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WiPs, a FO, and an Interview!

So, I’ve been killing time as best I can while waiting for my Master Knitter Level 2 binder to come back to me.  The waiting is the hardest part, I think!  What will I have to re-do? Is my vest up to snuff? Did my sock pass? … and so on and so forth.

BUT, I found a project that is doing a pretty good job of taking my mind off of it.  I’ve started a Celestarium!  If you haven’t seen this pattern – you have to take a gander at it.  It’s the night sky in a shawl – how cool is that??!!

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I’m doing mine in Dream in Color Everlasting Sock in the colorway ‘Nebula’, and I’m using several different beads including  two sizes of silver lined crystal, a size 4 bead for the higher magnitude stars and a size 6 for most of the rest.  I have some orange/red beads for the red giant stars like Betelgeuse, and some silver lined pale blue stars for non-constellation stars that I’m adding in just for kicks.

I’m past Row 57 already:

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It just looks like a blob right now. But there are constellations in there!

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This is a Pi shawl, where you start in the center and double the stitch count every so often to get a circle – which means it starts off fast, but eventually gets to be a HUGE number of stitches.  I’m at the section after the 5th increase – and I have 288 stitches on the needle.  I have quite a few rows until the next increase, but it will then have 576 stitches – those rows will be LONG.  Other than paying attention to the chart to know where to put the beads and the yarnovers, it is not a difficult pattern – but it sure is fun!!

I finished a pair of socks on Tuesday, too:

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These had been on my needles for a while, and I decided it was time to finish them up. (And I needed my smaller needles for another pair of socks I’m designing!)

Pattern: Rattlesnake Creek Socks by Anne Podlesak
Yarn:  Black Trillium Fibre Studios Merilon Sock in colorway ‘Galen’
Needles:  US 2.5 and US 0
Started:  June 15, 2012
Finished:  Feb 19, 2013

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I used the smaller needles on the heel and the sole of the sock – since I didn’t like the loose density of the fabric there on the larger needles.  I love this yarn – it’s so soft!  And the color was perfect for these, I think.

I have another shawl on my needles now, too – a Faberge shawl.  I’m doing this as a KAL with my Thursday night knit night group – so I’m anxious to see everyone’s shawls-in-progress tonight!  I’m just into the slip stitch and bead portion:

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I’m doing mine in DragonFly Fibers Djinni Sock (pink) and Sanguine Gryphon Bugga (green).  I’m really liking the color combo so far.

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In other news – I’ve been interviewed by Deb Buckingham a.k.a. Dishcloth Diva!  Check out her website to see my interview.  She knitted my Beginner’s Socks recently and liked the pattern – so she approached me to do an interview. 🙂  I was so flattered to be asked!

So, that’s what been going on with me!  Guess I’ll go back to trying to not stalk my mailbox…  😉

Happy Knitting!  (and waiting…….)

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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

This really should be a Masters Monday post, but I finished this yesterday, so why not post it today!

I finally finished my argyle sock for Master Knitter Level 2!  This was my second attempt, and it looks much better than my first!

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Pattern:  Top Down Argyle Socks by Jennifer Donze (Cast On magazine Nov ’12-Jan ’13)
Yarn:  Regia Angora Merino in 4 colors – white, light blue, navy blue and purple
Needles:  US 2 (2.75mm)
Started:  Nov 15
Finished:  Nov 29

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Side seam on leg has to be left unsewn, so the committee members can see inside the sock to see my work.

I made no modifications to the pattern whatsoever.  It fits my foot, but I’m unsure as to whether it will fit my ankle – but that doesn’t matter because this sock will never be worn anyhow – it’s going to stay in my Master Knitter notebook.  And I did not enjoy knitting it – intarsia is not my thing! – so I highly doubt it will ever get a partner, anyhow.  Besides, I ran out of yarn (since this was my second attempt) so I’d need to buy more of this not-inexpensive-yarn to knit a matching mate.  I may tackle another pair of argyle socks sometime in the future – but not anytime in the near future!

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Side seam on foot – my seaming technique will be reviewed as well as my ability to work intarsia correctly, and construct a sock correctly.
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Diamonds over top of foot.

Here was my first attempt:

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I had gotten even father than this with it – I had finished the instep intarsia as well – and while in the process of weaving in my ends at the color changes I noticed that I didn’t twist at a color change towards the end of the sock!  Ugh!  But it all worked out well, anyhow,  because I like the newer pattern much better (a side seam makes so much more sense!) and I prefer my second color combination as well.  This one was going to have navy lines.

So now all I have left to tackle is the vest and the written report! I’m going to start on the report today, since I’ve been procrastinating starting that. I figure the vest will be a fun way to end my master knitter level 2 work, so I’ll reward myself with the vest after getting the written work done. 🙂

Hopefully I’ll be ready to mail my portfolio in soon!!

Happy Knitting!  (And report writing!!?)

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Still here…

I’m still chugging away – I do have a new sweater to show you, but it’s blocking at the moment, so I’m going to wait to show it to you until it’s all dry and I can model it for you.  It’s the Girl Friday sweater I had started way back when – all it needed was another sleeve, so I pulled it out after I finished my Ravellenic sweater and went ahead and finished it up.

I’m about done with sock #1 of my Rattlesnake Creek socks:

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And our Thursday night Knit Night group has started a KAL of Spectra – here’s what I have so far:

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I’m using Knit Picks Capretta (so soft!) and my own handspun from a while ago.

AND, I have pulled out my Master Knitter level 2 swatches and have been working on those.  I’ve redone the ones that weren’t up to snuff (there were about 3 of those) and I’ve started on the decrease swatches – beginning with swatch #10.  I’ve also decided to scrap what I have for my vest and start over with a design of my own.  🙂  Which means I need to figure out what lace pattern I’m going to use and get busy cranking some numbers….

Hopefully I’ll get a chance this weekend to photograph the swatches I’ve been working on.

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!!