the ugly truth

21 02 2007

not a flattering photo of my work…but i still like my sweater! here are some pics of the progress on my ez tweed hybrid…

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can you see my boo-boos? click through to see the notes i added in flicker

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drink mix thrown in for scale…i’m about 4.5″ up the hem

i’m a little bleh about this sweater (the stockinette is mind-numbing)….good car knitting, though. i was going to add shaping then i decided that i would rather the thing a little boxy so i had room to throw a t-shirt on underneath. despite all the little irk-y things. i am lovin the tweed!!! gotta keep chuggin….

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how was your v-day?…and i’ve been yarnival’d!!

16 02 2007

edited to add: my tutorial has been linked to yarnival, hosted this month by the purloined letter. hooray!! 🙂

a happy belated valentine’s day to you all!! despite “winter storm 2007”, butter (k) and i had a delightful day. we exchanged gifts in the morning…i received a thoughtful and sweet gift of the wallace and grommit dvd (hello! one of my favorites…we only had them on vhs and don’t own a vcr anymore)…i gifted butter the most romantic thing a girl could give her guy: a biscuit joiner. (power tools are sexy! thanks for the perfect,er, mostly perfect valentines babe!)

the rest of the day we lounged around the house in our pajamas. i made breakfast which we ate while watching newscasters tell us ad naseum about the road conditions and sub-zero weather to expect in the evening. we popped in w&g; i knitted and butter napped. i started on my ez hybrid sweater, too!

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ez hybrid sweater from knitting without tears
in cascade 220 (charcoal tweed and cream)
started: february 13, 2007
needles: #4 knitpicks options needles
notes: 4.75 sts/1″, plan to block 5 sts/1″; provisional cast on, contrast hem facings in cream (co 144, knit 1.5″ in cc, using mc, k1 row increasing evenly to 160 stitches, p1 row,k until mc and cc are about even,k2tog except on increased stitches)

anyway, we left the house in plenty of time for our dinner reservations and arrived just in time! we’ve been to this restaurant before. it’s the kind of place that you picture out of a frank sinatra movie…it’s dark, couples huddle over the single candle that adorns the table..piano player in the background…yellow swirled glass windows near the ceiling provide some ambient light. quite a place. oh, and they have great steaks. we are the carnivores.

long story short, the restaurant was overbooked, they screwed up our order, almost two hours later our food finally arrived. yes, we complained (i hate to complain cuz i just get soooo worked up)…but the good news is our ENTIRE meal was free (dude, i got the surf-n-turf)!! the manager encouraged us to get drinks, appetizers and dessert, too. unfortunately, we just weren’t that hungry by then. (sigh)

we wrapped up the night watching ‘lost’ (thank god for our dvr…we almost missed it!)…we *love* that show. last year we got ourselves addicted. of course when i stumbled on the yarntini website, and found “lost” yarn, i had had HAD to have it. (go visit. jessie has beautiful yarn and was great to deal with. what are you waiting for? go visit!!! you can also buy her yarn from here. thank you jessie!!)

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yarntini hand-dyed yarn in 4-8-15-16-23-42
2 skeins : 1 variegated, 1 striped | 430 yds : fingering weight | 100% superwash merino wool

the skeins arrived on the 14th, just in time for the second episode since lost restarted this season…speaking of which, what is going to happen to charlie?!?!?

valentine’s with butter (k), gifts, knitting, free food, yarn and lost…all in all a fab day.





i *will* use all the yarn

9 02 2007

(a photo essay)

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midnight fire from the sock club (jan)
2 skeins | 50 g : 240 yards | 80% domestic merino : 20% nylon

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actual weight

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progress so far: 8″ up the cuff
slipped stitch sock pattern by lynne
started: february 2, 2007
notes: small size, toe-up (12 stitches) with short row heel

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amount of yarn leftover in first skein

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actual weight of yarn leftover

i am sick of all the little balls of yarn i have lying around….i will use all the yarn this time.

i will use all of the yarn.
i will use all of the yarn.
i will use all of the yarn.
i will use all of the yarn.
i will use all of the yarn.

however, i am already at 8″ inches up the cuff….anda little less than half the ball left….maybe i should consider making garter straps for these puppies.





no longer incognito

8 02 2007

hi all…i’ve been off the map for the past couple of weeks. frankly, i’ve just been too bummed and too darn busy to post. and forget about my project 365. i haven’t felt so inspired to take any photos. thanks to all that commented on the last post. (by the way, the funeral was, to say the least, very intense. over a thousand people were at the wake. and thank you stacey for saving me!! like a dummy i didn’t bring the pattern for the sock i was knitting…and she was kind enough to forward the heel pattern to me.)

whew! so what does one do if they are down in the dumps? well, add to their stash, of course. now, i didn’t go too crazy. i decided that i needed to shake things up. so i bought yarn for a sweater. i know. stop the presses!! a sweater.

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tweed cascade 220 – charcoal
6 skeins | 100 g : 220 yds | 90% peruvian wool : 10% donegal tweed

a blogless (gasp!) and computerless (gasp! GASP!!) friend and i decided that we needed to knit sweaters. now, i’ve learned that i’m not much of a pattern person. adhering to rigid rules bores me. (that, or i’m really bad with stuff like that. for those of you that remember, demi is still in the works but stalled because i lost my place in the pattern charts and am too lazy to figure out what went wrong). so i went to the library, picked up a copy of knitting without tears by elizabeth zimmerman and selected a sweater that i couldn’t live without. me thinks that i shall knit the hybrid sweater. the gauge swatch has been knit…is it just me or is this yarn thinner than most worsted? cuz i knit up a little less than 5 sts per 1″ on US#4’s! (as compared to the #7’s or #8’s on the ball band!).

ooooh!

i’ve also finished the whitby’s!

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whitby from knitting on the road by nancy bush
in str mediumweight a rare gem
started: january 14, 2007
finished: february 2, 2007
needles: 5 – #2 lantern moon dpn’s
notes: added another rib since the pattern pulls in
gifted to my step-daughter

guess who’s feet belong to whom?

finally, i’ve started a new pair of socks and will have more pictures of new purchases (“lost” yarntini goodness and more CTH!!) …but i’ll leave that for fodder for another day. i must get a nap in since i have to work tonight. stay warm all!!