I must obey the yarn

Okay, first I apologize for the long (2 weeks!!!) delay in posting. I’ve been pretty focused on my knitting projects and hanging out with my buddies over on Plurk.

The good news is that I now have a whole bunch of FINISHED projects to show you!!!

NOTE: I’m linking to the project details on Ravelry so I don’t clutter up the post too much. If you aren’t on Ravelry – click on the Flickr address and the main specs are with the photos.

Let’s start with some socks, shall we???

After a rather weak start on my part for Summer of Socks 2008, I’ve picked up the pace:

New England Socks - Done New England Socks - Complete

New England Socks – DONE!

Nanner Socks - Done Nanner Socks - Complete

Nanner Socks – DONE!

Magical Mystery Tour Socks - Sock 1 Done

Magical Mystery Tour Socks – Sock #1 DONE!

2008 SOS Socks - Done 2008 SOS Socks - Complete

2008 SOS Socks
– DONE!

You haven’t seen these ones before – it’s another WendyKnits pattern “2008 Summer Socks”. I played with it a little by using a sportweight yarn (Zen String Lotus Toes Sport, “Mount Monadnock” – so pretty!) on 2.75mm needles and using the 6″ size instructions. I also did a plain foot on these ones.

And begun last night…

Whitby Socks - Sock #1, 4

Whitby Socks by Nancy Bush. These are the July/August “Knitting on the Road” KAL socks. Again, I’ve up-sized the yarn to a light worsted “mercerized” wool (Georga 100% Wool, Brown) and the needles to 3mm. Other than that, following the pattern to the letter (it’s written for fingering wt on 2.75mm which just isn’t durable enough for me). Perfect socks for the fall with my clogs.

So the sock tally now stands thusly: 2008 – 20 pairs, 52 Pair Plunge II – 7 pairs, Summer of Socks 2008 – 4 pairs (1 single and 1 partial).

Not bad – not bad at all.

I’ve taken a small break from the KAL shawls and have decided that I’m actually going to rip out one of them for good.

Slow Bee Shawl

The Slow Bee Shawl pattern just doesn’t do it for me. Thankfully, I have found a different shawl that will work perfectly with the yarn and beads (which is good because 3 hanks of Misti Alpaca Handpaint Lace and 2000 silver beads don’t come cheap).

When I saw the Diamond Sage Wrap in the latest Interweave Crochet, I simply fell in love:

Diamond Sage Wrap

Things just have a way of working themselves out beautifully, now don’t they? 🙂

A project that had been at the back of my mind for a while finally got put onto the needles. I had these 2 balls of Opal Rainforest “Tiger” sock yarn that I originally started to make into a Convertible a couple of years back, but found it too busy so I had ripped it out and threw the balls back into the sock stash. Lately, there have been quite a few customers at the shop coming in wanting to make Clapotis and then a discussion over on Plurk (yes, Harley’s Mom, I’m talking about you 🙂 ) finally put me over the edge.

Tiger Clapotis - Section 3 begun

Meow.

Remember the yarn from last post? Well, after a lot of searching and a productive trip to the local library, I found a cabled cardigan pattern for it!

Sensational Cabled Cardigan

It’s the Sensational Shirttail cardigan by Ann Regis from “Arans & Celtics: the Best of Knitters“. By shortening the sweater by 4” (it’s pretty long) and doing a contrasting collar and cuffs, I should be able to squeak by with my yardage. Here’s the back so far:

Sensational Cabled Cardigan - Back

The Dishcloth Report:

I was not enthused with the July 13th weekly KAL cloth so I knit another “Mason-Dixon special” instead:

Ballband Dishcloth

Pattern: Ballband Dishcloth by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne (Mason-Dixon Knitting)
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, Burgundy & Natural Ombre
Needles: 3.25mm

This is a 33 st (7″) version with single crochet down the “rough” sides.

And last week’s cloth:

4-Corners Dishcloth

Pattern: 4-Corners Dishcloth by 1870 Pearl
Yarn: Georga Cotton, Swizzle
Needles: 3.25mm

This one I’ll probably make again.

Some Yarn Pr0n:

See Jayne Knit - Happy Accident

I fell and fell hard when I spotted these on See Jayne Knit’s etsy site. 400yds of handdyed mercerized worsted weight woolly glory called “Happy Accident”. I see a stunning version of one of these in my immediate future:

Backyard Leaves Scarf by Annie Modesitt

A new shipment of my drug of choice arrived at the shop last week, so of course one of them came home with me:

Fleece Artist Merino Sock - Earth

This colourway is called “Earth”. OMG is it gorgeous. I may just have to use it and another FA golden brown colourway I have for a future shawl project.

Hmmm, have I forgotten anything?? Oh, yeah!

New Appliances

We have acheived “kitchen”. 🙂

TTFN.

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This week’s post is brought to you by the colour “yellow”…

Hi everybody! It’s been a bit of a slog this week project-wise, as my knitting mojo seems to have gone down the toilet. Thankfully, though, I have managed to complete a few things, so I don’t feel like a total failure.

Here’s last week’s KAL dishcloth:

Tulip Lace Dishcloth

Pattern: Tulip Lace by Love 2 Knit Dishcloths
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, Lemon Swirl
Needles: 3.25mm

This is another one that you had to add border stitches to the pattern (I did 3 on either side and 3 garter ridges top and bottom). Nice pattern, but I fail to see the tulips in the pattern.

Block of the Month for July:

Star Overlay Square

Pattern: Star Overlay by Chris Simon
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Wool, 013 Curry, 005 Raven, 007 Cocoa
Hook: 5mm

I broke my own rules this time and used a third colour for this one due to yardage issues. The colours really are much better in person and blend in when put with the other squares. See?:

2008 Sampler Afghan Progress

I’m behind by a couple of filler squares, but them I can catch up on later.

Recognize this little gem?:

Austermann Abotanicity Sweater - skirt

Yes, that is my Abotanicity Sweater. I had goofed on the lace and had been putting off tinking it back for a while. It’s now corrected and has one finished lace repeat done on the skirt.

Work has been going very slowly on my New England Socks:

New England socks - progress

I put it back down after only being able to knit 1″ into the second sock before it was driving me nuts.

So, I cast on for this instead:

Nanner Socks - Sock 1 Foot

Nanner Socks!!!! Another pattern by the wonderful and talented Wendy Johnson of WendyKnits fame (and reigning enlightened Overlord on Plurk).

Finished the first one last night:

Nanner Socks - Sock 1 Complete

What can I say? Plurk is driving me bananas 😉

Well, even if there hasn’t been much in the way of knitting going on – certainly there has been stash enhancement:

Madeline Tosh - Fireside

A gift from the Lovely Fiona of some stunning Madeline Tosh handdyed superwash merino entitled “Fireside”. I darn near tackled her.

Misti Alpaca Handpaint Sock

A new shipment of Misti Alpaca handpainted sock yarn (50% alpaca, 30% merino, 10% silk, 10% nylon) arrived at Unwind this week. OMG!!! This one jumped into my arms of its own volition and wouldn’t leave. It’s called “Blues in the Night”. I weep.

Nature Wool Chunky

I found the burgundy Araucania Nature Wool (#113) on sale and grabbed the lot. Only 500g/600m of it, but I still have the vision of some sort of cabled sweater. Thankfully, after digging around in the stash a bit, I found 4 hanks of Cascade 220 in a dark wine colour (#2403) that’ll work. Now if only I could find a pattern…

Tomi wants everyone to know that he’s feeling much better and is back to his old loveable self. He just wishes that Maverick would stop using him as a pillow.

Do you mind???

In other news, our new stove was delivered (by our landlord – it’s shiny 🙂 ) but there’s still no sign of the fridge people who were supposed to show up on Saturday. The landlord and I were NOT amused, especially since they called to confirm TWICE! Bizarre.

TTFN.

Published in: on July 14, 2008 at 2:14 pm  Comments (1)  
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Falling down the rabbit hole…

I discovered Plurk the other day and now I’m hooked. Totally unrelated to my catching up on the Lime and Violet podcasts – not!

Other things I’ve been catching up on:

Slow Bee II Shawl - Clue 2, Side 1 Complete

Here’s my Slow Bee 2 Shawl completed to Clue 2 (first side). Will be working on Clue 3 later today.

Casablanca Shawl - Clue 3 Complete

Clue 3 is done on my Casablanca shawl. Lordy, how I love this project! I did goof a little by forgetting to increase at the end of Clue 2, but as long as I repeat the same thing on the way down, there’s real no harm done to the pattern. (I increased at the end of Clue 3 – so now am back to the proper stitch count.)

Goddess Knits Anniversary Shawl - clue 2 done

I managed to get another clue done on my Goddess Knits Anniversary Shawl. I followed chart B for clue 2.

If you haven’t noticed, I am TRYING to keep up to date with my shawl KALs – falling a little behind, but making an effort.

Log Cabin Blanket - First Side Panel Complete

The first side panel is now done on my Log Cabin Blanket. Just the second panel mirroring the first and then a border. If all goes well the final measurements will be about 42″ x 58″ or so.

Here’s last week’s KAL dishcloth (another one destined for my MIL):

Centre Squares Cloth

Pattern: Center Squares by Chris Laning
Yarn: Patons Cotton Top, #6416; Peaches and Cream, Shaded Pastels
Needles: 3.5mm DPNs

Those pastels are just creepy to me. Not a bad pattern – a bit fiddly to start, but pretty easy once you get going.

Magical Mystery Tour Socks

I’ve finished the leg of the first of my “Magical Mystery Tour” socks with some minor alterations:

Veering a little from the pattern, I omitted one leg stripe and replacing it with a cuff of the same length for consistency. Picking up the same number of stitches for the original cuff, I proceeded to work a row of (p5, p2tog) to reduce the stitch count to 72, knitted the next row plain then did 2×2 ribbing until the cuff measured 2″. I think it works.

What didn’t work was the rest of my colour scheme for the sock which had me ripping out all my work today. It looked like a train wreck. Methinks I’ll do the second leg and then re-assess the situation.

Oh, and the name:

MMT Album Cover

Any questions? (Some neat info on the album can be found here, if you’re interested.) BTW – I don’t even own this one. Totally weird that I latched onto it.

On the homefront – the fridge is on its last legs (it’s been slowly leaking freon, killing our produce and darned near us). We’re limping it until the weekend when we take delivery on a NEW refrigerator and range (yay! – no more psycho stove!) We love our new landlords – they rock. They’re going to completely gut and renovate the apartment when we finally move to BC (it’s still in the works, hopefully things’ll clear soon), so they said it’s the least they could do for us in the meantime.

I think it’s effected poor Tomi’s tummy because hasn’t been feeling at all well today.

My lethargic little man

Everyone, send some lovin’ his way.

Later, dudes! I’ve got some plurking to do…

Published in: on July 9, 2008 at 1:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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Experiencing Technical Difficulties

[First off – a happy Independence Day to our American brethren]

Yet again, I find myself with two weeks worth of projects to fill you in on. This is not wholly my fault as I was about to post last Friday when suddenly the wireless connection dropped off of my laptop and BadgerDan wasn’t able to get it back up until Tuesday, at which time I then had to source out a new USB cord for my camera as my retractable one broke. Ahh, technology – gotta love it.

So here I am, back in business with photos to spare.

Some socks:

Simple S'mores Socks - Complete Simple S'mores Socks - Done

The Simple S’mores Socks are finally done!!! My first pair qualifying for Summer of Socks 2008. They’re also my 17th pair of the year and the 4th pair for the 52 Pair Plunge II. They were also a reminder of why I generally don’t do “plain” socks – too easy for me to goof up on. The second sock ended up with fewer stitches than the first one – whoops! Oh well, at least they fit.

New England Socks - Sock 1 New England Socks - Sock 1 Complete

I finished the first New England Sock and love the result. I shortened the pattern by 1 leg repeat and changed the toe to a shortened standard one as the original instep pattern ran a bit long for my foot. So much for finishing them before July 🙂 .

Odds & Sods Socks

Believe it or not, this is going to become a leg of a sock. Odds ‘n Sods socks (by Tricia Weatherston) which is the final round pattern from Sock Madness 2 to be precise. The leg is done in a mitred knitting technique and the foot and rolled cuff are picked up and knit normally. I am SO glad I got knocked out before this pattern came up! Kind of fun though. A great excuse to use up some really LOUD rainbow yarn from my sock stash.

The shawl report:

Casablanca Shawl - Clue 1 redo

I realized that I just couldn’t live with my Casablanca Shawl in the purple alpaca, so I reknit it in my original yarn – a brown/red 3-ply cotton/ramie blend frogged from a sweater – on smaller 3.5mm needles. So much happier – look how the beads play nice now.

Casablanca Shawl - bead closeup

Clue 2 is done and I can’t tell you how much fun this is to knit! The clues are not too big and are really easy to follow. I may just be able to keep up with this one!

Casablanca Shawl - Clue 2

The Slow Bee II Shawl is around halfway through Clue 2 and I’ll post a picture when it’s done. I’ve decided that since I’m knitting it on my 14″ Brittany Straight needles, that completing one whole side of the stole and then the other will be the way to go. [Note to BadgerDan – need KnitPicks Option needles, hint hint]

I’ve been trudging away on my Secret of Bad Nauheim Stole and have finally managed to complete Clue 5:

Secret of Bad Nauheim - Clue 5 Complete

Just one 20 round Clue to go – they are over 800 stitches each though.

Mystic Meadows stalled out halfway through Clue 1, and I finally figured out why. It really wanted to be made out of the Aubergine alpaca originally chosen for it. So it was frogged and now patiently waits in the project queue for later this year. I want to get some other UFOs cleared up first.

Last week’s KAL cloth:

Sea Flower Cloth

Turned out really nice this time – I’m calling it “Sea Flower”. Here are the specs:

Pattern: Round Dishcloth by Amy Carpenter
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (Country Stripes, Sage Green, Shades of Green); SR Kertzer Coolspun Cotton, White
Needles: 4mm

I used the 15 stitch option and used up some stash leftovers.

In the bag:

Keyhole Carpet Bag

Calling this one my “Keyhole Carpet Bag”. The pattern is the Hero bag by Jane Ellison from Mirasol Collection, Book 2. I used up some old stash yarn for this one, Fiamattino Musa (which I’ve discovered is now marketed under the name “Sitar” from Nashua). I used approximately five 50g balls (held double throughout) in the “Earth” colourway.

Keyhole Carpet Bag - Liner

The lining is some olive green arctic fleece (recycled from an old hat) and instead of sewing up the sides, I just single crocheted it together – so much simpler.

Whatcha think?

And just to show you how much my brain has turned to mush, this is all I’ve been wanting to work on for the last couple of days:

Log Cabin Blanket - 1st Brown Side Panel done

Yep, my Log Cabin Blanket. Garter stitch is all I’ve been able to manage as of late.

In other news – Celtic Memory finally received her Canadian Care Package in the mail! She blogs about it here. She also has some other serious yarn pr0n in this post – go forth and drool.

Published in: on July 4, 2008 at 4:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I am proud to be a Canadian

Maple Leaf

Today to celebrate my Nation’s 141st birthday (not to mention the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City, the 150th anniversary of the founding of British Columbia and the 250th anniversary of the establishment of representative government in Nova Scotia, the first democracy in what we now call “Canada”), I would like to share with you a poem that I’ve carried with me for years from a scroll that I found at a thift store entitled:

“I am proud to be a Canadian”

Because of the beauty of our land; the majesty of the mountains; the far horizons of the prairies; the sweep of the shorelines; the abundance of the farm lands; the sparkle of ten thousand lakes and rivers … even the forbidding barrens of the North.

Because of the rich diversity of our people. We are not a melting pot, but a unique union of minorities; each of us proud of his origins but prouder still to be a Canadian.

Because we are a multilingual country; two basic languages and – woven through the fabric, and enriching it – the sound of other tongues, all united in praise of “the true North, strong and free.”

Because our country was not born in nor does it live in violence. We harbour no hate, we covet no territory, we envy no other people.

Because our heritage confers such bounty. Our laws and our traditions have been built on faith in God and man, on an unflagging love of freedom, and on respect for the rights of others. Our physical resources have not yet been fully contemplated much less measured.

Because in Canada the operative word is Tomorrow, not yesterday. Our greatness rests not only in our history but in our future. Our destiny has yet to be fashioned.

Because my pride in Canada does not cause me to respect other nations or peoples less. I am a Canadian, yes; I am also a citizen of the Planet Earth and a brother of every other man.

(author unknown)

BadgerDan and I wish you all a very happy Canada Day!!!!

Maple Leaf 2

Published in: on July 1, 2008 at 9:21 pm  Comments (2)