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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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Do not cast on during pity party: a cautionary tale

Posted by Amber on December 14, 2008

My Lattice Sweater (Lucy Planted Firmly on the Ground / EZ+BW=OTP / whatever cutesy name I’m going to call it) was coming along really great tonight.  I started the sleeves (see below) last night and joined them and worked 24 rows (got confused earlier, 12 RS rows).  But it wasn’t looking quite right…

(Top view)

Oh no, of course I had to serious screw something up.  I managed to do a 66 stitch sleeve (correct) on one side, and a 56 stitch sleeve (incorrect) on the other side.

Yeah, now I get to thread a lifeline in 40 inches of all over lattice stitch.  WONDERFUL.

I maintain that my sleeve idea was brilliant though: I’m worried about running out of yarn, so I did a provisional cast on, and did about 6 rounds.  Then I put 10 stitches on a holder, and joined just like I was joining sleeves for a raglan (ala EZ).  When  I finished the body and button band, I was going to split the leftover yarn and knit the sleeves as long as possible.


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Planz: I haz them!

Posted by Amber on December 11, 2008

I know, you’d never guess I have a list of things I want to make if you say, looked at my ravelry queue.  But let me tell you about my plans!

Right now I’m working on a bottom up seamless raglan, ala Elizabeth Zimmerman:

It’s Shelridge Farm W4, in “Pink Lemonade.”  I loved this color a few years ago when I bought it, but now I’m finding it a little …pink.  I’ve started knitting a sweater with this very yarn twice before, and frogged twice before, so this time I’m thinking of overdying.  If I don’t have enough to make a few swatches with when I’m done (I’m concerned about running out, more on that later) I might buy one more ball in a different dye lot, and then do some experimentation with Kool Aid/food coloring … maybe even “real” dyes.  We’ll see.  Or maybe the …pink will grow on me.

As soon as that’s on the drying rack I have this:

Black Water Abbey Yarns‘ 2-ply worsted.  I’m going to make a Mariah, but top down, and with pockets (possibly pockets with zippers to replicate my favorite (but now dead) fleece from Eddie Bauer.  I loved being able to zip my pockets shut and not worry about my keys falling out.)  Need to chart that one.

Aurora 8 in gray, raspberry and white.  I need to wash the gray to get the kinks out, and also test to see if the red bleeds.  Then I’m going to make a top down raglan ala Marnie McClean’s Sam I Am cardigan (I’m thinking of doing corrugated ribbing though…I wonder if corrugated ribbing is hard to do flat).  Since I got the yarn at Stitch DC I think this will mostly be  an “at work” project.  I’m also going to experiment with increasing the sleeves at a different rate from the body.  I always wind up with more sleeve stitches than I need.

Maple Creek Farm Boucle and Yarn Love Charlotte Bronte (aran) to make a Cathode.  I’ve begun to worry the Boucle is too thin, so I might try and find a hank of their sock yarn in the same colorway (Pebbles).  I might then switch the contrast yarn over to something less overwhelming, like black.

(Also on my shelf, some pretty gray-silver yarn to make a raglan with some cables; some browny-gray yarn to make a Tangled Yoke; some purple tweed for a cabled vest; some blue tweed for something ala Kim Hargreaves’ Salina [ravlink]…)

…I think I may need to be taking some time off work to finish these before classes start up again (Jan 20th).

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Stash Club – A Rocking Friday Night

Posted by Amber on December 6, 2008

Friday night.  Had some delicious Thai at  Sweet Rice in Falls Church.  Went to the post office to mail out stash club.  Saw some panties by the front door.  I wonder if the post office is a cruising spot.  Why else would you take your panties off there?

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Just a few more days

Posted by Amber on November 30, 2008

Stats final: Two take home components, due Dec 2 and December 9.  In classcomponent: December 9.

However, that isn’t to say I’m not knitting as a coping mechanism, even though I know I shouldn’t be.  Since Thanksgiving:

My own design.  I’m refering to it as Elizabeth Zimmermann’s EPS, Cosmic Pluto’s Lucy in the Sky, Ann Budd’s Diagonal Cross Rib Socks, and even a little bit of Kim Hargrave’s Jolie getting together for a drunken one nigh stand.  Really, it’s EPS + stitch pattern from Barbara Walker Treasury.  As usual, I’m worried about running out of yarn, but I have a plan for the sleeves.  Which will probably show up December 10.  When I’m up all nigh knitting after the final…

Oh, and Thanksgiving!  Let me tell you about Thanksgiving!

Sadly, my cranberries did not set this year.  Granny Smith apples provide natural pectin to make them jelly-ish.  Just not enough this year.  Rebecca made whipped cream from cream!  I’d never seen that before.  The few times I’ve tried, either nothing or I start getting bits of butter.  We also made apple pie from Alton Brown’s new baking book, with crust from scratch!  We also mashed potatoes (baby red).  We made cornbread from scratch in order to make cornbread and sausage stuffing, along with apple cider gravy.  Broth – you guessed it – from scratch!  We boiled chicken bits, onions, bay leaves, carrots, celery for … a really long time.  And boom! Tastey broth!  A tiny little turkey meatloaf (as Rebecca pointed out when I was being concerned it was too small, “It’s a half a pound of meat for each of us!”).  Not photoed: sauted grape tomatoes.  We also had grand intentions of making beet latke-type things, a roasted acorn squash with cinnamon butter, but sort of ran out of steam at abotu 8:30 pm.  We were eating the pie at 11.

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Tutorial: Fisherman’s Rib

Posted by Amber on November 8, 2008

Looking shifty in a cowl

To make my super nifty cowl cast on 40 (size small, 12″ circumference)  50 (15″ circumference), 70 (20″ circumference) stitches with a bulky yarn and size US-10.5 needles, place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist.  Shown here: Large, when I should have done a medium.

Round 1: Knit 1, Purl 1; repeat around.
Round 2: Knit 1 into stitch below, Purl 1; repeat around.
Round 3: Knit 1, Purl 1 into stitch below; repeat around.

Repeat rounds 2 & 3 to desired length, bind off.

I know Brioche Stitch is all the rage.  Fisherman’s rib looks pretty much the same, and has fewer steps!  By knitting into the row below, you get a thick fluffy ribbing.  Although fisherman’s rib is typically worked flat over an even number of stitches (so that every row begins with a knit), I’ve also added pictures for purling into stitch below, this way, you can work it in the round!

So, let’s start with knitting into the stitch below.  The target:

(You’ll want to have actually worked to the knit stitch.  I was recycling photos.)

So, normally (working flat) that would be it – when you cast on an even number of stitches, every row will begin with a K1below.  But to make the super nifty fisherman’s cowl, you’ll need to alternate rounds knitting into stitch below or purling into stitch below.

So to purl into the stitch below:

It may be helpful to glance at the back of your work and see if you are inserting the needle into the “V” below, as you did for the knit-into-stitch-below.  After all, a purl on the right side is just a knit on the wrong side.

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But I don’t want to stop!

Posted by Amber on November 2, 2008

Loving these!  I’m using some Lang Jawoll (navy blue) I got in a swap ages ago, and the white is plain old Regia 4-ply, and size 0 (2mm) addi turbos.  They’re a little snug, but I’m willing to bet they’ll grow when I give them a bath.

I don’t want to stop, but my hands are hurting, I’m starving (all I’ve eaten to day is an apple, I didn’t want to stop knitting to make lunch!) and I have to do homework.  But man, I really want to work on these!

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Get them before your fingers freeze off!

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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Almost there. And: Free Stuff! Seriously. Stuff-ing.

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!

10.3 ounces!

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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FOs: Bobbi & Gracia

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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The Cursed Sweater

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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