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Agnes, post-blocking.

7 Jan

ETA: Now with two different pictures, rather than two of the same! Because I am super coordinated and would never do anything stupid like that!

Ahahaha. Haha. Ha. Oops.

Doesn’t she look great?? No more weird stomach bulges, no more awkwardly pulling her over my head. Blocking fixed everything. I am ridiculously happy about this.

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Catching Up

6 Jan

Firstly, when I went to Mind’s Eye to get help with my fancy mitts (I need to reknit the thumb, blaaaahh), I was gifted this:

Cowl of Hope for Humanity

This was knit for me by Gail, another member of the Super Duper Frequenters of Mind’s Eye Yarns because one day–in fact, the day I first met her–I made a comment about how much I love Mirasol Ushya in bright red but I’ll never be able to afford it. It was an offhand comment, but Gail decided that meant she needed to knit me something out of it, free of charge, no strings attached, just because she likes to make people happy. How incredible is that? I unfortunately didn’t get to see her today, but I have every intention of making her something in return, most likely a drawing. As for now, I’m wearing my brand new cowl and thinking about how grateful I am to know people like Gail.

Also, if you’ll notice, I’m wearing Rose, who now has toggles. Using cotton for a project with a really wide neckline was a terrible, expand-y idea, and for a while I couldn’t wear Rose at all because she wouldn’t stay on my shoulders. Toggles completely solved this problem, and look super cute. A huge success. Here’s a picture to flaunt said success:

Success!!

Secondly, it’s Blocking O’Clock!

ALL of the primary colors 😀

This is my Strawberry Agnes, which you should most likely go read my notes for, because they are a bit ridiculous. Anyways, the short version is that she came out too short, despite me adding a whole bunch of rows in at least three different places. I also made the pockets bigger because, as written, I couldn’t even fit my hand inside. The resulting sweater was wonderfully warm and cosy, but ended up with the entirety of the bulk from the pockets and increases (very mild a-line shaping was involved) being right over my belly and floating out to just above my hips, making me look about twenty pounds heavier.

So.

Blocking O’Clock.

I pinned her down and stretched her within an inch of her life and soaked the living frack out of her, and hopefully this will cure the problem. If not, I’m not above drenching her in a bath and then hanging her up with weights on the bottom to get those pockets somewhere that is not the least flattering place possible.

p.s. this pattern, while wonderful and excellent and I will almsot definitely knit again, is not for the busty.

Finally, here’s a sneak peek at my current projects (sort of):

Cria on the right and Central Park Hoodie on the left.

I’ve decided to do the 12 Sweaters in 2012 challenge, and I couldn’t be more excited! I have a lot of rules that I’ll lay out for you, but the above picture is actually not of anything on the needles, but instead the extra yarn/finished pieces that are in storage. Currently I’m knitting Cria in Henry’s Attic Prime Alpaca and Central Park Hoodie (hereby referred to as Snuggleupagus) in Plymouth Baby Brush Alpaca. I’ll post more individually about both of these later on as they progress, but generally speaking I’m about two-thirds of the way through the yoke of Cria and I have the back and the first cuff of the first sleeve of Snuggleupagus finished.

Anyways! 12sweaters2012! Here are the rules I’ve laid out for myself:

  1. No more than two sweaters may be on the needles at any given moment.
  2. Weekdays are for sweater knitting only, barring any emergency knitting (i.e. gifts, fixing the thumb of my fancy mitts, etc.).
  3. Weekends are for knitting whatever I’d like. If I’d like to work on my two sweaters I can, but I don’t have to. I may not cast on a new sweater on the weekend unless it requires less than 800 yards and can realistically be finished in no more than two weeks (I have some small sweaters I really want to knit, okay?).
  4. No more than three of them may be a form of My Favorite Sweater (I’ve already got two and they are really freaking addicting).
  5. I must design at least one of these myself.
  6. The last one is a bit tricky. I want to make sure to not use the same colors over and over again, but I also want to work from my stash a bunch, so we’ll see how that goes.

And that is the plan! I have a ton of patterns lined up that I’m really excited about, and I think one of the hardest parts of this challenge is going to be that first rule, which is also probably the most important.

So there you have it! Regular posting to follow, for realsies.