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Whipping Up A Friend’s WIP January 28, 2009

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I have a friend who started a sweater.

I have a friend who decided she couldn’t finish the sweater.

I have a friend who asked me to finish the sweater for her.

So, I’m working on a sweater.

It’s the Cinnamon sweater by Kim Hargreaves. And it’s being done in Rowan Summer Tweed, but I’m not sure of the color.

There’s been a lot done on it already. She had done the entire back and the both front panels up to the arm hole decreases.

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Unfortunately, I think I’m going to have to knit both the front panels over. Not for any error on her part, but becasue I knit looser than her and I think it’s too obvious. Tell me what you think:

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Can you tell where hers stops and mine starts? You can, huh. I don’t know why, but I can’t seem to knit this tighter. I think it’s partly because of the yarn, which I hate, and partly because I’ve never been able to purl tightly. Probably why I do socks so much, no purling.

Anyway, I’ve got the sleeves going and I guess I’ll do the two panels after that.

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This is the only WIP I’ve got going right now. I’m trying to get it done quickly for her, but I’m looking at sock yarn longingly…

 

FO- Fingerless Gloves For Ron January 26, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 6:37 pm

I realize that I’m using the same pictures that I used for myFIL’s gloves, but, concidering it’s the same pattern in the same yarn with the same hands to model, I didn’t think it would matter.  If it does matter to you, well, bummer.

Sorry about that, I’m sick and cranky.

I finished Ron’s gloves yesterday.  I love a quick knit.

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My only complaint is the gazillion ends that have to be weaved after you’re done. I really like this pattern, though. It’s perfect for men’s gloves.

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Pattern: Men’s Fingerless Gloves by J. Campbell
Yarn: Regia Crazy Color 6-ply (sport weight)
Needles: Size US3 magic loop
Date Started: January 15, 2009
Date Completed: January 25, 2009
Mods: I didn’t change the pattern, but here’s how many rows I did in each section:
20 ribbing then start increase for thumb
16 after taking thumb off
8 rows for first three fingers
6 rows for pinkie
4 rows for thumb

Now, on to the next thing!

 

FO: TOFUtsies Socks January 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 5:55 pm

It only took forEVER, but I finally finished my TOFUtsies socks.  Wanna see?

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Sorry about the bad photo. It’s raining outside, so I had to take the pictures inside and they just don’t come out very well in this weather.

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I don’t know what the colorways are for these yarns. If you recall, they were a gift from my TSG secret pal. She said they were just left over, so I had assumed there was only really enough for one sock in each skein. So, in an effort to stretch the yarn out, I used the light pink skein for the toes and heels and made the sock short, almost ankle socks. Turns out I needn’t have worried. Apparently, these were almost complete skeins and I had plenty of yarn. In fact, I still have enough of the dark pink to do the toes and heels on Mom’s sock and maybe even make a pair for D.

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I’ve got them soaking now, and then will block them so that I can wear them when the sun comes out. I have to admit that I wore them around the house last night when I finished them. I was so excited at what I’d made! Even though these aren’t my first socks, they are the first complete pair I’ve made for myself, so that makes them special!

Pattern: Just plain stockinette socks
Yarn:TOFUtsies
Needles: US 2 magic loop
Date Started: January 4, 2009
Date Completed: January 22, 2009
Mods: Well, since I didn’t follow a specific pattern, there are no real mods. I c/o 60 for the first sock, but that was too large, so the second only has 56. I decreased down to 50 in the foot, though, because I like my socks snug.

Now, I’ve got to do the second glove for Ron, finish the scarves I have at my house and send them off, and then work on my two commissioned sweaters that need finishing. After that I can work on some more stuff for myself….maybe.

 

Children + Housework = No Knitting January 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 12:33 am

I can’t really complain.  Ron was very understanding all of November and December when I did little else but knit.  Now he wants me to get to all the things I neglected back then.  I guess it’s only fair.

But, I don’t want to.

This past week, I’ve been lucky to get in an hour of knitting after the girls have gone to bed.  That’s just enough to whet my appetite.  An hour is not enough.

Anyway, this is what I’ve got going.

My TOFUtsies socks.

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As you can see, I’ve finished the first sock, and have turned the heel on the second. I’m hoping to get these finished by Monday. It’ll will be nice to have a full pair of socks for myself. All the other full pairs have gone to others as gifts!

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I guess I could have made these a little bit taller. With only the foot left to do, I still have a lot of yarn left. I have been asked to make the oposite pair for my mom. (meaning the toes and heels will be the dark pink, the foot and legs the light) She’s asked, though, that I do them toe up and use all the yarn up in order to make them as tall as possible. My mom doesn’t like short socks.

Next, we have a single glove for Ron:

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This only took a few days. (I’d forgotten how much faster sport weight knits up than fingering) I’d planned to have them both done before the end of the weekend, but…Anyway, I’ve got one done and will be starting the other fairly soon. I think I might wait until I get my socks done, though. I don’t think I can face another Wednesday of having to post them as WIPs.

I probably won’t be casting on any new projects this next week, though, even if I get both socks and gloves done. I’ve got three traveling scarves at my house that need some attention. (Luckily, they don’t take too long)
Also, I’ve been asked to finish two sweaters for other knitters. I’ll post more on that when I’ve had the time to sit down and assess what all needs to be done with them.

So, let’s see what the week brings, huh?

By the way, I’m being sued. (Long story, I’m not at fault) Anyway, it’s very nerve wracking everytime I have to go into court, as I had to today. Now knitting would certainly help to ease my nerves, but I’m not allowed to take my needles into the courtroom. I think that’s a little silly. I mean, whne was the last time a judge was attacked by a knitter? Don’t they know we are all calm, grandmotherly types, who would rather bake you cookies than raise our voices? Don’t they know that knitting is the new yoga? Don’t they? PPPTTTTHHHH!!!!!!! Stupid lawyers…stupid security….stupid lawsuit!  Even the judge said today that I wasn’t at fault, but he couldn’t rule that because of technicalities. 

Grrr…

 

A Meme From Me, Uh Me… January 19, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 6:31 pm

I stole this from DriveByThinking’s blog…

 

Mark with bold the things you have knit, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.

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Afghan  (I’m gonna have to do one soon enough.  Mom’s requested one)

I-cord
Garter stitch  (But only when I have to)

Knitting with metal wire 
Shawl  (Planning a few for 2009.)
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn 
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down  (Why not. I did socks backwards — why not mittens?)
Hats: Top-down
Hats: Cuff-up  (I like cuff up better on hats, though. But, living in SoCal, hats don’t need to be made often)
Knitting with silk  (I’ve got some silk sock yarn that I’m itchin’ to cast on.)
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL 
Sweater
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn  (I will be starting Mom’s 2nd time cotton sweater very soon)
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn  
Domino knitting 
Twisted stitch patterns 
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting

Charity knitting  (I don’t as often as I should, but my family has a long list of things they want)
Knitting with soy yarn
Cardigan
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles  (Death to straights!)
Baby items
Knitting with your own hand-spun yarn  (Not at all interested in spinning at this point)
Slippers  (Mom wants a pair.)
Graffiti knitting  (Wha?)
Continental knitting  (Is there any other way to knit?  I mean, really)
Combination knitting
Designing knitted garments  (Maybe one day…but not anyday soon)
Cable stitch patterns
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book  (I can hardly manage a knitting blog!)
Participate in an exchange  (I’m in a few now.  They’re fun, but not as much as I’d hoped.  Lots of drama)
Scarf  (um, what knitter hasn’t done a scarf?  Isn’t that the international first knitting project?)
Teaching a child to knit  (mine are still way too little)
American/English knitting  (I need to learn in order to start my fair isle projects.)
Knitting to make money  (Would love to. Can’t convince people to buy $45 socks…)
Buttonholes 
Knitting with alpaca (LOVE the Alpace Yarn Company!!!)
Fair Isle knitting  (By next month.)
Norwegian knitting  (Sometime this year…gotta get down fair isle first)
Dyeing with plant colors
Dyeing spinning fiber
Knitting items for a wedding  (If Brother asks…I’ve offered to make a wedding shawl)
Household items  (Just a couple of dishcloths)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circulars  (Aw, bliss.)
Knitting with someone else’s hand-spun yarn  (I’ve got some…I’ve just got to get to it.)
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting  (I take it this doesn’t mean gifts.)
Teaching a male how to knit  (Tried with Ron…it was painful)
Bobbles  (Me no likee bobbles.)
Tassels
Knitting for a living  (That would make me very happy, but, I fear, impossible.)
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking 
Dying yarn 
Steeks 
Knitting art 
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously  (I’ve knit two on ONE, but apparently that doesn’t count.)
Fulling/felting  (It’s ok, but not something I want to do a lot)
Knitting with wool  (Duh.)
Textured knitting  (It’s all texture, isn’t it?)
Kitchener stitch  (I don’t mind kitchenering. Really.)
Knitted flowers  (blah)
Purses/bags  (couldn’r afford a knitting bag, so I made one)
Knitting with beads  (nah)
Swatching  (trying to get better about it.)
Long Tail CO
Entrelac  (Maybe one day, but ‘m not into it now.)
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn (socks!!!)
Stuffed toys 
Knitting with cashmere
Darning
Jewelry
Knitting with synthetic yarn  (As long as it doesn’t feel like sandpaper.)
Writing a pattern 
Gloves 
Intarsia
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO 

Free-form knitting 
Short rows  (Easy AND cool.)
Cuffs/fingerless mits/arm-warmers
Pillows
Knitting a pattern from an on-line knitting magazine

Rug  (Soon there will be a sock yarn rug in my mother’s den.)
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Shrug/bolero/poncho
Knitting with dog/cat hair  (On purpose or accidentally?)
Hair accessories
Knitting in public  (My favorite place to knit.)

 

The Bag Has Been Sacked. January 16, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 6:43 pm

(You know, I must say that coming up with titles is one of my favortite things about having the blog.)

You remember back Wednesday when I said that I was making a third felted bag?

Yeah, I changed my mind.

I’ve joined the Odd Ducks Dr Suess swap on Ravelry, and I’ve decided to save that yarn for a little sumpin’ sumpin’ for my swap partner. I’ll tell you more about that when I send my package off in April. Until then, say goodbye to the pretty green wool…

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So, I put the green in the stash bin and looked around to see what project I should start to replace it. And then I panicked.
You see, I keep remembering all the things I want to make. Things for myself, things for the girls, things I’ve promised to people. I make mental notes to myself to try to remember which one’s next, but when the time comes, I blank. Invariably, I end up starting aproject that I shouldn’t start yet and forgetting about a project that I need to get done right away.
So, I did what any good OCD would do…I made a list. Here is the list of the top things I need to make in the next few months. (they’re not in a strict order)

1. Fingerless glove for Ron Done 1/25
2. Handwarmers using leftover Alpaca
3. Hey Teach! for Mom
4. Second Noro sock
5. Sweater for me (pattern yet to be picked out)
6. Ribbed Lace Bolero for Rayanne
7. Transition Gloves and Socks
8. Fuego Socks
9. Leyburn Socks
10. Fix baby sweater (A lady asked me to finish the last project her late mother had worked on. She’d like to be able to keep the finished sweater to remember her mom by)

11. Finish Cinnamon for Morgan

12. Make booties for D

I realize that most of that list is socks. I can’t help myself. But, at least it will lessen my sock stash.
Now, I’ve told myself I can only work on one sock at a time, and, since I’m still making my TOFUtsies socks, I had to pick out a non-sock project. So, I checked my list and decided that Ron deserved his gloves. I cast on last night and have gotten this far.

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Now, I know what you are thinking…that glove looks awfully familiar. Well, your right. It’s the same glove in the same yarn that I made for my FIL for Christmas. It’s also the same yarn as I used to for Texas Uncle’s Christmas socks.

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I got like 5 skeins of this in a sport weight for a dollar a skein. I think this colorway is perfect for manly things. (I also got accidently got one skein in fingering weight, which would be great for a pair of little boy’s socks. Since I have no little boys, if there’s one of you out there who’d like to work up a trade for a skein that’s a little more girly, let me know)
When I made these gloves the first time, Ron thought they were for him and got really excited. He spends a good amount of time in huge freezers at work and needs gloves. When I told them they were for his dad, he looked so heartbroken that I promised to make a pair for him soon. He’s waited so patiently.
It’s funny, I’ve made things for almost all of my family, but I’ve never made anything for Ron before.
Anyway, he’s very excited to be able to wear these to work on Monday, so it’s a good thing they don’t take long to knit.

I was just looking at my list.  I may need to get a few non sock projects to add to it. Otherwise, I may end up with only socks left. And that could get ugly.

 

I’m Probably Gonna Break My Neck… January 15, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 10:47 pm

I meant to blog about this several weeks ago, but I forgot.  As T would say, sorry ’bout dat.

 

I”m sure pretty much all of you know that Mervyn’s has recently gone out of business.  Some of you may also know that my mom is a sucker for a sale.  So you can imagine how many times we went to Mervyn’s in their last 2 weeks, when everything was 70 and 80% off.

 It was fun, though.  I got lots of clothes that didn’t cost me a penny. (Mom is very generous when shirts only cost a few bucks)  I really needed some new tops because mine were mostly all stained.  Now, before you think I’m a total slob, let me remind you that I have small children.  A mother of small children is almost always wearing stained tops.  There are two exceptions to this rule. A) She is wearing a new shirt, or B) She is SuperMom who is always clean, her kids are always clean, her house and car are always clean.  Her kids are polite and well behaved and excellent students (of course, she homeschools), and all potty trained before age 2.  She is never without diapers or wipes, always carries healthy snacks, and her children do not know what soda tastes like.  Her checkbook is organized, her bills paid, and she has a budget she actually sticks too.  She cooks a well balanced gourmet dinner every night and never argues with her husband.  Her children are always in bed by 7:30pm and sleep through the night by 2 weeks old.

Now, we all know that SuperMom doesn’t exist, so there really is only one reason a mom has a clean shirt…it’s new.  And you can always tell how old her children are by where the stains are located. For example:

Stain on top of one shoulder running down  the back: Mom of newborn who spits up regularly after feedings while being burped.

Stain in general chest area: Mom of 6month-18month old.  Child is big enough to sit up in mom’s lap, but not big enough to know not to wipe snot on mom’s chest. (this is especially bad if mom nurses baby)

Stain near shirt bottom, mainly on one side or the other near the front pockets of pants: Mom of preschooler-primary school age child who must get mom’s attention by repeatedly hitting mom on the hip with jelly stained fingers.

I hear that, after this point,  the staining of clothes is done more by the mom.  But, by then, the mom is brainless, according to her teenagers, and it’s a wonder she can even feed herself.  When a mom spills on herself while eating at this point, said teenagers just shake their heads and thank God that none of their friends are around to see how lame their mom is.

Of course, mom gets infinately more intelligent as the teenager becomes an adult.  But, by then, mom is so tired from raising her kids that she doesn’t care if all the food makes it to her mouth.  At this point, she might use a technique that my own mom employs, and lay a towel across her chest before eating…just to keep the cost of new clothes down.

But, that’s not what I came to talk about.

I came to tell you about what will probably be the death of me…and my mom.  I say the death of us because we each got a pair of these:

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Yeah, those are Heeleys. For those of you who are not savvy, Heely’s are those annoying sneakers you see kids in these days rolling around in their heels. There are wheels in the heels of the shoes and you can roll like you were wearing skates.

Yup, mom and I have secretly wanted pairs since they first came out, but it was ridiculous to buy them at $65 when we knew we were just going to make fools out of ourselves. Spending $13 to make fools of ourselves is much more reasonable.

Let’s just hope that the bone I break is in my legs. I can’t not be able to knit for months because of a broken hand…

 

Change of Subject Alert!

I’ve been pleasently surprised to find that I have a few more readers. It’s been really nice to get comments from people who don’t know me and therefore don’t have to comment.
While I was thinking how I would like to see even more comments, I realized that my commenting on the blogs that I read are few and far between. Even though I do most of my reading while holding/nursing D, I’ve got to practice what I preach and comment myself. So, I’ve been trying to comment on all the blogs.

And, speaking of baby, isn’t she cute when she sleeps?

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