balls for the smallest size at a tighter gauge
Notes: This one was another lesson in yarn buying - I kind of forgot that knitting something at a different gauge will require a different amount of yarn. And it didn't help that I purchased a discontinued color of Calmer online and didn't start the sweater until about a year later. So I ended up with this, but luckily Sarah came to my rescue with the right dye lot!
Good thing that I persevered - I really love the sweater! It fits great, and the yarn is so soft and comfortable. The yoke pattern was a bit confusing to me, but with the help of the picture in the book I was able to figure it out. I highly recommend this knit!
It's been a while since I had a knitted FO to share - luckily I took the day off today and was able to finish up Cherry and take a few photos:
I tried to take a few pictures outside, but was getting eaten by mosquitoes and had to abandon that plan. A few notes on the pattern:
Yarn:Dale of Norway Svale (8 balls)
Notes:I absolutely love the way this turned out! It fits well and is very comfortable (I love the Svale yarn too!) and was a fairly easy knit. I accidentally added some length, which turned out to be a good thing. But that meant that I underestimated the amount of yarn I needed. Luckily, Susan came to my rescue and picked up some of the same dye lot for me when she was up at Twisted Yarns (and they were able to look up my last purchase to see what the dye lot was - nifty!). I think I've learned my lesson with my last few projects. Always buy some extra yarn!
I decided last weekend to head to JoAnns and find some cheap fabric for pillows to spice up my dark couch. 50% off already-reduced fabric and 50% off of the pillow forms got me this:
There's actually one more small pillow that you can't see. And they're Phoebe-approved!
In other yarn shortage news, I'm pretty sure that I will not have enough Svale to finish Cherry. Well, that is what happens when you buy yarn without a project in mind and then hope that you have enough. I'll have to call the yarn store and see if they still have some in the same dye lot--I don't want to try to hunt this yarn down too!
I haven't mentioned this yet, but my husband got a job in Chicago for the summer so I've been a bit lonely lately. It's only been a few weeks, and we have several weekend trips planned to see each other, but it still sucks. I've been in a bit of a mopey mood this weekend. I do have a fun new haircut to cheer me up though:
Remember my Rene purse? Probably not. I started it so long ago, and although the knitting didn't take long, I put off sewing the lining until today.
Yarn:Handpaintedyarn.com hand-spun bulky in Polar Morn
Notes: The pattern itself was fine--it went quickly because of the bulky yarn. I thought it was a bit odd that the pattern had a different number of reverse stockinette stitches on the sides of each piece, making the bobbles not really centered on the purse. Of course it's not noticeable without really scrutinizing it, so no big deal! I absolutely love the color of the yarn! It's so gorgeous.
There are also a few other projects that haven't been blogged about because they were secrets until recently. In case you're wondering what I've been up to:
Hooray for air conditioning - otherwise there would be no knitting around these parts from May through October. I guess I have to expect that Houston will be terribly hot from now until the fall. Ugh!
Good thing I usually knit with cotton! My current project is Cherry knit in Svale. I'm loving it!
The top picture shows the actual color. The bottom picture is a close up of the stitch pattern. It's so cute and keeps things from getting too boring!
I'm also very excited to be taking a few sewing classes this summer. A sewing lounge opened up in Houston and I think this will be a great way to finally find out if I'm doing things correctly when I sew! I'm betting that I'm not. :)
A lot of work and some secret knitting has made it difficult to blog much, but I have an FO for you!
Don't mind the laundry behind me!
Now to decide what to make next--I have a long car trip coming up so I'm hoping to get a bit more knitting in then!
Thank you all for your suggestions and sympathy on my dye lot issue. I may have found someone with some extra yarn in the same dye lot on Ravelry--she's not sure but we bought it from the same place around the same time, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed! In the meantime, I've moved on to a new project:
Hmm, not the best spot for a picture, but I'm lazy.
This is the Scoop Neck Vest from Blue Sky Alpacas, and I just have the back and the edgings to finish. I modified it to knit the body in the round, and it's working up very quickly!
I think that all of my knits in 2008 have been cursed. First, the wrap sweater that I had to rip out (but it turned out ok in the end). Even the hat I had to rip out in its entirety before getting it right.
And now this:
The Phyllo Yoked Pullover is looking slightly more like a sweater now:
I thought that instead of only posting when I have something done, I should probably let you in on my current projects. Makes things a little more interesting, I hope! First, the Phyllo Yoked Pullover from Knitting Nature:
Also on the needles, Muir from Knitty:
I guess this post can't all be about WIPs, because I have a finished object!
After being sick nearly the whole month of January and helping to coordinate a big event for work that took place last night, I feel like I can now finally get back into normal life. Which includes returning to my knitting, of course. Even though I didn't knit much in the past month, I was still able to finish a bulky sweater:
Reading directions, it turns out, is pretty important when knitting. Which is why this:
became this today:
I've had some bulky merino from handpaintedyarn.com in my stash for a while now and finally decided to cast on for the Ballet Wrap Cardigan from Interweave Knits Winter 2005. Actually, it's a bit of a hybrid of the IK pattern and a wrap cardigan from Rebecca 32 (this one on the far left). The ties and general idea of knitting the sweater in one piece are from the Rebecca pattern, while the rest it is from IK.
My advice to everyone when you realize that your stitch count is off and something has gone horribly wrong is not to continue, like I did, but stop and re-read the pattern. Turns out that I messed up the first group of decreases (did way too many of them) and had to frog back to pretty much the whole thing.
I thought for a while that I might just leave it as is and wear a sweater that didn't really have useful fronts, but I decided to rip despite the fact that I may now miss Houston's winter entirely and not get to wear this for a while. What finally convinced me was that I can now change the decreases, since I don't like the way they're written, and figure out a way to change the back neck. I read through the pattern several times to try to find the finishing for the back neck area, but nope, there is none. It's just a raw stockinette bind-off edge. There has to be a better way to do that. At least with bulky yarn re-knitting shouldn't take too long!
There was a lot of crafting this Christmas, though not so much by me. I received some fabulous socks from my sister-in-law Stacey:
Then we received these beautiful embroidered pillowcases from my sister:
Still no pictures of the felted clogs, though they have gotten a ton of wear. My last FO of 2007 is a pair of fingerless gloves:
Things have been a bit hectic around here lately, but I've still managed to fit in some knitting:
This sweater also took me forever, I think mostly because I didn't like knitting with Summer Tweed. I absolutely love the way it looks and feels knit up, but it is very uncomfortable to knit with! Regardless, I think I'll still get some wear out of this sweater.
Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun and Yarn Bee Party Girl
And I finished another project in record time--I promised my husband felted slippers for our trip up to Illinois a while ago. I cast on last Saturday and finished the knitting on Tuesday. I didn't get a chance to felt them until today, so hopefully they dry by the time we leave! No pictures at the moment, but it's the Fiber Trends Felted Clogs pattern.
Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year! I'm off to enjoy a bit of cold weather and hopefully use some handknits.
1. I finished more ornaments:
2. I am tired of 80 degree weather in December. As I was trying to take the picture above, I was being attacked by mosquitoes. When it doesn't get cold, those things don't die! That's my excuse for the picture being so bad. :)
5. I am so making this tree. However, it is much harder to find green Fun Fur than you might think. I had to go to three different stores to find any sort of green eyelash yarn, and in an entire wall of fuzzy yarns at Hobby Lobby they only had one ball in green! Luckily their brand has much more yardage so I only needed one ball. Whoever thought I'd be running around Houston in search of Homespun and Fun Fur?
Yarn: A little over one ball of Patons Lacette in Cream