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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 the ‘hands’ Category

FOs galore! Goals! Pointless prattle!

Posted by Amber on January 1, 2007

I cannot take a good photo to save my life lately. But I have three new FOs to share anyway:

Yarrow Rib Hat

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Yarn: ArtYarns Supermerino, color #144Pattern: Yarrow Rib from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. I cast on 102 stitches, worked it straight for about 9 inches, then decreased along six points. Mom seems to like it.

Chic Knits Felted Bucket Hat

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Pattern: Felted Bucket Hat by Bonne Marie Burns (such great patterns!)
Yarn: Paton’s Classic Merino, one skein, and some change from a second.

Yes, it’s a different color from the first one. The sides of the first one felted together in the washing machine. I tried to hand felt #2, but after 40 minutes of swishing I tossed it in the washer with a dishrag strategically pinned inside. Worked much better than hand felting. My mom sewed the ribbon around the edge for me.

Amber’s Amazing Glottens

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Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Super Glitz
Pattern: My own! [Coming soon]
Finished just before Giftmas. The caps are a little different (one is grafted shut, one is done with three needle bind off because I left my book with directions for grafting at home). I like both equally. They’re very warm and comfortable. I took them to a yarn shop near my mom’s house over break, and there was much fawning.

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As for the knit goals from December:
Finish SuperSecret (a must, in time for Giftmas!) – Not done. Gave my mom a different sweater that I knit, but never wore (a little on the big side). In the process of frogging SuperSecret Marriah.

Seam something (Durrow, Cabled Hoodie) – Not done. I should give it up.

Finish one pair of socks – Not done. But at least I started a second sock

Do sleeves on Sort of Samus – DONE! Amazing, I know. I started Friday, and finished Sunday, with 3 hours to spare.

Freely succumb to Startitis after finals – Done! I started: Felted Bucket Hat (Done), Yarrow Hat (Done), Argosy (Frogged), Glottens (Done), Lucy In the Sky Cardi (IPG), Mountain Stream Scarf (Frogged)

Reorganize baskets and yarn closet – Not done. The yarn tried to attack my mom last night. Must knit faster

Next month, I will…
Start Lots of Sweaters! Especially Blue Montdale handspun from Baltimore. I’m thinking pull over with a little kangeroo pouch-pocket.
Start at least two projects with the one-off balls of yarn in the closet (socks, hats, mittens, something…)

Should be easy enough… right.


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Gussety Goodness

Posted by Amber on December 18, 2006

Mostly for my own reference, but it took me long enough to find the article, I thought other people might enjoy it as well:

Allen, P. (2003, Winter). Thumb gussets [Beyond the basics]. Interweave Knits. 90-92.

Coming soon: Amber’s Amazing Glottens (Mitoves?)

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Pattern Buying Fool

Posted by Amber on December 15, 2006

With all my newfound free time, I’ve bought a bunch of patterns for things to start during the holidays.

Mountain Stream Scarf – I saw one in a blog that looks tons better than it does on the website, so I decided to give lace a shot. I’m going to be using some Holly Spring Homespun/Scarlet Fleece I picked up in Richmond a while back. It’s a lot smoother than the Kidsilk haze, but I think it will work well.

Lucy in the Sky Cardigan – I can’t wait to make this! I was going to start tonight at a knitting group at bead obsessions, but decided to work on SuperSecret instead (what with the 7 days left to finish it). I’m going to use Shelridge Farms W4 in pink lemonade.

Anemoi Mittens – I haven’t bought the pattern yet, but I do have the yarn. Karabella Aurora 4, which may be a smidge big, but I’m going to swatch and see. The sad thing is that my hands are the smallest size for the pattern – so I can’t adjust in my usual way, which is to knit the next size down. Of course, at worse I just design my own mittens with the Aurora, and try to find something from the stash for the Anemoi mittens (I have lang jawoll and jaggerspun matchmaker(?) that I got in a trade. I’d have to double check the matchmaker, but I’m sure the jawoll would work).

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FO – Broadstreet

Posted by Amber on March 25, 2006

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Pattern: Broad Street (sans flap) by Janis Cortese, from Knitty.

Yarn: KnitPicks Ambrosia (80% baby alpaca, 20% cashmere. In “Night Sky”. I used just under one ball for each mitten. (The yarn is just like butter. I’ll have to see how they wear, right now, the alpaca component is a little prickly on my skin. Perhaps there will be lavendar & white mittens in the future … I’ve been wanting to play with fair isle and I can’t think of a softer yarn to experiment with.)

Also, I have two more balls of the Ambrosia (also in night sky), that at least for now have no plans. In case any of the yarny people out there would like to make their own soft and snuggly mittens.

Needles: Size 2, Bamboo

Notes: I changed the gauge from 7 st/inch to 8 st/inch (older photos show how 7 st/inch was just too wide for my hand). I made the right mitten a bit narrower than the left around the palm, but that didn’t do much for it really (it isn’t noticeably smaller across my hand, but it’s just enough that the index finger seems tight because I suck at math and didn’t think to add in stitches to keep the fingers the same diameter earlier in the process).

In other news, my betta, Fishstick, just tried to give me a heart attack by playing dead. I changed some of the water and he swam around sideways for a bit, then laid down on the bottom of the tank. He’s moving around now (lots of tapping on the glass and dropping a food pellet in), but there for a minute I was very worried.

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