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Archive for August, 2012

FO: Wingspan

Posted by Andi on August 29, 2012

FO: Wingspan
Pattern: Wingspan by maylin Tri’Coterie Designs
Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Crazy in 1511
Needles: US 3
Date started: August 16, 2012
Date completed: August 28, 2012

Going down to a size 3 needle didn’t save me much yarn, but it made the shawl less gauzy than it was with a size 4, so it will be a bit warmer. Ultimately I decided to go with seven triangles instead of trying to make eight work somehow. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. It’s a perfect shawlette. It covers my shoulders nicely. It will be great for those late summer/early autumn evenings when it gets just a bit cool outside.

So now that I’m done with Wingspan, what did I knit tonight? I started another shawl. This one should be rather quick as well.

Interestingly, I haven’t cast on another pair of socks yet, and it might be another couple of weeks before I do so. I think this is the longest I’ve gone without socks on the needles since I started knitting socks.


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Lesson learned – must knit down stash

Posted by Andi on August 26, 2012

When we moved into our current apartment we decided to get a two bedroom apartment so that I would have a room we refer to as “my office”. The point of this room was to have a place where I could work at home and close the door so I could concentrate. I would also keep all of my knitting books and supplies in there.

It worked at first, briefly. We didn’t do a very good job of space planning in the room, which made it awkward. It soon got messy, and I stopped using it as an office. Even though it was “the office” I probably didn’t work in there for 18 months.

In the past year there were a couple of incidents that made it even harder to work in there. First, there were squirrels in our attic, which we use for storage. I used to keep my suitcases up there, and bring them down when it was time to travel. I didn’t want to put my suitcases up there and find them chewed or nested in until we were sure the squirrels were gone, so I kept 3 carry on and one large suitcase in my office, taking up a lot of space. Even once the squirrels were gone I continued to keep my suitcases in my office. I don’t know if it was because I was afraid the squirrels would come back, or because I was traveling much more frequently so it was easier to keep the suitcases downstairs.

Second, we got new windows in our apartment. We thought they were replacing one set of windows the first time they came, but instead they did another set, including the office window. We weren’t expecting that, so we hadn’t cleared the area around the window away, and Tim had to do it quickly. He basically threw things out of the way. The room looked like a tornado hit it. By that point it I could barely walk in there. It was so messy it was overwhelming, so instead of making it a usable room, it sat in that state for months.

Finally, I got annoyed enough that I asked Tim to help me clean it. I did most of the sorting while Tim took the stuff that didn’t belong in the room out. He also helped me organize the room so that there was space for me to work, space for me to store my knitting supplies, and a place to sit and relax.

After about 3 hours we were finished. I still have a pile of papers I have to file or shred, but other than that I have a usable room. We even have my old computer monitor in there so that if we want to watch separate things on television, one of us can watch TV in the living room, and the other can watch a movie in the other room. It’s great.

Sounds great, right? Well, it is, except the clean, organized room really highlights the size of my stash. When the room was a mess the stash was kind of hidden under other things. Now it’s clear exactly how much space it takes up. When I first moved I vowed to keep my stash in the two sets of shelves I bought for it. Ha! I have two big bags and a box full of yarn that don’t fit in there. I need to get back to my goal: only having enough yarn to fit in those shelves.

I really need to knit down my stash. I’ve been thinking about how to do this. What can I make with what I have? A lot of my stash is sock yarn or lace weight yarn, so there is a lot I can do with that. But what do I do with all of the worsted weight yarn?

First, I’m going to make a yoga bag. I’ve started doing ki yoga at home, and I just roll up my mat and put it aside. I’m going to make a bag so it’s a little neater, and so I can easily carry it if I start taking classes.

I’m not sure what to do with the rest of it. I may donate a bunch of acrylic. But I may also use it for charity knitting. I’m not sure.

I guess I just have to start knitting more!!

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Hexipuffing Month 12

Posted by Andi on August 19, 2012

Hexipuffing Month 12

Here is my progress after working on The Beekeeper’s Quilt for one year. I made six new hexipuffs this month, for a grand total of 118.

I looked at the area these 118 hexipuffs took up, and at first I thought I’m right on track. If I quadrupled the size it would be what I want, and I would have been right when I estimated the need for 400 puffs. But now that I’m thinking about it, I’m not sure how big I want to make it. I want it bigger than a lap blanket. I was originally thinking the size of a throw. But now I’m thinking that I want it big enough to cover me if my laying on the couch, which would mean making it a bit bigger. I don’t know. I can reassess when I get to 300 or so. I’m a long ways away from that.

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FO: Skull and Crossbones Dishcloth

Posted by Andi on August 18, 2012

FO: Skull and Crossbones Dishcloth
Pattern: Skull and Crossbones Dishcloth by Miriam Giles
Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie Solids in Pomegranate
Needles: US 5
Date started: July 8, 2012
Date completed: August 15, 2012

Over a month to finish a dishcloth?

I cast on late in the evening on July 8, then didn’t pick this project up again until August 14.

As you can see, I ran out of yarn on this, too. I’m not concerned, though. This isn’t a gift. It’s for use in our kitchen. I just has to work, and that it does.

I really have to pick up on my dishcloth knitting. Tim only uses knit dishcloths to wash our dishes, and all of the others I made are completely trashed. I need to make new ones more frequently.

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Wingspan Fail

Posted by Andi on August 12, 2012

Wingspan Fail

I thought my Wingspan was turning out beautifully… until I ran out of yarn. I was so disappointed. The pattern is so easy, and the yarn is so great. I just started knitting and let the yarn do the work for me. I was almost done. I was on the eighth out of eight triangles. I thought I would have to knit the last few rows that go across the whole shawl in another yarn, but that could have looked like a design element. There was nothing I could do when I ran out of yarn in the middle of the triangle.

Today I spent time ripping the project and rewinding the yarn. I hope to start over. I’m thinking that if I knit it on size 3 needles instead of the size 4 I was using I will have enough yarn. One of these days I will cast on again, but not for a while. I have a cardigan, scarf, and pair of mittens to finish. I have to ramp up hexipuff production, and start on my knitted vegetables. Maybe sometime next year.

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FO: Green Brick Road

Posted by Andi on August 11, 2012

Green Brick Road Socks
Pattern: Red Brick Road by Wendy D. Johnson
Yarn: Fiberanatura Yummy in 41354
Needles: US 2
Date started: July 27, 2012
Date completed: August 11, 2012

I completed this project as part of the Sock Put event for the 2012 Ravellenic Games. The only reason I could finish this pair of socks so quickly was because I used sport weight yarn. They might be too thick to wear with most of my shoes, but they will be great for around the house on cold days. I received the yarn in one of my SnB’s holiday yarn swaps.

Green Brick Road Socks

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