Not much progress…

So last week I felt very productive, knitting-wise, because I used my knitting to avoid a lot of stuff for school… This week, of course, I had to work out all the school stuff (of which there is still much more left) and so didn’t knit much.

I got one sleeve of my Climbing Vines Pullover done, but it only has 3/4 length selves so it went very fast. Here’s the finished sleeve:

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It’s pretty impossible to get a picture of what this yarn actually looks like. It’s definitely not the bright red that this picture makes it looks like. It’s much darker and a little more maroon.

I also finished the Burger and a Movie Scarf that I have been working on all year. It’s blocking right now, but not dry yet. Here’s a picture of it all pinned down.

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My scarf in all it’s Noro-glory. Actually, in three skeins I only found one knot, which, for Noro, is pretty good. I used up pretty much every last inch of yarn. Here’s all that was left.

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Because of blocking, the scarf ended up being about 5.5 feet which for me is a bit short for a scarf, but I figure this will just be a tuck-under-the-coat type scarf. I’ll probably leave it with Andrew since he still has one more Wisconsin winter in front of him.

I got my Knit Picks order that had all the shipping problems today! I had ordered the Montavilla Market Bag kit which comes with four skeins of the new Simply Cotton organic undyed yarn. It’s so fantastically soft, I just keep petting the yarn. I actually cast on for the bag as soon as I opened the package but I only have 4 row knit so I didn’t think it quite merrited a picture… This is going to knit slowly because I’ll just be petting the yarn so much of the time.

How much have I been procrastinating this week?

This Much:

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That’s right, remember last week when the back of my climbing vines pullover was only 1.5 inches… Well, now I’m almost done with the back, and it’s all thanks to the massive number of projects for school I have hanging over my head. Every time I think about how much work I’m going to have to do to get the 4 different papers that are due in the next two weeks done I pick up my knitting. While it doesn’t do much to solve the problem, it has kept me from jumping off the nearly-completed College Ave. bridge. If you’re wondering how I’ve been able to knit on this sweater when last week I posed a picture of my needles broken in several places, the answer is simple–Superglue and nail polish. They’re by no means perfect and my yarn snags just a little every row but at least I can knit. Can you see the chip?

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I ordered some new needles on the 12th from Knitpicks but hit a SNAFU. They printed the shipping label without my street address, only my apartment number. Of course the post office couldn’t deliver the package so I called them and explained the problem. The first customer service person I talked to was a huge jerk and insisted that I must have forgotten to put my address in. I explained that their site remembers my address and that for my past 5 orders I’ve used the exact same address and there has never been a problem until now. She continued to insist that the problem MUST have come from my end but that she would “go ahead” and resend the package. I was so miffed at being talked down to as if I have never mailed a package and have absolutely no ideas about the intricacies of addresses. So a few days later I still haven’t gotten any info about my new package and I call back. This time I get a very helpful woman who told me that lately they have been having problems when customers using the auto-fill function on the address screen. She said that the previous customer service rep. had “noted the problem” but hadn’t actually initiated a new order, so if I hadn’t called back I never would have gotten my package. Now I can see the new order on line and everything seems to have been corrected. I wish I had gotten the names of the two women I spoke to so that I could let Knit Picks know that one was fantastic and the other very rude.

I’ve been pretty focused on the Climbing Vines so the progress on my other two projects is pretty minuscule. If I showed you new pictures you’d think they were the same ones as last week.

Now I really MUST stop knitting and get to work on those 4(!) papers… If anyone knows why Ghana turned to military rule after independence while Senegal became a One-Party State, I’d love to hear it…

A New Goal

Alright, so I’ve realized that I’ve done a terrible job of keeping up with this blog. I’m averaging about one post a month and that’s not very good seeing as I knit quite a bit in a month and then I have to have really long posts. And that makes me not blog very often because, when I do blog the posts have to be really long… So I’m breaking the cycle. I’m going to try to post at least once a week, and I’ve decided that Thursday will be the day that I WILL sit down and post. This will also help with the fact that I never seem to have many photos of WIPs, only finished products. So here’s what’s new since Tuesday…

I was so ecstatic after finishing Andrew’s sweater (he didn’t immediately break-up with me by the way) that I went combing the stash for a new exciting project. I really really want to make a Clapotis after seeing one that someone from my knit night made and I have the perfect lace yarn that I could hold double stranded. However, cross-country move June 2009 is rapidly approaching and I have an embarrassing amount of yarn here at school with me. In order to not shrink red-faced in shame when my mom looks in my closet, I decided that it would be wise to work on projects that will use substantial amounts of yarn, especially bulkier yarns… So I resisted the urge to cast on the Clap and cast on this instead:

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I know you can’t tell yet but it’s the climbing vines pullover from Interweave Knits Winter 2008. I’m knitting it out of a discontinued yarn called Pleasure from Berroco. It’s a blend of Angora, Wool, and Nylon. The name says it all. This is the most fantastic yarn I have ever knit with. The yarn isn’t plied it’s corded and it’s heaven. The balls are marked as $13.50 per ball but Andrew bought it for me over the summer at a big clearance sale so it cost him about $4 a ball. Fantastic deal! So I cast this sweater on, got done with the ribbing, got out the needles I needed for the body, set them on the bed, went to get something from the other room, came back, sat down on the bed, and…

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So I ordered another set of needles but they won’t be here until Monday. And, like The Hulk, That Makes Me ANGRY! I got all excited about a new project and now I have to wait. So I’ve been working on this instead:

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It’s the Burger and a Movie Scarf from Never Knit Your Man A Sweater*. I started this way back in the fall when I first got to school as something that I could work on and read at the same time. It’s made with worsted weight Noro Kureyon even thought the pattern calls for Big Noro so my version is a bit lighter than the original, but since I’m moving to warmer climes it should work nicely.

I also have these socks, which I started way back in November. November 4th to be exact. I cast on on election day and worked the toe while Andrew was in some gymnasium voting.

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This is from Sensational Knitted Socks and the pattern is called Small Capitals. The yarn is Noro Kureyon Sock which is very typically Noro in that the colors are awesome, but there are random knots leading to random colors, it’s full of vegetable matter, it’s single ply, it’s think and thin, and it’s a bit scratchy. I like Noro and I expect these things from Noro so I’m not disappointed, but if you don’t like what Noro does in the bigger weights, don’t buy the sock version. I think I went temporarily insane when I picked this pattern for this yarn because I usually never pair textured patterns with yarn that changes color drastically, but in this case I’m glad of my small aneurysm because I’m very happy with how these look–kinda like scales in rainbow colors.

So this post ended up being quite long anyway, but it’s because I dredged up all my WIPs to showcase. Now that you’ve seen them I can only post about what I’ve worked on each week and hopefully have a better record of my knitting for myself and a more exciting blog… We’ll see.

Crossing the finish line

Way back in August I decided that I would knit a sweater for the Ravelympics… A heavily textured Irish fisherman’s sweater… What? Needless to say, I didn’t finish, and once the Ravelympics ended I lost my enthusiasm for the project. I worked on it on and off a row or two at a time but didn’t really put that much effort into it. The thing is, the sweater was meant for Andrew and this winter was one of the worst Wisconsin has ever had. Needless to say I frequently got questions from him about just when exactly he would be getting his nice warm wool sweater… Finally I decided that I needed to finish the project, so I told myself that I couldn’t buy any more yarn until the sweater was finished. Three weeks later:

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Originally, I found the pattern on Ravelry which linked to a pattern on someone’s blog but latter the pattern was linked to an old Berroco pattern booklet.

The yarn is Cascade 220 heather in the color Cordova. It’s basically brown with flecks of red and yellow. The sweater looked really skinny as I was knitting it because the cables pulled in so much. Before I blocked it it was only 15 inches across. After blocking it was 19.5 inches across. The pattern was written to be knit flat, but I modified it to be knit it the round. Also, the pattern was written out line by line so I charted it all out. Because it was knit in the round I had to do a small steek for the neck opening. I did a crochet line to secure the steek and it seemed to work pretty well. Of course now it’s too warm to wear a wool sweater so I won’t get to see my handy work in action for another 8 months… So I’m much later than most of the contestants but I’m finally crossing the finish line.

Much less exciting, I got bored with the slow progress I was making on the sweater so I whipped up this hat quickly.

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Flattering picture I know… This is the Elizabeth Zimmerman Snail Hat. The patter is in Knitting Without Tears and it was also published in VougeKnitting this last winter.

I have no idea what the yarn is. It was given to me by Andrew’s sister without a label. It felted so it must be animal fiber and it’s super soft so my guess is merino wool. It’s a cute hat and it knits up in about 2.5 hours so I can’t complain.

The Christmas Miracle

This sweater is my Christmas miracle… or rather the fact that this sweater is done on time. I started knitting this baby in late November, just before Thanksgiving. School was so busy that I was only able to finish one sleeve and get part of another done before winter break started. I had hoped to be well into the body by then. December 11th I flew home and in 13 days I finished the other sleeve, then the back, then the front. I worked on this thing from 8:30 am until 11:00 at night yesterday finishing the shaping of the V-neck then seaming then whole thing together. This is Twisted from the More Big Girl Knits book and it is a wonderful pattern. The yarn is Swish Worsted from Knit Picks. I love the finished product and now I want to figure out how to down-size it to fit me. I washed the sweater by hand last night then threw it in the dryer (gotta love superwash!) I pulled it out when it was about 90% dry and laid it flat over night. I woke up sneaky-early this morning boxed it, wrapped it, and got it under the tree. My mom has been seeing me knit this all break (too much to do to hide it from her) but I told her it was for me. She was totally shocked when she opened the box this morning. The sweater fits amazingly. I called my dad from school and had him measure one of my mom’s other sweaters so I had pretty good numbers to start with. Here it is, the first two pictures are very accurate of the yarn color, the third is a bit washed out.


This project has been all-consuming so all my other WIPs are still on the needles. I just cast on today a pair of fingerless mittens that I’m going to mail up to my grandma but I only got about three rounds into them before I had to take a break from knitting. A few days of some other hobby are in order I think.

Two FOs and one giant WIP

Love the way the dye broke!

So as I said last post, it only took me two days to knit up the Nintendo Cozy but then I had to add the buttons… Which means I had to go to the store and find some buttons and then motivate myself to attach them. Needless to say it’s two weeks later and the project is finally 100% finished.


This project was the perfect project for one skein of Noro Silk Garden. The yarn is so soft and beautiful. It would make a fantastic lizard ridge blanket, but the blanket would end up costing about $250. I may start it anyway and just do one skein at a time for a year or two until I have enough for a blanket.

The other FO I have is the baby sweater that I was working on. I got the pieces all seamed together, the button bands picked up, and the buttons sewed on. It’s darling, I can’t wait to see it on a baby.



So cute for a baby being born into a dedicated Packers family. Even better the baby is due right at the start of the football season, so I can see mom putting him in this sweater a lot this fall. To compliment this little sweater and to give me something easy to do while I watch movies, TV on DVD, and read I started a Moderne Baby Blanket from Mason Dixon Knitting. It’s a beautiful looking geometric pattern where you knit blocks of garter stitch, cast off, then pick up stitches along the side of the blocks to add colors and length. Here’s what I have so far…



The blanket is just made with Red Heart yarn. I don’t love the yarn. The up-side is it’s acrylic so it won’t irritate sensitive baby skin, it’s machine washable so no matter what the little baby puts it through it can get clean easily, and it’s cheap which is nice since there’s over 3 miles of yarn in this project. There’s absolutely no way I could afford to make this out of yarn that’s $5 for 50 grams. Like the sweater, the blanket is also Packers colors–a light yellow and green and a dark yellow and green.

In other news I tried my hand at yarn dying for the first time about a week ago. The result was beautiful but unexpected. I used the Jacquard acid dyes and was trying to dye my yarn a sage green color with a semi-solid kettle-dyed look. The instructions tell you to bring your water pot to a simmer then add your dye and drop in your yarn. I wanted to play with the dye color and not worry about burning myself so I added the dye to the cold water and tested it until I got the color I wanted then I heated the water and added the yarn. Turns out, if you let Jacquard dyes sit for too long the colors start to separate, so while my pot was waiting to heat up the colors separated into light and dark colors. The yarn turned out really cool looking but it wasn’t what I was expecting. It variegates from almost black to a bright green.


This picture isn’t great but it does show how it goes from very dark to much lighter. It’s had to get a good photograph of something green. The yarn is lace weight merino, part of the Knitpicks Bare line. I really enjoyed dyeing and now really want to try hand painting. To do some more dyeing I ordered a couple of sock blanks from Knitpicks and started a dyed sock blank swap on Ravelry.

The last thing I did was knit a swatch for try #2 of Andrew’s sweater. This time I’m doing the Unisex Irish Pullover a free pattern that I found on Ravelry. I think I figured out what I did wrong the first time but it’s pretty stupid. I think I knit my swatch with the smaller size needles listed on the pattern when it specifically says do the the gauge swatch on the larger needles. I knit a new swatch for the new pattern (I can’t bare to redo the Eden pattern right now) and I double checked about 100 times that I was using the right needle size. I’m not going to start knitting the project right now I think I’ll save it and try it for the knitting Olympics in August. Here’s my swatch…


According to the swatch I’m on gauge so we’ll see… I haven’t worked at all on the pink boucle wrap as if that’s surprising.