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« on: August 18, 2010 11:40:25 AM »

No one kill me--still nothing new on the needles.  I've hit a wall. 

Striker - did you finish your sweater??? We want pictures!!  Lime - have you kitchnered that sock yet?Huh?

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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2010 01:34:43 PM »

I won't kill you, I've gone months without knitting myself C:.

I have been working on this DROPS waistcoat for the past two weeks. It's been slow going, but the yarn is from a shirt I was trying to knit and had to scrap twice, so I'm making sure I get it right this time.

Yarn is Sirdar Snuggly baby bamboo, forget which color. I just took some photos really quick with my phone since I didn't want to tear the house down searching for the camera.



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the pattern, in case anyone is curious:
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=118&d_id=13&lang=us
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2010 02:01:18 PM »

Lapoli- no worries!! You have a baby on the way with lots of busy stuff to go with that! So don't fret, in fact, it'll just build up the anticipation of when you get back on those needles  Wink

Bminks- cute waistcoat! I really like most of the Drops patterns, but I've put off because of the patterns...they don't seem very clearly written.  The yarn you're using is super pretty! Very bright! Do you have a specific shirt/dress you are planning to wear it with?

I have finished my cardigan!  Grin  It's currently blocking...it took me a long time to do the picot crochet edging.  But anyway, here is a shot of it blocking:


And detail of the picot edging on the sleeve:


I did the pin and spritz method with this.  Usually I prefer wetblocking, but I was a little concerned with the large silk content in my yarn to do that.  Then I was thinking I could try the steam blocking method instead, but was worried about the large amount of bamboo content, so pin and spritz it was.

This is my WIP for the week, my deliciously clown-barfy Kai-Meis!


They are less blue and more of a greenish tinge than the picture shows.  The yarn is Plymouth Happy Feet, color 21.  I guess I've learned my lesson: just because the colors look good in the hank, doesn't mean they look that great knit up...oh well.  They should be a fun pair of socks, nonetheless  Cheesy  I also think I'm going to cast on to make a Citron this weekend. I've got some Malabrigo Lace in the olive colorway just waiting to be a cute shawlette!
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2010 05:00:33 PM »

bminks - I love the color you've chosen! I hope you'll be sharing finished pictures with us soon.

Striker - Wow!!! I am so excited to see action shots of your cardigan.  It looks absolutely gorgeous!!!  I thought you had mentioned you weren't going to bother with the picot edging.. I guess you changed your mind? (Or I have a faulty memory?) 

And I don't think your Kai-Meis are clown-barfy at all. I've seen much worse!  Have you ever taken a look at Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn?  I love the patterns in there and it's been really helpful to help find the right type of patterns for all my strange sock yarns.  Cheesy

I do feel really lazy that I haven't been knitting that much.  I have a giant project that I need to finish in the next two weeks... AND, those two ishbels/multnomahs that I had "planned" aren't going to happen, I don't think.
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2010 05:22:43 PM »

bminks - I love the color you've chosen! I hope you'll be sharing finished pictures with us soon.

Striker - Wow!!! I am so excited to see action shots of your cardigan.  It looks absolutely gorgeous!!!  I thought you had mentioned you weren't going to bother with the picot edging.. I guess you changed your mind? (Or I have a faulty memory?) 

And I don't think your Kai-Meis are clown-barfy at all. I've seen much worse!  Have you ever taken a look at Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn?  I love the patterns in there and it's been really helpful to help find the right type of patterns for all my strange sock yarns.  Cheesy

I do feel really lazy that I haven't been knitting that much.  I have a giant project that I need to finish in the next two weeks... AND, those two ishbels/multnomahs that I had "planned" aren't going to happen, I don't think.

Nope, you are totally right, I wasn't planning on doing them.  The thought of picking up and doing the picot bind off made me sick.  The edges (because of the stockinette) were curling up something fierce, so I figured I would give the crochet picot edging a whirl, since I just recently taught myself crochet.  It does help stabilize the edges a bit. So I kind of decided to just suck it up with the frilly picots, lol.  I still have to figure out what I'm going to do for the cord.

Thanks for the encouragement about the socks.  They definitely look better in real life than in the picture.  Knitting Socks with Handpainted yarn is actually towards the top of my queue of knitting books I want because the handpainted yarns are so GORGEOUS!  Good to hear you recommend it!

I don't think you're being lazy at all! Hey, if the urge to knit isn't there, well it just isn't there.  Every time I have deadline knitting, I too feel stressed about it and end up not wanting to knit.  Is this the washcloths you were doing? Or another big project?  As far as the shawls go, don't fret! You are only human, not a knitting machine, lol.  I'm sure you could think of a thoughtful non-knitted gift for those two you were gifting the shawls too.  Whatever happens, good luck! I'm also going to send some mental knitting mojo to you, just in case  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2010 08:58:10 PM »

what is this pattern?! its so beautiful. and the color is so so so amazing.  props to you!
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2010 09:02:10 PM »

Kitchner status...unchanged. It's kind of getting embarrassing. I'm working on a couple of cowls right now. I started one for a swap and then remembered (half-way through it) that my partner is allergic to wool. Duh. I'm going to finish it off and wear it myself though!

lapoli - don't feel lazy! You'll get in the knitting zone again. Until then, you're doing a great job of keeping us all motivated Smiley. I went a full 6 months without knitting a couple of years ago. The bug just wasn't biting me at the time.  

bminks - that waistcoat looks so lovely! The lace is divine and the color is SO gorgeous. It's one of my favorite shades and will be perfect for the fall.

striker - I was just stalking you on Ravelry because I wanted to see the status of your cardigan and forgot that it was WIP Wednesday over here Smiley. It's looking so very fantastic. I just know it's going to look incredible on you.

Thanks for the tip on the book. I love handpainted yarn so much - of course, my sock success rate isn't very high right now (or ever for that matter)  Cheesy.
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2010 09:55:37 PM »

first time posting here...I've usually got something being knitted...I'll have to get in the habit of having a photo to post.  I finished my first sock...I didn't mess it up!!  It has been like my third/fourth attempt.  The second one is started.  The kitchner wasn't as bad as I'd feared thanks to Utube!! 
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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2010 06:54:07 AM »

first time posting here...I've usually got something being knitted...I'll have to get in the habit of having a photo to post.  I finished my first sock...I didn't mess it up!!  It has been like my third/fourth attempt.  The second one is started.  The kitchner wasn't as bad as I'd feared thanks to Utube!! 

You should definitely take pics and join us on WIP Wednesday!  The more the merrier Smiley  Congrast on your first pair of socks! It does get addicting...graftin g/kitchener stitch is acutally not so bad once you get the hang of it.  I always do mine pretty loose and then tighten it up afterwards.

what is this pattern?! its so beautiful. and the color is so so so amazing.  props to you!

My sweater pattern is Giselle and you can purchase it at StitchDivaStudios.c om.  I would read some Rav projects first though before buying...many people have had problems with fit.  I've tried to overcome this by choosing a yarn that has some structure (instead of the 100% silk the pattern calls for) and choosing a smaller size (to stretch over the body) than usual and adding drape in the blocking step.  It also has several options: an all knit version or the knit/crochet version.  If you do decide to knit it, the pattern can be kind of confusing, but if you've done top down raglans before, this one shouldn't be too out of reach  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2010 06:48:36 AM »

thanks for the compliments,  everyone!

Striker- Your cardigan is amazing! I love everything about it!

The drops patterns are really confusing, I had to reword this one 3 or 4 times before I felt comfortable casting on! I don't have a plan for an outfit yet, but my wardrobe has similar enough colors that it should be easy to pair it off with a few things.
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