Knit Lit

Just call me Oscar

I am so sorry!  I know I have been super quiet for awhile now.  I’m having difficulties at work and have been a grumpy grouch lately.  I’m working hard to correct it, but I don’t  want to expose you guys to complaints and general grumpiness.  I have lots to tell you, though.  As soon as I can, I’ll tell you all about my first trip to Rhinebeck, all my new yarn, and what I’m working on right now.

Until then, I’ll leave you with a funny pic of Boy Child.

MISC24~2

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October 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Autumn

I finally have a finished project to show!

2009-10-07 Autumn Cardigan 1

When I started, I named this one the Autumn Leaves Cardigan because the beautiful copper color reminded me of the leaves that magically appear in the fall.  Little did I know that it would fulfill its name.  You see, I dearly love autumn.  Here in the South, autumn often brings sweet relief from oppressive heat.  It also brings the aforementioned leaves.  I look forward to this time of year constantly.  It always, always seems to take forever to get here.  Like kids long for summer vacation, I long for fall.  I longed for this one to be done.

2009-10-07 Autumn Cardigan 2

I even got to use my cute little fabric buttons!

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I used Wendy Bernard’s Pink pattern (Ravelry link).  I wanted a v-neck cardigan, so I worked until the pattern said to join for working in the round, only I didn’t join.  I also did not work the decreases for the arms.  I always wish I had more room in the arms.  Now that I’m done, I find it is a little too much room.  I also worked turn hems instead of ribbing.  In hindsight, I should have done the same with the button bands.  I think it may be a little short, but I’m sure it will be okay with jeans.

I was worried a little about this yarn.  Most of the comments I’ve read say that Swish Worsted is not truly a superwash wool.  Based on this, I threw it in the sink, rolled it in my blocking towels and threw it on the blocking boards.  I noticed that it was stretching under the weight of the water.  Since I wanted it to be form fitting, I decided to take a chance and threw it in the dryer on low.  It worked like a charm!  It did fuzz up a little, but it became so much softer.

I planned on this being the only sweater I was going to take with me to Rhinebeck, but now I’m not sure I like it enough to take with me.  I’ve started a new sweater, Lucy in the Sky.  I’m hoping I can finish it before we leave.  Keep your fingers crossed!

October 7, 2009 Posted by | Finished, Knitting, Yarn | 4 Comments

Sock it to me!

Why, yes, I do remember watching reruns of Laugh In.

I have been working on so many super secret projects, I’ve had to be a little quiet on the blogging front.  I started a new project that I can share.  I wanted to knit knee-high socks for my trip, but it looks like I’m not going to have enough time to finish any using fingering weight yarn.  So, I got to thinking.  I have 5 random skeins of worsted weight (Knit Picks Wool of the Andes) that has been sitting in my stash for about five years.  I love toe up socks.  The two thoughts collided and I decided to work up a basic pattern for worsted weight boot socks. 

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Now I know they look a little boring, but sometimes you need a basic knit that goes with everything.  Like my plans for a basic knee-high pattern for fingering weight yarn, I hope the worsted pattern works out.

Friday Fill-in

1.   I have a history of making decisions very quickly.

2.   What the weather is going to be like in Rhinebeck is something I wish I knew.
 
3.   I’m eating (or recently ate) Fuji Apple Chicken Salad from Panara Bread.

4.   I can’t wait to get on the road, again.

5.   So that’s it, that’s all the time I have left to knit for our trip?

6.   A little knitting is better than nothing!

7.   And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finishing one sock, tomorrow my plans include trying to finish sewing a lap blanket and Sunday, I want to go to church!

October 2, 2009 Posted by | Friday Fill-in, Knitting, Stash, Yarn | 1 Comment