Please raise your hand if you totally suck at working a pattern. Nobody? ME… I’m the doof!
While I have finished my girlfriend’s wedding shawl ((original post here)), THE wedding shawl, it’s totally too BIG. Ugh. I had an awesome time working on it and maybe that’s what I should be focusing on, but after I gave it a soak and got it on the blocking mat, seems that it’s roughly TWICE the height she wanted. So, I’m hoping that just blocking for the points on the end will be enough. It’s laid flat with the ceiling fan going, so I should know by tonight whether it will be a bust or not. I’m totally not ripping it back a repeat. If I do that, I’d have to redo the edging, assuming I rip back to the right row.
Sorry about the really unnatural looking pic, but I wanted to make the stitches stand out. Actually, I’m really please with how it came out…. but it’s just really big…. and I could not pull on it hard enough to make really nice points. Want to see a thing of beauty? You can’t see the silver in this, but the yarn is Kraemer’s Sterling Silk and Silver, in Tuxedo colorway, which is really a nice black. This is real sterling silver inter woven into the yarn. Unfortunately, because of having problems sourcing the silver for this yarn, Kraemer’s has changed it a bit. I heard that now they are using artificial metallic fibers for the silver part, but on the up side, the new yarn, itself is supposed to be softer feeling.
It’s settled. I’m going to HAVE to make another one for me. Maybe next year. I’ve got so many projects waiting in the wings… BUT if a wedding pops up in the next couple of years, this will be my shawl.
Okay, I guess that’s enough. I feel better now…. just hoping Paula still likes it. If she totally hates it, I get to keep it… weeeeee~!
Just an update from yesterday’s post, A Little Wet Wool, Anyone? I’ve decided that the pattern for my freshly spun yarn will be the Chastain Park Shawl, published in L. Mariana Designs, which is a site online. Ravelers go here. I’ve chosen this one because the yardage given falls within my criteria and also the pattern is plain enough to show off the yarn. Ravelry has just installed a new pattern search that is the BOMB. Very cool. Anyone not at Ravelry should go there… NOW.
Not going to start it right away because, 1: I have two shawl/wrap projects going right now. 2: Want to wait until it’s cooler.
Okay, carry on…..
What better title for a blog which hasn’t had a new post since December 2008? This post is also about Ravelypmics 2o10, an event on Ravelry, taking place right now, will finish this coming Sunday night. For those of you who have not heard of Ravelry.com it’s a community of, what I shall call, “Fiber People”. These are those who are infatuated with all things fiber. We are knitters, crocheters, spinners, dyers, weavers, anything that anyone can do with fiber, fiber people. Yet, we are Ravelry. Resistance is futile.
The Phoenix Seraphina is the result of a disastrous attempt to make the Flutter Cardigan from Creative Knittting, March 2010 magazine. (Sorry, if you’re not on ravelry, you won’t be able to see that link.) There was a discrepancy with the weight of the yarn. The magazine said it was a worsted weight yarn and the two substitutions for yarn listed are worsted also… AND discontinued. I wrote a note to the editor on the pattern on ravelry, but have not heard from them, nor do I see my note on the pattern.. OR where they would have made a correction. Still, with Wool of the Andes yarn (light worsted) and a US I hook, I got the gauge required.
I had entered this cardi into the Ravelympics this year. I took a guess at the yarn, measured my chest, even met gauge, but still the ruffle was horribly MUCH too long. Don’t know what happened. It can’t be that I was off on my foundation row by 200+ stitches! I even put stitch markers every 50 stitches on the foundation SC row…. I did not start with a chain, rather started with a SC foundation. I persevered for the full ruffle, to be tragically defeated when I realized that it wrapped around my stomach much too much. What to do? I had to let it go…. for now.
In steps Seraphina! For non-ravelry people, you can find the pattern here. I love this pattern. I think this is the fourth one I made, so I’m pretty comfortable with the pattern, though, written out it’s pretty wordy. There’s a streamlined, corrected version over on Crochetville if you’re interested. Again, you probably need to be a member of Crochetville to access it. Anyway, I had a FO that did not come out right and I was intending on frogging anyway, so I entered that into the Aerial Unwind event. Then I used that yarn, Jojoland Rhythm, to make The Phoenix Seraphina, which I had planned to make for a charity auction at my son’s preschool this coming May 2010. I must say that I’m in love with the Pheonix…. AND that I have enough of the same yarn to make another one, which I certainly will, either for myself or to put up for sale in my Etsy shop.
UPDATE: 2/28/2010: The Phoenix Seraphina Just received her GOLD MEDAL (see badge under picture) ….. the crowd goes wild!
These are my entries and medals won for my events…. minus the Flutter Cardi and socks which I had entered in the WIP’s Dancing event, but have since misplaced them, so another fiasco there. Please note that The Phoenix Seraphina has not been officially declared a winner which is why she is not here. Once that happens, I’ll display her medal. Whew…. so glad I got this posted!
DUM DA DUM DA DUM DUM DUM… DUM…. DUM DUM DA DUM DUM DUM DUM DA DUM DUM DUM!
Coffee… check. Keys… check. Project bag… double check.
Back pack…. Back pack….? BACK PACK?….
This is NOT good…. The other morning I was running around the house looking for my sons’ back pack. Upon remembering that it was on top of my bed, I swung my body around and flew towards the bed. Ouch! I bumped my leg up against the foot board. That smarts… Wellllll my friends, it was a little bit more than that. I felt a little (just a little) weight on my thigh and realized that my canvas project bag was stuck to it.
Yep, that’s right… STUCK to my leg. Surrealistically, I pulled it out and realized that I had just stuck punctured myself with the knitting needles, sized US 9, that were in my bag. Yep, there is a hole in the bag, but not big enough to show in a picture and not very big, either… which sort of tells me that it didn’t go in too far. At the time, I didn’t have a chance to even look at it. I thought that if the blood wasn’t gushing out, it was okay (not so)… apparently, the fat on my leg plugged the hole up for just enough time to get my son off to school… wow, I’m Super Mommie! As soon as I got home, I rushed into the bathroom and took a peek. Looked okay and there was some blood. I poured some hydrogen peroxide over it and nothing happened. No white bubbles… I guess that was a good sign. Must have shown that my knitting needles didn’t have any germs on them. I threw a band-aid on there and was good to go for the rest of the day. My last tetanus shot was a few years ago, so I knew I didn’t need to get that.
Wow. The whole idea of having that happen. I really can’t even remember the details of that moment. I am thinking it only went in about half an inch. I figure that was deep enough for me to feel the resistance when I pulled it out, yet not deep enough to penetrate down to the muscle, though, I did feel sore for a couple of days, and still just enough to know that it happened. You know, just a couple of minutes before this happened, I was thinking that I “could” put those needle tips on those very same needles as I had an extra idle pair laying around. I didn’t want to go an look for them because I was in such a rush… and I had never made it a practice to use them before, but had gotten them in a swap. A few weeks ago, I cracked open the bag and used the other set… which is probably why I didn’t get stuck more than once! Ah, what lesson can we learn from this?
I’ve got to apologize to my readers for not posting more often, but things are more busy now than before Gabe went off to school. I’ll never be able to commit to writing on a more regular schedule… well, unless somebody decides to pay me for it… ha..ha.. One thing that has been keeping me busy is the distribution of the motherload, from-the-mother-land, of yarn from my MIL’s house. She has recently moved down to Florida, and we’ve been cleaning out her house. DH found a literal truckload of yarn in the attic… and is STILL finding it here and there. I was totally surprised because my MIL never talked about her stash, though knowing that I had one and that I’m an avid knitter and crocheter… and all out crafter. I was totally shocked that she had so much of it. I knew that she did do some crochet work back in the day… around the 70’s, but I also knew that she was not currently working with yarn. Well, let me tell you… or better yet, let me show you:
Moving along. Here are a couple of updates on projects that I’ve completed… Well, the most recent are the three (four) shawls I’ve done for some home bound parishioners. All patterns were free and a pleasure to work and very easy. One is a simple lace pattern that I was very happy to find. Also, almost forgot the first one I made, the Angel Wings Shawl by Julee Reeves…
Love this pattern. Next time I want to make it larger; which is very easy to do. Just keep going. This is on my Ravelry projects page as are all my projects. Ravelry? Check out article in Vogue Knitting, Fall 2008.
Please note that the Easy Crocheted shawl and the Easy Knitted Shawl patterns on the Lion Brand site are both the same pattern, one crocheted and the other knitted. Sorry, no pics on these yet.
- Herringbone Neck Warmer
- Red Fuzzy Cowl
- Blue Caterpiller Cowl
- Softest Neck Warmer Ev-A
I am happy to report that I have started all planned projects and they have at least a few rows a piece started.
The Herringbone stitch is so tight and slow going for me, so I feel that I have a handicap right here. I have about 5 rows done and knitting it on size US 13 straight needles. Jumped over to the “Red Fuzzy Cowl” and had a couple of starts and stops with this one. The red Caron Bliss yarn is SOOOO, so soft, but a little hard to work with… so put that down after just a couple of rows to move on to the next project, “Softest Neck Warmer Ev-A” and I’m happy to report that this has gotten off to a good start, after a lot of false ones. This project was originally going to be one of two Herringbone Neck Warmers, but it was not working out. I had combined Wool of the Andes in Blue Bonnet with Caron Bliss in Peacock… such a beautiful combination and the blues in these two yarns just BELONG together. Alas, stitch definition was lost in the fuzziness of the Bliss and because it’s such a time consuming stitch, I had to give it up for this project and adapted a regular stockinette stitch to the pattern… Is this cheating? Not sure, but all changes were made before the start of the games, and I deleted the original pattern, to say that it’s not any pattern. Oh, and I plan on making my own buttons for both neck warmers.
Oh… I am remiss. I just realized that I’ve not started my Blue Caterpiller Cowl yet. I originally wanted to use home spun yarn, but looks like I won’t be able to do that. I am still searching for yarn to use with this. The pattern is called Abstract Caterpiller Cowl… and this is a RAVELRY link to the page, so those of you not on ravelry probably will not be able to access it. Sorry about that but it looks like its a free Ravelry download and a file and not a link.
On to my next project……the Sweet Sweater (SS).
Well, the Sweet Sweater is a crocheted object and the pattern is not really a pattern, per se. It’s more of a formula to get you started making a top-down sweater, then leaves a lot of the designing to the crocheter. This is what I love about it. Gauge is really important. You are setting your own gauge by choosing the yarn and size hook you want to work with, but once you make a swatch, which is essential, you need an accurate gauge. Row gauge is not really important here because you are working from the top down, and you decide how long you want the sweater, midriff, hip length, tunic? You decide. But the stitches per inch gauge is really important.
Anyway, my gauge came out to 3 stitches per inch, working with a US-K hook on Red Heart Super Saver Solids in Lavender. This is for Team Red Heart, and so it must be Red Heart yarn. Originally, I wanted to use Red Heart Soft, but I could not find the colors I wanted to work with, and that bummed me out… so at the last minute I turned to my stash and this is what I found. Since it’s worsted/aran, I decided to make a larger pull over or cardigan… though I really don’t need to decide until I get to the point where the V-neck is closed. When I get to that point, either I close it, and it becomes a pull over; OR I don’t close and continue to work back and forth and it becomes a cardigan.
So, I managed to get a minds eye picture of what stitches I wanted to use, do swatches, calculate the formula, in what took the better part of the afternoon…. in between interacting with my kiddie. Then really got into the beginning of it. I completed about ten rows when I noticed that two rows back, I placed an increasing shell in the wrong stitch. I was so, so tempted to just leave it and move on, but it was eating at me so I ripped back two rows to the offending shell and fixed the mistake, then continued. I spent the evening crocheting while watching the Horse Whisperer… not the best since there is a lot of suspense and must be seen by-the-eyeball scenes, but I managed since this was not my first viewing….. whew. Today my crochet group is getting together for our monthly meeting and I’ll have the day to work on my Ravelympics projects…. woo hoo!
No pictures yet, but soon… once I get enough on all my projects to be worth taking pics.
Oops, I’ve gotta run… don’t want to be late!
I love the Olympics coming along to spice up our lives very four years. Unfortunately, we do not have a television with cable access, or any access, since you pretty much need a cable connection to get any kind of connection at all with the exception of a couple of Spanish channels. ah… so I knit, crochet, spin, to the sounds of music and podcasts. Not so bad. Now THIS year…..
I have the opportunity to actually participate in Ravelympics. I will be the star (in my own mind) of two events, the Sweater Sprint and the Cowl Jump. I entered a long sleeved Sweet Sweater for Team Red Heart and a few different cowl projects in the Cowl Jump for Team Jersey.
Right now, I’ve got to get myself going, so I’ll make this short, but I’ll try to give daily updates. Hubby’s vacation time is going to cut into my knitting this coming week, but the upside of that is that tomorrow is when my monthly crochet group is meeting… I’ll be at it for most of the day…. weeeeeee!
Okay the holidays are officially over. What’s a girl to do? No more deadlines to meet for half a dozen gifts…. well, I am still working on my Harry Potter scarf for our nephew, but it’s almost done, and I feel no pressure. Just a few more stripes (yeah, I said that over a month ago!)
What’s on the needhookles? (needles, hooks)
I am still working on my Comfy Shoulder Shrug, from Creative Knitting, Sept. 2007. I can’t seem to get a picture from the internet, but here is what I had in December. I really love these colors and texture of the pattern. If you can’t figure it out, this is one of the sleeves. You knit your way up the arm, around the back, and down the other arm. I’m stoked because this is my first “real” garment, for me.
Here is where I’m at today:
I’ve got one whole arm done, and a bit started on the back. What really has me bummed is the very noticeable color change when I went to the second skein. The colors are not as dark, or intense as when I first started out. Because I added stitches to bot sides of the arm, I am guessing, is the reason that you can see some pooling of the colors… but I really like that. I’ll have to get over the color change, though, because I’m not about to frog this and start over. Plus, it’s something that I cannot correct because both of these skeins lost their labels long ago. Red Heart is not supposed to have dye lots, but I heard they are having a hard time with it now, and they DO have dye lots for some of their yarns.
I just started a Christmas Afghan for next year. I am thinking about gifting it to someone, but I’ll see. I really love this for myself, too. (Isn’t that always the way?) This is a free pattern that looks like squares of holly leaves. Here is my first completed square. You need 70 of them… whew! I thought I’d be safe starting it from now.
Oh, on a side note, this pattern looks like it was designed with Red Heart Super Saver in mind. Why do I say that? I’m so glad you asked…. It’s because all of the names of the colors match Red Heart Super Saver colors: Burgundy, Hunter Green, Soft White, Cherry Red, Paddy Green, and Soft Navy.
Okay, so lets finally get to the shameful public display of crochet. So, I attended a bridal shower today. You know how you can get antsy while the bride is opening her gifts? Well, before that could happen to me, I pulled out my burgundy RH yarn and started 8-10 squares for the x-mas afghan. Pretty simple. I didn’t want to have six skeins of yarn with me, so I decided to make the start up color. Oh, and I did manage to snap off some pics of the shower……Pretty decent. Then tonight, I was unexpectedly invited out for coffee at a local diner with my neighbor. As soon as I sat down, I pulled out my crochet and whipped out 8 more. Woo hoo… I’m on my way! Sure I got the usual questions of “what ARE you doing?”… “oh, what are you making,” etc. That part is fun and I get to answer a lot of questions and casually also tell them that it’s SO easy and that they can do it, too. That’s normally when the conversations ends because nobody really seems interested enough to take the next step. I can’t blame them, though, because it took me a long time to get over my fear of more sophisticated than what I was doing, like scarves and unattached granny squares, destined for nowhere.
KNIT IT UP!
Whew…. Just in time!
Just finished putting the buttons on the Huggable Kid’s Vest. I cannot tell you the joy, the satisfaction that I am experiencing right now. To take something that you’ve made with your own hands and to lovingly place it into a box with tissue paper, and then wrap it in Christmas paper. Didn’t have a bow so I tied a small stuffed snowman as the center of a tied bow. Again, I can’t explain this feeling. I lovingly looked down out my little pink vest and it was like I was sending my child out into the world. It’s pink, it’s fuzzy and boy, is it heavy. I was amazed at how heavy it really is. It was knit by holding one strand, each, of LB Fancy Fur and KP Crayon yarns and knit as one.
I even knit a button band! Something I never thought I’d do because I didn’t think it was an important part of a pattern. Yep, ignorance is bliss until you try to make something. Now I can see that the function of a button band is so that the two side halves will fit together at the bottom point… that is, if the pattern has a point bottom, front. So far, I don’t know if there is any other reason for it. I could not get the buttons I wanted for this project. I wanted gold buttons, but I did not bring the vest with me when I went shopping and I was left guessing.
I was also concerned about buttons adding more confusing to a busy color pattern. Fancy Fur has blobs of color sprinkled throughout, so MC was pink with spots of blue, pink, yellow, aqua… etc. I finally got plain see through buttons with a colored, shiny finish. Know what I mean? Probably not, but I’ll make sure to take a close up of it when the recipient tries it on. Then I put a mauve, matte finish, resin rose button at the very top. Partially because the other buttons came two on a card, and needed a fifth… (that’s how they get ya) and partially because I love the look of having a unique button, out of place, on my tops. I’ll replace buttons like that for the heck of it… but that is not everyone’s taste. I’ll offer to sew on a matching one at the top if they want…. yes, I’ll have to go back for more buttons.
Sigh. I just hope that Isabella likes it, and I hope it FITS her. She is the little girl upstairs from us and sometimes I baby sit her on Saturdays. I don’t have any pics right now, but I hope to snap a pic of her wearing it. It will be touch and go because they don’t get in until late. I just hope that she is awake enough. If not, I might have to wait until after Christmas to even give it to her.
Edited 12/23/07 10:21pm: Queen Isabella says she feels like a movie star in her new vest! I guess she LIKES it! She’s a real cutie pie.
I have about one inch left on the magic socks… my first pair of socks. That, in itself, is exciting… but it looks as if I’ll be knitting them while at my dad’s house on Christmas Eve so that when we get to DH’s sister’s we can give them to my mom-in-law on Christmas Day.
What is left for tonight is trying to insert lining into a felted sweater tote bag that I originally made for myself, but then to my horror, my dad’s wife took a liking to it, so I think I’ll give it to her for Christmas. That bag is tremendous and I’m a little disappointed, but it means a whole lot more to me to give it to someone that I am pretty sure will love it.
Edited 12/24/05~3:41am: OMG! Just finished this bag and I absolutely love it, despite all my mistakes and cockeyed sewing…. without pins, I might add! I really wish I were keeping it, but I’ll just go out and look for another sweater. Definitely a learning experience! The handles are not really icord because when I made them, I didn’t know what icord was, or how it should be constructed…. NOW I know. So, I twisted the flat straps to make a nice spiral. Oh, I did add a pocket to cover up that neck hole… that is something I won’t do again, leaving in the neck. Now, I’ve gotta get some sleep!
I’ll have up-to-date pics hopefully after the Christmas holiday.
Finally completed two projects… well one is partially completed, but I can wear half of it while working on the other half!
First is a Christmas gift started in September, the Silky Cloche, from “Hooked Hats~20 Easy Crochet Projects”. I started it at my very first meeting with my crochet group, SAH “Sunday Afternoon Hookers”. They are a great bunch of women and we just had our Christmas Party, and I completed the hat during our party… one day before I need to gift it during another Christmas party on Tuesday. Wow. See the white rose? It came out kind of tight, but I think it will be okay. I need to experiment with hooks.
This project started out as something called a “Scrap Wrap” from Gritty Knits. After casting on the Rx’d number of stitches, I realized that it was going to be too thin for a wrap, so I frogged and cast on double the stitches needed… well, it’s still too thin. I like my things big because I like to feel all snuggly. The colors I began working with, then continued with, remind me of stained glass. Then I found LB’s Fun Fur in “Stained Glass” and decided to just stick with those colors in the fun fur… though I do have a pink.
I was going for the stained glass effect, as you can see by all the framing done in black, but not for each stripe. I crocheted a simple black border. I’ve decided to cast on another scarf and then graft them together. The best thing is that I can still use my scarf, and I have, by wearing it to SAH’s Christmas party. The minute it sits on my shoulders, I can feel the warmth, which is amazing because over 90% of this scarf is done with Red Heart acrylics. I really love a stash bust’in project. I am also working on a striped blanket, which started out as a poncho, but it got too heavy. I goofed on the rows and the work got wide enough to put on my bed! No pictures yet.
Just wanted to touch base with my knitting buddies. DH was on vacation last week and we pretty much were on the go and had little time to myself for posts. I am now working on my center panel for the baby blanket. I find that it’s been really intense keeping the color changes straight in my head, but not impossible and even a pattern is arising so that I know where I am at if I put the work down for a while. The one thing that I’m not so crazy about is that I really can’t listen to my podcasts while working on this because I need to keep my place. Hopefully I will be done soon and I’ll post a picture. I’ve decided not to take one until I am at least done with the pattern, then again when I have the panel finished. I can already tell that I’ll need to do some fancy foot work to align the pane with the rest of the squared layout of the blanket; so I’m thinking about what I want to do with the border to make it fit.
I am thinking that I’d like to post the pattern as a double knit pattern, but the original is not of my own creation. I emailed the author to ask permission to publish the modified version, but so far, I’ve not heard from her. I simply will not publish a pattern without her permission, so hopefully, I will hear from Nicole, the Purple Duckie, hence the title of this post. Hopefully she will find me. Purple Duckie has a Free Pattern Index, so you might like to check it out.
Oh, sorry I did not announce it, but I’ve decided to wait until wintertime comes again before resuming the posted Hot Chocolate Recipes. I just didn’t get the impression that anyone was really interested, which is why I didn’t post about it.