Success!!

When I last left, I was holding a rather daunting pile of wound yarn. Well, I knit and I knit and I hoped and I hoped, and now the Mr. has a new sweater. I was lucky that the gauge was exactly the same as what I was trying to copy, so I just got out my crayons and graph paper, copied the patten from the photo onto the graph paper, and followed directions.

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It’s a simple raglan, and I took measurements from a sweater that he has that fits to get the chest measurement, arm length, etc.

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The original didn’t worry about making a coherent pattern around the raglan decreases, so neither did I, and it worked out just fine.

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Overall, I’m very happy with it. It fits, it is the right color, it is the right pattern, and most importantly, the Mr. loves it. So yeah me!!

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And so now I’m back to my Wallace and Grommet. Which is to say, still in my jammies with a sweater that has no sleeves and comes down to my belly button and strings hanging off the side. But no matter. But with any luck in a week or so, it will be more presentable. It won’t be getting sleeves, so really it’s just sleeve cuffs and another few inches of pattern. So I have that going for me.

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My Only Christmas Knitting – again

Once again, I had only one knit Christmas gift to give this year. But it was an awesome one.

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A few weeks ago, I was with my sister, and I thought I heard her say she liked that new trend of giant oversized knit stuff. Now, I’d had a beer, and I couldn’t remember if she said she liked it, she wanted it, she thought it was ridiculous, or what. All I got out of it was “oh good, I can make that!” As I plugged along, I wondered if I’d mis-heard, or if I made it up altogether in my desire to make one of these things. But I figured what the heck. Either she’ll be happy or very very confused, but it would be fun either way.

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It was knit with unspun wool top, split in half. (You could knit it with it just as it comes, but really that’s more art installation than blanket. I tried it.) At 4 st per FOOT it worked up really quickly. I think there were 20 stitches/row. It took about 6 hours on 1.5″ PVC pipes with some really classy duct tape covering the openings.

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Scooter thought it was pretty dope too. My Sister loved it. She draped it over her and walked about. We decided she looked very rich wearing her blanket. I have photos. As she will soon be a wildly expensive lawyer, I will not put those photos up here so she doesn’t then sue me for defamation. But it was a hit.

We also had a bat in the house Christmas morning. Luckily the boys took it outside… then ran…

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Merry Christmas!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Not sure where December has gone, but coming up for air to write a post. I have new sheets with hats and mittens. I love them.

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Our tree is up, and decorated. The angel is a little precariously placed this year, it didn’t occur to me to cut off the too high top until it was too late. Now I kinda like it.

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And I have finally gotten off my arse and made the cushion cover and curtains for the kitchen. Excuse the somewhat fuzzy iphone photo…

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Greg’s sweater is started, a pair of baby overalls was started, ripped out and will be restarted tonight, and I have the Wallace and Gromit sweater going, as well as the scrap blanket. I never do this, I’m a one project girl. But I figured what the heck. They all need to get done, so there they are.

Gift buying is for the most part finished, I’m just waiting for everything to come in, while I sit in panic and hope it all makes it here in one piece and on time. Which means we can move onto the fun part of the holidays, the part where you bake a million cookies, watch a bunch of movies, drink a bunch of wine, and sit by the fire. The millions of cookies happen this weekend, the movies started last night, and well, I hope there’s no fire, since we don’t have a fireplace, but I’ll light a candle or something. Onward 🙂

New Warm Things

For the past 2 -3 years, I’ve been asking Greg if he’d like a new sweater, the discussion of which I will summarize here.
Me: Greg, would you like a new sweater?
Greg: Why yes, I would.
Me: What kind?
Greg: I think fair isle.
Me: Oh, like this? (Shows photos)
Greg: No, not with different colors.
Me: Oh…
Greg: Maybe a cable sweater?
Me: Oh, good, like this (shows photos)
Greg: No, not really, too much going on.
Me: Oh…
Me: Can you show me one like you’d like?
Greg: *actually searches Ravelry on his own and picks out some simple pullovers like the one I made for him a few years ago*
Me: Ok…
Greg: WAIT WAIT – I really like THIS ONE.

And this is what he’s pointing to.
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It’s a J. Crew sweater from this year. SCORE!! I happen to really like it, it will entertain me and he will like it. Except that we decided that orange really was a little out there, so we played with photoshop and got the orange to turn light blue and thought that looked really good. So we shall rip off the pattern, slightly change the color, and make sure it fits perfectly. Onward.

Then yarn choices. I showed him a bunch that would be in the right gauge/type, and again there was deliberation. I pulled out my color card for Schoolhouse Press, and we found exactly what he wanted. To the point that he kept asking to see the color card of yarn, again, all by himself (a rare thing for a non-knitter. Either he’s really interested or he’s just really really nice.). We chose yarn, which showed up quickly and was great. Except the dyelot of light blue was really more bright blue. I spoke with I forget who at Schoolhouse Press, who actually put down the phone, went to look and see if they had a paler dyelot, found it, and sent it to me. I think I love her.

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So we’re all wound up (ha!) and will get knitting soon. I had hoped to finish it before Christmas, which might be a little hairy after spending a week knitting a warm shawl, but I will try. Good luck to me!

Quality Time

The sweater is moving along. In the past few weeks I’ve had ample quality knitting time, and I’ve powered along on the handspun sweater. I tried it on today and determined that is is big enough, is actually roomy, which I’m kind of liking. And the neck is reasonably satisfactory, which after the last attempt, I will take.

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Once it’s blocked, I think it will hang better and therefore I will not show the questionable shot of me in it now before it’s finished. I think the stranded-ness of the pattern is going to relax nicely when it’s blocked. In any case, progress!!

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Thanksgiving was some good quality time, with family, with food, with knitting, with myself, so that is something to be thankful for! Hope all had a great weekend full of knitting, food, wine, and family (in whatever order makes you happiest). And now, I shall spend the next week avoiding Christmas music and turning 31, and finishing a secret knitting project which I hope to unveil soon!

On Vacation

Finally.

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It is Thursday. My last day of work was Friday. We have this week off, and thank goodness for that. I’ve been driving all over the east coast. And I’ve very glad we did – we saw family for Christmas Eve and Christmas. The photo above is Scout the Dog on Christmas morning, exhausted from paper shredding. We saw more family on Christmas day and even MORE family the following two days. I’ve spent more time in the car than I can remember in recent memory and it was all totally worth it. But I woke up this morning with some sniffles and had to bag my last planned visit. I didn’t think visiting a friend and her 8 month old sick baby while sick was the smartest thing. So I parked myself here.

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And here I’ll stay for at least a little while. There is the sleeve I’m working on and I’m nearing the point of decision. Cross your fingers. I’m finally on vacation…

My Only Christmas Knitting

Now that Christmas is over and presents are delivered, I can show you want I was working on. I had wanted to make these mittens for a while, and this was a good excuse. My mother-in-law got these mittens wrapped up on Christmas.

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The pattern is “Winterland/Vinterland” and the yarn was Satakieli. I’ve used this yarn for mittens before and am madly in love with it. Not the softest thing, but pretty soft, felts great, VERY warm.

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I’m really excited with how they came out. Perfect fit, blocked really nicely, and they’re just darn cute. I liked how there was a different scene on each one – a church on one and a cozy house on the other.

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I’m not a big fan of the corrugated ribbing that the pattern calls for, so instead I did two Latvian braids bordering a cuff with, on one mitten her initials and the other the year (2011).

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So there you go, that’s the extent of it. I do have a sleeve and a body of a sweater, and the second sleeve started. I’m about 50% sure the body is all wrong and will be ripped back so while I remain in denial of that, I’m going to continue with the second sleeve, which is fine. Eventually I’ll come to grips and decide about the body. But until the sleeve is finished I can live in denial here. Oh joy.

Happy Knitting and Post Christmas Coma!