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Settling In…

Posted by allie on September 9, 2007

I’m moved in and loving it (pics of my dorm at bottom of post)! Knitting has definitely been keeping me sane the last two weeks. First, I made a hat for my little brother’s birthday.

Cast-on: August 30, 2007/ Finished: September 2, 2007

Pattern: Basic Cable from Stitch n Bitch Nation

Yarn: Patons Classic Merino in Dark Grey Mix and Plymouth Galway in Grass

Needles: Knitpicks Options US 7 & 8 24″ circs and US 8 dpns

Mods: I made a foldover brim. I knit 15 row 1×1 rib, knit 1 row, knit 15 more rows 1×1 rib, then knit the hat as written. I also added an extra cable repeat.

For easy projects, I picked up some Sugar n Cream cotton for dishcloths and other miscellany (such as crocheted coasters!).

I love Sugar n Cream’s new Stripes yarn!

And the marled yarn!

Rusted Root has become an obsession. I’m having so much fun, and it’s Project Spectrum compatible.

Up next for PS, if possible, is the Aran Rose(scroll down) from Interweave Knits Spring 2006 in Patons Classic Merino. I’ll be ripping out my Wicked that was too big.

And now, dorm pics…

My knitting corner:

My bed:

My desk:

Posted in College, Dishcloths, Finished Objects, Progress, Rusted Root | 6 Comments »

Moving…

Posted by allie on August 19, 2007

That’s right, this week I finally move into my dorm. I’ve been packing frantically this week and have only daily items left to pack. Despite all the packing, I’ve still been knitting… and sewing! Here’s my most recent sewing project:

Pattern: Artist’s Organizer from Simple Sewing with a French Twist

Fabric: Green decor fabric and cotton quilting material, both from JoAnn’s

Started: August 18, 2007/ Finished: August 19, 2007

Thoughts: I love it and can’t wait to hang it from my loft bed! I will take some pics of the dorm once I’m settled and it’s decorated to my liking.

Noro Hats

Two birthday presents are done!

Cast-on: August 11, 2007/ Finished: August 19, 2007, although I do still need to weave in some ends.

Pattern: Noro Hat by Saartje de Brujin

Yarn: Noro Kureyon

Needles: US 7 24″ circ and US 7 dpns

Mods: Mostly I just made the hats a little smaller. The purple one is smaller than the blue-green one as well, since it’s for a girl.

Another FO that was nearly finished, but was abandoned due to lack of interest.

Cast-on: May 1, 2007/ Finished: August 15, 2007

Pattern: Daffodil Dishcloth (May Monthly Dishcloth Group Pattern)

Yarn: Yellow Sugar n Cream

Needles: US 7 Knitpicks Options

That’s all for now, but after moving in Wednesday, I’ll try to post pics of the dorm room and my knitting getting settled in its new home.

Posted in College, Dishcloths, Finished Objects, Noro, Sewing, Simple Sewing | 5 Comments »

Knit, Knit, Knit as Fast as I Can

Posted by allie on June 12, 2007

This fall, I’ll be moving into a teeny, tiny dorm room. And I have overwhelming amounts of UFO’s, yarn, and books!
UFO’s are my current focus.

Tonight I worked on a Valentine Pillow(something I cast on before I became a yarn snob). And ran out of yarn.


Then, I picked up my first Better-than-Booties Baby Sock and I screwed the toe up royally.

So far, my attempts at finishing these projects are failing miserably.

I received Mason-Dixon Knitting today from KnitPicks and I plan on making a few ballband dishcloths to rid myself of my overflowing cotton stash.

More progress and hopefully a few FO’s coming soon.

Posted in Baby Socks, Dishcloths, Dorm Clearout, Valentine Pillow | Leave a Comment »

Short and Sweet Update

Posted by allie on May 21, 2007

Oh, it’s been a very busy week. Graduation, which included lots of family in town, left little time for blogging this week. I do, however, have some knitty news.
My new project:

A great felted bag for summer made with Cascade 220 (my first experience with this yarn and it’s been a good one).

Next, I went to my LYS and they currently have the Vogue Knitting Summer 2007 trunk show in town. Since they have the trunk show, there will be a piece on a local show and I will be modeling one of the garments tomorrow on tv!! I’m very excited and it’s also one of my favorite patterns of the issue.

Anyway, more pics, thoughts, and a whole lotta bag progress coming your way very soon!

Posted in Cascade 220, Graduation, Noni Adventure Bag, Vogue Modeling | 1 Comment »

Determination and Its Knitting Benefits

Posted by allie on May 11, 2007

This week I’ve been taking a few AP exams, I went into 2 of 3 determined and sure of myself: English and Calculus… Government was disastrous. All the studying and just the feeling of determination (also the adrenaline rush of the end of the semester/high school!) made me determined to finish a project: The Central Park Hoodie.

I picked up and knit the edging, the seams have been sewn and by tomorrow all of the (MANY) ends will be woven in and I’ll have my FIRST completed sweater.
Stay tuned for more fibery goodness!

Posted in Central Park, Finishing, Senior Year | 1 Comment »

My new set-up

Posted by allie on April 28, 2007

Finally, I got my own computer: such a gratifying thing. Before, I had to share with the rest of my family and sometimes they had more time-consuming important things to do than my blogging- they’re Muggles, they wouldn’t understand.

Last night, I caught up on the last two episodes of Lost. While I watched Lost on my beautiful new Mac, I decided I needed some mindless knitting. The Multi-Yarn Shawl is perfect: row after row of plain old stockinette.
I’m really hoping having my own computer will make blogging so much simpler, and already I think it does. Still learning the Mac, since I’m an ex-PC user. Wish me luck! Everyone have a great weekend of knitting!!

Posted in Lost, Mac, Multi-Yarn Shawl | 4 Comments »

Busy, Busy, Busy

Posted by allie on March 13, 2007

I cast on a pair of Cable Footies from One Skein last Wednesday. I finished the first Saturday

and cast on the second yesterday and I am nearing the finish line. My second pair of socks has been fun– worsted weight makes the project go by so quickly!! These socks are for my boyfriend, Hunter,’s mother, who enjoys hating me. Bribery works sometimes, doesn’t it??

At Urban Outfitters, I bought Sew U and I CAN’T WAIT to learn how to sew. A little while ago, I played around with my mom’s old machine and stitched some muslin, just to get the feel of the machine. I have a long way to go before I achieve anything wearable, but I’m still very excited.

College decisions have been nearly finalized and if I go to the nicer, more expensive school that I love, I will be making many sacrifices in the name of frugality. I’m hoping very much that I can take handmade objects to the next level. Wish me luck!

Posted in Cable Footies, College, Sewing | 1 Comment »