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Christmas Knitting in Full Swing

Posted by notthatkat on December 14, 2007

The mad dash of Christmas knitting continues. While I deliberately chose not to knit any big items (sweater, big lace, afghan, etc) for anyone this year, I have made little things for everyone in my family.

The clogs were finished Friday night. At least the knitting was finished. Before felting they looked like this (my size 8 foot added for scale):

Unfelted Clogs

After about 20 minutes in the washing machine, they had shrunk down to the proper size:

Felted Clogs

These are the Felt Clogs from Fiber Trends that practically everyone and their brother has knit (at least it seems like practically everyone in the knit blogosphere has knit them at least once or twice). These are quick and easy and come out just great. That Bev Galeskas, she’s a genius, I tell you.

These are for my Dad. I was going to give the bottoms a non-stick treatment, but I think I’ll wait and make sure they don’t need to be felted down a bit more before doing so. I erred on the side of possibly being a smidge too big on the theory that they could always be shrunk down a bit more if need be.

Dashing

Then on Saturday, I started a pair of Dashing mitts for my brother-in-law. These are a quick and easy knit, and look so nice. They are knit out in Moda Dea Washable Wool in Taupe. I shortened the cuff by a cable repeat (10 rounds) as I felt the length of the cuff as written wouldn’t appeal to the recipient.

Dashing

I made a dog sweater out of this yarn last year and was surprised by how much I liked it. It has a soft hand, a nice drape, and holds up fairly well. The cabled construction makes stitch work show up very well. And machine washability is an important consideration in my sister’s household. Big thanks to Khebhin for his input on color and letting me use his arm for sizing on Saturday.

Merino Tencle Lace Weight Redux

At my fiber guild meeting on Sunday, I started the second bobbin for my merino tencel lace weight. (This is the yarn I’m spinning for Spun Stitches, if you’re new or don’t remember.) I enjoyed the break I took from it, but I’m looking forward to getting this yarn done. This is how much I managed to spin over the course of the three hour guild meeting. I haven’t managed to spin any more. Hopefully I will make more progress over the weekend. However, no matter how much I want to finish, I still have a ways to go for this. I am not a production spinner in general, but spinning this fine takes extra care and attention and the first bobbin felt like it took forever. Here’s hoping I can get the second one done more quickly.

Alpaca Cloud

A bit of stash diving turned up some lovely grey Alpaca Cloud and I found some nice beads to pair with it. They are clear, but black lined and although I’m not sure they look as good in the picture as in person, they look so great with this yarn. I have lots more of this yarn and might have to use this yarn/bead combination again. On Tuesday night I cast on Ice Queen for my Mom.

Ice Queen

She is almost done. I’m adding a bit of extra length (16 rounds) as she seemed a bit short when I had completed the main part as instructed. I know she’ll grow once blocked, but I’d rather have her a bit on the long side than too short. I am making the garter stitch version, mostly because I like the bead placement better for that one. When I make one for myself, I might make the stockinette stitch version, but use the bead placement from the garter stitch one.

Ice Queen Closeup

Here’s a close up of the beads on the lace. It’s a simple feather and fan pattern and it has gone pretty fast. I love this pattern to an embarrassing degree and could see making several more down the road.

Once Ice Queen is done, I will have only one more item remaining in my Christmas knitting queue – a sweater for my sister’s family dog, a Jack Russell named Lucy.

Lucy

This is Lucy modeling last year’s Christmas sweater (the one made with the Washable Wool) I make her a sweater every year for Christmas, of original design. I started several years ago when Marie commented on how difficult it is to find sweaters or coats to fit her. Typical of her breed, she has a very deep chest relative to her length. Sweaters that fit her chest tend to be too long, while those that fit her length tend to be too tight. This one was a big hit with both Lucy and the family. I have some more of this yarn in Raspberry for this year’s sweater, but I haven’t even begun to think about what I want to do with it. Oh well, I have a bit over a week to figure it out and get something worked up.

Then it’s back to my neglected Thermal and Bee Fields. They have been patiently waiting their turns to come around again. Soon, my pretties… soon.

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FO – Messenger Bag

Posted by notthatkat on June 13, 2007

Fetled Messenger Bag

This bag is very loosely based on the striped satchel in this pattern book(scroll down to the bottom), but by the time I was done, about the only things I kept were the colors (mostly) and the stitch pattern. I made the front/bottom/back/flap as a single piece, increased the size, picked up and integrated the stitches for the sides, changed the strap, added applied I-cord to the edge of the flap, added pockets to the inside… basically I would describe it as more inspired by than based on the original.

Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool

Colors: Old Gold, Leaf Gree, That’s Pink, That’s Blue, Too Teal, and Bright Red

Inside pocket

It has pockets on the inside on both the front and back sides. (this one’s the front)

This has been a back burner project for a very long time. As best I can remember, I started working on it in January 2006. Initially, I worked on it in fits and starts around other projects. Then I had to figure out how to integrate the sides and strap. Later, it sat in the UFO pile until I decided to resurrect it this spring. It was still back burner, and I kept coming up with new ideas to incorporate. Finally a couple weeks ago, I decided I was ready to felt it. Since then, I’ve been poking around on the finishing. I finished the final touches on Saturday.  Wanna see?

Button

I love these buttons I found to go on it. They’re just too perfect.

I finished not one bit too soon, because on Sunday, I got an FO of a different sort:

My new laptop

This is my brand new laptop, my first ever.  I’ve been socking away money for it for a couple years now, and my very good friend and computer guru Vic helped me with the selection process as well as getting me a really good deal.  I’ve barely had time to play, but I love it already.

Laptop in bag

Will you look at that?  Perfect fit.  I couldn’t have planned it any better.

In other news, I needed something to spin while I wait for my high speed flyer to come in.  Besides the fact that I don’t like to go too long without spinning, I had my fiber guild meeting this weekend.  I dug through my fiber stash and came up with one of those near legendary Grafton Fibers batts:

Grafton Fiber Batt

I ordered this from the website shortly before they stopped retail sales.  They now do only wholesale orders, but have a list of retailers on their site.  I’m not sure if they are still doing fiber fairs and events, but as they never came down my way, seeing them as such venues was not an option for me.  This batt is squishy and complex, and spins like a dream.  I have one more I got at the same time, but I’ll probably hoard save it for a while.

The second curtain is off the needles, and I am working on finishing them.

The socks have two pattern repeats, with a half repeat to go before they get heels.

For your cute animal fix of the day:

Kitten

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FO – Kat’s Squatty Sidekick

Posted by notthatkat on June 12, 2007

Last week Jen and La posted an FO for every weekday. Since I seem to have a synergy of multiple projects coming together at the same time, I thought I’d see if I could match them. Now, I’m only 1 person, so I’m not sure if I’ll make it, but here goes.

Did you every have a pattern reach out, grab you by the throat and insist you knit it now, now now? I’m not talking about grand epic, magnum opus kind of projects. I’m talking about the simple, too cute not to knit, can pull it off in just a few hours knitting type projects. So it was with me and this bag. I saw it and I had to knit it NOW. It didn’t matter that I’m trying to finish epic projects and secret pal socks. It wasn’t concerned that I really don’t need another bag right now (who said that?). It demanded to be knitted up at once. So I did a bit of stash diving and came up with an appropriate yarn and cast on. I bound off two days later, having worked on it between curtains and socks and work and life in general. A quick run though the washer and I had one of my very own. Now I’m considering making another. And another. And how many of these can I make before my knitting friends stage an intervention.

Squatty Sidekick

Pattern: Amanda’s Squatty Sidekick from Knitting Daily

Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool in Peacock (Edit: not Too Teal)

Needles: 5.5 mm (US9)

I even found the perfect button to use on it:

Sidekick Button

Curtain update: 9 rows to go!

Socks haven’t seen much action in the last 24 hours as I’ve been knitting madly to finish said curtain.

Ajax

This is Ajax. He spent about a week and a half in my office during the day and going home to his family at night while he was very sick (he’s much better now.) His size, and the fact that he was non-ambulatory for much of that time made moving him from one location to the other a major undertaking. His right front leg was amputated about two years ago due to bone cancer and he has already far outlived the average survival time for this type of cancer, and his owners and I were quite worried about him for a while.

Ajax was confined to a bathroom while his owners were away from home for a couple hours. In a fit of pique, he decided to eat two bars of soap. Then he proceeded to throw up for two days straight. This lead to a nasty case of aspiration pneumonia and a very sick boy. His mom says she is over any hesitation she had about crating him when they leave now.

He is also quite possibly the world’s sweetest Rottweiler (although I know a few others that might be in the running).

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Apologies to Jordana Paige

Posted by notthatkat on August 20, 2006

Dear Jordana,

I am really sorry. I saw your felted pumpkins in last fall’s Knitty and fell in love immediately. Since I was already knee deep in holiday knitting and sinking fast, I didn’t get any made last fall. However, I vowed to rectify that situation by making extra ones in time for Holloween this year. With the break in the heat the last couple weeks, and the newly arrived wool, I decided today was the day.

I don’t know why, but I think I am not constitutionally capable of knitting a pattern as written. I started out knitting a single wedge for the smaller pumpkin with my Wool of the Andies in the appropriately named Pumpkin color. I got half way up the increases only to find that I didn’t like the way it was coming out. I hated the thought of having to knit the wedges separately, then sew them together. A more patient soul would have trusted that it would all come out right in the end, but not me. I had visions of knitting and sewing up all seven wedges, felting the thing, and winding up with a wonky looking pumpkin.

So, I ripped it out and started modifying. My first thought was to knit the wedges in as single flat piece, and only have one long seam up the side, as well as top and bottom. Then I took it a step further and said, why not go all the way and knit it circularly:

Before I knew it, I had a completed, knit in a single piece, pumpkin:

It was soon joined by a top and a length of vine:

The pieces all felted well and are currently drying:

I have two main concerns for the finished pieces. First off, I think the vine is too big for this pumpkin. I went back and looked at the pictures, and it appears you only put the vine on the larger pumpkin. No worries, I will use it on another, larger pumpkin. I’m debating whether to make a smaller/shorter vine for this one, or to go without.

Of slightly greater concern is the “seam lines”. I knew when I went about modifying that this might be an issue. I used a column of purl stitches to mimic seam lines, but I’m not sure the indentations were quite as prominent as they should have been. I bound the bejayzus out of them:

and I’m hoping for the best. If it doesn’t work out, I have ideas for improving this one, and things to try on the next one, assuming I don’t tuck my (proverbial) tail between my legs and go back to knitting these according to the pattern.

I still think the design is beautiful, and I’m sorry I felt the need to fix what wasn’t broken

Yours sincerely,
Kat (no, not that Kat),
Studiously ignoring everything that has to be done in the next week and a half in favor of felting fun.

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At Long Last, An FO

Posted by notthatkat on August 20, 2006

Just not one you might have expected. Now, I know, logically that it hasn’t been that long since I finished my Maple Leaf socks, but psychologically, it sometimes feels like I haven’t finished anything in ages. I blame the blanket. This is literally the longest I’ve worked on any single project in such a focused manner.

A couple months ago, when I got a new pair of glasses, I quickly decided that I hated the case that came with them. Within a couple weeks, it started falling apart. I briefly considered going out and buying a new case, when suddenly it occurred to me that I could make one that would suit my needs, thank you very much.

I just got around to felting this last night. It will probably get a button-and-elastic closure at the top, but for all intents and purposes, it is done

Specifications
Pattern: No real pattern here, just made it up as I went along
Yarn: Lion Wool color 820201 Autumn Sunset
Needles: Size 10½
Gauge: We don’t need no stinking gauge
Given how little planning went into it, I’m thrilled with how well it came out

There hasn’t been a whole lot of knitting progress to report. This is in part because the blanket sucks up hours of knitting time without much to show for all my work. Despite this fact, I have managed to get much further along on the border, only 10½ more rounds to go on the border. And I have worked out my edging pattern, although I will be triple checking my math before I start working it. Sorry for the dark picture; my photography endeavors were not very successful today.

The other reason for the lack of knitterly progress is because I am getting down to the wire for planning and preparation for this little event I help run (along with over a thousand other volunteer staff). I’ve had rather a bumpy ride in the last 8 months with this event and my role within it…. Can’t really share most of the details and don’t want to wallow in it anymore. Just suffice to say that some late breaking developments have left me behind where I would usually be in terms of planning, and my own ambivilence surrounding the situation has not helped me get excited about it either. This despite the fact that one of my favorite writers will be there this year. And tons of other great guests. If everything goes as it’s been laid out to me, it will be a very good result all around, but I’m reserving judgement until I see how things play out.

On a much happier (and actually on topic) note, my lovely mail lady brought me a box from KnitPicks today.

In it was the following:
Shine Sport in the color Sky to make a Ballet Camisole for my niece for her birthday

Shine Sport in the color Cream and the pattern to make this bolero top, also by Alexandra Virgiel for the same niece for Chrismas

Some Wool of the Andies for these felted pumpkins

And a Wool of the Andies color card to help plan out several upcoming projects (one for a christmas gift, others down the road). I love the new heathers in this yarn, but then I tend to like heathered yarns in general

And finally, for anyone still with me, despite all my kniting and not-knitting angst, I present unbearable cuteness:

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