Archive for January, 2009

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all dressed up and no place to go

28 January 2009

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Finished: Must-Have Cardigan, from Patons #989 (“Street Smart”) (ravel it)

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers in color 8401, 6  skeins

Needles: Addi Natura US 7 32-inch circular

(more details on my Ravelry project page)

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We got about a foot of snow here in the last 24 hours, so I’ve been wearing the cardigan around the house. The sleeves are a bit on the long side, but I think I like them that way. I am really proud of this sweater.

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Since work and school were canceled, we decided to make some food to console ourselves:

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Pancakes with Indiana maple cream, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries. I want to eat it again for dinner.

Here’s a peek at the next thing I’m cooking up. Work is canceled again tonight, so I’m going to spend the evening watching Miss Marple and swatching away. Tally-ho!

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proof of life

24 January 2009

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Seen above: the sleeves of the Must-Have Cardigan, as of Wednesday morning

Seen below: same sleeves, as of this morning (I know they look like they’re a different color; the lower photo is the more accurate):

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I’m not sure why these are taking so long, but progress is happening, so I’m doggedly cranking away. I’m hoping to observe the following schedule:

Sunday: finish sleeves and block them overnight

Monday: realize sleeves are still drying and knit buttonband in the meantime

Tuesday: set in sleeves and sew side seams

Wednesday: realize ten minutes before leaving for knit night that I have neglected to sew on the buttons; do it in a frenzy; wear the cardigan triumphantly out

More on the almanac project: I’ve already started thinking about my February sweater, of course. I think I’ve got it narrowed down to three possibilities:

1. The Autumn Rose Pullover (ravelry)

I’ve got all the yarn (or at least I will when my Knitpicks order arrives), and I’ve been wanting to make one of these for ages. I do think it’ll take a bit of swatching to work out the color substitutions, though, and I’ve already been through two swatches on this one. It might be too involved to tackle in one short month (especially the shortest month of the year!)

2. Veste Everest (ravelry)

I have some lovely dark red heathered Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride that I could use for this (it’s “Prairie Fire” on the colorcard I linked to); more than enough, actually. Possibly so much that I should save it for another project, although that seems rather foolish. It’s awfully appealing to knit something in red during February, too, and I think I’d wear it very often. Also, no sleeves = good.

3. Another Ivy League Vest (Here’s the first one I made, the varsity edition, and the Ravelry pattern page)

I know. I can’t believe I’d knit this again either, but I really want one with a higher neckline to wear myself. The mistake was trying on the varsity edition to check the fit before I gave it away; it was so much more flattering than my original version that I can’t stop thinking about it! I’ve got the yarn for this as well, although if I’m going to make the Autumn Rose this year, I should probably do that first, so that I can select vest colors from my Palette leftovers (see how careful I’m being to avoid buying new yarn!)

So help me out. What would you knit next?

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almanac

23 January 2009

So I was playing around looking for something in my yarn stash yesterday, and I had a neat idea: what about knitting one sweater every month in 2009? 

Stay with me. I promise it’s not as crazy as it sounds. I have, in my stash at this moment, sufficient yarn to complete this project, provided I can find 3 more skeins of this.dscn1247(impractical yarn I bought for a baby sweater, then realized I couldn’t give away)

At first, being the obsessive-compulsive maniac that I am, I began to make a list of all the sweaters and which months I would make them in. Then I realized that this would suck all the fun out the project, so I decided that I would make a list of twelve sweaters and choose as I went along, based on whatever seemed most appealing at the time.

Since I’m kind of late with this brainwave, I decided to call the Must-Have Cardigan my January sweater (it’s almost done, I swear!)

Anyone interested in joining me? I’m off to start a Ravelry group for this project (assuming there aren’t already several of them).

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peace train take this country

21 January 2009

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Pattern: Gentleman’s Sock in Railway Stitch, from the lovely book Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush

(ravelry link)

Yarn: Knitpicks Essential Sock Yarn in Ash (2 skeins) and Pumpkin (less than 1 skein)

Needles: Knitpicks Harmony Wood DPNs (from this set), US size 1

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Modeled by my father (these were his New Year’s present), photos by my stepmother. Please don’t get used to this high level of styling and photography; I’ve found my camera cord, so tomorrow you’ll see the blog return to its normal blurry, poorly staged documentation of my knitting-in-progress.

Yesterday was a good day.

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varsity edition

20 January 2009

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Finished: Ivy League Vest, take two (version 1.0 is here)

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Yarn: KnitPicks Palette in cream and 5 heathers: marine, tidepool, calypso, brindle, and camel

Needles: Addi turbo US 4 16″ circular

Modifications: I raised the neckline to the level of the armholes. This required a bit of fiddling with the back-of-neck decreases as well, to end up with the same number of shoulder stitches on the front and back. 

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I like the new silhouette so much that I’ve got to make one for myself! Of course, it helps to have such a lovely model (my stepmother, who was very gracious about the tardiness of her New Year’s gift) and wonderful photographer (my father).

Update on the camera cord: found, just before I got so frustrated that I simply replaced it. It was, of course, exactly where I left it.

Stay tuned for the ol’ clickety-clack tomorrow.

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an open letter to my camera cord

14 January 2009

Dear Camera Cord,

Where O Where have you gone? I miss you desperately. Without you, I cannot post pictures of the lovely snow outside, the lovely knitting inside, or anything else. Please come back. We can work it out.

Much love from,

larakarma

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good things always come in threes

3 January 2009

The light wasn’t so good today, we had to go to the mall…I’ve got lots of excuses, but the bottom line is that I didn’t take photos of the Professor’s socks today. So, to distract you from my poor bloggery, here are some good things in threes (it is January 3, after all).

Three good chocolate things to snack on:

  1. Trader Joe’s Chocolate Cocoa nonfat yogurt (how is there no fat in this?)
  2. Caramel Nut Brownie Luna Bars
  3. Chocolate covered espresso beans

Three good books I’ve been reading lately:

  1. Bleak House by Charles Dickens (link goes to the awesome BBC adaptation)
  2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (return to childhood)
  3. Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines (Christmas present; I’m loving it!)

And, since there should be three lists as well, here are my three goals for January (well, there are others, but these are the non-professional ones):

  1. Make more progress on that alphabet sampler (I abandoned it to the yarn cabinet in favor of Christmas knitting, and it languishes there still)
  2. Practice my French every day (because if I suddenly have to go Paris, it would be nice to be prepared)
  3. Edit my closet (because “editing” sounds so much more interesting than “purging” or “cleaning out”)

Your turn! I’d love to hear about something good that you’ve read, eaten, or resolved on!