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Finishitis, continued

Oh my gosh.  I can’t believe it.  2 more done, 3 if I didn’t mention the little hat for Patrick yet.  The entrelac scarf is done; I’ll soak it today and block it out.  I also felted the oven mitt and then had hubby stretch it out so hopefully it’ll fit my brother.

Excuse me a minute, there’s a big snow out back with my name on it.  Must go play with kids now.

Proof of the finishitis

Calorimetry #2Calorimetry #3

Dulcie's silk hatReserved sign at Panera

Here’s the other 2 calorimetries that I finished, still sans wooden bead for the tie part, and the silk hat that is so very lovely.  I still can’t quite figure out how to block it without getting lines on the side where I’d be folding it in half.  I really don’t want to buy a balloon, but I don’t know how to do this.  Maybe a towel rolled up or something?

And the reserved sign at Panera.  We’re growing.  One lady asked last week if they could push 2 tables together for us and put a sign on it or something so no one else would sit there.  Cause, you know, we can’t sit somewhere else.  Cool, huh?

A small case of finish-itis

Very small, but at least it’s there.  I finished the silk and merino lace fern hat thing for sister Dulcie, and was that ever a fun thing to knit.  There’s a scarf too, but that’s waiting.  I also finished 2 more calorimetries, one for a friend and the other for my sister.  I still have to go get the bead things, so I guess technically they’re not finished completely.

I’m almost done with David’s horcrux socks, take 3.  Did I mention that there’ll be 7 lightening bolts around the sock cuff?  And that in the books, there were a total of 7 horcruxes?  Cool, huh?  Also almost done with a quick little crocheted hat for the charity box at church.

I started an entrelac scarf, which was going to be for one of the other sisters, but it looks rather masculine, so I think it’s going to be for my brother instead.  It’s the Danica pattern from knitty.com, which I have to say I LOVE.  I thought it was going to be so hard, but the pattern is so well written that the only complaint I have is that the way I printed it out, the main things I repeat are on 2 pages, so I have to keep flipping it back and forth.  Yeah, that’s the complaint.  So, not much bad there.  I did figure out that I like it better if I slip the first stitch of the part where on the next go-around I’d be picking up stitches.  That way I can sort of do like I did for heel flaps on socks, and stick the left needle in there and sort of swoop it up and count as I swoop and make sure I swoop up the right number.  It’s going along fairly rapidly, and all in all a really fun knit.  And the yarn is very cool too.  It’s that Patons SWS stuff, in the natural navy, and I love watching the colors changing.

Oh, I almost forgot!  Know what was waiting for me at the Panera Bread where we gather most Friday nights to knit?  2 tables pushed together with a Reserved sign on them.  Seriously.  I got a picture and everything.

Oh look! Knitting!

Ravelry is so wonderful, and such a big time-suck.  I got my sister on, which is fantastic, but now I’m on there looking at stuff for her too.  And then looking at stuff for me.  And queueing projects.  And looking at other people’s projects.  And then queueing them.  At this rate, I won’t have time to knit any of them.  But, it’s so neat.  So, I want to stop, but then again, I don’t.

That calorimetry I finished?   I really wanted to make another one.  So, I e-mailed my sister at work to show her the picture.  She can’t see flickr at work, and my computer upstairs where the pictures are loaded, for whatever reason, can’t e-mail her the pictures just as an attachment.  The computer downstairs can do that, but the computer itself is so old, there’s no plug in place for the computer cable.  It’s a vicious circle.  Anyway, I was thinking I’d just make her one anyway.  Then I went to knitting night on Friday, and my good friend jenibug commented on mine and asked if I’d make her one!  But we both agreed that the colors in mine where not really her colors.  So, I went home and checked out the SWS I had previously bought, and thought that none of them would really work on her.  So, off to Michaels just one more time for that $1.50 SWS sale, among others, and this time escaped by only laying down $6.51.  But, I did get 2 more colors of SWS that I think would both look awesome on her, so the plan is, I’ll make 2, one in each color, and give my sister the one that she doesn’t want.  I finished the first one the other day, and I’ve already started on the second one.

I also finished the Noro hat for Patrick, done in that Dark Horse Fantasy yarn.  His turned out pretty cute, I think, but I got awful ladders on the purl rows.  I soaked it last night, but that didn’t seem to help very much.  I’ll try washing it next time I put in a little load and maybe that’ll help.

Also finally reached the 6 inch goal for that fern lace cap for Dulcie, and I’ve started in on the decrease part.  That yarn is so amazing.

David’s socks are going well too.  I’m going both at the same time with my 2 sets of size 1’s.  I found I also have another set of size 1’s, and I’m fighting off the urge to cast on the sock pattern I picked out to make for my sister out of that yarn I won.  I really need to get more done on some other things.  I’m making her a vest thing;I picture her wearing it over a turtleneck or other long-sleeved shirt to work.  It’s in this super fuzzy yarn, and I know I’m going to have a lot leftover.  So, while I’m knitting away at that, I’m already thinking of things to do with however much is left.

I think I want to do a nice scarf for Steve for Christmas.  Knitpicks has this merino that I’ve been wanting to try, plus I still want to order some dyeable sock yarn from them.  When we went to Hawaii, my sister bought 2 of those Red Dirt shirts, only hers had not been pre-washed.  So, smart cookie that she is, she soaked them in a 5 gallon bucket for a long time, and now has a bucket of Red Dirt water.  She had a bunch of wash rags in there to test, and I guess it worked pretty good.  So, she mentioned to me that I might want to send her some yarn, and she’d put it in there.  I guess a Knitpicks order is in the works.

Another quickie comes out odd, but one works

Ok, that was odd.  I didn’t know I could upload 2 pictures, but I think it worked.  Cool.

This is the bowl I tried to felt, but it sort of didn’t.  I’ll write up the pattern if anyone’s interested.  And the calorimetry turned out cute, huh?  I did my hair and make-up just for this picture.  Sad, isn’t it?

Sometimes quickie’s don’t work

So, I went to Michaels yesterday and got a few skeins of the Patons Soy Wool Stripes, or SWS as it’s more commonly called.  I’ve been really wanting to try this yarn, but I always think it’s too expensive.  There’s a sale, and it was $1.50 each.  That’s way better, so I got 4 of them.  In 4 different colors.  I thought I’d try making some little bowls like to hold my rings while I’m washing dishes, and maybe some new potholders.  I’d been wanting to try felting some things, and I thought this would be fun to work with because of the stripes and all.

After reading some of the 356 pages of projects on Ravelry, I thought I’d try that Calorimetry, and I did.  It was a very easy knit, and very fast and quite fun.  I read a bunch of the reviews of the ones other folks did, which mostly said how they made theirs smaller than the recommended cast on of 120.  Now, I have a pretty small head, so I thought I’d do the same thing.  Someone else said they had a small head and they did a cast on of 88.  So, I copied that.  I also did a size 6 needle.  Guess how small mine is?

Too small.  I can barely get it around my head.  It does fit, but it fits in such a way that I’m thinking it’ll slide off slowly if I wear it for any length of time.  So, I’m frogging it and doing it again, in a different color, with a different cast on number, and possibly with my size 7’s, if I can find them.

Update – frogging this is hard.  If I wasn’t so cheap, I’d probably just cut it off and throw it away or felt it as is, like for a potholder or something.  But, I can’t.  I’m going to try real hard not to start the replacement one until I at least get this one all undone.  No promises though.  Taking coughing boy Russ to the Dr this morning; he developed a cough this weekend that sounds like bronchitis.  Gotta love preschool!

I just couldn’t take it anymore

The call of the yarn, I mean.  That yummy stuff I won at the State Fair.  It’s Cascade Lana D’oro.  I thought it wanted to be a February Lady’s sweater, then the more time I spent with it, it was needing to be something more, something closer to me.  Not a jacket type, but more of a sweater type.  But, what to do?  I already have a sweater started for me, in the Knit Picks Crayon, and it’s turning out very well.  I’m doing the Custom Fit Raglan for that one, and I figured out how to make it a v-neck, and I’m almost to the point to where I can stop the raglan increasing and put the arm stitches on holders and just do the body.  I know this because yesterday morning I spent very much time with a needle and thread putting the bajillion stitches on a piece of yarn to try it on.  I put 2 stitch holders connecting the front raglan to the back raglan to make a sort of arm-hole, and when I put it on, it was just a bit snug under there.  Of course, that may be due to some excess arm, but we’re not talking about that.  So, I think only a couple more rows of that, and then I can get going on the body part.

But, I still couldn’t resist anymore.  I went Ravelring, and found a few patterns, a lovely cabley one called Tracy, that I decided not to do on this one, but probably will do someday.  I thought that one looked a bit too much, and I didn’t want something that I’d think was too hard sometimes and then I’d put it down and not want to pick it back up because of the cabling.  But, I sure didn’t want miles and miles of stockinette either.  That’s the Crayon one.  I found one called Flash, or something like that, from Knitty, and I swatched and everything.

But, I had to make a few changes.  Of course.  The bottom part said to do K6 P2 ribbing, which flows nicely into the pattern, but I love K2 P2 ribbing, and since the K6 can be changed into a K2 P2 K2 just fine, I did that.  Then the other change I made was to completely reverse the pattern.  I do K2tog’s better than SSK’s.  At least to me the K2tog is easier, and I think it looks neater.  Perhaps I just need to practice my SSK’s, but not on this sweater.  So, instead of doing the YO’s followed a couple stitches later by the SSK’s, I’m going K2tog’s followed a couple stitches later by the YO’s.  Which leads me to the other change.  I’m not doing YO’s.  I found it’s leaving a hole that’s too big for my desires, so on the YO rows, I’m actually picking up the running length between the 2 stitches and knitting into it.  Not into the back loop, which is what you’d normally do to close the hole, but just into it regular.  I’m finding that it’s leaving a small hole, which is just right.

So, that’s that.  Oh yes, and something happened the other day that should have been really weird, but oddly wasn’t.  I’ll write about that one later.  Right now, that sweater is calling me.  Again.  And it’s knitting night, and I still need to do a load of clothes.


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