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A step forward, a step back, then forward again

September 27, 2008

Oh, it’s almost that time of the year again. It’s Halloween season, by which I mean a – longer hours at work, and b – no more Sundays off (at least until November).

Oh too bad, right? I guess it’s NOT that bad. After all, this is only for a month.

So that’s that. And here’s my knitting progress (or de-progress): Slipped Hours pullover for Cyndi.

I got pretty far initially, knitting straight up from skein to skein. Then it got me worried about color variegation. So I started to alternate skeins – and it was such an obvious change that I frogged it down to hem and started back up.

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And I’m now finally back to where I started. Honestly, this is the slowest knitting project for me, EVER (aside from afghans that is).

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So that’s what I’ve been working on the entire time. For like almost a month now.

And… just because I can – here are my new pair of fancy new blue shoes (though it’s really dark navy, so on the pictures they look rather black).

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Yes, they’re Doc Marten’s. Yes, they’re Mary Janes. Yes, they’re really blue, not black.

(… and those socks are my own design. Pattern coming soonish – like, mid November 2008. Consider yourself warned.)

Liesl, among other things

August 19, 2008

First on the agenda: Liesl is finished. I actually finished knitting about 2 weeks ago, and finally got buttons on about a week ago. And I’m finally posting the pictures now! I know, I’m so up-to-date!!

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Yarn used is Debbie Bliss Cotton Silk Aran (the yarn is currently discontinued, the link is to its Ravelry page) – used 9 skeins. I used 7 mm needles (I suppose that’s equivalent to 10.75 in US size), and followed the instruction for 38 inch chest size. Because of my tight knitting, I figured, if I make one that should “technically” be larger than my size, it should accommodate accordingly – and it made sense with my swatch. In fact, according to my swatch, it should be even pretty small on me. However, I suppose gravity wins. After I attempted to “block” the finished garment, it really stretched, became way too long and bit too large. So I threw the idea of blocking it out the window. Instead, I just threw it in washer and machine dried it (not 100% but until it was pretty dry), and then it fit much better. So yeah, now I have to machine dry it for the most part, otherwise, it will be too big.

I really enjoyed the fact that it was a quick knit, but it was almost painful to weave in ends. To start with, the yarn had very short yardage, and to make it better (or worse), couple of these skeins had knots in the middle of skeins. Yeah, not so fun. But overall, yarn did create very “comfortable” fabric against the skin. That surely counts. And my huge huge huge thank you to Jen for the yarn. I’ll think about you every time I wear the cardi!

Oh and my works in progress: Told you I have joined multiple WIP trend ;)

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On the left, is my recycled sweater in the works… on size 3 needles. On the right, is twin sock with Ariel. As a matter of fact, in less than a week from today, she’ll be visiting me! Hooray!

Oh and I have decided, I want a dslr. Okay, so I’ve wanted a dslr for a long long time, but now I really want one (not that it changes the fact that I can’t quite afford one anytime soon). Though, for the purpose of “note to self”, the ones I’m considering are: Canon EOS 1000D (aka Digital Rebel XS), Canon EOS 400D (aka Digital Rebel XTi), and Nikon D60. Last night, I followed around my friend Dave while he was taking some pictures with his brand new Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi) and made me to realize I want one even more! Anyway, that’s enough daydreaming for now. I guess it’s time for real dreams. Like, goodnight.

So, goodnight.

Catching up

July 31, 2008

It’s been a while.

I know it’s been a while when Chris (who by the way never shows any interests in this blogging business) would come up to me and ask how come I don’t blog anymore. So here goes…

A friend of mine went on a business trip to Germany in late June. He asked me if I wanted any souvenir type things, I said yarn. Half-jokingly of course. And to my surprise, he returned with this big bag of yarn. According to him, the yarn store was next to Beethoven’s home. Fancy stuff.

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Some are single ply yarn for felting, some are superwash wool. Not quite enough for any major projects. And I have no idea quite what to do with them yet. With superwash stuff, maybe I’ll get some more superwash worsted weights and make a stripey sweater. According to him, some lady at the yarn store told him that about 5 balls would make a sweater… and they were about 110 yards per ball (hmm… yeah… no). But anyway, that was quite unexpected surprise (as I said, I was kinda kidding when I asked him).

Next in business, a pullover I’ve been working on and off since beginning of July. I bought this bright red tweedy cabled sweater sometime in winter from a thrift store. Unfortunately, I never took the “before” picture before I took it apart. I never quite got around unraveling them all the way. I disassembled it to pieces and put it away for a long time. And I finally got around taking it apart completely and started on top down raglan henley. The “original” sweater was extra small (I know, eeks) with double strands of single ply fingering weight (or that’s my closest estimation). So, I decided to separate the strands of yarn, hoping to get more yardage out of it, and now I’m knitting it by using size 3 needle.

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Actually those pictures were taken early in July. The sweater is further along since. I have finally joined the bandwagon of multiple WIP’s and now I have this sweater as my “background distraction”. I’ve been only working on in between projects and/or when I’m bored and tired of other things. We’ll see how long it actually takes.

Moving on….

Something finished! I made Hemlock Ring Blanket for Flo for Christmas.

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I used Cascade 220 Superwash, double stranded, on size 10 needles. I basically ran out of yarn after 6 skeins midst of binding off, so I had to buy another skein to finish. If it wasn’t for yarn shortage, it would’ve taken about a week but it took more like 2. Regardless, it was definite instant gratification. I do plan on making another one for Grandma W. In fact, I have yarn for that all ready to go as well. One thing I have to complain though.. is I hate blocking. I did half-assed blocking, just so I can store it away for now. I plan on trying to really block it well before Christmas, before I start wrapping gifts. … perhaps that’s why I don’t knit much lace. I like knitting lace – just can’t bring myself to the tedious work of blocking.

Last but not the least, I started on Liesl about a couple of days ago. I’m using Debbie Bliss Cotton Silk Aran that Jen gracious sent me a while ago. It’s a pretty quick knit so far, though my concern is the fit. I’m kinda in between sizes, so I’m making a size up, counting on the fact that I’m a tight knitter. In theory, it should work (yeah, I checked my gauge, it’s slightly tighter than suggested), but at the same time, with cotton/silk blend, I wonder how the weight is going to effect the stretchiness. I suppose we’ll see once it’s all finished.

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Done and done. For now anyway.

So I’ve been sort of missing for a while…

June 15, 2008

I haven’t been knitting, or doing much for oh almost a month and counting by now. But I thought I’d drop by and say few things.

First of all, I’m super excited about my dear friend Ariel‘s sock designs. There are two designs of hers featured on How to Knit in the Woods, the new book by Shannon Okey. In fact, one of the pairs that I was test knitting for Ariel ended up being photographed in the book as well. How exciting!

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Now, if I can only find the book. I haven’t been able to find them locally, maybe I need to get it ordered online.

Next in agenda – I’ve been watching awful a lot of The Office lately (yes, the NBC version with Steve Carell). While visiting her in DC, Chris’s sister sort of got me started watching them, and now I can’t stop.

Let see, what else…. OH, the next project I’m *thinking* about doing is maybe Sahara. And maybe using Cotton Silk Aran from the most fabulous Jen. I think I may have just enough to make one in short sleeve. Unfortunately the yarn is discontinued so either I have to make it work or not. But I think I should have enough to get by.

So far by my to-knit list for this upcoming Christmas: Lucy in the Sky cardigan for Lauren, Slipped Hours pullover (Ravelry Link) for Cyndi. I have no idea what else quite yet.

Time for bed now.

Almost leaving on a jet plane, or a slow car

May 4, 2008

So, Washington DC, here we come!

Actually, we’re heading to a suburb in Maryland. Well, close enough. We’ll be there for about a week, “visiting” Chris’s sister and doing some tourist things, since.. after all, we’re out of towners.

Things are almost packed, and we’ll be leaving at the crack of the dawn tomorrow morning, or well, today, I suppose.

Before leaving, a poorly lit picture of finished pair of socks.

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Waving Lace socks. Araucania Ranco solid in color 101. Used 2.5 mm needles and I’m pretty certain I followed the pattern as written, which is very rare.

And a pair of sock in the works. Actually, a mock up of a pattern in the works.

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I’m not quite loving the look, but the basic concept is there. I think for the actual pattern to come, it needs to be more refined of course. It’s just one of my many insane ideas floating in my head. We’ll see how things go.

Okay, I think I should get couple of hours of shuteye, even though I’m not at all tired….

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