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Archive for March, 2013

At least one leg will be warm.

Posted by Andi on March 30, 2013

Last weekend I finished the first of my Fresco Leg Warmers.

WIP: Fresco Leg Warmer

As you can see, it hasn’t been blocked yet. I will wait until I have both of them done so I can block them together. I haven’t started the second leg warmer yet. No, I do not have second leg warmer syndrome. I’m going to be using the second leg warmer as a travel project, and I didn’t want to start too close to my trip. I will cast on in the next few days. Actually, I hope I can find the second skein of yarn.

You may recall that in my last post I discussed what I want to make with some Dream In Color Classy that has been in my stash forever. Well, strike all that. I found a new pattern that I think I’m going to make with it. It’s going to be a cowl neck short sleeve cardigan that I will discuss further when I actually start the project down the road. I’m glad that’s settled!


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Coming to the end of its shelf life

Posted by Andi on March 17, 2013

Here are five skeins of Dream In Color Classy.

Dream In Color Classy

I bought this yarn almost three years ago at a Dream In Color warehouse sale. The skeins were packaged together for $50, which is quite a bit cheaper than it would be if I bought the skeins retail. I had no project in mind when I bought this yarn. I loved the color and figured I could find a plethora of patterns to choose from. And I did. Only I don’t feel strongly about any of them.

Initially I planned on making the Minimalist Cardigan, but dismissed that pretty quickly. I thought the stitch pattern would drive me crazy, and I thought it would look better with a solid yarn as opposed to the semi-solid yarn I had. Then I set my mind on the Garter Yoke Cardigan. I was actually going to start this a while back, which is why I wound the yarn. But, I don’t know, it fell out of favor with me. So this yarn sat in my stash. Every few months I would peruse patterns looking for something to make with it, but either didn’t like what I saw, or didn’t have enough yarn for the patterns I liked.

For the time being I’m trying to finish some old WIPs. However, I feel like if I don’t use this yarn soon I may as well get rid of it. Over the past week I’ve been trying to come up with uses for this pretty yarn.

First I wondered if I really have to make a sweater with the yarn. Why not make several little accessories? I can make a hat, maybe a scarf, whatever. But I think I’m set with trying to make one project that uses as much of the yarn as possible. It’s rare that I have that much yardage in one color, I may as well take advantage of it. But does it have to be a sweater?

Recently someone in one of the Ravelry groups I participate in linked to the Big Honkin’ Bag. It wouldn’t use all of the yarn I have, but would use quite a bit of it. I figured I could use the bag as a knitting project bag. But don’t I have enough project bags? Well, technically yes, but can one ever have too many project bags? Why do I have to make a sweater? I recently chose a pattern to make a sweater for my cousin’s son, when I stumbled across Dangan. I think that would be so pretty, and so warm. So I went from a bag to a circular shawl.

I thought I was set. I thought Dangan was it. But then I stumbled upon my copy of the Fall, 2012 issue of knit.wear magazine, and I’m back on the sweater kick. There are so many projects in this magazine that can work with this yarn. The Columnar Jacket, Gathered Blouse, Horseshoe Cape, Hourglass Sleeve Pullover, Ribbed-Waist Pullover and Tucked-Buttonband Cardigan are all garments that are contenders. The magazine also has the pattern for the Waved Wrap, which I also think is pretty. Oh, and the Garter Yoke Cardigan is back in the running.

So now what? I think that’s more confusing that it was helpful. But I want to make a decision soon. I’m tired of sitting on this yarn.

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Knitting’s been a no go

Posted by Andi on March 10, 2013

The first two months of the year were very prolific for me as far as knitting goes. Four hats, a baby blanket, a second baby blanket nearly completed, and the beginning of a pair of bright yellow leg warmers. The third month of the year, however, I hit a wall.

I blame the rest of my life. I had a really busy week this week. It was so busy, in fact, that I didn’t even feel like knitting when sitting on the couch watching television every night. I guess it’s for the best, as I fell asleep on the couch watching television at least twice this past week, and I really don’t need to stab myself with knitting needles in my sleep.

Today I seem to be back on track. This afternoon I bought yarn to make a sweater for my cousin’s son. I’ve also been working on a never ending i-cord bind off, which I seem to only be able to work on in short bursts. It will be the perfect project to take to knit group tomorrow.

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FO: Downton Abbey Gauntlets

Posted by Andi on March 3, 2013

Downton Abbey Mystery KAL Gauntlets
Pattern: Downton Abbey Mystery KAL with Jimmy Beans Wool by Kristin Ashbaugh-Helmreich
Yarn: Studio June Yarn Eight Bells in Dancing in the Moonlight (.55 skeins)
Needles: US 3
Date started: January 6, 2013
Date completed: February 26, 2013

Because of other things I had going on, it took me a bit longer to finish these gauntlets than it did for most of the other people participating in the KAL. But I finally got them done, and I love them! I knit both gauntlets separately. The only thing I did at the same time was make the I-cord ties. That clue came out the same day as the Super Bowl, so as I watched the game I made both I-cord ties.

Downton Abbey Mystery KAL Gauntlets

I waited to block the gauntlets until they were both finished to make sure I blocked the lace cuff the same on both gauntlets.

I want to make more now. I have three pairs of fingerless gloves. One pair is short, and the other two pairs are long. The long ones are great if I’m wearing shorter sleeves, but get scrunched if I’m wearing long sleeves. I think I want to make a few more pairs of short fingerless gloves so that I have the appropriate pair for all situations.

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