Knitting! Plus some gardening, cocktails, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

Month: October 2006

Beginnings:

Beginnings:

Stay tuned…

Yippee!!!

Yippee!!!

The La Gran lilac cardigan is blocking! What more is there to say?

Finished Pieces, A Rude Cat, and A Big Mess!

Finished Pieces, A Rude Cat, and A Big Mess!

Much knitting has taken place here at chez Molecular Knitting, but before we get to that I have an update from Wisconsin. Faithful readers will remember that in September I sent Mom some feltable yarn for knitting cat beds. Well, after knitting and felting a really cool handbag from her own yarn,

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she set right to work on a Kitty Bed for Rip:

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It felted a little smaller than Mom expected, but it still looks great.

However, this was Rip’s RESPONSE:
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A Raspberry! What a RUDE cat!

According to Mom, he will have NOTHING to do with it. She’s tried putting it on his blue blankie, and he ignores it. She turned it upside down so it was flat and put it on the heating pad, which Rip sleeps on as it cools down after Dad uses it every morning before his PT exercises. No go. He is completely ungrateful. He’s 18 and a half years old in people years (about 70 million in cat years), and I guess he doesn’t feel the need to be polite. Since Mom is also the Food Lady, I question his common sense in snubbing her handknit gift. But then again, his brain is very small.

Back here in California, I have completed knitting all the major pieces of the La Gran lilac cardigan. Yay!! I haven’t blocked it yet, because my blocking surface has become a bit crowded.

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This is an intermediate stage in a major reorganization in the bead room. Until this morning I had hit a snag. I have some non-beading, non-knitting crafting stuff I don’t need or want anymore, and M figured out the perfect person to give it to while I lamented over what to do with the stuff during coffee. I need to contact her, and I hope she will be amenable. I don’t like having more stuff than I can put away, and my yarn stash has been growing. By the way, the PVC pipes lying on the yarn pile are needle holders made for me by M. They keep my needles very safe, and M even drilled holes in the tops so the bamboo can breathe. M says I could drive our truck over the pipes, but I think I’ll just trust him on that one.

I also did some deep background knitting that I can’t share in photos at this time, but I hope to have more interesting knitting progress in the next couple of days that I can show. But now, it’s back to the needles and string.

Back to Knitting!

Back to Knitting!

First, thank you to all the readers that left such nice comments about my sock yarn stash. Someday I hope to show socks out of it all. Second, I can knit again!! My shoulder and arm took their sweet time, but they did unkink and […]

72 Hours without Knitting: The Horror!

72 Hours without Knitting: The Horror!

Apparently, Sunday I slept “wrong” at least my left shoulder and arm seem to think so. They have decided that they have been abused and have a compressed ulnar nerve that makes knitting hurt (and everything else that requires an opposable thumb). Therefore, I have […]

A Yarny Monkey off my Back!

A Yarny Monkey off my Back!

Much as I have enjoyed knitting my friend Nancy a pair of socks, it seemed that the knitting would never be completed. I’d like to be able to give the gift, not just “make progress.” But now, although they need a bath before giving, the knitting is complete!

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Better yet, I am pleased with how they have turned out. Now, as long as they fit…

Now to get the La Gran cardigan done. I am working on the right front as I have finished the second sleeve. And I have made my first buttonhole! I don’t know why I had such trepidations concerning the whole buttonhole creation issue. In addition, I did figure out that the pattern has a major error in it, which puzzled me greatly for a bit. I assumed I just didn’t understand the pattern, but no, it was wrong. Had I made the right front as the directions specified, it would not be a mirror image of the left front. The rib pattern is asymetrical (P2K2P2K4), so you can’t really use the same chart for the two mirror image fronts, starting at the same place on a RS row. So, I just worked the rib to make it the mirror image (which, of course, is like the photo of the sweater in VK). I really tried to find a way to make the directions correct, but they were pretty specific and not open to much interpretation.

Anticipating the completion of La Gran, which is not like counting one’s chickens before they are hatched, I took a gander at the new knitting books at a LBS. I didn’t think I would like the patterns in Jackets for Work and Play from the Best of Knitter’s series, as I have a love-hate relationship with that magazine (when I subscribe I hate the patterns; when I buy it from the newsstand, I want to make several projects from each issue). But I fell in love…

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This is the Brocade in Charcoal jacket designed by Jean Frost. I want it. But I don’t want it in charcoal. I want the edgings done in the charcoal, but I want the body of the jacket done in a dark (not navy or royal please!) blue. The jacket in the book was knit in Cascade 220, which is a yarn I like for jackets and outer sweaters as it is durable, can take a little weather (which is all we get here), and shows stitches well. I knit my first sweater in Cascade 220, and it turned out well, so I have a bit of a sentimental attachment to this yarn (good thing I didn’t knit my first sweater in cashmere!). I had beady reasons for wanting the blue and charcoal:

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I want to make a multi-strand necklace using the tri-cut blue iris seed beads as the main portions of the strands with the grey and dark red pearls scattered at pretty wide intervals throughout. The only reason I hadn’t made the necklace already is that I had nothing to wear with it. But the brocade jacket will do, I think. I have an extreme obsession fondness for coordinating clothing and jewelry.

And speaking of jewelry, I have updated my Jewelry 2006 album (see link in Sidebar) to include the pieces I made in 2006 before I started blogging. So, here is your warning. Some of the jewelry pictures may lead the viewer into the temptation to start a new beading hobby (or so comments of my previously blogged about jewelry has suggested). If you think you may be one of those people, you probably should not look at the album. If you are made of sterner stuff, go take a peek.

In closing, just let me add, that I do take Socktoberfest seriously even though there is little current sock knitting displayed in this post. Sometimes some things can’t be shown to just everyone before certain festivities later in the year occur. But I will have something to show for myself soon.

Buttons, WIPs and the Sock Hop

Buttons, WIPs and the Sock Hop

Yesterday, I promised to show the buttons I bought for my lilac La Gran cardigan. I must say that I am quite pleased with myself. I usually don’t do this well at shopping. They are made of Czech glass (if you know beads, you know […]

Socktoberfest Plans

Socktoberfest Plans

Naturally, the plan includes socks. I joined Socktoberfest, and I just managed to post my first photo to the Flickr group. It’s an FO! I finally finished the Rib and Cable Socks in CTH Supersock Potluck Brights! They were great socks to knit, but they […]