So here we are, 8 months later

20 Nov

The last several months have been filled with indexing work at a pace that I’ve decided (finally) that I can’t keep up.  I’ve had no time for knitting, spinning, photography, reading, kayaking, or just sitting by the lake and staring at the water.   Honestly the lake could have completely dried up and I wouldn’t have noticed.  Oh, and there’s that whole running a library job thing too.  So I’m going to take indexing jobs, but not so many that they overlap and I start to get that stress gnawing on the back of my neck feeling.

So here we go!  Let’s get caught up.

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I knit another February Lady sweater.  I did one a few years ago in a green heathered wool, but it was enormous.  But it’s such a great sweater, I had to try again.  I knit in Kraemer Yarns Tatamy Tweed DK, a cotton/acrylic blend.  Just right for spring and early fall (and summer if your working air conditioning is anything like mine).

I knitting some shawls.

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And I have 2 sweaters that just await blocking and seaming.

At the moment I’m working on a rainbow Hue Shift afghan from KnitPicks for Kevin.  He’s going through some health stuff so he needs an afghan.  It’s acrylic, but I’m enjoying the garter stitch.

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The first square is done and I’m about nearly done with the second.  Four squares of 5×5 blocks, then a border.

As soon as I’m done with that I’m casting on for Bray and I want to knit a Custom Fit sweater too. I want to knit all the things!

 

 

 

Right on schedule for one post a year

9 Mar

So far 2013 is the year of the sock.  Four pairs already!  I’m in the CookieA sock club this year and so far I love it.  I really like most of her designs and it’s a great way to try new yarns.   The first club yarn is from Indigodragonfly, merino, cashmere, and nylon blend.  (Where has that stuff been all my life?)

Ernie

Details: Ernie in Indigodragonfly MCN, colorway: E Pluribus Nom Nom Nom

Newtons in STR

Newton in Socks that Rock lightweight, colorway: Sky Blue Pink

While I waited for the first club shipment, I did a pair of BFFs in Cascade Heritage Silk.  I can see knitting this pattern over and over.
BFF socks in Cascade Heritage Silk

And a Vanilla pair for those knitting days when a pattern is just too much to handle.

Vanilla socks

Let’s see what else have I knit in the last year?  I finished the knitting for Two Hearts from A Fine Fleece last October, but just attached the sleeves last month.

Two Hearts

I’ve done a few shawls, but I’ll save those for another post.  (Two posts in 2013?!)

In non-knitting news, DH is nearly done with chemo and doing well.  2012 was the most difficult year of our lives.  Seriously, cancer really sucks.  2013 hasn’t been a treat so far either (deaths of a family member, a close friend, and one of our dogs), but hopefully things will level out.  The challenges illustrated how comforting  and important to me knitting is.  EZ had it right.  Knit on through all crises.

Blogging mojo

12 Jan

 

Blogging mojo: I think it’s back!  I should have moved to WordPress years ago.

I actually have a few FOs that I finished in the long blog silence since February.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get a post up more than once a year in 2012.

Cassicy  Project: Cassidy

Yarn: Cascade 220

Needles: US7

Comments: The only modification was to change the hood to a collar.  I can only wear hoods with my hair up or it becomes an epic rat’s nest.  I really love this project.  The color is great and it fits well.  I’m looking forward to getting it out when it gets a little colder.

 

Cassidy back

Next up, Royale.  A definite departure for me with the fittedness and the scoop-neckiness.

Royale

 

Project: Royale

Yarn: Cascade 220

Needles: US7

Comments: I really love twisted, traveling stitches.  Seriously.  Love them.  I thoroughly enjoyed knitting this up.  If I had it to do over, I’d put a faux seam up the sides so I didn’t have to work increases and decreases into moss stitch.  I started over after about 6″ in because the inc/dec looked terrible.

Royale

More to come soon!  I have more FOs to share (they pile up over the course of a year).

 

Knitting Productivity

19 Feb

Sorry for the long blog delay.  Fall was super busy with indexing.

I worked a lot on finishing the front of Irish Moss.  It looks fabulous.  Unfortunately I never went up to the proper needle size after knitting the ribbing.  I can write about it calmly now, but I wasn't so calm when I realized it.  So Irish Moss is in a time out while I decide whether to frog it or lose 20 lbs. 

So then I needed a quick win to re-establish my knitterly mojo.  Hence, ChicKnits Mondo Cable Pulli.  Knit it up in a week.

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We've had a little warm spell so I haven't had a chance to wear it yet.  Hopefully next week.  Details on Ravelry

Next up is another ChicKnits pattern, Cassidy.  Very enjoyable knit.  Just enough cabling to keep it from being stockinette.

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It's Cascade 220 in a really pretty colorway.  Blue with some purple and teal mixed in. 


Am Kamin

10 Oct

Happy 10/10/10!

 

So I got some wonderful Hebridean 3-ply last month in Limpet, Selkie and Capercaillie.  But instead of using it for my next project, I'm using some Cascade 220 from stash.  Oh well… Yarn knows what it wants to be and what it doesn't want to be. 

I've wanted to knit Am Kamin for a while but didn't feel like tackling the Japanese pattern.  Turns out it's not that hard.  I love that the whole pattern is charts and schematics, and once you learn a couple Japanese symbols (like for stitches and rows) it all starts to make some sense.

Am Kamin

 

The red is actually a bit darker.  It's not going to be a quick knit, but it'll be worth it.

My easy project at the moment is an Eyelet Cardi for my mom in Knit Picks Cotlin. 

Eyelet cardi

 

I think this is my 3rd Eyelet cardi; I love the pattern.  I have 3 more Chic Knits patterns that I've picked up lately.  They're always well thought out and well written.

Sadly I still have the same socks on the needles as I did the last time I posted.  I really need to finish some WIPs. 

Gotta go, we're getting ready to go to a Haven Kimmel reading/talk.  She wrote A Girl Named Zippy and She Got Up Off the Couch, both of which were incredibly funny and entertaining.  She's from tiny Mooreland, Indiana, which is a lot like tiny Howe, Indiana, where I grew up.  My mom and dad stopped in Mooreland last year on their way to Florida and Mom had her picture taken in front of the Friends meetinghouse where Zippy/Haven went to church.  Needless to say, we couldn't let a local appearance go by without seeing her! 

BTW, it is currently 83 degrees in mid-October. What the heck? 

 

 

Socks and Swatches

4 Aug

Fall must be coming because I want to knit all. the. time.  I finished what may be my favorite pair of sock evah.  (Give me a minute while I figure out how to get a picture out of Flickr PITA redesigned page.  Gah.)  (OK, now that I've found it, it may be an improvement.  Still, give a girl a little warning.)

Aragorn

Aragorn

The pattern is Aragorn and the yarn is Cascade Heritage.  One pair done, another pair started:

Marlene

Marlene in Colinette Jitterbug.  

I've been working a little on my swatches for the Master Knitter level 2.  These are practice swatches, especially since I did the lace swatches in worsted instead of fingering.  Sometimes skimming directions just isn't enough.  I should know that by now.  This level won't be done any time soon.  There's an argyle sock which I'm sure I'll procrastinate on.  And I've never done intarsia so I'll have to practice.  There's a vest that can be done from a pattern or designed.  It seems like designing would be good practice for designing a sweater in level 3.  That won't go quickly.

Level 2 practice swatches

I spent part of last weekend organizing stash.  That was fun.  I was happy to find a little leftover Cotton Fleece that I used for my Cable and O's cardigan.  After I finished it, I decided the button band had too many stitches.  For reasons I don't remember, I bought a couple skeins from a Raveler to use for the new button band. 

This won't surprise anyone, but it wasn't the same dye lot.  Visibly not the same dye lot.  So I've been debating what to do about it.  I thought I had saved the yarn from the original band, but couldn't find it.  Well I found it last weekend so I'll soon be doing Cable and O's 3rd (and hopefully final) button band.  It's interesting how much heavier that Cotton Fleece (cotton/wool) sweater is compared to a similar sweater in Cotton Ease (cotton/acrylic).

The neglected garden seems to be getting its revenge.  We have tons of tomatoes on the plants, but only the grape tomatoes have turned red.  Do they realize it's the first week of August?

Knitting and spinning furiously

22 Jul

Coming up for air!  My current indexing project has schedule slippage and I'm making effective use of the time to knit and spin like a crazy woman.  I actually had to dust off Eleanor yesterday to spin on her.  I thought I might be rusty, but it's just like knitting and felt totally familiar.

I finished my first pair of Wollmeise socks.  It's the Cookie A mystery sock from the Sock Knitters Anonymous group.  I've never done a mystery sock, but I figured I couldn't go wrong with a Cookie A pattern.  They fit perfectly. 

Cookie A mystery sock

Cookie A mystery sock

I'm FINALLY knitting a project with handspun.  And it's a lace shawl.  Both firsts for me!  The fiber was an inexpensive wool that I bought when I took my spinning class last year.  It's a bit scratchy but I think it will work for a shawl.  It's about a sport or dk weight and the pattern is Traveling Woman.  I hope I have enough yarn.  You'll hear the weeping and gnashing of teeth if I don't. 

Traveling Woman

This is what the singles looked like.  They seemed so thin when I spun them but I ended up with a heavier yarn than I expected.   I can't image ever getting a 3-ply fingering weight.  Must practice more!

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Kiki has been a sick kitty, but she seems to be on the mend.  She had been losing weight for no apparent reason so she's just finishing a round of antibiotics and steroids.  She's been ravenously scarfing down whatever we feed her and she's definitely gaining weight.  We'll take her to the vet for another round of blood tests next week, but she seems better.  Although that may not seem obvious from her facial expression here.

Kiki

Despite our complete neglect of the garden, we will have bumper crop of tomatoes and zucchini.  Well, not complete neglect.  We managed to get the tomatoes staked up last week.  (Yes, I am aware that it is the middle of July.) The green beans and broccoli have been decimated by the bunnies though.  This alters how I feel about the bunnies and the bunnies would be smart to keep that in mind. 

Busy busy spring!

16 Jun

My little indexing business is usually pretty slow in the spring and summer, but not this year.  That and planning/hosting a conference at work and the usually spring yard and garden work are my excuses for not blogging since… April 13th.  Sheesh.

I've been knitting, but not a whole lot.  I finished a Tulip sweater out of Knit Picks CotLin for a little friend in Louisiana.  So adorable! 

Tulip Sweater

I always have liked how applied i-cord edging looks, but I'd never done it before this sweater.  Not as annoying as I thought it might be to knit, but then again, it's a toddler sized sweater.  The Cotlin is so far so good.  I started an Eyelet Cardi for my mom in it.  It seems to wear well. 

I've been working on socks sporadically.  I'm working on Cookie A's mystery socks with the Sock Knitters Anonymous group on Rav.  I'm using Wollmeise and the it's perfect for the pattern.  The finished one fits perfectly. 

CookieA mystery socks

This summer has been hot, muggy and buggy so far; a trifecta of things I hate.  Clearly the garden hasn't been getting much attention.  I have most of it planted at least, although I do have a few more tomato plants to get in and another row of green beans to plant.  It's cooler today and tomorrow so I think I'll get up early tomorrow and at least do a little weeding. 

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I'm doing this post on my new laptop!  I got a Sony Vaio a couple weeks ago.  So nice to have 500 Gb instead of 65 Gb.  No more deleting podcasts I haven't listened to because I need the hard drive space.  Also nice to have more than one program going at once without major slowdowns. 

Must get back to work!  I have 2 indexes going at the moment, one of which is over 1200 pages.  (The book, not the index.)  ;o)

All socks, all the time. Almost.

13 Apr

Knitting monogamy has been completely tossed aside.  As we all knew it would be.  At the moment I'm deeply into socks with twisted and traveling stitches.  So tiny, so delicate. 

Window Pane socks in Dream in Color Smooshy, colorway Pansy Go Lightly (could there be a better name?)

Window Pane socks

Aragorn in Cascade Heritage which may be my new favorite sock yarn.

Aragorn

Aragorn

Ellington in Wollmeise 80/20 Twin, colorway Ballerina.  It's the first time I've knit with WM and I liked it. 

Ellington

I seem to have a lot of new sock yarn and sock patterns so there are a lot of single socks hanging around waiting for mates.  So not only have I thrown monogamy overboard, I'm knitting socks willy nilly without finishing pairs.  As DH always says, "If you're going to step over the line, step all the way over the line."

I'm also working on a Tulip sweater for a lovely little toddler who has declared the last sweater I made for her as her favorite.  Smart girl, that one.  I'm using Knit Picks Cotlin.  I'm usually disappointed with their yarn in spite of my deep and abiding love for their needles, but this yarn has potential.  We'll see how it looks after blocking. 

Tulip Sweater

I'm off to cast on another sock!

What happened to February?

2 Mar

Considering I actually pay Typepad for this blog, I REALLY should post at least monthly.  But February is short; if it were normal length it would still be Feb.  Ha!  How's that for rationalization?

Progress is continuing very slowly on Ingeborg.  The sleeves are done.

Ingeborg sleeves

And there's a bit of progress on the body.

Ingeborg body

I've been moderately monogamous.  I've worked on socks but no other large projects.  My left hand isn't used to participating in my knitting so it gets tired quickly when I'm doing stranded knitting. 

VK Vanilla socks

Happily, DH picked this lovely colorway for his next socks. 

We thoroughly enjoyed watching the Olympics.  Good job, Canada!  Nice national anthem too.  We've been getting in some end of the season x-country skiing in.  Our snow is melting quickly now and we're probably done.  Bummer.  But we did plant a lot of bulbs last fall so spring should be very colorful!