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What about that March 23, 2010

Two things have happened that are sure signs of spring: I’m sneezing like a maniac and I’m weaving in ends…

Rather pleased with myself, too (not about the sneezing, thank you very much, the finishing!)

For the first time in my entire life, I just kitchnered some stitches together without looking at a cheat sheet! Woo HOO!

For sure, it was only three stitches, but from now on, I’m going to think of these as my Stitches of Destiny.

As in, yes I can, really…

Making lots of progress on my cotton Mondo Cable Cardi —


Here’s the latest in all its steam-pressed glory. I made this one and a half inches shorter than the pattern calls for and am going to make the sleeves 3/4 length. The mod: working until they measure about 10.5″ then cuffing them with some reverse stockinette stitch.

The neckband/collar on this is going to be 2″ wide. I was making buttonholes in it as well but wimped out and reverted to something else ((TBD). This yarn is 50/50 recycled cotton/acrylic from a cone from long ago and has very little tension in its strand. So the buttonholes I wanted looked flabby and that’s just not right ;p

This will probably have one big button in the neckband — I have the perfect specimen…

For those of you knitting along (wave to the Knitmore Girls KAL!!), you can see that the bottom of this sweater is pretty well-behaved. I used my steam iron and pressed the bottom from the wrong side. No rolling! If you are having that issue, try this AND also consider going up a needle size for your ribbing because your gauge might be too small in that area, if it flips. Also — bind off LOOSELY.

Top down sweaters need to have the same give at the bottom as a cast-on for a bottom-up sweater. So in the casting off, knitters need to be mindful of their tension in that area. Go up a needle size or two JUST to work the bind off. In this case, I used a #7 needle for the body, a #6 needle for the ribbing, and because I have that tight bind off problem, I went back up to the #7 when it was time to cast off the hem.

Monday Morning Mirth March 22, 2010

  Monday Morning Mirth  

I just love the music and if you can tell me how in the heck they pulled this off — I know its unraveled but WOW!

Black is the new Black Tuesday March 16, 2010

Every year, I make a New Year’s Resolution to make more black sweaters!

Even though I adore chartruese, aqua, smoky plum, persimmon, and chocolate, I crave and wear ze Black more that any other color.

And digging through the stash, lots of black yarn is revealed: Black Water Abbey (so very nice), various worsted weights (3 sweaters worth), Jaeger PERSIA, Rowan DK Soft (long ago – a cool unusual blendy yarn) and more. So with intentions having grown along with the accumulated yarn, it was about time something was done about it.

But being it’s almost spring (!), I really craved Cotton. What were the chances I’d find black cotton yarn? Not so much! I actually found some black alpaca silk that was birthday yarn from a trip to the Fold awhile ago, and I was sure that I had something by Classic Elite called Avignon, also discontinued at this point, spun from cotton & silk, but it was nowhere to be found. (I’m still convinced it is still here somewhere).

rs1Digging some more (large boxes vs. small boxes) unearthed a find from many many years ago.

Now it’s a lucky thing that yarn doesn’t have an expirtation date (very few I’ve owned degraded unless really stored poorly), because this one is from who knows when. It was vintage when I bought it on eBay and I wrote about it back in 2005 when I made a something with it using both black & white:

A little raglan pullover with delusions of granduer…

I still have this jumper, wear it, wash it but actually forgot I had at least ten more balls of the black yarn used in this garment. It’s called MARJORY from Phildar.

In days of old, around 2002, before the renaissance of knitting we are all enjoying now, one of the easiest ways to get rid of or get full of yarn was eBay. I bought lots and lots of yarn this way. For instance, here’s the Product description from one buy: “Item/Product Name: 11 Balls of knitting yarn. Church Ladies”. What the? I have no idea what this was but I’m still intrigued. Along with the low culture yarn there were some high culture scores, like this one for $35: CelticCollection & Tudor Roses. Still lovin’ that one.

But I digress.

To reward myself for some truly brutal deadline knitting, I cast on a spring cardi with my find. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I unearth something from so long ago, it’s like everything is new again! The mind is wonderful like that (or at least, my mind!) One (if one’s a packrat) can completely forget about things in one’s house and closets and it isn’t until one goes on a romp and digs around that things can go all happy like!

So this has become an admirable Two-Fer: one thing happens with two fab results! I get “new” yarn and a “new” sweater.

The yarn is by the French company Phildar and is coton/acrylique 50/50 blend. It is slightly crisp with a hint of shine and a touch of body. I switched to some nickel needles to tame a slight fiber resistance while swatching with bamboo. Just for grins, I’ve given myself a deadline on this one of June 1st. Given that I have six other projects in various stages, that is an almost hilarious concept, but you know me: I love me some New Clothes…

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