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Archive for September, 2007

We now return you…

Posted by notthatkat on September 28, 2007

Cable-Down Raglan

… to my Cable-Down Raglan already in progress.

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Whew!

Posted by notthatkat on September 27, 2007

At long last, done!

I finished the knitting part late Tuesday night, but saved the grafting for Wednesday morning when I was fresh.

Not quite seamless

After three attempts, I still wasn’t able to manage a completely invisible join, but I decided it was good enough.

Off the needles

Here it is, off the needles, before blocking. Now it’s time for a bit of magic.

A Good Soak

It got a really good soak because after many months on the needles, despite being careful and no accidental spills (and only the one round on the floor with the puppies) boy, was it dirty! I let it soak for a good hour followed by 4 rinse baths. Why? Because the water was still looking dirty after the second one and it took two more to get all the soap out.

Blocking

The angle of this picture makes it look more rectangular, but it’s pretty square. I did allow the edges leading up to the corners to curve in a bit trying to get a more rounded corner.

Center

The center is done in Diamond Fantasia from Barbara Walker’s Third Treasury

Border

The border came out of my own fevered brow. It arose from the desire to add some white space around the center for a visual rest. It came out pretty much as I imagined.

Edging

The edging was cobbled together from several different sources then swatched and tweaked until I though it was just right.

Christening Blanket

Cristening Blanket - Shawl option

While it was conceived as a christening blanket, it could also be used as a shawl (wedding shawl. perhaps?) It was started with the intention of selling it when I was done. I’ve since come to the conclusion that I cannot sell it, and probably no one would pay me enough to compensate for the time put in. So instead I’m making it a family heirloom, to be passed on to my niece when she gets married.

ETA:  Big thanks to Whitney for agreeing to model this outside in our still 90+ degree heat 

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Playing in the Dye Pot Again

Posted by notthatkat on September 25, 2007

This weekend, while hanging out with one of my knitting friends, I came up with an idea of what to do with the partial leftover ball which the dogs chewed on.  I have about 280 yards/32 grams left, not much of anything, really, but I have an idea….

The first step was dyeing.

Teal Laceweight

I was going for a shaded solid similar to the teal green sections of my current hand dyed sock yarn.  I love the result.  Now I have to fit the next step (the knitting) into my queue.  After the blanket is finished (4 1/2 repeats to go, I should finish tonight!)  And perhaps a few other things.

Of course, this led to the need for more dyeing, which you should expect from me by now.  I can’t seem to stop with just one.

Raspberry

This is not nearly so shockingly hot pink as it appears in this picture, more of a medium raspberry.  Again it is a shaded solid.  This is a full skein at 880 yards/100 g.  Enough for a decent sized project.  I have one more full skein of this yarn as well as about half of my current ball that I will probably be playing around with this dyeing technique.  The question is whether to dye them separately and have enough for a scarf and a small to medium shawl, or to dye them at the same time and have enough for a fairly large project (although not as large as the blanket.)

Then there’s all the undyed fiber in the stash….

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Home Stretch

Posted by notthatkat on September 24, 2007

76 repeats done, 8 to go.

Anyone have any pointers on how to graft faggot lace seamlessy? I think I’ll play around with my edging swatch before I try on the real thing. These seven little stitches have me rather stymied. “It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing.”

Soon, my precious… very soon.

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Here we go a Harlotting

Posted by notthatkat on September 22, 2007

(This post is a bit later going up than I planned due to the time and fatigue factor of a mid-week trip to Atlanta followed by intermittent internet access issues. Better late than never.)

When I first heard that Stephanie Pearl-McPhee was coming to Atlanta on this book tour, I was resigned to the fact that I probably would not get to see her. After all, it is a 3½ hour drive, and taking a random day off is not easy for me in my current job. However, I checked the calender to discover that the date she was coming to Atlanta was a Wednesday, which just happens to be my regular day off. Filled with excitement, I invited the other three member of my small local knitting/crochet group to come with me to see La Harlot. While factors such as job and family kept two of them from going, my friend Christine and I set off late Wednesday morning and arrived in Atlanta about 2:30 in the afternoon.

After parking and getting the lay of the land, we had a nice meal on the patio of one of the nearby restaurants. The weather was beautiful – clear and cool and almost fall-like.

The event was hosted by Knitch and we stopped in to look around, do a bit of shopping, and check out their newly renovated upstairs space.

Alpack roving

I bought no yarn, just a set of DPN’s (in a size I don’t have and need for a pair of socks I have planned that won’t work on circs) and 4 oz of alpaca roving. It is a lovely shade of medium brown and not as orange as it looks in the picture.

A bit after four we cruised by the theater and found a small gathering of people already there, but no actual line. Within minutes of our arrival, everyone started spontaneously lining up in front of the box office and we jumped in and and found ourselves in pretty good position for good seats.

The theater looked like an old movie theater, but the former concession stands had been turned into a Starbucks on one side and a Ben and Jerry’s on the other.

The line

By 5:00 the line was out the door and well down the block. They started seating those with disabilities, pregnant women, etc at about 5:00 and began letting the rest of us in a bit later. We wound up on the third row, next to the nice couple behind us in line. We sat and talked and knit, and made friends with those around us.

The crowd

There was quite a crowd. They had set up folding chairs in rather tightly spaced rows and there were very few empty chairs.

Balcony

You can’t see past the front row, but the balcony was full as well. They made about 700 reservations, and though there were certainly a few no shows, there were a lot of people there.

I worked on my blanket and received a lot of nice comments and complements.

Promptly at seven, La Harlot took to the stage.

Yarn Harlot

She was funny, insightful and thought provoking, often at the same time. A non-knitting friend asked me later if it was everything I expected. After faithfully following Stephanie’s musings and ramblings online and in print for a few years, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. She did not disappoint. She spoke for about an hour and a half, including answering questions from the audience. She received two standing ovations.

After the talk, those of us assigned to the early book signing remained in the theater, while those in the later group were told when to show up at the store. Despite the long line and some grumbling about line jumpers (I am all for allowing those with physical limitations avoid standing in long lines, but seven people moving to the front of the line because one of them is pregnant was a bit ridiculous.), we got our books signed got to chat for a few minutes. I gave her a couple bars of hand made soap to go with all the wash cloths she’s been receiving.

Stephanie and Me

We were back on the road by about 10, with Christine driving most of the way home, while I dozed in the passenger seat. We got back to Columbia about 1:30. Thursday morning came too early, but I got through the day fairly well. I was falling asleep Thursday night by 7:30.

Hand Dyed Socks

I had started my next pair of socks on Tuesday night, and decided to work the foot in stockinette, although I’m considering a simple stitch pattern or ribbing for the leg. I worked on these while standing in line waiting to get into the theater, as the blanket is too big, heavy and awkward to stand and knit on.

For those of you wanting a blanket update, I turned the last corner last night and most of a side worth of edging yet to do. 68 repeats done, 16 to go. I’m hoping to be done by the middle to end of next week so I can block it next weekend.

Kitten

Since I haven’t done an overly cute animal picture, here’s one for you. This kitten was boarding with us last week. We let her out to run around the back part of the hospital and play a bit every day. She managed to pull my surgical cap and mask down off my desk one day and was having great fun chasing the strings on the mask.

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