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Archive for June, 2009

FO: Sweetpea Socks

Posted by Andi on June 24, 2009

Sweetpea Socks
Pattern: Sweetpea by Melissa Morgan-Oakes
Yarn: Zitron Trekking Pro Natura, color 1600, 1 ball
Needles: US 1
Started: 3/6/09
Finished: 4/15/09

These socks were made with the first ball of sock yarn I ever bought. Shortly after the I bought this yarn, this pattern was published. I always intended to use this yarn to knit these particular socks, but I kept putting it off. Finally (two months ago) they are done.

Sweetpea socks

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FO: Turtleneck Shrug

Posted by Andi on June 21, 2009

Turtleneck Shrug
Pattern: Turtleneck Shrug by Teva Durham from the book Scarf Style by Pam Allen.
Needles: US 7 DPNs
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, color 849, 3 balls
Started: 2/18/09
Finished: 3/9/09

This will be perfect on those hot summer days when every building I enter is over-air conditioned.

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No WWKIP Day for me!

Posted by Andi on June 19, 2009

Last Saturday was World Wide Knit In Public Day. For the second year in a row I knew I wouldn’t be participating in festivities in Chicago. I don’t recall why I didn’t go last year. This year we had plans to go out of town to visit my boyfriend’s parents. I didn’t look up to see if there were going to be any gatherings in Northwest Indiana, but I figured I would knit in public on my own. I thought we could go to a park, or maybe the dunes, something. We could chill out and I would be knitting in public.

Alas, my plans were dashed last Thursday when my boyfriend cut his hand doing dishes, damaging a tendon in his hand. We spent most of Thursday night, when we were going to drive to Indiana, in the ER. We had to return to the hospital on Friday so he could have surgery. Our trip was out. And all of the work I was supposed to get done on Friday, well, it now had to be done on Saturday.

So I knit in public on Sunday. It was a nice day, so we went to sit by the lake. There were already several people there. We didn’t stay out long because there was a breeze coming off the lake, so it was still a little cool. I did manage to take a few pictures and knit a few rows of my Forbes Forest scarf:

The beginnings of Forbes Forest

Each row still takes me a long time as I have yet to find a rhythm on this project. I’m using Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca Light. I love working with the yarn. It’s so soft! But I really need to get moving on this project if I’m going to have this, a pair of gloves, and a hat ready by winter.

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FO: Seafoam Scarf

Posted by Andi on June 17, 2009

Seafoam Scarf
Pattern: Seafoam Scarf by Ali Green
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace in Brillante, < 1 ball
Needles: US 5
Start: 3/27/09
Finish: 5/3/09

Seafoam Scarf

I made this scarf to be shorter than most of my other scarves, so I have quite a bit of yarn left. I wonder what I will make with it. I’ve recently seen a pattern from a shawl where you use up your last bits of lace weight yarn. That might be a possibility.

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Bye bye, Marlene!

Posted by Andi on June 10, 2009

Just as I finished the leg, I frogged my Marlene sock. First, I made a mistake, and while it wasn’t that noticeable, it was noticeable to me and I didn’t know how to fix it. Second, I liked the pattern a lot, but the yarn I was using was so dark that I didn’t think it showed off the pattern well enough. I plan to give these socks another try, but with a lighter yarn.

I should have taken a picture before frogging, though. It was looking pretty. Oh well. I already have another pattern in mind for my Dream In Color Starry in Gothic Rose 🙂

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What was I thinking?

Posted by Andi on June 7, 2009

I bought the Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in a nice autumn color in order to make a nice autumn scarf for myself. Emphasis on AUTUMN! Clearly my brain wasn’t working when I thought the Lace Ribbon Scarf would be a good choice for a winter scarf.

My brain was clear this morning when I saw that, after two pattern repeats completed last night, that this would by no means be a good winter scarf. I spent this morning going through my patterns, and I have decided that I would make the Forbes Forest scarf by Kathy Zimmerman for my set.

I cast on and worked on the first four rows. This is going to be a challenge. There is nothing difficult stitch-wise. But there are three sections to the scarf, the two on the ends and the one in the middle. They have a different number of rows in the pattern repeat, so I will have to use two row counters. There are lots of cables. I have yet to get into a rhythm, so it’s pretty slow going so far. However, I think it will be really pretty when it is done.

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I’m already thinking winter, and it’s not even officially summer yet!

Posted by Andi on June 6, 2009

A few weeks ago I bought 5 hanks of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in this pretty rust color:

Berroco Ultra Alpaca

I wanted to make the Lace Ribbon Scarf with it. I didn’t think it would take five hanks to make the scarf, but the LYS had five hanks, so I bought them out.

I had also been contemplating making a hat/gloves/scarf set for next winter. I thought it would look more put together when I have to go to work than the mix and match winter accessories I currently have. It wasn’t my intention when I bought the yarn, but since my winter coat is brown, I think I’m going to use this yarn to make my set. I will make the Lace Ribbon Scarf, then find a hat pattern and a glove pattern I like. I will likely have to buy more yarn, but that’s fine. I will use the yarn I currently have to make the scarf and hat. New yarn would be best used for the gloves, which will be further away from the hat and scarf, so a change in dye lots won’t be so obvious.

I started making the Lace Ribbon Scarf this evening. I’m through 10 rows. So far I love working with the Ultra Alpaca Light. It’s so soft! It’s going to be lovely to wear.

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