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Knitting Update

It seems I can’t keep up with the bloggable bits of my life on here as of late because of the sheer number of things I’ve got going on now. I’ll get caught up someday. I want to write about the fairs I’ve been to, the various school events going on, and other life stuff. But that’ll have to wait for another day.

I want to talk shop. Specifically about my knitting.

I keep screwing up on my cowl-neck vest! I have been trying to put that damned cowl on for about 3 weeks now. The first time, it took forever to pick up the right amount of stitches evenly. I worked out a system for that, though. I marked the center of the front and back, and then the quarter marks. I then divided the number of stitches I needed to pick up by 4. I made sure there were that many stitches as evenly spaced as possible between the markers. So, that’s one good thing.

After I finally got the right number on and knit 2 inches or so, I realized I picked the stitches up on the wrong side! The seam was facing the visible part of the vest. So there it goes.

I picked it up again today. Knit about 3 inches after picking up the right amount of evenly spaced stitches when I realized I grabbed and used the wrong size needle. When I looked at the directions, I accidentally looked at the next section, which calls for sz. 7, and not the neck section, which calls for sz. 10. I have some serious frogging to do. Luckily, it’s just the cowl. The rest knit up like a dream.

I think it’s time to order some of those Ravelry pint glasses….

In better and happier news, I got an unexpected package in the mail the other day from a dear friend of mine. Gail taught me to spin on her double-peddle wheel a few years ago and really taught me some of the foundational skills of knitting I never picked up before. She taught me how to run a stitch to fix a mistake a few rows down, how to do various borders to add beauty and flatness to scarves, and how to block. We’ve been talking for years about getting together to teach me how to really spin, but I haven’t had the chance to take her up on it yet. But I really should. Look at what she send me for a wedding gift:

hand-dyed hand spun Jacobs fleece

hand-dyed hand spun Jacob's fleece

How lucky am I? The perfect blend of fall colors in roughly 220 yards of worsted weight wool. Now, what to do with this gem? A cowl, perhaps? Any and all suggestions are welcome. Help me come up with the perfect way to knit this beauty up.

More eye candy:

so beautiful!

so beautiful!


Knitting News

At my reception, I found out that my cousin Tracy’s baby is being baptized on Sunday. You know what that means, baby knitting!

I scoured Ravelry for patterns, and found a bajillion I love. The winners for this project are:

From Woolly Butts: The Chiara Cardigan (rav link)

Photo Courtesy of Woolly Butts

Photo Courtesy of Woolly Butts

This cardigan will be knit in Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in colorway 149 Stone and, for accents, colorway 112 Berry. The edgings and the stripe in the middle will be in the berry color.

I’m also going to knit up some Better-than-Booties Baby Socks by Ann Budd.

Photo Courtesy of Interweave Knits

Photo Courtesy of Interweave Knits

Beyond knitting for baby, I’ve been making progress on the Gentleman’s Socks with Lozenge Pattern for my father-in-law. I had to rip them out and start over because I goofed on the lozenge pattern during graduation – I thought I had the pattern memorized. Oh well. It’s coming along well.

Gentlemans Socks with Lozenge Pattern

Gentleman's Socks with Lozenge Pattern

Cowl-Neck Vest Progress

I’m also making progress on my cowl-neck vest. In a few more centimeters I’ll be ready to graft the shoulders together and start on the cowl. After I get knitting for baby done, I’ll finish up the socks and vest. Maybe another 2-3 weeks on these?

Cowl-Neck Vest Progress

I also have a bunch of projects I can’t wait to start. And I also have a ton that have been on the back burner for a while. Such is the way of knitting, though. Too many interesting projects and not enough time to get them all done.

For one, I can’t wait to get going on some Cap’n Crunches. I’m going to use my Mission Falls wool to make some of these (the striped socks just were not working – this is a much better use of the wool!).

photo from Ravelrys Cap Crunch pattern information page

photo from Ravelry's Cap' Crunch pattern information page

I better get knitting…

Fiber Field Trip and a Life Update

Saturday was the first of the fiber field trips organized by Greenchop on Ravelry. In the fewest words, it was a blast! In more words, it was an amazing experience that was worth every bit of the effort that went into it. Gari over at Maranacook Yarns was a gracious hostess and opened her doors wide with pastries and coffee in waiting. I was blown away by her selection in such a small space! She had every yarn I’d ever dreamed of fondling in that little shop. Luckily she’s 10 minutes down the road from where I am so I didn’t end up in financial trouble. 🙂 Her selection of sock yarn, for example, took up an entire wall! She also has spinning wheels, roving and other notions for the spinner, too. I can’t wait to go back for the weekly knitting groups, monthly potluck, and the occasional wine tasting.

We moved from Maranacook Yarns to Sully’s Tavern in Winthrop. If you’ve never been and you’re in the area, shame on you! Their meals are very well prepared and satisfies the epicurean in me. Everything from their burgers (cooked to order), to french fries (hand cut), to their soups and salads is delicious and very tastefully presented (pun intended).

The group then went to Friends’ Folly Farm in Monmouth, Maine where we saw the weeks to hours old Angora goats. On this note, Angora goats produce mohair and Angora rabbits produce angora. Confusing, I know. It’s because both fiber animals are from the same area and thus named after their region. Pogo was very generous in opening up her fiber processing mill to us and allowing us to visit her animals. It was such an educational experience for this novice spinner and experienced knitter.

At this time, I’d like to give a shout-out to all the people who attended this trip: it was a rockin’ time and I can’t wait until the next get-together! Those who couldn’t make it, I hope you can make it next time! Darquilter wrote up a blog post about the trip, too, including pictures AuntieMame took.

In other news, I picked up some wonderful items while out and about that day. I purchased 3 skeins of Noro Fiji at Maranacook Yarns that I’m knitting up into a simple garter stitch scarf (25 stitches on sz. 10.5 needles, colorway 88 lot C):

And a skein of local spun 50% wool and 50% mohair from Friends’ Folly Farm:

I’ve been knitting on the Noro scarf all day at school during the down time and the hour-and-a-half meeting after school. I’m nearly done skein one. At this rate, this scarf will be done by the end of next week!

In more personal news, Clarence the Hamster has settled into my home very well.

He’s curious, active, and very affectionate. I heard that dwarf hamsters can be stand-offish but I haven’t noticed that with Clarence. He’s taken to Allan and I very well. Oft times, when I come home from school and say, “hi Clarence, I’m home,” he’ll come out from his hiding place and waddle over to his door to say hello. He loves his hamster ball and cruises all over the apartment in it. He’s not a fan of carrot, loves blueberries, not sure about strawberries and has yet to try celery. He loves seeds, though.

Fiber Field Trip

Knitters all over New England are getting together on Saturday, April 12, 2008 from 10 am to 3 pm for a fiber field trip to Maranacook Yarns in Readfield, Maine and Friend’s Folly Farm in Monmouth, Maine for a day of fiber fun. We’re meeting between 10 and 10:30 am at Maranacook Yarns where we will check out this LYS and be provided with coffee and goodies. Then we’ll do lunch in the greater Augusta/Winthrop area, then we’ll be off to Friend’s Folly Farm to pet the angora goats and fondle the roving. Sounds like a great day, right? If you’d like to join us, RSVP through me or at Ravelry under the Fiber Field Trips group.