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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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Archive for July, 2008

Not Knitting

Posted by Amber on July 25, 2008

I make a lot of graphs at work, so this website excites me.


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(Almost) New Interweave

Posted by Amber on July 23, 2008

Hey, I think I know her…

No, not the models, silly — that’s my boss, Marie!  Next time you see her, flip her off in congratulations!  (Tell her Amber told you to do so.)

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Fun with duct tape: A different kind of FO

Posted by Amber on July 20, 2008

I have this vision for my SOS’08 Socks on Vacation Photo Contest. However, I have to have 5 fake feet to realize this vision. I looked into getting some hosiery feet (the kind that model socks in department stores), but at $20 each, they’re an expensive vision. Then I was going to make plaster feet. I even found Fast Mâché – a quick setting version of the salt-flour mix we all loved as kids. However, it was both sticky and gross:

And also I didn’t make enough to even cover my feet:

I convinced Judy that if she helped me with her feet, I’d help her with her duct tape dress form. Which got me thinking. Duct tape feet form would be far, far less messy than plaster feet. Instead of a t-shirt, I used old athletic socks.

So, using the same principals, I started making a duct tape foot:

When done taping, cut down the back of the leg, and then use small pieces of tape to put it back together (a darning egg will help, otherwise, a second person to hold the sock in place while you tape.

Judy also made some fake feet (as a way to model socks without foreshortening):

Then we dressed them up:

Meanwhile; Judy started taping up herself.

It was very tiring:

When I was done with my feet, I helped tape up her back. To those who don’t need dress forms, it might have seemed like we were into some sort of dominatrix/bondage thing. Cheap bondage, what with it being duct tape….

Eventually, we cut Judy out of her duct tape cocoon.

It was a very productive afternoon!

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Why hello owls!

Posted by Amber on July 16, 2008

I started Spring Forward on Sunday night (with Hand Jive Nature’s Palette in Odd Duck). It is just FLYING off the needles! It’s the Monkey sock of SOS’08. I also had a plain stockinette sock going on that I started last Monday (the fourth start on that sock) … I just wasn’t feeling the stockinette love on the weekend – I guess it felt like bus knitting.

So just what am I doing up and blogging at 1:30 AM?

I had a horrible headache today, that got worse and worse as the day went on. And for some reason, even though I knew I was out of aspirin at home, I didn’t stop at the CVS in my office building at any point today. After two hours on the couch with a cold washcloth on my head, I decided I had to go to the drug store or else I was going to throw up on the couch. I picked up a box of Excedrin and took two … which is 130 mg of caffeine … almost as much as my morning latte. By 9:30 I was pain free … and completely wired. I’m still wired, can’t even think about bed, and yet I have to go to work tomorrow morning.

Wednesday is going to suuuuuuuuuuuck.

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Knitting is Mathtastic!

Posted by Amber on July 13, 2008

I started this scarf in 2006, way before the liberated laceweight campaign began.  I thought a simple K1, YO, K2tog over 39 stitches would be a simple way to use up my one ball of Shimmer.  However, I was holding it doubled, and by the time I finished the ball it was only about 3 feet long.  Not nearly enough.  So I ordered a second ball, worked on it a bit, and put it away … March 2007.  I think I lost interest because I found that alpaca makes me want to claw my skin off.

Last week I decided to pull it out and finish it.  No real reason.  Found it while looking for some sock yarn, and figured why not?

So let’s get to the mathtastic part!

As of yesterday (Saturday) morning, I’d knit 42″ of scarf; and used ~70 grams of yarn (of 100 g, total). Which means I’m getting 0.6 inches of scarf per gram of yarn.

I plan to hold about 5 grams of yarn to make some fringe.

So I really had 25 grams of yarn to go.

Which should give me about 15 more inches of scarf.

For a scarf with relaxed length of 4.75 feet (57 inches).  I think it will block significantly longer, however.

By the end of the day today (I’m too bored to go on!)  I’m down to 17 grams (12 more grams to knit).

(The split ring is where I started this afternoon.  I keep moving it up so I can see progress.  3″ Friday night; 5″ Saturday morning; 4.5″ Sunday.)

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Tell me what to do!

Posted by Amber on July 10, 2008

Crisis time here people!  I finished the body of Camellia about a week ago.  I finally got around to finishing the cap sleeves last night – I probably should have sewn the one I’d finished in place BEFORE I knit the second one, because I don’t know how I feel about them.

(hm, I should wash that mirror)

So straight on, it isn’t so bad.  Kind of short.  A little tank top-y.

It’s just kind of … eh.  Like, way to highlight the grandma arms, you know?

So – tell me what to do!

1 – Leave it.

2 – Knit the flutter sleeve (see again).  I’m worried – some of them on Ravelry look sort of big and flappy.

3 – Knit a normal sleeve, and add the leafy detail from the hem at the bottom.

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I’m a cyber stalker! Watch out!

Posted by Amber on July 4, 2008

So, according to a person in this thread on ravelry, I’m a cyber stalker, because I clicked over to a person’s profile and looked at their yarns and projects. Which is actually sort of the point of ravelry – sharing your projects with people. I mean, someone I know from Stitch doesn’t want people to be able to ID her based on projects, so she doesn’t upload any projects. Very simple. When I joked about how had I gone from LiveJournal to ravelry, and then commented back on LiveJournal about what I saw on Ravelry then they could call me creepy, some people did not find it amusing (however, I made 8 new friends in two days, so other people did find it very amusing. Who knew being a smart ass was a good way to make friends?).

But it doesn’t really cover the ACTUAL creepy things I’ve done – when people comment with fake email addresses (ABBY!) or forget to sign comments on posts on other sites (AMBER!) I typically use IP look ups, and figure out who the person was in order to write back. Which all my friends probably think is way creepier than looking at projects on ravelry.

Anyway. I just wanted to warn all of you: I’m a cyber stalker. So watch it! I’ll see your projects and answer your comments in an email! Fear me!

(ETA: And now, a cat-napper.  I found my neighbor’s [declawed] cat in the hall, so I scooped her up to put her in my apartment – figuring yarn and electric cords were safer than dogs and raccoons. I made it one flight up (I live in a walkup) before my neighbor came up from the laundry room, right as Buttons-the-cat was sinking her fangs into my arm.  Teach me to help out kitties.)

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Many new things! (Picture heavy!)

Posted by Amber on July 1, 2008

So many new things to tell you about!

First off, last Tuesday while fretting about a Thursday doctor’s appointment, I ordered some shoes. On Wednesday when I got home:

However, I’m worried that my new shoes are too similar to some older shoes:

Slides are new; skimmer is old. Plus, I don’t think the slide really goes with my white skirt that I bought it to go with. However, I like them. Should I …

  1. return and get actual white shoes;
  2. keep and get actual white shoes;
  3. keep but don’t get more shoes, they look fine


On Saturday when I got to work at the Capitol Hill store for the 4th birthday party (and got to eat lots of cupcakes), Jessica stopped by and sold me some yarn she was destashing (apparently we got that backwards, with her selling me the yarn…):

Socks that Rock-Lightweight in Peaseblossom. See, I’m not totally not buying yarn for SOS’08.

Plus, tonight I got home and in my mailbox:

My order from Birds-n-Yarn! I ordered Friday, and Monday here it was! And with candy! You know how I love people that put candy in with my yarn!

Specifically I got:

Lorna’s Shepherd Sock – Grumperina; and:

Shepherd Sock – Raspberry Ice. Both of these colorways are only available through Birds-n-Yarn.

Don’t forget – tomorrow is July 1! That means Jimmy Bean’s will be putting up their special limited edition Lorna’s Laces colorway! And they also put candy in the package!

And finally, as proof that my hobby isn’t just collecting yarn:

A nearly finished Camellia! I have one sleeve cap to knit, and then sewing them into place (and the neckband). Well, a sleeve, some sewing, a neckband and …

Okay, so I need to block them hem, but do I really need to sew the side hem? I tried like 3 times to do this all seamlessly, but failed 3 times, and knit the lace part flat, then joined in the round (and subtracted a stitch on each side where there would have been a seam). But I sort of like the unseamed way. I know, I’m lazy. I’ll seam. I’ll whine about it, though!

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