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Archive for February, 2013

Fresco Leg Warmers Part 1 – Getting Started

Posted by Andi on February 26, 2013

Despite my silence, I’ve been getting a lot of knitting done. I’m almost finished with the Downton Abbey KAL gauntlets — I will probably block them tonight. I’ve made tremendous progress on my most recent baby blanket that I can’t really discuss here.

The other project I have been working on is the Fresco Leg Warmers by Pam Allen, from the book Knitted Gifts. A couple of weeks ago I started the ribbing for the bottom of the first leg warmer. Then, while on a business trip, I started working on the lace pattern. The lace looked weird, nothing at all like the photo. I looked and saw I was following the pattern correctly. So I looked at other projects on Ravelry to see if they looked right, and found in someone’s notes that the pattern had an error, and this kind soul linked to the correction on the publisher’s webpage. It turns out the pattern eliminated the work-one-row-even in between lace rows. I was glad I found the errata, but I was annoyed that the link wasn’t on the main Ravelry project page. I may send it in so that page can be updated. Seeing an errata link on the main project page has saved me a lot of trouble when knitting other patterns.

Anyway, I ripped back and started the lace pattern over again, and it looks so much better.

WIP: Fresco Leg Warmers

This is the very bottom of the first leg warmer, so I don’t think I will be finished with these any time soon. Part 2 might not show up for at least a month, if not longer.


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I just went in for a circular needle…

Posted by Andi on February 10, 2013

I had to go to my LYS yesterday for a new circular needle. I’m working on a baby blanket in the round with increases every other row. There started to be too many stitches for the longest size 9 circular I had, so I needed to get a longer one.

I should have just walked over to the corner with the needles, selected the needle I wanted (Addi Turbo, 40″) and been done with it. But I saw there was a sale so I started looking around. The first thing I picked up was the Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Knits. That wasn’t a big deal because it was just a matter of time until I bought that anyway.

The problem was that I started looking at yarn. Here’s what I came home with:

Yarn haul

First I was looking at the Misti Alpaca Lace. There was this lovely heathered dark green color. Four skeins were left, and I almost picked up all four, but I left them. Then I started looking at the Regia. I liked this colorway (Anthracite) because it was variegated, but all dark, so that a lace pattern could still stand out if I choose to knit one. Sold. Then I saw the Lily Sugar n’ Cream. That wasn’t on sale, but one can never have too much cotton yarn for dishcloths, can they? I made my way back to the Misti Alpaca, and saw this little bright blue skein. It was the only one in that color. The only color with a single skein. I thought it looked lonely, and that it would be happier in my stash. One skein has over 400 yards, so I can easily make a project out of that.

The total amount I spent wasn’t that much because the yarn was on sale, and it wasn’t expensive to begin with. My fear is that I’m going to have to go back for an even longer needle, and there will still be yarn on sale. If that happens I hope I have more strength on that day than I did yesterday.

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FO: Mixed Stripe Baby Throw

Posted by Andi on February 3, 2013

Mixed Stripe Baby Throw
Pattern: Mixed Stripe Baby Throw by Lion Brand Yarn
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Solids in Limelight (.48 skein), Pagoda (.29 skein), Soft Blue (.46 skeins), and White (.39 skein)
Needles: US 7
Date started: January 19, 2013
Date completed: February 2, 2013

This blanket is for a colleague who is expecting a little boy. I’m definitely not one of those “blue for boys, pink for girls” sort of people (I get annoyed that “baby yarn” is always in baby colors, as if there are certain colors that are okay for babies and certain colors that aren’t — that’s rubbish!) but I know some people are. I liked that I could include some baby blue in it, but other bright colors as well. It’s hard to tell from this picture, but the darker color is sort of a dark teal. I didn’t use the yarn called for by the pattern, but I kept the color scheme very close to what the colors in the pattern were. This was a quick and simple knit.

I was wondering what colors I would use if I were to make this for a little girl. The white can stay white. The baby blue would change to baby pink. The dark teal could probably be a magenta or violet. But what about that bright green? I would want a color that isn’t in the pink family. Maybe some sort of orange. I don’t know.

As soon as I bound off I started another baby blanket. I won’t be posting much about that one because it’s for a Ravelry friend. Although she now knows I’m making a blanket, I want what it looks like to be a surprise. I will not be creating a project page until after it is sent.

Wow, I’ve been prolific so far this year. This is my fifth finished object. Granted, nothing I made was particularly difficult, but still. The fact that I’ve been watching as many films as possible that have been nominated for major awards (such as the Oscars and Independent Spirit Awards) means I have plenty of TV time to knit.

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