Archive for June, 2008

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Finished: 서머 타임

21 June 2008

It’s Korean for “summertime”; a top-down (so you can try on as you go) completely seamless (because it’s too hot for sewing) tank top.

Pattern: my own (ravel it!)

Yarn: Louet Euroflax Sport Wt., color “shamrock”, 2 skeins *exactly* (540 yards), from stash

Needles: Susan Bates US 7 circular (29 in.)

Gauge: 5.5 stitches and 6.25 rows to 1 inch

I’m pretty happy with it, although it did come out a bit bigger than I was shooting for. Few ideas are perfectly executed the first time, I guess. 🙂 I’ve already cast on for version 2.0; stay tuned for updates!

In other news: we’ve bought a house!

Goodbye Missouri, hello Indiana. 🙂

 

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A square meal

10 June 2008

I appreciate the comments on the layout of the log cabin blanket! As you can see (sort of) from the above, I’ve decided to go with the first option, setting the blocks on point. I was persuaded by:

1. My father, who is good at these design decisions because he’s an ART PROFESSOR! 🙂

2. The fact that this system would allow me to knit 32 blocks instead of 48 (honestly, this was pretty much the deciding factor).

I’ve enjoyed knitting the blocks, but I’m ready to move on now. The setting triangles will be really fun to do; I’m going to seam the blocks together and pick up around the edges for the triangles (I’ll show a picture when I get to that exciting milestone). Then there’ll be a mitered border, a loooong bind-off, and a Priority Mail box addressed to my Grannymo. I’d love to deliver it in person, but circumstances may not permit. We’ll see.

As for the must-have cardigan, I’ve begun the sleeves. After blocking the fronts, I seamed the shoulders. Shoulder seams have always frustrated me; I can’t seem (ha!) to sew them evenly, and they’re pretty public. For this sweater, I decided to try crocheting them together. It came out perfectly! I wouldn’t use the crochet method for side seams (those always lie pretty evenly anyway) because it’s a bit bulky, but it is nice and sturdy and even, which is perfect for a high-stress point like a shoulder.

Hopefully my next post will contain pictures of a finished must-have cardigan!

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A-square-agus

2 June 2008

Tonight’s dinner: Short Pasta with Asparagus, Garlic, Lemon & Parsley from Forever Summer by Nigella Lawson.

 

Our lavender plant:

Tomorrow I’ll harvest some of the leaves and blossoms to make lavender sugar.

The must-have cardigan fronts, a bit more than halfway to the armscyes:

I’m making slow progress on these, since it’s been a bit too warm to knit wool except early in the mornings. I like knitting both at once, and as you see, I’ve pinned them together. This helps most in the early stages of setting the pattern; now I suppose I could separate them again.

Blanket update: 25% complete!

This project has been slow going, mostly because I am weaving in the ends as I go. Each square produces a minimum of  10 ends (more if I have to switch skeins mid-stripe), meaning that if I waited until the end to weave them in, I would have 480 to do at once! Much better for my sanity to do them as I go, but it does prolong the process.

Now that I have a few more squares to play with, I’ve been toying with different configurations. I can see three obvious possibilities:

Arrangement #1: On Point

Pros: I like how the squares look like flowers opening up; I wouldn’t have to knit as many squares (!!)

Cons: I would have to knit some sort of setting triangles before I could add a border.

Arrangement #2: Plain and Simple

Pros: Very easy to seam and border.

Cons: I’m not sure I like the look; it’s sort of dull.

Arrangement #3: Window Boxes (or, The Original Plan)

Pros: I love the look; this way really plays up the tonal variations and looks much more dimensional.

Cons: I don’t have enough of the lighter blue color to make a border, so I’d have to either buy more or use another color (which I don’t think would look as good).

Readers, if you’re out there, let me know your opinion; what do you think I should do?

I’ll leave you with a gratuitous dog photo. He’s such a good model!