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Archive for February, 2010

FO: Big Sack Sweater

Posted by Andi on February 28, 2010

Big Sack Sweater

Pattern: Big Sack Sweater by Jenna Wilson
Yarn: Needful Yarns Woodstock, color 5368, 4 skeins
Needles: US 9 and US 10.5
Date started: 12/22/08
Date completed: 2/28/10

Ravelympics project
Event: WIPs Dancing

Took long enought, didn’t it? It sat on our recliner forever. I had an extra couple of days after finishing my first Ravelympics project, and used that extra time as motivation to finish this sweater.

I only gave it a smiley face on Ravelry, as opposed to the big grin face, for a couple of reasons. First, there are a few spots where I picked up along the neck line that weren’t too even. Second, one of the four raglan seams wasn’t done very well. Thank goodness it is in the back!

Overall, though, I’m pleased. It turned out to be exactly what I wanted, a roomy comfy sweater I can wear on weekends to relax. The knit is a bit loose, so I need to wear a shirt underneath it, but it’s very comfy.


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FO: February Fitted Pullover

Posted by Andi on February 27, 2010

February Fitted Pullover

Pattern: February Fitted Pullover by Amy Herzog
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Tonos Worsted in TW16, 4 skeins
Needles: US 7 28″ circular needle
Date started: February 12, 2010
Date completed: February 25, 2010

This was my Ravelympics project.
Event: Sweaterboard Cross


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Stash enhancement

Posted by Andi on February 26, 2010

I’ve been a busy bee working on my Ravelympics project (which is now done!) and watching the Olympics, so I haven’t had time to discuss all of the yarn I have purchased recently. I finally took pics of some of it, the most important new additions to my stash.

I ordered two Wollmeise 80/20 Twin grab bags. They arrived. I’m in love.

Bag 1: We’re Different Turkis
Aquarius (left) and Skarabaus (right)
Wollmeise 80/20 Twin

Bag 2: We’re Different Herbstfarben
Spice Market (left) and Jeton (right)
Wollmeise 80/20 Twin

Pretty ❤

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As if I didn’t have enough on my plate

Posted by Andi on February 13, 2010

I couldn’t wait to cast on my ravelympics project last night. I was also concerned that between a sweater and an afghan I wouldn’t have an easily portable project on the needles. So what did I do? I cast on something else of course!

Candy Corn Toe

Witness the Candy Corn Socks. This is the third of the three basic toe-up socks from Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson. The first one I made used the short row toe and heel. For the second pair I used Judy’s magic cast on and gusset heel. This time I used a figure eight cast on, and will be using a slip stitch heel.

As you can see, I have the toe done. I didn’t finish the toe last night before casting on my sweater, so I finished it this morning while watching an episode of Big Love on the DVR.

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Ravelympics 2010

Posted by Andi on February 12, 2010

I am participating in Ravelymics for the first time this year. Like most of the rest of my fellow competitors, I will be casting on at the beginning of the Opening Ceremonies tonight.

I spent a lot of time trying to determine what project I was going to do. At first I wanted to do Astrid. How hard could it be to knit a bunch of circles while watching the Games? However, when I started looking on Ravelry at how long it took people to complete that project, I decided there was no way I would be able to finish it in two weeks. Maybe it took people so long because they worked on it slowly, knitting a few circles in between working on other projects. That makes sense. So that is exactly how I plan to work on Astrid – slowly, in between other projects, when I want to make something quickly, like a circle. I have actually already made my first circle 🙂

I never thought it would be possible to knit a sweater in two weeks, but as I was looking at other people’s February Fitted Pullovers, because I had bought some yarn to make one, I noticed that many knitters finished the sweater in 10 days to three weeks. Perfect! That’s my project!

Last week I made my swatch.


My yarn, needles, and pattern have been sitting out, waiting for tonight for a week. They have been taunting me! Finally, in a little over an hour and a half, I wills start my sweater.

Let the Games begin!

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FO: Vortical Blackhawks Socks

Posted by Andi on February 10, 2010

They are finally finished!! Here is sock #2:

Vortical Blackhawks Socks

And here is the pair:

Vortical Blackhawks Socks
Pattern: Vortical by Phoenix Bess from the Winter 2008 issue of Knotions
Yarn: Draygone Yarnes Self-Striping Sock in the Chicago Blackhawks colorway
Needles: US 1 DPNs
Date started: 12/27/09
Date completed: 2/7/10

I love them!

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