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Knitting: slow and steady

Jul. 27th, 2015 | 03:23 pm

TdF dominated my crafting for the past few weeks, but I have been making progress on knitting.

FOs:
"Coffee socks" - in Three Irish Girls. Slow and steady won that race!
Kippah - in leftover sock yarn (either DIC or Sheridan). I am not fond of the lacy edge. I may make another with none.

WIP:
Citron - I gave up and bought a new thing o' yarn just for this.

Hibernating
Mauve boot cuffs - a Three Irish Girls kit. Who was I kidding?

I NEED A NEW PROJECT LIKE OMG.

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Tour de Fleece 2015

Jul. 27th, 2015 | 03:16 pm

My first Tour!!!

I had only been dimly aware of this annual event in the past. Finally, I had enough experience under my belt to be able to join in. A few months before the Tour, I was bit by the spinning bug and spun up all the golden merino (my post-class project).

Plying had been a challenge, and I got frustrated and put the whole mess to the side. Eventually I ovaried up and booked a private lesson with Sandy at Purlescence. She guided me through that skein-from-hell, then gave me the advice that I should maybe focus on spinning up smaller skeins so I could practice plying more often. Good point!

It was right before the Tour. My goal was only to put mileage on my wheel. I had some green wool sitting around from the Intermediate class, so I figured I'd get back into the spin of things (hyuk hyuk) with that, then, if I still had time, tackle the Abstract Fibers silk-wool I had bought back in February at Stitches West.

BOY WAS I MIS-UNDERESTIMATING MYSELF.
The 3 oz of green spun up in a couple of days and got plied in an evening.
The Abstract Fiber was spun and plied in just over a week. So I got more fiber.
The Knitted Wit fiber was spun and plied in just over a week. So I got more fiber.
The Frabjous fiber is only about half-spun now, at the close of the Tour.

I will probably not be spinning at such an accelerated rate in the near future! I think 1/4 oz per evening is more than enough. And I have plenty of fiber to play with, thanks to the lovely elves at Purlescence, who had a fabulous TdF send-off shindig with gifties galore.

The initial TdF bag had 4 samples of un-dyed fiber. I was at first nonplussed, then realized AHA! this fiber will be my next black-and-tan hat. My first ever knitted project was the replacement for my lost-forever Irish black-and-tan cap. It was a botch, but now I know I can do better. :)

Other goodies: I used my BOGO50 coupon to get 2 skeins of Knitted Wit, in a lovely blue-on-blue due scheme. My post-TdF custom-made-goodie (WOW!) was a 1 oz bunch of jewel-toned merino. There is probably a technical term for this but it's escaping me. And I was one of the lucky winners in the raffle, picking up a bag of Manos del Uruguay extra-fine merino, in the lovely "Botanico" colorway (greens, with touches of brown).
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Knitting mojo!

May. 2nd, 2015 | 05:07 pm

For a while there I was CHUGGING on the knitting. The other crafts have been a bit short-changed.

FOs:
The binky holder (frog pacifier clips) - first FO of 2015 :)
Red vest (sigh) - fits poorly, but DONE
Cardigan for my niece
Coordinating hat with the leftover yarn from the niece-cardigan project (actually for my SIL)
Fetchings for my MIL, in Noro Kureyon
Blue chullo cap for my FIL
Violet cardigan for my BFF's daughter

WIP:
"Coffee socks" - in Three Irish Girls. Making slow steady progress over multiple episodes of Grimm!
Mauve boot cuffs - a Three Irish Girls kit, as it turns out. It's on the back burner, really. Takes more thinking than the coffee socks do.

Hibernating:
Citron - I originally ran out of yarn before the ruffle. I wanted to buy matching yarn to finish it, but that hasn't happened yet. The non-matching yarn I attempted to buy for it was a dismal failure.
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Yarny update

May. 6th, 2014 | 09:50 pm

I re-organized the yarn zone Thursday. *shudder* It needed it. Everything's now bagged within the cedar chest. I think being able to see stuff will help! Hot damn do I have some beautiful yarns. I think I should knit more.

Frogged 2 projects - the nephew's hockey hat & a partly finished sock in the Zauberball yarn.

I have several projects that want to be restored from hibernation. 6 of the 7 projects were found, 1 is who-knows-where. It would make sense to work on the broken rib top first (perfect for summer!), but I'm seldom sensible about these things. :)

The Venezia sweater is being wet-blocked in pieces. Alas, when I blocked the sleeves I found they were an inch too long. Rip, rip, rip! Dropped the arm hole by 1" on both of 'em. Once the 2nd sleeve is re-finished, I'll be able to resume the seaming process (shoulder seams are already complete. I'm starting to worry that I won't have enough yarn for the button band. It may be a close one (though the extra bits and bobs from the dropped sleeves won't hurt).
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My resolutions for 2014

Jan. 3rd, 2014 | 08:27 pm

1) The yarn diet: need to knit up 2 skeins for every 1 that I bring in.

2) The FO challenge: at the end of 2014, all the projects on my needles need to have been started in 2014, not 2013. Last year's projects must be finished or frogged!
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weak mojo

Oct. 20th, 2013 | 02:57 pm

... that's why people knit Noro scarves. :)

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Stitches West 2013!

Feb. 22nd, 2013 | 09:21 pm
location: US, California, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Jacaranda Way, 431

I actually needed a new notion bag!

And a circular needle case...

But this project bag was totally optional. ;)
And in yarny goodness:

Tosh sock

Kauni Effectyarn, for my Wingspan shawl

Miss Babs Yowza Whatta Skein, for My Next Cardi

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Knitting along ...

Feb. 20th, 2013 | 05:26 pm

Yes, I have been knitting and making progress. It hasn't been every day, but most days. The top has been cast on and is now 6+" long in back. And I've been puttering along with a dishcloth or two.
Friday - on to Stitches West!
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Resolution: GET KNITTIN'!

Feb. 11th, 2013 | 03:07 pm

The only way to get my knitting mojo back is ... drumroll! ... to knit more. So last night, I wound up a ball of my Classic Elite Provence (yummy crimson!) and started a gauge swatch. I figure I can finish the gauge swatch (easy-peasy) & cast on for the top tonight. I think I'll still plan on taking dish cloths as my travel knitting for now (because they're brainless), but this gives me more at-home options. I think this will also help me get through my Hulu backlog. :-D
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ZOMG, it's been how long?!

Feb. 9th, 2013 | 05:22 pm

Yes, I am an awful knitting blogger. And my knitting mojo has also been weak, although with the "baby" now 1 and sleeping through the night (hurray), I should be able to get back into the swing of things. The other shop regulars are into a UFO smackdown. I may embrace the notion of start-a-thon.

The only things I have been knitting: dishtowels. And only during my night class on Tuesdays. I can do about half a towel per class. To mollify my teachers, I've been giving them away. :)

Stuff I want to knit:
*Wingspan shawlette, in Kauni effectyarn, rainbow-nom
*Broken Rib Tank, in Classic Elite Provence, crimson!
*New hat for the husband, because he's in danger of over-loving his new Koolhaas. Pattern & yarn TBD.
*Simple top-down cardi for my older son, in Cascade DK, also crimson. Perhaps I should choose a contrast border. All-red = MEH.
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