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Jaywalking (and tree pics!). December 21, 2009

Filed under: Knitting,Sharing — Spooky @ 12:38 pm
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I don’t have much knitting to show. I haven’t been doing much. This month my schedule is really terrible, I’ve been working a lot of long, consecutive shifts and that doesn’t leave much time for knitting. I am still working on the first sock, past the gusset decreases and am now working on the foot.

I also finally managed to decorate our little tree:

I have a couple of knitting-related ornaments. A snowy sheep:

And this one:

And of course every knitter needs a sock monkey:

That is all. Hoping for more knitting content next time. Happy holidays!

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FO: 198 yards of heaven (and socks!) December 14, 2009

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I completed this small shawl/triangular scarf on Saturday but by the time it was blocked and dried it was too dark for any good quality pics. Yesterday was spent in the wind and cold of Baltimore cheering on the Ravens (who drove Detroit into the ground YAY) and then cheering on the Redskins from the relative warmth of the Greene Turtle Edgewater. It worked out well, though, because today is bright and clear and even the pics indoors turned out fairly well.
To recap:
Pattern: 198 yards of heaven (this link will take you to the ravelry pattern page where you can click for the free download).
Yarn: Cascade heathers, colorway 2449 (heathered pink)
Needles: Size 8 circs
Cast on December 2, cast off December 12. This is a quick project. I’m a slow knitter and I did it in 10 days even with ignoring it for the better part of a week while I worked a brutal 50 hours in 4 days.
This would be an ideal first shawl for someone. I knit it as written but I’d do a garter stitch tab if I were to do it again. There is a new version of the pattern out now but I knit it from the original pattern with the modifications to line up the yarnovers of the border. I used a lifeline but it wasn’t necessary. With worsted weight the stitches are so large that one can easily see a mistake and the pattern is both intuitive and repetitive, making referring to the chart largely unnecessary after the first repeat.
Draped over a chair on my front porch:

A close up of the stitch detail:

And a modeled pic (a bit blurry, I’ve had too much coffee today, my apologies):

And there you have it. I’ve cast on for a new pair of socks. They are Jaywalkers, and here is the start:

 

Shawlette progress. December 10, 2009

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I’m still working on gift knitting. Luckily for me I am only knitting for one person and it is a small project. It has been lying on the cocktail table waiting for me to get back to it. I worked 4 consecutive 12 hour shifts, blew off some steam last night (a little too exuberantly), and picked it up today. I’m through with the second repeat. I go back and do rows 1-12 again and then start on the border. I’m a bit skeptical. It looks really small right now.

I will say that I love this cascade. You can’t see the heathering in the pictures but it is quite lovely. I have a couple more hanks of this exact shade (I think I bought it with a project in mind but I can’t recall what that might have been). So maybe I’ll make her a hat, too.
I rather enjoy knitting lace in worsted weight.

 

Pretty and heavenly things. December 5, 2009

Filed under: Knitting — Spooky @ 12:43 pm
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It is snowing here. I am excited about this. What I am *more* excited about is the fact that it is so warm in my old, drafty house that I am hanging out in short sleeves and no socks. This has never happened before. It was costly to repoint and rebuild the chimneys and have the old basement behemoth serviced but it was definitely worth it. It is a truly awesome thing that we are using the furnace built back in 1922. How cool is that?
I finished the cowl I last blogged about some time ago. I’d check ravelry for the date but it hasn’t been working for me much of the day. Here’s a pic:

This was knitted from 100% qiviut; it used about half the ball. It is very soft — almost too soft. I followed the pattern exactly except for the bind off; I used my typical lace cast off instead. I was worried about fitting it over my big melon but that wasn’t the problem. The problem is it is so soft and loose that it doesn’t keep its shape when worn. It works better for Stacey for some reason (I’m thinking my neck is a bit too spindly for it). I considered making an i-cord and threading it through the cowl into a loose tie to help. Still considering it. It’s not getting much use right now.
It is a beautiful pattern, though, and I’m looking forward to knitting it again in a worsted (or even bulky) weight.
On the needles right now is a shawl that is giving me problems (for a swap I’m in, so there will be no blogging about it until that is over) and a small shawlette called 198 yards of heaven. I’m knitting it in Cascade 200, a heathered pink colorway, on size 8 needles. This is part of a Christmas gift for my sister and I’m comfortable posting it here because she doesn’t visit this blog. I’ve completed the set up, 1 complete run through the first chart and about 9 rows of a second repeat.

I’m not crazy about the start. This pattern doesn’t have a garter stitch tab and, as a result, it sort of dips at the starting point. I’m hoping it will even out with blocking and, if it doesn’t, that it isn’t terribly noticeable. Mary isn’t a knitter and may not notice such a tiny detail, especially since it is at the back of the neck.
I think this project is the beginning and end of my Christmas knitting. I find that handknits aren’t appreciated by many non-knitters and often regret giving them. I’m actually not even sure I’ll be seeing anyone this season. We didn’t go to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving and we won’t be going to the Christmas Eve celebration at my brother’s house either (our work schedules interfere with most holidays and we are the only ones who work shift work and holidays). I’m hoping to make it there at some point but we will have our own little Christmas here and it will be nice.