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Block and Swatch Weekend

Block and Swatch Weekend

I have blocked my Guernsey Wrap, which was to come out at 17 x 74 inches. I got 17 x 73.5. Blocking wires are a wonderful thing. I also blocked my Celtic Cable Neckwarmer, which has an “error” in the middle repeat (repeated some rows), […]

FO: Notre Dame de Grace on a Sunny Day

FO: Notre Dame de Grace on a Sunny Day

I’ve had my Notre Dame de Grace pullover done for months. It was a great sweater to take to the Midwest over the holidays; I could wear it without a jacket when driving between north-east Wisconsin and southern Illinois. However, I never seemed to get […]

Updates with a FO

Updates with a FO

I don’t exactly remember when I finished these socks which I call Corn on the Cob. I think it was around Thanksgiving time, but I love how they turned out.
Corn on the Cob socks
Yarn: Handmaiden Casbah (80% merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon) in dandelion
Pattern: Pablo Deep by Knitting Pixie–it’s free!
Mods: I split the repeats at the heel flap differently than the pattern; instead of 2 repeats for the instep I did 1/2 + 1 + 1/2. I also did an eye of partridge heel flap.
Corn on the Cob socks, detail
The dandelion looked great in all the stitch patterns, and the cashmere made it so wonderfully soft.
Corn on the Cob socks, cuffs
I like patterns where the cuff pattern feeds well into the leg pattern, and Pablo Deep does this really well.
Corn on the Cob socks, on feet
It’s hard to take pictures of one’s own feet! But the socks fit really well.

In WIP news, the Guernsey Wrap is 5/6 done! Here it is on the couch-o-meter. Soon a FO!
Guernsey Wrap on couch-o-meter
I did get a little bored knitting this, so I took a little break to start a Celtic Cabled Neckwarmer by Lindsay Henricks (another free pattern) in some Malabrigo twist in grapes.
Celtic Cable Neckwarmer: wip-2
I had to knit some cables! This is a fun and easy cable project. And purple cables are the best.
Celtic Cable Neckwarmer: wip-1

The knitting is helping to keep me sane, as is, somewhat surprisingly, the codeyear course in Javascript from Code Academy. Finding two professional jobs in the same location is a bit of a trick, but M is confident we can do it. I keep reminding myself that he is almost always right, and this is one time when I won’t find that annoying!

Forward into 2012

Forward into 2012

As usual, M and I spent two weeks over the holidays in the Midwest visiting family. It was fun but exhausting. I have to show you my parents’ Christmas tree. I took this photo with the camera on the floor looking up. The tree was […]

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Our Christmas tree, 2011 M and I leave this Monday morning for the Midwest to celebrate Christmas with our families. The airport shuttle picks us up at 4:30 in the morning. If the coffee places are not open at the airport by 5 o’clock, I […]

WIPs: now with 17% more texture!

WIPs: now with 17% more texture!

Notre Dame de Grace in Cascade Ecological wool is in the final finishing stretch: seaming. That’s the completed collar and the first sleeve “pinned” to the body.
Notre Dame de Grace: seaming
Usually I finish one garment before starting another, but I had the desire to knit and not seam after work in the evenings, so the back of the Sebasco vest is completed in Wool of the Andes in claret. That’s daisy stitch (BW #1, p 153) along the bottom edge.
Sebasco: back
And I’m slowly working my way through Jared Flood’s Guernsey Wrap, which is knit and purl ’til you drop. How I like things!
Guernsey Wrap: WIP
The yarn is Quince and Co. Lark in Lupine. I love this yarn, the colors are fabulous, and the price is very good. I like it so much, I asked my parent’s for some for a sweater for Christmas last year.
Quince and Co. Lark: rosa rugosa
12 skeins of Lark in Rosa Rusgosa! I think this will become a Crane Creek cardigan just as soon as Sebasco is done. That pattern has texture too with a diamond brocade pattern and double moss stitch collar and bands.
Texture everywhere!

Sock Pretties with a FO

Sock Pretties with a FO

I have not been able to do much sock knitting since I slept on my elbow wrong in late June. Using barbecue tongs and knitting tightly on sock needles makes it ache. It’s odd but slowly mending. But doing just a few rounds at a […]

The Secret Passion of the Cat Katrina

The Secret Passion of the Cat Katrina

While we were in Wisconsin, Labor Day happened. Mom decided on bratwurst and sweet corn for dinner. So after a trip to a local vendor for picked-that-morning sweet corn, she left it for Dad to shuck. He told me I’d want to watch, as Katrina, […]

A FO for a Redux

A FO for a Redux

You may remember that in July I wrote about the death of my paternal grandmother, Grandma Adeline. You may also remember that in January I posted about my maternal grandmother, Grandma Frances, turning 100 years old on 1/11/11. Well, on August 30th I got a phone call from my mom, saying that Grandma Frances was in a very bad way and there was nothing to be done. She died the next day. The last thing she did before dying, after getting dressed and having breakfast in the dining room because pulmonary edema and failing kidneys were no excuse to change one’s routine, was to laugh. We have to score that a good death. I know she was at peace before she died, and I know that I miss her.

Since she was an avid knitter to the age of 95-96, I wanted to wear something I had knit to her funeral. Recently I had finished the Cleite Shawl by Miriam Felton in some lovely Handmaiden Sea Silk in Blackberry, so I wore that with a fine-gauge cotton sweater in navy. Several people noticed the shawl at the funeral and told me they were pleased to see Grandma Frances’ love of needlework passed down. Everyone was confused about the yarn having seaweed in it. I obviously didn’t take photos that day, but last week, M took these in the field outside our place.
Cleite Shawl: side
Cleite Shawl: front
Cleite Shawl: back
Cleite Shawl in SeaSilk
Cleite Shawl
My pattern notes can be found on my Ravelry project page.

Good Thing

Good Thing

It’s almost September! How did that happen? I may need a sweater in a couple of months. Good thing I have one on in progress! This is the body and partially-unattached collar to Notre Dame de Grace by Veronik Avery from the Summer 2007 Interweave […]