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WIPW: Lavender!

July 9th, 2014 Comments off

Yes Lavender, the plant not the color. A friend went out of town and had Lavender growing wild on the family’s property.  She knows I’ve been going wildly anti-moth after cleaning out the stash and finding a couple of leftover (thanfully!) skeins infested.  They were all isolated from the rest of the stash but I had a plan of attack.  I have cedar and lavender satchels in the yarn, fiber, and FO drawer. One must always remember, There is no ‘overkill.’ There is only ‘open fire’ and ‘I need to reload.’

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So I opened the box she had grabbed and I started working based on the instructions on this Wiki-how article. I decided to do both methods, with the majority being hanging lavender to dry in the liquor armoire.  I didn’t have rubber bands so instead I used really tightly tied acrylic yarn.

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This is the longer method taking two to four weeks  but seemed like a better plan as one thing that sun drying recommended was a not too humid area. Summer in NYC that’s not humid? I wish.  Dry heat is something I have only ever experienced in  TX and AZ.

 

IMG_6897I placed the leftovers in the craft room widow which gets the most sun of the entire apartment. I figure if it fails no worries. So the armoire set should be ready right about my birthday.  I’ll keep track of it int he coming weeks, maybe daily progress on Instagram if something interesting happens.

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I think if nothing else the armoire will smell great every time I open it to make a drink. and I may make off with a sprig to hang on the wall over the stash.

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WIPW: I Was Not Expecting This

June 18th, 2014 Comments off

So I was really expecting to show off finished lace, and working my way up through the ST section of the body. I was moving ahead of the 9 rows a day schedule. But the skein kept looking dangerously light. When I got home last night I decided to check it out.

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Six grams of yarn left. Even with the planned adjustment of doubling up the decreases I would have had to somehow knit 38 rows with six grams of yarn…uh no. Then I took the shawl off the needles and it all made sense.

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It was about twice as long as I was expecting about 40″ when not folded in half. I tend to knit shawls on short needles, so I hadn’t noticed just how much it was scrunched up. It looked so nice before  I started frogging too.

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Now I have frogged, and cast back on. I have this time cast on 201 stitches as oppose to 273. I have made it to row 11 so far. In theory I am working  89 rows and I’m thinking of possibly stopping at 25 rows of lace but we will see how that looks. I may aim for closer to 40.  With all the adjustments I actually would need to work 9.75 rows daily. Not counting the ten already completed.

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There is still a chance. And tomorrow night is knit night so that is always extra knitting time.

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WIPW: Sweater!

June 4th, 2014 Comments off

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this photo last night.

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I have 97% of a sweater.  I just have to knit the neck band, and seam the underarms together.  And then I get to put the sweater away for a few months I guess. The down side of finishing a sweater in June.

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The neck band is worked by slowly decreasing along the live neck stitches, but after the Follow Your Arrow KAL this should be speedy. Though its not the easiest to work on a train as I don’t have the pattern memorized. I suppose this means I should get back to poor Bayside. And start working on all the projects I want to get a go on for the holiday season.

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WIPW: Approaching the Finish Line

May 28th, 2014 Comments off

It’s surprisingly  chilly today in the greater tri-state area. Enough so that I pondered using my lunch break to finish my Artichoke French.  I am currently working on the yolk decreases and am fast approaching the end.  A giant tangle of wool that I can still tote around in the fluctuating weather and wonder if I can get the yolk done enough that I can throw it on on the way home tonight.

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The first picture is more for the color of the sweater than anything else. This is looking more and more like a sweater that will be finished in a month. Just in time to start Nerd Wars.  Currently my only issue is that there are an uneven amount of decreases available on either side of the sleeve. I will just work to match them up in the next set of decreases so hopefully that will work out.

IMG_0519Since that photo was taken there have been a couple more inches added to the sweater and I’m getting closer to the point where I can pull it on without dropping a ton of stitches. Not yet though. My new favorite sweater won’t likely get any wear for a while but I for one am amazed at how quick and great a knit this was.

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5KCBWDAY1: A Day In The Life

May 12th, 2014 Comments off

Day 1: Describe a day in the life of a project that you have made, or are in the process of making.

So let’s talk about a project 13 days in the making. Or perhaps talk to.  Artichoke French. A sweater I have wanted to cast on since I saw the preview of it in the Rhinebeck Sweater book.  At Rhinebeck I grabbed the yarn to make the sweater and after the disappointment of having to frog Bayside cast on a new sweater.

 

2014-05-01 11.32.39There was even a moment when the new sweater and the the frogged sweater were near each other in size. That moment only lasted a day or two as Bayside was put aside and I started working on Artichoke French with gusto. As the days went by, it traveled with me to and from work, to and from the couch and it grew.

 

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In a couple days it had grown past the ribbing edge and the pattern was memorized which just made it even faster to work on. There was no pattern to pull out on trains, and increases/decreases happened spaced far enough apart that when I started thinking about them I was usually a row away from needing to make one. I quickly got to the point where there was nothing but inches and inches of  knitting, with just enough pattern work to keep it interesting.

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And now as Monday gets started, its time to divide for sleeves and work my way to the end of this sweater, just in time for 80 degree weather and putting my new favorite article of clothing in a drawer for six months.  C’est la vie d’une tricoteuse.

So that’s been its life so far, using a little time magic let’s talk about how its Monday will go. Starting at the far end of Monday, midnight, Artichoke French is slowly being worked as I drift off the couch to bed. As the clock ticks and the start of the work day looms ever closer, the sweater and I head to bed. The sweater so it’s packed in the morning rush is placed near my purse.

Then it’s off to the actual morning rush, and between sips of ice coffee, and reading, a stitch or two may be worked.  Really the sweater knows at this point it’s time to shine is the evening rush. After having a photo shoot in the office, its left alone for hours. Then the evening rush comes. There is no coffee.  No reading is done, stitches are worked. The time to create the sleeve opening has arrived.  Best not to do that on a moving train.  I’ll go back to reading for a bit.

Home again, back to the couch, dinner, and Television.  But waiting at my side is the sweater. It is time to grown. Scrap yarn is within arms reach. It’s time to find/buy the DPN’s as sleeves are fast approaching.  It’s time to start carrying the next ball of yarn, as the body begins to be wrapped up. As midnight approaches, its time to head to bed, and place the sweater near my purse, to repeat again.

WIPW: Growing Artichoke French

May 7th, 2014 Comments off

I’m becoming addicted to my Artichoke French and its showing in the growth since Monday.  I’ve tried it on and there will be no surprise frogging  when I get to the sleeves.  It’s always nice to go back to thicker yarn after spending time with sock weight.  Also I need more of Tess’ Designer Yarns in my life. So glad a friend pointed me at them this past Rhinebeck.

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I’ve completed the waist increases and, am knitting my way to the underarm separation. Soon it will be time to cast on sleeves and start knitting those as well. At the rate I’m going could I finish this sweater in a month? Fingers crossed, knocks on wooden needles.  I suppose as long as I don’t lag on the sleeves or make two left sleeves it should be doable.  I’m already at 10″ and the 36″ calls for a 16 1/2″ body.

If I can finish this that quickly it might be time to pull some things that have been languishing in WIP hell and wrap them up. There were a few times during the polar vortex where I really wished my color affection or my Lothlorien cape were done. And running out needles and cables is a silly thing to do, though it did give me an excuse to order some Caspian needles and cables from Knit Picks.  I didn’t even get free shipping. I was restrained for once.

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WIPW: Still Following My Arrow

February 19th, 2014 Comments off

I am plugging away on Clue 5B of the Follow Your Arrow KAL. It sits on my couch and I pick it up as I follow Olympics Prime time coverage. Or more try to drown out the voices and enjoy the show.  In the last few days it has grown a lot.

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I added a lifeline before starting clue 4A so of course I had absolutely no trouble with the clue and zipped through it.  Looking at the two clue 5′s. Despite clue 5B being epically longer I liked it much better and started working on it.

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At first it was slow going and the fact that i was decreasing one stitch for every two rows made me wonder if I wasn’t insane for not doing clue 5A.  Not to mention I had decided to do it in two colors by repeat, carrying the yarn along the wrong side as I work. I Like the way that it looks doing this and may finish off the blue before I’m done.

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Currently a little over a third of the way done with the clue and the edges get smaller as you go, so I am in row 300 or so of the last 600+ so maybe nearly halfway? And moving faster. I’m just going with it. I’m looking forward to getting it outside and getting some true color photos.

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WIPW: Bayside Pullover

February 12th, 2014 Comments off

Nerd Wars has begun, so I have submitted my dissertation for this round. The Bayside sweater.  Three months to finish a fingering weight sweater and at least 2 other projects a month. I don’t aim high at all… well two of my finished sweaters are Dissertations and the Bergen Street Cardi was a  KAL. So It should be doable. I swatched Saturday and cast on with some Olympic Coverage.

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My first swatch was so off, I was worried I would never get gauge or work math in a way to get a sweater.  Then I realized I had the wrong size needles,  One more swatch later and I got much closer. I didn’t get row gauge, but that’s not too hard to fix in knitting since I would be making the sweater longer anyway.

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We have a few inches of sweater to show  for it though that may slow as I want to pick up my follow Your Arrow Shawl once again. I’m four rows into Clue 4B. And based on spoilers will be doing 5B, which does not look quick. I suppose if we get snowed in again it will work out for me.

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12 in 2013: Final Tally

January 3rd, 2014 Comments off

At final count how did my 12 in 2013 go? Pretty well.  I finished quite a few in progress items I had listed, and worked on whole new projects. I also had some failures and yarn wander off into other projects. I guess we can count that as a success. The point was to use the yarn/fiber I already had after all.

Finished projects:

  1. Clown Prince Yarn
  2. Adoro Shawl
  3. Hero Honey Cowl
  4. Koolhaas
  5. Into The Whirled Braid

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Yarn Wandering into other projects:

  1. Chilly Podster Gloves
  2. Color Affection Shawl
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Projects still in process:

  1. Bloomery
  2. Loop Batt – Chain plying very slowly
  3. Sherilyn – So many false starts. SO MANY.
  4. Hitchhiker

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Maybe Next year:

  1. Rock Island
  2. Rocky Coast Cardigan
  3. Endpaper mitts

Will I do a 12 in 2014?  I think I will I just haven’t chosen anything yet. Perhaps this snow day will be a good nudge once I get all the  office work done.

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You Have Your Mother’s Eyes

November 26th, 2013 Comments off

I have no idea if I do or not. but we all know Harry does. Why is this relevant? I have finished the leg on my dad’s socks and I had an attack of what if they are too big. They are too big. Of course they are too big. Why? I have my dad’s legs. They are great legs, if he was a different person I’m sure he would look killer in a pair of heels (I have never seen my dad in a pair of jeans because ‘those are for kids’).  And we have skinny calves. To the point that I love lace up boots so I can tighten them all the way and they will only be slightly loose.
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So after an afternoon of panic, and a failed attempt to go see him (the post office had a line one tends to see April 15 or the last two weeks of Dec). I tried the sock on my own foot. It was loose, but nothing that wouldn’t fit man much larger than I was.  Small holiday panic averted. Yes I will be seeing my dad Thursday to confirm. But that would have been a few knitting days lost. I still have another sock to make.

Does anyone else have tales of knitwear panic? Or maybe you know who gave you your knees?

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