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Subject:so...
Time:08:41 pm
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there has been knitting. i've just been so busy, i havent updated anything. Right now, everything is babies. A lot of the knitting has been baby knitting. I did a baby sweater, and a baby hat/booties, but i totally forgot to keep pictures of them. doh! I also finished Dan's scarf, but again, no fucking pictures. I suck. But I did make this:

chicken viking hat

yarn: vintage acrylic from the ebay mistake--the yellow yarn actually had the Amoco gas sign on the ball band, speaking of petroleum products!
needles: size 5 US dpns and 16" circular
notes: this was fun to make, but the drumsticks were very fiddly, and i had to figure out the reverse shaping for the right side, because the chart was only provided for the left but it all worked out just fine.

Actually, I'm surprised how well it worked out. It's probably the best thing that I've made so far. I hope the baby's mom likes it. It's so funny. Here's a side view:

chicken viking hat

The drumsticks are kind of heavy. I hope it fits...

Next up, I finish my third sweater! And this one, I think I can actually wear as the pattern intended. YIPPEE!
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Subject:yes I am fully aware that it is april
Time:08:41 pm
Current Mood:busybusy
I have been a bad, bad journaler. What is my problem??? I don't know. My life has gotten away with me. We moved to a new apartment in mid-Feb, and from the holidays going forward, my days were all about packing. I am still working on cleaning out my last few UFOs from last year. Seriously. Oh, and finishing my first baby sweater. But that's a story for another time. I have some old FOs to document!

1. Last undocumented Christmas present:




the Irish Hiking Scarf from Hello Yarn. I like this pattern--it's very clear and easy to follow. I'm in the middle of making her poncho pattern too, but more on that later. I used size 7 needles, and ended up using a crochet hook to hold the cable stitches. I really should buy a cable needle. I don't know if I really care to learn how to cable without one. I used the same Red Heart Super Saver in 'fleck' that i used for his cap. The scarf is quite short. You can just wrap it once around the neck, and maybe tie it. I got bored of the cables after a while, and he lives in FL, so its not like he needs a really snuggly scarf. It's more for when the air conditioning is too cold or when he needs a bit of extra warmth on the back of his neck. At least that's how I hope he's using it. My mom probably put it away somewhere for the winter and won't let him use it.

Here's a close up of the cables:




2. My first sweater--Knitty's Grace:



This sweater was a nightmare of finishing, and in the end, as you can see, it's TOO SHORT. D'oh. But i did wear it once to work under a nice thin cardigan, and no one said anything about it. People thought it was a vest. sheesh. This was made with something from Artyarns (I can't remember exactly what now, but it's linked somewhere in the first entries of this here LJ). It is mercerized cotton with angora, so the yarn is really soft, but I didn't know what i was doing for the most part. It was my first exercise in making a garment, and I suppose I should have picked something a little easier, but I really liked how the sweater looked in the photo on Knitty. I learned how to seam badly) pieces together, and how to pick up stitches, and how to change a pattern to make something useable from something completely wrong. I had to extend the arm holes quite a bit in order to get the pieces to fit around my fat fat arms. It's too bad that now I really hate the sight of this sweater. I feel fat in it because the bottom edge hits me right at the top of my gut and I'm mad that it took so long to finish and is not what I expected. But I'm going to keep it, to remind myself of how far I've come.


3. My second sweater--Chic Knits' Mondo Cable Shell:




I bought this pattern from Chic Knits because I had some Jo Sharp Desert Garden yarn that I got on sale and didn't know what to do with. She listed that as one possible alternate yarn for the pattern, and I was just getting into cables (see Irish Hiking Scarf, and Salwa's xmas scarf), so I thought it would make a great vest to wear over a long-sleeved shirt. I hated working with this yarn. It is cotton, but is made up of a million little threads twisted together, which makes it like this round tube that was very prone to splitting. It has great stitch definition though. I can't imagine making a whole sweater out of it, but the vest is cute. I wear it a lot over button down shirts:




The lessons learned from this sweater? Don't just buy tons of yarn on the internet without ever seeing it before. Also, measure yourself! The small size on this was still much bigger than I needed. I do like the neckline and the shaping, but i would have made it a tad longer if I could do it again. Also, I learned that it really pays to do a good job weaving in the ends. I still don't know what to do to keep them from really sticking out, but I've gotten a lot better since working on this sweater.

So that's it for now, I guess.

My unfinished objects are still:

1. sew the fricking buttons on the pillow case already
2. finish dan's scarf (I am so almost done with that).
3. baby sweater (will be done by Wed baby shower)
4. poncho (it fucking shrank! I have to block it, weave in ends, sew together, and do single crochet edge.) I hope it fits at the end of all that.
5. coffee cozy for amy pie
6. ian's kangaroo
7. isabella's sweater/poncho (i still haven't decided yet)

sweet jesus, let me finish some of this stuff! it's SO CLOSE.
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Subject:remaining projects/resolutions
Time:10:05 pm
Current Mood:hopefulhopeful
Well, now that it's 2006, I guess some knitting resolutions are in order.

First I have to finish:

1. Irish Hiking Scarf for George
2. Ian's knitted Kangaroo
3. Mondo cable shell from Chick Knits
4. Isabella's poncho
5. buttons on the pillow
6. Grace
7. scarves for Dan and Kevin

This year, I want:

1. to learn how to knit socks
2. to try felting. I want to make a knitted bag and maybe some fuzzy feet
3. to finish a few sweaters that actually fit and look good on me.
4. to start knitting with better yarn
5. to just have fun while knitting

That doesn't seem too much to ask, right? We'll see how it goes.
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Subject:last thing to update tonight...
Time:09:49 pm
Current Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
Sheesh. I need to start updating this regularly, rather than all in a bunch, but I don't finish things that regularly... One thing I did was finish up what I thought was the remainder of the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino that Amy got me for xmas last year by making Amy a scarflet. Not enough for a full-on scarf, so we bought some cute little buttons for a scarf-let:



Here's the full-on pic, although it fits differently on Amy:


It's so freaking soft. I made her a hat too, but I don't think she likes it very much. It's almost too soft to wear. I'd love to make a sweater out of the cashmerino.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino
Needles: US 10.5
Pattern: my own... just 2x2 rib. sewed on the buttons and invented the little loops. I don't know how long it is going to last, but it's sure cute.
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Subject:Angela's present
Time:09:37 pm
This pattern I picked out especially for Angela, my other friend from work, because I thought it looked good for her. Unfortunately, I used a yarn that was not a bulky yarn, and therefore, the whole thing took a long time, and was extremely irritating to knit. However, I am pleased with the result. I hope she actually does like it. She said she did when I gave it to her...



Here is the detail of one side:



Pattern: Shocking Pink Coif from Knitty.com
Yarn: leftover acrylic from Mom's sweater, a rose color
Needles: size 6US straight
Notes: Would probably be better with a bulky yarn like the pattern calls for. I think the detail was kind of lost on this one, and Angela wasn't sure what it was for. I had to explain it. I need to get a picture of her wearing it though.
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Subject:Salwa's present
Time:09:22 pm
Current Mood:complacentcomplacent
Ok, this scarf I started on a business trip to London, for lack of anything else to knit at the time. I had printed out the Kpixie Karaoke scarf pattern, and I wanted to try it. However, I was in a rush, and had no good yarn, so I decided out of desperation to just use some of the vintage acrylic I accidentally bought off of ebay. Turns out it did some sort of wacky self-striping. Brown and white, and then a pink stripe that waves back and forth along the whole length of the scarf:



Here's a close up of the cables and fringe--it's the first scarf I've made fringe from:



Yarn: Ombre Sayelle from KMart, vintage acrylic
Pattern: Karaoke scarf from Kpixie
Needles: Size 8US straight Pony plastics
Notes: Great pattern. Easy to follow. I did most of the cables with a coffee stirrer.

For Salwa, one of my friends from work, who I hope will appreciate the brown and pink color scheme...
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Subject:pictures from Christmas!
Time:09:06 pm
Current Mood:cheerfulcheerful
My mom and George (my stepfather) with their presents on... My mom in the Cozy wrap from Knitty, and George in a ribbed cap I adapted from a Lion Brand hats pattern:




My sister wearing her scarf, sitting with Isabella, my neice. Note Amy in the background, bored out of her mind:



That's it, really. Just a bit of documentation that the presents were well received.
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Subject:last Naked Stix update
Time:08:45 pm
Current Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
Well, it's 2006. And I feel like I did ok with my Naked Stix. I didn't get everything done, but I was close! And I've pledged to finish the rest of them before I start all the OTHER STUFF I want to knit... So, on to the list:

1. Salwa's holiday present (scarf that is finished, but needs fringe and blocking).
2. Grace sweater needs stitches picked up and knitted around arm holes and side seams done.
3. My party scarf, for my work holiday party needs fringe.
4. I was going to make an 'airy scarf' from Last Minute Knitted Gifts for my Grandma and my aunt to give them at Thanksgiving, since my aunt is hosting, and my grandma has been sick, but i'm only half way through one.
5. My neice's holiday present (a poncho). Im only half way done with the body,and still need to do the edging and the hood. [Now frogged and waiting until I go down for xmas to see the family--so basically on hold...]
6. Amy's scarf: I need to weave in the ends, sew on the two new buttons and create button loops for them.
7. I have to add buttons to a pillow case I finished a long time ago. I have the buttons, but the will to sew them on? Not so much.
8. stupid charity squares for work knitting group--they decided to do one knit baby blanket, and one crochet baby blanket. I'm (sadly) one of the fastest knitters in the group, so I've done four garter stitch squares already. I'd like to do one more of those, and maybe a couple that are fancier.

Other things I need to get done by the holidays:

1. Angela's holiday present: Knitty's shocking pink coif. [ALMOST DONE!!! I would have been done already if I'd just picked a bulkier yarn. When will I ever learn???]
2. Ian's holiday present: some sort of knitted toy, as yet to be decided.
3. George's holiday present: simple knit beanie. perhaps a matching scarf if there's time. [no time for the scarf--I am still going to make it though...]


Yep. Eight out of twelve. That's not too shabby. The poncho may never get done. My brother's knitted toy is a kangaroo, and I'm half way done with the body. I'm going to send it to him when I'm done. George's scarf too. Grace? I'm afraid to finish it. I will eventually though.
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Subject:Naked Stix update
Time:09:46 am
Current Mood:sicksick
Here's the updated list:

1. Salwa's holiday present (scarf that is finished, but needs fringe and blocking.
2. Grace sweater needs stitches picked up and knitted around arm holes and side seams done.
3. My party scarf, for my work holiday party needs fringe.
4. I was going to make an 'airy scarf' from Last Minute Knitted Gifts for my Grandma and my aunt to give them at Thanksgiving, since my aunt is hosting, and my grandma has been sick, but i'm only half way through one.
5. My neice's holiday present (a poncho). Im only half way done with the body,and still need to do the edging and the hood. [Now frogged and waiting until I go down for xmas to see the family--so basically on hold...]
6. Amy's scarf: I need to weave in the ends, sew on the two new buttons and create button loops for them.
7. I have to add buttons to a pillow case I finished a long time ago. I have the buttons, but the will to sew them on? Not so much.
8. stupid charity squares for work knitting group--they decided to do one knit baby blanket, and one crochet baby blanket. I'm (sadly) one of the fastest knitters in the group, so I've done four garter stitch squares already. I'd like to do one more of those, and maybe a couple that are fancier.

Other things I need to get done by the holidays:

1. Angela's holiday present: Knitty's shocking pink coif. [ALMOST DONE!!! I would have been done already if I'd just picked a bulkier yarn. When will I ever learn???]
2. Ian's holiday present: some sort of knitted toy, as yet to be decided.
3. George's holiday present: simple knit beanie. perhaps a matching scarf if there's time. [not sure I have time for the matching scarf... I'm going to try though...]




Not bad at all. Six are done, and number 7 is almost done, out of 12 (counting the airy scarfs and George's hat and scarf separately). I'm making progress! I really should knock out those two button projects this weekend.
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Subject:tuesday is knit-along day
Time:01:18 pm
Current Mood:depresseddepressed
I haven't contributed much to the lessening of my in-progress knitting. I worked last weekend on the back of a new project for myself. I guess just to take the pressure off. But now, I'm dilegently working on my step-father's hat, which I've already had to rip out once cause it wouldn't fit on my head, let alone his. I'm about 4 inches in, and although the stitches are nice and even, I noticed a huge mistake--it's 3x3 ribbing, but the first 3 and the last 3 are both knit, and since it's round, they're right next to each other making one massive rib of 6 stitches. but i'm not going to say anything, since you have to really be examining it to tell. I should have that done by this weekend, and hopefully can start on the matching scarf. Yep, I'm crazy. I will maybe have time to sew on the various buttons that need to be sewn as well, in order to say that the projects are done, but I'm really dreading that, so maybe not.

That's it. So it's been a time of intense backslide. I ripped out the poncho, haven't started it again (although I did find a better pattern), I started a new project, which has just resulted in ONE MORE UNFINISHED THING ON MY LIST, and am still struggling with finishing christmas presents. bleh.

sigh.
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