This cake counts as a craft!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
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I built a cake! In the shape of a Harrier! That counts as a craft, right?

Harrier Cake

I made it for The Beau, and I am quite proud with the end result. I aimed for “doesn’t look like a koala,” and I acheived it. It even looks vaguely like an actual Harrier.

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Finished Sweater Ornaments

Thursday, November 27th, 2008
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I thought I had published this FO report, but it turns out that WordPress ate it or something. So I’m publishing on their 11-month anniversary! Bon Anniversaire, ornaments!

Sweater Ornaments

Sweater Ornaments, started December 21st, 2007, finished December 27th, 2007
Pattern: Rough guideline to Sweater Ornaments from brooklyntweed.
Yarn: I think it was Bernat Satin Sport. It’s not bad in terms of sheen, but it is acrylic so it isn’t as flexible as a natural fibre.
Needles: 5mm circs
Modifications: I adapted the recipe for knitting flat because when I decided to start them I only had bigger circs on hand.
Would I knit it again? Yessirree! These are great gifts. I gave these to my aunt and uncle, whose initials are R and C, hence the letters. I also made a pair for my other aunt and uncle, but I forgot to take pictures before gifting them. I knit the base colour first, and then either duplicate-stitched the letters or embroidered them. It was really fun!

Sweater Ornaments

I got the hangers at Michael’s. They’re for doll clothes. Idunno about you, but when I had dolls (only one or two, but I still had ‘em), I kept the clothes rolled up in a ball. Once a clothes-baller, always a clothes-baller. These were about a dollar each.

Sweater Ornaments

Finished Shetland Rectangle

Monday, August 25th, 2008
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Wow. This was my quickest knit, and my slowest blog. I knitted it in 8 days and blogged it 398 days later. I don’t think I will break that record any time soon. Sorry I dropped the ball! I was waiting to get pictures back from the picnic where I wore it and then never did until now. I promise I will not take 398 days ever again. If I get pictures back next time 398 days after finishing the knit, I will wait an extra day so it will not be 398 days. That I assure you.

Shetland Rectangle

(My hair was a little ratty in that picture, but I was pretty tired by the time we got to taking pictures for the blog.)

Shetland Rectangle, started July 16th, 2007, finished July 24th, 2007
Pattern: Shetland Triangle
Yarn: The rest of my pretty red merino yarn ripped from a Value Village sweater ($4 for this and the Backyard Leaves Scarf and Santa Cruz!)
Needles: Holy cow, I don’t remember.
Modifications: Now this, I do remember. Obviously, I knit it as a rectangle. I also added a border to keep everything flat and to make it extra pretty. I love this edge! It was the same edge I used on the Backyard Leaves Scarf. Definitely a hit. I put up a tutorial on the cast-on here. I may also put up the cast-off tutorial that I photographed last year, for which I also just got the pictures.
Would I knit it again? Yes yes yes! I want a triangle scarf for this winter so I’m considering this as a double knit. We’ll see. One thing I wouldn’t do is use another heavy merino, though; holy jumpin’, is this boy heavy! It was also really hard to block, as you can see from the photos.

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Finished Touch of Grey Sweater

Thursday, February 21st, 2008
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Touch of Grey Sweater

It’s my first finished big-girl sweater!

Touch of Grey Sweater, started August 2nd, 2007, finished February 1st, 2008
Pattern: From Phildar 443, the nautical-style boat-neck sweater
Yarn: 2-ply alpaca ripped from two different $7 sweaters
Needles: Size 4 KnitPicks Options

Modifications: A few, but nothing too major. I resized the sweater for gauge and changed the colour pattern. Adjusted the length and shaping. I didn’t want to make too many changes because it was my first attempt at a sweater, but I made a few adaptations so it would fit better. Oh yeah, and I accidentally knit the front half too narrow so I had to knit the back to be much wider, doing some increases/decreases (depending on which half) at the edges to equalize the widths at the beginning of the arm holes. Hehe, oops.

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Finished Felted Slippers

Thursday, January 24th, 2008
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Felted Slippers

Wow, this took a long time to post. Now I finally have a picture, so it can finally go up!

Felted Slippers, started February 1st, 2007, finished June 12th, 2007 (but I’m not sure when the second one was felted because my mom did it)
Pattern: Knitting at Knoon Family of Slippers
Yarn: Bulky yarn from Simpson’s, now The Hudson’s Bay Company. It was given to me by The Beau’s mom, and originally belonged to one of The Beau’s grandparents.
Needles: Big ones!
Modifications: I made some mods to account for gauge, but that was just straight algebra. No other mods were needed.
Would I knit it again? I would indeed! My mom loves them and says they’re wonderfully warm. They’re a bit slippery which I would have liked to fix, but she actually likes sliding around the house. She says it’s fun. My mom is hilariously wacky.

I like this pattern because it actually stays on your feet. They’re essentially giant felted socks. I’d like to make a pair for myself, I think. They were initially meant for me to use in the lab and then ended up too small, so they went to my mom. If I made some for me, I think I would put a bunch of puffy paint on the bottom for stickiness, and perhaps some sealant to keep out moisture. No idea how I’d do that, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it!

2007 Year in Review

Monday, January 7th, 2008
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Finished Cabled Baby Jacket (and mittens, and a little ornament) Finished Cream Cabled Hat Finished EZ Baby Sweater
Finished Dashing Finished Baby Booties Finished Santa Cruz
Finished Garter Stitch Scarf Backyard Leaves Scarf, suckas Finished Two-Day Pink Mittens

I finished 9 projects this year. Not the most amazing turnout, but I learned quite a lot. I think my New Year’s Resolution for this year will be to finish at least one project every month. I have three sweaters that are close to completion, so those will be the first to go.

Here’s a little meme I found via Reunasilmukka:

1. Your best FO of the year

Definitely my Cabled Baby Jacket. It took a long time to finish but I learned a lot about seaming and it turned out so beautifully.

2. Best FO of the year made by a blog you link to

Birgitte’s Bubble Pullover. I love all the sweaters she knits, but this was my favourite and I can’t wait to make my own this year.

3. Best yarn you tried

Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo
Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo

4. Best new book/mag/pattern of 2007

I was going to put in Knitting Nature here, but it turns out that was released in 2006. I haven’t seen too many new books, although Romantic Hand Knits looks really pretty and so does Fitted Knits. I’d like to get them both.

In terms of mags, my favourite has been Phildar, but the most lusty patterns have once again been 2006 patterns. My Touch of Grey sweater and Colchique are both Phildar patterns from about a year ago. I love them, and I can’t wait to finish them and wear them.

Best pattern overall is a toughie, and I’ll set it as a tie between two. The queen of cable patterns this year has been Tikru, who not only put out these beautiful Chevalier Mittens but also this Green Gable Sweater. They’re my favourites of this year.

5. Best new knitting technique or gadget you tried in 2007

This year I did a bunch of seaming, which is kinda basic but something I had to get used to. I want to buy The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques so I can get better at it.

6. Top 5 inspirations – what five things inspired you the most over the past year?

Runways, blogs, science images, my work with AI and genetic algorithms, people on the subway.

7. Designer who most amazed & inspired you throughout the year


8. Knitting resolutions for 2008-what’s next for you and your blog?

One FO every month, and five of them have to be sweaters. Let’s hope I can do it.

Finished Cabled Baby Jacket (and mittens, and a little ornament)

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
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Cabled Baby Jacket

Happy Christmas Eve, suckaz! I am finishing things like all get out.

Cabled Baby Jacket, started June 13th, 2007, finished December 21st, 2007
Pattern: Cabled Baby Jacket from Nursery Knits by Debbie Bliss
Yarn: Higgins Tweed, sadly discontinued.
Needles: Size 4 circulars.
Modifications: None! The pattern was wonderful, perfectly clear and needed no improvements.
Would I knit it again? I love this little jacket so much. I would definitely knit it again for any future babies that spring from my womb, but I think I’ll stick to knits that require less seaming when I knit for other people’s babies. I don’t have much time for finishing, because I prefer to knit on the TTC instead of seaming and all my other time is taken up with school. I’m terrible with putting it off, so it takes me longer to finish a seamed object than a non-seamed object, which means there’s greater pressure and I constantly fret that the baby will get too big and the present will be ruined. Still, it came out fantastic and hopefully the parents will like it.

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Finished Cream Cabled Hat

Monday, December 10th, 2007
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Cream Cabled Hat

Cream Cabled Hat, started November 10th, 2007, finished November 18th, 2007
Pattern: my own
Yarn: thrifted from a Value Village Cowichan sweater
Needles: BIG (size 10.5)
Would I knit it again? Yes!

This was a quick hat with a very slow pompom. The yarn refused to be un-wiggly (one of the down sides of thrifting is the wigglyness), so I had to iron each and every strand I cut. Let me repeat: I had to iron every strand in that pompom. It was pretty brutal, but the end result is okay. I love the pompom, but it still looks a little dishevelled. Being the good German that I am (by the way, that’s different from being a “Good German”), all my clothing must have clean lines and look shevelled. So we’ll have to see about the pompom. Plus, this thing is like an anchor! It’s constantly pulling the hat off my head. I think reducing the size of the pom is the only way to alleviate all these problems.

Quick note on how I knit this: I used a tubular cast-on with a needle two sizes bigger than the rest of the hat, and I think this is the solution to my tubular woes! The tubular cast-on is always really tight, but the edge of this hat is great. I’ll have to remember this next time! After the cast-on, I did about an inch of k1p1 ribbing, a pretty basic cable pattern and then some creative decreasing once it was tall enough. If anyone wants the pattern, I’d be happy to write it up!

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Finished EZ Baby Sweater

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
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Baby Cardigan

Elizabeth “EZ” Zimmermann’s February Baby Sweater, started April 6th, 2007, finished May 21st, 2007, seamed and finished finished on July 9th, 2007
Pattern: February Baby Sweater from Knitter’s Almanac (got it at the library)

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Finished Dashing

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007
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Dashing, started April 21st, 2007, finished June 27th, 2007
Pattern: Dashing
Yarn: A red fingering weight shetland wool left over from my aunt’s DNA scarf, original ripped from a large men’s sweater
Needles: 2.25 mm DPNs
Modifications: Absolutely none.
Would I knit it again? I love these! Yes, yes I would. Such a quick knit, and comfy and elegant. They seal off the wrist so spiffily, too. I’m considering knitting another pair as mittens for winter; they’d be perfect.

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