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No Spring Chicken

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I’m no spring chicken when it comes to knitting.  I’ve been doing it for a lot of years and especially a lot (read: non-stop) for the past 6 years.  So, one might think that I don’t make many mistakes.  But one would be WRONG.

I was plugging along on my stealth knitting project and thought I’d take a partial picture of it to tease you on the blog.  When I did, I found this:

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That may be hard to see in this picture, but it was glaringly obvious when I spread the knitting out to take a picture.  A big blob, right in the middle of a part I can’t tell you but where it would be really obvious.  It is a split stitch – meaning the needle only went into two of the six strands that make up the string so there was a really thin stitch on the left and a blob with the rest of the strands hanging out of the stitch on the right.  And it was about 8 inches back.  Here is what I did:

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Doesn’t that look horrendously scary?  Not really.  I followed the blob up to the needle, then dropped the stitch all the way down and fixed the split stitch by undoing it and catching all the strands with a crochet hook.  Then, using the crochet hook, brought the stitch back up that ladder:

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And then it was fine:

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Full disclosure:  I don’t know if that’s really the spot that was messed up.  I actually couldn’t find it which is a good thing!  Also, the color in the first picture is the most accurate.  I don’t know why the other photos are pink.

But that’s not the only mess-up.  I started the Two-Socks-In-One project:

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I’m learning this technique in order to teach it as a class, at the request of a yarn shop customer/student.  This is a training sample, which is why it is two different colors and makes it much easier to see what you are doing.  Knitting two socks on one set of needles, one inside the other but completely separate from each other.   Supposedly.  I got past the heel and gusset to working on the foot – in other words, almost done – when I checked things out and found this:

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That is one little old stitch on one sock hooked onto another little old stitch of the other sock.  A mistake I made on row two of the ribbing – in other words, in the beginning.  It was noted in the pattern that this was the fussiest part of the sock for this exact potential mess-up.  So I noted it in my head and on paper to remind students in the class.  And I knitted very carefully to avoid that.  Apparently not.  So, since I am not willing to un-do both of those socks to get back to the beginning, since there is absolutely no other way to fix it,  I will simply highlight that part as an example to my students of what will happen if they think they are paying attention but they are not.

And in the category of dealing-with-people-who-seem-to-forget-I’m-no-spring-chicken-when-it-comes-to-knitting….  I finished my Vine Lace Vest last night.  Here it is un-blocked:

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I tried it on to see if the modifications I made to the front band looked ok and turned to Paul who said, “I thought cropped shirts were ‘out’.”  It was, in fact, very short on me.  I took it off and stretched it to show him that it would “grow” once it was blocked and he said, “Hey, don’t stretch it!”  He thought I was going to ruin it.  I told him that anything lacey and sometimes ribbed is supposed to be stretched out when you block it, so that you can see the pattern better.    He looked at me warily and then we had a one-sided conversation about how some mechanical engineers think they know everything about knitting just because they think they can apply mechanical engineering principles to it.

Here it is after a soak and drying:

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(That is the most accurate color photo.)

And finally, speaking of spring chickens, the doodlebugs made spring chick’s and planted grass, basil and tomatoes (right to left):

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(Chick project from the Easter Chick post on the Glued to My Crafts Blog.)

Scrapping Plans

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Oh my gosh – I think Spring is finally here!  How do I know?  For one thing, our pond finally un-froze two days ago:

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And yesterday morning, I did my yearly wake-up-at-6:30-am-to-the-loud-sound-of-two-Canada-geese-honking-and-landing-in-our-pond-then-run-out-in-the-backyard-in-my-bright-pink-robe-waving-my-arms-and-shooshing-them-away ritual.  The mallard couple I look forward to seeing.  Huge, annoying, Canada geese? Not so much.

The snow is almost gone:

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And I got to go outside with the doodlebugs several times to run on the basketball court, wave to our shadows and go on the swings and slide:

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And this weekend it is supposed to be near 70 degrees which is so welcome after the cold!

How about a knitting update?

I knitted like crazy to get that Sprial Shadow Scarf done:

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I like it. But it is VERY heavy.  Fourteen ounces of yarn.  That is almost a pound and believe it or not, that feels pretty heavy when it’s around your neck.  It will keep someone very warm.  I’m not sure that it will be me.

I like the pattern but knitting 880 yards of yarn, in order to get the most out of the yarn, got incredibly BORING.  It came down to the challenge of not giving up because it was boring and knitting like crazy to just. get. it. done.  It ended up being 64″ long and here is what was left:

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A lot of that knitting-to-get-it-done was because of having it as a sample for a class.  However.  I think I’ve decided NOT to teach it as a class.  Here is why:  1) With the number of stitches the pattern says to cast on, one could not use a 16″ circular needle to knit it.  And I do not think many will want to knit a very long, heavy scarf using double pointed needles. I certainly wouldn’t.  (I had cast on many more stitches because I wanted the scarf wider, so it wasn’t a problem for me.)  2) Because of this, I would have to figure out the minimum number of stitches needed to cast on, and then try to estimate how much yarn would be needed, which is hard to do when I haven’t knitted that size. (and I am NOT knitting another…) 3) And if I did make those modifications, I don’t want to have someone purchase a pattern that they mostly won’t be following, except for a chart.  So, the plans for that class have mostly been scrapped.

So, now that the scarf class is scrapped, I’ve been knitting like crazy on the Vine Lace Vest for another class:

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It is going very quickly.  That is the back and part of the left front.  I had a little snafoo trying to get the lace pattern correct after binding off for the neck, but now I’m flying along again.  Hoping to finish this very soon so I can get started knitting with this:

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A new cotton/acrylic blend called Avalon that just came in to The Spinning Room.  Lots of beautiful colors and a great yarn for springy/summery things.   Unfortunately this yarn is for a stealth project that I can’t tell you about.

That’s it for today.  Next time, I’ll tell you about the yummy things I made in the kitchen recently….

 

Another Knitting Black Hole

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I’m in another black hole of knitting.  Remember this picture of my Shadow Spiral Scarf I posted two days ago?

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Well, I been knitting for WEEKS since that post 2 days ago, and my scarf hasn’t gotten any longer.  My yarn seems to be getting eaten up but every time I look at the scarf, it’s the same size.   Here is part of the problem:  The scarf is knit in the round, so it will be a double thick scarf.  I also cast on 32 more stitches than the pattern calls for because I wanted it wider.  Plus, the pattern calls for the scarf to be 49″ long, but I like it longer, so I can wrap it around my neck.  I have two skeins of each color, each skein being 220 yards (880 total yards).  I’m just about done with the first skeins and the scarf measures about 30″.  The pattern calls for 280 yards of each color (560 total yards).  So, if I had knit this according to the pattern, I’d be almost done.  Instead, I am halfway done.  But, I love how it is turning out and I love, Love, LOVE the yarn (Aslan Trends Royal Alpaca; 100% Alpaca).  Soon, I’m sure I will begin the “I think it’s probably long enough” chatter in my head, even though I won’t be done with the yarn and it won’t be as long as I originally planned.  I will try very hard to ignore that chatter, and knit until the yarn is gone.  Wish me luck.

And I want to finish, so I can move on to this Vine Lace Vest:

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A cute spring/summer (although the pattern says “four season”) little number!

How about a book review?
I just finished reading Pack Up the Moon by Rachael Herron and I really enjoyed it.  Rachael, a knitter,  has written a knitting romance series which is fun and light, but this is her first stand alone fiction book.  Aside from a couple of knitting analogies, this book does not have a knitting theme.  It is wonderfully written, going back and forth from the present to the past and in the point of view of three main characters.  Rachael constructs this story in such a way that you can’t help but keep reading to find out what each character will decide to do next.  Here is a little snippet from Amazon (and the book jacket):

“A poignant novel about loss, lies, and the unbreakable bonds of family.
Three years after a horrible tragedy took her son and tore her family apart, artist Kate Monroe is beginning to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. At a gala showcasing her triumphant return to the art world, Kate’s world is rocked again when the daughter she gave up for adoption twenty-two years ago introduces herself.”

If you like these family drama books, I think you will really like this one.

Now, to start Divergent which I’m very excited about!