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

Month: November 2006

New LYS! and a Sock of a Different Color

New LYS! and a Sock of a Different Color

Saturday my friend Nancy and I set up a beading afternoon, and we needed to go to our LBS, which is in a small complex of restaurants and shops built around a courtyard. At the entrance to the Courtyard stood a sign telling everyone to […]

For Natasha: WIP Wednesday

For Natasha: WIP Wednesday

Late this afternoon in lab, Natasha came over to my desk, put her hands on her hips, and said, “You have not updated your blog in a week. I had a few minutes this afternoon, and I thought it would be fun to catch up […]

FOs and a WIP

FOs and a WIP

It has been a big week here at Molecular Knitting. As I reported in my last post, the La Gran cardigan is done. But did I stop there? No siree! I only had a half dozen or so purple necklaces to go with said lilac La Gran. So I had to make another one.

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This necklace took some planning to get everything lined up properly so it didn’t look oppy. Natasha, our lab’s fashionista, covets the necklace and the La Gran cardigan, so I consider them successes.

I also made a lapis lazuli bracelet for Trek, the winner of my birthday contest. Trek said cobalt blue was her favorite color, and the lapis was close (plus it was the same hue as the blue in the CTH sock yarn she won).

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I also included a little Scharffen Berger chocolate. From Trek’s thank you email, I don’t think she plans to share the chocolate.

In knitting FOs, I finished the Fleece Artist Merino socks in Paris for my MIL for Christmas. I love Fleece Artist merino sock yarn. It is velvety and the colors are really rich (and don’t pool much or at all in most colorways).

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I really like the eye of the partridge heel flap in this colorway. The photo is blurry (I used the macro and the tripod! Arghh!), but you can see how nicely the colors work out in the lattice of EoP.

What with all the FOs, I had start start a new WIP (some previous WIPs ran into insurmountable difficulties and will not become FOs, but that’s for a different post). I started the Fiber Trends Landscape Shawl in CTH supersock in Green Mountain Madness. The colors are fantastic and I am totally enthralled with knitting this shawl. I understand Evelyn A. Clark’s extremely well-written pattern perfectly, so it is a joy to knit.

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Those are picots decorating the edge of the shawl. I can knit picots!

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I’ve made it into the seed stitch chevron.

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All these pictures of the shawl make me want to knit! I hope all of you are having a great week!

“It’s Done! Done,” I say, “Done!”

“It’s Done! Done,” I say, “Done!”

Although this photo isn’t pretty (due to horrific weather and no outdoor light to speak of), the La Gran Lilac Cardigan is DONE! Most importantly, it fits. The sleeves are a little long, but I fold back the cuff, and then all is good. I […]

Contest Winner!

Contest Winner!

Trek is the contest winner!!Congratulations! I’d write more now, but I have to prepare to give a presentation at work (ARGHH!).Have a great day everyone!

An Unexpected FO and Contest Reminder

An Unexpected FO and Contest Reminder

If you haven’t already, scroll down to the previous post and read about the contest I have going on! M will pick the winner Friday morning, so be sure to comment or email to enter! Only 8 people have entered so far, so the odds are pretty good!

In knitting news, I have an unexpected FO. Sunday morning, M and I went to lunch with friends, Nudia and Javier, who are moving to Texas in a couple of weeks, where Javier will start in a tenure track assistant professor position. Another couple of friends, Nancy and Robert, also joined us. Nudia is five months pregnant, and Nancy was nice enough to think to give her a baby gift. I felt awful, especially as M mentioned that he thought we should bring a baby gift. I had to explain to M that his thoughts aren’t real until he shares them with me (he wasn’t impressed with my thesis). Anyway, I knew we would see Javier and Nudia next Sunday, so when we got home, I dug through my stash and came up with a skein of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Prairie Lupine (a color which does not photograph well). I knit up this little hat in the 9-12 month size, thinking that would be around the time she (they know they are having a girl) will need a hat.

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The pattern is from Knitters (Summer 2001). I loved the seed stitch flying wedge design (originally from Babara Walker).

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The seed stitch border isn’t the stretchiest edge, but I didn’t try to make the cast-on as loose as usual, so I think that will keep the hat on her head without looking too goofy. I always like how circular decreases look:

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I did one more round of decreases than the pattern called for, as I thought 12 stitches were too many to end on and run the yarn through. I also knit the whole thing on dpns (US sz 4), even though the pattern called for a 16″ circular. I cast-on to the circular needle, but I really had to stretch out the stitches, so I decided the dpns would work better, and I didn’t have a problem. I hope the baby likes her hat! The pattern also includes a romper (looks like a clown suit to me, but I am not a baby clothes expert by any means), booties (also in seed stitch with no way to fasten a tie), and a blanket. And Cotton Fleece is the called for yarn, but there was no way I was going to get 5 spi on sz 6 needles. I was right on using the 4s.

Two packages arrived in the mail today. M snatched them up, and I don’t know where he put them. He is very strict about not opening birthday gifts before the birthday; he’s a big meany in this regard. I asked Mom for lace blocking wires from Knitpicks, and a long tube arrived! But I can’t open it until Friday!!

Well, go enter the contest to win yarn and beaded jewelry!

Contest Time!

Contest Time!

It’s time to have a contest! Next Friday, the tenth, is my birthday, and I think that calls for a contest. But as a disclaimer, I’ve never run a contest before, so I am making it up as I go along. My thinking is this: […]

That was Then, This is Now

That was Then, This is Now

Back in the distant past of early September, I made knitting plans, and I shared them on this blog. It was time to knit lace in a triangle, i.e. a shawl. I thought the Ruby colorway of Fleece Artist Merino would make a fantastic Christmas […]

One is the Loneliest Number…

One is the Loneliest Number…

My Socktober left a little to be desired in terms of new sock creations:

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Just one sock for me. I either have to knit the second or hop. I loved knitting this sock, it’s just that October was very busy and hectic with things like a scientific career, which is pretty nifty too but recently very time consuming. But back to the sock. As I said before, the leg and instep pattern is the Gingerbread all-over cable pattern from VK Stitchionary 2. It was very easy to knit as the garter ridge in the second rib of the pattern made it especially easy to count rows.

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I used the Dutch heel from the Madder ribbed sock of Vintage Socks, that fits my foot very well (which I was not able to photograph tonight at all well). I planned on using a grafted toe, but my bulbous big toe misled me, and the sock was going to be a little short. I continued decreasing every other round for longer than I normally would have and then decreased every round to only four stitches. That fits perfectly (again can’t photograph the sock on my foot in the stygian darkness that fills our living room–but boy did I try). I’ve cast on for the second sock but have other secret sockish things going also.

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Elongated Corded Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks in Fleece Artist Merino, colorway Paris

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2×2 rib leg in Online Highland Colors #?? (sorry!). I bought both yarns from the Simply Sock Yarn Company (including the grey marled Jawoll of the cabled sock). The top sock has a giftee in mind who loves autumnal colors. The bottom sock could still go a couple of different ways, including my own feet. We’ll see.

I did find time to sew the shoulder seams of the La Gran cardi and then knit the neckband. It is only the third neckband I’ve ever knit, but it is the best, so at least I continue to improve!

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I studied picking up stitches along a neckedge in my copy of Vogue Knitting, marked every two inches around with a pin, did the math to determine stitches to pick up per 2 inches and went at it. Now I just need to do the rest of the seaming and sew on the buttons. I’ve been a little too frazzled the last couple of days, but I think by tomorrow I shall be ready to seam. The tenth is my birthday, and M is taking me to my favorite restaurant for dinner and I plan to wear my sweater. I just hope I don’t spill on it! Did I ever mention that I’m a little clumsy? Spray ‘n’ Wash is my friend.

Now I need to decompress a little, knit a lot, maybe drink a whiskey and soda.