Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Golden Sunset

When I spend over a year on a project  (however intermittent) I get a little attached to it.
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Cabled Pillow


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Golden Edges

I've had Golden done except the edges since October.  I really, really really wanted to do an interlock bind off.  It's my absolute favorite bind off.
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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Mom mom's Birthday Cowl

Andrew's Mom mom (grandmother) recently had a birthday and we decided to make her a scarf.  When we were talking about what to get her, Andrew asked, "How long would it take you to make a scarf?  We could go get some yarn ... "  Say no more, you had me at "make a scarf."  Ha!
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Friday, December 13, 2013

Fractured Fits

I completed a couple rows under the armpits on fractured so I could try it on for the first time.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Unkink Yarn With A Steam Iron


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Golden Body Complete

I've finished everything except the edging!
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Tiny Knit Baby Blanket


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Monday, September 09, 2013

Hemlock Button Closure

Huzzah!  This weekend I finally figured out a way to use my beads to make a closure for Hemlock.
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Blocking Hemlock

I'm blocking the lace at the front of Hemlock.
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Monday, July 08, 2013

Finished Knitting Hemlock

Over the holiday, I picked up Hemlock again to put on the finishing touches.  I was surprised to discover that I was actually done knitting it.  Woohoo!
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Golden Update - Last Body Increases

Last week we flew to Los Angeles for a vacation.  I don't like flying much, but I do love the knitting time on the flight ... and while waiting in the airport because we are chronically early.
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Purple Cables

I don't have the time or brain power to work on sweaters right now, so I started a little purple swatch of these cables to occupy my hands.
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Monday, April 08, 2013

Hemlock Final Edging

I decided to go with a double seed stitch border under the edge lace.  I frogged the previous edge to move the lace up 8 rows to accommodate the new border. Sometimes I wish I could just copy/paste my crafting.  Oh, the constraints of the analogue universe.
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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Hemlock - Hem Not Quite

I decided to go ahead and work on the hem before I do more sleeve work.  Here is the sweater with mismatch sleeves and a hem ... that rolls ... suckage.
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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Hemlock Sleeve Version 73

The wider sleeve looks sloppy ... sloppy around the lace edge ... sloppy around the shoulder.  I thought having a wider sleeve would make less foldy bits around the arm pit .... you know, ease the transition point between the sleeve and sweater body ... but it appears to have made them worse.
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Hemlock Sleeve Experiment

Oh, crazy sleeve.  How did you ever happen?  Here's what went down ...
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cable Swatch

Of course I couldn't resist. :)  I took a ball of yarn, needles, and a cable needle with me on errands and stole a couple minutes while my other half was browsing.
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Monday, March 04, 2013

Hemlock Update

I'm getting very close to the bottom hem.  I tried it on recently and I onlyhad a couple of inches left to knit.  Then I try it on again and I still have a couple of inches left to knit.  This has happened a couple times.  It's like Groundhog Day.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Green Update

Hmm, I wish I had a name for this sweater.  "Green" is such a boring thing to call it.  Any suggestions?
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Blocking Again

I'd hoped that once I blocked this sweater, it would stay that way.  But after I washed it the first time, I just laid it out on a towel and let it dry.  That didn't work.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Golden Update

Knitting away on the second set of short rows on Golden.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Can't. Stop. Myself.

I didn't work on any of my three sweaters this weekend.  But I did (pretty much) figure out the the mint sweater's stitch pattern.  I just couldn't get it out of my mind after starting that super long swatch.  I woke up Saturday morning with a couple of ideas about how to do it.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Planning The Next Sweater

I worked a bunch on Hemlock this weekend and I realized I was going to finish it pretty soon, and I haven't picked out the next sweater I want to start (I want three going at all times).  I'm excited about using the chartreuse linen yarn I bought, so I went to Ravelry.
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Friday, January 11, 2013

Introducing Fractured

I started another sweater, Fractured.  The pattern is Dragonflies by Joji Locatelli who also designed Vitamin D (aka my Golden).
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Short Rows - Shadow Wraps

I posted previously about my short row angst.  

Part of the problem was that I wasn't sure which way to turn the loops in the "lay a thread across the yarn" method in the pattern.  Well, the pattern writer has now posted a video of how she does the short rows for Old Town.
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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Golden Progress


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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Hemlock Progress

Both sleeves are done.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Helena is Finished

Oh, knitted sweater number 3, how I love thee.  Helena is complete.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Last Detail is Finished

You're here to see my finished sweater, The Last Detail.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Blocking Helena

I figured I should block my Helena before I sewed it together.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hemlock Sleeve

I was getting lost in the miles of stockinette in the body and decided to add a sleeve to my Hemlock.  So much easier than I thought it would be.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hemlock Ensmallering is a Success

Knitting the Extra Small Hemlock in my Extra Large Gauge is working.
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Friday, November 09, 2012

I Finished The Last Detail

I finished The Last Detail sweater and already wore it to work!  Woo hoo!
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Blocking The Last Detail

Over the last couple of nights, I've tied off the last of the loose ends in my sweater, The Last Detail.  Last night I soaked it in the sink to thoroughly wet it and then I blocked it on a towel.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hemlock Reboot

I got far enough along with my  Hemlock that I could try it on ... and it was ... big.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hemlock Phase 4, 5, & 6

Since my last hemlock post, I've sped through Phases 4, 5, and 6 - the mirror image of the left side (phases 1, 2, and 3).
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Glitter Yarn

I have a handful of skeins in both  Lion Brand Glitterspun and Patons Brilliant.  Both are discontinued lines of yarn.  I would love to come up with something glittery to wear from them.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hemlock Phase 3

I have completed the first two phases and started on Phase 3.  The white yarn at the top is the middle of the  back of the neck and the giant safety pin at the bottom is the right collar as it wraps to the front.  On my needles is the shoulder shaping.
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Friday, August 24, 2012

The Last Detail - Accidental Yarn Over

I discovered this yarn over hole in my sweater after I'd finished binding off the bottom hem.  I'd seen it a couple of times when I was trying on the sweater, but I thought it was just where I'd started a new skein of yarn and the ends weren't secured yet.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Last Detail - Hem

Progress!  I've gotten to the bottom hem without having to frog the side increases again.
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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Hemlock - Starting a Deep Green Sweater

I'm finally using the yarn I stashed (ahem) over a year ago.  Boy, it doesn't seem that long ago. :)
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Last Detail - Newest and Final Neckline

I am finally satisfied.  This is actually neckline 4 or 5.  Whatever it's number, it's the last one.  I love it. :)  I wanted seed stitch, it just took me a couple of tries to figure out how I wanted to do the decreases in pattern.
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Monday, July 16, 2012

Cowl Designs

I'm making a cowl for a friend and I have been messing around to come up with a design.  I really did try to find a pattern to follow, but every time I picked a pattern, I changed it a little ... or a lot.  Eventually I just did my own thing.  Surprise!
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Helena Sweater - Done Knitting

I finished knitting the Helena Sweater!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Last Detail - Neckline Re-do

After I ripped out 32 rows of this sweater, I diligently started right back in ... aided by episodes of Hoarders: Buried Alive.  Reality TV helps the stockinette go down ( ... sugar helps the medicine go down ... ).  But at a certain point, I realized I wouldn't know when to start the hip increases unless I had the neckline fixed.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Last Detail - Crazy-high Hip Increases

In the pattern for my "The Last Detail" sweater, there are decreases after the bust, then you work for an inch, and start increasing for the hips.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Blocking A Lace Swatch

Sometimes I get the urge to make a swatch with yarn in my stash.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Helena Sweater - Almost Done Knitting

This is where the text should go.

--- PEEPSHOW: Look what people made with my patterns ...
--- LINKFEST: Check out these amazing crafters and makers!
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The Last Detail - My Nautical Sweater

I told you that I started a new sweater just for my Los Angeles vacation, but I'd like to introduce you properly, now.  Here is "The Last Detail" my top-down raglan made from the pattern Breakwater.
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Monday, June 04, 2012

Helena Sweater - Bind Off Heaven

A gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who left suggestions on my last post!

If I was a more experienced knitter I would have thought to do a provisional cast on and then graft the edges together, as suggested by several commenters.  Alas, it's too late for that now.  Definitely next time, though.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Helena Sweater - Bind Off Anxiety


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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Knitting Outside

It's been nice enough to sit outside and do some knitting lately.  One of my favorite things to do.
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Monday, April 30, 2012

Helena Sweater - Longer and Wider

This sweater is knit sideways from cuff to cuff, so I was going to need to do some short rows to add width at the hips.  These are my first short rows, ever!
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Helena Sweater - Knit Kit

I bought this case to fit in my project bag and keep all my bits and pieces from getting tangled up in my yarn.  Each project has it's own set of must-have bits.  Here is my knit knit for the Helena.
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Helena Sweater - The Adventure Begins

The project I've been working on the most lately is Hélène by Veronik Avery.  How gorgeous is that sweater?
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 8: Project Notes

This is where the text should go.

--- PEEPSHOW: Look what people made with my patterns ...
--- LINKFEST: Check out these amazing crafters and makers!
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 7: Finished Sweater

It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday ... freezing, but beautiful.  I have my coat and scarf at my feet in these photos.  I'm sure everyone else at the park thought I was nuts. :)
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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 6: Actual Steek

... and then it was time to steek the real sweater!
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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 5: Swatching the Steek and Ribbing

I wanted to steek the front edges of my sweater to allow me to cut off the myriad of ends the stripes left.  I was a little worried though, so I swatched the whole thing.  As hilarious as it sounds, at times like this, I feel like a master painter making a detail practice painting ...  it's the same kind of thing, right?  Practice makes perfect. ;)
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 4: Dealing with Yarn Ends In Arms

When I was knitting the arms, I would carry the yarn if I was only skipping over two rows, otherwise, I would cut the yarn.  There were dozens of ends along the seam where I was making color changes and cutting the yarn.
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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 3: Fixing Too-Wide Armholes

As I suspected, the arms on this sweater were much bigger than I wanted them to be.  They might be the right size for layering over button up shirts, but I wanted a closer, smoother fit, so I went back and made some adjustments.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 2: Color Change At Ribbing

Even with the stripes, this is a very quick knit on 5.0 mm needles.  I sped through the body and did everything according to the pattern ...

.. until ... haha, you knew there was an until, right?
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Purple Stripe Sweater - Update 1: Picking Stripes

At the beginning of December I decided to start a couple of sweaters.  Out of the blue, I suddenly HAD to cast on for both of them.  One is slumbering now, but I'm still in the thick of the other, so I'm going to start blogging about it - Panoply of Purple Stripes using Stefanie Japel's knitting pattern Shapely Boyfriend.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Grey Gloves - Crossing Stitches

You may remember that the mustard gloves were an experiment to not make little holes when the stitches split at the thumb/palm and in between the fingertubes.  For these gloves, I'm trying the crossed stitch technique I found on TECHKnitting.
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Mustard Gloves - Tricks For Picking Up Stitches

As I mentioned in my last post about these gloves, I started these gloves about 6 months ago.  I was fresh off my own pair of turtleneck gloves and I was curious about how to avoid the holes that appear on either side of the thumb when you pick up the stitches for the thumb tube.
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Thoughts On Finishing Touches

Well, in my previous post about these gloves I admitted that they'd been sitting around for 5 months waiting for 12 stitches to be bound off (and the ends to be woven in).  I was pretty incredulous.  Maybe I should have given myself a break though.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cream Scarf

I've finished my cream scarf and even had a chance to use it last week when we experienced an unseasonal rainy cold front.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Seriously, Alice?

So when I consulted my list of WIPs to choose the next featured project, I found "mustard gloves."  I started these six months ago.  I didn't think I had much left to do on them.  When I unearthed them from the WIP drawer, this is what I discovered ...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Intarsia Knitting Tutorial on craftzine.com

Woo hoo!  Check out my Intarsia 101 tutorial on CRAFT Magazine's site.
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Sapphire Stack of Owls

Look at what blocking does!  It's a must for knitted lace.  If you're going to take the time to knit lace, you gotta block it. And, let me tell you, knitting is slow and knitting complicated lace is SLOWER than slow.  When I was first starting out, I think I was going so slowly that time started running backwards.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Blocking My Blue Lace Scarf

After  I finished knitting my Sapphire Stack of Owls scarf, I quickly had to order some blocking wires.
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

My Guest Post on Whip Up

Wanna read about my first knit lace project?  You can, in my Guest Post on Whip Up.
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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Simple (simple simple) Lace Scarf

I bought this cream yarn over a year ago to make myself a scarf.  I've had a hell of a time figuring out what I wanted to do with it.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Braided Cable Headband

I completed my knitted braided cable headband.  It's made from Schulana Merino Cotton 135.  It's a soft and spongy yarn that doesn't itch me at all.
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Clown Sweater Construction Details

Get ready to learn more information about the construction of a mini clown sweater than any one human should know.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Clown Sweater Sleeves

I am savoring this project.  Taking my time.  Enjoying every step.  This is so much fun, I don't want it to end.  I'm going to be a little sad when it's all over and I have to mail it away.
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Clown Sweater Progress

I've finished the embroidery on the face.  Now to do the hairy sleeves.
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Clown Sweater For A Mini Monkey

Yes, it's as terrifyingly adorable as you'd imagine.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Cuckoo For Cables

I'm totally smitten with knitted cables lately.  This is a bunch of pre-work for a headband/earwarmer.  None of the stitching shown here was used in the final headband.
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Knit Wristlet

Here's a little wristlet I've been knitting up.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gloves For Me

  I started these gloves in a cold snap, then it got nice so I stopped working on them.  This has happened a couple of times.  Finally, it got so cold, I finished them up.
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Monday, February 28, 2011

Pix!

I spent a some time this weekend reorganizing my craft supplies and WIPs. Mixed in one of my craft piles, I found the fair isle swatch from the class I took.  Yay!
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pics Or It Didn't Happen

Gah!  I took an Fair Isle class at Knit One One taught by Carrie Vermazen several weeks ago.   I just got around to blogging about it tonight , but I can't find the Fair Isle swatch I made.  The heck?!  It wasn't very fancy, but I would have liked to show it off to you. :(
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Chair Cover Details, Part 2

So now we get to the mechanics of attaching knitted and crocheted rectangles to curving chairs.  I didn't plan ahead.  I figured I'd come up with something.
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Monday, February 07, 2011

Chair Cover Details, Part 1

This post explains the yarn, needles, hook, and design process for my office chair covers.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mistakes

So last night I had to run out to the cafe for an hour.  I grabbed my needles and some yarn and thought I might start some gloves for myself because my store-bought gloves just sprang a hole in the first finger of one hand.  When I got to the cafe, my first thought was, "Crap.  There is no way in hell I will be able to do the cast on I want to do."
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

I Am The CraftBorg

I've started exploring/practicing/studying knitted increases.
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

In Which I Bundle Up A Gopher

A co-worker brought in this animatronic gopher that dances like the Caddyshack gopher.  I don't know what came over me, but I said I'd make him a hat and scarf.  It's not like I'm drowning in WIPs or anything ...
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Girl Gloves

If you follow me on twitter and are up late, you probably heard about the girl gloves.  I made a pair of fingertube gloves for a friend.
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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Knitted & Crocheted Chair Covers

When I saw the photo of the color stripes in my first post about the knitted chair covers, I noticed something that really got under my skin: accidental red-white-blue.
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Less-Crazy Phone Cozy, Part 2

When I last showed you the Less-Crazy Phone Cozy I'd just completed the phone cozy part.  But I also want to have a zippered part for money, ID, etc.
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Less-Crazy Phone Cozy

I have started a less-crazy phone cozy.  One of the color knitting techniques I've read about is doing two color stripes in a continuous spiral so there are no row-changes between colors.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Crochet Steeks

Back to the crazy phone cozy and the steek saga.    In my sewn steek searches I'd stumbled across crochet steeks.  I decided to try it out on the now-unusable knitting.
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Knitted Chair Covers

The two guest chairs in my office from work have been well-loved.  I want to spruce them up a little with slip covers.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Sewn Steeks

I first read about steeks while browsing knitting books at the bookstore.  A steek is a CUT YOU MAKE IN YOUR KNITTING.  When I read that, I almost dropped the book.
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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Knit-Slide Color Knitting

I've actually taken the time to start reading Color Knitting the Easy Way.  One of the techniques it talks about is knit-slide.  I thought it might make my crazy phone cozy easier to knit because I wouldn't have all these knotted ends to deal with.  Although, I'm pretty sure the author would recommend against trying this technique with 11 colors.
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Monday, October 04, 2010

11-Color Stripes

I've got a crazy idea for a phone cozy and an undeniable urge to knit stripes, so I'm killing two birds with one stone.
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Friday, October 01, 2010

Library Books - The Stuff Of Nightmares

When I originally moved to San Francisco in '92, the library was the main place I got books.  I was in this hulking, dark, cold building that seemed ancient and ominous.  I would spend whole Saturdays puttering around in there.  I loved it!
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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fingertubes Fingertubes Fingertubes

Anyone else get a Beetlejuice flashback from the post title?  I sure did. :)  "I can't believe we're eating Cantonese. Is there no Szechuan up here?"
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fingertube Yarn

I bought some fingertube yarn since I didn't have enough left over from the scarf to finish the gloves.  It matches perfectly!
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Monday, August 30, 2010

Cotton Scarf Is Finished

This is the softest, squishiest cotton scarf ever.  Just in time for summer in San Francisco ... ha!  No matter, it'll be chilly here soon enough.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Awaiting Finger Tubes

These are man-sized gloves on my woman-sized hands.  I've gotten as far as I can with the yarn I have left.
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Monday, August 09, 2010

Knit Cables

The other day I started thinking of cool things you could do with knit cables.  I did some searches and I couldn't find what I had in my head.  So I made a swatch.
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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Lot Of Knitting Learning Happening

I'm plowing ahead on the fingerless gloves.  I figured out how to use my double pointed needles.  I learned the tubular cast on from a Ysolda Teague you tube video for the ribbed cuff.  I also learned the  cable cast on from the Stitch and Bitch book for the top of the thumb hole.
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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mending Pile - Scarf Enshortening

Andrew loves this scarf.  It's too long, but he wears it anyway, which is a testament to just how much he loves it.  For a long time (omg, it's been *years*) I've been saying, "I can make it shorter."  But now that I can knit, I thought I'd actually tackle this project.
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sweater Fixing

After letting the sweater sit for months, I got the urge to try and fix the armhole and neck line situation.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Knitting A Scarf

I bought some SUPER fancy (read: expensive) cotton yarn to knit Andrew a scarf.  I made all sorts of fancy swatches for him to choose from (no photos), but he always came back to stockinette as his favorite.
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Monday, May 17, 2010

First Knitted Sweater

This weekend I finished up my first knitted sweater.  It's awful.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Public Crafting WIN

Last Sunday I was sitting on a bench in Yerba Buena Gardens knitting, and two older Chinese women slowly walked by me smiling and nodding at my knitting.  I smiled back.  The younger woman, who I'm guessing is in her 60s, stopped.  She started talking to me in Chinese.  I held out my knitting to her so she could see the fabric.  She touched it and ooo'd and ahhh'd.
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wonky Phone Cozy

I've been using my courdory bag to go to the laundr-o-mat and grocery store.  I have a brand new fancy phone, and I feel like protecting it.  There was a perfect little project in the Stitch 'n' Bitch book!
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Knitting Newbie

Craft time has been very limited lately which makes working on big projects impossible.  But having snippets of time here and there is perfect for working on my knitting skills, because I only know how to knit and how to purl.  Five minutes working on knitting and purling seems like an eternity.  In a good way.
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Monday, March 08, 2010

Craft Bar

I made plans with a friend to go to Craft Bar last Thursday.  In between making plans to go and the big night, I got an email from a wonderful woman with the Museum because she saw my post about Open Source Embroidery.  She thanked me for my post invited me to Craft Bar.  And I said, "Oh, yeah, I'll be there!"
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Craft Identification FAIL

I don't feel like taking the time to actually submit it to fail blog.  No one but us would probably get it anyway ... right? ;)
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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Knitting Part Two and More Thoughts About My 2009 Challenge

Wow!  Thanks for all the owl links in the comments of my last post!  It's a smart suggestion that I start out with something small like a hat, mittens, or a scarf before I try a sweater (oh, here's the link to the owl sweater pdf if you want it).

I like to ponder things for a while before jumping in, so knitting probably won't happen for me for a while.  In fact, because of the challenge, it'll probably be 2010 before I pick up the pointy sticks, because I'll need to buy some.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Knitting?

I've been feeling the pull to start knitting.

And then Strawberry emailed me a link to this owl sweater.   Oh, man.  The button eyes just kill me.  I've saved the free pdf pattern for my knitting future ...

** Edit: you can find the pattern here **
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