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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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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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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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It’s here! It’s here! YARN! :-)

Posted by Gina on Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I’m finally able to knit something fun, yay. :-) I got 19 skeins of Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Crocus (not the yarn/fiber recommended, but I like experimenting with substitutes), size US 7 DPN’s, and some longer cables for my Options set.

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Picture of the entrelac lapghan

Posted by Gina on Sunday, April 27, 2008

Not much to say about the lapghan. Basic stockinette enterlac – no pattern, just took my basic knowledge of entrelac, did the simple math, and cast on. It’s about 25% done, but going more quickly than I thought it would. Here’s a picture of what I have so far:

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Entrelac

Posted by Gina on Monday, April 14, 2008

I just started an entralac lapghan for Travis. It’s a very simple thing to make, yet everyone keeps gushing over it like it’s some sort of masterpiece, even though the “hardest” part is picking up stitches evenly (not complicated, but it requires me to actually look at what I’m doing). They think it’s “so cool!” Some of the most simple things are impressive to people who don’t know how to knit. I suppose it’s comparable to things Travis does to (and with?) computers. He’ll do something, I’ll express awe, and he’ll say “Well, it’s just a matter of…” (then spout off something that sounds like a foreign language, but is supposedly as simple as breathing).

The joys of knowing. The wonderment of not knowing. Fun stuff.

And I’m still waiting for the yarn for Kiri. It’s been a month. :( I’m beginning to think I should find another website to order from, although I hate to “punish” a company I like. *sigh*

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The sock is DONE!

Posted by Gina on Wednesday, March 26, 2008

One sock down, one more to go! But, it’s been kind of a boring knit. Oh well. I’m learning about socks, so I’ll keep truckin’ along. I tried on the one I just finished, and it’s so very soft, and amazingly comfortable. I highly recommend Jitterbug!

Speaking of yarn, I’m still waiting for the Habu Bamboo I ordered for Kiri. I love instant gratification, so waiting hasn’t been easy. It is, apparently, out of stock and the store is waiting for their shipment to arrive. Which is strange, considering the fact that I swear (I’ll even bet money on it) the website said there were 15 in stock when I placed my order. *sigh* Things happen. Maybe a whole bunch of people decided they were all going to order that exact yarn, in that exact color, from that exact website/store on the exact same day. Anything’s possible, right? Or, maybe there was a glitch in the system, so even though it said ‘x in stock’, it really should have said ‘out of stock’. Or maybe the mistake was entirely my fault, and I didn’t read correctly. Either way, their “fault” or mine, I’m not going to get worked up over little bit of a wait. Things happen. The company has a good reputation (as far as I know), and their communications with me have been friendly, professional, and apologetic. So… I’ll wait. Don’t get me wrong, I am very frustrated (I hate waiting, especially when it comes to starting a project that involves more than endless stockinette), but the frustration isn’t directed toward them or me or any specific person/store. Just the situation.

I hate waiting. Did I mention that? Now time for sock number two.

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