Posted by Amber on July 29, 2007
Pattern: The Won’t Get You Mocked Mock Cable Hat [yes, I had too much fun naming this one]
Yarn: Karabella Aurora 8 Space Dyed, #15; 2 balls (but really 1.5)
Needles: US 7
Gauge: ~4.5 spi
Notes: I’ve been wanting to make this yarn into a hat like this for … many months. First I did it top down and overestimated how big it needed to be – and it was much more sack like. Not good for a hat. So I ripped and let it sit for a while. While really bored with all my other projects last weekend, I decided to cast on again. It didn’t take very long – just two evenings. (I love quick hats that way. Beginners should be encouraged to make more hats. There’s no burn out!)
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Posted by Amber on July 26, 2007
So Purl, the adorable yarn store in SoHo?
When you order online, it ships from Tustin, California. A mere 2,779 miles away from the retail store. So many jokes to make… is this what urban sprawl has come to? Is real estate that hard to come by??
I kid, I kid! It was just funny when I was tracking my order and the starting point was in California.
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Posted by Amber on July 12, 2007
Yesterday was an awesome day. I got a prescription for xanax, new yarn, and my fish food bag!
It’s a bag, made from a fish food sack in Cambodia. But not in the sweatshop sort of way. I got it from Webs, but you can also order from Rosie’s Yarn Cellar or direct from Lantern Moon. A little over priced if you ask me. I mean sure, Lantern Moon isn’t using a sweatshop, but this morning the very first time I was using the bag, I had tossed my current sock project in there, and one of the needles went straight through the lining, the fish food bag, and into my ass! (Knitpicks classic size 1s! Ouch!) So I guess now I’m going to have to get or make a nifty little project tote (darn! I know!). I’m leaning toward making. Making would be awesome.
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Posted by Amber on July 6, 2007
Hippy the Hippo!
The other day I came across “Fergie the Frog” – part of a new line of notions cases from Clover. I got online to see what other animals they had.
I found them for sale here, and my reciept came from Rae’s Yarn Boutique … I don’t usually buy from totally random sites on the web (I usually go with big names like Webs, Amazon, Jimmy Bean’s, and the like; but no one else had them!)
Hippy is pretty awesome – long enough for stitch holders or a set of DPNs, wide enough for my sheep tape measure, a row counter, my scissors, sitch markers:
And just because I was having fun, Hippy in his natural habitat:
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Posted by Amber on July 5, 2007
Yay! They’re done! Finally Done!
Pattern: Yarrow Rib, from Knitting Vintage Socks (Nancy Bush)
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Self Stripe (Lilac Stripe), available exclusively from Purl
Needles:Addi Turbo, Size 0 (two circs)
Time to Knit: One Year. I started the socks not long after I bought the yarn (way back during the Bitches in Prom Dresses Take Manhattan Yarn Crawl of 2006). I finished knitting the first sock pretty quickly, took a few months to graft the toe. Took a few more months to cast on for sock two, and finally started really trying to finish it about two months ago. I think my problem is that with just the plain ribbing, there was no good start/stop point – with things like my Pomatomus there’s an obvious repeat, and it was easy to say “Well, let me get to the end of this 22-row-repeat tonight,” whereas with Yarrow, I’d knit two rows and move on to a cooler project. (This is exactly why it was probably a bad idea to cast on for Blueberry Waffle Socks last night … that’s a 4 row repeat.)
Up Next:I’ve got two socks on the needle – Waffles and Entrelac. I also have to start my Sockapalooooza Socks. I finally decided what I’m doing. Mostly. I’m either doing Cookie A’s Twisted Flower or Thelonius, in Gems (solid purple… but if I do twisted flower, should I go get green yarn? My sockpal likes green and purple.). I was going to use Neighborhood Fiber Company, but I decided the yarn wanted to be a pair of Sidewinders(perpensockular!), and my sockpal said she didn’t like the short row heels as much as regular flap/gusset combos. And the heel on Twisted Flower is pretty awesome.
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