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Episode 15— 2008– NO FEAR, Books! and my ‘design’

Episode 15 is ready for your enjoyment!

All subsequent regular blog posts are now at the New Blog!! The House of Wool Repute!!

Lace designing books

Creating Original Hand-Knitted Lace, by Margaret Stove

Knitting Lace Triangles, by Evelyn A. Clark

My Sources of Inspiration:
Evelyn A. Clark

Miriam L. Felton





There are FO’s to show.

I never mentioned them here because I finished them so fast.

Pair number 1

Fetching two

Pair number 2

I did each of these in one or two days, over the last week. Fetching is very fast and easy and a cinch to adjust. Just ask me, who accidentally left out a row between cable rows on the first pair. Then I decided to make a 4th cable row and add a few more rows before the thumbhole on the second pair.

I’ll be making more of these just because it’s a nice-looking, simple pattern. I’m was debating adding fingerholes because the first pair, I did the picot bind-off and it flares out like nobody’s business. I’m not to thrilled with that. So on the next pair I just did a Russian Bind-off in purl and that solved the problem.. And also, as an aside, WTF is up with thumbholes? I have such a time getting them to look right with all the picking up of stitches. It’s as if I never pick up the right amount, or in the right place. On with the info:

Fetching 1:
Yarn: Elann Peruvian Uros Aran in Mocha
Needles: 3.75mm birch DPNs
Started: 9/12/07
Finished: 9/13/07
Mods: None

Fetching 2:
Yarn: my own handspun Merino/Tencel 50/50 Navajo(3ply) in Roses For You(Susan’s Spinning Bunny)
Needles: 3.75mm birch DPNs
Started: 9/14/07
Finished: 9/16/07
Mods: added fourth pattern row, added extra palm rows before thumbhole and Russian bind-off

I also finally bound off the Panta headband. Sadly, just like Calorimetry, it’s not really meant for my head. It needs hair hanging out the back and that’s just not me. Might as well have made a hat.
Panta (side)

Yarn: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes, Tomato
Needles: 4.5mm Susan Bates Straights(and the 4.5mm Denises! YAY!)
Started: 8/31/07
Finished: 9/17/07 (Why did this take me so long?!)
Mods: None. There is supposedly another version of the pattern somewhere on the net. So if this looks different, the one you’ve seen might be the other pattern.

So that’s that. As for spinning, I’ve finished spinning and plied the dark Finn and it’s drying as I type this. Next up I’ve got the lime green Alpaca/silk/wool blend fiber from Little Barn, but my old standby BFL is calling my name. I’ve got quite a bit of it.. Then there’s the Ugly Batt Nancy gave me still up there teasing me, and all the goodies Karen just gave me. Dammit. 😀

Happy Fiber-ing!

Things are looking up.

I know I’ve been real whiny lately and I appologize for that. I could blame it on PMS but since my surgery, I don’t know when that is anymore. So, on with the show:

hedera 001

I bring you Hedera. I know, I know. I keep swearing I won’t knit anymore Cookie A. patterns after Pomatomus drop-kicked me. Then I got back up, put my mouth-guard back in and knit Monkey. I knocked that out and I’m in the ring again. I’m having much better luck with this yarn, KnitPicks Sock Memories in “Paper Dolls”. (Sock Memories as a line name has been discontinued; KP now calls it simply Memories and some colorways have been discontinued as well).

I had doubts about whether this yarn would work but with time I’ve come to see Hedera as a pattern that doesn’t really have a distinct pattern, but rather that it’s basic lace. It’ll probably show itself more once it’s stretched out on my fat calves. 🙂

I’m almost finished with the main section of Icarus, and look forward to getting it done and blocked. So far, it’s been a fun ride.

icarus part deux

Not real interesting yet, huh? Worry not, the bind-off is a-coming.

Yeah, I promised pics of the other shawls I’ve finished this month and I keep forgetting. I’ve got to overhaul and rearrange my bedroom because soon I’ll be leaving Verfuckzon and going to something else for internet and phone. I can’t wait! If I disappear for a few days, something got farkled but I will return.

I said last post I might finish Icarus by the end of the month. Hmmyeah, I don’t think so. Not because Hedera stepped into the fray; I’d have slowed down on them just to do more work on Icarus. It’s because I’ve started a mystery shawl that I’m making up myself!!

YES! I’m testing it out on some Misti Alpaca in the Maize colorway. I hope it works out. I said I wanted to spin yarn for and design my own shawl but I was kind of half-assing. Especially with the ump-teen failures I’ve had with making up shawl patterns. But, somehow I’m making good on this… I’ll let you in on it once it looks like something.. hee.

Happy fibering!

WIP Friday

While everybody else is posting yarn pr0n on Fridays I thought I’d do something a little different. I’m going to post my WIPs on Fridays. (I hope). I’m not gonna get all into designating certain days of the week for certain types of posts but once a week shouldn’t be too hard, right?

So, let’s have at it. I guess I should point out that I’m actually posting NEW WIPs… Yep, Startitis has reared its ugly head again and I’ve got a bad case of it. Ravelry ain’t helping none, either. I’ve done more queue-rearranging in one hour than a girl prepping for her first date changes outfits.

First up: Forget-Me-Not socks:

I started these the other night. I saw them and I had to have them. The recommended yarn isn’t Cascade Fixation but someone made them from it, so I figured I’d use mine too. Gotta stash bust. I think this is the only color I actually have two of. I’ve already cleaned out my stash area and didn’t find others. What was I thinking when I bought all this? Hee.

Then there’s:

Stripedy. I was going to name it after Sarah’s cat Stripedy Bob, but there’s a “Bob” sweater on knitty already. I’m not submitting this for knitty, though, it’s just something I came up with to use up some ovedyed yarns I had from a previous top-down raglan attempt. Instead of following the pre-calculated measurements given by this pattern template, I decided to go with this one. I mean, ok, I didn’t NEED a pattern to tell me to try it on as I go, but well, after all those ‘measurements’ of the other one I didn’t think I’d really need to. And damn if I wasn’t swimming in it when I was finished. So this time round I’m taking more time to try it as I go and plan some sort of shaping, maybe.

A close up: stripedy-raglan closeup

So that’s it for this week. Monday begins a new era in the Bean household. Stay Tuned!