allie knits

a knitter who sometimes crochets and is learning to spin, while fighting startitis and project ADD

One a Day…

Posted by allie on July 18, 2007

 For the month of July, I’ve been crocheting a square for each day. I noticed today that it’s just right for Project Spectrum as well. I will be making strips of squares soon, so that I can tell how big the afghan should be and how many more squares I have to make.

When I’m not crocheting, I’m knitting Ballband Dishcloths for my aunts in Missouri who were such excellent hostesses.

 

The same blues,  but in reverse, plus a cute kitty.

Here’s what I’m thanking them for:

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Fear of Finishing: The List

Posted by allie on July 12, 2007

Regal Silk Sweater

1. Pick up sts around neckline, do something fancy and bind off.

2. Pick up sts around sleeves, do something even fancier, and bind off.

3. Block sweater and hope to God that the ribbing is long enough to cover my belly. If not, pick up sts around bottom and continue to rib until it does fit. (Really hoping I don’t have to do this.)

Katja

1. Crochet edging (which requires that I purchase a proper size crochet hook)

2. Block and weave in ends

Noni Adventure Bag

1. Calculate how much yarn I have left and how best to use it all in the completion of the pattern.

2. Felt and “block” to measurements

Now, that doesn’t sound too bad, but for some reason it probably won’t be done as quickly as I want it to be.

I will post some vacation shots tomorrow.

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En Vacance

Posted by allie on July 7, 2007

I left yesterday for Missouri, to visit my mom’s family. We’ve been spending the day lounging by the pool with a various assortment of mixed drinks.
Me? I’ve been knitting. The Regal Silk Sweater to be exact. I have one more pattern repeat before I have to bind off for the front neckline!!
In the car yesterday, however, I spent my time finishing off a couple skeins of Cascade 220 on the Noni Adventure Bag. My aunt has a top-loading washer (we don’t) so I may have a few FO’s to show before long.
Anyway, I probably will not be able to post until Wednesday.
So keep on knitting, I know I will be. How else do you keep sane with family? Especially when you’ve been chosen to be the designated driver on a wine-tasting tour?

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Diagnosis: KADD

Posted by allie on June 30, 2007

Knitting ADD has struck again. Last summer, my cousin had a baby girl and I cast-on a Candy Cane Hat for her from Handknit Holidays, but I ended up messing up the stripe sequence.

I frogged the hat a while ago and cast-on another cute baby item: Katja

2 short days of knitting and it’s nearly finished. I have a lot of white yarn left over, so I think I’m going to add some crochet trim to the bust and hem. Pictures of the finished top will come soon.

Once Katja was pretty much done, I could pick up my Regal Silk Sweater again. And now I finished the back of the sweater. All that’s left now is the front which I should be able to finish in the coming week. A glimpse of the progress:

Plus, I tried it on the other day and it fits perfectly!! Mmmm… I can’t wait to wear this silk.

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Cupcakes!!

Posted by allie on June 29, 2007

I am not a baker… yet.

My friend Chrissy came over today and we made some cupcakes from the recipe in Amy Sedaris’ amazing book I Like You.

Mixing

Cupcakes

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Clean-up

Chow down!

Katja knitting progress coming tomorrow… hopefully w/ some FO pics.

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Summer of Socks

Posted by allie on June 25, 2007

 

I’ve caught the bug: socks are all I can work on this week. The weather finally cooperated for a Cable Net photo shoot.

I hate working with size 0 wooden needles- I’m afraid I’m going to snap them in two every stitch. I’m also having some issues with the Fortissima Socka, it’s a little scratchy. I’m sure once they’re washed, they’ll soften up immensely.

The cables, however, I’m loving. It’s so fun to see the design come alive with each row. Once I fixed some of the beginning issues, the rows are “flying” by, or as much as a charted cable pattern can on size 0 needles. Here’s another quick shot of the cable crossings.

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Socks

Posted by allie on June 23, 2007

Cable Net Socks

I’ve been knitting on my socks quite a bit these past few days, but I keep forgetting to take pictures. And today, it’s raining. So it will have to wait until tomorrow.

The charts for these socks have been kicking my ass- I hopped into the socks and Chart A, when I was supposed to use Chart B. Luckily, the charts are nearly identical except for the last 10 or so sts; but I understand them now and just have to finish fixing some mistakes on previous rows, which is taking a lot longer than I bargained for.

New Sock Yarn

I went to one of my favorite stores yesterday and bought some sock yarn for my pathetic sock stash.

Panda Cotton in Rosewater (socks for my mom)

Any thoughts on what pattern would work well with the Panda Cotton?

Regia Tweed in Green (socks for Hunter)

Regia Silk in Burgundy (socks for me!)

While I was at the LYS, I had a job interview! So I may work there part-time and it’s right next to school next year!

Other Goodies

Hunter took a two-week canoeing/fishing/hiking trip in the Boundary Waters starting in Minnesota through Canada back around to Minnesota. He had a great time and even thought of me enough to bring home a few souvenirs:

I also got a t-shirt, but it’s such a great color that I want to take a picture when it’s sunny.

Hope everyone’s having a great weekend!

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Just for Fun!

Posted by allie on June 20, 2007

This has been going around and I didn’t have much to post about today, so…
Legend:
Stuff I’ve done/am doing
Stuff I’d like to do
Stuff that I’ll probably never do

Afghan– for my dorm and I started one that’s now lying in the UFO pilo
I-cord
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Shawl– Hidcote’s on the needles
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down

Hat
Knitting with silk
– currently
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL– the only one I’ve actually finished the pattern is the Central Park Hoodie
Sweater
Drop stitch patterns

Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with Bamboo yarn
– waiting to be able to afford enough for Interweave patterns
Two end knitting- not sure I know what this is?
Charity knitting– something I’ve been meaning to do, but I always get distracted. I’m a selfish knitter.
Knitting with soy yarn- just waiting till I can afford enough for an Interweave pattern
Cardigan
Toy/Doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items

Knitting with your own handspun yarn– once I am a better spinner
Slippers– making the bf some for Christmas, will buy the yarn soon
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental Knitting– recently learned and now I can’t do English because it takes so much longer. Very glad I made the switch
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)– getting better every time
Lace patterns– my lace abilities are still lacking, but they will improve, with practice
Publishing a knitting book
Scarf– not so many anymore
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)

Knitting to make money– but not selling knitted items, maybe owning a yarn store
Buttonholes
Knitting with Alpaca

Fair Isle Knitting– maybe if I tried again, it would look better
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors- this appeals to the naturalist in me
Knitting items for a wedding- probably just for my own, but you never know
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars
Olympic knitting
– I didn’t finish, but I tried, half-heartedly
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male to knit
– still trying to convince the bf to let me teach him, one day he will, he just doesn’t know it yet
Bobbles
Knitting for a living– that would be cool, but will probably never happen
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking

Dyeing yarn
Steeks

Knitting art
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously– what I need to do to banish my SSS
Fulling/felting
Knitting with wool
Textured Knitting
Kitchener Bind Off
Purses/bags

Knitting with beads
Swatching– something I need to be more consistent about
Long Tail CO- my favorite
Entrelac– LOVE Eunny’s socks
Knitting and Purling Backwards
Machine knitting- for some reason I feel like this is a sell-out, no offense to those who machine knit, cause I might get bored one day and fall in love w/ it
Knitting with selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn– why does this make me feel so clever sometimes? especially when there’s no pooling
Stuffed Toys
Knitting with Cashmere
Darning

Jewelry
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Gloves

Intarsia
Knitting with Linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows– I need to get more comfortable with short rows, stat, they are much quicker than heel flap/gusset
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/armwarmers
Pillows
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine

Rug– Mason-Dixon rugs are on my to-knit list
Knitting on a loom– I tried this once, but couldn’t get the hang of it
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift– does it count if the gifts are ALWAYS late?
Knitting for pets
Shrug/Bolero/Poncho
– got a few from Lace Style on my to-knit list
Knitting with dog/cat hair- I think I draw the line at domestic pets, if I have goats, alpacas, no problem
Hair accessories- made a headband once, not sure what other hair accessories I’d knit
Knitting in public- always!!

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Sidetracked by…

Posted by allie on June 20, 2007

…Ravelry, of course. Since I got my new computer, I haven’t had a chance to upload old FO pics to flickr, since they were on my family’s computer. Now I have, so hopefully I’m done and organized. Although that’s probably not quite the case.

Anyway, I’ve been knitting on my Regal silk sweater quite a bit and making progress. The back is nearing the end and I’m happy it’s moving along quickly. Some of my lace rows have been a stitch or two off. I’ve made the yo’s work w/ the pattern. I’m not too worried about it, but on the next lace section I will correct stitch counts and all. I’ve decided that if the lace panel is one stitch off from the one 13 rows below, it won’t be too obvious, right?

Imagine my delight when I was eating a wonderful TCBY cone and I noticed the colorway. Just like my sweater, only the pink’s brighter.

This is also my first time posting on WordPress and when the pictures showed up instead of html a la Blogger, I let out a gleeful squeal.  I’m really loving the switch so far and expect to love it even more, the more I get used to it.

The last order of business for my knitting today is that I cast on a pair of socks. Cable Nets:

Today was rainy so progress pics coming soon.

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Productivity

Posted by allie on June 14, 2007


I finished the Ballband Dishcloth last night at a friend’s house.
Pattern: Ball Band Dishcloth from Mason-Dixon Knitting
Cast-on: June 11, 2007/ Finished: June 12, 2007 (Yarn: Sugar n Cream Cotton in Cornflower Blue, Ecru, and Sage, using up leftovers
Needles: US 7
Thoughts: Quick projects are such a great feeling when you finish! I made this dishcloth for my mother, as I don’t need them while still living at home. I loved how quick the 4 row slip stitch pattern went, so rewarding.

And now I know just what to work on next.
The Pick:

Rebecca White Silk Sweater in Regal Silk
I enjoy the silk and the pattern. I began writing this post and listing excuses not to work on this sweater. Now, however, I see that the problems are simple to fix and the sweater doesn’t have too much left to go. I plan on picking it up right now while I read Pride and Prejudice for my summer reading challenge.

Here’s a fun shot of all the dishcloths I’ve made my mother:

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