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Knitting Hits and a Miss

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I was a knitting maniac this past week/weekend.  Remember I referred to this hat on Saturday?  It’s the Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl SoHo.  So. Stinkin’. Cute.


I started this on Saturday at 5pm and was done by Sunday at 2pm.  AND that included an emergency trip Saturday night to my mother-in-law’s house with Paul to fix a frozen pipe.  He used a hair dryer that she has had for 46 years.  FORTY-SIX YEARS!  It worked great.


(Try to ignore this creepy Styrofoam head. It took me forever to find one online and it’s actually pretty small – not an adult head – and I think the face is creepy. I need to get a different one.)  Seriously cute hat.  I love the little tassle.  This hat is a “kids” size. The pattern comes in many sizes, baby to large adult, which is nice.  I think I’m going to make an adult one too.  Easy and quick quick quick.  Also, I saw my doodlebugs at dinner on Sunday night and tried to get them to try it on since they are “kid” size.  No dice.  They’re two and a half so I don’t know why I thought they would do so willingly.  When I asked each of them if they wanted to try it on they said, “No fank you, Auny Wiz.” (read: “No thank you, Auntie Liz.”)  At least they were polite about it.

Next was finishing the Steek This Coffee Cozy fair isle knitting:


Now it’s ready for the steeking which we will do in a few weeks at the next workshop.  The little section on the front shown in this next picture is the part we will reinforce and then cut:


And see all those ends?  Ugh, weaving in galore, right?  WRONG!  Apparently, if I read the instructions correctly, they are all in the steeking section and something miraculous will happen where I won’t have to weave in the ends.  I think. (I hope).

Before the weekend started, I had knitted the clues for the Jimmy Beans Wool Downton Abbey Mystery Knit-a-Long:


It doesn’t look too terribly different but it’s coming along.  Now, I’m working on the next set of clues.  There are only 6 rows in this next set, since there are eleventy-thousand stitches on the needle at this point.  Eleventy-Thousand.

I also finished the leg clue for my Through The Loops Mystery Knit-a-Long:


A pretty intricate pattern for what I normally do – it’s been fun to see how they are turning out.

My next mystery knit-a-long starts this Friday: the Knitter’s Brewing Company   Mystery Sock KAL: Cocktails for Two.  Still haven’t decided on a yarn yet, but stay tuned.

I also finished the second Snow on the Laurel cabled arm warmer:


You’ll have to take my word for it that this is actually the second one. I can see how you may have doubts since I only recently finished the first one and I tend to procrastinate on knitting the second of anything.  However, the first one is at the yarn shop as a class sample so I can’t take a  picture of the pair.  Honest.  I had been done with my knit-a-long clues, looking for something else to knit and decided this was as good a time as any, and then I could cross it off my list. Took me just a couple of days.

Next, I knitted up the two-color brioche swatch which I will be teaching as a class at the shop:

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If you look toward the bottom of the swatch in the bottom picture you’ll see a little row of white stitches where I messed up.  I left it so I could use it in class as an example of what NOT to do.  So nice that I can USE my mistakes.  As a reminder, this is the two color swatch which will go with the teaching of the brioche stitch scarf:


And, finally, I worked on the weaving section of the Princess Franklin Plaid Collar:


A few challenges with this one.  Trying to weave the strands while keeping them loose-but-not-too-loose is hard.  Even paying close attention and trying to stretch it out a little, I ended up with some puckering.  You can see it at the top of the picture.  Then, just for “fun”, I decided to try it on to see what it looks like.  I apparently have a huge head, and a ton of hair which adds to the circumference of my head, because I had a hard time getting that woven section pulled down.  I tried putting my hands inside and gently stretching to make the woven strands looser, to no avail.  If I had stretched any more, the strand ends would have started unraveling.  Once I did get it over my head, it looked pretty good and was comfortable on my neck.   I’ll just need to re-do my hair after I put it on.  So, now I’m revising this pattern and will only weave about another inch, so that I can still wear it.  Since it is a rather tall cowl, about half of it will be folded under while I wear it anyway so why not make it easier to put on, right?

Whew.  That’s it.  Not much really.  (Ha! No wonder my hands are sore.)

Yarn Delivery!

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Big News!  My Lollipop Yarn yarn came!!!!  (Totally big news to me, but not to you I know.) To remind you, this is the yarn that is put on the Lollipop Yarns Etsy shop every two weeks or so, and it goes fast.  So, you have to sit at your computer and do some quick clicking when the time comes.  I was able to score TWO last week and I. Love. Them.  I haven’t even knit with them yet, but I. Love. Them.

First of all it came in these cute little bags:


And here are the colors:


The one on the left is called “Squeak”  and the one on the right is called “Pillow Talk”.  The “Pillow Talk” comes with a “mini-me” skein to knit contrasting cuffs, heels and toes if you want.   They are hand wound and you can see by the way they are wound how the striping will occur: nice, crisp stripes.  Stay tuned for when I knit these.  Soon, I hope.  HA! (must we recall my knit-a-long-a-palooza plans?)

Ooh and how about a look at my progress on the Princess Franklin plaid cowl?

Finished the garter stitch section, left it on the needles, then took out the provisional cast on and put that on needles:


Would have been nice if I took a photo of me taking out the provisional cast on…. plus, what a horrendous clash of patterns there.

Then I used the garter stitch Kitchener stitch to weave the two ends together and make a tube:


Now it is on to the weaving and I’ll show that to you next time.

On to more interesting stuff like what Paul and I did this cold, cold Sunday morning…  we took a drive down to Rhinebeck, NY and went “the long way”, taking all the back roads and seeing the beautiful scenery.  I was so busy looking at the beautifulness that I didn’t take any pictures.

Rhinebeck is a quaint, pretty little town with lots of little froo-froo shops:


We went to breakfast at the Eveready Diner…


…where we shared blueberry pancakes and corned beef hash with eggs.  We share a lot.  We’re like that.

Then, because we are obsessed with bakeries and, more accurately, pastries, we found:


We got what turned out to be only so-so pastries (they should stick to bread alone.  Ha!) for tonight’s dessert, but decided to have them for lunch instead.  We’re also like that.  I think we would have liked their bread.  It looked yummy.

How about a book review?

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Alice is an about-to-be-40-year-old woman who falls off her spin bike during a class and bumps her head, causing amnesia for the past 10 years of her life.  Her last memory is being newly pregnant with her first child and happily married.  She soon finds out that she now has 3 children and is in the middle of a divorce.  Her quest to fill in the 10 year blank is intriguing as she tries to reconcile the person she thinks she is as a 29-year-old with the person she realizes she has become as a 39-year-old.  I listened to this in the car and really enjoyed it.  The narrator was great, the story pulled me a long and it was very entertaining. It was one of those let-me-just-stay-here-in-the-driveway-for-a-while to keep listening because I didn’t want to turn it off.  I highly recommend it. You can get it on Amazon here:

Now, I’m off to weave my Princess Franklin cowl, finish cooking a yummy Sunday afternoon chicken dinner, and get ready to watch Downton Abbey and work on my next Downton Abbey knit-a-long clue….

Future Fodder

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See this?


That’s the heating guy installing the much awaited piece for the heater in the new garage.  AND it’s going to be 50 degrees here tomorrow.  Know what that means?  Painting of the floor will likely take place this weekend. (As long as the temperature of the floor is ok.)  Painting an epoxy floor appears to be a somewhat complicated process. Hence, the need for me to view a DVD about it.  Lots of mixing, timing the mixing, painting, then re-painting, timing the time between those paintings, then more mixing, then throwing paint chips, then the next day putting on a clear coat.  On a 1400 square foot area.

While you await the very-likely-good-fodder-for-the-blog story of the painting of the floor, how about a knitting update?

I’m on a starting binge.

I started my Jimmy Beans Wool Downton Abbey Mystery Knit-a-Long shawl on Sunday:


It’s not much to look at until I get the next clue this Sunday before the next episode.  Stay tuned. Ha!  That joke never gets old.

I also started the Snow on the Laurel arm warmers :


It looks a little weird, right?  That is because they are knit inside out!  Here is the “right” side:


A pretty, basic, arm warmer with an easy cable on a reverse stockinette background.  Since the knitting is all purling except for the cable part, they are knit inside out so you can knit most of the stitches instead of purl them.  So cool.  Hoping to make these a class.

I also started the Easy Brioche Scarf:



I’m hoping this will make a good class too since it would be a good introduction to the brioche knitting technique.  Very easy, one line pattern!  It will be a short class.

And, finally, I’m making progress on Princess Franklin’s Plaid cowl:


The first section is done – knitted stripes in garter stitch.  Now, on to the garter stitch grafting, which I have never done before.  Then on to the weaving – using a yarn needle to weave 74 strands of yarn horizontally across that piece above.  I can’t wait to see what it will look like!

Now, I’m off to re-view the epoxy floor painting DVD.

It’s Damn Cold and I Still Don’t Have a Garage Spot

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The painting-of-the-new-garage-floor is on hold. The heater installers came and discovered that the heater company didn’t send the natural-gas-to-propane-gas converter.  So it had to be ordered.  The company said they would send it two-day mail. When it comes in.  Since then, there has been this very cold snap and the building, while very well insulated, is very cold.  Paul fears that the new heater will not be able to heat up the concrete floor enough, and maintain the temperature, to put down the epoxy paint floor.  Until spring.  I’m trying to remain optimistic and maybe the heater will keep up just fine.  Hence the purchase of the infrared temperature gauge: to see if the floor will stay up to temperature.  When the part comes in.  So, dig out from the second foot-high snowfall I will.

In the meantime, there is always knitting.  Always.

I started the Brickless scarf/shawl and I’m almost done:


A terrible picture.  That’s what you get when it’s too cold to go upstairs to the room with the good light and white background.  I’m staying here next to the fire, thanks.  Better pictures will come when it’s done.  It is very easy and I love how this Periwinkle Sheep Merino DK in the Wallflower colorway is knitting up.  And it will be an upcoming class at The Spinning Room.

Here is my Princess Franklin Plaid cowl in progress (also an upcoming class):


This is the back.  And I’m showing it to you so you can see that I’m actually weaving in ends as I go. Shocker I know.  To be actually planning ahead like that.  But as you see, there are TONS of ends.  I’m about half way through with the first part of the pattern which is actually very easy:  garter stitch (knitting every row) and changing colors as directed.  You cannot carry one color more than 4 rows, which means lots of ends.

Here they are all snipped and you can see the ends are fairly well hidden.  They will be on the inside anyway.


The second part of this pattern seems, at the outset at least, pretty fun because it’s different.  Weaving in strands on the right side of the fabric with a yarn needle, perpendicular to the knitting, to create the plaid look.  There will be 72 individual pieces of yarn woven in.  Which means 144 more ends to weave in.  But I don’t mind right now because I’m not there yet.  And also because I love the designer Franklin Habit.  He is silly.