Sunday, June 22, 2008

moving...

blogger's inability to easily respond to comments has finally gotten to me...future posts will be at http://alittlefuzzy.wordpress.com/ - hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

catch-up

Wow, thank you for the kind compliments on my Morning Glory. My new wrap and I are both blushing! Of course, no sooner did I finish it, than the weather warmed up...I guess I'll have to wait until next fall to use it.

I really should make an effort to post more frequently - I have so many things I want to share. However, overtime has again reared its ugly head (non-mandatory - but if we don't work it now, it'll be two weeks of 12 hour days to finish the project in the end - working a little extra now to avoid that is worth it), not to mention there just seem to be so many things I want to be doing. Of course, overtime means more money, which means I feel completely less guilty about all the money I spent on stash enhancement last weekend!

My mom and I went to our first ever Great Lakes Fiber Show (of course, I can no longer find the website...) last Saturday (May 24) and had way too much fun. We were so busy looking at all the pretty yarns and knits, that I didn't get any pictures there (not even the cute alpaca or bunnies!), but I did manage to find my billfold a few times...opps...

From Briar Rose:
Legend, a sportweight merino, 1300 yards
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Sea Pearl, a fingering weight merino/tencel blend, 1000 yards
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From Knitting Notions:
A hand turned shawl pin
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Classic Merino Supersock, Dusk, 3 skeins (1260 yards)
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Classic Merino Supersock, Ruby, 1 skein (420 yards)
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Afterward, we stopped at the Secrest Arboretum, part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, The Ohio State University. It's free and open to the general public, and a lovely place to stop and visit. There are plenty of trees, of course, but we stopped for the flowers.



As far as my actual knitting goes, I finished the front of my sweater last week and have started on the sleeves. I'm working both at the same time, so I make sure I increase and decrease at the same rate. I also felt like the added challenge of two balls of yarn to tangle, of course...

Pear and Trellis is also coming along nicely:

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I've managed to finish four repeats. Once I finish the sweater, I'll spend more time on this, but it's mostly hit-or-miss at the moment. I plan to work pretty exclusively on lace this summer (aforementioned sweater aside). To that end, I decided I might as well sign up for the Seasons of Lace knit-along. Usually, I'm absolutely terrible at KALs, but I knit so much lace anyways, I thought I might as well. As it doesn't start officially until June 21, I suppose this scarf counts as my "warm-up" project. I'm hoping to (finally) get going on Bee Fields, and work on the Alpine Knit Scarf (Ravelry link) from Victorian Lace Today for the summer. Given the overtime situation at work, I think that will be plenty of challenge!

Friday, May 23, 2008

morning glory

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Pattern: Morning Glory by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Briar Rose Fibers Wistful (50% alpaca, 30% merino, 20% silk)
Needles: US 8/ 5.0mm
Started: Aug. 2007; Completed May 2008
Ravelry Link: morning glory

I love this pattern - I could easily knit it again. The yarn is also probably my favorite I've ever worked with - wondrously soft, it almost knit itself.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

knitted miscellany

I am sad to report that Morning Glory is still unblocked. This has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I forgot that last night would be an ideal time to block it or that I went in to work this morning (yipee, we're back to overtime and working Saturdays...). Maybe next weekend...

However, overtime does not (yet) mean no knitting. I've successfully managed to finish (1) back for my Dickinson Pullover.

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It's currently rather longish and narrow, sometime I'm hoping will be rectified in the blocking. As long as my swatch didn't lie...I am relieved however, to have used less than 1/3 of my yarn for the back. I don't quite have enough for the pattern as written, but I'm making the sweater and sleeves several inches shorter so it will actually (hopefully) fit. So far, it looks like I'll have enough. (Opps...I think I just doomed myself...)

I also managed to start another lace project. (Which of course means my eyes are now all healed...although it still sometimes creeps me out that I can see without glasses!)

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This is the start of Anne's Pear and Trellis scarf. As soon as I saw the pattern, I knew I had the perfect yarn already in my stash. This is the ColourMart Cashmere/Silk 3/45NM Laceweight I bought last November. It's lighter than the pattern calls for, so I'm using two strands together, which seems to be working. I'm thinking my cast on was too tight though, so I'm going to restart tonight.

I also managed to pick up another lace book, which of course means more projects for the queue, one which I particularly like. I've been eying A Gathering of Lace for several months, and finally bought it this week. The Vine Lace Cardigan (Ravelry link) caught my eye, so if I can find an appropriate yarn, I think it will be my next sweater project. Which should be sometime around October when we're finally past overtime season (at least for a day or two) at work!

Monday, May 5, 2008

glasses be gone

I ran into an unexpected knitting situation last week. You see, these:

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are no more. Almost exactly a week ago, I had LASIK. I knew to expect that my eyes wouldn't be perfect right away, that maybe they might be itchy or dry. They forgot to tell me that after I woke up from the recommended post-surgery nap I'd be bored out of my mind! I don't know if it's the same for everyone, but it took a while for my eyes to get back to "normal". (OK, they're not normal for me - I can actually SEE! No, I'm still not used to it, yes, it's a bit freaky.) Middle distances were great, but it was a day or so before I could see up close and really far without everything being "weird" (which is the best way I have to describe it - I could see to read, but it was just "weird"). Which meant that knitting wasn't exactly something that was on the to-do list. However, I was bored. Very bored.

Therefore, my first option was to organize my knitting mess. I am now proud to say that all balls of yarn and pattern pertaining to the same project are all together in the same bag. That all my dpn's are safely put away together. That I located my missing size 5 us (3.75 mm) circular. That I restarted a long-abandoned sweater. Opps. Healing eyes be damned, I started knitting. In my defense, it's on those 3.75mm needles, which compared to the lace I've knit lately, makes it a pretty large scale knit. (Yeah, I know, it's not quite jumbo needles.)

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I originally started the Dickinson Pullover (Interweave Knits, Fall 2007) back in November, and got about 6" into one sleeve. Sleeve frogged, this would be the back, almost to the shoulder decreases. Amazing how fast a sweater goes after Whispering Pines! I love the cables:

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Which of course, is why I'm making this. Even though I won't get to wear it until fall. (Assuming I finish by then!)

I did finish another knit the next day, which I might get to use this spring. If I can get it blocked; alas the blocking surfaces are all unavailable for the foreseeable future.

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The Morning Glory is even older, dating from August. It was half finished when I started the sweater the first time. But some other projects got in the way...so I didn't finish it until just now. Shameless, I know (and I loved knitting it! The yarn is wonderful, the pattern entertaining...I don't know what was wrong with me...) I really want to block it to see in its glory! (Opps...no pun intended there.) Maybe this weekend...

(Ravelry links for my sweater here; shawl here.)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

spring beauties

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Spring Beauty

Spring is still here! Which, to the best of my memory, is rather unusual for northeast Ohio. More typically, we go straight from winter to summer, with maybe a few pleasant spring-like days interspersed. However, it's been pleasant, mostly sunny, daytime temperatures in the 60's and lower 70's (Fahrenheit). It is supposed to turn a bit...unpleasant...this week, however, so maybe I'll have the opportunity to actually wrap up in my new shawl, for which I owe thanks for the compliments!

The problem with finishing up such a major project, and in such a heavy push at the end, is that I found myself a bit tired of knitting! I know, impossible. I've actually kept on knitting, but not as much as I had been. I think there may have even been a day or two when I actually didn't touch the needles. I can't say the same thing for yarn, however. It's been fondled and wound (and unwound and knotted...I think I may have a slight tangling issue) and admired. So I think I'm safe.

I'm actually really close to finishing a long languishing, UFO. But of course, I don't have any pictures. I've been too busy taking pictures of our seasonal visitors - both in the backyard, and last Sunday on an outing to the woods (on a real trail!).

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Trillium

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Red Trillium

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Dutchman's Breeches

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Trout Lily

And a backyard beauty:

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Bleeding Heart

Hopefully, I'll have a finished project by my next post...and hopefully I'll even have knitting pictures!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Spring Snow

So.....I dropped off the blog for a while there. I'd blame it on overtime and that really big really pink shawl that didn't allow for much other knitting, and well really there's only so much you can say about a giant pink shawl, but the truth is - I've just plain been lazy. Pure and simple. Really must try to work on that!

In the meantime - spring has happened! (Warning! Photo heavy post!)

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Crocus

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Bloodroot

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Bloodroot - open

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Tete-a-tete Daffodils

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Myrtle

But more importantly, the giant pink snow shawl is complete! (Enormous, really - the largest lace project I've undertaken--of course if I hadn't gone UP half a needle size after getting gauge, things would have been a bit better...but I like it this size...I think.)

Of course, if you read Anne's website, you know this already. I finished Sunday night, we blocked Monday, and yesterday she got her pictures and released the pattern. It took me an extra day to get sunny pictures (darn work!) but I now present my test knit of Anne's Whispering Pines shawl:

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Details at Ravelry. And many more pictures over at Anne's.