24 May 2007

Green, black, brown... I'm sensing a theme, here.

Here it is... My long languishing French Market Bag from Knitty.

I don't remember all the stats, but I'll do my best.

Yarn: Cascade 220 in Black, 220 Heathers in Hunter Green
Needles: Size 7 in Boye Needlemaster, then KnitPicks Options
Modifications: Increased green section to 10" instead of 8" for a slightly deeper bag
Fulling: Tossed in the wash as a small load with a pair of jean shorts (which I meant to change into because they were clean and the jeans I was wearing were dirty, but my lovely brain struck again) and some Seventh Generation liquid detergent on "Cottons" setting (hot/cold). Because I added a titch too much laundry soap, I rinsed it in the sink after.

Other News:
I've started on a Kiri Shawl with the second skein of Handmaiden's Sea Silk because I'm just not feeling the Clapotis in the sea silk. Wish I could, really do, but I'm just not feeling the love there.

So, I'm through the first chart of Kiri, and a few rows into the second. As with all shawls, it doesn't look like much right now, so no photos. If I hit the end of the second chart and find myself in love with the pattern, Clapotis Sea Silk is getting frogged with a vengeance.

23 May 2007

Another WIP bites the dust

A little over a year ago, I started the French Market Bag from Knitty. After I don't know how many miles of circular stockinette, I put it down. Thanks to the guilt I felt from uploading my WIPs to Ravelry, I picked it up last night and finished it (aside from the fulling) just now.

I'll have to do a massive photo post soon, but it's another FO.

22 May 2007

Shapely Tank - FO

The Shapely Tank from White Lies Designs is done.

I blame Ravelry for it, too. I'd put it down, a little discouraged at what I thought was the damned thing being a bit off from the front to the back panel... Turns out that the replacement yarn (exact same, just a different dyelot) was knitting up at a different row gauge. Seamed it together and matched up, so that was a relief. All that's left is sewing in the ends, wash 'n block, and a few photos.

It might have ended up a little big for me, and if that's the case, mom inherits it.


I got my invite to Ravelry today. So far, I'm loving the site. As I play with it more, I'll have more things to suggest.

Pardon me while I clap like Herman Munster with a piece of chocolate.

Tag, I'm what?

Kozy Kitty tagged me. She says not to hate her, but I'm not too sure about that... I'm feeling benevolent today, so I suppose I'll avoid with the hatin'.

Here are the instructions: List 7 random things about yourself on your blog along with the rules then tag seven other residents of the blogosphere to do the same! [Yeah, not tagging people, but I'll play along.]

1. I was involved in a FutureWeapons shoot as a clapping, hooting and hollering extra. There I got to meet Richard "Mack" Machowicz and had a good but short conversation with him.

2. In other celebrity-esque randomness, I saw Colin Mocherie and Brad Sherwood at a show in Anchorage. They did an "interview" skit with a member of the audience, asking for people with strange jobs. I called out "Salmon milker!" and was chosen. They were both very nice, though a little shocked when they realized what salmon milking actually was.

3. One of my friends decided that he was going to teach me how to speak ghetto before I left for law school. I did, and now I occasionally use it to shock my students. ( The latest: You need to step off and get the hell outta my grill.)

4. I tell my students that I'm "nearly thirty" (which is somewhat true) because I suspect that it would impact their view of me if they knew I was 27 (closing in quickly on 28).

5. I go on an underwear buying spree about once every three years.

6. If I ever win the lottery, I'm going to do the following things:

  • Buy every one of my students a laptop and a dictionary
  • Build a Pagoda Shrine style home in the mountains somewhere
  • Declare myself a non-resident of any country, or buy an island and declare myself an independent nation
  • Keep teaching
  • Force all book publishers to make any book that is not photo oriented be the same dimensions for ease of my bookshelves (different dimensions for paperbacks and hardbound, but yeah)
7. I hate to blame anything on my ADHD, even though I know a number of quirks directly relate to the way my brain chemistry just, well, is.

I was hoping to have a FO to post for Post #50, but this works just as well. (Blogger dashboard is lying to me, according to my post count, I'm at #48, I suppose they're counting drafts.)

16 May 2007

Self-imposed rules

I'm not allowed to start on another project until I finish the autumn leaves top and get through the first skein on my clapotis.

Which is a damned shame, because my jade bamboo yarn just got here today.

What to the who now?

Yarn care symbols.
Pretty in Pink tank.
Knitty's Isabella for Rowan 4-ply.
Cropped Shrug Hoodie from Craftster.
T-shirts with a knitting theme.

Was in desperate need of cleaning up my tabs.

14 May 2007

Yarn arrival

My "make up" yarn for the Shapely Tank got here today. I'm not dying to get back to knitting on it (though I should) but I'll probably pick it back up tonight. It'll be a nice change from the straps on the hybrid.

WIPs - Shapely Tank and Sahara/Lelah hybrid

Pattern: Shapely Tank Top from White Lies Designs
Date Started: 04 May 2007
Lion Brand Incredible in colorway "Autumn Leaves"
Needles: Size 10 US for garter stitch at bottom, size 9 US for body.

Obligatory close up:

Sahara/Lelah hybrid.

Start Date: 12 May 2007
Yarn: Ella Rae Shibu in colorway 07
This is the back section. I am planning on making the front into a true V-neck, and incorporating short row bust shaping.

The area under the bust will go into the lacework pattern seen in Lelah. Possibly having the ribbon section as well.

12 May 2007

Sahara Photos

Finished Sahara

Date Started: 28 April 2007
Date Completed: 11 May 2007
Pattern: Sahara from StitchDiva by Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic.
Yarn: Ella Rae Shibu, Colorway 07.
Needles: Size 5 US for body, Size 4 US for ribbing. KnitPicks Options.
Modifications: Lengthened sleeves by working the long sleeve pattern decreases (5 total decreases, +2 rounds) before ribbing.
Neckline p3togtbl was switched for a p3tog.
Modifications for row gauge being off pattern.

Thoughts on the knit: This was a nice knit. There wasn't a whole lot of difficult stitching involved and the end result is nice and fitted. I'm a little surprised at how nice the color looks on me, as I don't think of myself as being a "pink person." I'm looking forward to revisiting this knit in the bamboo yarn I ordered from Discontinued Brand Name Yarn. (Seriously, 2500 yards of light worsted for $42.50. That's enough for another Sahara and a Shapely Tank.)

I also have to point out that I am incapable of binding off loosely in a standard bind-off. I used Zimmerman's Sewn Bind-Off for all the hems. It worked rather well for all of them. For future iterations of this, I think I'll be crocheting the center seam together, because I'm not entirely thrilled with the center seam as it stands. It's not so bad that it's bothering me, but the next one needs to be something ... better.

11 May 2007


She's done. I would have liked a prettier seam, but I can do that with the next one that will be made in Bamboo yarn - Jade colorway. Hopefully I'll have enough to make it work. The silk is nice, but I really have the sensation that it'll be more for fall wear here. It's warm.

Of course, that could be the beer I had when I was seaming.

Tomorrow is washing and blocking, and photos when its dry.

I am inordinately happy with the darned thing. I'll definitely be making a few more of these.

And I absolutely need to wear a body slimmer under it... Or a blazer over it. Either way, it's a good "investment" knit.

I also ordered the last few skeins of Lion Brand Incredible in Autumn Leaves colorway for the Shapely Tank I started while I was waiting for the two skeins of Ella Rae to arrive. That should be here within the next week or two, so I'll be finishing up the shoulders on the front and waiting (im)patiently for the yarn to get here so I can start doing that strange every-other-row knitting that we have to do with mismatched dyelots.

I really hope there'll be enough of the Jade. There should be. I'm getting 2500 yards. And unless it's Fingering weight, it should be more than enough to make another Sahara. (And bamboo yarn is lovely for summer wear.)

I have to do a shout-out, here, too. The Yarn and Fiber Company rocks. I ordered two skeins of Shibu by Ella Rae for much cheaper than I'd found it anywhere else online (short of ordering it by the bag) and the shipping was free. I ordered on Saturday and it was in my mailbox on Thursday.

07 May 2007

And the next FO (kinda) is...

Pomatomus. Okay, it's kinda an FO because I only have one done at the moment. And like the other pair that I frogged, it's a tinch too long. Not enough to be an issue for me at the moment, but I may have a mostly-matched-but-not-identical pair of socks, just because the other needs to be shortened by two rows.

06 May 2007

Sahara WIP

The second sleeve is done, with maybe three yards left. Now to wait on the 2 balls that were ordered to do the finishing on the hem, sleeves, and neckline.

How sad is it that I want to pick up the yarn for the next one now? (Can't... have too many projects on the needles, on a yarn diet, etc...)

Next to finish: Potomos or Clapotis.

Sahara WIP

Sahara WIPInformation:
28 April 2007
Large (I think it might be so fitted that I'd be wise to wear a bit of a girdle or shaper underneath just so the relaxed belly doesn't ruin the line!)
Ella Rae Shibu in #07 (90/10 silk/rayon) - Approximately 8 balls so far (yarn was reclaimed from a very bad version of a Knitty tank). Two more balls on order for the neck and hem details (that way with the mismatch of the dyelot, it will seem like a design element... That's my theory).
Knitpicks Options for the body in size 5US, some random plastic sleeve needle from Mom's stash for the sleeves
Adding some length to the sleeve to make it hit right above the elbow when completed.
Gauge issues (stitch gauge was on, row gauge was off)
Sleeves are going to be more fitted than shown in model.

It's turning out to be a lot of pink... And I'm not a pink person. I think something happened to me, like trauma.

Overall, I'm very happy with the knit, and the fit from the last body try-on, and the sleeves seem like they're going to be precisely what I want - well fitted, and longer than the short sleeve section of the pattern, which is so not designed for any woman with meaty upper arms.

I can already tell that I'll be wanting quite a few more of these for summer tops. I'm already eyeing the yarns for one in blue, green, and black (okay, I have the accent yarn for the black ready and waiting). Might even be silly enough to do one in cream.