Monthly Archives: August 2007

Startitis Strikes Again!

(In my head I hear the blog title said in a deep voice, followed by an evil laugh – mwahahaha!)

I’ve recently finished a lot of smaller/quick projects, as well as a couple more long-term projects.  I still have several projects on the needles that i’m kind of ambivalent about, but nothing that is calling out to me to come back to.  Sooooo…. lots of other things are calling my name. 

1. I’m signed up to test-knit a beautful cowl-neck tank top, and had to order some yarn.  I’d like to knit it in DK weight Jaggerspun wool-silk, but that yarn is a little out of my budget.  Instead, I went to knitpicks and decided to order some CotLin – I’ve been wanting to try it for a while, and I think the cotton/linen blend will be better for a florida tank top.  Of course, that yarn only cost $18, and if I order $45 I get free shipping!  So I also got….

2. More CotLin for Sizzle.  I’ve been drooling over this since it was released, and its time has finally come.

2a. In case I don’t like the CotLin for garments, I can make hand towels and washcloths.  Gotta have a backup plan!

3. Anemoi Mittens.  Beautiful colorwork in a small, portable (meaning I can knit it at work) package. 

4, 5, 6…. I went through Victorian Lace Today and copied charts for six different patterns that are now on my “to-do” list.  I’m sure after all this tank top and mitten knitting, I’m going to be itching for lace – and I have a ton of it in the stash.

Secret Squirrel Project: The designing itch is back as well.  Keri asked me a few months ago to make something for her based on a photo she found, and based on how it turns out I want to release a formal pattern.  No idea yet if it will be free, submitted somewhere, or just offered here and on ravelry, but I’m excited!  I tried for ages to find a pattern and I can’t find anything out there like this.  Yay!

I think my plate is full.  Working nights in dispatch has been good for me in many ways – after midnight, call volume drops off and it’s knitting time! 

Oh yeah – I have the next four days off while Adam’s dad visits, and tomorow is for yard/garden/housecleaning work.  Look for some updated pictures of the yard and house!

Test

Trying a new way to add pictures since my wordpress space is almost all used up…
Heliconia Bloom 2

Oooooh I think it worked! Sweet 🙂

48 Hours

In 48 hours, I made this:

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Pattern: Monkeys

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill

Needles: US Size 2

This Cherry Tree Hill yarn has been knit and frogged at least three times, but once I found the right pattern it flew by.  The Monkey pattern is easy to  memorize, but it’s not very elastic and the sock came out a leeeetle big.  Next time I think I’ll try it on US 1 needles instead of US 2’s.

My first week of school is now over, and it went very well.  My online class (Intro to Psychology) looks like it’ll be interesting…maybe not fun, but it shouldn’t be too much of a pain.  I was really nervous about my Chemistry class after my instructor made a big deal about how difficult the class would be, but she gave an “assessment” test on the first day of class and I did okay.  I went back and figured out what I missed and what I need to study, so I should be OK.  It’ll mean some extra studying (especially early on), but I REALLY want (and need) to do well in this class so hopefully the extra motivation will help.  Lab sounds like fun, and I was really relieved to find out that we don’t have to write full lab reports.  I may have a little knitting time this semester after all!

The mystery is over

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Mystery Stole 3

Yarn: Jaggerspun Zephyr Wool-Silk, approx. 600 yards

Final Measurements: 16″ wide by 65″ long

The stole is growing on me.  I love the final knitted fabric – I will absolutely use this yarn again.  In fact, I have about another 600 yards left over that are calling out to be made into something lacy and yummy.  I still don’t know how I feel about the wing while the stole is flat, but when I’m wearing it the seam falls on my arm and I can’t see it.   The stole is just the right size to cover my shoulders in a cool restaurant (I tested it tonight) and I can fold it up and put it in my purse if I get warm.

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All in all, a great experience.  I was really motivated to keep up with the clues, which meant I finished the stole in a reasonable amount of time instead of shoving it onto a back burner like I do with a lot of other projects.  Thanks Melanie for a great experience!

It’s done!

My Mystery Stole is finished and blocking!  I’m pretty pleased with how it looks while blocking, the join between the two sections is not as bad as I thought it would be.  I’ll have to wear it a bit to make a final decision.  Pictures tomorrow!

What to knit next?

Tomorrow morning the last Mystery Stole 3 clue will be released.  I’ve been pacing myself the last few clues so that they last me the whole week, but no need to pace myself this time – I’ll probably finish it at work over the weekend.  So what do I knit next?  I’m working on a second Wicked, and I have some projects that have been hibernating on the needles for a while…but I’m itching to start something new as well.  I have lots of lace yarn, so that’s the logical conclusion.  Hmmm…

Pictures

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Wicked, made with Misti Alpaca Pima Cotton/Silk on size 7 needles.

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Dream Swatch Head Wrap, made with leftover Colinette Giotto.  It’s blocking now, I’ll post a better picture later.

I start full time in Dispatch next week.  School also starts next week.  Big week 🙂