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Happy hew year!

2 Jan

It’s 2011! I’d hate to sound cliché, but 2011 will totally be my year! I mostly say this because this is the year I finally finish college! After that, I will have full freedom to knit to my hearts desire. I don’t know why, but the closer I get to finishing the less time I have, but I did manage to squeeze in some knitting in 2010.
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Gloves
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These gloves are the bees knees! I made them late in the summer and I cannot even express the excitement I had as I knit them! I had kicked around the idea for these for sometime and to see it come to fruition, exactly how I envisioned them was quite exciting. I think I can say without a doubt that these were my favorite knits of 2010.
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Someday, I hope to write the pattern up and share it with the internets.
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Cowl
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Mmmmm, Envy. I received this yarn as a birthday gift a couple of years ago, made a too short scarf, and then put it in a box to be frogged. More than a year later, I finally frogged it and made me a nice cowl. This pattern was quick and easy – I made mine  during a marathon of Daria marathon on Logo. A perfect evening, if you ask me.
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Hat
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2010 was also the year I properly learned to do things I failed at in the past. For one, I conquered the spindle. And I also conquered yarn dyeing with kool-aid. I tried this a few times in the past, but always ended up with a orangy-red hot mess. This time I, just like with the spindle, I was much more patient and ended up with much better results.
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Kool-Aid dyed yarn
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Kool-Aid dyed yarn
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I can only imagine the adventures I will have in 2011, especially once I finish school! Happy new year everyone!

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Lost my knitting mojo for a bit

13 Sep

I haven’t fully regained my knitting mojo, it comes and goes, but I try to squeeze something in every now and then. Like tiny cozies for tiny ice creams.
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Because, why not?
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Yes, it works.
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No more cold fingers!
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I even did some knitting for a school project, but more on that later.
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I’ve noticed that as graduation (what, really?) gets closer for me, I find myself with less and less time to knit, but the next three weeks I’m on break, and I’ve already started perusing my Ravelry queue for ideas on what to knit. For a while though, I’d just look and look at patterns and not knit anything, always feeling too tired and just straight burnt out. But I think I’ve finally returned, even if it’s only for a short bit until the next quarter starts.

Finally

17 Nov

VICTORY!!!
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I can’t believe that I finally finished my sister’s Christmas 2008/Birthday 2009 scarf!!! I remember sitting on the sofa, looking at the tiny ball of yarn that I had left to finish the scarf, still in disbelief that I was finally going to bind off. I thought this scarf would never end. I even took my time to properly block the scarf, using these instructions I found at TECHknitting (love this blog, so resourceful!).  Don’t I look so cozy in it?
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Blocking
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There is my patient little cat, Apple, making sure I’m pinning things properly. She’s such a good supervisor.
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It doesn’t usually take me 18 months to finish a scarf, but while all those cables look beautiful, there were a pain and a bore after a few rows. And once I showed my sister what she was eventually getting for Christmas or her birthday, I felt obligated to stick to the pattern and finish it out. But let me tell you, NEVER AGAIN will I make this scarf!!! This is also the first wool scarf I’ve made for her. I gave her a HUGE lecture on why she should never put this in a washer or dryer. If this thing ever turns up felted, I will be very angry and may have to start interviewing for a new sister.
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I’m just saying… this was a lot of work!

Greetings.

4 Aug

I haven’t done much in terms of knitting, which is why it’s been quiet around here. I blame the summer. I hate summer, although I must say, this has been one of the most pleasant summers I’ve experienced in my adult life, so maybe I shouldn’t complain so much. Not to mention a friend and fellow hater of summer just returned from a trip to Texas and he tells me it was hot & humid the whole time he was there. EW! We both agreed that us Southern Californians are really spoiled and should not complain. So what was I talking about???
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Oh yeah, knitting.
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I haven’t done much knitting. I think the only summer knit I’ve done was a baby sweater for a co-worker who is expecting a baby boy later this month.
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Sebastian's Sweater
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I love knitting for babies. Mainly because I’m an instant gratification kinda girl, so it’s always nice to have a finished item before I get bored with a project like I did with my sister’s annual Christmas scarf, which I started this time last year…. and I’m still working on it!
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Christmas scarf.
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Boy was I proud of myself when I started this in August of 2008. I figured starting in August would give me ample time to finish by Christmas, but I was WRONG! I blame school for this one, deadlines, deadlines, deadlines! Then my sister’s annual Christmas scarf turned into a birthday scarf (her b-day is in February) and that came and went. And here I am one year later, still working on the scarf. Poor lady has already bragged about it to her friends… but I’m happy to report that I’m got my knitting mojo back and hope to finish it by the end of this month. The pattern is Here and There Cables from Scarf Style, which is a really nice reversible cable pattern – it’s just so many cables! But seriously, it will be done before the summer ends! PINKY PROMISE!

Christmas was when?

24 Feb

Buttons...
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I wish I remembered to take a before picture of the neckwarmer I made for my friend Mal, before I blocked it.
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You see, rarely do I block a knit item. I’ve read about blocking and all its magicalness, but I’m usually satisfied enough with the end product that I don’t think that it needs to be blocked. Or maybe that’s just something I tell myself to get out of doing a little extra work.  The last thing I knit AND blocked was the sweater I made for my niece, which was forevers ago in knitting time.
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So blocking – not really and integral part of anything I knit. It never crosses my head to do so. That is, until Christmas when I decided to make a neckwarmer for Mal. I saw the red buttons at the store and thought they were perfect for Mal so I picked them up not knowing what I’d do with them. Then I saw this stitch at Lion Brand’s website and thought it would be great for a neckwarmer using the red buttons and some aqua colored yarn I had in my stash (her favorite color combo = aqua/red). I got to work, loving every minute of this stitch, but then I noticed something… it started to curl!!! Now, I’m not some newbie knitter and am well aware that stockinette curls, but I figured the purls thrown in would prevent curling. I was so wrong.
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Upset, I entertained my options: Frog and start something different? But there is no time to start over!!! Do I… do I just buy her something for Christmas (GASP!). Then I remembered – BLOCKING! I must at least try to block this before I give up. I worried that it wouldn’t work because the yarn is an acrylic/wool blend, but blocking worked like a charm in getting the curl out!
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Scarfie
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So yes, I am now a believer blocking. It surely saved me with this Christmas gift.
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Scarfie
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And like with any gift I make for a friend – I totally wanted to keep it!!!

The internets helps maintain my hermitness.

22 Jan

A couple weeks ago I went to A Mano Yarn Center to buy some yarn for my sis-in-law’s Thorpe hat. While I waited to pay, I noticed this really nice beret sitting on one of the counter tops. It was soft and had the most perfect ribbed pattern. I couldn’t stop admiring it. I really wanted to ask about the pattern source, but my shyness got the best of me (ugh!).
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On the way home all I couldn’t stop thinking about the hat. I needed to make one. These were the thoughts that ran through my head: do I email them to see if they can point me to the pattern? Why am I such a shy doofus? Raverly, I should check Ravelry.
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I got home, logged on Ravelry and started my sleuthing. The first place I went to was A Mano Yarn Center’s group page. Then from there, I checked out the mods, and finally – I found the most perfect beret  pattern that I had eyed at the store, Joelle. I purchased it immediately, but because school just started, I had not yet had time to knit it. That, of course, did not stop me form glancing at the pattern everyday, patiently waiting for the time to make it.
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Last week I caught the one of the worst colds I have had in my adult life. On a side note: Do these illnesses get worse with age? I feel like if this was two years ago I would have been able to go on with my daily life, but this time around I felt like crap. I was sad because I had to cancel my plans to go to Disneyland on my birthday (sad faces), but on the bright side, this illness afforded me some time to knit in between my Nyquil comas. And of course, first up, was my hat!
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Hat progress
I worked on it a little while I watched day time TV, and was finished by the second day home from work.
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New hat
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Hat
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My purled increases need some work. I think this is mostly due to the fact that I knit the wrong way. I’ve known this since the first time I saw someone knit on Knitty Gritty via the overhead Knitty cam.  My wrong knitting is further confirmed whenever I browse through the videos at the How I knit, purl, crochet, or spin group at flickr. I’m kind of a continental knitter, but not really – eh, I’m going to have to upload my own video soon. I’ve only found one person on there that knits like me.
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But I digress – the moral of this story is that I really love this hat pattern and I think that you should make one too!

A swift and a cozy walk into a bar…

6 Jan

I hope your Christmas was FABULOUS! Please ignore the messy background and bask in the amazing yarn swift that my dad-in-law gave me.
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New toy
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Isn’t it great? I was so excited about it that when we got back in town, I went out and bought two hanks of yarn just so I could wind them up! Don’t worry, I am not frivolously purchasing yarn, I plan on making a Thorpe hat for my sis-in-law.
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I also received a Nintendo DS Lite from the hubs, for which I immediately knit up a cozy. The first one I made came out a bit to big and I wasn’t crazy about the colors (blue/green variegated yarn), but this weekend as I sorted through my massive stash of yarn, I saw these three leftovers sitting together and it was the perfect inspiration for the most perfect cozy!
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Nintedo DS Cozy
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Nintedo DS Cozy
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The cozy was really easy too. It’s just a tube knits on straight needles, I think it’s called double-knitting. Basically, I used the technique shown here, but once I got to my desired length, I separated my stitches in half and bound off loosely. This gave me a nice opening for my DS to go in. For the pink and red color changes I just carried the colors on the side picking up the other to knit with every other row. I hate weaving in ends – this is the only way I ever do stripes!
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I’m just going to pretend like there isn’t a 5ish month gap since my last post.