Monthly Archives: November 2009

Back to Knitting

Why “back to?” Well, as it turns out, VAustralia (run by Virgin) does NOT allow knitting needles on board planes. Can you believe it? Not even small, blunt, circulars (which is what I was carrying). I was even threatened (not too nicely, might I add) with getting them confiscated, which made me grip the sock I was working on pretty tightly. They let me put it away without confiscating them, though, which is good! On the trip itself I didn’t knit much as I was too busy so the 40 hours of plane time that I thought I would have to knit turned out to be 0 hours, so I basically got no knitting done during my time down under. I do have to say that the experience (happened on the flight over to Australia) made me more than a little bitter and I wrote a pretty angry letter to VAustralia customer service about it. They wrote me back with a “sorry about that, but no knitting needles allowed” generic answer. One thing is for sure, no way am I going to fly with them again! Well, if I ever go to Australia again that is, LOL!

In either case, I’m happy to be back and knitting again. So happy, in fact, that I finished a hat in just two days. It’s a very easy hat, though, so don’t be too impressed.

Jane Hat - FINISHED

The best part of this hat is the yarn I chose for it… I used a brand new yarn to the Fiberphile line called Dream Worsted. It’s 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Silk and 10% Alpaca and is oh-so-soft. Not only that, but it’s very warm, which is what I made it for – as a new winter hat. The color is also perfect for this time of the year – Pumpkin Spice! Thanksgiving anyone? 😉

Jane Hat - FINISHED

Although you probably can’t tell from the pictures, the ribbed section is actually doubled up (it’s folded and seamed on the inside) so that it keeps my ears nice and toasty – very important for someone like me whose ears get cold before any other part of her! The pattern was very easy to do and memorize and probably would make a good Christmas gift if you’re looking for hat patterns!

Jane Hat - FINISHED

Pattern – Jane by Jane Richmond (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Fiberphile Dream Worsted in Pumpkin Spice (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US8 (5mm) and US10 (6mm)
Cast on – November 24, 2009
Cast off – November 25, 2009
Modifications – None

The next FO is actually something I’ve been working on since October (actually cast on for it on the bus to Rhinebeck!) and cast off the night before I left for Australia. I couldn’t block it before I left, so it waited until my return. It is, however, one of my favorite shawlettes I’ve made so far!

Multnomah - FINISHED

And, yes, that’s yet another green shawl. And, yes, it’s yet another green Wollmeise shawl. But, in my defense, I couldn’t help it. The Wollmeise Farn was speaking to me and saying that it wanted to be a shawl and it wanted to be one now! I couldn’t help it… I’m weak when it comes to the whims of my yarn!

Multnomah - FINISHED

It’s funny because I really didn’t think I was going to like this shawl as I was knitting it, but when I blocked it out and put it on, it was like love at first sight. Honestly, I love how this one came out! I made it quite bigger than the pattern says to do and this is all I had left of the skein:

Multnomah - WIP

The pattern itself is easy though some parts of it are really poorly written. I’m not sure why it hasn’t been updated if you think about the number of people who’ve made it already! In either case, if you’re going to make it keep in mind that the part that says YO, K1 6 times *should* say (YO, K1) 6 times. I know a lot of people who had to do quite a bit of ripping due to that mistake.

Multnomah - FINISHED

The pattern is quite lovely, though, and I couldn’t be happier with the end product. I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a shawlette to knit… though I’m sure most of you have made one already!

Multnomah - FINISHED

Pattern – Multnomah by Kate Flagg (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Wollmeise Sockenwolle 100% Superwash in Farn (rav link | store I used – Ravelry trade)
Needle – US3 (3.25mm)
Cast on – October 17, 2009
Cast off – November 25, 2009
Modifications – Knit garter stitch section to 265 stitches, did 13 repeats of Feather and Fan section to make shawl bigger – finished width 58.5″

I’m very excited for Thanksgiving tomorrow, though the hubby and I are spending it alone this year (first time in more than 3 years!). I’m still making my famous (yes, it’s famous!) Apricot Turkey, though. I’m trying a Chocolate Pudding Pie for the first time ever, so I hope it goes well – I’ll be starting it today so wish me luck on that. 🙂

For all of you celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, Happy Thanksgiving! And if you aren’t, I hope you can still think of things to be thankful for… it’s nice to do that at least once a year, no? I personally am thankful for a lot in my life, but especially my friends (both online and not) and family. I wish you lots and lots of things to be thankful for!

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Giveaway Winners

I ran the random number generator to pick 8 winners out of all the wonderful people who commented (I wish you could all win!) and got some winners! I’m excited to announce them here as they have all been notified by email already.

1st – Kate – Yarn Love Juliet in Ancient Forest AND the stitch markers.
2nd – Heather – Zen Yarn Garden in Black Plum
3rd – Stacy – Fiberphile 2-ply Squooshy in Silver Lining
4th – Hannah B – Three Irish Girls Beckon Merino in Lagoon
5th – Katrina – J. Knits Superwash Me Sock in New Jersey
6th – GerryH – Malabrigo Worsted in Applewood
7th – Sarah Lewis – Numma Numma The Regular in Organic Greens
8th – Cat – Sanguine Gryphon Kypria in 24. Adopted

Congrats (yet again) to all the winners! And thank you SO much to everyone who commented. I am so happy to hear that people enjoy reading my blog and I will try my best to make this coming year even better than the last. 🙂

Obviously, I am now back from Down Under. I will be making 4 posts during the next few weeks about the trip (as there is WAY too much to share in one post!) and also so I can put in some knitting in between and you all don’t get bored with travel posts. 😉 But before I go I will leave you with one of the most important bits of advice I got while in Australia – and I learned it on my first day there, if you can believe it!

Don't Fall In!

I hope that gave you as much of a chuckle as I got out of it when I read it. And if you were looking for prettier images, well, here’s one of Sydney for you. It’s not one of its most famous landmarks, but I liked it. Expect more to come later!

Darling Harbour

Happy Early Blogiversary Photo.Knit.Dog!

As promised, I’m writing this post before I go off to Australia! In fact, I’m writing it exactly 1 hour before the car service comes, so you can all feel pretty important right about now. 😉

I’ve loved writing in this blog in the past year and it’s been wonderful being able to connect with other knitting bloggers and Ravelers! It’s been fun and I can’t wait until the next year to see what you all come up with as well as what I come up with. As a thank you to all readers of this blog, as well as a celebration of a year of blogging, I am holding a Blogiversary contest which has extremely exciting prizes, if I do say so myself. Don’t believe me? Well, check it out:

Blog Giveaway

That’s eight – count ’em EIGHT – skeins of gorgeous beautiful yarn that I’m giving away for my blogiversary! Am I generous or what? And modest to boot! You all love me, don’t you? haha!

Here are the close ups and yarns from left to right:

Yarn Love Juliet in Ancient Forest
Yarn Love

J. Knits Superwash Me Sock in New Jersey
J. Knits Superwash me Sock

Zen Yarn Garden 100% Superwash Merino in Black Plum – the picture is a little off, it’s like a dark dark dark purple – black with hints of purple, if that makes sense
Zen Yarn Garden

Fiberphile 2-ply Squooshy in Silver Lining – you all know how much I love this!
Fiberphile 2-ply Squooshy

The Sanguine Gryphon Kypria in 24. Adopted
The Sanguine Gryphon Kypria

Three Irish Girls Beckon Merino in Lagoon
Three Irish Girls Beckon Stretch Merino

Numma Numma The Regular in Organic Greens – no close up of this one, but the main picture is accurate for color… it’s a really nice bright green.

Finally at the top, Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Applewood – this is the same color that I made my Vine Yoke Cardigan out of (see post below). I have 3 extra skeins of this and thought one of you might like one to make a hat
Malabrigo Worsted

In addition, the first place winner will get not only yarn, but this gorgeous set of stitchmarkers generously provided by Lillie of A Planet 4 Creation! These are mine that she made for me and the winner will get to choose a color from her line and she will make the markers specially for that person.
Blog Giveaway

So how will this work? You have until my actual Blogiversary (Nov. 12th) to put in a comment here telling me what (if anything) you’d like to see more of in my blog. The dogs? The knits? The pics? The stories? Whatever you think. If nothing, just go ahead and say I’m perfect, I won’t mind. 😉 Also in the comment, please state your top 3 wanted skeins in order of preference. This will help me when assigning skeins to winners. After the contest is over, I will use a random number generator to pick 8 winners. This makes it more fun because there are greater chances of winning! Keep in mind, however, that you might not hear from me until I get back into the country on November 21st. If I happen to be able to post before then I will, but if not please don’t feel like I’ve been ignoring the contest! I promise I will send the skeins off to everyone. 🙂 Oh and this contest is open to any and everyone who wants to join (no matter where in the world you live). The skein might take a while to get to you if you’re far away from NYC (yes, I will probably use cheap-o shipping) but I’ll ship out to those of you outside of North America, so comment away!

In addition, for a second chance to win, blog about this post in your own blog then come back here leaving a *second* comment telling me you did so and you have another chance right there. Just like that! 😀

Good luck to all of you! I have a plane to catch now so check back in 2 weeks for Australian scenery. yay!

Applewood Cardigan

It’s finished… and I love it!!!

Vine Yoke Cardigan - FINISHED

The fit is perfect (3″ negative ease) and I love every bit of this sweater. I can’t get over how nicely it turned out… especially after the hell that was the Sweater Dress I made for my sister.

Vine Yoke Cardigan - FINISHED

The yoke is beautiful, IMO… I even like the ruching that you see on the back (pic above)… the Malabrigo is also amazing, not only on the skin but also with the great stitch definition. I loved working with it! It blocked out beautifully.

Vine Yoke Cardigan - FINISHED

Not to mention having found what I think are the perfect buttons for it when I was at Rhinebeck!

Vine Yoke Cardigan - FINISHED

The buttons are from Melissa Jean and just look like they were made for this sweater… I totally lucked out that they had enough in the size I needed too as she was really selling out of them when I went to look.

Vine Yoke Cardigan - FINISHED

Pattern – Vine Yoke Cardigan by Ysolda Teague (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Applewood (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US8 (5mm)
Cast on – October 2, 2009
Cast off – November 1, 2009
Modifications – None

As I finished it on the 1st I was also able to add this FO to my Yarn Snob Stashdown that I’m taking part in for Nov-Dec. We do have to count stash in (as well as stash out) for total yardage at the end, but at least it only counts for anything bought after Nov. 1st… which means that this gorgeous Wollmeise package I got last week won’t count… neither will the Lace update I hit up on Friday! 😉

Wollmeise Order

I’ve been pretty bad with yarn-buying lately (the above Wollmeise is just the tip of the iceberg, my friends), so joining this stashdown will hopefully keep my yarn-purchases to a minimum. We’ll see how I do!

In other news, hubby and I decided to take a total and complete last minute vacation (we just bought the tickets on Thursday) to Australia! We leave on Friday and will be gone 2 weeks. We are SO excited, but this also means that things are a bit hectic around here. And, sadly, I will be missing two big dates: Hitchcock’s 1st birthday (by 2 days – we will take him out for a celebration when we get back!) and my first Blogiversary! I’m also sad about this one (though sadder still for Hitch’s birthday, sorry blog!), but I will just have to move things up a bit! SO, at some point this week I will put up a contest for my Blogiversary (on Nov. 12th) that I will send off to the winners once I get back from my vacation. And there are some AWESOME things being given away so you want to keep your eye open for it! Want a little sneak peek before I leave you for the night? Well, I guess so…. I can be nice. 😉

Three Irish Girls Beckon Stretch Merino

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