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Archive for March, 2008

I’m finishing and finishing and finishing

Posted by Andi on March 29, 2008

So I started finishing the Phiaro scarf on Thursday, and I’m still not finished.  Or near finished.  Bind off 5, weave in ends, drop 5 stitches down, etc. etc.  I did a knitted cast on, which was a mistake, since now the stitches don’t unravel at the bottom.  I have to cut it and weave in two more ends.  Oh well.  I really like how it looks so far, though it needs a good blocking to get the kinks out of the dropped stitches.  But there’s only so much of the bind off/drop combination I can do at a time.  I’m sure braiding the fringe will take a long time as well.  This is no longer a traveling project.  This is my project for sitting in front of the television and chilling out.

Which means I really don’t have a decent traveling project right now.  The piano scarf is good if I’m going to someone’s house, but not so good in cramped surroundings.  Lys is at the point where soon I’ll have to be changing colors a lot, and that makes it difficult to take around.  So I think I’m going to start a Foliage hat tomorrow.

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I’m still gone

Posted by Andi on March 28, 2008

Sorry I haven’t been updating.  Defending and editing my dissertation is taking a lot of time and energy.  I’ll post more next week.

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Knitting in the news – Stump socks

Posted by Andi on March 19, 2008

Today’s New York Times and an article about grannies protesting the war in Iraq in front of a recruiting center in Times Square. And there was knitting involved.

Today, there were just elderly women singing protest songs and engaging in the subversive act of knitting.

Molly Klopot, 88, who was also arrested in 2005, addressed the group, saying, “The grannies have a special responsibility to say, ‘Get off your fannies and get on the street and stop this thing.’”

She was not knitting, because she is legally blind, she explained, but planned to hold a skein or two if anyone needed to wind a ball of yarn.

Several held up a chilling finished item: the stump sock, for soldiers who have lost limbs, a little inverted cap labeled:

Wear in good health. 75% acrylic, 25% wool. Machine wash, gentle cycle, tumble dry.

Read the entire article here.

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Wanna be startin’ somethin

Posted by Andi on March 16, 2008

I have two projects on needles that I really want to finish.  I have two projects that are hibernating that I really want to finish.

So how come all I really feel like doing is starting some other project?

I’m  still waiting for my Spring issue of Interweave Knits (according to their website it was to be mailed out this past week), and when I get it I will be starting the Twisted Tulip Socks.  And I really just want to wait for that.  But I really want to start something else in between.

As if I’m not busy enough.

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I’m looking forward to this one

Posted by Andi on March 11, 2008

Kelley Deal to release book about knitting

From gigwise.com:

How do you pass the time spent on the tour bus is a quandary many a band member might have but not Kelley Deal of The Breeders apparently.

Deal is apparently an obsessive knitter and now she is turning her touring hobby into a book for all her fans that are also avid knitters.

Entitled ‘Bags That Rock: Knitting On The Road With Kelley Deal’ the book will be released in October according to Pitchfork.

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I’m guessing she was a knitter

Posted by Andi on March 5, 2008

I took this morning off work in order to take my boyfriend, who was getting two wisdom teeth removed, to the dentist. While he was getting his teeth extracted, I sat in the waiting room knitting. A young woman came in, and she looked at me and smiled. She must have been running a few minutes late, because she was whisked back to the exam rooms before she could even sit down or go up to the window in the waiting room. It didn’t even occur to me that she had smiled at me until I noticed as she was passing that she was wearing a calorimetry.

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WIP – Double knit piano scarf – now even longer!

Posted by Andi on March 3, 2008

It’s hard to give updates on my two active works in progress. They are both scarves, and other than saying, “Yep, still working on those,” what else can I say? It’s not like I finished a sleeve or added a button band or something interesting like that.

But I finally finished the first set of hanks for the double knit piano scarf, and here’s what it looks like now that I’ve used half the yarn I bought for it:

piano scarf

I’m thinking it will be long enough with two hanks of each color. I don’t think I’ll need to get more yarn. I have a feeling I’m going to end up with a lot more keys on the scarf than a real piano actually has, but that’s okay. I just want to keep it going through the whole scarf, and have the scarf be as long as I want it to be.

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I’ve been a bad, bad girl

Posted by Andi on March 2, 2008

Several LYSs were having sales this weekend. I only went to one, Knitting Workshop. I brought Tim with me so that he could act as my conscience and prevent me from buying too much. I could tell he was getting bored in the store. I try to make it as interesting for him as possible by telling him to look at colors and feel different fibers to see if there’s anything he likes, because maybe I will make something for him. He saw a few things he liked, but when I asked if he would like a hat or scarf or something he didn’t seem to. Ultimately I bought this for him:

Regia plus cotton

Regia was 70% off, and he said he wanted some plain white socks. This is more of a natural color, but he was okay with it. I figured he deserved something for being such a trooper. He says he just wants plain socks, but I’m going to try to finagle a cable or something, because I have a feeling making plain stockinette socks in this color is not going to be very interesting. Oh well.

And for me:

Mirasol Hacho

5 hanks of Mirasol Hacho. This is kind of an indulgence for me. I loved the colorway. I think I’m going to make the chevron scarf out of it. Even though I would only be using one colorway, I think I will still use 2 hanks at a time, alternating colors, just because I’m not sure how even the hand dying is. All five hanks are the same dye lot, but sometimes with hand dyed yarns there are still differences. So I think I will still have a subtle striping effect.

I really wanted to buy more Regia, because who doesn’t appreciate 70% off sock yarn? I didn’t really care for any of the colorways, but after I left the store I thought that I could buy a few and keep them around for gifts later on. I don’t know. I might be back for more!

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