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I finished Seascape a while ago, but I hadn’t had a chance to take any pictures.  I finally found some time, and some sunshine.

The finished dimensions came in at 10.5″ x 88″, leading to a pretty respectable scarf.  The edges seem to curl in a little bit, even after blocking, but I rather like the effect that it creates.

Before blocking:

During blocking (I really need to get some blocking wires if I’m going to continue lace knitting!):

And a few more shots of the finished scarf:

This is going to be the perfect scarf in the fall.  It is really soft, but pretty thin so it won’t be too warm.


Oh look, I have a blog!

The other day my sister complained to me that I hadn’t blogged in ages – and she was right!  And I don’t even have a good excuse for the last month!  I finally defended and started my new job, oh and moved – so there has been a lot going on, but it’s starting to quiet down now.

So, I’m back.  I have a lot of things backlogged to blog about; I’m going to try to get to them all in a week or two.  But right now, I am excited about this:

This just came in the mail today!  It’s 13 skeins of Briggs & Little Atlantic.  13!  That’s a lot of yarn.  But I’ll need it all – because I am making sylvi.  I am so excited!   Sylvi was my motivation during the last push to write my thesis.  I promised myself that once I was done that I could make it.  Well, try at least.  The pattern looks a little intimidating, but I love a challenge!

In case you’re wondering why I’m knitting a heavy wool sweater in the middle of summer – I want to wear this as my fall coat, so I have to get a jump on it!  Luckily Atlantic is a bulky weight yarn, so it won’t go too painfully slow.  And, it will be a nice break after the laceweight from the Seascape.  Which I did finish, I swear.  I’m just waiting for a day with some sunlight to take some decent pictures – it just has to stop raining!

Off to swatch!

I Can Hear My Knitting Laughing at Me

Loudly, in fact.

I’ve been annoyed at knitting lately, and I was trying to hold on to a project that wasn’t really working.  First, recall this awesome swatch that I knit ages ago (March 3rd, actually).  I made that swatch in preparation for some awesome fingerless gloves that I had envisioned in my head.  Enter problem number 1 – a designer of anything more complex than scarves I am not.

But, ignoring that fact, I went for it.  I measured and did math (problem number 2 – math is not always my strong suit).  I thought really hard about increases and decreases and how to center the cable design perfectly on the back of my hand.  Through all of this hard work, I managed to create this:

I was excited that it was spring colored, bright and happy.  I ignored the fact that it was a little too small and started to cut off the circulation to my fingers.  (If you’re counting – this would be problem number 3.  Look how red my fingers are in the picture!)  I was giddy over the fact that the cable pattern was centered so nicely that the top worked its way right up my middle finger.  (I thought maybe that I could flip people off in style).

I was so excited about it that I was going to immediately cast on the second one.  Until I lost the first page of my notes.  (Problem # 4!)  I didn’t want to start a new project because I was afraid that I would never finish this one.  So I looked and looked.  I worked on other little craft projects here and there, finished up some things – but didn’t start any new big knitting projects.  I figured my notes would turn up.  Finally, I faced the facts.  I picked a new project, and went in search of some  laceweight yarn I had leftover from making a present for my sister.

I couldn’t find it anywhere.  I looked in my yarn bag, in my craft bin, under the couch, under the bed, under the dresser.  I tore apart the stack of things on my coffee table.  I was really ready to give up.  I looked under the couch again, and then I found this:

Yup, it’s my first page of notes from the fingerless glove.  It figures, right?  But, I was over the gloves, and now I really wanted to find my leftover Cashwool.  So I checked the yarn bag again – and there it was, right on top.

I thought about going back to the fingerless gloves.  Adding more stitches, ripping out the first one, doing them right.  And then I realized that spring has almost passed and I probably wouldn’t wear them anyway.  So I started on this:

I’ve even made a little progress:

But please, don’t remind me that I don’t really wear stoles either, ok?  I’m pretending it’s just a really wide scarf.

Sheldon is Excited for Spring!

I finally got around to finishing Sheldon.  I started on him months ago, ran out of yarn and put him down.  I finally picked up some more yarn and finished all of the pieces a little while back.  (The yarn is just Sugar n’ Cream cotton.) Then I ran into an unusual stumbling block in the attached i-cord.  Apparently this was a problem for me, it took me about four days to figure it out.  It looks really strange starting out, but it got better as I went on!

All that work on the i-cord, and I didn’t even take a good picture of it.  Ha.  Sheldon is posing on some upcoming flowers, daffodils, I think.  I can’t wait for things to start blooming!

Alien Invasion

Another little ami – this time from my imagination.  I had envisioned a green alien, but the only green yarn I had was far to splitty to be crocheted tightly.  So, white won.  But, I like the white and red combo, especially the eyes.  Each eye is made of four red seed beads from my bead stash.

I have a really strong desire to hang him from somewhere, but I have to say that he does look like quite the studious alien on my bookshelf at work.

Shirt #1

I’m on a mission to make some new clothes for my big kid job.  On Saturday I went to the fabric store and bought ten shirt patterns (on sale for $2 each – who wouldn’t buy the limit, really?)  I also picked up enough material to make four of them.  This weekend I finished one.

The pattern is Butterick B5283, view D.  I made the sleeves shorter because I ran out of material.  (Side note, that never seems to happen – I always have way to much when I follow the numbers on the back of the pattern, so that was… strange.)  I do love 3/4 length sleeves though, so I’m not too upset.  The twist at the top is supposed to be off center, and it was a little fiddly getting it to work out right.  Basically, it took two chemists and an electronics engineer a good fifteen minutes to figure it out.  Then we had some beer.

The fabric is just a basic stretch knit.  I rarely sew with knits, so this was a little new to me, but not terribly hard.  I just used a zig-zag stitch for most of it and away I went.  This shirt is so soft and nice, and I am in love with the color.  I don’t know why I love teal so much, but I’m going with it.

The only downside to this shirt is that I’ve promised myself I won’t wear any of these new clothes until I actually start my job.  Nothing like the motivation of new clothes to get a girl going, right?

A Weekend in Pictures

We had a great weekend!  We started off by making this really tasty dish with mashed potatoes, cabbage, onion, garlic, leek (I like leek, I’d never had it before!) and yes, of course… bacon.  (But only a tiny bit, really!)

leeks make food colorful and pretty

the finished dish, along with some steak and beer

Sunday we went to Dim Sum downtown (sadly, no pictures… we ate all of the food too fast).  We had pork buns, sticky rice, noodles with some sort of beef in them, turnip cakes and something else that I don’t know the name of, but I know that I like it.

After that, we went to the science museum to see the frog exhibit – Tim loves frogs!

some type of bullfromg

some type of bullfromg

a green frog with sticky toes

a green frog with sticky toes

can you find the frog?

can you find the frog?

poison dart frog - so pretty!

I also got a book from the library!  Charted knitting designs!

continuing to fuel my addition

continuing to fuel my addition

I’ve already opened it up and tried out a pattern I’ve had my eye on, the ribbed spindle.  I think it looks like mitosis and that makes the science nerd in me oh-so-very happy.

not as hard as it looks, really

not as hard as it looks, really

I also learned how to do a tubular cast on.  I would not encourage anyone to try and learn this at 1am.  Not my best idea ever, but I did eventually understand it.  And look how pretty my 1×1 rib looks as a result!

harder than I thought it would be

harder than I thought it would be

I have grand plans for this swatch and these new things I’m learning.  I’ve done a lot of math so far.  It hasn’t all been pretty, especially when I sometimes can’t count – but I’m excited about it all the same!

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