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Beautiful Disaster

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~!

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Monday, November 21, 2011 ~ Posted by | Gift Knitting, Knitting, Patterns | , , , | Leave a comment

Wedding Nightsongs

A good friend of mine is getting married December of 2011.  Being a knitter, the first thing I thought about was, “OH.  I can make her a shawl or something.”  Well, she picked out Gail (aka Nightsongs), a beautiful, yet free pattern that she happened to pick out.  Though I love lace, I do have a hard time connecting to knitting charts which most lace knitting patterns are written as.  As luck would have it somebody actually created something called an “UNchart” which is sort of a part written and part charted pattern.  It was love at first sight!

So, the yarn that Paula pick out is Sterling Silk and Silver by Kraemer Yarns in Tuxedo colorway (black).  63% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 15% Nylon, 2% Silver ~3.5 oz./ 100 Grams, approximately 420 Yards.  This stuff is lovely.   Real sterling silver threads run all through this stuff.  Recently, Kraemer’s was forced to give up getting real silver threading because it’s getting harder and harder to get, so now they have some other fake material substituting for the silver…. SO, I am making this shawl, with one of the last skeins available with the sterling silver inside.  Nice gift, eh!

I had completed the majority of the shawl when it got really hot this summer.  Of course, I totally abandoned the project knowing I had plenty of time.  About a week ago, I picked it back up and as of tonight, I’m up to the last 19 knitted rows for the edging.  My eyes were giving me some problems at about 11pm, so I stopped for tonight and will resume tomorrow… I can’t wait to get this thing done, but I’m loving it and watching the leaves develop and I’m really looking forward to blocking this baby using my relatively new blocking wires.  This will be the first project I’m using them for and excited…. Well, as excited as you can get, considering.

Yeah, I was pretty boring tonight, but I did want to document this shawl in some way and have been meaning to do it…. PLUS this will be the first post on my knitting blog in a LONG time, so it really was begging to be done.

Now for something really important.  I have a wedding to go to at the end of March 2012 and I’m considering asking Paula if I could borrow her shawl… hee hee.  We’ll see…. I have no idea what I’m wearing for that yet, but I do know that I don’t have any elegant piece like this to speak of in my wardrobe.  After completing this one, I’ve got some serious Christmas knitting to start, so I can’t even whip out another shawl right now.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. ~1 Corinthians 13:2

Oh well, searching for this quote has pushed me past 12 midnight and so I’ve lost the post a day challenge.  That’s okay, though, because I have love.

Saturday, October 8, 2011 ~ Posted by | Crafts, Gift Knitting, Knitting | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Phoenix Seraphina

She rises from the ashes of the agony of defeat from the treacherous Flirty Fluttery Cardigan.

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.

RAVELYMPICS 2010

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!

Spiderman Afghan (WIP’s Dancing)

Ed’s BIG Seamen’s Hat (Hat Half-Pipe)

Frogged “My Clapochet” (Aerial Unwind Event)

Saturday, February 27, 2010 ~ Posted by | Crafts, Crochet, Knitting, Patterns, ravelry | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Never Run With Needles

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.

Needle puncture in my leg.

Needle puncture in my leg.

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?

mental

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:

Was I right? Was I right? eh… eh?

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…

Angel Wings Shawl, LB Easy Crocheted Triangle Shawl, LB Easy Knitted Triangle Shawl, LB Lace Triangle Shawl

Angel?  Bat?  Works for me.

Angel? Bat? Works for me.

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.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 ~ Posted by | Crochet, Knitting, Patterns, ravelry | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment