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Nupps! June 11, 2010

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I love the way nupps look in a finished shawl — cute and perky, lace’s version of a bobble. I fell in love with them when I made the Percy shawlette. I do not, however, love making them.
It’s a bit fiddly, really, figuring out how to make 1 stitch into 7 and back into 1 and being able to purl all those loops together on the return row. I know some smart knitters have figured out how to do this with a crochet hook but I’m the first to say I am hopeless with a hook. I even do a provisional cast on without it. I do it with an extra needle in the mix to prevent the loops from shortening too much and for ease of purling on the return rows. It works, though, so I don’t mind doing it even if it’s quite time consuming.
The lace chart is finished and I will be starting on the short rows this afternoon, as much as I can do before I’m sucked into the black hole of work tonight and not spat out until Sunday.
The malabrigo lace is nice but it is a bit uneven and slubby. This is a quality I’ve noticed in the worsted and sock weights as well so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.
Here are the nupps — a bit overly loopy but that all blocks out in the end.

In other news, Benny had surgery yesterday. Here he is resting on the couch and generally looking pitiful:

He had a rough night last night — wasn’t eating or drinking although he did take his pain medication. Today he is back to normal and I am struggling to restrict jumping and running (he is not supposed to romp around for 1 week — really? a lab not romp? Is this possible?).


Emmaline (and how the author can no longer count in multiples of ten). June 5, 2010

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My Brandywine shawl is still exactly as it was in the last post, folded neatly and tucked into a knitting bag. I placed an order for blocking boards and wires so I will give it a proper blocking when that is delivered.
I cast on for Emmaline with Comfy bulky yarn from KP in honeydew (which is much closer to celadon). I swatched with 10s, 10.5s, and 11s and was closest with the 11s so that’s what I used. I have knitted through most of the raglan shaping and am up to the sleeve portion. I need size 11 DPNs to do the sleeves and so I’m waiting for those as well. I did try it on this morning and I’m hoping the sleeves add a bit of structure and take away from the neckline a bit or it will end up being entirely too big. With bulky yarn and big needles it is a quick knit and I won’t mind (too much) ripping back and starting over.
With that in mind, here is a pic so far:

In the interim I’ve cast on for Annis, also from Knitty, with a skein of malabrigo lace in Polar Moon (it is the top skein in the following pic):

It is a looooong cast on and I used a simple knitted cast on and somehow forgot how to count. I am missing 10 stitches. I could lose a stitch repeat and futz the numbers later at the short rows and stockinette portion, or I could unravel and start over. Knowing my perfectionist knitter’s heart I imagine I’ll do the latter. I’m only 3 rows in, after all. It is discouraging to imagine casting on all 363 stitches again but it will be worth it in the long run.

This weekend I am supposed to be seeing Splice. I should actually be there now but the friend I’m going with is getting a cut and color at the salon that apparently has run over a bit. So we’ll go to the 7 pm showing instead. Tomorrow we are going to Ocean City for the air show. Monday is back to work as usual.


Not quite an FO post. June 1, 2010

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But almost. I cast off the brandywine shawl this afternoon while watching ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ (thoughts: I love Meryl Streep and I covet the dark chocolate color of Anne Hathaway’s hair). I did the reverse i-cord bind off called for in the pattern and it took some time but the result was lovely.
It is finished but for blocking and weaving in ends. I snapped a quick pic outside (it is storming here and so humid I am surprised you cannot see the steam rising from the porch) but will save the blocking for tomorrow.

I will say this: I am happy it is done almost done and I am eager to cast on for something else. Coming up: Emmaline and the Annis shawl, both from the most recent issue of Knitty.


The pattern that made me give up knitting. May 28, 2010

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Well, for awhile. Quite a long while. Enough so that when we had our first annual yard sale here I sold a good bit of my yarn stash, thinking I would never knit again. It just wasn’t *fun* anymore.
For example, the jaywalkers you see in the previous post? Gone. Unraveled. Partially unraveled, that is, with one of the beautiful harmony DPNs chewed to bits by a curious (and hungry) puppy. I wasn’t particularly upset. The pattern was boring and I secretly worried that the gauge was too tight and they’d be unwearable. I’ve yet to finish frogging them and repurpose the yarn and now I need to buy another size 1 DPN.
I’m not a quitter, though, and it is sheer stubbornness that returned me to this project with the intention to finish. Stubbornness and the desire to cast on something else. I am a methodical knitter and I like to finish one big project before I start another one and so before I cast on for Emmaline, I need to finish this.
And so, without any further superfluousness, here is the shawl that has been sucking my soul. It is Brandywine Shawl, shown here in the upper right corner. It is for a good cause and I thought the edging was pretty so I purchased it, on a whim, and cast on. Way back in… I’ve no idea. I didn’t put that on my ravelry page so I can’t tell you. I’m guessing February. It was definitely winter time.
The pattern is written well enough. The results are pretty. It is just so mind-numbingly boring that I can’t stand knitting it. I’m far enough that it would seem like hours of wasted knitting time — precious knitting time — that I won’t get back if I frog it and use the sock yarn for, oh, a pair of socks (that’s a novel idea, isn’t it?), and yet there is enough work ahead of me that it seems rather like the knitter’s version of climbing Mt. Everest to finish. I’m on Chart B and have done 10 of 15 repeats.
I will finish.

It looks innocent lying there with that smooshy garter stitch center and fluttery edging, doesn’t it? Don’t believe it. It is a SOUL SUCKER.

No disrespect to the designer, of course. Romi Hill’s patterns are immensely popular and for good reason and many many knitters have enjoyed this pattern. I just don’t happen to be one of them.

I pledge to blog more and knit more and generally be more of a presence here. I may not have much of a choice — I have a chronic ankle injury that has forced me out of karate and I imagine there is much knitting time in my future. Looking forward to moving on to more interesting things!


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

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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!


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.