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Cobblestone For Her

January 3, 2008
Cobblestone
Because I liked this sweater so much I decided to knit a version for myself.
Yarn: 5 skeins Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool in color 59.
Needles: US #4 – 24″ Knit Pick Options Circulars, US #5 – 16″ Inox Express Circulars
Gauge: 4.25 stitches per inch on smaller needles
Modifications: Where to begin? There were many modifications, mainly the substitution of moss stitch instead of garter. I feel that moss stitch looks more feminine… whether that’s true or not…. I also added waist shaping and omitted all the short rows in the yoke. While I love the look of the moss stitch, it was very difficult to make the decreases look good. As it is, you can see where I decreased but it doesn’t look terrible, it actually gives the yoke a more interesting look and almost looks as if it was purposeful. The sleeves were knit flat and seamed. I love this sweater and it is my first long sleeved garment.
Unfortunately the pictures do not capture the color or beauty of this sweater all that well.
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“Normal” knitter?

December 9, 2007

Q: ” Are you still knitting? We miss you.:)”

A:  I am still knitting although not nearly as much as I’d like, but thank you Nika!

I’ve talked about it before but I’m one of those one project knitting at a time anomalies.  Recently I joined all you “normal” knitters, after realizing that if I didn’t I would never start or finish anything.  Which is completely ironic because now that I have several projects going at one time I’m finding it harder to finish anything.

Right now I have three projects going.

1.  Hat for my son.

2.  Cobblestone

3.  Thermal

And soon there shall be another project added to the list.

4.  Hemlock blanket

I recently purchased two skeins of Cascade Ecological Wool from the Knitting Nest, a new yarn shop that opened up in Austin.   If you haven’t visited yet you really should!  Stacey, the owner is super friendly and extremely helpful.

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I’m surprised how beautiful the yarn is considering it isn’t dyed or treated, it’s also fairly soft and I think after a bath in soak, it should soften up even more.  Can’t wait to start the hemlock blanket!  Here’s to hoping that I finish at least one of the four projects by the end of the year.

Koolhaas

November 21, 2007

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Koolhaas

Pattern: Interweave Holiday Knits 2007

Yarn: ShiBui Merino Alpaca

Needles: #8 US Inox Express, #8 US Brittany DPN’s

 

Pattern Notes: Another wonderful pattern from the delectable Jared Flood(Brooklyntweed.) It was incredibly easy to memorize and the finished project is just so beautiful! I would highly suggest learning how to knit cables without a cable needle and Grumperina has an awesome tutorial.

 

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This is how much yarn I had leftover. So close.

 

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This wonderful little hat is not for me though. It’s an example for the store – HCW!

 

Cobblestone Pullover

November 17, 2007

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Cobblestone Pullover

 

Pattern: Interweave Knits Fall 2007

Yarn: Vermont Organic Fiber Company O-Wool Balance

Needles: US #7 Knit Pick Options 24#, US #7 Addi Turbo 16″

 

Pattern Notes: “God Damn it!” It’s rare that I’ll finish a project and just be completely floored by its beauty and brilliance. Don’t get me wrong, I love each and every one of my finished projects but there is something about Cobblestone that just takes my breath away. It’s absolutely beautiful and the O-Wool is a perfect substitute for the Classic Elite Tweed. The pattern itself is extremely simple and I love the way the sleeves are attached therefore eliminating the need to actually set them in. Definitely a bonus!! I totally plan on knitting myself a Cobblestone except more fitted.

 

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Can I borrow your head?

October 26, 2007

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Thank goodness she is a lovely girl who adores having her picture taken and takes every opportunity to help her Momma out!  Koolhaas will be on display at HCW, and so far I am extremely pleased by the way it’s turning out.  The yarn in itself is wonderful to work with but the pattern…. Oh the pattern!  So easy to memorize, and the outcome is just…. WOW!

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BTW, the hat is sized to fit an adult head.  I just used my daughter’s because I didn’t feel like switching to larger needles.

“O” is for Oooooooooh

October 20, 2007

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If you think it looks lovely you should touch it and knit with it because it really is as lovely as it looks, and according to the price tag, completely affordable(how gauche of me.)

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Just in case you don’t know what the Cobblestone Pullover is….

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So how do people do it?

October 19, 2007

Wow.  It’s been almost a month since I’ve finished a project.  For awhile I worked on Salina but after getting to the armhole/neck shaping, I just wasn’t feeling her so I added her to the “frog” pile.  I then bought some really wonderful Buckingham by Bristol Yarn Gallery and started knitting Thermal from Knitty.com and so far it’s turning out beautifully.  Unfortunately it is knit with fingering weight yarn and on size 2 needles so this makes for a very slow, time consuming project.  I only work on it in tiny increments, 15-20 minutes at a time, maybe once or twice a day.  At this rate Thermal should be finished by 2027.

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Has anyone knit with O-Wool?   I bought 10 skeins of it in a grey tweed to knit the Cobblestone Pullover from the latest issues of Interweave Knits.  It’s 50% organic merino wool and 50% organic cotton and so far I’m really digging it.  The pullover and yarn is perfect, I’m knitting it for my hybrid driving, tree hugging, earth friendly, environmentally conscience friend.  One of the downsides of knitting for someone who isn’t within arms length is that you never know how it’ll fit.  I have cast on and am already inches into the garter stitch bottom.  This is the first project in a month that I’ve been super excited about doing.  Let’s hope it fits!

And why haven’t I been knitting like a crazy fiend?  Because I am totally digging the new job!  DUH!  I seriously love it.  I feel so incredibly lucky to be working at HCW but to also spend my time around people who love the same things I do and to be able to talk to them and help them….  I look forward to going into work and you know, not many people can say that!  Not only that but also my PTO duties.  This year I’m on the PTO board and let me tell you… it’s a lot of work and commitment.  Oh and let’s not forget that basketball season starts next month and I’ve got two kids signed up.  I seriously don’t know how parents do the working, volunteering, parenting thing without going absolutely insane.  My hats off to those of you who do it all, because it’s totally kicking my butt.  The 2a.m. knitting marathon sessions are no more.  Last night I actually went to bed at 9:30 P.M.  That is unheard of.  Me, Mrs. NightOwl, I can be exhausted all day long and come 9:00 at night, I am wide awake.

I will try and remember to take some pictures of my Cobblestone Pullover progress tomorrow.  We are going to a Halloween party tomorrow night where I plan on spending a lot of time drinking and by “a lot” I actually mean 1, or 1.5 drinks because that’s pretty much all my body can handle without going into toxic shock and I spend the next 4 days with a hangover(long story… I’ll regal y’all with it sometime) and debauchery!  Yay!

God I hope it fits.