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Friday, April 28, 2006

Green Brown Gable - Complete!

Project Details:

Pattern: Green Gable
Designers: Rachel Iverson & Sarah Johnson
Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (80% cotton/20% wool; 215 yards)
3 skeins of CW825 Truffle
Bamboo US 6 (4.0 mm) 16" & 29" Circulars
Bamboo US 4 (3.5 mm) DPNs
Start Date: April 21, 2006
End Date: April 27, 2006

Completed as part of the Green Gable KAL. This is a great pattern, not many alterations were needed. The only modifying I did was to add increases 9" from the underarm. I knit 7, increased and repeated 2 more times.

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Green Brown Gable is done!

As soon as my photographer arrives from school, I'll get a great picture for you!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Green Brown Gable Progress

Just took the sleeves off of the needles. Can you tell just how excited I am? Insomnia is a mofo! I think I over caffienated myself on Crack Starbucks. Even with all the other things I've had to do this weekend, Green Brown Gable is really turning out to be a quick knit... it's flying off of the needles! If I don't get too occupied with everything else, I should be done with this is a few days!

I've always wondered how other bloggers can get such perfect pics of themselves. Then there are the ones who take the in the mirror shots and forget to turn the flash off (also, forget to clean the mirror). DH laughed while I was attempting my "self-portrait". He says that I spend as much time setting up a photo for the blog as I do knitting.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Fun in the sun knitting!

It was such a pretty day today, how could I resist a little poolside knitting.

Progress made on GreenBrown Gable.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Up next...

Next on my list is the GreenBrown Gable.

I've gone and joined another KAL for this project. Memberships are addictive!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Project Spectrum - April

me being big-time goofy!

Project Details:

Pattern: #15 - Whip-Stitch Tunic from VK Spring/Summer 2006

Yarn: Berroco Touche' (50% Cotton/50% Rayon)

16 hanks - Color #7920 - Orange

1 hank - Color #7900 - White

Needles: Addi Turbo US Size 8 (5 mm)

Hook: Size H/8

Start Date: March 25, 2006

End Date: April 18, 2006

No modifications necessary on this one. The recommended yarn for this project is Classic Elite Yarns - Posh. Yeah, about that... this yarn retails for around $32 a hank, 11 hanks were needed... you do the math. I substituted with the Touche. This yarn was very splitty, but it feels wonderful. There were a lot of fibers floating around while I was knitting. At one point I thought I would hack up a fur ball! The tunic has been washed and blocked and no pilling.

If the weather cools down, which I'm sure it will because we are at unseasonable highs this week (today - 90 degrees!), I'll get a chance to wear this before fall.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter!

And Jesus said unto him, "Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise." - Luke 23:43

Friday, April 14, 2006

What about those ends?

How do you handle your loose ends? Whether you are a knitter or crocheter I hope you would take the time to properly weave them in. This has been an ongoing discussion on one of the list I belong to today. Some of the members really have bizarre methods that they use. Here are some of the preferred methods:
  • "I use a little fabric glue when I finish them in to avoid their coming back out in the wash"
  • "I never spend time weaving in ends because I hold the tail next to the chain I'm working on and crochet right over it. Isn't that what you do when you weave them in? Makes sense to me..."
  • "Personally - I'm a knotter. I know many are horrified at the idea of knotting, but I'm more horrified at the idea of actual stitches coming undone in the middle ofmy project!"

There were more, but I felt a migraine coming on from reading them.

Since I brought it up, I know you are wondering how I weave my ends. As daunting as it is, I use a tapestry/yarn needle to weave mine for both crochet and knitting. I have yet to have something unravel. (knock-on wood)

Making progress...

Time to get back to this tunic before it's absolutely to hot for it. I got the sleeves going this morning. This is my first time working with set-in sleeves. I decided to knit them both at once. I had never heard of such a thing until I read Wendy's blog. I love learning new tricks especially when it's time saving.

This evening I have to take Mikaela to a birthday party at the Y. It's an indoor pool party. It's so hot today that it could have almost been an outdoor pool party -- 83 degrees! I hope it's not misconstrued as me being rude, but I'm taking my knitting with me!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Regularly scheduled knitting has been interrupted!

This is what happens when you are working on a time-consuming project and it is preempted by a cute, easier project:

Pardon my wrinkled linen skirt.

Project Details:

Pattern: Tube Toporini
Designer: Rachel Iverson
Yarn: Kim by King Yarns (55% cotton/45% acrylic, color: Moss Green) -- 4 balls
Needles: Addi Turbo US Size 7 (4.5 mm) & US Size 8 (5 mm) 24" Circulars
Start Date: April 9, 2006
End Date: April 12, 2006

After the 1 x 1 ribbing, at about 3.5", I began increases for additional shaping. Repeated rounds C and D until 14" (instead of 13") and worked the K3, P2 ribbing for 3" on US Size 8 24" Circulars.
Back to my regularly scheduled knitting...

Sunday, April 09, 2006

WIP Report

The Whipstitch Tunic

I managed to finish the front of the tunic, it's starting to look like a real sweater. This is my first time knitting a sweater that has to be assembled, I've gotten a little spoiled from knitting in the round. I'll start the sleeves probably on tomorrow.

The Zip-front Jacket

Remember this? Picked up the hook and did a little crochet on yesterday. Still working on it, haven't forgotten it.

The Tube Toporini

I was dying to use that new, pretty green yarn so I cast-on for the tube toporini. It's working up quite lovely.

Haven't forgotten about the Chevron rib tank, just on the backburner for a while since it's really a summer top.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Why Can't I Stay Focused?

Must be because I too am afflicted with KADD (Knitting Attention Deficit Disorder). Today is Thursday, I know it's not over yet but I still havent finished the front of the tunic. Almost there, but not quite.
I've been so busy today, you know the usual stuff, gym time, laundry, a little house cleaning. Left home around noon with the intention of going to Sam's and WallyWorld, and the yarn was singing out to me like mythological sirens to the sailors. I promise you I tried to resist, well, not really. I needed to make a trip anyway to pick up the rest of the Berroco Touche' for the tunic because they did not have enough in that color when I bought it and they ordered me some. They are such a great store with a selection that is getting better everytime I go in there. But you can't beat their fantastic customer service. They are still a fairly new store and the don't have a website yet. For anyone reading this in my area, they are: In The Making, LLC. They are the reason that I haven't splurged on a swift and a winder because they always do it for me.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Stash Additions (for now)

On my way home from the gym this morning, I stopped by the LYS and this is what I found. I had never seen this brand before but I'm glad I found it. The color is moss green and it's a perfect spring/summer yarn. I thought it would be perfect for this summer top.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Will I ever crochet again?

An Essay
(kind of)
I have been asked this question so many times lately that I can't even tell you how many. It's so nice to have your work appreciated, to have others visit my site just to see what I've created. I learned to crochet when I was around 9 or 10 years old. It was my great-aunt who taught me. She started me out with crocheting potholders. I played around with it for a few years and my grandmother thought everything I made was a work of art and it was proudly displayed on her refridgerator and kitchen walls for her bragging rights. Then the teen years hit and I found clothes, makeup and boys much more interesting than hooks and yarn. Over the years, I would rediscover an interest when I was expecting. I think all mothers and mothers-to-be that have the ability to knit or crochet feel the need to handmake the entire layette. Then life would happen and I would get wrapped up in other interest once again.
Last summer, I was in Books-a-Million browsing and happened upon the craft section and discovered Candi Jensen's Hooked on Crochet. I was blown away. The thought of crocheting my own clothes had never occurred to me. I bought it and ran straight to the nearest Michael's for yarn. This all happened around the same time that crochet was totally hyped up in the fashion industry and spread about the pages of all the top fashion magazines. I wanted to be down too! My first step was to come home and Google everything Crochet! I found magazines, groups, forums, blogs, yarn, books and patterns. I couldn't believe it, everything I needed to get me on the path of becoming a total craft addict was just a keystroke away! I crocheted like a mad woman for six months straight. I pumped out around 30 plus projects:

Some good, some not so good. Some that are buried deep in the back of my closet, that will never, ever see the light of day and some that I wear proudly with my head held high. I look at it as a learning experience. Learning new stitches, shaping techniques, how to "correctly" read patterns and abbreviations. And most of all, the difference in yarn!

Okay, now back to the original question: "Will I ever crochet again?" Of course I will! Crochet is my first fiber lover. No matter how many lovers you have had, you always remember the first! I guess you can say that at this time, I'm just somewhat burned out. And as you can see, I have discovered knitting (my new lover) -- BIG TIME! I am like a kid with a new toy! All of the months I spent harboring knit envy, salivating over the beautiful, endless variety of patterns, wishing I knew what to do with those two sticks. Now I do and I am having a great time. But to the crocheters, I have not given up on the craft, it's just on hiatus!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Tunic Progress

back of tunic
The Tunic is coming along splendidly! I'm already about 3 inches into the front. Positive results really excite me... I should be done with the front (hopefully) by Thursday.
This is also going to be my item for April.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Flashing my stash

Pretty meager, huh!

I have much more, but it's in the "What-the-hell-was-I-thinking-about", "I'll-never-use-this-crap", "See,-what-had-happened-was-it-was-on-sale" pile, pushed way underneath my bed.

I'm this kinda coffee:

This is so me!

You Are a Cappuccino

You're fun, outgoing, and you love to try anything new.
However, you tend to have strong opinions on what you like.
You are a total girly girly at heart - and prefer your coffee with good conversation.
You're the type that seems complex to outsiders, but in reality, you are easy to please

Rain, rain go away...

but thanks for washing the pollen away! What a crappy day! The one good thing is the fact that it's not cold and wet, but the humidity is definitely present. This is a good knitting day to plant myself in front of the boob tube and knit on. I plan to catch up on all of the Huff episodes on Showtime on Demand because I didn't watch the first season so that I can watch the season premiere tomorrow night. I caught a few episodes just from flipping channels and became hooked, it's a really funny show, kind of a dark comedy. I had to frog the tunic for around an inch and a half. I got a little lost in the land of stockinette and did a little more than I should have. I was suppose to start the armhole decreases at 22", but when I thought about measuring, I was already at 23 1/2". Oh well, shit happens!