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Triangle Blanket

Posted by Gina on Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I finally finished the triangle blanket that I started way back in August. I was going to block it before taking a picture, then I remembered that it’s a blanket for a four year old, so it’s going to get a lot of use. Which means blocking isn’t necessary. It’s not noticeable, but I wasn’t able to weave in the ends before taking the picture (I left some of my supplies at a friends house). Hopefully it doesn’t show too much, lol. Once it’s officially done, with ends woven in, I’ll take a new pic and replace this one. My measuring tape was among the items left at my friends house, so I’m guessing that the finished measurements are about 4ft tall by 5ft long.

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It was a simple knit. Just garter stitch until I ran out of yarn. I used KnitPicks Shine worsted in Sailor. It took me so long to finish, I honestly don’t remember how many balls of yarn I used. It was about 19 or 20 on size six needles.


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Crochet thread? Isn’t that the same as… yarn?

Posted by Gina on Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ack, what is there to say? I haven’t been knitting… at all.  Well, a little, but barely. I’m jumping back into it, though. I’ve moved into a new home. Somehow, I overlooked the fact that I will need dishcloths. Luckily, I had some peaches ‘n cream stuffed into the very bottom of a bag of reject yarn and random textile scraps. Yay for baby blue dishcloths? I hate that color for yarn for some reason. But, it was necessity knitting, so it’s all good.

I’m still working on the triangle garter stitch blanket I started for my son… way back in August. It’s not going to be huge or anything, but I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to it. And it doesn’t help that it’s a boring stitch pattern. My fingers don’t long for it the way they do for more interesting patterns. My goal is to finish it this month. I’ll have a picture up after it’s washed and blocked.

The only other item I’ve had on the needles is what was intended to be the first of a pair of legwarmers for my daughter to wear under her dress on Christmas. Unfortunately, I didn’t start early enough, so I didn’t finish in time. I frogged it, but it wasnt a complete waste of time or effort. It gave me inspiration for a version that will be slightly improved the next time I try to make legwarmers. And, I discovered that my first impression of Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Thread was completely wrong. It was three days before Christmas. It was late. I had to get started that night. Wal-Mart was open… and I was done with Peaches ‘n Cream. So very done with it. I decided on Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Thread in black. It felt hard and stiff. It looked bland. Had I not been rushed and tired, I would have rejected it instantly. But it was the right color, the right fiber (cotton), it was available then and there at a low price, and it was NOT something I was tired of knitting with. I cast on, and knit a few rows. I wasn’t thrilled. The yarn didn’t move and stretch the way I was used to. But, the more I knit with it, the more I was able to feel the garment that was being created. The hard, stiff, non-springy, non-stretchy thread was turning into a rather nice feeling article of clothing. It felt surprisingly soft… not like silk, but like a comfortable hybrid of t-shirt and broken-down denim. It had a decent drape, and a decent, albeit very muted, sheen. It was actually visually pleasing! As I was knitting, I started thinking of the different types of projects that yarn would be suited for. Wonderful for weekend-wear type items, childrens clothes, and machine washable socks… So many future projects popped into my head. This yarn that I harshly pre-judged is solely responsible for bringing back my knitting mojo. I want to do more with it. And I will… when the time is right (er, when I have the time).

Speaking of… What’s the difference between “crochet thread” and yarn? Could someone enlighten me? Please?

I’ll be back soon with pictures, more revelations, new projects,  and the expected scattered rambling…

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On the needles

Posted by Gina on Friday, August 29, 2008

Wednesday, I picked up my knitting needles for the first time since the day of my last blog post.  A full 21 days.  Oddly, I didn’t even miss knitting (not that I actually had the time to knit, but that’s beside the point).  As you can imagine, it takes some major life events to keep a yarn addict away from the craft for so long.  This month has been interesting.  I’ll keep the emo in check, though.

A few knitting updates:

Travis’s lapghan still isn’t finished.  It will be someday, though – maybe.

Unfortunately, the gloves for the little guy are also unfinished and hibernating, as life events have forced us to (temporarily?) cancel his ice skating lessons.  It’s still hot as heck here, so without the skating lessons, there’s no immediate need for gloves.

Bed of Roses is still hibernating.  I plan on frogging it and using the yarn to make a small blanket for my daughter.  Bed of Roses is a little too lacy for her, yet.  She’s still at an age where she likes to carry blankets around with her, which results in at least a fourth of an average sized toddler blanket being dragged on the floor.  I’m concerned that with all the little holes, it’ll catch on something and snag.  Her second birthday is in November, so I figure that’ll be a good deadline for her blanket.  Not sure which pattern I’ll use.

And finally, the current project which was started on Wednesday.  The little guy is turning four in September.  He want’s a “special blanket.”  It’s going to be a large triangle shaped blanket, in garter stitch.  I realize that doesn’t sound “special” to the experienced knitters out there, with it’s simple shaping and uninteresting stitch pattern, but it’s perfect for him.  He’s going through a triangle phase right now, and he loves to run his fingers along the garter stitch bumps.  I’ll get a picture up sooner or later.

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My So Called Bandwagon and The Missing Lapghan

Posted by Gina on Thursday, July 17, 2008

Well… With very few exceptions, I don’t tend to knit the patterns that everyone and their grandmother are knitting. Many of the most popular patterns don’t particularly appeal to me, or I’ve seen the pattern and/or pictures so often that I’m bored with the project before it even becomes a project. But, My So Called Scarf has grown on me. I decided this pattern wasn’t for me the very first time I saw it, long before I knew it was as popular as it is. I glanced at the picture, glanced – slightly – at the pattern, and it just did nothing for me. Now? I don’t know. I kind of like it. Having looked more closely at the stitch pattern, it does appear to be an interesting knit. Maybe I was previously too quick to judge. I won’t be able to start on it in the near future, and it’s not something I would wear, but this scarf is so perfect for someone I know. It’s at the very top of my holiday knitting list now. Actually, it’s the only thing on my holiday knitting list. So, I guess not only am I on the My So Called Scarf bandwagon, I’m also on the “start thinking of knitted Christmas gifts in July” bandwagon. I never would have thought either of those would be true…

In other mindless and irrelevant banter, Travis’s lapghan is missing. It’s just… gone. I typically keep my current projects in a laundry basket beside the reclining chair in which I always knit. That’s the last place I remember seeing the lapghan. I went to get it when I was headed to the bar tonight, and it wasn’t there. I did a quick search of the rest of the rooms in the house, but found no clues. Could one of the kids have run off with it? My three year old knows better, and my one year old would have brought it to me to show off her new cuddly object. Or, would she have? Did Travis move it in an effort to save it from the fate suffered by the entrelac lapghan-that-never-was? If so, wouldn’t he have told me? Did *I* move it and forget? Is there such a thing as Spontaneous Yarn Combustion? It’s a mystery.

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You can’t buy gloves in July….

Posted by Gina on Monday, July 14, 2008

… but you can make them!

(Edited to add, I’ve been told that gloves are sold year round at Wal-Marts in Colorado. But, I’m no in CO. And my mom informed me that the one place I didn’t look [locally] for gloves – the pro shop at the ice rink – sells gloves. Nevertheless, I’m glad I didn’t know this before buying yarn, because then I wouldn’t have new yarn and needles).

My three year old needs a pair of gloves for ice skating lessons, so the two of us headed to The Studio for a fiber seeking adventure. He mostly played with cars in the kids room (God bless The Studio for that room!!!) while I browsed the yarn. I picked out a few yarns for the little guy to look at and feel (he thinks almost everything is “too scratchy”), and we eventually decided on Jitterbug in an amazing blue colorway called Salty Dog. Soft merino wool, heh. The kid’s got taste!

I’ll have to take more pictures of it in natural outdoor lighting, because these pictures, taken indoors with poor lighting, don’t do it justice at all.

While we were there, the LYS employee let the little guy wind it into a ball all by himself! She got it started on the ball winder, but he wound it almost completely from start to finish. He thoroughly enjoyed his visit to The Studio, and winding a hank of yarn into a ball was icing on the cake. It was the topic of conversation the whole way home.

After getting the kiddos to bed, I cast on for his first ever pair of hand knit gloves. I’m not even done with the ribbing yet, but when it’s complete, it will be a modified version of the Little Folk Toddler’s Gloves.

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The lapghan, revisited

Posted by Gina on Thursday, July 10, 2008

This time around, Travis’s lapghan will live it’s life as a simple stockinette blanket with an entrelac boarder. Travis – well, both of us, for that matter – want it done sooner rather than later.  I can do plain stockinette faster than entrelac, which is the reason I’m not doing entrelac for the whole thing. It’ll be finished soon. There’s not a lot too it right now, but stockinette works up quickly. Not sure how long the boarder will take.

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New Technique of the Month: Duplicate Stitch

Posted by Gina on Monday, July 7, 2008

Well, here it is. My very first attempt at Duplicate Stitch. I can’t say it was difficult, but it’s going to take a little practice to get the tension right. If it’s too tight, the knitted fabric will “pucker”. If it’s too loose, the duplicate stitches will stick out too far. In the picture, you can see how some of the duplicate stitches are too tight, and some aren’t tight enough. This is going to be a handy thing to know, once I get the tension right!

A little bit of Duplicate Stitch info:

  • Duplicate stitch is also known as Swiss Darning
  • The most common uses for duplicate stitch are to repair or correct errors in knitted garments, and to add embellishments to “finished” knitted garments.

I thought it would be fun to post a video of myself doing each new technique for the very first time, but that didn’t turn out so well this time around. The video (taken on a cell phone) of my very first attempt came out so dark I couldn’t see anything. Then I thought, “Well, a second attempt will be the next best thing.” That didn’t turn out so well, either. For the second attempt, I used my compact point-and-shoot digital camera, not realizing it only captures 15 seconds of video at a time (I’ve never used the “movie” option. I bought it solely for taking still pictures). It also looked much better in the view finder than it did on my computer, so the end result was a blurry, bouncy 15 seconds of ‘What the f… is going on there?’ If you want to see it, despite the incredibly poor quality, let me know and I’ll post it. I have a new camera on its way to my house, so I’ll play with the video mode on that one and will hopefully be able to record better videos for next months new technique. My plan was to post a video AND a still picture. Hopefully that’ll work next time.

Next months new technique: English Knitting (I learned continental)

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Learning new things

Posted by Gina on Saturday, July 5, 2008

It can be easy for me to become sedentary in the things I do. With knitting, I’ve found myself sticking to things I know instead of challenging myself to learn new techniques. I want to knit X because it’s “safe”. I’ve stopped learning. This, of course, doesn’t make much sense to me because there are so many techniques I don’t know. Things that would progress my craft to new and wonderful levels. Colorful levels, too, when I finally learn Fair Isle and Intarsia. I would have a much wider selection of patterns to choose from, and I’d have more knowledge from which to pull to create patterns of my own. I used to look forward to the challenge of learning a new skill. When did that change?

Thinking about this (maybe over-thinking a little) has inspired me to set goals for myself. I’m going to learn a new technique every month. Not master new techniques in a month (I know some will take longer than others to learn/master), but at least devote the month to getting the learning process started. I’m going to use my blog to help keep me on track. I don’t want to slack off in plain view of my “friends” from Ravelry, and the few subscribers who have been faithful (for reasons that are a mystery to me. I’m glad you’re here, though. I love that you’re reading my blog!). Thus, the first “series” for my blog as been created. The first week of every month, I’m going to start (and post about) learning a new skill or technique, and give semi-regular updates throughout the month. This month, even though I’ve already missed a week due to being out of town and my birthday and a holiday, I’m going to try my hand at Duplicate Stitch. Looks easy enough, right? My first official post will be Monday.  With pictures!

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A knitting drummer…

Posted by Gina on Monday, June 23, 2008

Maybe he’s a good knitter when he’s not drumming?

Maybe he’s a good drummer when he’s not knitting?

The two should never be combined… Only multi-task when you can simultaneously do all required tasks well.

Aside from that, I give this guy points for originality and mega points for getting out in front of people and doing something presumably never done before.  He’s got guts, that’s for sure!  And I bet he’s very talented at both knitting and drumming.  Individually, of course.

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Two projects down the drain, and fun things to come for my blog

Posted by Gina on Sunday, June 22, 2008

The entrelac laphgan is no more. When it was about half completed, it met a very unfortunate (and messy) fate when my toddler was sick. I’ll spare you the details.

Bed of Roses might possibly never be complete. Some of the yarn was thrown away when my mom was “helping” me clean. I have a few choices here, though. I could make a smaller version and give it to my daughter. I could try (most likely in vain) to find yarn from the same dye lot. Or I could frog the whole thing and use the remaining yarn to make something else. Right now, I’m really leaning towards making a smaller version for my daughter. That would be the easiest way to go.  After-all, I have finished a good chunk of it, and I’d hate to think that it was just a waste of time. The pattern is repetitive enough that I could finish early and it would still have (mostly) the same finished look. If that is what I ultimately decide, I’ll post pics.

I have some actual goals for my blog. (Surprised? Yeah, me too!) It’s soon to be more fun and more regular. Oh yeah, more pictures, too. I’ll elaborate a little later, but I’m going to do a once a month “themed” post, and maybe even some weekly (regularly scheduled) posts. Still working out what specifically I’m going to do. I mean, I know what I’m gong to do, I just don’t yet know how I want it to be presented.

The future also holds a more professional look and feel. I’m searching for web hosts, and I’ve got a URL picked out. When I’ll be able to afford this depends on a few things, but I plan on having everything set up within six months. Of course, this also means a more “professional” writing style. Believe it or not, I do know how to write well. ;-)

As far as my blog is concerned, the future looks very promising! My knitting, on the other hand, seems to have hit a streak of bad luck. Hopefully that will change in the very near future.

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