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  • November Knit Goals

    I'm prone to being a scatterbrain, so I try to make a short list of things to accomplish each month (lest I have 27 different non matching socks).

    Same as last month: Sleep more. Study more. Knit more. Sleep more.

  • Sweater-a-Month 2008

    Cabled Hoodie: Cascade 220 - Needs seams

    Urban Aran

    Mariah: Ella Rae Classic


    Tubesque: Noro Garden + ???

    CeCe: Silky Wool

    Lucy in the Sky

    Rogue: Handspun - Needs seams

    Elizabeth Zimmermann's Bog Jacket

    Ribbi Cardi: Cotton Ease (Blue/White)

    Ruffled Surplice (spring 07 Interweave): Yard TBD

    Red Carpet Convertible

    Silk Corset Top: Alchemy Synchronicity

    Eyelet Rib Cardi (inspired by Spring 07 Interweave)

    Bella Paquita: Shelridge? Karabella? Sublime?

    A top down set in sleeve sweater (a la Barbara Walker)


    Vintage Pink (Raspberry) Cardigan - FINISHED!!

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I built a futon this weekend. It’s nifty, except …

Posted by Amber on January 29, 2006

I built a futon this weekend. It’s nifty, except that the matress slides down when you try to sit on it while it’s in the couch position. It’s also about 6 inches longer than my old couch and is much better for sleeping on.

This weekend my mom also brougt me my grandma’s yarn ball-winder. It’s now in it’s third generation of Noel Knitter Ownership.

Featured here with some Knitpicks Shimmer, in stained glass colorway (pretty true to life on my monitor):

My grandma, upon purchase, described this as being something of an mechanical penis...

And after quite a bit of finishing old projects for the last week or so, I decided to cast on for a new project: Knitty’s BroadStreet Convertable Mitten-Gloves:

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Started Thursday night, got to this point Saturday afternoon (not quite finished, as there’s no thumb or mitten shell)

I decided on the convertible mittens because my SAS programming class is held in a really, really cold room, and it would be nifty to be ablt to type while wearing mittens. I swatched some KnitPicks Ambrosia (80% cashmere, 20% baby alpaca, 100% buttery soft) on size 3 needles – DPNs even, since my flat and circuluar gauge is different – and got the right gauge (it seemed…).

All the way through, as I tried them on, they seemed just a little big. I kept thinking it was just the way it was on the needles and it would be fine when I finished them up. Not to much it turns out:

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See that yellow dotted line? That’s where my wrist is. At any given point on these gloves there’s about an inch of extra fabric.

I think I’m going to try mitten #2 on size 2 needles, and see if that helps (and stop if it’s not helping by the time I finish the thumb gusset, no fingers for gloves that don’t fit this time!). If it helps I can frog the first one and reknit. I’d knit a second one on size 3 needles, except that the fingers fit perfectly, so someone with bigger hands would fill out the palm part, but they’d have little tiny knit tourniquettes on their fingers, and that’s not good.


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