WIP Week: Malabrigo Neckwarmer

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
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Malabrigo Neckwarmer

Here’s the neckwarmer, waiting for a button. I managed to sew the button on just as I was leaving my parents’ place and didn’t get to take a picture, so as soon as the batteries on my own camera are charged, you’ll get your FO photos. Because it was a WIP when I took the pictures, I can still technically post them this week!

I really love the pooling effect that occurred in this yarn. It looks like a blue tiger. I really really really love this yarn and I can’t wait to have an excuse to buy some more. I’d get some in Bulky, and make a beautiful hat and mitten combo. I don’t care if they would match this neckwarmer, I only care that they would be the most squishy, deliciously warm and soft mittens in the solar system.

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E-Day!

Friday, December 14th, 2007
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Touch of Grey Blocking

Yesterday was E-Day. That stands for Eve’s Day of Axtreme Yndustriousness. EDAY.

My theory is that if I have too much to do, I will GIV’ER and get everything done. If I don’t have enough to do, then I’ll be lazy and not do anything. So I artificially increased my workload to push myself, and this is the result. My jobs were thus:

  • Plan out main points of my paper
  • Write 6 pages of my paper
  • Finish seaming baby jacket

First two legitimate, third as a challenge. Here’s what I crossed off:

  • Plan out main points of my paper
  • Write 5 pages of my paper (I’m a slow writer)
  • Finish seaming baby jacket

All in all, I’d say that’s a pretty productive day. Considering the amount of extra research I had to do yesterday, I’m well on my way to finishing this paper and well on my way to finishing that baby jacket. The buttons still need to be sewn on, but I don’t have enough battery power in my camera to show you what they’ll look like. I have daisies and duckings! I’ll let you choose when my camera comes back to life.

A special note of thanks

Friday, December 7th, 2007
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Thanks!I wrote a post about my beefs last week, and while I got a great response from it, I wanted to take the time today to write something purely positive.

So this is my thank you post to Chris from Stumbling Over Chaos. You see, Chris is never anything but nice, and no matter how many billion comments she gets, she always takes the time to send me a little email in response to whatever I leave. That, and I won’t forget how she helped me out with my comic-reading contest a few months ago. Chris, you’re a sweetheart!

I also want to thank the rest of you guys for keeping up with the blog and leaving encouraging comments. It makes me feel bad for not posting pictures of my knitting recently! And I’ve done a lot of it, too! I’ll have to put together a nice big WIP post in the next week or two to make up for the photo silence. (Uh oh, now that I’ve got a deadline I have to go through with it…)

POM POMS!!!

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
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I have been bitten by the pom pom bug. No, I haven’t made any pom poms yet, but I really really want to. Unfortunately, all my scissors have gone missing so I will have to put off the pom pomming until tomorrow afternoon, but when I start, boy howdy, you will NOT want to miss it.

Do you know how awesome this is? (And, I want to be clear, how not mine this is):

Pom Pom

It’s pretty ballin’, that’s for sure.

I just finished a hat (waiting to be photographed, it’s a little dark right now) and decided to top it with a pom, as I hear that’s the style these days. Also, I saw another girl wearing a hat similar to the one I had knit and hers had a pom, and it looked adorable. So I’m going to make a pom pom for my newly-finished hat. I’m playing around with the idea of a pom pom that is larger than the hat itself. A mega-pom, if you will. An ultra-pom. A colosso-pom. A pom so legendary, that I would constantly be accidentally hitting it on the underside of doorways. I’m not sure if it would be too top-heavy, or whether it would look dumb. Thoughts?

Colchique is gettin’ messy

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
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A Jumbled Mess

The beginning of one sleeve, the hand of another sleeve, plus a thumb tucked in there as well. Lots of stuff going on on those needles! Since last night I’ve knitted on the second thumb and I’m past the wrist for both sleeves. I’m knitting them together so I don’t have to reverse engineer the first sleeve to figure out how to knit the second one. I’ve also got a better chance of having similar tension that way.

The picture is overly photoshopped because the light was abysmal and I wanted to see if I could rescue it with gaussian blurs and messing with curves. I think it turned out pretty slick.

Colchique’s Body

Friday, October 26th, 2007
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I titled my blog entry “Colchique’s Body” because I’m hoping to get lots of hits from people looking for French porn. For serious, that’s the gosh’s honest truth. “Colchique” could be a chick’s name, right? She sounds mega hot.

Anyhoo, check it out, I’ve got two sleeves left to knit. And then seaming! And then wearing.

Colchique

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Colchique en Repose

Friday, October 5th, 2007
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Colchique

I felt bad that I haven’t been taking many pictures for you guys to see what I’m doing, so I went crazy with my camera today. Colchique was tossed around every which way. I’m surprised she still trusts me to carry her around. (Yeah, this sweater is a girl. You wanna fight about it?)

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Sault Ste. Marie, by the numbers

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
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As you folks might remember, I was gone last week in Northern Ontario. I wanted to post something but didn’t have the time to take photos until now. Here the highlights:

  • 8 days
  • 5 deer
  • 2 adorable baby raccoons (fluffy tails, little masks)
  • 3 snakes (two babies, one momma)
  • 2 porcupines
  • 1 vulture
  • Harry Potter 5
  • Harry Potter 6
  • Chapter 31 of Harry Potter 7 (since finished)
  • 3 camp sites
  • 1 beautiful sandy beach
  • 20 mosquito bites on my right foot alone
  • Approximately 50 bug bites in total, give or take
  • 3 shots fired
  • 2 holes to the right of the bulls-eye
  • 2 planned dishcloths
  • 0 finished dishcloths
  • 3 shades of grey and 1 shade of red:

Shades of Grey

That’s my artsy brooklyntweed shot, revealing several shoes and some recycling.

Here’s a breakdown of the week:

Shades of Grey

The first stripe was started on the Thursday or so, but not seriously worked on except after it got too dark to read my Potter. On the trip back, a light stripe was knitted onto that accidentally and then ripped back. Fortunately, there were twelve hours in which to knit, so it wasn’t a huge loss. I spent an hour working on a paper and then knit knit knit until we got to Kingston. It was pretty grueling. I think 3 of the remaining 11 hours were spent trying to sleep to avoid having to boringly continue on the sweater with nothing else to do but listen to the CBC’s boring diatribes on the history of Simcoe Day. Honest to goodness, it’s referred to as “Civic Holiday” by most of Ontario. That’s its actual name. From this, you can extrapolate how boring it was to listen to their coverage. YAWN.

If you’re looking at this and wondering why there are points at the beginning of the armholes, that’s because my gauge swatch was off from the beginning (despite hours and hours of swatching and re-swatching!) and I didn’t realize how seriously off it was until I’d knit 4 or 5 stripes. Seeing as I didn’t have anything else to do except listen to “John Graves Simcoe was the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada” for the 15th time, I just kept knitting and hoped it would work out. A few days later I decided to accommodate by knitting a larger back section and have the seams shifted forward or backward a little bit. The seam shifts under the arm, which I’m calling a “design feature.” This may be a huge disaster, but it’s my first sweater, so I wasn’t really expecting it to work out anyway. I’m exploring! It’s an adventure.

Swatch potato

Friday, July 27th, 2007
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Here’s the swatch for my non-navy navy sweater.

Alpaca Swatch

(I apologize for the bad photos; my camera has a lousy flash and I was taking pictures in the basement with no light!)

The bottom section is double-stranded with size 7 needles. The middle stripe is single-stranded on size 7 needles; I abandoned it pretty quickly when I realized that it wouldn’t look as Habu-y as I thought. The top section is double-stranded again, with size 9 needles.

I think I like the bottom better. The top is about 11.5 stitches over 4 inches, and the bottom is 14 stitches. The Phildar pattern calls for 25 stitches, so I ripped back and continued the swatch with a single strand and size 5 needles. I’m not sure if I want to knit as tight a gauge as the pattern calls for, but I think I should consider single-stranded a little bit more. It’s alpaca, so I don’t want it to be too thick lest it kill me with warmth.

Here’s the update to the swatch:

Swatch

My blocking pins are still in my apartment so I had to do with some sewing pins (I don’t know what they’re called) and I ran out of those. I had to find some substitutes; I am going to call this the most unnecessary “un-vention” ever.

Swatch

Heehee, it looks like an alligator hand puppet is eating my towel. Man, I miss my blocking pins.

Bonus blocking photo: Here’s my shawl being blocked!

Swatch

I planned to finish this shawl by Monday so I’d have a few days for it to block and dry. What did I actually do? I finished it by Monday and then forgot to block it until last night.

Memory: 1
Eve: 0

Know Your Cuts of Lamb

Thursday, July 26th, 2007
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I love this shirt!

Know Your Cuts of Lamb
(Photo by Ashley Shannon)

The t-shirts can be bought at this land-based store or over the phone, but I can’t find the distributor/producer of the tees for possible purchase online.

In knitting news, I’ve thrown together a swatch for my non-navy navy sweater, and I’m blocking it right now! Excitement!

I’ve whittled down the stripes to the following three, thanks to Carly (who should get a blog), Liz and April:

Sweater Stripes