Posted by Amber on October 31, 2008
Laura (CosmicPluto) just released the pattern for her super awesome Galileo Mittens! I bought it right away this morning and can’t wait to start these tonight!
I’m not sure what yarn I’m using yet … something super skinny because I need to down size it a bit for my freakishly tiny child hands (about 7″ around the knuckles). I have some Lang Jawoll in dark blue and Regia in white that I think would be perfect…
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Posted by Amber on October 24, 2008
I just finished the bind off on the Boatneck Bluebell sweater from “Fitted Knits.” Except it isn’t really blue, and clearly isn’t a boatneck. Looking at the ones on Ravelry, it seems the boatneck instructions were HUGE. (Let’s be honest here – my gauge is different, the measurements are different, the only thing the same is the long torso ribbing and the sets of p2rounds/k2rounds/p2rounds offsetting the ribbing. Which is one of the things I love about top down raglans – so easy to modify!) Plus, I was worried about running out of yarn. So I decided to go for the more flattering (and less yardage needing) V-neck. I have about 37 grams left from the original two balls I got at Maryland Sheep & Wool this year, or about 90 yards. I decided that a short sleeve 70% wool sweater was sort of silly. I wrote to Brooks Farm to see if they had more not listed on the website. No answer. :-/ So I gave my swatch and ball band to Rebecca and she was going to scout the booth at Rhinebeck for me.
So she’s checking out the booth at Rhinebeck, and they tell her sorry, but that dye lot sold out at MDS&W. So sad. And so I start scouting Ravely for it. But almost as soon as I post on Ravelry, I get an email from Dena at Brooks Farm – they in fact have TWO, but they’d been packed up for Rhinebeck, so when they were unloading for the booth, she snapped them up and put them in her suitcase, and didn’t tell anyone, so they would be safe for me. Yay! So I was able to buy one more, and it should be here any day. Much love for Brooks Farm!
Now, I’m so moved by the way the stars have aligned for me that I’m giving stuff away. Literal stuff – Poly-fil!
Okay, maybe not 100% the goodness of my heart so much as the desire to downsize STUFF(ing). I used a few handfuls to stuff the Bobbi bear; but I don’t know that I’m going to be making Gracia anymore toys in the near future. The bag was originally 12 ounces, but now my wee kitchen scale is showing 10.3 ounces. Not sure how accurate it is, what with falling over the edges.
Free to the first person who wants it! Come on lurkers, come out and leave a comment!
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Posted by Amber on October 21, 2008
I went up to NYC yesterday for the naming of my friend Abby’s latest FO, Gracia Chana:
(Wearing a dress her mommy made for her!)
On the flight/during lunch I finished a little buddy for Gracia: Bobbi (Baby Bobbi Bear)
(Made with Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in color “Stone” — less than 1 ball! With a US 7 needle. Didn’t bother to measure gauge.) My embroidery leaves much to be desired. I told Abby that I wouldn’t be offended if I saw Bobbi in a few months, and his nose looks different. She said that she couldn’t believe I think so little of her that she’d redo the nose on a gift – I said no, no – I think very little of my embroidery skills. If I hadn’t been chilling out with little Gracia taking a nap on my chest all afternoon, I’d have probably fixed it myself.
Although Bobbi turned out super cute, I wasn’t terribly fond of the pattern. I’d have done a provisional cast on to start, done the short row butt differently, and I was annoyed that the increases on the head just said “M1” and didn’t specify M1L/M1R. Also, I’d do the head first, stuff the head/body/arms, and do the legs last. As it was, I stuffed the body & legs before starting the head, because stuffing the entire body through the little arm holes seemed like it would be a pain. The head probably could have used more stuffing too. Like I said, still super cute, but I’ll just put it together differently next time.
Bobbi has quite the booty.
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Posted by Amber on October 16, 2008
I know, the Sweater Curse is suppose to be about knitting sweaters for boyfriends before you’re married. This is different. This sweater is cursed.
First. I finished knitting the cable front and the plain front and the back. And at first I thought the plain side was too long, so I ripped it back and reknit to be shorter. Then I realized BOTH fronts were too long – so now the plain front was the right length and the back were right; and the cable/lace side was too long. Too hard to put in a life line. Put it aside to ignore and be angry with for a while.
Then. Ran out of yarn, got more of a different dye lot. Tried to alternate balls. Got stripes.
AND NOW. I was thinking how awesome my mattress stitch was looking:
And then I went to seam the second sleeve:
Yeah. One sleeve has 2.5 inches of ribbing, and the other has 4 inches. But it looks like the stockinette part is the same on both; so I’m going to put in a life line, and knit the ribbing down. Then weaving ends, then sewing buttons, then washing.
I probably shouldn’t want to wear this to the baby naming…
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Posted by Amber on October 13, 2008
I’m learning (statistics), teaching (socks, hats, sweaters), packing (stash club), working, sleeping, designing … maybe even a bit of knitting (but honestly, probably not the things I should be knitting) … but not really writing.
My stats professor likes to take every available moment to remind me that I suck (I hear they tell you that in grad school, and somehow it makes you a better person?), so blogging on blog things has taken a back seat. I keep thinking tomorrow/next week/next month I’ll be back on top of everything.
But! And at some point a few weeks ago I finished my Camellia sweater:
I used a worsted weight yarn (Valley Yarn’s Southwick) and knit a smaller size than normal to get a size that fit me. It worked out pretty well. See all my comments on my ravelry project page.
Here’s to hearing from me sooner. I have one project I have to finish by Monday; and another I just really, really want to have done on Monday.
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