Monthly Archives: February 2010

Day 10 Finish, Day 12(?) Start

You heard right, I finished my Cedar Leaves Shawlette! Woohoo! I can’t believe it went so fast. And it looks amazing (and feels amazing too!)!

Cedar Leaf Shawlette - FINISHED

I just love how this came out, but it’s not a shawlette at all but a very long, thin scarf! It measured 86″ post blocking and 6.75″ at its widest point… so I’m calling it a scarf though it probably intended to be a shawlette all along, it just surpassed that goal and kept going, LOL!

Cedar Leaf Shawlette - FINISHED

I am still thrilled with it and my sister, who will be the lucky lucky recipient, will probably wear it as scarf more anyway. I think it’s the perfect Spring accessory!

Cedar Leaf Shawlette - FINISHED

Pattern – Cedar Leaf Shawlette by Alana Dakos (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Madelinetosh Pashmina in Winter Wheat Dark (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US6 (4mm)
Cast on – February 18, 2010
Cast off – February 21, 2010
Modifications – None

Sorry for the not-so-great pictures… I’m in a hurry as I’m flying out at 7am to go to California for Stitches West! I am beyond excited and can’t wait to take classes, go to the market, and keep you all updated, of course! 😉 Because of this, I’m not sure if I will be able to finish my next Ravelympics project, though I hope to start it on the plane tomorrow (for those curious, it’ll be a Wast Side Shawl in a gorgeous Wollmeise!), but two shawls finished in 10 days is not that bad, so I will be proud of that! 😀

Good luck to all Ravelympians at this finish line of events! Keep knitting!

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Day 6 Finish Line, Day 7 Start

Yes, you heard me right, I’ve finished my Hamamelis shawl that I started at the Opening Ceremonies! I actually took a bit longer than I should have with this one as I had some hand pain once and had to take a break and house hunting all weekend, which prevents me from knitting totally and completely! But 6 days is none too shabby for such a fabulous shawl!

Hamamelis Shawl - FINISHED

Do I love this shawl? You bet your sweet ass I do! When I saw pictures of it I totally liked it and thought I needed to make one but seeing it done in person, OMG! This is most possibly (98% certain) my most favorite shawl I’ve made yet. It’s just a wonderful pattern and so pretty to look at!

Hamamelis Shawl - FINISHED

I do think that part of the reason I loved it so much is that I made it with SG Bugga!, which is just so soft and knit up beautifully. Not to mention the color, which is just to-die-for beautiful!

Hamamelis Shawl - FINISHED

The pattern is very well-written as well and I had it memorized after 1.5 repeats, making it very easy to work with! I even felt like giving a little attitude while taking the pictures with it. 😉

Hamamelis Shawl - FINISHED

Don’t ask me what I was thinking with that picture, I honestly have no idea, LOL. This is the medium size of the shawl (there are three sizes) and it pretty much used all of my 412 yard skein… I had *maybe* 2 yards left at the end. A close call, but glad I made it. As for the next picture? Yes, I know I am a dork!

Hamamelis Shawl - FINISHED

Pattern – Hamamelis Shawl by Kirsten Kapur (rav link | project link)
Yarn – The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! in Marpesia Marcella (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US6 (4mm)
Cast on – February 12, 2010
Cast off – February 17, 2010
Modifications – None

Not wanting to waste any time, I immediately printed out and wound up the yarn for my next project! It’s the Cedar Leaf Shawlette (rav link) that I’m knitting in Madelinetosh Pashmina in Winter Wheat Dark. I didn’t cast on, though, as I was too tired (and it requires a 270 stitch cast on!) so off to bed I went. In the morning, though, I picked it right up and started knitting! So far it’s been a very quick knit and I am more than happy with it.

Cedar Leaf Shawlette - WIP

My favorite part of it so far is the yarn! The Pashmina is to-die-for soft. It feels like butter through the fingers and I am loving knitting with it. I keep stopping to pet it, it’s that soft! 🙂

Cedar Leaf Shawlette - WIP

The shawl is also a different construction for me, so I’m happy to learn something new with it! I hope that I can squeeze in at least one more project before the finish line, but if I can say I did two shawls by the end, I think I will be pretty happy.

How about you? Are you doing the Ravelympics or not? If so, how are you doing? Good luck to all other Olympic Knitters out there!

As for me, I’m heading off to knit some more! 😀

Ravelympics Are a Go!

Yay! While watching the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies I cast on and started knitting up on a Hamamelis Shawl (rav link) using yummy Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! in Marpesia Marcella – a very nice color, if I do say so myself.

Hamamelis Shawl - WIP

It’s turning out very pretty and I have one repeat of the lace section done after two hours of work… not too bad!

Hamamelis Shawl - WIP

Of course, this is totally a pattern that will bloom open when blocked, so now it looks like a scrunchy mess. But I promise you it will look pretty in the end! 😉

I absolutely love the winter Olympics (the summer ones too, of course) and am really looking forward to watching them while knitting up a storm! My current plan is to finish some WIP’s and to finish the Hamamelis shawl. Not sure though if I will instead just do a bunch of shawls to make a dent in my goal of 20 shawls for 2010… I’m still deciding. Procrastinator? Me? What makes you say that? 😉

While I can’t be an Olympiad in any sense of the word, my dogs sure did try to when out playing in the snow after the big snow storm we had on Wednesday. They had a blast and even looked a little athletic… well if you squint hard and stand back that is!

Snowday Fun

Snowday Fun

Snowday Fun

Snowday Fun

Snowday Fun

And like all good Olympiads, they even posed for the camera afterwards!

Snowday Fun

Snowday Fun

Snowday Fun

Snowday Fun

I guess it’s a good thing that some of us – Olympiads and dogs all over – are enjoying all the snow! 😀

New Signature Circulars

Yes, they arrived and they are beautiful!

Signature Needles - Circulars

I bought these the day they started offering them (Dec. 19th if memory serves) and then had to wait more than a month for them to come as they were ridiculously backordered! I wasn’t that happy about that but the folks at Signature Needle Arts have been amazing at keeping in touch as well as giving me a discount for the next time I order – and as soon as they have the circs available again, you can bet I’ll be using that discount. 😀

Signature Needles - Circulars

As you can see (or maybe not?) I got the Stiletto point 40″ circ. US7 5″ needles, which just so happened to be the *perfect* size for my Swing jacket that I was working on! Is that fate or what? So I quickly switched needles and started working with them:

Signature Needles - Circulars

First thing I noticed? How much longer I can knit without my hands hurting! And this is no exaggeration… it’s like night and day compared to other circulars I’ve used (Addis, HiyaHiya and Knitpicks Harmony). The ribbing wasn’t bothering me *at all* anymore… and that’s quite a feat considering how slow I was knitting it up before. Add that to the fact that these have the perfect amount of pointiness (yes I’m aware that’s not a word) to make knitting that much easier. Oh and did I mention that it also has a perfect amount of grip and slide? It’s like they sat down and tried to think of the perfect surface to knit with and made that into needles! Oh wait, that probably IS what they did! In either case, I LOVE them and can’t wait for my US6 to come (should be sometime next week) so I can use those for another project… just in time for the Ravelympics! I mean, just look at how much I got done on my jacket:

Swing jacket - WIP

And that’s not even close to what I have done now! I’m completely done up to the sleeves and am working on the right sleeve right now (50% done there)… pretty soon I can join the sleeves to the body and can face the yoke and all that fun math that I did last night – hopefully with no mistakes! These are literally flying off the needles now and I have only the Signature circs to thank for it.

Now, before you all go hurry and try to get some, they do have one snagging point (pun intended) and that is that the stitches will sometimes get stuck right after the join. I believe this is probably less true in smaller needle sizes as (it appears to me) the cable to needle section isn’t gradual enough and this will at times cause your stitches to get stuck in what I call a high-traffic area. A good tug on them will get them moving swiftly again, but I can see how having to do this would be annoying for people. Especially with how much these needles cost!

However, and I feel this must be said, I personally find them worth it if only because I can knit for a really long time and don’t feel any pain in my hands! I’m not old by any stretch of the imagination (well, maybe if you’re 5 and everyone over 10 seems ancient to you!) but I can definitely feel my hands hurting after doing ribbing for too long of a time. Since the jacket is *all* rib, I had to rest my hands very often, which was another reason why it was going so slow for me. With the Signature circs, though, I haven’t once (not once) had to stop to rest my hands… I only stopped if I needed to eat, sleep, work or go to the bathroom… and that’s worth $40 to me any day. 😉

And before I run off to bed, just wanted to share a picture of Hitchcock’s new bed!

Hitchcock's new bed

Hitchcock is a burrower. If you don’t have a dog that burrows, then I’m not sure if you can understand the extent of the burrowing that used to go on in our bed and the blankets on the couch and even pillows, if that’s all he can find. Hitch just *loves* getting underneath something and digging and snorting and getting all wrapped up in it before maybe falling asleep. Or maybe starting over. In either case, it’s one of his all-time favorite activities.

Knowing this, we got him this bed so he can burrow in his own dog bed (instead of destroying our couch blankets). And it has worked… well, mostly as he still insists on burrowing into the couch blankets. But there *is* a definite decrease in the burrowing activity on our couch as a lot of it is concentrated on this new bed! Kubrick is definitely not a burrower, but he still likes to go in the bed now and then. It’s too bad that Hitch always manages to kick him out of it. I think Kubrick feels a little slighted, don’t you?

Hitchcock's new bed

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