Posted in Knitting, life, photography, sweaters, tagged bags, cardigan, life, Oakland, photography, sweater on June 7, 2009|
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I return to this blog with serious intent to start posting regularly again. It was a busy season of conference-going and conference-organizing, and I’m so happy summer is here. Went on a 7 mile walk through lovely Golden Gate Park with my hiking meetup yesterday. Today my partner and I strolled down to the farmer’s market for lunch. They had pizza from a portable wood-fired oven, can you believe it. Then a few blocks to the Temescal Street Fair on Telegraph Ave (the part in North Oakland, not Berkeley). Dozens of local artisans and more food, yum. I HELLA HEART OAKLAND!
I’ve finally downloaded Picasa onto my MSI Wind (my beloved little 10″ netbook that could) and taken some projects pics.
For some reason I’ve gotten into a lot of knitting lately. It took a couple of weeks to knit up this bag, which needs lining.
Pattern: adapted from Guitar Messenger Bag in Greetings from Knit Cafe by Susan Mischer. Yarn: TLC Heathers in purple heather . Needles: Knit Picks Options Size 6.
I took a dive into my first knit sweater project involving knitting pieces in the flat: Maude Louise. The cardigan pattern calls for expensive drapey yarn, but I went with Cascade 220 in Flamingo Pink from my stash. The waistband pattern was a bit slow going but fun and easy once I got the hang of it. Working on the right front now, a bit scared about what the set in sleeves will be like to sew.
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Ordering yarn online is tricky business. As often as not I wind up with yarn that is inappropriate for the pattern I had in mind. That’s how I wound up with 8 balls of Peruvian Pure Alpaca Fina from Elann.com. So I was glad to discover that Robyn Chachula of crochetbyfaye–who is quickly becoming one of my favorite crochet designers–had worked up a short sleeve version of her Comfy Cardi (pattern published in Crochet Me) in the very same yarn. Best of all, it’s crocheted mostly in one piece. I started with the back and am working my way through the sleeve.
I always have a terrible time getting gauge. I think I just crochet more loosely than most people. But I can’t stand to use hooks smaller than 4mm, so I got as close as I could and modified the pattern a bit to account for the looser gauge.
It has a soft hand but is too prickly for my sensitive skin, so I’ll probably have to layer this over a shirt. I find this yarn a bit difficult to work with, but the pattern works up quickly. If this one works out, I’ll try another version with a nice periwinkle Patons Grace from my stash.
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Posted in Crochet, tagged baby, BICO, cardigan, sweater on December 22, 2007|
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Been knitting like a fiend to finish my cardigan and to make Xmas gifts. I tell myself that it’s because I carpet-bombed my extended family with crocheted gifts last year, and amateurish products at that. I blush to think of the gray and purple bobble headed cap I gave my MIL.
Because I knit rather slowly, I’ve had to cut a few corners. So far I’ve finished three neckwarmers (here’s a dirty secret: they take way less time than scarves. And even less if you use fat yarn!). And one fingerless glove.
So I’m feeling guilty towards crochet right now. In my defense, there’s the crocheted felted bag I’m making for my best friend… but many other crochet projects are languishing.
Running around town with my cardi (worn with a clasp because I haven’t had time to shop for buttons), I’ve gotten a lot of compliements. Here’s the thing: I am now known as “a knitter” at my office. Gasp! Have I sold out?
A peek at the neckwarmers being blocked, waiting for buttons. Pattern from Yarn Abuse. Happy to say that both were made with stash yarn–Malabrigo worsted merino, double-stranded.
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