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Subject:well, I did it....
Time:05:34 pm
Current Mood:determineddetermined
I completely frogged the poncho. And paradoxically, I feel a LOT better. I'm going to re-knit it using a different pattern as a guide. That lady didn't know WHAT she was talking about. I KNOW I followed that pattern TO THE LETTER, and it ended up 6" short. And I was using the recommended yarn and needles and everything. I can't wait to get home and start it again. Except that I probably won't get a chance until this weekend. But I have movies! So I foresee a glorious weekend of knitting ahead. And maybe some digicam shopping, since I want one of my own, and won't let amy buy it for me.
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Subject:poncho again
Time:02:25 pm
Current Mood:anxiousanxious
yeah, I'm going to do it. I'm going to rip out the bottom of that fricking shortie poncho and add more length. I can't stand it. I've been trying to forgive myself and forget about it, but I can't. I need it to be perfect when I go to Florida. I need my niece to ooh and aaah like she would if it was store bought and pefect. I don't care that it means ripping out ten rows of fun fur that i hated knitting with anyway. i dont care that i now have to add it back to my list of unfinished projects. I have to re-do it or I'm not going to get a SECOND OF MENTAL PEACE.

Oh, and I finished salwa's scarf fringe, and in between baking mac & cheese to take to my book group's christmas party tomorrow night, I'm going to wash and block it and then trim the fringe, so that one is off the needles.

So all I have left of the unfinished projects are the two button projects (amy's scarf and my pillow back) that I need to do this weekend, the &)%*)#& poncho, and Grace, which I absolutely dread finishing, cause it has lumpy seams and may or may not fit me, in which case, I'll have to give it to someone else, and I really want to wear it myself.

Then I just have to start and finish my last minute xmas presents. Oh, and somewhere in there, I started a new project for myself. uh. what?
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Subject:now i feel sick.
Time:08:30 pm
Current Mood:relievedrelieved
A poncho problem:

After fighting with the fun fur for rows and rows of never ending stitching, I've finally taken Isabella's lovely pink poncho off the needles. The body is done. It is only missing the hood. HOWEVER. I kept saying to Amy: "Doesn't this look small to you?" She didn't know, and frankly neither did I, not having a kid size 6-8 to try in onto. OH MY GOD. After looking at the pattern again, and then remeasuring, I have a TEN INCH poncho when I should have a SIXTEEN FUCKING INCH PONCHO. AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH.

I don't know what to do. I am having such a shitty night. First, I slammed my poor Yorkie's foot in a door accidentally, and Amy will have to take her to the vet tomorrow to see if she's ok. She's limping around the house tonight in the most pathetic fashion and I feel like the biggest idiot in the world who doesn't deserve to own a dog.

And now, I am stuck with a poncho that is six inches short and will most likely not fit the intended recipient. It was meant to be the crowning glory of my christmas giving, and now I don't know what to do with it. At this point, I may just figure out a way of threading an I-cord or something through the top and calling it a skirt. But I have no idea how big it is compared to the kid who its supposed to be for.

Ok: I just called my sister, and on a rough estimate, it is about 10 inches from the kid's throat to her elbow, so it should JUST ABOUT FIT. thank god. now I can watch Desperate Housewives in peace. whew!
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Subject:Naked Stix list again
Time:04:34 pm
Current Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
1. Salwa's scarf fringe.
2. Grace sweater (for me) needs stitches picked up and knitted around arm holes and side seams done.
3. party scarf, for my work holiday party needs fringe.
4. two 'airy scarves' from Last Minute Knitted Gifts for my Grandma and my aunt to give them at Thanksgiving.
5. Isabella's poncho.
6. Amy's scarf: I need to weave in the ends, sew on the two new buttons and create button loops for them.
7. stupid charity squares for work knitting group
8. Angela's holiday present: Knitty's shocking pink coif.
9. Ian's holiday present: some sort of knitted toy, as yet to be decided.
10. George's holiday present: simple knit beanie. perhaps a matching scarf if there's time.
11. My first pair of socks. I've got the yarn and the needles, and I'm dying to try and figure it out, but I have those other things to do first. I guess I'll save this for a reward, once I'm done with my other knitting projects.
12. pillow buttons need to be sewn on.

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13. airy scarf for me.
14. coffee cozies for Travis and Amy (should only take an afternoon for both).

Not too bad... I should finish the poncho soon.
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Subject:Naked Stix update
Time:04:13 pm
Current Mood:busybusy
Well, I'm making fantastic progress on my Naked Stix list.

My latest FO:
newglasses

Pattern: Airy Scarf, from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, which everyone and their mother has made. It's super easy.
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze, 70% super kid mohair/30% silk, a sort of hairy string that I hope never to work with again. Why do people like this so much? That being said, I have another ball of the semi different Rowan Kidsilk Night (67% kid mohair/18% silk/10% polyester/5% nylon), which is black with sparkles shot through it that I'm going to use to make another one of these scarfs for myself later. The scarf itself is really pretty when its done, but working with this stuff is quite the bitch.
Needles: Size 10 circular, because I didn't have size 10 straights, only 10.5.
Notes:
I gave these two matching Airy Scarves to my Aunt and Grandma at Thanksgiving, because they both deserve something nice, and I probably won't see them at Christmas. They look cute, don't you think? I'm glad this one is done:
Aunt D & Grandma

and just to note for Naked Stix, my squares for the charity baby blanket at work are done. I'm not photographing them cause really, there are 5 garter stitch squares, one in 3x3 rib and one in stockinette with a garter stitch edge. They were done in Bernat Softee baby yarn in a variegated pink/purple/white baby shade. Boring, but done.
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Subject:Dayflower Lace Scarf
Time:02:59 pm
Current Mood:productiveproductive
This is the other project I've finished, but not documented. It is my sister's Christmas present (they have NO idea I have this blog, so I'm not worried about peekage).

Daylily scarf

Pattern: Dayflower Lace Scarf
Yarn: Paton's Astra (100% acrylic)
Needles: US #8 needles, straight
Notes: I loved working on this. It is so pretty, and the Astra is light years ahead of the Red Heart, even though it's acrylic too. I don't know that I knew that when I bought the yarn, and actually I bought it to make a different scarf, which proved too hard for me to learn on a plane, and I made this on a business trip to Arizona and back. I love it so much, and I may use the rest of the yarn to make a second one for myself at some point. It was so fun to knit, and I loved seeing the flowers developing as I went along. It's impressive looking, too, even though it wasnt a hard pattern. It was my first attempt at using a chart, and it was fine. It curled a lot, but I steam blocked it, and while it seemed to flatten the yarn a bit, it did stay blocked.

Here's a close-up:
Daylily scarf

Isn't it pretty?
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Subject:Cozy
Time:02:40 pm
Current Mood:happyhappy
It has come to my attention that Ive been woefully amiss in documenting projects as I finish them. The next few entries are about things that I'd finished a while ago and never documented. The first:

Cozy blocking

Pattern: Knitty's Cozy
Needles: 24" #8 circular
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver worsted wt in Aspen Print, almost two full skeins
Notes:
This is arguably the worst, cheapest yarn in the world. My mother, who doesn't know any better, bought me a bunch of this stuff, and because she said she prefers acrylic, I used it to make her christmas present. I used the size needle specified in the pattern,and really didnt' do anything different. Once the project was finished, I soaked it in a bucket of hot water and downy for a few hours, and then rinsed it out and stretched it out to "block." I also steam blocked it with the iron, and it seems like it's a bit more open than I remember, but who knows... The Downy treatment did noticably help with the softness though.

I'm sure this will end up hanging over the back of her couch rather than worn, but it sure is pretty, and the colors are very nice too. I wish it were a nicer yarn. Here's a close up of the stitch pattern:

Cozy
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Subject:one project down!
Time:04:42 pm
Current Mood:coldcold
YAY!! I'm done with those Thanksgiving scarves! I'm not going to post a picture of them until they're done blocking though. Until then, just know, I finished two airy scarves from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" for my aunt and grandma, and along with Amy and a Peanut Butter Pie, I will be taking them on the train to Long Island tomorrow for Thanksgiving with my aunt, cousins, cousin spouses/sig others, and grandma. This is perfect, really. One half day with family, and then zip-zap back home with my doggie and my baby, watching a movie on TV. SOOOO much better than dragging myself down to Florida. Next up, I'm going to finish those blocks for the charity project for my 'sit and stitch' group at work. I even wrote up one of my work reports today, so I'm doing well. (I have four total to do, and only one is done...)I figure I'll work on one per day until they're all done. But not tomorrow, since that's already going to be busy.
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Subject:1/2 of 1 done!!
Time:10:02 pm
Current Mood:calmcalm
Well, I finished one of the airy scarves for Thanksgiving tonight. I want to finish the other one tomorrow and block them both, so that they're ready for my trip on Thursday. I think the second one will be a lot faster, since I know what I'm doing now, and I'm used to working with the Kidsilk Haze, which was just weird to me when I started this one. I'll write them both up when I finish them both. I also finished 5 plain garter stitch squares for work, but I also wanted to do a couple of fancier ones, so I'm not counting that as done yet. I think I'm going in this order:

1. airy scarves
2. fancy squares
3. salwa's scarf fringe
4. amy's buttons on scarf and weave in ends
5. disco scarf
6. buttons on pillow
7. Grace (maybe?) oh, who knows, I probably won't even get this far...

sigh. Slowly but surely...
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Subject:Naked Stix by 2006
Time:06:41 pm
Current Mood:nervousnervous
Lisa, the person behind one of the knitting blogs I read on a regular basis, Continue in Kind, is hosting a knit-along: Naked Stix by 2006. I've never joined a knit-along before, but this is one I can really get behind. I have quite a few projects going right now, and I'm feeling quite perturbed about it. I like to run a tight ship, one project at a time, but I hate finishing, so I've just put it off for all the recent projects I've done.

Here's the list: (edited to update)

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.
6. Amy's scarf: I need to weave in the ends, sew on the two new buttons and create button loops for them.
7. 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.
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.
4. My first pair of socks. I've got the yarn and the needles, and I'm dying to try and figure it out, but I have those other things to do first. I guess I'll save this for a reward, once I'm done with my other knitting projects.

Sigh. I'm getting a little freaked out seeing laid out like this, but I guess it's for the best. It needs to be done. And most of it is just niggling little finishing things, so they should move quickly.
Ack.
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