Knittingdodo’s knit rants

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FO: Dreams Of Spring Hat I January 5, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 7:08 pm

With my hair now really short, I’m noticing two things. 1, my head gets cold now and 2, when I wake up, my hair’s all over the place. So I figure I need several cute hats to keep my head warm and cover up a bad case of bed head in case I oversleep or just don’t feel like doing my hair in the morning.

I’ve already made myself one hat, and had to put knitting for myself on hold for a while while I finished up Christmas gifts. But, I did manage to work a few rows now and again on this:

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I was all excited about this hat. It’s a beautiful stranded pattern and I saw so many versions of it on Ravalry, and my LYS had the perfect yarn on sale! Where could I go wrong?

Several places, apparently.

First off, while I thought the two colors were contrasting enough, I have found they aren’t. They are very complimentary and look good together, but you can’t hardly make out the picture. And what’s the point of fair isle if you can’t see the picture?

Also, what I didn’t take into consideration is the fact that a skull cap, no matter how adorable on others, isn’t really my style. Maybe it would work if I was 10 years younger and lived in an area that got snow. But, being 32 in SoCal, yeah, not so much. So, I’m loaning it to my LYS for a bit and then I think I might gift it to my young cousin in North Carolina.

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Project: Dreams of Spring Hat I by Jeanne Stevenson (Rav Me!) 

Yarn: Louet Gems Bulky in Sage and Ginger
Needles: US 7
Date Started: November 16 2009
Date Completed: December 21 2009
Notes: Again, I took so long because I’d only do a row or two here and there and I think that’s one of the reasons I’m dissapointed in it. Normally, a hat only takes a day or two, so if it stinks, then you’ve only put a few days worth of work into it. Essentially. I waited a full month for this hat and so my expectaions were higher. (Kind of like when you hear all these people rave about a movie for weeks and then, when you go see it, you’re a little dissapointed). Also, I wrapped every stitch on this hat to see if that would make a big difference in my stranded knitting. I found that it was a bunch more work and time for just a very little pay off. At least the way I was doing it. I’m planning to do a yolk stranded cardigan soon and so I’m thinking I’ll try the philosopher’s wool method. I hear a lot of good things about it.


FO: Glynis

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 6:45 pm

A friend asked me if I would teach her how to knit socks toe up in exchange for Cookie A’s new book, Sock Innovation. I told her, “Of course.”

So, I have this new book and I’ve seen on Ravelry that several people are planning to knit the whole book. Since I like pretty much all the patterns in the book, I figured that’d be a good goal for me too, especially since the first one would be perfect for my Aunt Kathy for Christmas.

You see, Aunt Kathy has teeny tiny feet. She wears a 4.5 shoe. But she likes her socks high, so I needed to find a pattern with a rather high cuff, but one that would be easy enough to alter to fit a small foot. Enter Glynis.

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(Sorry, I only have the one picture. I couldn’t very well try them on and Aunt Kathy hasn’t sent me a picture of her wearing them yet.) (hint, hint, Aunt Kathy)

Project: Glynis by Cookie A. (Rav Me!)
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss in Burgundy
Needles: US1
Date Started: October 22 2009
Date Completed: December 7 2009
Notes: It took me so long because I took a break between the first and second sock to knit other gifts. Also, you nmay have noticed that I didn’t knit the pattern on the foot. I did that because I wasnt’ sure how well she’d like it in her shoe. I figured I ought to get her sold on hand knit socks first, then incorporate patterned feet.


FO: Ribby Slipper Socks

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 6:17 pm

So, my MIL is back in the hospital.


You might recall that back in mid September she had an anuerism burst in her brain. She had emergency surgery to repair the bleed and then, after only 5 weeks recovery, she became a miracle patient and was able to go home by herself to take care of herself. And she was doing really well, or so we thought.

The week before Thanksgiving I went to pick her up for a doctor’s appointment. When I got there, I noticed that she seemed really confused and had some issues with her left hand. It didn’t take long for me to decide that she needed to go to ER. When there, they did a CAT scan and saw that her brain was bleeding a little bit. Apparently, she’d taken too much of her blood thiner and it’d caused her brain to have tiny bleeds. It wasn’t so terrible to kill her as long as she got medical attention immediately. So they gave her plasma to “thicken up” her blood and planned to have her admitted for a few days. Not too big of a deal, but Ron and I were going to have to monitor her medications from now on, right?  This was a Thursday.

Friday all hell broke loose. Apparently, she had a second anuerism in her brain that the doctors didn’t see the first time. Well, the blood in her brain from the blood thiners caused her to have siezures and those caused the second anuerism to burst. All of a sudden she was completely lost and beligerant. They had to restrain and then sedate her because she swore she was at work and needed to get something out of her desk. She was seeing people from work outside her room and they were coming and talking to her. And, the worst part is that it took several days before they found out it was a second aneurism that had done this.

Now, a burst brain aneurism is a really dangerous thing. 50% of people who have them don’t even live long enough to make it to the hospital. Of those that do make it, only 50% survive in the hospital. Sierra has now beaten these odds twice. And here’s the hard part. They can’t do surgery to repair the second aneurism because she’s too weak and won’t survive. But, because of the plasma they gave her, the aneurism has clotted and is not actively bleeding. Don’t know how long that clot will stay there, though, and, if it starts to bleed again, she’ goes back to having a 50% chance of making it to a proper hospital. How many times do you think she’ll beat the odds? It’s a twisted game of Russian roulet, I tell you. But, the doctors say she’s got better chances with the clot then she does with the surgery at least for now. They’ll be re-evaluating her on the 14th to see if she’s strong enough for surgery then.

She’s in a convelescent hospital now and she does seem a little better everytime I see her. Physically better, that is. Mentally? Well, mentally she’s just about as crazy as you get. She talks regualarly with her mother, who’s been dead for 2 years, and she’s having all sorts of other hallucinations. And, even though she can’t walk without major assistance, she keeps trying to get out of bed and her wheelchair, resulting in her falling on her face. This has happened 4 or 5 times now and they’ve had to resort to tying her restraints in the back because she was untying them.

So, needless to say, we need more prayer. And I know I can count on you all for that.

But, the whole reason I bring that up is to explain her Christmas gift. You see, she’s a jewelry person, especially beads and stones and silver. So I had originally planned to make her a knitted beaded bracelet. However, right now she needs that like she needs a hole in the head, (Ha!) so I thought about what I could make that was quick, easy and was something she could use.

I came up with slipper socks.


Project: Ribby Slipper Socks by Cathy Carron (Rav Me!)
Yarn: Louet Gems Bulky in Lilac
Needles: US 8 and 11
Date Started: December 13 2009
Date Completed: December 17 2009
Notes: I held the yarn doubled for the foot and then single for the ankle. Each slipper took a day to complete. They were really really easy and, if they weren’t so ugly, I’d say a great last minuted gift. However, they can’t be comfy to walk in and they are pretty ugly, so I don’t think I’ll be making them again. I’d rather just make regular socks on big needles. However, for my MIL, these are perfect.


FO: Men’s Grey Socks December 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 11:55 pm

Uncle John requested some house socks in Dallas Cowboys colors for Christmas. And, with a size 12 foot, I was grateful he wanted slippers. That meant I could use worsted weight yarn!

I want to say that this pattern was not very good. I got gauge perfectly, but the socks were way too narrow for a man. They would fit a woman fine, but not a man. Of course, I noticed this after I’d already finished the first and was halfway done with the second, so I had to rip out and start again.

Instead of adding stitches, I went up a few needle sizes and, while I was still worried they’d be too narrow, Uncle John assures me they fit nicely. He even sent me a picture to prove it, see?

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Mens Grey Socks by Lion Brand Yarn (Rav Me!)
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Blue Boy and White
Needles: US 6
Date Started: November 2 2009
Date Completed: December 4 2009
Mods: As stated above, I did them on 6’s istead of the 4’s and 5’s in the pattern.


FO: Tell Me A Tail Bookmarks

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 11:28 pm

I’ve started a bit of a tradition. Every year I knit a bookmark for each of T’s teachers. Of course, I may be changing that when the girls are in high school and have 6 teachers each. But, for now, there were only 2 and I was able to knock them out pretty quickly. And, you may notice I used the same sock yarn that I used last year for her teachers. In fact, I finished off the skein, which always makes me happy as there’s no wasted yarn.

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Project: Tell Me A Tail Bookmark by Christine Jeffery
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Uni / Solid 4-ply / 4-fädig in color 5211
Needles: US 1
Date Started: November 30, 2009
Date Completed: December 1 2009

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FO: Gwen Slouch

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 11:19 pm

Since I’d made a hat for Justin, I thought I might as well make on for his fiance, Ashton too. And, since she’s young, thin, and beautiful I figured she’d need a beautiful slouch made out of sock yarn.


I’ve only got the one picture, sorry. I had planned to take pictures of everyine wearing their gifts on Christmas day, but….

Project: Gwen Slouch by Lauren Nell Roy (Rav Me!)
Yarn: Louet Gems Fingering Wt. in Baby Lilac
Needles: US 7 & 9
Date Started: November 27 2009
Date Completed: November 29 2009
Mods: None


FO: Turn A Square 1 & 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 11:10 pm

My uncle’s roomate, David, and my brother are both the type of men who look good in beanie caps. Which is good because beanies are so darn easy to make. (It still makes me a little sad that Ron looks so incredibly bad in a beanie. He’d probably get a lot more handknit items if he could wear the easy, quick stuff.)

So, this year I went looking for a new beanie to make for each of them. I wanted something quick and easy, that used the yarn I already had in my stash, but was also fun and interesting enough to keep me into it. (I realize beanies only take a few hours, but if it’s a few hours of utter bordom, that can seem like a lifetime.)

I hadn’t really planned to make them the same pattern, but when I saw the Turn A Square by Jared Flood, I knew that was the perfect hat for them both. And I had some Cascade 22 and Noro in my stash! ( I don’t have really anything to say here, but I ended the last two paragraphs with a parenthetical thought, so I figured I should keep up the tradition.)

Anyway, here is David’s hat:


It was originally supposed to be my brother’s, but when I showed it to Ashton, his fiance, she said it looked too girly with the purple stripe at the bottom. That wasn’t an issue for David, so I slotted it for him and got to work on one for Justin…one without purple.

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It’s not a very good picture, but you can see that I changed up the stripes a bit with this one.

Project: Turn A Square by Jared Flood (Rav Me!1) (Rav Me!2)
Yarn: Cascade 220 and Noro (unfortunately both were missing ball bands, so I don’t know the colors)
Needles: US 6 & 7
Date Started: (1) November 25, 2009 (2) November 29, 2009
Date Completed: (1) November 25, 2009 (2) November 30, 2009
Mods: (1) I did 2×2 stripes instead of 2×3 as the pattern states. It was an accident, I just didn’t read the pattern all the way through. (2) I did 2×5,4,3,2,1,1,2,3,4,5 stripes.