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Archive for October, 2011

Masonic Temple

Posted by Andi on October 30, 2011

Masonic Temple
Masonic Temple
Alexandria, VA

This is a view from a hotel window.

As you may have noticed, I gave up on Project 365. It was just too much when I got too busy with other things. However, I still carry my camera around with me and when I see something interesting I take a picture, so I will still be posting pictures here often.


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To line or not to line?

Posted by Andi on October 29, 2011

Almost two weeks ago I finished knitting what was supposed to be the outside only of the first mitten of the pair of Flocked Mittens I’m making.

The first in a pair of Flocked Mittens

I’m happy with how it turned out. There was a tiny bit of puckering that seemed to block out. The bit of puckering that still exists down the center is due to the break between the double pointed needles, so I think I’m going to rotate that every row or two when I make the second one. It’s getting colder, so I better start that second mitten soon!

Anyway, now that I’ve seen that I can do color work somewhat successfully, the only question left regarding this project is whether or not to line the mittens. The pattern has instructions for lining them, and it looks like most of the finished objects on Ravelry are lined. Here is my list of pros and cons.

Reasons not to line the mittens:

1. It will take longer and I want these done now.
2. I didn’t buy yarn special to line them. I was going to use stash yarn, so no waste.
3. With the knit fabric of the mitten and the floats behind it I think the mittens will be warm enough on most days. I fear that adding a lining will make the mittens too hot to wear much of the winter. I want to wear these every day, not just on super cold days.

Reasons to line the mittens:

1. What if I’m wrong about #3 above? Although I guess if I am wrong about that I can quickly add the lining in.
2. I wear a ring every day that could get caught in the floats. I’ve been very careful taking the mitten on and off when trying it on and it hasn’t been an issue yet and I plan on being careful, so this might not be much of a big deal.

3-2. I think it would be easier to try the unlined mittens for a while, and if it becomes clear the lining is necessary I can add it in, than it would to line them and realize that was the wrong move and have to take the lining out. What do you think?

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FO: Punk Rock Nessie

Posted by Andi on October 22, 2011

Punk Rock Nessie
Pattern: Nessie by Julia Zahle
Yarn: Turtle Cove Farm Turtle Feet in Punk Rock Girl, 1 skein
Needles: US 8
Date started: October 8, 2011
Date completed: October 15, 2011

As with my other Sock Stash Knitdown projects this year, I used some long-held stash yarn on this project. In this case, it was one of the skeins of Turtle Cove Farm yarn I bought at YarnCon just over 2 years ago.

First, a bit about the yarn. It was so soft and nice to work with. I love it.

Now, the pattern. I had a bit of a problem at first because the pattern was a bit confusing to me. I don’t know if it was a problem with the translation (I don’t think the original pattern was in English) or if I just wasn’t getting it, but there were a few places in the pattern where I had to make assumptions. In the end, it turned out okay. It was such a quick and easy knit because it was essentially garter stitch with short rows. It was a fantastic project for chatting away at knit group or watching television. I even worked on it in the car in the dark coming home from the Chicago Blackhawks first home game of the season. Mostly black yarn? In the dark? Yes, once I figured out what I was doing it was that easy.

One word of warning: I had to use quite a bit more yarn than the pattern calls for. The pattern says 400 yards of yarn are needed, but if you want to do the bobbles you need more. I had 460 yards of yarn, did not do the bobbles, and really thought I was going to run out. I didn’t, I had enough, but I don’t think there is enough left to even do one hexipuff. It was all fine in the long run, but if I were going to do this pattern again I would make sure I had at least 500 yards on hand if I wanted to do the bobbles, maybe more.

Would I want to do this pattern again? Heck yeah! It makes for great gift knitting because it’s easy and quick. And it’s so cute on. The ends sort of twirl up and look really cute hanging down. Also, if you look at the projects on Ravelry, people have really taken the basic idea of this scarf and have run with it. Some people use more than one color of yarn, some add on leaves or flowers or other things. There is so much you can do with this scarf if you are creative with it.

Oh, and for those who are wondering, I will be casting on the Sandalwood Socks tonight. Thanks to everyone who gave me their input!

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Posted by Andi on October 20, 2011

Rainbow over the hospital
Taken October 13, 2011

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What’s next?

Posted by Andi on October 17, 2011

I finished my most recent sock yarn project (photos forthcoming) on Saturday night while we were at my mom’s house celebrating Tim’s birthday. That means it’s almost time to cast on another one.

As you may or may not recall, the whole point of participating in the Sock Stash Knitdown was to use sock yarn I’ve had in my stash for a while along with patterns I already own (although some are newly acquired). I’ve decided that I’m using this gray yarn for my next project. As you can see, it’s a darker gray.

Fortissima Socka

But I’m having a problem deciding which pattern I should do. I’ve asked Tim and the folks in Puck This!, and now I’m asking you. Which of these three patterns should I use? I need input by Saturday morning, as that is when I will be casting on. Here are the three options:

Sandalwood Socks
Hourglass Rib Socks

For those of you who aren’t on Ravelry, you can click on the photos on these pages to blow them up and see the details better.

As of the time I’m writing this post I have received input from three people. Two voted for one pattern, two voted for another pattern, and one pattern has no votes as of yet.

So, what do you think?

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Hexipuffing, Month 2

Posted by Andi on October 16, 2011

Hexipuffing, Month 2

It was a slow month. I only made 10 new hexipuffs for a total of 36. The new ones in this photo are in the middle. Most of the new ones I made this month were from leftover sock yarn belonging to a member of my knitting group, so I don’t actually know what all the yarn is. Now that my Skew socks are finished I was able to start using the leftover Yarn Hollow yarn to make hexipuffs, so one of the new ones is out of that.

At this pace it will take me just under two years to get the number of hexipuffs (400) I estimate I need for the size blanket that I want. However, I have a feeling I will be making hexipuffs at much slower pace until the holidays because of all of the knitting projects I must complete between now and then.

Oh, and this is my 500th post on this blog!

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Posted by Andi on October 15, 2011

Forest Park, IL 10/10/11

My favorite time of year for, among others, the following reasons:

Pretty colors
Pumpkin spice lattes
Crunchy leaves
Pumpkin scones
Cooler knitting weather
Pumpkin muffins
Reese’s Pumpkins

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FO: Baby Boy Vest

Posted by Andi on October 12, 2011

Baby Boy Vest
Pattern: Baby Boy Vest by Patti Ghezzi
Yarn: Worsted weight acrylic yarn that was donated to my knitting group
Needles: US 7
Date started: October 2, 2011
Date finished: October 9, 2011

I made this for a coworker who recently had a baby. The color isn’t quite as bright as it is in the picture.

Knitting baby clothing is so gratifying because it happens so quickly. I was recently thinking that I haven’t knit an actual garment since I finished Tim’s sweater in January, then remembered this baby vest. But does that really count? I mean, it’s so quick, it’s not like knitting an adult-sized sweater!

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Blackhawks vs. Stars, 10/8/11

Posted by Andi on October 11, 2011







More photos here.

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FO: Skew

Posted by Andi on October 10, 2011

Pattern: Skew by Lana Holden
Yarn: Yarn Hollow Chrome in Chai, .73 skein
Needles: US 1
Date started: September 10, 2011
Date completed: October 2, 2011


I loved knitting this pattern. It was so much fun. But what I didn’t love was that the right sock turned out way bigger than the left sock, even though I did the exact same thing. Clearly my tension must have changed, but it’s a pretty substantial size difference. One of my Rav friends said the same thing happened when she made a pair, so I don’t feel so bad.


But how much do I love this yarn? This is the second time I have used Yarn Hollow Chrome, and I love it. The colors remind me of peanut butter and jelly, or pumpkin and red wine. I love it — nice autumn colors. And tonight I made my first hexipuff out of the leftovers!

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