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Posts from November 2006

You May Think At First I'm As Mad As A Hatter. . .

I've knit a hat a day since Friday.  I can't stop!  I'm finding them the perfect place to experiment with color and patterning.   I have piles of single balls of yarn, so this could go on and on. . . I'm casting on another one as I upload the photos.  Four out of 5 of these were done by making a basic 96 stitch hat and adding stitch patterns that I dreamed up or found in books.  My favorite is the last one, but maybe that's because it is freshly off my needles.  The yarns I used are a combination of Cascade 220, Patons Classic Merino and Elann Peruvian Highland Wool.  The hat with the rolled brim is Lorna's Laces Bullfrogs and Butterflies and Araucania Nature Wool Bulky.
These will all go to the Dulaan Project

November 24

Tealcolorwork

November 25

Tealfairisle

November 26

Tealredstr

November 27

Bluegrnbold

November 28

Brnfairisle

DD #2 is home sick today so I dragged her outside for a quick photo shoot. 

Red Scarf

Thanksgiving weekend allowed me quite a bit of knitting time and it has been exclusively Knitting Unto Others.  I finished my Red Scarf Project scarf a few days ago.  Today I finally got around to offering the bribes involved in getting the photo shoot done.  I have mentioned before that it usually takes offers of chocolate to get the Lad to model.  So for the price of a few Toblerones I present my Red Scarf.  Pardon the sullen posture, he has been sick all weekend. 

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Specs.
Pattern:  My own.  I'll be posting a free pattern for it soonThe free pattern is now available in the sidebar.
Yarn:  Cascade 220, two colors, one hank each
Needles: US 7 Knitpicks Options
Finished Measurements: Approximately 6"x63"
Lad:  Fifteen-year-old-funky-bass-playing-son

Notes:  A pre-blocking photo can be seen here.  It had a puzzle piece look that I really liked.  I needed to block it to get the length required for the Red Scarf Project.  I still like it.  It's just a different look.  In the comments of the same post, my Sockret Pal suggested that it would make an "awesome afghan".  I couldn't agree more!  It would be such a great vehicle to play with color, much like a quilt.  When I write up the pattern, I also plan to include instructions on how to make it into an afghan.

Added later:  The free pattern is now in the sidebar.  As always with my patterns, please let me know if you find any errors so that I may correct the pattern.  I would love to see your photos if you chose to make the scarf.  I will put them in my reader gallery album.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.  Enjoy.

More Dulaan hats coming soon.  I've got 3 done already.

Of Knitting for Dulaan, and Why Ninety Six is a Magical Number

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I had an epiphany today.  It occurred to me what a useful number 96 is for knitting hats.  Some of you may already realize this and be saying to yourselves, "Yea, big deal, that's obvious".  But it took me until this morning.  You see, 96 divides evenly into so many numbers; 2,3,4,6,8,12,16,24,32&48.  Imagine the possibilities for stitch patterns, fair isle & lace. Best of all it works out nicely for knitting hats at a worsted gauge.  This hat fits my 7 year old nephew, and my 40 something year old sister.  If there was a perfect knitting number this would be it.  Ninety six would work out pretty well for the front or back of a sweater in my size too.   So many ideas swirling around.  Another Dulaan hat has already been cast on.

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Specs.

Pattern:  Cast on 96 stitches on a size 7 needle, and start having fun with scraps of yarn.  Easy.
Yarn:  Main color Cascade 220, others scraps from the stash.
Needles:  US size 7
Model:  Adorable 7 year old nephew

Gotta go.  DH is calling me to go out to dinner.  No leftover turkey for me tonight.

My Sockret Pal has struck again!  This time she sent a lovely shawl pin from Designs by Romi.  Scout is selling them over at Scouts Swag.  It is very elegant and simple - exactly what I would have chosen for myself!  Now perhaps I'll be able to keep my shawls from slipping off my shoulders!

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Knit Unto Others
is in full swing.  I've been working on my contribution for the Red Scarf Project.  I'm using Cascade 220 and switching between red and a heathery wheat shade.  I'm enjoying the way the pattern looks as if it connects like puzzle pieces at the color changes.  I hope to get some time to knit a couple of hats for Dulaan as well before I get back to all of the holiday knitting.

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Happy Monday!

You Guys Are The BEST!!

I am overwhelmed by the response to my post on my lost Swallowtail.  When I got home on Tuesday  night, DH, who normally has little understanding of the knitting, knew how special that shawl was and poured a nice glass of Pinot Noir for me.  Then I sat down to post about it.  I don't know what I expected. I just wanted to tell someone about it who would understand.  Who better than other knitters.  Your comments were wonderful, you shared my misery and gave me a few laughs - I love Deborah's idea to notify the media, and Kristin who suggested I put up reward posters.  So many of you shared my wish that someone has found it who needs it more than I.  I've decided to look at losing my Swallowtail as my first effort for Knit Unto Others.  Thank you for all of your comments!  They really did help.

I've been knitting quite a bit.  As I've mentioned before, a lot of it is gifts, swap items and other things that I can't post.  There is one thing that I can show.  It's Mona Schmidt's Embossed Leaves Socks from Interweave Winter '05.  I'm using hand painted sock yarn from Cabin Cove Mercantile.  Dave's colors are wonderful - very subtle.  Perfect to show off this leafy stitch pattern.  It looks like this pattern would make a darn good beer cozy too!

Embossed

This time of year pomegranates are devoured around here.  My daughters each take a quarter of one to school for lunch, and I finish the other half at home.  I often sprinkle them on our salad for dinner.

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Mmmmmm. . .

Pom2

A Sad Story

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I lost  my Swallowtail shawl on the streets of Manhattan tonight.  It just quietly slipped from my shoulders.  I frantically retraced my steps, but to no avail.  I hope Swallowtail finds its way to someone who understands.  I'm sad.

Kiri

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Pattern:  Kiri from All Tangled Up - Thank you Polly for such a wonderful free pattern.
Yarn:  Rowan Kidsilk Haze, color 597, 2 balls plus about 10 yards from a third
Needles:  Knitpicks Options US size 7
Finished Size:  60 x 30"
Comments:  Having knit both Kiri and Rowan's Birch, I prefer Kiri.  The edging pattern and the center increases give the shawl a more structured, finished look.  I also find starting with three stitches and increasing to the desired size is a much more convenient way to knit shawls.

Just in case you haven't already heard, Irene over at Designer Knits is having a battle with one of her co-workers.  He writes a football blog and has been giving her a hard time for being a knit blogger.  They have come up with a challenge.   In Irene's words:  "The official blog wars bet has been finalized. If football blogger remains ahead of me in terms of readers by the end of the year, I have to knit him something. If I overtake him, he has to learn to knit, and make something of his own."   So, go over and add her to your bloglines!  Let's show that football fool what a great community we have.  You won't regret it, Irene's blog is funny and loaded with wonderful photos. 

A New Hat For DD #1

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DD #1 has taken to wearing knit hats lately, both indoors and out.  I thought a new one for her would be just the thing to get rid of some scraps of yarn I had laying around.  Besides, I had just finished knitting those knee socks for DD#2.   We wouldn't want DD#1 to feel left out.  I made the hat a little long, but she can always turn up the brim if she prefers.

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Her favorite thing in the world is reading.  So in exchange for a wonderful foot massage that she gave me yesterday, we took a little trip to Borders tonight.  I put the finishing touches on the hat while she searched for new books.  Then we had a little photo shoot.  Actually, DD#1 just sat and read Manga as I hopped around her with the camera.

I bought Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon for her.  It's been years since I read it.  I know it's the type of book she will love, I just can't remember if there are any parts that are a too racy for a 7th grader.   If you've read it lately, I'd love your opinion. 

Hat2

Specs.
Yarn:  Leftovers of Nature Wool & Paton's Classic Wool
Needles:  US Size 7, 2 circs.
Pattern:  I made it up as I went along
Started November 6, Finished November 7

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I got another wonderful surprise from my Sockret Pal today.  Some tasty treats and a nifty mug from Harry & David.  Thank you once again Sockret Pal.  I can't wait to find out who you are so that I may thank you personally.

A Week and A Day

At the urging of Susan, I decided to knit up one of my Rhinebeck, Socks That Rock purchases.  I made knee socks for DD#2.  The yarn is their medium weight, so they knit up very quickly on US size 3 needles.  A week and a day for a pair of knee socks isn't bad in this house.

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I know they don't quite reach her knees.  It's as far as I could go.  Below is all the yarn I had left.
It's a good thing she has thin legs and feet.  I'd have never had enough if those size 9 1/2 feet of hers were wide!

Leftover

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Specs.
Yarn:  Socks That Rock Medium Weight
Colorway:  Waterlilies
Needles:  Addi Turbos US size 3
Pattern:  Sock Wizard for Mac - I love it, put in her measurements and poof, the math is done for me!

Knit Mitt Kit Swap Questionairre

    What are your favorite colors? 
I love all colors, especially interesting, unexpected color combinations.   I prefer strong colors.  I'm not crazy about soft pastels alone, but I like the contrast when they are paired with a stronger color.

    Are you a new mitt knitter? How long have you been knitting mittens?
No, I'm not a new mitt knitter.

    Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn?
I like both.

    What fibers do you prefer in mitten yarn?
Wool; merino, alpaca

    Where do you usually knit mittens?
I knit everywhere.

    How do you usually carry/store small projects?
In small project bags.  I always have quite a few projects going, so I tend to keep each project in its own bag.

    What are your favorite mitten patterns? 
I'm really loving Norwegian, Latvian and Fair Isle color work in mittens lately.

    What are your favorite mitten knitting techniques? 
Nothing in particular.  I'm open to anything.

    What new techniques would you like to try?
I'm an adventurous knitter, so I'd try any new techniques.

    What are your favorite needles for knitting mittens?
Two circs.  I love Addi Turbos, or Knitpicks.

    What are some of your favorite yarns?
Since I'm interested in color work right now, I'm interested in solid colors that would allow for that.  I like the rich heathery colors that Jamieson's offers.

    What yarn do you totally covet?
Usually it's the yarn for whatever project I'm obsessed with at the moment. 

    Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? 
I wish I could make all of the beautiful lace shawls that I constantly fall in love with.

    Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)?
Circs all the way.  Addis, Kitpicks.

    If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be?
A mossy green homespun, with hints of other colors.

    Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack?
I'm easy to please in the snack department.  I love it when swap buddies include something local to them.

    What’s your favorite animal?
My bunny, Smudge.

    Would you prefer super warm mittens or something more like fingerless mitts?
Both, my daughters wear fingerless mitts all the time, but we need lots of mittens for the coming winter.

    If you were a color what color would you be?
Mossy green.

    What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature?
Trees and leaves.  I love plants with interesting leaf shapes and colors - ferns, Japanese maples, agave.

    Do you have a wishlist?
Nope, sorry.

    Anything else you’d like to share with the group today?  Nothing comes to mind.