Still loving the hexipuffs.
So, it is the last day of August. Summer is winding down, and I"m happy that I finished those three sweaters that I wanted to finish (oh, I still need to do the icord for the bright pink one but I'll knock that out sooner or later).
Also, I did a great job knitting stash this month...I'm already about 1/4 of the way into the next mile, and since knitting will slow down this month I'll need that little bump.
I still have a few weeks before classes start and I'm pretty much ready. In denial but ready.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Still loving the hexipuffs.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
So I finished this last night...including the weaving in of the ends. I haven't blocked it yet, though, but I really like how it turned out so I wanted to share. And I finished it by my self imposed deadline, which is tomorrow! Awesome!
The pattern calls for a zipper, but I can't decide whether I want a zipper or not. I'll probably wear it for a while and see.
And can I remind you? TWELVE SEAMS.
And here is the back. It looks a little tweaked, doesn't it? I think it is because I'm twisting a bit to take the picture, but hopefully blocking will straighten that out too.
It is actually cool enough this morning to wear this sweater, which I am doing as I type this. It makes me happy!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I"m finishing up the Celtic Icon sweater (for that is its name) which has involved ten seams. TEN SEAMS! As Tim mentioned, that is unseemly.
I'm working on the hood, which has TWO MORE SEAMS.
So a little Pilot eye candy instead.
Friday, August 26, 2011
I finished the second sleeve (sorry you can't see the pattern). I also finished one of the inserts (yes, this pattern has seven pieces: one back, two sides, two inserts connecting back to side, two sleeves). If I hustle, I can finish the second insert today. Leading us to PUTTING THIS TOGETHER and doing the hood. And then, amigos, I"m done!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
It's Fall! It's that time when all us knitters get so excited about beautiful new patterns in the magazines we love! The new VK is "In the Mood for Romance" and hey, I'm all for that! Let's take a peek.
The GOOD: 37 patterns PLUS a bunch of free sock patterns in a special advertising section (well, you have to download them at vk.com, but that's not bad. These free patterns are good, especially the ones from Alpaca with a Twist and Mountain colors. Nice job! The Masterpiece Classics are black, grey and white knits that should make an anglophile's heart go ba bump. I like the gloves, the cute shawl collar sweater, the hat, and I see things I like in all of them. Cute mittens and scarves in the "What You Want NOW" section, and the braided cowl looks intriguing.
The BAD: Nothingin the Stripe It Right section speaks to me: bulky striped short sleeve knits? Really? Many of the sweaters are just so BIG with no sleeves..what is up with that...in the Lace section and the All About Ease section.
The Ugly: why why why? Why take nice sweaters and knit them up in ugly green colors? Green is a hard color, and my friends, the greens might not look that awful on your computer screen but in the magazine they are much, much brighter.
And VK does not disappoint on styling.
Apparently someone at VK has been watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
On the balance, though, I'm happy with the issue. Plus, many of the ads feature great patterns that are for free on websites. Yep. Happy. What did you think?
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
For some reason, sleeves make me want to do puns on my blog.
So this is the second sleeve for the monk sweater thingee from that book, you know? It's almost...almost...time to start the raglan decreases and that means that the sleeve is almost done.
I also have two side pieces for this sweater to knit AND a hood, but I got half of a side piece done in a 90 minute faculty meeting yesterday so I feel like I'll be able to start putting this together someday soon. The goal is to finish it by the end of August, which probably won't happen, but I think I'll be kind of close.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Well, I have reknit the sweater...the top down cardigan with the fair isle hood...and I've completed past the part where Pilot destroyed it, so I guess I feel sort of caught up.
The yarn is a lovely Jaeger Matchmaker Merino DK in the second best purple color that they make (I don't have enough of the first best purple color, sadly). Lovely yarn to work with, but apparently very attractive to pups.
But honestly, you tell me, how angry can you be with this?
Monday, August 15, 2011
So I've done almost no intarsia, and definitely not intarsia in the round, but Tim found these socks online (they're commercially produced, not hand knit) and they sort of call out to be knitted. Don't they?
I've printed out the graph paper and am about to dive in the stash to see if I have yarn. I know I have grey sock yarn, and I know I don't have white sock yarn, but I'm hoping I have a light grey that could be a contrast.
Even though I could buy the darn things for $9, I really want to give these a try.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
So it isn't yet done...it needs ends woven in and there are these funky little ties that add some interest to the right bottom side and to one of the sleeves. These mean I have to do some icords--so I'll get to those eventually.
Wednesday evening we toted the kayaks over to the Canoe Canal for a little pre dinner paddle that was gorgeous. We had done a longer paddle on Sunday so I was still feeling it a bit but it was a great break for the middle of the week.
And secret project #2 is underway!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
I took some time yesterday to finish this sweater, that is to finish the second sleeve...there's still the putting-it-together and knitting of the neck to occur.
I've done two of 14 rows for the neck, so I'll finish that up tonight and will have this together by the end of the week.
I'm SO EXCITED to cast on something new...I'm going to find a needle for that fair isle hood sweater and also going to start another entrelac shawl, plus a second secret project plus a dog sweater for Juneau. SO EXCITED!
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Sort of .....limp.
Today we got up sort of early and drove up to Blue Ridge Reservoir, about 60 miles away
'up the McKenzie' as they say here. We got the boats in the water and did quite a paddle...Tim looked at the map afterward and thought that maybe we had paddled six miles! It certainly feels like it right now as I lie on the couch with thismuchenergy left to type on the keyboard.
This sock's partner is almost done too. So I'm almost done with these socks and with one of the pink sweaters. It's time now to think about new things to cast on. One will be that sweater with the fair isle hood (could be a mindless project) and I've also found some super bulky yarn in the stash that will knit up quickly into a bit thick sweater. So those are the two plans.
The first mystery project is done and I have a second one to do too.
I can't believe it is the end of the first week in August and summer seems to be ending. Yikes!
Friday, August 05, 2011
I finished the first sleeve for the bright pink sweater. My plan was to go back to the dark pink sweater and work on THAT sleeve but I'm just going to barrel ahead and get this sweater finished. I do feel I can finish both by the end of August and then I'll call summer successful.
I'm tired. I've spent this week, from 10-3, with a dozen 17 year olds at a program run by the UO called the Summer Academy to Inspire Learning. I've taught storytelling to these kids, and we've focused on college essays. Man, they are exhausting! They are exhausting on many different levels but from a teaching perspective, just the idea of being 'on' for five hours a day, four days in a row, without a break, is a lot. So I'm going to relax and knit and read today to recover.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Today is the anniversary of when I started blogging--I think it has been seven years! Maybe six...I can't see the archive dates from the flickr site where I write this. But anyway, yes, happy blogaversary to me!
I really like writing my blog, keeping up with knitting, and hearing from other knitters, so thanks for being part of my blogging adventure.
This weekend as I mentioned my SIL Candace and I zipped through the Sock Summit marketplace. I had three rules for shopping:
-no purple yarn (I have too much)
-no yarn like other yarn in the stash (I have too much)
On the left is Miss Babs in the "Crazy Ava" colorway, which will work up into nice fall socks. On the right is Three Irish Girls cotton/bamboo yarn in pinks that will match my new pink sweaters! And in the middle is a gifty from said SIL...a Herdy mug! I absolutely loves this company and love this mug. Thank you again Candace!