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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

    Tricot

    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)

    Giselle

    Vintage Pink (Raspberry) Cardigan - FINISHED!!

Archive for June, 2006

Durrow – Sleevey Goodness

Posted by Amber on June 22, 2006

So I figured out why I’ve been falling asleep on the couch every night at like, 8 PM.

I haven’t had coffee after noon in like 3 weeks (since I went to NYC, pretty much).

Today after work I went to Starbucks to work on Durrow. I’m now tired of knitting, and bouncing off the walls.

Speaking of Durrow…


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I screwed up the way the cables cross in the 3rd repeat, but I think I can use yarnharlot’s duplicate stitch method to fix them. I will pay more attention to which way the cable crosses for the rest of the sweater!

Also, a man came up to me and was telling me about how when he was growing up everyone, boys and girls, learned to crochet. He mentioned a lot of people think it’s odd for a man to crochet in the US. I said, no, it was pretty cool. Anyway. Then he says to me:
Guy: Where is a good yarn store around here?
Me: Well, in Virginia there’s Knit Happens, in Old Town Alexandria. And my favorite is Stitch DC, there’s one in Georgetown.
Guy: Do they sell Red Heart? I really like Red Heart.
Me: Well, in that case you might really like the AC Moore over in Bailey’s Crossroads…
Guy: Great! Thanks!

Call me a yarn snob, but I think “Good yarn store” and “Sells Red Heart” are mutually exclusive events.

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Another Start

Posted by Amber on June 14, 2006

I love starting new projects. Finishing is great, too, but starting rocks. I don’t know why, I joke a lot about knitting ADD, and I talk to other people about feeling all the different fibers and how great it is to try new things, but I’m not sure that sums it all up. I guess I feel like I’m making a dent in my giant closet-o-doom (that photo really, really needs to be updated. One of these days, between new projects), because a dent in the closet-o-doom means there’s room for new yarn. Maybe I just secretly hate committment.

I was on vacation last week. I finished four squares of my recycled silk pillow (the silk pillow plan deserves a post of it’s own – tomorrow, when I unpack). I think I can get five squares/ball – 15 squares total. It takes 4 squares to make a pillow, so I’ll be one short on 4 pillows. Maybe I’ll be lucky, and get 5.5 squares/ball.

I also started Durrow, for myself. I’m making the smallest size and so far it’s looking like it should work fine. The body is done in 4×2 rib all over, and I think it will cling nicely, without all that pesky waist shaping that never fits my waist. I’m using Cascade 220 in a color best described as coral. Cascade describes it as 7805, but I think Coral works better. I’m halfway through the decreases for the armholes in the back, and kind of wishing the sweater were done in the round (I know I bitched about that with Sitcom Chic, saying it was never ending, but seams — bah!). Today’s Tuesday, so the back will be done tomorrow; the front by the weekend, and I should be able to start the interesting and pretty part (the cables) on Monday at knitting group. I think I’m going to wrangle yarn, and do both arms at once. I picked up the yarn while on vacation: if it never goes in the yarn closet, is it really ever in the stash?

I’m not sure what comes next. Maybe four more silk squares (they’re really hard on the hands), or maybe a pair of socks. I picked up Nancy Bush’s “Knitting Vintage Socks” last week, and there’s a pair with diamonds (sort of a textured argyle style) that I’d like to make with my new gray koigu. I’d planned to make Knitpicks’ Kimono Style Sweater my next sweater, so maybe I’ll start that one. Or finish Tubey. I was going to do that this month, wasn’t I?

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Sari Silk Cushions! Brilliant!

Posted by Amber on June 7, 2006

http://scarfomatic.typepad.com/scarfomatic/2005/09/sari_silk_cushi.html

I have 3 balls of sari silk — too heavy and scratchy to be scarves (although the silk+strand of wool makes a VERY WARM hat) or mittens, but I think just right for accent pillows on the futon.

I knew someone else would come up with the perfect pattern first!

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Square 1/8

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99.99% completed sweater!

Posted by Amber on June 7, 2006

Left: Sewing some ribbon the edge to stabilize and reduce curling. Adding my pretty button.

Until then, I’m going to happily sit around my house in my pretty (though unblocked) sweater. Quite possibly, the new most perfect sweater I own.


I should clean that mirror...

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Sitcom Chic Progress

Posted by Amber on June 5, 2006

This has been my least photographed project ever, I think. Of course, I’m trying to fit 40 inches of sweater onto 29 inches of needle, so I can’t really lay it out flat for photography sessions. On the bright side — I’m within a day or two of finishing! I have 30 rows left to go, all of which get smaller and smaller.


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I’m just about to do the eyelet row. Very exciting that I should have it done by this weekend, which means I can (hopefully) replace my gray hoodie sweatshirt with a prettier sweater (just to cut the A/C chill).

In other news, I have a cold. Which is sad mostly because I wanted to go to knitting group tonight – I’ll be out of town next week and I was gone last week, and I miss seeing what people are doing. But I’m sure no one wants my germs, and I’m not sure I could stay awake that long anyway.

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June Knitting Goals

Posted by Amber on June 2, 2006

I’m a very goal oriented person – I like to have tick boxes and lists that I can cross off as I finish things. So in a way, it’s surprising I haven’t started mimicking Jessimuhka earlier with knit goals every month. Here are my June plans:

  • Finish Sitcom Chic
  • Finish toe on second Hedera
  • Finish Tubey
  • Start Mitered Square Pillow with Sari Silk
  • Finish hat pattern
  • Swatch for the KnitPicks Kimono Sweater with Silky Wool
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