Archive for March, 2008

FO: Stained Glass Scarf

It’s finally finished!
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Pattern: Stained Glass Scarf from Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick.
Yarn: Karabella Aurora 8, color 6 (brown) 4 balls & Artyarns Ultramerino 4, color 127, 2 skeins
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Mods: None
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This scarf seemed to go on and on forever while I was knitting it, and I didn’t think I’d end up liking it a whole lot. I’m so glad I didn’t frog it, because this is a great scarf!
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It was my first time knitting with both of these yarns, and I hope to use them again. The Aurora 8 is sooooo soft and smooth. It was great to work with, and it makes a very soft scarf.
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The Ultramerino 4 is very soft, also. I didn’t know before knitting with it that it is a sock yarn. Because it is so thin, it keeps this double-sided scarf from being to bulky.
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After pinning the scarf out to block, I noticed that the pink in the Ultramerino had pooled to make a zig-zag pattern on the scarf.
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This is one time I like the pooling!

I’ve also finished the Oak Ribbed Socks. FO report coming soon!

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Knitting Plans

Looking at knitting patterns, browsing knitting blogs, planning future knits, always lots of fun! So here’s what I’m looking forward to knitting this spring/summer.

Sweaters:
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L – R: 1. Auburn Camp Shirt, 2. Swan Lake Cardigan, 3. Josephine Top
4. Essential Stripe, 5. Glee, 6. Georgia
(Please excuse some of the squished photos in that collage.)

Socks:
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1. Entrelac Socks, 2. Roza’s Socks
3. Spiral Boot Socks, 4. Embossed Leaves Socks

Shawls:
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1. Swallowtail Shawl, 2. Cobweb Lace Stole, 3. Icarus Shawl
4. Arctic Diamonds Stole, 5. Print O’ the Wave Stole

Then, I’ve got these:
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These are three of the summer sweaters I knit last year. I’ve lost some weight since then, and now these sweaters are too big. I’ll be frogging and re-knitting the first two, Wicked and Cherry, but I won’t do the last one, Tomato.

So there’s the plan for spring/summer knitting. Of course, plans change, and new patterns will come out, and then there’s time. I don’t think I have time to knit all of those patterns, but at least I’ve got lots to choose from!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

New Projects and Yarn

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend.  We had a very nice one.  It snowed on Sunday, but none of it stayed, and we’re having beautiful weather so far this week.

I finished the Stained Glass Scarf last week and it’s blocking now. Because it’s double sided it’s taking a loooong time to dry. I hope to have the FO post this week.

After finishing the scarf, I started seaming up the Babette Blanket. It was a lot of fun, but I wasn’t making any progress on my knitting.
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But then I remembered that I wanted to have the Katharine Vest done for a trip we’re taking to Chicago, so I cast on last Thursday.
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What you can’t see in the progress photo is that this is my third attempt at the vest. I got about five rows into the pattern the first time, was making mistakes and ripped. I was up to the point shown in the photo above and was making multiple mistakes so I ripped a second time. Things are going much smoother this time. The actual lace pattern is very easy, but because of the decreases and two selvedge stitches kept on each edge, you have to read the pattern and count your stitches constantly. It’s been a long time since I knit lace and I’m enjoying it quite a bit.

You probably could guess what I got in yesterday’s mail. Yup, you’re right – yarn.
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Two skeins of Louet Gems Fingering Weight in Aqua for some socks.
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And four skeins of Peace Fleece DK in Olive for Cherie, from Rowan Vintage Knits.

Even though I did purchase yarn for a wool sweater at the beginning of spring, I do have plans for several spring/summer knits. See you next time with those plans!

FO: Mitered Square Blanket

The Mitered Square Blanket is finished!
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Pattern: Plymouth Pattern 1063
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, 20 skeins of various colors, Auracania Nature Wool and Nature Wool Chunky (leftovers), Malabrigo Worsted (leftovers)
Needles: US 8 (5 mm)
Finished Size: 48″ Wide x 60″ Long
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Mods: Several. First of all, I substitued Noro Kureyon and some yarns from my stash in place of the Plymouth Boku. I used size US 8 needles for the entire blanket instead of using sizes 7, 8 & 10.
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I also added an extra row of squares to the width and height of the afghan, and worked two extra rows on the edging.
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I really like the red and pink in this square.
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I’m a bit fascinated and pleased with how the lines from the center mitered stitch on each square make diagonal lines across the blanket.
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The wrong side of the blanket. I’m very glad I wove in the ends as I went along and didn’t wait until the blanket was completed. I’m sure it would have been quite a bit longer before it would have made it to finished object status!
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A great pattern, great yarn and a fun knit – I’m very pleased with it!

The Weekend Can Really Help Your Knitting

If you do almost nothing but knit, that is. Of course, you can also end up with a sore thumb, but that’s of no importance compared to the progress you’ve made 🙂

Anyways, here’s the progress I made over the weekend.

On the Woolen Twinset Cardigan, I finished the second ball of 4-Ply Soft and now 6″ of the body is done.
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The first of the Oak Ribbed Socks is done and the cuff is finished on the second sock.
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The Katharine Vest was swatched for.
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I’m itching to start this project right away so I can wear it on a trip we’re planning in a few weeks, but I’ve decided to hold off on it until I’ve finished the Stained Glass Scarf.
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I finished the third ball of Aurora 8 and started the fourth and last one this morning. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel with this one – it was feeling like it would never end.

I’ve got the Babette Blanket in progress too, but it’s been moved to the back burner. I’m hoping that’ll change soon, though. After all, sewing the squares together is one of the best parts, right?
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Lastly, The Mitered Square Blanket is blocking and is almost dry. I’m hoping to do a photo shoot this week.

WIP Wednesday

I’ve pretty much ignored all of my other projects in an effort to finish the Mitered Square Afghan before spring arrives.
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The squares and the edging on three of the sides are done. I’ve just got one more side of the afghan to knit the edging for and it’ll be done! I’m so glad because once this is finished I can get back to my spring knitting.
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Two edges needing to be seamed. Noro Kureyon looks very different in garter stitch. To me, anyway.

The other project that has been worked on is the Oak Ribbed Socks.
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I’ve turned the heel on the first sock and am just about done with the instep decreases. I really like the colors in this skein of Trekking.

FO: Central Park Hoodie

The Central Park Hoodie is finished!
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Pattern: Central Park Hoodie by Heather Lodinsky
Yarn: Cascade 200 Tweed, 7 skeins, color 7637 (I have one skein leftover. If anyone’s interested in it please let me know and I’ll be glad to send it to you.) ETA: The skein has been taken.
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) & US 5 (3.75 mm)
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I made a few modifications to this cardigan. I lengthened the body by about one inch, and also unintentionally lengthened the sleeves (I did increases every 10 rows instead of every 8 rows as specified by the pattern). I also dropped down one needle size for the body and ribbing for a more fitted look. I’m not sure that mod worked, though. If I were to make this sweater again, I’d add waist shaping to it.
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I knitted the buttonband too loosely, and the buttonholes are a bit loose. I also wish I would have done six buttons instead of five – the gapping between buttons is bothering me a bit.
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This sweater doesn’t look as nice as some others I’ve knitted, but it’s warm, comfortable and very wearable. The pattern is very easy and enjoyable, also.

This is the last winter sweater for this season – spring/summer sweaters, here I come!


Ron Paul 2008

Current Projects

  • Babette Blanket
  • Toe-Up Socks
  • Meida's Socks
  • Bird-In-Hand Mittens
  • Josephine Top
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Future Projects

Sweaters
-Tangled Yoke Cardigan
-Refined Aran Jacket
-Demi
-Salina
-Swan Lake Cardigan
-Cable Down Raglan
-Dollar and a Half Cardigan
-Henley Perfected
-Venezia Pullover
-Ivy League Vest
-Autumn Rose Pullover
-Tilted Duster
-Equinox Yoke Pullover
-Ariann
-Cobblestone Pullover
-Hourglass Sweater
-ZephyrStyle Tree Jacket
-Enid Cardigan
-Union Square Market Pullover
-Top-Down Arwen Cardigan
-Counterpane Pullover
-Colette Pullover
-El Sol Pullover
-Tweedy Aran Cardigan
-Gathered Pullover
-Printed Silk Cardigan
Accessories
-Hemlock Ring Blanket
-Flower Basket Shawl
-Noro Striped Scarf
-Arctic Diamonds Stole
Socks
-Entrelac Socks
-Roza's Socks