February Fail

I had to frog February Lady. It was about 3/4 complete.

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Sigh. Good thing I’m more in it for the process than the product.

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It was just too big, there was no getting around it. There was way too much material under the arms. If I’m going to like a sweater made from heavy yarn, it has to have negative ease, and I forgot that somehow.

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Take Two is well underway.

WIP Wednesday – Handspun Stripes

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Look! I’m knitting with my handspun!

Since I finished the yarn so quickly, I decided to upgrade to the long track event and finish a project with the yarn before the flame goes out. I can totally make it.

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It’s a shallow triangular shawl, alternating the handspun with charcoal Cascade 220. I didn’t think I had quite enough of the handspun to make something as substantial as I would want, and I think the Cascade 220 presents a good solution.

At this point if I bound off I would have a respectable something, so I can totally do this. I just have to decide two things:

1) How to end it. Should I end with a straight black edge? A crocheted handspun edge? I have a few different ideas.

2) What should I call it? I’ll write up the “pattern” such as it is on the blog when I’m done, it’s super simple. The idea is to let 150 yards of handspun in a wonky DKish weight really shine. All the names I can think of are way corny.

Thanks for all your tips on spinning wheels. It really helped me focus my thinking!

February purple-gray

What better sweater to start in February than the ever popular February Lady?

I’m using the Seacolors by Nanney Kennedy that I got at Stitches. I totally can’t decide what color it is.

In natural light it looks sort of purple-ish.

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Under the flash it looks more gray.

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(look at how much I got done between Wednesday and Saturday night!)

But here at the bar I thought it looked purple.

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I’ve decided it’s basically gray with a purple-ish cast. I think it’ll look more purple with the purple buttons I plan to use.

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In any event, it’s a good color for February. And the rustic, cozy yarn is a good fit for February Lady!

WIP Wednesday

Before I tackle all that blue stuff I want to finish, I have a couple of other things on the needles.

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This is a Peaks Island Hood, which I started on my recent holiday trip to visit relatives in Illinois. Seed stitch was the perfect thing to work on when hanging out with the fam, because it’s so simple. The beautiful Malabrigo Silky Merino in Velvet Grapes makes it look a bit more interesting.

This is a Honeycomb Vest, in the same shade of red I used to make Glasgow Lace. It’s my mom’s color, so the yarn was calling out to be something for her.

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I had wanted to finish it for my mom’s birthday, but it looks like it will be finished for my birthday instead. That’s appropriate, eh? I suppose we should give our mothers gifts on our birthday, not the other way around.

2009 – the year in knitting

Can you believe that this is the end of my third full year blogging, and my third year end review post? (2007, 2008). Time flies.

My goals for 2009 weren’t as elaborate as those for 2009. I failed in some of the specifics (to finish some particular WIPs and contribute to the WTP once a week) but my main goal for 2009 was to learn something new. I learned to crochet, I sort of learned to spin, and as Pink Pirates demonstrates I’m getting more and more comfortable with colorwork.

The most exciting knitting-related development in 2009 was not something I planned at the beginning of the year. I have real-life knitting friends now, which is super exciting. I love you, CT River SnB! I have to credit Sonia (of the New Haven SnB) with coaxing me out of my shell to meet other Connecticut knitters. She invited me to an SnB party at her house in February (you can see me chatting with Rebecca in the fourth picture) and in March I decided to find my own SnB closer to where I live. I’m so glad I did!

Here’s a recap of 2009, with a fibery focus:

January:

I made Otto for my mom:

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I got my nice camera at the Circuit City going-out-of-business sale.

February:

I recapped January in the world of knit blogs. I should keep doing this in the new year, it’s really fun putting together best-of posts.

I made the “dead fish hatfor my friend Elizabeth:

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I finished Exchequered for my sister:

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March:

I made a surprisingly accurate heart for my mom:

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I learned how to crochet!

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I finally finished Wicked:

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April:

I started Wisteria:

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I started an Ishbel in purple:

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I finished Cathode (and I look even more embarrassed to be wearing it in some of the other pictures):

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May:

I made womb for my mom (duh):

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I made an Ishbel shawl for my friend Jennifer, in our college’s color:

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We took in a stray cat! She was pretty scrawny and bedraggled when she came to live with us…

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but look at her now! She’s such a good kitty.

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June/July:

I had an intense summer internship at a law firm I love. I was too busy to knit very much at all, but I did crochet some.

I had a great time with the potholder swap:

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And I started Babette:

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August:

I started a Dotty cat bed:

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I finished my purple Ishbel:

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I started Seraphim and Orangina:

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I went on two great trips.

September:

I swatched for a Deep V Argyle Vest, but I never really got started. Maybe it should be my Knitting Olympics project?

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I finished Seraphim:

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I made Knucks:

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October:

I brought my DPP out of hiding but barely made any progress on it:

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I WENT TO RHINEBECK!

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I made myself yet another Foliage and matching mittens for the occasion:

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My home town hosted Stitches East, and the CT River SnB led a pub crawl:

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I finished Serrano and was able to wear it to Stitches:

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I finished the Dotty cat bed. Fiona actually uses it all the time:

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I made Flora to match my Knucks:

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November:

I did some spinning.

I made an Inga hat:

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I made two more Foliage hats for my school’s charity auction:

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I made OWLS:

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December:

I made a blankie for baby Elsie:

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I started Celestine:
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I made Daybreak for my mom:
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I made a pink We Call Them Pirates for my sister:
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I made some Venezia napkin rings for my in-laws:
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I started a Peaks Island Hood on a family trip to Illinois:

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Whew. It was a great year. See you in 2010!

Colors

Aside from the little pirate hat snafu, gift knitting is going pretty well around here.

I’m working on a multi-colored Celestine for the toddler boy of some friends of ours.

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I’m also working on the Daybreak Shawl in purple and red Malabrigo Sock, for my mom.

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The red is the same color I used for my Seraphim shawl. I worked on Seraphim in front of my mom a few times, and she always complimented the color. My mom loves the color red, and I always associate it with her. I considered giving Seraphim to her, but she’s not a lace shawl kind of gal. But i knew that the extra skien of Tiziano Red had to be for her. It feels strange to work in this color and not have it be for her. It feels sort of strange for anything in this color to be mine and not hers.

My favorite colors are blue and green, and while I use those colors often enough, I use other colors for myself too. For my mom and my sister, however, everything I ever make for them follows a pretty well-defined pallette.

Here is a sampling of what I’ve made my mom over the years:

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(Clockwise from top left: Diagonal Cross-rib Socks (2008), Mr Greenjeans (2008), Calorimetry (2006), Red Light Special (2008))

All exactly the same color.  Is that bad?

And look at the things I’ve made for my sister:

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(Clockwise from top left: Exchequered (2009), Everlasting Bagstopper (in progress), Calorimetry (2006), Lopi Sweater (2004), garter stitch scarf (2002), Elijah (2007))

As you can see, all pink, magenta and orange.

Am I alone in this?  Is there anyone in your life who gets the same color stuff every single time?

Pink Pirates – Take One

I decided to knit We Call Them Pirates for my sister as a birthday present (her birthday was over the weekend).

The good news:

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It looks awesome!

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It’s lined in shocking orange Shine Worsted to keep the wool off her face!

The bad news:

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It’s way too short. It’s so short it pops off my head if I turn my neck. Curses. So I think what I’ll do is rip back and add a fourth row of skulls, and give it to her for Christmas.