WIP Wednesday – the present edition

So this here elegant bottle of wine was a present and so was the yarn and the pattern, yes I seem to be in need of sock blockers. That would be a nice present. Hint Hint. Ok back to the WIPS. If you don’t recognize the sock pattern, it is Twisted Flower by the wonderful Cookie A. I cast on these lovely socks on New Years to start the new year off with something new. I knit 2″ of the sock that day and put it aside till I finished my nephews socks and hat plus got Bud’s Cardigan for Arwen in a submissive state. Here is the difficult little knit. The cables have been very disagreeable. I seem to keep ripping out the same section multiple times. At least I have learned to ladder down instead of unknit the whole 20 rows or so that are giving me grief. I lengthened this sweater so that it reaches her preferred length. I measured and the arms will fit her fine. I am kind of avoiding this one but it needs to be done by MLK day or I am sunk. I promised her Christmas present by then. I keep finding better things to do with my time like start a business and do a sudo business plan. Yes I dream large and do weird things when I avoid something. Ok well there is one last WIP lurking in my bag. It is my endpaper mitts. I can’t wait to be done with them so that I can wear them in my very cold house to knit with. Maybe I should finish these first before anything else so that my fingers don’t freeze. Fat chance of that the sock has me a bit obsessed. So the future has much in store there is another Cookie A sock chomping at the DPNs to be cast on. If I don’t do that soon, I might be missing a few DPNs. I also want to work through the pile of stuff on my work bench. Don’t forget you Seattle knitters. I will be in your area starting Friday and staying till most likely Wednesday. Leave me a comment or PM me on Ravelry (RChrispy). Lastly I just made the decision today to not participate in the current Sexy Knitters Club KAL. The patterns just don’t work for me and I don’t have the time to fix them for my body. It seems weird that I started last year with them and this year I part ways. I just have a bit much on my plate plus I hope to have some surprises for everyone in the late Spring. I will be participating in Project Spectrum started by...

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Back to recover and then we leave again

I left you last as we headed to Spo Vegas. I was supposed to drive since churchable got off work that morning at 7 AM. I was none too sure of the path we had chosen since every time I turned on the TV or radio the announcers were going on about the severe weather warning in the Columbia Gorge due to icy conditions. I finally decided that I would drive through Seattle even though it would take us a bit longer. I was glad since only the pass was snowy and the rest of the way was clear. We celebrated Christmas with churchable’s family. Everyone was there and had been there for a few days when we arrived. I knit most of the gifts. Two of the gifts were not done. One was the Cardigan for Arwen for Bud (churchable’s little sister) and a hat from left over yarn for Frog Boy. Frog Boy’s hat was finished before they left. So let me proceed with a run down of my Christmas knitting. Pattern: Surplice Lace Top by Gayle BunnRecipient: Si – my sister-in-lawYarn: Knit Picks Cotlin 7 skeins (70% cotton, 30% linen) yds in 50gram balls in Island CoralNeedles: US 3 (3.25 mm) circular for the garter stitch edging and US 5 (3.75 mm) circular for rest of the sweaterCompletion: September 19th (started first weekend in August)Mods: I knit this in a smaller size so as to fit Si. The finished garment came out at 32″ bust. I had to redo the sleeves since they did not fit. I knit them in the second largest size and they were perfect.Reaction: She loved it. This picture above is of her right before she left for the airport to fly to Calit. It was a perfect fit in bust and length. I am so happy. Pattern: my own Recipient: my brother in law (he needs an online name or I will start calling him BIL)Yarn: Zen String Serindipity Sport 1 1/4 skeins (100% superwash merino) 241 yds in 113gram skein in BenNeedles: US 2 (2.75 mm) circular for the sole of the foot and US 2 1/2 (3.0 mm) circular for the ribbingCompletion: December 30th (started sometime in the middle of November)Mods: I needed to create something that did not stripe but pooled more so I got thin stripes and then messed them up with a slip stitch rib pattern.Reaction: He loved them. They fit great and he is wear testing them to let me know if the purl bumps bother him. Pattern: my own Recipient: Dog Boy – 2 yr old nephewYarn: Zen String Serindipity Sport 1/3 skein (100% superwash merino) 241 yds in 113gram skein in BenNeedles: US 2 (2.75 mm) circularCompletion: January 2nd (started these right after I finished the first adult sock)Mods: I did a toe up tube sock so that he could wear these socks for longer.Reaction: So cute. I loved them. We put them on for pictures and then took them off again. He started crying because he wanted to wear the socks. He wore them all the next day too. I think this guy will be getting more hand knit items in his future. Pattern: my ownRecipient: Frog BoyYarn: Zen String Serindipity Sport 1/2 skein (100% superwash merino) 241 yds in 113gram skein...

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No-More-Humdrum Mittens Swap 2 Questionaire

How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? I have been knitting for over ten years. I learned to knit from an old Pakistani grandmother while I was home in Saudi Arabia on Christmas break. My mom had known that I was interested in knitting and so she found someone for me. My mom was so good to always find someone to teach me handicrafts that she did not know. That is how I learned tatting and crochet. I think I only had 2 lessons because after that it all made sense and I have been teaching myself since then. My first official project was a colorwork hat and mitts that I thought I could do since the pattern stated beginner. Because I did not know better, on that first colorwork project, I held each color in a different hand. Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I would consider myself between intermediate and advanced. What are your favorite colors? I love orange, red, browns and greens of all shades. Any you dislike? I hate pink (all shades). I have issues with non red based purple. I prefer wine, burgundy and deep eggplant colors if you add any purple. Do you like Latvian type patterns? I don’t have any that I have done. Actually I don’t have any mitten knitting books. I mostly have sock and sweater books. Do you desire mittens for yourself, your “special someone else” or your child? MyselfWhat is the measurement from your wrist to the tip of your longest finger? 7 ½ inchesWhat is the circumference of your hand at it’s widest point? 7 1/8 inches not including my thumb. 8 ¼ inches including my thumb. What other things do you enjoy knitting? I knit mostly adult size sweaters.What sort of needles do you enjoy working with? (straights vs circs, bamboo vs aluminum) I prefer wood or bamboo needles. Right now I am in love with the Knitpick’s Harmony needles. For small circumferences I have liked knitting with DPNs but recently I have been knitting everything magic loop. It allows me to knit socks so much faster. I still enjoy knitting with DPNs. What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make? Deep V Argyle Vest by Eunny Jang. I really want to do this for the steeking and I would so live in this sweater most of the winter. What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with? I really love indie yarn dyers. Right now I have a soft spot for all yarns that are not sock weight. I have amassed a large collection of sock yarn but if you want to get me sock yarn. I am dying to try Louet Gems solid color, Scout, Wollmeise, Yarn Pirate, and See Jayne Knit What other hobbies do you have? Do you spin? Sew? Garden? Cook? Hobbies. Since knitting was my hobby and is now more of a job, my other interests are starting to pop up again. I have a spinning wheel but it is at a fellow bloggers house. I just don’t have time to spend doing it daily to get back in the groove. I sew a lot. I am trying to sew more clothing...

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WIP Wednesday

ocean weathered wood, fresh from the rain.Originally uploaded by rchrispy It is a fresh year and I have a few WIPs going but they have been packed up in readyment for churchable’s family Christmas. We are heading to Spo Vegas for the weekend. We are leaving after I see my GYN who has been rescheduled every month from late August to now. I refused to change this appointment. I was tired of moving it. It is a pain to move things around that whenever you call to change it is always a month out. I know you would like some WIPs instead of a nice log, but think of it as a beautiful inspiration. To appease you, I will post a list of my WIPs. 1 Cardigan to be gifted this weekend but I think it will not be done till MLK weekend when we go back to Spo Vegas. 1 Twisted Flower sock in yarn gifted me by my pal from SP11, which was cast on to welcome in the new year. I am knitting it for the Ravelry: SockDown KAL. 1 Endpaper mitts in KP gloss a little tube sock for my nephew to match his father. I should be done tonight. Ok I am off to finish packing and knit the little tube sock. Hopefully there is something good on TV or at least on the TV websites or I will hop over to Netflix and try out the watch on their system some movie that only I want to watch. Churchable always tells me what movie that arrive on my account that he wants to watch. It normally is not a problem but I do prefer to have something to watch especially when I can’t turn on the...

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Best of 2007

1. Sahara, 2. Blue Moon Sock Candy Socks, 3. Brooklyn Cap, 4. FIngerless Mitts, 5. Second Hat for Memo, 6. Memo hat, 7. One Skein Wonder, 8. Sheldon the Turtle, 9. Indigo Ripple Skirt, 10. Baby Moccasins, 11. Dog Sweater, 12. Fingerless Mitts, 13. Wicked, 14. Eiffel, 15. Dog Swreater, 16. Rusted Root, 17. EZ Baby Suprise Jacket & Driving Moccasins, 18. Baby Argyle Vest, 19. Dave’s orange socks, 20. Fifi, 21. EZ February baby sweater, 22. Baby booties, 23. Sweater with Cables from Rebecca, 24. Coquette Lace Tube Top, 25. entralec socks, 26. tree jacket, 27. Surplice Lace Top, 28. Baby socks, 29. Monkey Socks for Swap, 30. Black basic skirt, 31. Placemats for churchable’s cousin, 32. Pillows for a friend, 33. Care Bears Halloween present, 34. Dog Boy’s Koolhaas, 35. Boteh Scarf, 36. Scherherazade’s Slippers 1. Camo socks for BIL 2. Scarf for Judy 3. Gee’s socks and scarf 4. Juliet I thought since it has almost been a year of me blogging about knitting and no longer blogging about food. I would participate in Knit Lit‘s Best of 2007. 1. your best FO of the year I think that my best finished object of 2007 was Rusted Root. I figured out all the little bits of shaping details and I wear it all year long unless it is hotter than 75 degrees. 2. best FO of the year made by a blog you link to Wow there are so many that I love and that inspire me. I read over 500+ blogs. I will list the blogs that have created multiple FOs that I admire: Feather and Fan, Heidi’s Knitbits, Confessions of a Sociopathic Knitter, Flint Knits, Sknitty, Neither Hip Nor Funky, Schrodinger Knits (especially her new project bags – awesome), Eleven Stitches (loved her eleven single socks from this summer), Turtlegirl, and Elliphantom Knits 3. best yarn you tried Well I branched out this year from my love of Cotton Fleece, Habu (yes I knew about this since 2001 as a weaver and I have a separate Habu stash), and Opal (what was I thinking with that) to fall in love with high end Indie yarn. I loved Blue Moon Fiber Arts Yarn so much that I pursued an opportunity to work for Tina. I love all the yarn that I got to work with especially Sock Candy and Twisted!. I also finally too the leap and ordered from Knitpicks and several Etsy suppliers. I tried koigu and hated but then decided to knit a garment instead of socks and fell in love with it knit at a really large non lacy gauge. But my current yarns as crack are Cotton Fleece (haha I knew this was to stay) and Calmer (oh I wish my budget was different than it is).4. best new book/mag/pattern of 2007 Wow I gained so many this year in an effort to better myself in knitting and to research design ideas. The books that have changed my perspective on knitting are The Knitter’s Book of Yarn (if you are afraid to knit a garment in something other than the recommended yarn, get this book it will help you understand how to substitute yarns), No sheep for You (such a lovely book, I want to make so much in it), Big...

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December was too short

Man this month flew. I last left you as I was jumping on a plane to the overly warm state of Florida. I had a great time with my relatives celebrating my grandmother’s 88th birthday. I gave her the September Sockdown (ravelry) Mystery sock that I knit in Sept/Oct and finished on the plane to Florida. She is doing well considering her Alzheimer’s. You can tell in her birthday pic that she is not sure that the cake is for her. The progression of the disease bummed me out since it had been 2 years since I had been there. Most of the time she was scared of me and would not leave her room when I was left at the apartment to make sure she did not escape (this happened several times while I was there but not left alone with her). I got to meet my swap partner Lori (aka 1KnuttyKnitter) from SP11. I was spoiling her this round. It was alot of fun to meet her and see a LYS. During that time I missed my husband and my doggies. There was a doxie to keep me company. Bam Bam is the same age as Fred (the one we lost last December) but definitely heavier than Lexi. I would probably guess that he is twice the weight of our little Anorexic puppy (I promise I feed her she just does not like to eat unless starving – ie left outside all day). Upon my arrival home, we got a house guest. He and his dog Maggie were no trouble, but Frankie our mild mannered dog felt threatened maybe it was because Maggie was the tallest dog that has been in our house long term. After this we made our way up to Union, WA to spend the end of the week with my parents and then bring them back for Christmas at our house. On our way up, I got to meet Ranee of Arabian Knits. We met so she could swap a package with me (sorry no pics the yarn was eaten by the stash as soon as I arrived home). She was so sweet. I think there will be many more meetings with her and hopefully her family. In Union we spend the days hiking and exploring the Olympic Pennisula. My favorite day was went we went hiking on the Dungeness Spit near Sequim. after before Christmas at home was uneventful. Churchable had to work both Christmas eve night and Christmas night. We were blessed by the gifts we recieved. Churchable even finished my Christmas “project” present. To view the slideshow of adventure click here. The highlight of my parents trip here our house was when we went Snow shoeing up at Mt St Helens. We have never seen the snow so low. Mostly the snow is higher up and we can use two of the sno parks but this time we could not reach the sno parks because of all the snow. We stopped at a sno park that is normally snow free most of the year. It was a beautiful 2 1/2 mile hike. sorry that it is sideways. I can’t get it to rotate. I also received my SP11 reveal package from Robyn of Sweet Little Domestic Life. She sent me...

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WIP/FO Wednesday

Hey guys I leave for the airport. I get to leave this little bit of land that has been toying with the idea of becoming one with the ocean for another that likes to be pock marked with lakes because the swamps want to envade. I am headed to Florida. 80 degree weather sounds so nice of course by the time I leave I will be done with it all. I only like to visit the south. Even though I am from the SE US I just can’t take it for too long. I even tried not to go to college there but well the best school to attend for what I wanted to focus on in undergrad was in South Carolina. I was glad that I got to go elsewhere for summers. Ok now you are still probably wondering about the bunny up above. We got the little guy (he is smaller than our 8 lb doxie) in October but we thought that it was temporary. Well we found out that the little guy would be staying with us at Thanksgiving. So let me formally introduce Mr. Bun our mini rex rabbit. He is starting to get along with the dogs but Lexi the doxie thinks that it is her job to keep him in his cage or to lick him into submission. Ok now for some knitting. I am a bit late so I will link you to Ravelry. I have been doing other projects but they are packed in one bag or another. Also hopefully I got it in the mail on time, but I sent in some submissions to Interweave Knits. Not all of them were patterns so we will see. I don’t know how much I will be able to say if I get something in but I will definetely let you know if it gets published. Have a great week. I will see ya’ll next week. Some of you I will see in O-town. Yeah I get to hang out with...

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FO Friday

Well now I seem to have some FOs waiting to be shown off. First up my submission that will be just under the wire for the Sexy Knitters Club – Tree Jacket. Click for more photos or go to Ravelry for more details Pattern: Tree Jacket by Zephyr Style Yarn: Andean Silk by Knit Picks (55% Super Fine Alpaca, 23% Silk, 22% Merino Wool; 96 yards/50 gram ball) – 10 balls I used every last bit Needles: Knit Picks Harmony Options US 7 (4.50mm) Mods: I made the neck 2″ longer, which in hind sight I should not have done. I knit the sleeves flat per the recommended option. I realized that A) I was going to run out of yarn B) the sleeves would be too big and too long if I knit exactly to the directions. So I knit a shorter no shaping section and decreased on both sides of the seam line 6 times instead of the 5 times. I also knit the cuff shorter. All in all I have a great fitting sweater that did not even need short rows. Currently at the moment, I need to redo the BO. It was a bit snug. Hopefully I have enough to allow for a better BO. More info at Ravelry Pattern: Entrelec socks by Eunny Jang in IK Spring 2007 Yarn: Koigu Premium Merino (100% merino; 170 yd [155 m]/50 g): 1 skein of 2151-99 blue grey and 1 skein of p113-173 blue multicolored Needles: Crystal Palace US 1 (2.25mm) DPNs Mods: I started the larger squares earlier. I used a Russian BO which looked really nice on the mainly grey sock. Cheers. Now I am off to host a lovely Harvest Dinner at our church. Hopefully my food cooks a bit...

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WIP Wednesday – What no projects?

Hey folks, I have found myself in a weird place in time. I have many bags filled with projects wanting to be knit but no active projects. Let me tell you the knits are just flying off the needles in this house. I seem to not be able to keep needles full. I might have some unbloggable knitting soon since I really really want to get in some submissions for IK or maybe some other mags. In exciting news, I fixed that internet crashing (well sort of) and now am happily blogging from this beauty that is snuggled up to my now finished sock. I got a laptop. Now laptops are not new to me. This sexy little one is the lightest one yet. Back in high school (now my true nerd comes out) I had my dad’s first computer which was a 36 lb “laptop”. Ok maybe not that lapish but it was portable. man was it slow. It would be about 25 years old today if I had not begged for it to visit the dumpster before I left boarding school. Since my “laptop” had met the hard metal of the NH rural dumpster (ie I graduated), I got a new little IBM laptop. This computer had its issues. He got nicked named Wacky. He never could keep his programing and I was always beating him into submission by reinstalling and then giving up and handing him off to my even geekier friends. Then as I neared closer to graduation of college, Dad bought me another computer that was much more behaved. This one was a first edition Sony Viao. Wow how I loved that computer. I learned so many things on him. Frog (that was his name) was always getting me to reinstall his operating system under false pretense so that I would lose everything (ie 1000s of downloaded songs and well that was all I still miss). Now we have this here beauty of modern man, a Dell. Yes frog is in a corner crying. He is afraid that I will be sending him off to Free Geek. So in addition to finishing up a few knits, We have been getting the house holiday ready. We being cheap (there is a new computer in the house and everything) went to the National Forest and cut our own Christmas tree for $5. Yes you hear me right. 5 smackers for a tree. You do have to look for the right one and then cut it down. It was so much fun. And yes it is legal. This year has been so cool. We are creating awesome traditions that we will be able to enjoy for years to come. There are 2 more photos on my flickr page if you click through. We did discover some new hiking places that are super close to our house and are awesome. We can go there all year round since it is also a Sno Park. yeah snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Lastly, I will be in the balmy state of Florida in Orlando the home of Disney, Outlet mall madness but most importantly my family. I will be there December 6th – 13th to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday. I hope for a fleeting minute that she realizes what is...

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Weekend Wrap-up

Finally I have time when my computer is willing to be online. Yes I have a wee computer problem were my computer has an allergic reaction of too much time on the internet and shuts down. A solution will be coming later this week. This is probably why the “Big Silver” is working normally, it is scared of the sexy young thing that is winging its way here from Dell. I had about given up on this hunk of metal that I built my first new years with churchable, so I logged on to find myself a laptop with my specs at a decent price on Thanksgiving evening. I have been busy. I have been documenting my time with photos but whenever I log on and sit down to edit photos and upload photos, things crash and so thus I have bided my time. I attended the PDX blogger Holiday Knit-a-thon. It was really fun to meet everyone and catch up with other. Here is a photo to prove I was there. We met at Gino’s which is owned by one of our members. Thanks again Deb. I knit on my Tree Jacket while I was there. I am knitting it along with the Sexy Knitters Club. I had gotten to the end of the garter stitch section that day. Someone took a photo of me with it on and the neck around my face, but so far no one is fessing up. Since then I have taken pics for WIP Wednesday, which had a computer crash while I was uploading pics and editing them. And I finished it on Saturday night at church. It is currently blocking its little heart out. This is were I was on Wednesday. We also held a yarn swap at the knit-a-thon. I got 4 skeins of yarn. Only 3 are shown below because, the other one was a simple skein of TOFUtsies that I took pity on and brought home. Interlacements Peru Handspun by Bobbi I also have been working on socks for my Brother-in-law and his two boys for Christmas. I also purchased my first skein of Malabrigo. I love the color. I hope ya’ll like this sexy yarn photo. If you would like more, click on the pic and there are more on flickr. My monkey pal flaked on me. Amazingly the angels jumped on it and the packages pummeled my front door the week of Thanksgiving. I received a little monkey name Hoodwinked, which I thought was so aptly named since I missed out on getting a proper package. The socks were a lovely color of Koigu but they did not fit me, they fit churchable. The last bits that I have to show you are my FOs for the week. I actually spent quite a bit of time in front of my sewing machine. First up: A simple black A-line skirt This is a simple skirt that I drafted from my measurements with a invisible side zipper and a faced waist. I don’t know what the fabric is but it did not melt at the almost cotton heat setting. Most of my fabric stash is unmarked except that each box has a color grouping. Second: Reversible Place mats These are to be given to the bride and groom...

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