Tuesday, February 28, 2012

In which I make lots of baby hats

IMG_4179 by kbshee
IMG_4179, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

At school, several of our grad students are pregnant (or have pregnant wives/ partners).

At home, I have many, many balls of leftover sock yarn that are 50 grams or more, already gleaned for hexipuffs.

Put those two things together and what do you get? Well, eventually, you'll get lots of baby hats. Hopefully.

The plan is to knit two baby hats per pregnant person as nice gifts. Here's the first one. Recognize the yarn? It is very cute (imho) and knit up pretty quickly. I think this is for a boy baby, yes?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

13 down, 72 to go

IMG_4181 by kbshee
IMG_4181, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This scarf, the Spectra scarf, actually goes pretty fast because there are only 40 stitches on the needle, and most of the time you don't knit all 40 because they're short rows. But it still takes a bit of concentration and if you look closely you'll see a few booboos because, as you might know, Kidsilk haze does not like to be tinked.

But other than that, I'm getting that kind of stained class look that I was hoping I'd get!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I just had to draw lines on my monitor

IMG_4178 by kbshee
IMG_4178, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

to make sure that theese were really, truly the same length. And they are.

Look in the middle--there's a thick red and thin yellow stripe opposite a thick blue and thin grey stripe. And then if you match the stripes going up from there you'll see it is the same number from that starting place til the top of the cuff.

Deep sigh of relief.

Friday, February 24, 2012

These are done...

IMG_4177 by kbshee
IMG_4177, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

...yet I haven't taken a picture of the finished socks yet, so here is a pic from the weekend.

As you see, they are matching but not matching--I'll call them the 'fraternal twins' socks.

Meetings today got cancelled---kind of astounding, to have a day free of stuff. I hope to do some reading and writing, and perhaps organizing for next term. It's been
another meeting-heavy week, but our professor searches are almost wrapped up and things tend to slow down a bit for the last few weeks of class.

Looking forward to some relaxation today and the weekend though!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Spectra

IMG_4176 by kbshee
IMG_4176, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

It's a scarf.

I know, it looks like a skirt, but it isn't. It's a scarf knit intarsia (oooh) with two yarns--I'm using Kidsilk Haze stripe for the 'insides' and kidsilk haze violetta for the 'outsides'. The color changes really haven't kicked in but since pattern calls for 85 'wedges' I'm guessing it will look pretty cool once it is done.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

It's blocking!

IMG_4175 by kbshee
IMG_4175, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I finished my revised Tangled Yoke cardigan, and it is in the process of being blocked out..although I think I'll have to reblock it again once this dries and I try it on.

Generally, with this yarn, you can gain an inch or two here and there and I definitely need an inch or two in the sleeve. The length of the body is OK, I think, but I think a steam block after this dries would help.

Anyway, this is my first time adapting a cable sweater for a much, much thicker yarn and I learned that there is a reason that the original sweater pattern called for a thinner yarn. The cable is kind of clunky and awkward when translated to a thicker sweater.

However, I just wanted a big old cardigan to wear around the house, and this should do that trick pretty well.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mr. Stripeys

IMG_4173 by kbshee
IMG_4173, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

When we lived in Tennessee, we planted a garden one year with visions of growing lots of delicious veggies. One of the veggies we selected was a tomato with the delicious name of "Mr. Stripey".

My memory is a bit hazy, but I'm recalling that the vegetable garden experiment was not successful, yet the name Mr. Stripey has stuck with me. And that is the name I'm calling these socks.

As you can see, I finished the first one and then made the whimsical decision to have the second one be complimentary and not a perfect match. I love these colors, and the yarn is nice too--it is String Theory Dyeworks, beautiful clear intense colors.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Put 'em up. Puuuttt 'emmmmmm upppppp.

IMG_4171 by kbshee
IMG_4171, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

You have to say that like the Cowardly Lion.

Because this cardigan is fighting me every step of the way.

You can't even see the tangled yoke, but it is there. I've finished the cabling and now it is in the home stretch. But it hasn't been easy. Two rows took me three hours, with all the ripping back and forth.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Step by step....inch by inch....

IMG_4170 by kbshee
IMG_4170, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

...this sweater grows.

But man. It is going to take a long time. I think the pattern said 19 inches before the stitches get rearranged for raglans. Luckily this is no-brainer knitting.

I'm having a lovely weekend---lots of relaxing and hanging out with Tim which is exactly what I need. Lots of reading too--I read "Catching Fire" (the second book in the Hunger Games series) Friday and yesterday, and am about halfway through "The Cat's Table". I've done a lot on the stripey sock, and also have done some nice work on the tangled yoke cardigan.

Plus two long walk avec pooches.

Perfect!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

New Sock

IMG_4169 by kbshee
IMG_4169, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

I've started on a new sock, this made with a very cool yarn from String Theory Dyeworks. The yarn's name is Continuum since there are very pronounced stripes, and this colorway is called Memristor.

According to Wikipedia, Memristor is a portmanteau of Memory Resistor.

According to Wikipedia, a portmanteau is a word created from a blend of two words.

I'm feeling pretty lazy today so I better stop now before I get in over my head.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Tipped-sy

IMG_4167 by kbshee
IMG_4167, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

This is the result of 3+ hours of knitting during the Superbowl. Impressed, are ye not?

It is the Color-Tipped Pullover from the Fall 2011 Knit Simple magazine. This is basically a raglan pullover knit in one color (the red color) and trimmed in the lighter color, or 'tipped' around the bottom, the cuffs and the neckline. I have Rowan Calmer in the stash to make this (although now that Calmer is discontinued, and I'm now knitting with it, I want to buy it all up). I think it will be a nice mindless knit except for the tipping part, which frankly isn't that much.

Rain has returned to Oregon, sort of welcome although it is oddly warm. And it is my Aunt Mary Jane's 91st birthday today and she's getting ready to go out to a french restaurant with her buddies. I can only hope that I have half of her energy when I'm, well, awake tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Welted Infinity Scarf

IMG_4166 by kbshee
IMG_4166, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

Here's the Kidsilk Haze Stripes yarn knit into the welted infinity scarf. I love the colors and teh stripes although these really aren't colors I'im comfortable wearing. It can be doubled up as sort of cowl or very fluffy scarf and it looks good. Beautifully soft too.

I have one more ball that I think I'm going to work into another heartbreak shawl---although another infinity scarf is tempting too!

I have a bunch of yarn left over, thinking about a headband or fingerless mitts or something like that.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Much Concentration Required

IMG_4164 by kbshee
IMG_4164, a photo by kbshee on Flickr.

So---yesterday I spent a bit of time figuring out the next steps on my modified Tangled Yoke cardigan. Just to recap:

-I"m using a much thicker yarn than the pattern requires
-Luckily, the pattern gives instructions in 'inches' (ie knit until the cuff is 7 inches) as opposed to its evil cousin 'rows'.
-However, I had to do some mathy math in order to figure out a)where to put the sleeves and b)how many stitches to put on hold for the underarm.
-Hence the calculator and pen.

This is going well. The whole 'yoke' part is 9" and the only question is how much of that 9" will be taken up with the cable pattern...and I have the technology to do the mathy math, just not the desire, hence winging it. Never good, I know, but it will be OK.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Happy Knittiversary to Me!

Eight years ago on Super Bowl Sunday I became a knitter. I knit a garter stitch scarf out of Homespun with many many dropped stitches. Today I still drop stitches but often on purpose. Happy Knittiversary to me!

Thursday, February 02, 2012