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Archive for May, 2008

Knitting for work

Posted by Andi on May 26, 2008

There are two reasons why my Ravelry queue became out of control in the past few weeks.

1. Socks. I added a lot of socks. I wanted to find all the socks I thought were nice in one place. Given how much I will be traveling I will be doing, I see a lot of sock knitting in my future.

2. Work clothes. I thought it might be nice to make some of my work clothes. I’m having a hard enough time finding professional clothes that don’t make me feel costumed up when I’m wearing them (thought I found a suit that I love the other day!). It will help me look professional, but still feel like me, at the same time. Every time I see a pattern that I think might be work appropriate I queue it.

To that end, I think I have decided what I want to buy with the LYS gift certificates I received for my birthday and graduation. I want to make the Aleita Shell by Bonne Marie Burns from the Spring 2008 issue of Interweave Knits in either black or a very dark gray. I could wear it over button down shirts for work, but it looks thin enough that I can probably wear it under a blazer, or wear it on its own when not in the office.

Actually, looking through Bonne Marie Burns’ patterns, I think there are several that are work appropriate and very me at the same time. I have a feeling I will be making several of these.

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Sticks and no stitches

Posted by Andi on May 25, 2008

Many knitters are familiar with terms such as Stitch and Pitch or Sticks and Stitches. These are organized events where knitters meet up at professional baseball and hockey games respectively. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love knitting (duh, I write this blog don’t I?) and that I love sports, especially baseball and hockey.

These events sound tailor made for me, don’t they?

Not so fast.

I knit while watching sports on television at home all the time. That seems to work out well. I’m still paying attention to the game, but at home I seem capable of knitting at the same time. When the play gets exciting I can stop and watch, and let’s face it, anything that is truly exciting will be shown in slow motion as soon as there is a stop in play.

Even though I pay attention to the game at home, I am much more actively involved in the game when I’m at the ballpark or in the arena. I applaud which is something I don’t do at home. I stand and cheer goals and home runs, which is also something I don’t do at home. I yell at the players and the umpires/refs, which is… oh, wait a minute, I do that at home too.

What am I supposed to do if I’m knitting at a baseball game and my guy hits a home run? How am I supposed to jump up and scream and clap if I’m knitting a sock? I don’t want to have to think about what stitch I’m on, or where my ball of yarn and needles will end up if I jump up and applaud. I don’t want to have to think about it.

That is, if I actually see the home run. Or that game tying goal. Or that great hit. I was reading this blog entry the other day. It was written by a guy who is a big sports fan who is marrying a woman who hates sports but loves knitting. She brings her knitting when she goes to games with him. Even though I thought knitting at a sporting event was a bad idea before, I really didn’t want to do it after reading the following:

While she was knitting, the Twins turned a triple play…A TRIPLE FREAKING PLAY…and she never knew it happened.

Now, chances are if I were knitting at a game I wouldn’t miss a triple play. I would bring an easy project that would allow me to pay attention to the game and knit at the same time. I would still fear what would happen when I spontaneously got up to cheer said triple play, but that’s besides the point. One of the things I like about knitting in groups is seeing what people are working on, checking out yarns I haven’t used before, and giving and receiving knitting advice. How am I to do those things and manage to see that triple play at the same time? Let me tell you, if I missed a triple play because I was looking at the yarn someone is using for that Clapotis they are making I’d be livid. It’s bad enough I might miss the triple play because of being in the restroom or buying food and drink, I really don’t think I need another reason to miss anything that happens on a baseball field while at a game I paid money to see. Same goes for hockey games.

So although two of three biggest passions are sports and knitting (the third being music), I really don’t think you will see me bringing my knitting to a professional sporting event near you.

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WIP: Froot Loop Socks

Posted by Andi on May 22, 2008

I finished a bit of the leg on my first Froot Loop sock:

Froot Loop Socks

I had planned on using Cascade Fixation for this project, but as I was swatching it just didn’t seem right, so I switched to Regia Line Steps Color. I really like it. It’s a pretty blue, and I think it works well for the pattern.

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My birthday haul

Posted by Andi on May 21, 2008

My birthday was last week, and I managed to get some knitting-related gifts from 2 people!!!

The first friend gave me gift certificates for an LYS, and I’ve been thinking about what I would get with them ever since. I’m really hoping to not just enhance my stash, but to buy something for a specific project. I’m also debating whether I want to use the gift certificates to cover the cost of a full project, or whether I want to use them to defray the cost of a really, really expensive project, such as a cashmere sweater. We’ll see. I will probably come up with a few project ideas that fit both scenarios, then head to the store and see what I could find. There is only one specific project sticking out in my mind that I really want to start right away that isn’t socks or arm warmers: The Gossamer Stars Scarf. But I have to say, the idea of buying cashmere is tempting. I have no cashmere. I’ve never worked with it. Here’s my chance!

The second friend gave me the book Suss Design Essentials: The Ultimate Collection for a Handknit Wardrobe by Suss Cousins. Hey, maybe I should use my gift certificates to buy yarn to make a project from this book!

The second gift was a hank of yarn that she spun herself:

Birthday yarn

It’s really beautiful and soft, and the colors would be great for me. As you can see, it’s 100% wool:

100% wool handspun

And, just as I was about to ask how many yards there were, I was told to turn the tag over:

Crap

Oh well! We think it’s enough for a hat. I bet it would make a pretty Foliage hat. I really enjoyed knitting the first one I made, so I wouldn’t mind making another one. But I’ll look around for hat patterns.

I did good!

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Cabled pocket shawl pattern available online

Posted by Andi on May 20, 2008

Several people have commented on my Cabled Pocket Shawl post, asking they could get a copy of the pattern. Originally I found this pattern on the Knit Picks website, but it has since been taken down. One commenter sent me her address so I could send a copy of the pattern, but then I got busy with my dissertation and completely forgot about it. I’m sorry 😦

However, the pattern is once again available online, and it’s still free!!! It is now a Ravelry download, and can be found here. If you are not a member of Ravelry (you should be!) you can sign up, and I don’t think the wait is very long anymore.

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FO: Double knit piano scarf

Posted by Andi on May 11, 2008

Doublke knit piano scarf

Pattern: Used this stitch pattern and revised it for double knitting.
Yarn: Cascade 220 2 hanks white, 2 hanks black
Needles: US 7

I love how this scarf looks, but I’m disappointed with the length. With the way I wear my scarves I wish it were just a bit longer. I don’t think I had enough yarn to knit another octave, so I stopped. Also, I was sick of making it. Once I tried it on I noticed that it was wide enough to wear as a small shawl instead of a scarf, so maybe I won’t be wearing it as I had originally intended, but it will still be useful.

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FO: Twisted Tulip Socks

Posted by Andi on May 10, 2008

Twisted Tulip Socks

Pattern: Twisted Tulip Socks by Chrissy Gardiner, from the Spring 2008 issue of Interweave Knits
Yarn: Dream In Color Smooshy in Giant Peach
Needles: US 3 DPNs

Overall I’m happy with how these turned out. They are still a tiny bit damp from blocking, but they will be dry by tomorrow, which is when I will be giving them to my mom. This project taught me that I don’t like sock blockers. The socks appeared to stretch out as I put them on the blockers. If they were for me they would now be a tad too big. My mom’s feet are a half size bigger than mine, plus she has to wear compression socks underneath, so they should be fine for her. I hope she likes them!

Here is a closeup of the front:

Twisted Tulip Socks

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Cuckoo Queue

Posted by Andi on May 3, 2008

Here’s a question for those of you on Ravelry.

How do you use your queue?

I ask because over the past few days I realized that I probably don’t use my queue in the same way other people do. Those of you who have me as a friend of Ravelry may have noticed that my queue is insanely long. 230 projects long. And although there are some quick projects in there, given the number of sweaters currently in my queue, I would say I have enough projects to last me the rest of my life.

Why is my queue so long? I don’t honestly think I will make all of these projects, nor do I think I really like all of them. I think I use my queue as a reminder system more than a list of projects I actually intend to make.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve added a bunch of projects to my queue. At first most of these projects were socks. I was looking for sock projects that I thought would be appropriate for some of the sock yarns in my stash, and so that I wouldn’t forget what the projects were I threw them into my queue. Then, a few days ago, I looked for garments that I might want to wear when I get a new job. I have a tattoo on my right arm that I would like to keep covered while at work, so I would like to have tops whose sleeves come down my elbow. I found many projects that would be appropriate and that I would be willing to wear. I threw them all into my queue. There’s no way I have the time or patience to make myself a bunch of garments for work, but I may want to make a few.

And that is how my queue got to be huge. So what does your queue consist of? Only projects you plan on making in the near future? Projects you think are cool and would like to make one day but maybe aren’t “favorite” material? What?

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