01 December 2003
01 December 2003
Instead of being able to report the completion of the green Star turtleneck (not quite there yet--fingers crossed for completion tomorrow), I'll post the funniest picture of one of my sister's kitties. She's was sitting nicely posing for my camera, when a sudden yawn came out of nowhere. As you can see, she's smiling like she just ate a plate of Thanksgiving turkey...
More turkey please!
Well knit folks, I've got new yarn. Oh yeah, we'll be adding a few buttons to the site...
First up, my sister and I brewed up a big 'ol batch of dye with Kerstin. We had fun and shocked and awed ourselves with our dye prowess. Okay it was really alot of "well just glug alittle more in it...ok, now that's Barbie PINK!" I overdyed my gray yarn with ease...as you can see:
Plum, dark green and autumnal handpaint...so much better than gray.
On the foreign yarn acquisition, I was advised by my counsel, Becky. She found my discontinued color with a take no prisoners approach. Go girl! She vanquished the Phildar color naysayers with one fell swoop. All on a broken little piggy! So big thanks to my fave enabler!!
Brings tears to your eyes doesn't it?!
I'm ready for my closeup!
This brings me to the buttons. I do believe I qualify for Filly status! And I CERTAINLY qualify for a yarn diet...
Hi all! I'm enjoying my days here in Mass, weather not too cold, no sales tax on clothes...what more could you want. At the first opportunity, my sister and I went to H&M. For those of you unfamiliar with this fab-u-lous store, it's very current fashion, not expensive and not made for the long haul. This turns out to be fine, as it'll be out before it pills up or falls apart. There are H&Ms only along the eastern seaboard and all over the rest of the world. Why would a company selling trendy clothing not make a beeline for California, I know not? Selling halters in the winter in Boston seemed an easier task than in 75 degree LA. Those Swedes like a challenge, and I guess it's fair since Boston doesn't have IKEA and we do.
This may be "rather" fitted when completed...we shall see.
Too much gray, Miss Clairol please!
This morning I turned on Ms. Martha Stewart and she was making parkerhouse rolls, remember them? They look so delicious, I think they must be considered for the Thanksgiving menu...forget turkey...give me bread!
I've been feverishly knitting on my aran sweater, what is it about a cable chart that eggs me on to see what the next row will bring? This is quite an easy aran sweater, the chart is very clear, though the large patterns are accurate, the small side cables don't jive when you have to repeat the chart. But, it is simple to do those without a chart. As you can see much progress has been made. Big needles, big yarn, fast knitting, I did decide to lengthen the body about 2 inches. The pattern calls for decreasing for the armholes at 33 cm/13 in, which on me is about belly button level. This is a thick, warm sweater, why would I want my belly peeping out? I used a tubular caston and went straight into the first row of the chart, looks innocuous enough, which is what I was going for. I've deciced I don't much like tight ribbing, it's not flattering--so begone!
Fast and easy...
Interesting shaping, sweater begins in stockinette then continues in ribbing.
Twig - no; butter lettuce - yes.
As I'll be going to Boston later this week, I was thinking about portable projects. My Star turtleneck is progressing nicely, but I realized it was the most portable project I have and must be saved for travel. Therefore, with that rationalization behind me I started a new sweater. I ripped out my huge aran sweater in September, washed the crinkled yarn and shoved it under my bed to age. My intent was to find another aran pattern that would actually fit me. I came across a lovely aran in Rebecca #26, and this time I thought I'd swatch to see how close to gauge I could get. Well you can't really swatch an 88 stitch aran pattern so I cast on and went for it. Guess what, gauge is spot on! Behold...
An updated aran look, no bottom ribbing and cute funnelly collar.
Love those intertwining cables.
Well guess who's done with her bucket-o-chic? Oh yeah, it's me! Presenting her pinkness...
Warning: Photo taken after only ONE cup of coffee.
Project Specs: Pattern by Chicknits; Yarn is Lambs Pride Worsted 85% wool/15% mohair(one skein) and fur is Trendsetter Voila uashamedly 100% polyamid (one skein)
But what would I wear with such a frothy creation? How about this lovely T Mariko of Super Eggplant fame cooked up to help her pal kick her cancer in the bootay...I'll even model it for you.
Yeah I know, now you want one. Well go here and get one. I swear they drove it over to my house seconds after I ordered it! Quickest delivery EVER!
I'm back home safe and sound. What was waiting for me, a pile of bills? Of course. What else? Gifties!!! The crazy sista Yent found the perfect pattern for me and my sis, circa 1973 (based on fringe and helmet 'o hair in the pix). Thanks for the ideas, and more importantly your incredible blog--really it's in Yidlish. If that wasn't enough Kerrie sent me some fabulous wares! Gorgeous Kaffe Fasset material, knitting mags and YARN! Oh yeah, I got Halloween colored Rowan! It's begging to be a hat, no really, I hear things...The next time someone tries to kill me with their SUV, I'll take a deep breath, flip em the bird and remember how nice the rest of us are! Thanks again chicas!
I'm also still working on the Phildar turtleneck. I've done the back, and finished the ribbing on the front. I'm using a tubular cast on for double rib, and have really liked the result. It works well with the crimped yarn and lycra content of Star. I am finding myself constantly referring to my Montse Stanley Knitter's Handbook. Great information, though I find the sections organized rather oddly for my wonky mind. Check it out if you've not got it!
We all love presents, and this is quite a haul!
Back of Phildar turtleneck--knit in Classic Elite Star.
How lucky is this, I had to go to the store and the yarn store was on the way! I've been swayed by the fur hat lobby and have decided to join the guerilla fur hat along using Miss BonneMarie's pattern for the Bucket-o-chic...
I want to make this...
Out of this...
Well blog surfing lately has shown that many of you are bursting your creative seams. There's a growing underground movement to make furry Bucket-o-Chic hats. Okay I know of Claudia and Becky. I've made two furry ones and love them. A blonde and a jet black one. I think those hats are like peanuts, can't stop at one...Stop press! Miss BonneMarie has sent me THE inspirational photo that set me off on the furry hat jag. Behold!.
How fabulous is this! I live in CA and I've made TWO!
The sleeve sweater from Rebecca, get that dumb boy out of the shot. We can't see the wrapping.