Fishing for compliments

Monday, July 23rd, 2007
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Look what I caught! It’s a big’un!

Fishing for compliments

I was going to stop at a metre or so, but I’ve decided to keep going. I’m also surprised at how light it is; I thought it would be a monster, but it feels like nothing! If nothing were about a kilo or so, but that’s about the weight of an apple and I don’t mind that weight distributed over my shoulders.

I was going to take some cast-off photos for a lake-side cast-off tutorial, but then we had to leave a little early and I decided to read my Potter on the way back instead of knittin’ on the shawl. It’s got a few inches and then it should be finished, I think.

BTW, I wanted to have a nice picture of me and the shawl and the lake, but unfortunately the sun was plotting against me at the time. Here is a photo of me as a pseudo-silhouette, and a slightly retro-looking attempt by me to play with the curves in the photo.

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Swatchmina

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
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Swatchmina

I’m swatching for my Stashmina shawl (heretofore referred to as the Shetland Rectangle) and I’ve decided to knit it with a slip-stitch double knit border like on my backyard leaves scarf. It’s a no-curl edging, and it’s straight and simple and looks much prettier than garter stitch. I love the simplicity of garter stitch, but I think something as pretty as lace deserves something a bit nicer. Besides, when I’m knitting a garter edge I always screw it up because I end up purling all the way to the end on one WS row or something else happens and it just doesn’t work out. I like the double-knit as an alternative, and it’s complicated enough that I’ll do it every time.

I wanted my cast-on and cast-off edges to mirror the sides, so I learned how to do an i-cord cast-on. It’s pretty! And ingenious. I used the instructions here but they were somewhat unclear at times. Here’s how I thought about it, in case you need some extra clarification:

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A shawl panic, a poll, and a legal document

Friday, July 13th, 2007
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Let the record show that Eve is in a panic. She has 1.5 repeats finished on the SWATCH for the Myrtle shawl, and she has to finish the actual shawl itself in two (2) weeks if she wants to wear it to the garden party. This is so not happening. A shawl with lace in every row is never a good idea for a deadline, and she has decided to scrap it in favour of a faster project. To this end, she has prepared a poll and is requesting your opinion as to the best project to knit: Shetland Triangle, Japanese Feather Stole, Lace Dream Stole, a lace parasol based on Victoria, or Orangina. Results will be tabulated at the end of the weekend.


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Bah Ram Snooze

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
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This is a bit of a patchwork post. First, check out this cute new t-shirt design from Threadless!

Insomnia

Second, this is a wonderful tip from bunchkinknits on shaping armholes that require stitches to be cast off at the beginning of rows:

The trick is to decrease one of the cast off stitches in the last two stitches of the preceding row. So for instance, if you are supposed to cast off three stitches in the next knit row, you would purl two together on the last two stitches of the preceding row (decreasing one stitch), and then only cast off TWO in the next row. The change in the line of decreases is amazing, and so much easier to sew up that all of those stair steps.

Neat! So if you have to cast off 5 stitches, you decrease on the row before and then cast off 4 stitches at the beginning of the intended row, creating a slant so you don’t have a “stair” effect on your sleeves. This is especially useful if you’re knitting a tank top or something that doesn’t allow you to hide the stairs in a seam.

Third is an update on some UFOs: I finished the February Baby Sweater yesterday! It’s officially my first finished sweater, even if it’s for a baby. I sewed on the buttons using this tutorial and I knit a flower for the front that looks like a daffodil. I’ll be taking photos this afternoon and I’ll have a post ready for tomorrow. I also finished a huge portion of my Dad’s scarf over the weekend (only half a foot until I’m done), and knit up a swatch for my mom’s Somewhat Cowl. No progress on Baudelaire this weekend, though; I had to read a textbook on Experimental Design and I have at least 20 papers to read and AUGH! AUGH! AUGH!

Ooh! And I caught four fish on Saturday. It was family fishing weekend in Ontario where you can fish without a license. The beau landed all my fish but at one point I decided I was going to land one but then it kept swinging back and forth on the line and I was afraid of hurting it and I touched it along the side and it was surprisingly un-gooey, but then I knew if I kept screwing around it would reverse-drown, so I let him land it so it could get back in the water as soon as possible. Le beau caught a fish that had a lure stuck in it, and the jerks had just cut the line without removing the lure. Stupid, stupid, stupid people.

I don’t want this post to end on a sad note, so here’s a video of a cute puppy. Arf!

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Cable abbreviations

Sunday, June 24th, 2007
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If you abbreviate a left-leaning cable as C4F and a right-leaning cable as C4B, how do you abbreviate a cable where you hold the first 2 stitches to the back and then purl them instead of knitting them? Do you call it a slant instead of a cable? I’m not sure what the standard is.

Here’s a quick preview of something I’m working on right now. I’ll talk about it soon.

Chart Preview

EZ Baby Sweater Blocking

Thursday, May 31st, 2007
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My first shirt-shaped object is blocking!

EZ Baby Sweater Blocking

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Planning for Winter

Saturday, May 19th, 2007
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Ah, summer. The time when the world’s knitters gather their metaphorical nuts and berries and stuff them in the bottom of tree trunks for the winter. The better planners would be beginning now for fall outerwear (or in California, fall beachwear) and winter Christmas presents (or in California, winter bacchanalia and hybrid car cozies).

Last October was when I started all my Christmas presents, and I thought I’d get them all finished. I didn’t, but I was close. This summer, I’m going to plan way in advance. This idea comes from Ali at Skeins Her Way, who’s running a brilliant contest where you list your knitting goals and three people win some delicious Organic Cotton from Blue Sky Alpacas. Go check her out! (And when you get there, tell her I sent you :) )

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There’s frustration in them thar hills

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
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I thought I’d document for you how many hats I’ve had to go through to get one right.

Attempt #2

This was attempt number two. I first knit the cables too tight, so I had to rip back and throw in a few yarn overs before each cable to give them room to breathe. It looked like crap, but given the amount of time I spent trying to get it right, I didn’t have the heart to frog it. It sat around for a while, and then finally I brought up the nerve and ripped it apart. Then I realized I should photograph it for posterity, which is why the hat has no top in this picture.

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Eve is thinking about shawls when she should be thinking about discovery systems

Saturday, April 14th, 2007
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Japanese Feathers (not mine, ftr)I have an essay due in a few days but I’m pretty much done, so I’m looking at The Craft of Lace Knitting by Barbara Walker and the colour versions at The Walker Treasury Project. I’ve decided that despite my complete lack of shawl knowledge because of my vast shawl knowledge, I am completely capable of designing my own shawl. I’ll be using Eunny’s guide and a few example patterns to figure it out, and I’ll post what I’ve learned as I go.

I have a theme in mind for my design, which you probably won’t guess from the stitch patterns I’m considering:

That’s not be being a jackass and saying “nyah nyah you’ll never guess,” it’s just very random at the moment but it’ll come together.

What are your favourite lace stitches?

Knitting Bag: Bag for Knitting

Friday, April 13th, 2007
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I was in Toronto last weekend, which means that I spent a whole lot of time eating chocolate Easter eggs and going to Asian import stores and not a lot of time writing final essays. But it was worth it, because I finally managed to buy a bag for my knitting! I had a hard time due to the fact that all the bags I looked at had too many yarn-destroying zippers, but this one has two compartments and magnetic buttons, meaning I can carrying TWO PROJECTS at the same time! I am the 50 Cent / Beck of knitting, if knitting a project was like releasing a rap album. Wow, that was a really obscure reference.

KNITTING BAG!

Knitting Bag!

That dog could even double as a cute pin cushion in times of need. And what’s this blobby thing inside it?

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