Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Projects update

Since the last time we spoke (or whatever) I worked a little on the blue socks, a little on the neverending baby blanket (I'm now past the halfway mark) and quite a bit on Mariah.

I've now finished knitting all the different parts (except from the hood) and I've joined them all and started the yoke. I can already tell that this will be my least favourite part of the project. That and the seaming. And the sewing of the zipper...

So this post is picture-less, sorry, but hopefully I'll have a finished Mariah soon enough.

I'll end by saying that I want this. And a ball winder.

Sunday, March 19, 2006


This is a boring time to be a blogger. The reason is that I don't finish anything! It's not that I don't want to. I'm dying to finish some of these projects. But I'm a slow knitter and I'm currently working on longer projects. The exception being:

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These are the still unfinished second pair of Olympic socks. Taking the picture, I realize that I should really start working on them again. They're cute.

Then we have Mariah:

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You see two sleeves and part of a back. If the sleeves look weird to you, well... they are. See, I learned how to read a chart correctly (really, I did!), but then all my projects involving charts were done in the round. So when I started the sleeves, I immediately began reading the charts as I had always done, from right to left... on both sides. Eeep! I realized the mistake halfway through the sleeves, but I sort of liked the way they look so I kept going. :p

I'm almost halfway done with the Big Bad Baby Blanket:

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This is taking longer than it should, because while it's lovely, it's quite boring to knit. And I'm pretty much only working on it when I'm at a knitting meet-up. But it will be done before May. That's my goal.

Finally, the socks-that-may-never-be-finished:

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My first try with fair-isle. They take forever. And they will most likely be too small. I'll try to block them bigger, or I'll just frame them or something.

Hopefully, the next post will have a FO. Yeah like that's likely ;)

Friday, March 10, 2006

Yarn and Hookers

I received the cashmere yesterday. Yummy! I gotta say the shipping was incredibly quick. I like that.

The colour is significantly darker than on the picture, but I really don't mind because:

a) I expected it (it's never really like on the monitor)
b) I really like the real colour anyways

I washed some of it and it's drying right now. I wanted to divide the cone into two hanks, but after I started to "de-cone" it, it got a bit tangled at one point so I cut it. So what I have washed is only a tiny part of what I bought, but I'll get to see what it's like when it's washed before I do the rest. Maybe I'll post pictures too.

Oh yeah, and Jennifer asked me about the seller. His (her?) name is Colourmartuk. Of course, I'm in no way affiliated, just a happy customer.

This week, I also got this:

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I know there are some Debbie Stoller haters out there. I also know there are some crochet-hating knitters out there. But I'm not. The first Stitch N'Bitch book is what made me want to learn to knit. I loved the kitty hats, the Under the hoodie sweater and the socks so much. Of course I haven't made any of these items :p And since then, my tastes have changed and I'm not as much into the hip stuff. Maybe because I realize that if I'm going to spend so much time knitting something, I don't want it to be out of style after a couple of months ;)

Anyways. I still got the Hooker book, because I really want to learn how to crochet and I figured the instructions will be easy to understand. It looks like they are. I'm not too crazy about many of the pattern, though I really really like Froufrou and the jacket (can't remember the exact name right now).

Unfortunately, I only seem to want to knit Mariah right now so no crochet for me for a while. I'm almost done with the sleeves now. Finally. I think I'll have them done by Sunday.

Saturday, March 04, 2006


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A few people on the socknitters list mentionned this seller on Ebay who sells cones of cashmere yarn. Of course I couldn't resist. So I got this cone up there. 1300 yards (4-ply), 100% cashmere for 38$CDN and that includes shipping from the UK. I'll be sure to let you all know if I like it when I get it. I've never knitted with cashmere before so I'm quite excited.

I don't think I've mentionned that I ended up not finishing the socks for my Olympic knitting challenge. I had just turned the heel by the time the closing ceremony started. I'm a little disappointed but I'm still glad I tried. The socks aren't even finished yet, I haven't touched them since the Olympics ended. I just couldn't wait to get back to Mariah.

I love that pattern. LOVE IT. I've been looking at finished Mariah online and I just can't wait till mine is also done and I can wear it. Hoping it'll look good enough. I'm more than halfway done with the sleeves. They're going so slowly, but I'm glad I started with them and not the body. I also find that I'm loving the Wool of the Andes more and more.

Once in a while, I become obsessed with a pattern and that's happened lately. I really want to make Tubey from Knitty. Maybe it'll be the next sweater, after Mariah (which means it won't happen until next year or so and i'll probably have become obsessed with a million other patterns by then).