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Susie Hoodie, In Progress

I am having the greatest fun working on this sweater. I started it right after the wedding and I just started the sleeves this weekend.

Sweater Front

The color doesn't come out quite right on the iPhone. It's a deep mauvy-purplish-red. Just lovely.

Here's the back. The series of increases and decreases makes the point at the back automatically. I just love that little touch.

Sweater Back

The cables on the front and sleeves have given me only a bit of trouble. It's not that it's difficult, it's that you have to pay attention. And since I usually knit while watching TV or a movie, well, you know how it goes.

Sweater Cuff

But just look at that cable! I love the little pockets between the cables. It's the perfect size for fingers and feels so fun. Yes, I pet my yarn and knitting. Doesn't everyone?

Sweater Cuff, Detail

Susie Hoodie:
Started: August 13, 2009
Finished:

Super Sekrit Wedding Project #1

Last night I finished Super Sekreit Wedding Project #1. I'm so tickled about I couldn't wait to post about it.

Super Sekrit Project #1

I started on Super Sekreit Wedding Project #2 last night as well. This yarn is the yarn I tried with the previous pattern that I realized wasn't working. So the yarn is a bit used. It feels a bit different than with #1, but I think it looks okay knitted up.

Super Sekrit Wedding Project #1
Started: January 24, 2009
Finished: June 5, 2009

Next Up... Sorta

You'll never guess what I did this weekend -- KNIT!

It was so lovely. The house is finally unpacked and put together so we can just live in it, rather than be always working on it. So very nice.

I made lots of progress on Super Sekrit Wedding Project #1. Over 2/3 of the way done now. Sadly I can't really show it to you all until after August 8. I have 3 more Super Sekrit Wedding Projects to do too. So as soon as I finish this one I get to jump right into the next one. It's all good. I finally have the pattern down pat. And the yarn is so lovely to hold.

I did go and buy yarn to make the sweater that's in the photo here. It's the Susie Hoodie from the More Big Girl Knits book.

I'm finding that I really want a jacket that I can wear that isn't as heavy as my red wool coat, but is more dressy than a hoodie or the parka shell. I think this will fit the bill.

I don't get to start working on it until I've finished all the Super Sekrit Projects though. It's so hard though. I have 19 skeins of Knit Pick's Wool of the Andes in black cherry that keep calling to me from the craft room.

I'm a bit intimidated by a project this big. But the majority of the pattern is stockinette, so that should go quick, right? I read through the pattern yesterday and I'm a bit confused as to how the sleeves get attached. It seems there is little in the way of seaming. I'm sure it will make sense once I have part of it in front of me for reference.

And a Matching Scarf

I loved the Gingerbread cable hat that I made for Joann for Christmas so much, that I decided to make one for myself. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, though I may make it a bit deeper. It's lovely soft and warm -- I wore it during the inauguration.

Variegated Gingerbread Hat

I think it would have been better in a solid color, but I had this variegated Merino wool and figured I might as well use it. I had used this yarn to make an Amanda hat for myself, but I didn't like how it turned out at all. It works much better in this incarnation. Seeing how I have a number of balls left over after the hat, I decided to make a matching scarf.

Cabled Scarf

I love the gingerbread cable and luckily the pattern was pretty easy to modify. And the ladder stripes between the cables help so the edges don't roll up.

Cabled Scarf, Detail

It's a little on the thin side, but I'd much rather have a longer than wider scarf. Given how much I have left, I figured I'd err on the skinny side. It's a pretty quick knit, though I have a number of projects going at the moment, so this one has been quiet for a few weeks. The fact that it is quickly becoming too warm for scarves means this one may sit on the back burner for a bit.

Cabled Hat for Erik

Egads, has it really been more than a month since I posted here? Sorry about that folks. It's not that knitting and crafting haven't been happening. I just haven't had a chance to photograph the evidence. Let's get you all caught up, shall we?

I picked up a wonderful skein of Malabrigo merino wool at ImagiKnit awhile ago. It was one of their test batches. It's a lovely, lightly variegated blue, in a slightly heavier weight than their normal worsted weight. I figured that I could make Erik a hat with it someday. Well, two Saturdays ago we were packing for our trip to Washington DC to see Obama sworn in as president and we realized that E didn't have a winter hat. 'Lantic oceans! I packed up some needles and grabbed that skein and resolved to have a hat for him by Tuesday morning.

Of course he didn't want a plain hat, he wanted one with a cable. He really liked the Gingerbread Cabled Hat I made for JoAnne and myself, but I was afraid it might been a bit too feminine. So I modified the pattern. It took me three tries to cast on the right number of stitches. His head is much bigger than it looks.

Erik's Cabled Hat

Rather than the ladder bits between the cables that the Gingerbread Cables have, I just did a simple one knit column between the cables. This also allowed me to get more cables in. I cast on Sunday morning on the plane and knit all the way across the country. Then as much of Monday as I could while visiting. His cousins laughed at me and didn't think I could finish it, but by 11 PM Monday it was done.

Erik's Cabled Hat, Detail

Because this ended up being heavier than the typical worsted weight, it meant there wasn't quite as much yarn in the skein. I started to worry that I was going to run out of yarn before completing it. So it has a rather abrupt finish to it, with a knit 2, knit 2 together for the final few rows. I think I will go back and make it a tad bit deeper, since it was a bit small for him.

Erik ready for the Cold

I'm rather proud how this turned out, over all. It's the first hat I've done without a pattern at all. And it's so soft and warm. The color looks great on him too.

Stockings & Hands

I was able to finish E's stocking before Christmas. It was about 11:30 PM on Christmas Eve when I finished weaving in the ends, but hey. It was before Christmas!

Erik's Christmas Stocking

I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. The pattern is quite lovely. And most importantly, E loves it.

I also made a stocking for his mom, since she joined us on Christmas Day. Since I started it on Christmas Eve, it wasn't done in time for Christmas. She had the long standing traditional Christmas Tube instead.

Loree's Christmas Tube

I was able to finish it by the 27th though, so she did see the finished product before flying back to CT. It's amazing how much faster it was just doing the solid color.

Loree's Finished Stocking

The bad news with all this knitting is that I have completely burned my hands out. It started with the marathon knitting at the beginning of the month to complete the shrug. I've tried very hard not to knit anything for the past week. I worked a bit on a hat for me on New Year's Eve and that was enough to send me back into pain. At it's worst, I have numbness in 2 fingers, pain in the joints and bones, and a deep ache in my wrist.

I realized that all my hobbies involve fine, repetitive motions with my hands: knitting, quilting, cross-stitch. It's made the last days of vacation tortuous, as I had been so looking forward to crafting and now I can't. The good news is my hands do seem to be responding to three days of rest. The bad new is that better is not the same as good. They still hurt and the joints are stiff, just not nearly as badly. I've been doing some stretches and am going to see the acupuncturist this week. I'm hoping with another week of rest they will recover. I can't imagine not making things with my hands -- I have to figure out how to take care of them while still using them.

Does Baking Count As a Craft?

Things are pretty crazy right now around my house. We are hosting a Boxing Day Brunch and are cooking all the food for it. It's lovely and wonderful and I *LOVE* doing it. But it does make for some rather full days.

Today I started the baking. I made sugar cookie dough, raspberry swirl cookie dough, my sister-in-law's chocolate sandwich cookies, pinwheel cookies, and peanut butter kiss cookies.

I'm a cookie baking MACHINE

Tomorrow I'm going to bake the sugar cookies and raspberry swirls. I'm also going to make my Great Aunt Ruth's candy cane cookies. And I thought I'd try a new one: lime something-somethings. We'll see how it goes.

Day One

I also need to make the stock for the risotto, the cranberry bread, and the monkey bread for Christmas morning. All by 4, which is when we are headed over to a friends' house for Christmas Eve. Me thinks my day will start early.

I also am trying to get two stockings done. Hahahahahahaha, yes, I know. But we'll see. Even if I end up with just a Christmas tube for the second one, I'll be happy.

Erik's Christmas Tube, 6:45 PM

E's fair isle snowflake stocking is coming along nicely. It took me awhile to figure out how to do the heel, but now things seem to be moving again. I'm planning on making the second one solid green with a white border, heel, and toe. That should go a lot faster.

Erik's Stocking, 2:20 AM

I'm really happy with how it's coming out. The tension varies a bit, but since this won't actually be worn, I think it will be okay.

Ester Cabled Shrug

I was able to convince E to take photos of my knitting this weekend. I'm busy finishing up the last of the Kitmas presents so his help was greatly appreciated.

I wanted to show my Ester Cabled Shrug, that I made for the AP company party on Dec 1. Yes, this is the sweater that I bought the yarn Saturday afternoon, took to Carmen del Playa Mexico, knitting while sitting at the pool, and finished just in time for the party.

I originally ordered the yarn online, but there was a snafu at the online shop and it didn't go out in time. This was actually for the best, as I was trying to match colors online, which is always fool-hearty. The yarn that eventually arrived is gorgeous, but completely the wrong color. So I hiked over to ImagiKnit and picked up the Malabrigo worsted in fuchsia, which was a perfect color match.

I worked on this while in Mexico a lot. I brought it with me to the pool. I sat in the common area of the hotel and knit while we chatted over dinner. I pulled it out on the airplanes and while waiting in the aiports (all four of them!). But it still wasn't enough.

For some reason my internal calendar was off and I thought I had an extra day when in fact I didn't. Opps. This led to 14 hours of knitting (with a 3 hour dinner and car riding break in the middle). At 2 am I decided that it would be better to get up early and resume knitting than to knit while that tired. I got up at 6 am (yes, 4 hours later) and knit for another 4 hours. Yes, that made for 18 hours of knitting within 24 hours. I do not recommend this approach.

I blocked the whole thing on the kitchen counter. I sprayed it lightly since I wanted to make sure that it would be dry in time to wear that evening. The length was spot on, but it was significantly shorter on the width. Like, 7 inches shorter in places. I was able to block it to get back all but a few inches in most cases. But blocking on the counter with just masking taped towels was a bit challenging. I got home from work and knit up the sides. Luckily there were only 2 seams.

I love this! It was able to block just fine and is plenty big around the back. The problem is that it doesn't come close to meeting in the front. With this dress I'm able to wear it open and it's fine. But if I were to knit it again I'd try to add more length some how so it could close.

It feels wonderful - so soft. Everyone at the party loved it and was so surprised that I had made it. The pattern was easy to remember (and I'm horrible about remembering patterns) and easy to do. My hands still haven't fully recovered though. My knuckles still ache a bit, and this is two weeks later. Of course, I've been knitting, hand sewing and writing longhand a lot. I need to just let them rest, I know. But it's so hard to do during Christmas.

Ester Cabled Shrug:
Started: November 22, 2008
Finished: December 1, 2008

Marathon Knitting

Egads it's been awhile since I posted. I wanted to get something up here quick. Photos will be coming soon.

Erik's Celtic cabled scarf is finished! I just need to block it so the cables stand out a bit more. it's a little scrunched together. I ran out of yarn 4 rows before the end of the pattern, but unless you look closely it's hard to tell. Most importantly he's happy with it. Yay!

Tonight is my company's holiday party. When I realized that my trial wedding dress would arrive in time for me to wear it to the party, I had the brilliant (HA!) idea that I could knit a little bolero sweater to go with it. I found an adorable little cable pattern on Knitty.

After all, I spent all of Thanksgiving week in Mexico. I could just sit and knit by the pool all day long. Which I did. And I also knit on the plane. And while hanging out with Erik's dad and step mom. And in bed before I went to sleep. And in the car while doing errands on Sat when we got home. And the thing still wasn't done.

I've spent 14 of the last 24 hours knitting. My hands have the cramps to prove it. But the good news is that the thing is done. It's pinned and blocked on my kitchen counter as I type thing. I didn't get it soaking, I just sprayed it with water so it was lightly damp. I'm hoping it will be dry by the time I get home tonight. I still have to weave in the ends and sew up the seams, but that shouldn't take too long. All of my lengths on it came out spot on, but the width is a lot smaller. I'm hoping that it's just that the cables pull tight. I was able to stretch it out to within a half inch of the specified widths for blocking. I'm hoping that it won't be too small.

Anyway... photos to come soon. I've been too busy knitting to document the process.

Lantzilla Likes His Hat

I finally was able to get Lantzilla his toque. He posted this photo this morning.

Photo of Lantzilla with his hat.

I'm glad that he likes it. And it looks like it fits great. Yay!

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