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December 29, 2005

Success!

Well, we're back home again! Christmas was celebrated with my family in Seattle this year. Actually, we were in Sammamish, but have you ever heard of Sammamish? Didn't think so. But I digress...remember how I was afraid my Mum's sweater wouldn't fit?

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It fits! And so does Pop's vest. I think we can safely call this a Christmas knitting success.

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And in case you haven't had enough of Christmas yet, here's my entry for Carola's Christmas Excrescences Contest:

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November 2, 2005

One down...

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I finished up the Skye Vest last night. Here it is in all its (still damp) glory. Too bad I have to wait until Christmas to see how it looks on the intended wearer.

Here are the specs:
-Pattern: Skye Tweed Vest by Kathy Zimmerman from Spring 2005 Interweave Knits
-Yarn: Cascade 220 in color 8013 (substituted for Classic Elite Skye Tweed)
-Skeins: 3 and 3/5
-Needles: size 7 and 8 bamboo
-Start to finish: October 7 - November 1
-For: My Dad (Christmas)

Notes: I made the second smallest size (45" chest). The finished vest only measures 43" so my gauge was a bit off which is ok...it still falls within the range Mum said would be acceptable for paternal wearables. Aside from the fairly minor fiasco with the neck cables, this was a fun and easy pattern to knit. You have to love those cables!

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Now on to other things...

**update**

Modeled shot!

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October 31, 2005

Fixed!

The past few days were pretty busy, but I did find a few hours to fix the cables on Pop's vest.


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Exhibit A: Before the operation.


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Exhibit B: Locking stitch holders are my friends (they are holding all the decrease stitches that I had to undo when I laddered down to the problem spots).


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Exhibit C: Success! I had to cheat a little on the new cable sections but if you can't see what I did...I'm not going to tell. The corrected stitches need a little blocking to smooth them out but I'm pretty happy with it.


So why was I so busy this weekend? I was working on (and out on the town wearing) this. Happy Halloween!

October 28, 2005

Curses

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As promised, I finished the front of Pop's vest on Wednesday evening. I blocked it and then I admired it for a while and felt generally pleased with myself. That's when I noticed the stupid mistake. Observe:

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This is how I knitted the cables

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This is how the cables are supposed to look

The funniest part is that when I first saw the pattern in the magazine I thought "hey...that's pretty clever! She wrote the pattern so that the cables hug the neckline like that!" Unfortunately I have this problem when it comes to knitting...I really don't like to pay attention to what I'm doing. I should maybe work on that.

I know it would probably be fine as it is. I know I’m the only one who would ever notice, but I’m having trouble just leaving it with that yawning expanse of purl stitches looking all vulnerable and sad. So I'm going to go ahead and fix it. Not rip it out and reknit like a normal sane person would...no, in order to avoid reblocking I'm going to ladder down through all the neck decreases, correct the stitches and ladder back up again. Wish me luck.

Weekend plans? Tonight: Halloween costume finishing. Saturday: Gingerbread making and Halloween party attending. Sunday: Knitting!

October 25, 2005

Christmas is coming...

So I've been pretty gung-ho about the whole Christmas-is-coming thing here for a few weeks now. Last year I tried knitting something for everyone I know and it got to be a bit much. This year (as I am older and wiser) I am choosing my battles. I will be waging 3 major Christmas offensives this year.

#1 Thunk's Sweater:

Thunk hasn't gotten much in the way of knitted gifts...ever. I made him a hat once. The time has come.

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The pattern is the Hidden Agenda sweater from Knit Wit. I'm subbing 12 skeins of Handspun Bulky Wool from handpaintedyarn.com for the Manos the pattern calls for. My only complaint with the yarn so far is that a couple of the skeins are a little more thick and thin than the rest of it. I don't think anyone will be able to tell, but I'm a little afraid that some of the thinnest parts might snap. It's soft and nice though, and the colors are yummy. As for the pattern, so far it's miles of easy-peasy ribbing with no shaping.

#2 Pop's Sweater Vest:

I haven't knitted much for Dad either. More than for Thunk though-- I can recall one scarf and a pair of socks. So he's a bit overdue for something nice too. Enter the Skye Tweed Vest from Spring 2005 Interweave. I'm using plain old Cascade 220 from the LYS for this one.

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This is as far as I got before I was struck down by the knitting angel of death (aka the big C.T.) and I haven't knitted a stitch since Saturday night. I'm taking it easy on the wrists for now but hopefully I'll be able to get back to it tomorrow. The goal is to finish the last bit on the front and block it (not too strenuous, hopefully) and then all I'll have left is to do is pick up a whole whack of stitches for the ribbing. Should be done by the end of the week I think.

#3 Mum's Cardi:

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Strangely enough, Mum has also been a bit neglected when it comes to knitted stuffus (I'm seeing a pattern here). She does win the prize for being the only person I know of who actually uses (and requests) knitted dishcloths though. Mum picked out this sweater (Laurent) from the Rowan Vintage Knits book which I love, love, love. She requested no flowers (that's ok...I avoid intarsia like the plague) and no belt, so that should make things go quite a bit faster. I haven't started this one yet. If I'm really on top of things I'll order the yarn in the next couple of days.

So what have I been doing if I haven’t knitted since Saturday? Sewing! I bet you'll never guess what I'm going to be for Halloween.

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