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Anxiously Awaiting

…my Master Knitter Level 2 submission results!  It’s been about 3 weeks now, so I have about 3 to 5 weeks wait left.  I’ve been trying to keep my mind off of it as best as I can.  I started a lace shawl right away, and I finished it about a week ago:

Finished Swallowtail Shawl

Pattern:  Swallowtail
Yarn:  Nightfall Fingering shawl ball in Robin’s Egg
Needles:  US 4
Started:  Jan 17, 2013
Finished:  Feb 2, 2013
Finished size:  24 inches high and 51 inches wide

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I did the called for 14 repeats of the budding lace chart, but wanted more of the lily of the valley than just two repeats, so I did 4 total repeats of that.  I worked the first and second chart, and then repeated the first and second chart (starting the first chart at row 3).  It meant that I had the wrong number of stitches for starting the edging chart – I was off by 4 too many stitches on each side. I added a decrease on each side of the triangles on the first row of the edging, and in between the paired yarnovers on row 3 at the edges of the triangles- this made my stitch counts work for the edging.

I ended up running out of yarn with just 2 rows and the bind off left (oops!), so I doubled up some black cobweb lace yarn I had for those few rows.

I also got around to blocking my sock scrap blankie that I finished oh so long ago:

Finally blocked the blankie

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It blocked out to a really nice size!  (And in blocking I discovered a hole made by Gracie the yarn-fiend kitty!  Ack!  I was able to repair it, but I am not a proficient crocheter, so it was a difficult thing!)

My current WiP is a pair of socks that had been hibernating for a while:

Rattlesnake Creek socks in progress

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They are now almost done.  I think I might pull out my Nightingale socks to finish next.

Happy Knitting! (And waiting…)

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FO Friday

Sorry for being MIA for so long!  I’ve been busy, busy with house remodeling (it’s done now!) and holiday goings on, and getting back into the homeschool swing.

I actually have a couple of things to show you today!

First, I finished my Spectra:

Spectra

Pattern:  Spectra by Stephen West
Yarn:  Knit Picks Capretta in Platinum for the outer edge, and my own handspun for the inner wedges (handspun is a BBFL from Gale’s Art)
Needles:  US 4 (I think!)
Started:  September 16, 2012
Finished:  January 16, 2013
Finished size – about 64 inches long (before blocking, we’ll see how long it is once it’s been blocked!)

It still needs to be blocked.  I evidently casted on much more tightly than I bound off, because the starting edge is much smaller than the finished end!  Oh well.  A good blocking will add to the drape anyway.  Once I frogged it back (since I was forgetting to do the short rows in between the blocks) it went much better!  I’m very happy with it.

And now, to show you my BIG FO for this week:

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That’s right, I’m ready to mail in my Master Knitter Level 2 binder!!!!!!!

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My oldest son modeling the level 2 vest I designed.
Swatches for Level 2
All the swatches for Level 2
Level 2
That’s one stuffed binder!!

I just have to finish up the history report (it’s almost done as I type this!) and get it proof-read, and then I’ll mail it off tomorrow morning!  It feel so very, very good to be at the finish line of this level!!  I’m beside myself!!

So, keep your fingers crossed for me that I won’t have many re-dos, and that I pass Level 2 soon! 🙂

Happy Knitting!!  (I almost don’t know what to do with myself now that it’s done…)

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Master Knitter Monday, and WiPs.

I’ve decided that my one button band (the seed stitch one) needs to be redone, because the first buttonhole (OF COURSE it was the first one!) disrupts the seed stitch pattern where it shouldn’t.  And I didn’t notice it until a day or two ago.  HOW did I not see that??  Anyhow – that will get reknitted today or tomorrow.

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Can you see that? There should be a purl in there instead of the column of knits!

I’m making good progress on the argyle sock:

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Starting on instep…

I’m not getting gauge right now, but I’m thinking it’ll block to the required gauge.  If not, I’ll either make a note that pattern gauge was knowingly not achieved (I’m not planning on wearing it anyhow) or I’ll knit another sock.  It’ll all depend on how the finished sock looks when I’m done!

My other WiP that I meant to show you last Wednesday is my Spectra that the Thursday night knit-night group is doing as a knit-a-long:

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Bad lighting – it’s hard to tell the inside colors, but they are slightly shifting. I’ll have to take a better picture next time!

I’m over halfway done – the main color is a grey Capretta from Knit Picks, and the contrast color is my own handspun – a sock weight BFL that I spun to have a long color change.  This is a fun and mindless knit (once I figured out that I was doing it wrong and ripped over 30 wedges out and started over!  oops!) I’ve been working on it when it’s not feasible to work on my Master Knitter stuff, like at knit night and other distracting places.  So it’s slowly but surely getting done.  🙂

I’m planning on writing up my vest pattern soon, probably as soon as this first (and hopefully last!) sock is done, so I can knit that up.  The end of the month is looming quickly, I may not make my self-imposed deadline!  But, my husband and I have started on converting our one car garage to living space, so a lot of my knitting time has been eaten up by that.

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Floor has been raised to level. We’ll put a window in where the garage door used to be.

We hope to have a new schoolroom and office plus utility closet when we’re all done.  And we hope to have it all done by the end of Thanksgiving week, but we’ll see how it goes.

That’s what I have to show you this week!  I hope to have a finished sock and maybe the start of a vest to show you next week!

Happy Knitting!

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Still a bad blogger, evidently!

Wow, has it really been since May that I posted last??  I’ve still been reading, but I’ve slowly been picking up knitting steam.  I’d better have lots of steam ready for Friday, because I’m going to be participating in the Ravellenic Games!  I’m planning on doing a Venezia sweater, but with some modifications.  I’m going to do it as a cardigan, for one, and I’m modifying the armholes slightly, since the pattern as written has very straight armholes at the body, to account for the boatneck.  Since I’m doing a v-neck instead, I don’t want such a straight line on the body armholes.  I’m also going to attempt a mitered folded neckline/hem – knitted after the fact.  And I’m going to add horizontal inset pockets.  No buttonholes and buttons, because I have a double pair of frog clasps that I got at SAFF a couple of years ago that are going to be perfect for this!

Ravellenics sweater swatch

In other knitting news,  I finished the Elysium shawl the other week!

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Pattern: Elysium from Spring/Summer 2012 Twist Collective
Yarn: Ella Rae Lace Merino in a blue color (I have no clue what the colorway name is!)
Needles: US 7
Hook: Size B 2.25mm
Started:  May 9, 2012
Finished: July 14, 2012

I knit the pattern as written, and did enjoy it – except for the fiddly start of each square.  I knitted the first square on dpns, and found it too uncomfortable, so I switched to a circular needle for the rest.  That resulted in the gauge being tighter on the first square, which blocking only accentuated.  Other than that I really like how it turned out!  It’s a shawl shape I haven’t made before – a very deep V, which lets it stay put on your shoulders very nicely.

Gracie can’t resist a blanket on the floor.

I whipped up something else since I last posted – this was a very quick and fun knit!

TARDIS

Pattern: TARDIS Kindle case
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Dusk and White
Needles: US 7
Started: June 1, 2012
Finished: June 5, 2012

I modified the pattern to fit the newer Kindle as follows:

I casted on 48 stitches, and made each panel section 8 rows high instead of 9.
Panel rounds were worked as follows:
K3, P8, K2, P8, K3, repeat around other side.
Window rows were worked as follows:
K3, K2 white, P1, K2 white, P1, K2 white, K2, K2 white, P1, K2 white, P1, K2 white, K3, repeat on other side.
On the purl row after windows, I worked the front side in stockinette for underneath turnover section.
I only did 4 rows stockinette for embroidery section instead of 5.
I bound off the front side stitches on the second purl row.
On the first knit row after the last purl row I decreased one stitch each side, front and back (4sts total).   I then did 6 rows stockinette for the turnover on top. Worked another purl row, while increasing one stitch each side, front and back (4sts total). Knit 4 rows stockinette, and then bound off in purl. sewed the flap down on the sides.
I then lined the inside with a cotton fabric after carefully blocking the case to the measurements of the Kindle.

Close up of printed signs

I used inkjet printer iron-on paper to print the police box and telephone panel signs – I just used Photoshop to type the signs up based on images of the signs I found online.  I then carefully ironed the signs on.  They seem to be staying on well for now.  My Kindle fits perfectly inside!

I’ll show you one last thing today – my current WiP – another pair of socks.  (My Nightingale socks are in hibernation for now, I seem to be having second sock syndrome with those!)

Working on heel flap now..

These are called Rattlesnake Creek socks, and I’m loving the yarn in combination with the cable pattern – one of those happy cases where I picked the right yarn for the pattern!  This yarn is from Black Trillium, it’s the Merilon Sock (merino/nylon) and the colorway is called Galen – it’s a lovely manly blend of greys and dusty blues.  I’m enjoying the pattern very much so far.

I do have some spinning to show you, too, but I’ll save that for in a couple of days – and I’ll do my best to keep you updated on my progress through the Ravellenic Games!

Happy Knitting!!

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Bad Blogger!

So sorry to have not posted in so long, but I haven’t had much knitting-wise going on.   My knitting needles are in a bit of a funk.  I do have a couple of things on the needles, but I’m not excited about them for some reason.  And I finished a crochet afghan that I’ll show you (and in the process discovered that I really can’t stand long-term crochet projects!)

I’m hoping my knitting mojo will return soon, but until it does I’ll be reading.  Actually, I think my brain is telling me that it misses books and can I just put down the needles and pick up a book instead?  So maybe I should post what books I’m reading when I don’t have any knitting stuff to show you!  🙂  (I finished reading the ‘Game of Thrones’ books and I re-read the ‘Hunger Games’ series, and now I’m re-reading ‘The Magicians’ in anticipation of reading the new sequel to it.)

So, here are the socks I have on the needles (because I always have to have socks on the needles!):

These are what I am calling ‘Artist Mash-up’ socks.  I have leftover yarn from 3 different socks – and the yarn is all artist themed.  One is ‘Starry Night’ and one is ‘Gauguin’ and one is ‘Monet’.  So I’m spiraling the three together, and it’s actually turning out pretty well! (I was worried about the starry night in there – I knew the Monet and Gauguin would go together.)  The cuffs (and heels and toes, when I get there) are in some leftover ‘Velvet Plum’ Jitterbug that I had used on the Monet socks.

My nightingale socks are in hibernation, but the first one is almost done.

I have a lace shawl on the needles as well, of course.  This one is knit is sections and then joined together and the edging is knit last.

Not much to see yet!

Pattern: Elysium from Twist Collective Spring/Summer 2012
Yarn: Ella Rae Lace Merino

Starting the first section was a bear – maybe working with one circular instead of dpns would have helped – I may try using a circular for the second one and see if that makes a difference.

And here is my finished crocheted afghan:

Still needs to be blocked!!

This is a sock yarn scrap blanket I started who knows how long ago.  It’s essentially one big granny rectangle.   I was just adding a row here and there every time I finished some socks, but I finally decided I wanted the thing done, so I’ve been working on it consistently for the last month or two.  And I decided it was big enough (and I had suffered enough!), so  I stopped and added the edging.  It’s about a lapghan size – not too shabby.  I still have sock scraps galore left, though. o.O

So, that’s what I’ve been up to since I posted last!  I still really want to pick up the Master Knitter stuff again – maybe once I’ve satisfied my reading itch I’ll be ready to delve back into that.

Until next time, Happy Knitting (and reading!)