Wednesday, February 28, 2007


No I'm not physically moving, we love our house and love being here in Seattle again. My blog is moving. Come on over and check it out

Monday, February 26, 2007

Yarn and another quickie FO

The roving from my last post, spun up wonderfully quick. Now I wish I had more of it, because It came out beautifully. Long sections with the barber pole with intermittent sections of dark blue or light blue. Only 93 yards, but I'm sure I'll find some use for it.

I went into my roving stash looking for something else to spin and found a half pound of pencil roving. With all the sweaters I've got OTN, I decided I needed a quickie, so out came my fence poles #15 Addi's. I cast on 16 sts, knit 32 rows in garter stitche, then picked up 16 sts on the remaining 3 sides and knit away until i had about 5 yards of roving left and bound off in purl. Threw it in the washer and viola. I did learn one lesson, it seems I forgot to throw it in a lingerie bag, so I got lots of fuzz all over the washer. If you're going to felt roving in the washer, don't forget the lingerie bag, or at least throw it in something that will catch all that fuzz.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Interview and carding

I had an interview yesterday for a contract position. I felt it went real well, so we'll see what happens. I'll know more about how it went from the hiring managers perspective on Monday or Tuesday. They want to make a quick decision and are looking to moving to the next step on the process rather quickly, so in the mean time I'm plugging away on DH's sweater and Eris, and I've cast on yet another pair of socks for the SAM3 KAL, I figure now is a good time to cast them on since March is right around the corner.

So while no new knitting pics,, I'll leave you with this. I discovered that I could take 2 colors of roving, while not exciting in and off themselves, not boring either:

I chose 2 shades of blue, partially because I had 2 1oz bats sitting in my stash doing nothing, and partially in honor of PS2.
tossed them on the carder, alternating shades and ....Voila, they mix to creat this lovely mix of colors. I'll spin these then ply them back on each other with light against dark at the start and let the spinning mix them to get a lovely barber pole effect, at least that's what i'm aiming for.

Monday, February 19, 2007

The thrill of an FO...the agony of ripping

First we have an FO :)

Pattern: Angora Magic Beret, Designed by Judy Russi, purchased as a kit in an LYS
Yarn: Heirloom Merino Magic Shade: 219 (Light Blue) Laines Fonty Coeur d'Angora Color 219 (light gray, almost white)
Needles: Denise #8

This is in "training" for a future project, which I am waiting for the yarn to come in to one of my LYS's, (it's been ordered so the dye lots match). There was one issue in the pattern, but it was easy enough to figure out, just one place where they had the same color listed in a 2 color row. This will go into my Christmas pile for next year, it will look great on my bro's GF next winter.

DH's sweater has come to this, a ball of yarn and it's back to the ribbing. I screwed up the pattern again, and this time it couldn't be fudged fixed. I forgot 4 rows in the cable crossings, yet I continued on, got up to 3/4's of the back done, then discovered there was no way I could get the pattern to fit DH, to keep going the way I was going would have put a cable crossing right at the shoulder, which is not what I want. So out came be baller, and the back was ripped. I did make one alteration in casting it on again, I'm going to knit the fron and back as one piece and split it for the sleeves. So far I have the ribbing done *sigh*

Yarny goodness has come off my spinning wheel, approximately 316 yards to be exact. I finished the cabled yarn. 2nd picture has a dime to show the gauge, I haven't checked the WPI's yet, but this should make a lovely scarf.

While DH's sweater was in time out waiting to get cast on again, the collar for Eris got cast on and finished. Next I'll be picking up the outside edge so I can start the body.

Oh I found out to day that one of my LYS's, Village Yarn and Tea, will be having a special guest this Friday night at their next Knit Knight. A local artist will be having a Trunk Show, and I do believe I will be there and most likely spending some more money, they're hosting Yarn Pirate's first trunk show.

Monday, February 12, 2007

FO and other things

Wow, I just realized that checked out of blogging for a week. Well while I wasn't here, there has been some knitting going on at Chez ME

The Knitters Bowl in PS colors jumped on the needles then off again and...

Landed in the washer. It felted wonderfully and is basking in the afternoon (just barely) sun light.

Pattern: Knitter's Bowl by Cat Bordhi from A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting
Yarn: Cascade 220, not exactly sure what the colors were but they were hanging on the wall.
Needles: Denise #10 & 11 condo style for the mobius and most of the bowl, #11 for the pockets and the base of the bowl.
Alterations: None, well at least none that I consciously made.

OTN is My So Called Scarf in Malabrigo, surprisingly I'm really liking the pink, and I don't do pink.
A repeate peformer is OTN, this is the same sweater I did for Dad, but I'm staggering the cross for DH, he requested white, I'm about 1/3rd up the back.
On the spinning front. I'm in a plying black hole, this is 50%merino/50% tussah silk. It's only a total of 12 oz, 4 oz of 3 different colors, but I spun it so fine it's taking forever to ply it. Once it's done, I'm going to ply it back on itself, my first venture into cabled yarn. I'll finish this yarn some day, I'm on day 3 of trying to ply it the first time.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Another FO and I fell off the wagon

So here's a pair of socks... it's just that a pair of socks. They were knitted toe up 2 socks at a time on a Magic Loop.

Yarn: Regia Jacquard Color
Needles: Addi Turbo's #3

I'm not particularly pleased with this pair of socks, it was a love hate knit all the way. Now that they're done, I find that they are a bit large, ok way large, about 3 or 4 sizes to large for me. They may fit DH, but I'm still not sure how I feel about the socks. We'll have to see what happens with them, I'm sure they won't get frogged, since I'm fairly sure I won't knit anything else with the yarn, but where they will live remains to be determined.

I made the mistake of thinking I can go to a yarn store during Super Bowl and still be good, so off I went to Cultured Purls. It's a lovely little yarn store in Gilman Village. It's also where I bought the yarn for Rogue oh those many months ago. I opps'd and fell off the wagon, smack, right on my arse. Oh no, I didn't fall off small either, while there are only 8 balls in the picture, there really are 15 balls that came home with me. Cascade Yarns Cloud 9 (50% Merino Wool/50% Angora). This yarn is destined to be knit into Eris. I will most likely knit this up as a cardi.

Sunday, February 04, 2007


I was inspired by Sknitty to knit this. I saw it on her blog looking so wondeful on her, I just had to have it. I dug into my stash, and voila, I have Wicked. Yes I've been on a Stash Bustin' binge as of late, and I'm still going.

Pattern: Wicked by Rachel Iverson/Sara Johnson Available at: Zypher Style
Yarn: Mountain Colors Mountain Goat, Colorway Mountain Twilight
Needles: Options #7
Size: 40-43(for bust etc.) & 32-35 (Decreases for a shorter length, but even further modified)
Mods: Again, shorter in the torso, by about 2" to accommodate my petite stature, they don't make patterns in Size L Petite, so most of my knitting is modified in this manner.

Rumor has it Dim Sum Knitter has also cast on Wicked, so in a round about way, we were knitting together for a bit.