FO Friday – Part Two

Blue Moon Sock Candy SocksPattern: Mine – Basic Toe-up Short-row heel and toe with herringbone pattern.Yarn: Blue Moon Sock Candy colorway: Borage (96% Cotton, 4% Elite) every last bit of one 2 oz skeinNeedles: Crystal Palace US 2 DPNsThoughts: I love this yarn. It is so soft and squishy. I am constantly dreaming up projects to use this yarn in. The herringbone pattern would not work for a normal sock because it lacks stretch. What is a girl to do when she has her heart set on a Brooklyn Cap? Why make one of course? I bought the yarn back in March and finally had some time to whip up this quick knit. My first attempt was super cute un felted. I was excited to see the finished project and I was sadly disappointed. But since I was obsessed to have this hat. I grabbed some stash yarn of the same brand and knit myself crazy and completed the second hat. I have the fit down now but I need the right color for me head. The white is a little too much for me. Pattern: Brooklyn Cap, IK Summer 2006Yarn: Lamb’s Pride Worsted, OreganoNeedle: Clover US 13 CircularMods: Make the Row count be the gauge swatch row count or 30 rows = 8″ so knit for 8″. Pattern: Brooklyn Cap, IK Summer 2006Yarn: Lamb’s Pride Worsted, White and Old SageNeedle: Clover US 13 CircularMods: Fits great. Now I need a better...

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FO Friday : Sahara recap

Pattern: Sahara by Wendy Bernard at Stitch Diva Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Patine (100% cotton) 5 balls (50g = 110m) color 05 , Blue Moon Lupe (100% Nylon Boucle) 1 hank held double (6.25 oz = 300yds) colorway Saratoga Needles: Crystal Palace US 7 circular (body), Susan Bates US 6 circular (1st repeat of hem ribbing), Crystal Palace US 5 circular (2nd repeat of hem ribbing, arm bands, and neck band), Brittany US 8 DPN (cast off). Mods: This was a super fast knit for me. I completed it in a week. I swatched for it on the First of May but finally got to knit it the week before Memorial Day. I added an extra waist decrease and hip increase. The Blue Moon Lupe was too textured to show the diamond rib so I did 4 rnds of garter at the arm band and a 3k, 2p rib on the neckline. I loved the construction of the sweater and would like to knit it again. The future mods would be to shorten the neckline so that it started at the low bust line. My only complaint is that the Cotton Patine bleed alot. I don’t think it affected the Lupe, but it would have frustrated me if I used a lighter colored yarn for the neckline that would have absorbed the color and ruined the FO. I don’t remember my swatch bleeding but there might have been more bleeding because there was more...

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FO Friday

Hey all I finished Sahara. Wow was this fast. The part that seemed to take the longest was the neckline, but that was mostly from the small gauge with the Blue Moon Bling. I intend to have a FO photo shoot as soon as the sweater is done drying from being blocked, which will have to be during or after this weekend. We are visiting are friends in the up and happen town of Bend. It should be a nice relaxing weekend. Ignore the bulge at the bottom that is the point where the mannequin stops and the sweater has nothing to tug...

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Review: Knitting Lingerie Style

I don’t do many reviews but since I received this book because I won a contest. Thanks Robin. I thought I would say a few things. Lots of people have reviewed this book recently. I would like to look at this in a different manner. I was really excited to see this book before it was released when I read the interview with Joan McGowan-Michael in the Spring 2007 Interweave Knits magazine. The reason behind this was Joan’s background in sewn garment design. I want to design garments. I took a fashion design segment while I was in art school and really enjoyed it. My friends all laughed when I said that I was interested to pursue this further. I guess you just had to look at my closet and all the clothing I had at the time. (I was so obsessed that I would not wear the same outfit twice in 6 months.) Before attending art school, I was really interested in knitting. I would sit and doodle stitch patterns and garment shapes and come up with patterns on my own in all my anthropology classes. I was never without my knitting needles. The clicking of the metal was heard from my corner instead of the scratch of pen on paper. The knit shop lady in our area (believe it or not there was only one – not so now from what I hear) said that she would be looking forward to seeing me be published. I laughed her off thinking that I wanted to take my art in another direction. Now I am back to sketching and doodling patterns and thinking about body proportions and what looks good on each body type. I am looking at all the new amazing knitting books that are beyond the basics. BUT this book is completely from a different design angle. It is from a fabric garment design angle. It has shown me that I can take what I learned in art school and put it into practice and incorporate cool knitting techniques and use sewn seams to create what pure knitting can not do alone or to even think about beginning a pattern on a mannequin with fabric and ending up with a knitted piece designed from draping. In addition to the new directions in design, the book has beautiful photographs. My husband picked it up and felt guilty for looking at it. Each and every garment is amazing whether or not you will ever wear it, you can enjoy the beauty. Robin at Yarn Crawl has started a KAL which will be starting in July. She put together a great link on the measurements of each piece so if you are still deciding about the book and sizing take a look. Also Joan McGoan-Michael has a yahoo group where she will answer fit questions and there are additional photos not in the...

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WIP Wednesday

Before the knitting we have a message: Aunt Carrie-carrie-bo-berry,you wanted to see my cute little face in my new sweater. I can’t wait to meet you and kiss you like I am kissing daddy above. You will like me much better than Fred. I am much better behaved and I am not interested in chasing kitties. Now the knitting: So I spent the day doing good pursuits but got in a good 5 hours or so of knitting. I know that I listened to about 8 hours of knitting podcasts and started and finished a ball of yarn on Sahara today. I am loving this knit. It is going so fast. I started it on Thursday night and knit on it some on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday. I am an increase away from starting the hem. Churchable is kind enough to be winding up the trim yarn which is the Blue Moon Bling. I am going to swatch it tomorrow so that I can get the right gauge. The sock above is the one I started at the beginning of the month. I barely worked on them and they are almost done. The yarn is so yummy. It is Blue Moon Sock Candy. The stitch pattern I am using is very tight and best suited to this stretchy yarn. I like the fit, but I don’t like the bind off I did. I need to try a few more. I will do that on the other...

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Weekend Wrap-up – the long weekend

This weekend was busy and long. Friday was awesome. We took the dogs to Gnat Creek Trail to go hiking. I brought the camera but completely forgot about it and left it in the car. Such a beautiful place. We were hiking above a creek that had a base of lava. The trail was the springiest and softest trail I have ever hiked. Saturday was life suckingly busy. I headed a women’s tea at our church and churchable helped out at the boy scout garage sale. Both these events are held every year for each of our groups and they require coordination. I became president of the group that holds the women’s tea in January. I did not realize how much time and energy this event takes. This year we had each table be decorated by different ladies in the church. Each table was amazing. The above tables were the winning tables. I barely got any knitting done. Sunday was the usual business plus a church meeting. At least I was able to knit during both church and the information meeting. I have progressed greatly on Sahara. It is going way faster than I expected which is good because time is moving faster than I expected. On Monday I realized that the little girl had outgrown her sock sweaters that I made for her. She finally needed a real sweater. So in between all the hiking, I whipped up a cute little dog sweater from scratch with...

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SP 10 Contest #3

Robin has asked us to flash our stash. My stash is very well managed, but considering I went to art school and majored in fibers/textiles this is not really a large stash. I did not take too many detailed pics since that would be a ton of photos. Enjoy them below. I have more things. I have bookbinding, sewing (fashion design and crafting), felting, spinning, weaving, crochet, tatting, needle lace and my largest love knitting. Currently I am trying to decide what is my focus and what am I happy saying I know how to do that but I would rather do...

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FO Friday

A friend’s baby trying to take away Lexi’s bowl at games’ night Tuesday. WIP Wednesday did not happen because I had a horrible migraine brought on by unknown sources and made worse by a neighbor pressure washing his truck and listening to old eps of Knitty D and the city. I had finished up the baby vest and did not get to have much knitting time. I thought knitting was soothing but it was not as good as pain killers and a nap. Now I must present the cutest baby item that I have made so far. Remember this goes to the missionaries headed out next month before their baby is born. The yarn I used was yarn that I bought when I was on a trip to Turkey. At that time, I thought I would be heading overseas to help villages establish small textile industries and then export them back to the US and Europe. So since I am not destine to go overseas, my yarn creations can have fun without me. Pattern: Argyle Vest in Vogue Knitting Baby Knits Two on the go!Yarn: Nako (100% yun – aka wool in Turkish) 100gr – green & blue. I got this wool back in 2000 when I knew nothing about weight or gauge. I just saw 100% wool CHEAP! It is great wool. I have made several things with it including a color work beret.Needles: Brittany US 5 circulars and Inox US 3 circularsMods: None but I learned to seam with this pattern. Yeah I know how to do it right. I learned by looking up the information in my 2002 Interweave Knits mags. They had a 2 part article on seaming. I wish that I had done a 3 needle bind off at the shoulders but I was not thinking when I finished the...

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What have you done or want to do?

I have been seeing this Meme everywhere. I finally realized that it would be a great way to track what I have learned and can do. Mark with bold the things you have knit, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest. Afghan – I can’t even imagine something so boring and repetitive. more power too ya’llI-cordGarter stitchKnitting with metal wireShawl – I started on and put it aside for too long forgot where I was and made it a scarf.Stockinette stitchSocks: top-downSocks: toe-upKnitting with camel yarn – I have some to spin upMittens: Cuff-upMittens: Tip-downHatKnitting with silkMoebius band knittingParticipating in a KALSweaterDrop stitch patternsKnitting with recycled/secondhand yarnSlip stitch patternsKnitting with banana fiber yarnDomino knitting (=modular knitting)Twisted stitch patternsKnitting with bamboo yarnTwo end knittingCharity knittingKnitting with soy yarn CardiganToy/doll clothing – i will be knitting for my nephews frog soonKnitting with circular needlesBaby itemsKnitting with your own handspun yarnSlippersGraffiti knittingContinental knittingDesigning knitted garmentsCable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)Lace patternsPublishing a knitting bookScarf – only one it was supposed to be a shawl.Teaching a child to knitAmerican/English knitting (as opposed to continental)Knitting to make moneyButtonholesKnitting with alpaca – my first sweater projectFair Isle knitting – my first ever projectNorwegian knittingDying with plant colorsKnitting items for a weddingHousehold items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circularsKnitting with someone else’s handspun yarnKnitting with dpnsHoliday related knittingTeaching a male how to knitBobblesKnitting with cottonKnitting smockingDying yarnSteeksKnitting artKnitting two socks on two circulars simultaneouslyFulling/feltingKnitting with woolTextured knittingKitchener stitchPurses/bagsKnitting with beadsSwatchingLong Tail COEntrelacKnitting and purling backwardsMachine knittingKnitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarnStuffed toysKnitting with cashmereDarningJewelryKnitting with synthetic yarnWriting a patternGlovesIntarsiaKnitting with linenKnitting for preemiesTubular COFreeform knittingShort rowsCuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmersPillowsKnitting a pattern from an online knitting magazineRugKnitting on a loomThrummed knittingKnitting a giftKnitting for petsShrug/bolero/ponchoKnitting with dog/cat hairHair accessoriesKnitting in publicKnitting a tube with two...

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Weekend Wrap-up – the baby edition

Its been a interesting week. I left ya’ll last week with the sock and his adventures. Well he has been rather tired and refuses to compete with all the baby stuff that has suddenly appeared on my needles. I don’t think he will hold it against me. I finish what I started unless the gauge is off and well his gauge is not off so he will appear here again. All the baby projects are a result of 4 women in my life having babies. The first one was born at the beginning of April the week before Easter. The baby was born 3 weeks early so I had not even started the present. And as a result did not blog about the item, so imagine the baby booties you see today in bright pink and you have the idea. The second baby will be born at the end of next month. I cast on over a week ago and finished it three days later. It missed FO Friday (It was not finished) and WIP Wednesday (because it was finished). I made a EZ Baby Surprise Jacket. This little number was so fast and so cute. I really wanted funky little buttons but we don’t have many options here in Longview. I also knit my standard baby booties. Pattern: EZ Baby Surprise Jacket from Knitting WorkshopYarn: Nature Spun sport weight (100% wool) – cream and cranberry fogNeedles: US 5 Crystal Palace CircularMods: I made 3 button holes instead of 5. The third child is to be born to a missionary family that is leaving before the baby is born. The little boy will join 3 other siblings. I hope he thrives well. I picked one project and tried many yarns and finally picked one but realized that I would probably run out of yarn and I was hating the pattern. Plus the gauge was going crazy. So I picked something that would be quick. This project was why there was no WIP Wednesday. I started it and ripped it out by Wednesday. The parts are done and blocked now thus the finishing is all that is left. It took me about a day a piece. I was happy to see that my tension is still good in stranded knitting. I knit with yarn in each hand when I do stranded knitting. It was the way I learned since my first project was a fair isle hat on dpns. (my tension was horrible back then but that was ten years ago). Pattern: Baby Moccasins in Vogue Knitting Baby Knits Two on the go!Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky (85% Wool / 15% Mohair) in BrownNeedles: US 10 Brittany dpnsMods: None. These take 2 hours or less so why change them. The fourth baby is to be born in September so I have a little more time, but I found the most perfect color yarn that goes with the families love of a favorite team. You need to raise up the fans early right. She reads this blog so I may or may not post the little surprise for her until after it is gifted. I have already made up booties for her back when she told me that she was expecting. This weekend was my second anniversary with churchable. He...

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