Spectra

Tragedy struck yesterday. My trusty laptop was overheating to the point of shutting itself off. I assumed that the fan was either clogged or malfunctioning or that the innards had finally gotten so full of cat hair that it decided to give up. I took it to the apple store expecting them to tell me the would either clean it out or install a new fan. Imagine my surprise when I was told that my hard drive was in the process of dying a slow but inevitable death.

Now I am a marginally savvy cookie and I backed up everything to my external hard drive before taking it in. Because of this, I didn’t feel too bad when they told me I’d need a new drive. I bought the extended warranty, so even though Lappy is almost 3 years old he would get the new drive for free. Bonus: they no longer make 250GB drives so I’d be getting 500 at no extra charge. This was all sounding pretty good until Appleman tells me that, because of the long and agonizing death Lappy has been suffering, he may not have been backing my data up properly at all. Perfect.

I was supposed to get him back today to and I would be able to see if my external dive actually contains any data (I store as much as I can in the cloud, but all my bar outlines are on that drive… Or I should say, are maybe on that drive.) Appleman called me back today to say that the drive replacement went well, but when they ran Lappy through the stress test, his board failed and must also be replaced and then he must go through the stress test again.

Now for some good news: we took a practice bar exam today and my score was passing! Theoretically this means I can pass the real exam on the 24/25. WOOT.

Also, Spectra is done and blocked.

I’m not sure if I mentioned this before but Spectra sort of started out as a bet between Ryan and I. We were in Twisted and they had a store sample using the same color of Zauberball for the wedges (I lost my tag so I can’t tell you what that color is) and Ryan thought it looked pretty cool, but difficult to make. I told him it was cool (it’s Stephen West after all) but really not that difficult. “Really?” he said, “you could makes this?” His tone was a little too incredulous for my taste and I immediately boasted that I could easily make it. At this point Ryan bought me the yarn and challenged me to make a Spectra. Challenge accepted.

BAM
BAM
BAM

If there is a winner here, it’s clearly me. I got free yarn. Proved my awesome knitting prowess. AND now I have a Spectra.

The non-zauber yarn is Cascade heritage silk. It’s lovely to work with. I did run out of it a bit early, and so my Spectra only has 84 rather than 86 wedges. (This has no affect on my victory!)

This is the first time since December I haven’t had something by Stephen West on the needles.

This brings my WIP total down to 9.

Go check out Tami’s.

Portland Yarn Crawl

This past weekend was the Portland Yarn Crawl. It’s exactly what it sounds like–a bunch of crazed knitters hopping from yarn shop to yarn shop and getting drunk on yarny-goodness. There were 20 (yes TWENTY!) yarn shops in the greater Portland area that participated this year. The point was to try to get to all the shops in one weekend. Each shop had a basket full of awesome goodness that they raffled off (no, I didn’t win) and most of the shops had special sales and door prizes going on as well.

I had to work at Yarnia (it was packed!) on Saturday and Sunday so I had to get all my crawling done on Friday. I hit TWELVE shops in one day. It was amazing! There was so much yarn (and I bought bunches of it) and so many knitters. If you don’t want to see what I got, stop reading. This post is all about the new stash I acquired.

Stop 1: The Naked Sheep. I got this bag. I can’t believe how cute it is. I love the color, I love the sheep, it’s wonderful. The shop was small, and the selection was small, and this bag is blatant advertising for the shop (which was only a mediocre shop) it’s so cute that I just don’t care if I lead people there unintentionally, at least they can get a super cute bag.

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And this Elsebeth Lavold Baby Llama (it’s so soft!) I’m thinking a slouchy beret type hat. Or a cowl. I don’t know. I think Alpaca is super soft on the skein but next to my skin sometimes it drives me nuts. Since llamas seem pretty close to alpaca a cowl might be risky. We shall see, I may throw caution to the wind.

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Stop 2: Close Knit. I got this yarn. It is called BFF B Sock. The color is called Anzu (which means apricot.) It is hand-dyed by a woman in Vancouver, WA (just across the river from Portland) and it’s so springy and happy and it was a gray drizzly day and I could not let go of this yarn once I picked it up. The dyer was there and I chatted with her and she was wonderful and you should check out her etsy shop.

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I also got this Malabrigo, colorway Cypress. It’s malabrigo, do I need to justify this purchase any further? Ryan has already claimed it as “beanie yarn” (the man loves beanies). It’s greener than it looks in the picture–basically a black-green (such colors can’t normally exist but in Malabrigo they can.)

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Close Knit is one of those yarn shops that’s stuffed with yarn. There’s so much yarn that there’s not much room for people (especially on a day where all knitters in the greater Portland area are out hunting yarn) It’s all the way across town from me, but if I lived closer I would probably stop by to pet the yarn frequently, it’s basically jumping out begging to be petted.

Stop 3: Gossamer. This isn’t what I would call a “yarn shop” in the strictest sense. It’s more of a “craft shop.” It’s got a little bit of everything. I do mean a little bit. Very small selection. They do have fiber though and there are not that many shops that carry spinning fiber (which is weird since it feels like there are a ton of spinners in Portland.) I was one of the first 20 customers so I got this skein of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece as a door prize. It’s a good thing I like pink. I think I’m going to make one of the Rebecca Danger Monsters with it.

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I bought this fiber. It’s 3 little 1.5 oz batts of corriedale wool in a natural-undyed brown. I’m going to try to spin it for socks. We shall see if I can make a nice Navajo-plied 3-ply.

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Stop 4: Twisted. The sock yarn wall is pretty impressive (it is an entire wall covered in luscious hand-dyed sock yarn.) Maybe this store has just been so built up by all the ravelry hype about it, but I was sort of disappointed. I was expecting some sort of knitting Mecca based on the way I’ve heard this store described by adoring patrons, but really I didn’t think it was any more special than some of the other perfectly wonderful shops I hit. That didn’t stop me from picking something off the sock yarn wall though. This is Dream in Color Smooshy in colorway Strange Harvest. I’m always so drawn to this scummy yellow-green-brown color. I think it’s pretty and ugly at the same time.

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Stop 5: Happy Knits. Easily my favorite stop on the crawl. This really is a happy place. It’s a very good thing I don’t live closer–they only carry the pricey stuff. Here I got Stephen West’s new pattern book. West Knits Book Two. I also spent about 15 minutes gushing with the man behind the counter about how awesome Stephen West is and how amazing his patterns are. Oh, and I bought this.

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A cardigan’s worth of Cascade Eco + in colorway Butternut Squash. Can you see what kind of a color mood I was in on Friday?

Stop 6: Yarn Garden. I’ve decided I don’t really like Yarn Garden. This is the second time that I’ve been there, and each time the shop has felt very unwelcoming. That didn’t stop me from buying something though. This is… I’m not quite sure, the label is in German. It seems to say Järbo Garn Gästrike 1-ply. I can tell that it is 100% wool and that it is 600 meters of laceweight.
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That is half of my adventure. I will post about the second half later in the week. If you found this post incredibly dull, don’t bother reading that one either.

Another hat

Back in September I got my hair cut, and got bangs for the first time since the 3rd grade. I love them, I think they look great, they totally suit me. However, they do take a modicum of styling attention… not much, but some. However, as finals creep closer and closer, I’m finding the need to roll out of bed and get out the door quickly more and more pressing. Since I usually shower at night sometimes my bangs can end up drying in some pretty weird bed-head type positions, e.g. 90 degrees from my forehead. This has made me come to appreciate knit hats in an all new way. It doesn’t matter what my bangs look like if I shove them under a hat and leave them there all day.

I’ve been wearing the Bashful that I made in August quite a bit, but as the temps have dropped, the drappy lacy open nature of the hat isn’t keeping me warm in the same way it use to. Also, I just have the one, so it limits my clothing choices on bad-hair days to things that go with purple. So I decided to make another warmer hat so that I could have more all around fashion choices.

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A quick Ravelry search led me to Slouchy Hat with Pico Edge by Jan Wise which is a free pattern. The first 25 rows are knit on size 4 needles, the rest of the hat on size 8s. This makes the part around your ears nice and snug but still lets you have the wonderful slouchy hat look. Other than a row of eyelets around the brim, it’s mostly stockinette with purl rounds every so often to add a bit of texture.

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On the day I took these pictures my bangs were mostly behaving, so I let them be in the picture. It is nearly impossible to take a picture of yourself that is both flattering, and shows off knitwear well.

The yarn I used was leftover from a pair of convertible mittens I made over a year ago. The yarn is Cascade Rustic 79% wool 21% linen single-ply. It’s medium-soft to work with, but after you wash it, it softens up much much more. This hat took less than a single skein. I wouldn’t use this yarn for anything other than “plain” projects though because I think the yarn would hide any texture/pattern pretty completely.

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When I showed the finished hat to Ryan he said, “It looks Slavic.” I would have preferred, “It looks pretty,” or “Wow, you’re a talented knitter,” but I’ll take Slavic. At least they know how to get through some cold-ass winters…

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.

Loot!

Last post I talked about how my knitting group from school spent last weekend up at the schools retreat-lodge Bjorklunden, but I forgot to mention one of the best parts of the whole trip! We spent a whole afternoon dyeing yarn! I managed to dye five hanks worth of yarn (my entire bare stash!… Guess I better restock.) This is a sock blank from Knit Picks that I got a little crazy with. I just started splashing colors that I like on it. There is some green, some purple, some pink, two shades of blue, and patches where the original white shows up. I thik it will turn into some pretty fun socks. I’m not sure if I will keep this blank for myself or give it away, I have too much sock yarn as it is… But then again, it’s so pretty…

Now that I’ve just mentioned how I have too much sock yarn… This is a skein of Knit Picks bare merino/nylon fingering weight yarn… in other words more sock yarn. This is all done with Jacquard dyes. and it is mostly shades of green, brown, and cream but there are splashes of purple every so often that make it more feminine. I think I will use this to make socks for my mom who is a forester as the colors are very woodsy.

This is a hank of white Cascade 220 that I dyed with Jacquard dyes as well. I tend to like Jacquard better than Kool-Aid because I tend to like deeper jewel tones rather than the extremely bright or pastel colors that you get with Kool-Aid. I think this will turn into a pair of felted slippers. (Another form of sock…)

This is a hank of knitpicks bare fingering weight wool/silk blend. This is probably the one thing that won’t turn into socks because it’s not superwash. I’m thinking a lacy spring scarf. This is (again) mostly done with Jacquard but there is some Kool-Aid in there too–the lightest pink color is strawberry Kool-Aid.

Oh, look, more sock yarn… This I had originally kettle-dyed with black cherry Kool-Aid but the color turned out pretty strawberry-pink and I wanted something darker. I splashed some red and blue jacquard dye on it and now it’s perfect. The earlier pink still shows up in some places but there is enough of the darker colors to make it look less like a baby-doll-ish.

We also had a swap of unloved stash so I was able to get rid of a few things, but I also collected two sock blanks dyed by someone else, some Knit Picks Swish DK and some other individual balls of yummy goodness. I really need to get knitting!

March=Spring, Damnit!

DAMN! DAMN! DAMN! It’s MARCH! March and it’s 16 degrees outside. My mother and father are enjoying fantastically warm temperatures in the 70s down in New Mexico and I’m shivering to death up here. As a proper pacific-northwesterner, having lived until I was 18 in southern Oregon, I associate March with the start of spring. Sure maybe it’s a bit rainy, and maybe there are some days in the high 40s at the beginning of the month… but 16 degrees? Damn the Midwest! OK, rant over.

Much as I hate the freezing cold weather in what everyone knows is the first month of spring, my knitting group from school got to go to the Bjorklunden lodge this weekend which was a perfect place to be in below-freezing temperatures. Bjorklunden is a lodge that Lawrence owns up in Door County, WI–right on lake Michigan. The lodge is huge and so cozy it was a perfect place for a nice weekend getaway. I didn’t take any pictures inside the lodge (because I’m crazy) but yarndude did and he captured it perfectly. See. I’m the one in the red. I did make it outside to take a quick picture of the project that I finished though. These are called “pescovegetarian mittens” from villaelain’s blog. They use bulky yarn which means they work up super fast and the simple knit-purl motif on the back of the hand shows off a slightly variagated yarn perfectly! I used malabrigo bulky, in the violetas colorway, to make them. Like the worsted and the lace version of the yarn it’s perfect and wonderful and soft and squishy and fantastic.

Aside from the mittens I also worked on Andrew’s sweater (believe it or not) and the sleeve is growing slowly but surely. And, I even managed to do some work on my small-but-growing Swallowtail shawl. Aside from the projects for myself, as a group we decided to knit preemie hats for knit one, save one a totally awesome charity that helps keep preemie babies around the world warm and alive.

Before we went up to the lodge I was frantically trying to finish this monster hat. This is the bokaclava pattern that is available for free on Ravelry. My version is knit in Encore because it’s cheap and it was for my brother who is by no means a fiber snob. Here it is modeled on my roommate Peter. There is a lot of seaming and casting on and off and weaving in ends for such a small finished object. I don’t think I will ever make this again, but the designer also has a Dragonclava and a Cthuluclava and my brother has already requested them both so similar projects seem to be in my future.



This is a scarf that I knit for Andrew because the one he had before is from when I first started knitting and it was pretty bad. Andrew picked out the yarn and colorway and approved the pattern as sufficiently manly. The pattern is Staggered Rib Scarf from Suzie Blackman and it is a great knit-purl pattern for a unisex scarf. I used Swish Bulky from Knit Picks in the Marlin colorway. The yarn is very soft and squishy but I think it’s pretty thin to be called a bulky yarn. I think all their yarns tend to be on the thin side for what they claim to be–but for the price you pay who cares.


These convertible mittens have been on Andrew’s wish list since last winter and I finally buckled down and knit him some. He was particularly indignant that I knit a pair of convertible mittens earlier this school year for my brother who has been waiting far less time that Andrew had. So I cast on and whipped these up pretty quickly. The yarn is Rustic by Cascade and it’s a wool-linen blend that is very soft. The linen softens up so much after just one wash and has continued to soften with wear. The pattern is one of the downloadable patterns from the knitpicks website called “Men’s Convertable Fingerless Gloves.” I made two small modifications to the pattern. First I added a buttonhole to each thumb so that Andrew can pop his thumbs out if he needs to use them for gripping. Second I picked up stitches across the back of the and and knit from them rather than knitting the mitten top seperately and sewing it on later.


The last sock blank swap that I moderated had a theme of “where I’m from” so I decided to go New Mexican rather than just leaving the blank snow white to represent Wisconsin. This is my interpretation of New Mexico. I’m very curious to see how these knit up into socks so I’m hoping that the person I sent them to gets picturtes up shortly. It made me very happy to dye this because the bright southwest colors were nice to play with as the snow continued to fall here.


These are the fingerless gloves that I cast on right after I finished my mom’s christmas sweater but it took me a while to finish them because I was a bit tired of knitting (gasp I know) after plowing throught the sweater in record time. They were finished shortly after I got back to school and I got them in the mail to my Grandma who seemed to appreciate them even though I did get a snarky remark about them being late… That’s my grandma for you. This yarn is Rowan Cocoon and it’s extremely expensive–$16 a skein! I only used one skein to make these, so my project cost was reasonable but I don’t know how people can afford to make sweaters out of this stuff. The pattern, like most of the patterns I use, is free on Ravelry and it is called “Delovely.”

This is the sock blank that I received from the swap that happened in the fall (so I’m a bit behind on my sock knitting… I love the swap anyway!) I requested a halloween-themed blank and I love what I got. The blank is translating into the most vibrant gorgeous socks. The best part is that while they can totally be worn for halloween, the socks don’t look OVERLY halloween-y so I can wear them all year round (or all of the year that wool socks are appropriate) without feeling silly. These are about double the length that they appear in the picture below, but I still have about 3 inches before I can turn the heel. I’m using the two-at-a-time toe-up magic loop pattern from the Knit Picks website and so far it’s great. I used judy’s magic cast on (truly magic!) for the toes and case on 18 stitches per side (36 per sock) and increased up to 52. I have very square toes so I don’t need the traditional pointy socks. When I got to the middle of my arch I increased to 60 and I think I’ll stay there untill I do some more increases for my calf.


It’s a giant pain in the ass to move pictures around so my pictures are in reverse chronological order. Scroll back up to the top of the page and you’ll see things in the right order.

Finally (mostly) Back to Normal

Well I’m finally walking again. The Dr. let me start hobbling around on Friday, I’m still pretty slow and a bit shaky but it’s walking and that’s something. All in all I was on the crutches for 7 weeks and needless to say the muscles in my leg (small as they were to begin with) are considerably weaker. The best thing is being able to do things for myself again like get up, get a something to drink, and carry it to the family room all by myself–something that’s difficult to do when both hands are busy with the crutches. It feels really nice to be able to do all the small stuff again. Also, I was able to finally get my camera and take some pictures of what I’ve been working on (again YEAH for free hands!) I wanted to knit Andrew’s sweater for the Ravelry knitting Olympics and I got quite a bit done but not nearly enough to finish in time. In my defense I started reading a book by my favorite (living) author Chuck Palahniuk and then was unable to stop until I’d read four of his books so I basically fell off the face of the world for a week and didn’t get any knitting done. With those extra six days I could have come really close. Here’s how far I got:


The pattern is just called “Unisex Irish Pullover.” I found the pattern on Ravelry when looking for something aran like to make. The pattern knits up surprisingly fast, I thought the body would take me forever but it was interesting enough to keep me going round and round. I’m making it from Cascade 220 Heathers in a really sharp brown/maroon color with little flecks of green in it. The body is about 2 inches short of the armpits and the sleeve is about 8” give or take. I converted the pattern to knit in the round. It’s a basic raglan shape so it should be easy to attach the sleeves and finish off… should be. The pattern was also written out completely in words so I got some graph paper and charted it out. The pattern is written so that the two cable panels on the side go the same way they aren’t mirrored. Looking back I wish I had fixed that but that’s just my random picky-ness popping up. Since I didn’t finish for the knitting Olympics the project has had to go on hold since there are some projects for my family that I want to finish up before I head back to school on the 11th (very excited to be heading back by the way!)

The first thing I needed to finish were some slipper socks my dad asked me to make for him. The pattern is from The Little Box of Socks and it’s called the “Double Basket Socks.” It’s a very easy knit/purl Pattern done in DK weight yarn to make nice thick slipper socks. I was initially pretty unhappy that my dad asked me to knit him socks because during the school year I knit him a pair of fingering weight green socks and when I gave them to him he said “I only wear white cotton athletic socks, wool is to scratchy and green doesn’t go with any of my clothes.” Needless to say I was a bit miffed but I let it go and gave them to Andrew who was a very gracious recipient and who wears them frequently. So, I bought The Little Box of Sock and was looking at it at home when my dad came up and started flipping through the cards. He held up the Double Basket pattern and said “These look comfortable, can you make me these for around the house socks? My feet are always cold and some wool socks would be so nice on the tile and hardwood.” I glared at him and of course he had no idea why. When I asked him what color he wanted he didn’t even think about it before he said “Well I really like green, how about that?” Dutiful daughter that I am, I didn’t punch him. I did make him buy the yarn though and since I was placing an order with knitpicks for his yarn I may have added a few balls for myself to the total… After the socks were knit I sewed on some suede slipper pads to the balls and heels of the feet so he won’t fall and crack his head on our slippery floors. I have already seen him wear them around the house so hopefully they will be appreciated.


The next project is a gift for my brother who is starting his freshman year of college this year at Portland State University in Oregon. I found this Pattern on knitty and thought it was cute and quick. They are seven washcloths (think days of the week) 5 say “study” and 2 say “party.” The pattern calls for duplicate stitching the letters but I stranded them on so they’re a bit more secure. It’s pretty easy except that because it’s a flat pattern I have to strand on the purl side as well. It confused me at first but I’m much better now. They’re a bit wobbly as of right now but after I get them wet and let the fibers relax they should square up. I have three done and am about 1/3 of the way done with another. I need to finish by the 10th which shouldn’t be that big of a stretch as it only takes about 3 and 1/2 hours to go from start to finish on each one. These are the three I have finished so far:


 

Way before the knitting Olympics I started the extremely popular Swallowtail shawl in some beautiful Malabrigo yarn but stopped for the Olympics then for the family knitting so I haven’t picked it up in a while. It’s took me quite a while to get used to the fine yarn. I didn’t think it would be that hard because I’m used to fingering weight yarn for socks and stuff, but the lace yarn just feels so fragile I have to remember that it’s OK to handle it. I’ve only finished 4 of the 15 repeats for the body of the shawl so I’ve got quite a ways to go. It’s very hard to photograph this yarn the color almost never comes out right but it’s a beautiful semi-solid golden color that screams fall. I love it:


Another family knitting project (that will probably not get done before I go back to school) is a pair of socks for my mom. At the beginning of the summer my mom said she really wanted to learn how to knit socks so I dug up an old ball of lion brand magic strip yarn and two circular needles and started to show her how to knit toe-up socks. She didn’t even get past the toe increases before she decided she didn’t like it and asked if I would finish them for her. Here’s how far she got, I haven’t had a chance to work on them but it’s one more WIP.


This is probably my longest running WIP. I started these socks for myself during the school year but have kept putting them on hold to work on other projects. These are the infamous green socks that I’ve mentioned several times before. I have one sock finished I’m I’m working down the leg of the second one. The yarn is Trekking Pro Natura and the pattern is “garter rib” from the Sensational Knitted Socks book. I couldn’t get a good picture of the pattern but for how simple it is it looks very nice.

Not sure about this blogging thing…

Since I’m already on Ravelry and have a hard enough time keeping projects updated there I’m not entirely sure that I’ll be terrific at this blog business. However, there are so many knitting blogs that I enjoy reading that I thought I might just give it a try and see what happens. Also, who doesn’t need another distraction from studying for finals? Politics and Human Nature BAH! Temporal Monarchy, Autonomous Collective, Representative Democracy… who needs it. Anyway don’t expect any sort of gushy life details in this thing it’s going to be purely about knitting… with the occasional complaint about school thrown in. And anyway my life doesn’t have any gushy details to share so bugger off if that’s what you want.

Now knitting.

I have three (maybe four depending on how you count) WIPs.

The first and most urgent is the Baby Baseball Tee from Knit2Together. It is for my boss who is preggers so there’s kind of a time line on finishing. So far, the back is completely finished, the pocket lining is finished and knit into the front (but not sewed down) and I’m up to the decreased on the front. I am very happy with this as the baby is not due until September. While I could care less about the Green Bay Packers the mother is a huge fan (I mean HUGE) and the baby is a boy, so I’m knitting the sweater in Packers colors, gold body and green sleeves. I’m knitting it in Plymouth Encore which is 75% acrylic and 25% wool so it’s machine washable, cheap, and baby skin friendly. I’m not a big fan of acrylic and, like I said, I don’t care about the Packers so the yarn/color scheme isn’t too appealing to me but it makes me happy to knit something for Jenny because she’s a good boss and cool person.

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Second WIP is going on a full year now. It is an acrylic and nylon blend boucle wrap/shawl/wide scarf. The yarn is fun to look at and touch but terrible to knit with–it’s splitty and impossible to frog; the stitches might as well be glued together. It Jo-Ann’s Sensations Rainbow Boucle I like the fabric that I have so far, but I’m only half way done. The pattern needs 36 4-row repeats over 80 stitches and I have 20 done. It’s not at all a hard pattern, it’s a simple drop stitch patter–basically a way easier version of the Clapotis. It’s boring and fussy which is why progress is slower than a snail’s pace. Hopefully I will like the finished product as I like the bit I have now. Otherwise, I will cry bitter bitter tears of sad regret for my wasted time. Obviously it needs some blocking…

Rainbow Boucle
The last WIP is coming up on a few months shy of a year now. It started out as a sweater for my brother who is pretty skinny but 6’8” tall and makes me look like a rag doll when I stand next to him. I quickly realized that even though he’s skinny I would not have enough yarn/time/sanity to finish. My dad said he hates wool because it’s scratchy after glaring at him and making him hold my softest merino sock yarn until he admitted that it’s not too bad gave up on him. I thought about just wearing it myself since I had cast on for a 36” chest anyway but then my boyfriend said hey that’s a cool sweater who’s it for. I told him if he liked it is was for him and the darling accepted. Sweater curse be damned. It’s in Cascade 220 wool and is a pattern from the Rowan Pure Wool Collection: Eden.

 

Edan

The last WIP is sort of not mine, but really it mostly is. It’s a pair of socks out the Trekking Pro Natura done one-sock-at-a-time, cuff down, on two circs. It’s supposed to be Andrew’s, he said he wanted to learn to knit. (OK maybe I pushed a wee little bit but he agreed to learn in the end.) He didn’t want to buy any yarn In case I don’t like knitting, instead he wanted to knit out of my stash. No problem, I love the kid so I went through my stash and laid out before him all the things I was willing to part with for him to learn on–of the two balls of sock yarn he chose the green one and not the pink, green, purple, and yellow striped one… go figure. Now I know that socks on size 1.5 needles is not the most encouraging fist project but he didn’t want to buy his own yarn and that worsted weight already has a project assigned to it damnit. And just so I don’t come across as selfish, that sock yarn was supposed to be my first pair of Monkey socks… now that’s sacrifice. Andrew dutifully learned to cast on, do the knit two purl two ribbing, and the simple garter rib pattern for the leg. The pattern is from Sensational Knitted Socks The sock is on Knitpicks fixed circs which I love because they are very pointy but Andrew has no knitterly blisters yet and his fingers start to hurt after one or two rows of 72 stitches per row. I frequently pick up these socks and work on them when I’m in his room because it’s knitting and it’s there so I’ve probably done more of the knitting on them than he has… but it’s still his project right…

Alright I’m going the “publish” this now and then try to figure out how to go back and add links and photos… we’ll see…

ETA: Success! I’m a natural born blogger.