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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.

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A Little Bit of Everything (including LYS Roundup, an FO, a WIP and also some silliness)

15 Jul

First off, a LYS Roundup:

Stitch House Dorchester (5/5)
617.265.8013
846 Dorchesetr Ave, Dorchester, MA
http://www.stitchhousedorchester.com/

This is the yarn shop closest to Boy’s place, and I love it.

This is the first yarn shop picture I took with my new camera and it was lazy and on auto and I love it :D

Stitch House Dorchester

It is the friendliest yarn shop I have ever been in, and that is saying a lot. The first time I went I walked, which was about 45 minutes in about 80 degrees in brand new shoes. By the time I got there I was fairly dead, and was offered things like water and sitting down without my shoes and as much rest as I would like. I ended up staying for about an hour, chatting and hanging out with the person working that day, and a group of knitters who were already there. Even though I had never been there before, didn’t have enough money to buy anything, and didn’t even have my knitting with me, I was welcomed without a second thought.

Haven't quite figured out how to do lighting quickly and I already felt awkward about being like, "Can I take your yarn shop's picture?"

The lady working when I went in this time, whose name I forget, sends her apologies for it being messy, which I think is silly because it wasn't messy at all.

They’re decently sized, pretty big by Boston standards, and have two walls of yarn and a yarn island. This time I was clever enough to write down the major brands they sell and They have a very good selection of yarns, including but not limited to Noro (which is currently 40% off I have never been more upset to be broke ever), Cascade, Mirasol, Debblie Bliss, Rowan, Malabrigo, Blue Skye, Madalinetosh, Spud & Chloë, Queensland, Shibui, Classic Elite and Plymouth, plus their own absolutely beautiful line of hand-dyed yarns called Rooftop Yarns, which will ahahahahahahahaha never once I have money again be my first purchase.

I promise my camera could take the perfect picture here, I just still had the awkwarndess.

More pretty fabric I don't know how to talk about!

Like JP Knit & Stitch, they also have a selection of fabric that I don’t know how to talk about, other than to tell you it’s very pretty and tempting. In addition to knitting nights and classes, they also offer sewing classes in the back, one of which was going on while I was there.

The lovely yarn in the lower right-hand corner is Rooftop Yarn!

Back room with lots of sewing machines and, at the time, small children sewing.

I don’t know the exact name or type of class, but I did hear things like, “What do I make?” and then, “You have to come up with something  yourself, that’s the point”, which I absolutely, 100% approve of. I also loved that they were having a class for people in the roughly 8-to-12 age range, because that is an excellent age to learn things like sewing and knitting.

So, yes. You should absolutely go there. It is the bestest yarn shop ever ❤

~topic changer~

Yesterday my camera, Sophie, broke. There was no Going Out In A Blaze Of Glory type of event, I just took her out of my bag at JP Knit & Stitch and there was a fatal lens error. She had been an excellent camera for about four years, and I had even done things like saved up and paid for her myself with money I had earned at a job I worked. It was very, very sad, but I did my best to look on the bright side, and spent hours researching cameras.

I ended up with Florence:

I couldn't take a picture of my fancy new camera with my fancy new camera, so it's a sad cellphone picture.

Nixon Coolpix P500

She is beautiful and wonderful and I adore her. Also, she needed knitted accessories.

I felt a little silly using Malabrigo on a non-next-to-my-skin project, but I'll survive.

Florence's Cosy

Pattern: My own camera cosy from my brain.
Time Span: 15 July 2011
Materials: 75 yards of Malabrigo Chunky in Paris Nights and around 1.5 yards of Malabrigo Chunky in Sunset
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/florences-cosy

I improvised the pattern, but for those curious:

CO 50 sts, then work in k1p1 ribbing for 2 in.

Next row: *k5, yo* to end. (60 sts)

Work in stockinette until your camera fits comfortably in the bag.

Next row: Arrange your sts so there are 20 on each needle, then *k2tog tbl, k to 2 sts before end of needle, k2tog* three times.

Cont. until 3 sts remain (one on each needle), then cut yarn and draw through remaining sts.

For the drawstring, I did a  chain of (single?) crochets until it was a good length, then threaded it onto a yarn needle and brought it through the yarn overs.

Tada! A camera cosy 🙂

Also, I have made progress on Devon:

It isn't a mess of bag or anything, I swear it's actually half a sweater.

Devon's first frontback!

The first frontback is complete, and had a minor setback involving ripping out about fifteen rows for no reason other than I was tired and forgot how to count because they were perfect and I was just being ridiculous has arrived with no complications. It got pretty tedious around the 151-stitch arms-and-body, but it didn’t actually take very long at all. I keeping thinking, “Man, if it only took four days to knit the first frontback, that means I’m almost done!”, and forgetting about blocking and sewing together and picking up and knitting sleeve/collar edgings, but I figure if I close my eyes, put my hands over my ears and sing, “LALALALALALALA” as loud as I can, I’m covered.

When I decided to use Ultra Alpaca instead of a sport-weight yarn, I did Math to figure out how many balls of each color I need. I determined I needed 3.-something of blue and 1.9-something of white, so I got four blue and two white. Around the end of the first frontback, I started panicking about whether or not I’d be able to finish it with the allotted one ball of white. This is how much I had left:

Tiny ball of yarn is tinier than it seems because Florence is awesome and can make tiny things look big.

According to math, this is less than .1 skeins of yarn. Official measurements to come later, with kitchen scale.

It is a tiny, tiny amount of yarn, but it was enough for the knitting, enough to graft the shoulders together. I am In The Clear.

And, here is your daily dose of sillines:

There was no angle that made this look not sideways.

This is me eating frozen chocolate covered banana pieces out of a Batman mug with chopsticks because I am a Beast, that is why.

It’s an addiction to torsos and feet…*

13 Jul

So knitting, it happens!

Well, pretty sure.

I know she looks kind of like a pile of flop right now, but I swear she's a sweater.

This is Devon. I cast on two days ago, and am almost done a sizeable chunk of the way through with the first frontback (a term coined by my sister to describe when a pattern’s front and backs are the same). Since I’m using the Berroco Ultra Alpaca, I went up two needle sizes and am knitting a small. It’s a little hard to tell if I should be doing the small or extra-small, since it’s such a baggy sweater, but I think I made the right call.

I’m really loving the sweater, and the colors I picked. something about it says southern France to me, like I should be wearing it while lounging on a beach, eating a baguette, drinking a bottle of champagne, and generally being cooler than everyone else.

aiufhiweuhfiewufh WHY WON'T YOU BE THE RIGHT COLOR D:

Artsy photo of socks is artsy and also obnoxious.

I also cast on my first pair of socks ever omg. I am very, very excited about them. They got put on hold when one of the needles I was using was eaten by gremlins  disappeared from where I had put it down in the space of the 30 seconds it took me to go to the bathroom, but new needles were purchased, and I have since knit a whole row. Progress might be slow because I’m realizing this is not a good knitting-at-Boy’s project, because his apartment is often dim, and I can’t see the stitches well enough. But, I am super excited to have them done, and even have extra incentive to finish.

Before I tell you that extra incentive, though, I need to state that the color of the yarn in the photograph is nothing at all like the actual yarn. It’s a mix of purples and grey, yes, but there is a lot more purple, and it’s very bright and beautiful and variegated. Hopefully one day I’ll get it in the right light, even if that day isn’t until I finish the socks.

Anyways! Incentive.

It appears to be waving?

Candy magic 😀

This is a skein of Lang Yarns Jawoll Magic that I picked up, along with a copy of Thrown Together, at Ewe’ll Love It! in Nashua, NH. I found out yesterday that they’re going out of business, and I have to say I am devastated. They were a truly incredible yarn shop, and greater Boston knitters won’t be the same without them. They were having a 40% off sale, so I got quite a good deal, and I plan to head back up on Monday, but it’s still heartbreaking. The 31st is their last day, and I fully encourage you to go say goodbye, and maybe pick up a good deal or two.

But anyways. The yarn is gorgeous, and I’ve been coveting it for quite some time. It doesn’t have the best reviews ever on Ravelry, but the colors are just so gorgeous I couldn’t help myself. I haven’t decided on a pattern yet, but I do know for suresies that I won’t be casting on with it until I finish my first pair of socks, hence the incentive. I am contemplating Jaywalkers, but we’ll have to see.

Rainbows of sunshine magical unicorns candy!

Also not the right color exactly; it's a lot brighter than this.

So remember, Friends, never take your LYS for granted because you never know when it’s going to close </3

*This is a bastardization of a line from a Regina Spektor song that’s been stuck in my head for ages. The original reads “It’s an addiction to hands and feet”.

Oh, weather…

8 Jul

But first, a FO!

Pjs in sweater form!! :D

Rose!

Pattern: Rose by Kim Hargreaves
Time Span: 26 June to 8 July 2011 (not bad, if I do say so myself)
Materials: 1116 yards of Universal Yarns Cotton Supreme (6.2 balls)
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/rose

I finished Rose, and in plenty of time to take to Maine! She is the best sweater ever, and is made of cosy. It was a very quick, easy knit, but I did find a few errata that weren’t online anywhere:

–For the back, under the Shape Raglans section, after you do the two cast-off rows, it should say Work 2 rows, rather than Work 3 rows. I’m surprised nobody found this before, but now it is On The Internet, so hopefully it’ll be searchable if anyone is stuck!

–On the collar, work a picot at the beginning of every row. The instructions leave this out entirely, but I’m pretty sure you can see the picots in the picture in the book, and also it looks better that way. I also cast-off in picot, which took a full hour and a half, but was worth it.

picotpicotpicotpicotpicotpicot

Picot! Plus a corner of my kitten.

I also learned that “almost done” is a relative term. I was “almost done” last night, when I finished sewing it together and started on the collar. I was “almost done” this morning, when I only had another 4 cm left on the collar. I was “almost done” when it was time to cast-off the collar. I was “almost done” when I only had ends to weave in. But, now I am actually done, and that is the important part. Wearing Rose is like wearing pjs, only pjs that look super classy and not like pjs at all and can be worn grocery shopping and to class.

I think the yarn contributes to that. It’s 100% cotton, but magical cotton that is the softest ever. I absolutely recommend it for any project, but especially bigger ones, since each ball has 180 yards. This is a little torturous if you don’t have a swift, but it’s super handy that I could knit a full sweater out of almost only six balls (stupid collar that goes on forever and ever and ever). I got it on sale at Webs with a birthday gift certificate, so I’m not sure how much it usually costs, but it is absolutely worth it. I have almost three skeins left, and that’s more than enough to Play With.

But about that weather. In my neck of the woods it’s been around 90° for several weeks straight and it’s been miserable. My temperature enjoyment caps off around 75°, which is pushing it a little, so this has not been enjoyable. But today I finally decided to embrace it, and I wore a mini skirt and a summer-y yellow tee-shirt and got ingredients to make a Summer Dinner, consisting of Salad and Pasta. Then this happened:

I am not thinking of a clever alt text for this image, other than tears.

Clouds...

And this:

More unclever tears...

More clouds...

And then finally this:

Just to be clear, those are raindrops and not actual tears.

Rain drops on the drain in my driveway.

It wasn’t raining hard enough to be Fun and Exciting, just enough to be blah. Usually grey and rainy is my absolute favorite weather ever, but I had spent so long psyching myself up for the Hot and Sun and Humid and Gross that it brought about a set of Mopes. Dinner plans got put put on, or should I say off, the back-burner, and have been replaced with pizza. Moosewood deliciousness will have to wait for another night.

In the spirit of jumping from one topic to the next like a jumping-thing, yesterday I bought yarn for my next sweater, Devon, also by Kim Hargreaves (I swear sometimes I knit things that aren’t by her…). It’s Berroco Ultra Alpaca, a yarn I have heard wonderful things about, in the 6201 Winter White and 62169 Twinkle Mix colorways. I haven’t decided when I’m going to cast on yet, but I’m very excited.

You can't really see, but there is in fact a second "Winter White" skein hiding under one of the blues.

Yummy goodness 😀

The very nice lady whose name I think was Tammie also wound a skein of yarn I had with me but hadn’t bought there. It’s Fleece Artist Trail Socks, and I am So Excited to knit my First Pair of Socks Ever from it. I might start in Maine, or I might wait until I get back and have things like Internet and such for the scary bits. But here it is all wound up waiting for me:

*excited*

Omnomnom.

And now, it is time to eat the pizza before it gets cold. Fair well, Knitting-Blog-Readers. See you on Monday, with lots of pictures from Maine.

A Week of Finishing, Or: Hello, Blogging World!

4 Jul

This week, I am going to Be Productive.

Big words, I know. But I have come to a point with my WIPs where it is no longer reasonable to start anything new ever again, and that is not a place I like to be in. In order to actually finish these things, rather than just talk about how grand it will be when I’m done, I have Formulated a List of Organization, and it is as follows:

Fancy Mitts

First, I am going to finish my Fancy Mitts. Today. I finished the first weeks ago, and have been staring woefully at the size 2s since. I don’t actually mind knitting on them at all, it’s just somehow casting on 48 sts on size 2 dpns is scary difficult obnoxious creates a field of procrastination around the project. Once I actually did the casting on, which was not very hard at all, they’ve been fairly flying along.

A terrible picture for no good reason other than my camera doesn't understand the concept of yellow.

KAL Jen

This is Jen. She is a cropped cardigan by one of my favorite designers, Kim Hargreaves. My sister Robin and I decided to do a KAL of her together last month, and while the knitting flewflewflew (done in a week exactly), the finishing has been languishing. This is partly because I had to wait for blocking materials to arrive in the mail, and then because I had to get buttons, but most recently it’s because I don’t have size 3 circulars, so I can’t knit the top edging until I can borrow said sister’s needles. Plus, since we casted on together, we’re also sewing on buttons together. This will be happening tomorrow, so I will have a completed summer-y cardigan in no more than 28 hours!

Only the sleeve got photographed because it is the sleeve's fault I haven't finished yet (sort of).

Billie's Cursed Sleeve

Billie. Billie, Billie, Billie, Billie, Billie. Even though it’s so much fun to blame you for my current predicament, it is actually entirely my fault. I got a gift certificate to Webs for my birthday at the end of April, and one of the big purchases I made was to get yarn for Billie. I ended up with 25 skeins of Valley Yarns Sugarloaf in BRIGHT IN YOUR FACE ORANGE (this didn’t translate well to picture sad face), which was how much I needed.

Or so I thought.

While I did loose a skein or two on the train, even if I hadn’t I would still have been short. This wouldn’t have been that big a deal, since I got the yarn on sale for $2 a ball, but it’s discontinued, and during the month it took me to knit the rest of the cardigan (it is a big cardigan, I swear), they sold out. I’ve been begging on Ravelry with varying results, but it’s been a sad, depressing process, and I still don’t have enough yarn to finish.

But, as you can see from the picture, I do have another ball. So. I will knit what I have, and then go from there. I’m thinking my next step is to bring the whole thing to Webs and try to find yarn close enough to finish the shoulder. I will have this done by Wednesday, since I’m hoping to get out to Northampton then anyways to get yarn for my next sweater.

Scaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarf. Miles of scaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarf.

Hufflepuff Scarf

This is my “Winter Hufflepuff Scarf”, name in quotations because it is July and I haven’t finished it yet. Miles of stockinette tubing on size 13s can wear on your hands. Plus, it got to be big enough that it was no longer portable. However, I suppoooooooooose if I’m finishing all my other WIPs, I should get to this one, especially since I am so almost done it’s not even funny. If you’ll note, there is a teeny tiny bit of yellow left before starting the next ball. My plan is to knit until I’m done with that, then CO and add tassels. This will not actually take any time at all if I actually do it. So, I will have this done by Friday.

Pile of sweater!

Rose

This is Rose. She started out as an, “Oh hey, I have the perfect yarn for this sweater, so I guess I’ll knit it, and then I’ll have a cosy pullover for lying in bed studying”, only then she turned into the Softest, Bestest Sweater Ever. I’ve been absolutely zooming through her, and I only have one sleeve left before finishing (which includes knitting the back collar but that doesn’t count). Will be done by Sunday.

So there you have it, Knitting World! Projects. They will be conquered. And then I can cast on new things, like my first pair of socks and my next sweater adventure. Remember, friends, if you keep your hands full of yarn, you will be happy.