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A Hazy Shade of Winter

Monday, January 7th, 2013

I thought I’d start the second week of 2013 with a quick roundup of what I’ve been up to.

 

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My brother is off to China for a whole year! I made Hobbes for him for Christmas before I knew he was going. He took it along. I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed it!

 

 

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I started playing around with a label design for my husband’s homebrew for fun, and this was born. I might go back and redo it later, but he was quite pleased with it in the meantime.

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I’ve been working on the Juneberry Triangle only halfway done with the edging. It’s exhausting! It’s beautiful, though, and I’m sure it’ll be worth it.

 

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I fulfilled some of my Maid of Honor duties and went dress shopping with Jenna. She found the perfect one on our first trip! Don’t worry, this isn’t the one!

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Finished Knit: Neon Ski Bonnet

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

I worked furiously for a few days while at my mom’s house over the holidays, and finished my lovely ski bonnet!

Neon Ski Bonnet - Finished

I really needed a hat, but I wanted something that wasn’t a beanie. Knitting hats has always been frustrating, because my head is too big and I always have to modify the pattern quite a bit. I figured this style would allow for some flexibility, and I was right!

Neon Ski Bonnet - Finished

 

Neon Ski Bonnet - Finished

More photos, etc on Ravelry.

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Obsession: Norwegian Mittens

Friday, October 26th, 2012

I’ve always thought of Norwegian Mittens as the traditional, stranded-colorwork mittens with a pointy tip, featuring an image on the back of the hand and a simple repeating pattern on the palm. I wanted to make sure I actually knew what I was talking about, though before I posted. Unfortunately, Wikipedia doesn’t have a page devoted to Norwegian mittens, so you’ll all have to wait a bit before I can get some more information.

In the meantime, I’ve scoured Ravelry for the most beautiful examples of these mittens. (If you don’t have a Ravelry account, you might not be able to access the links. But – why don’t you?? Sign up! It’s awesome!)

 

JaneMumbles Mitten Swap Mittens

 

Craftivore’s Selbu Mitts

David’s Squirrel Sampler Mittens

 

ItalianDishKnit’s Northman Mittens

TheLittleRedHen’s Paper Doll Mittens

 

FrazzledKnitter’s Fiesta Mittens

 

Fern1Knits’ Skulls and Flowers

Pinneguri’s Purple Beauties

 

SpillyJane’s Cupcake Mittens

 

IgnorantBliss’ Burnham

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Juneberry Triangle: Update

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

I’ve reached the home stretch on the Juneberry Triangle. This is definitely going to be a test of willpower – the edging. I think it might take longer than the entire rest of the project combined.

I’m actually quite pleased with my progress, though. After my first update, I had to frog the whole damn thing and start over. Somehow, I didn’t pay enough attention to the chart and screwed up big-time. Oh well. It looks much better now.

Right after finishing chart A.

 

 

About the pattern itself:

Jared Flood is obviously a modern legend in the knitting world. His blog, Brooklyn Tweed, was one of the reasons I taught myself to knit in the first place. His photography, taste, and style combined make for a magical knitting utopia that fiber aficionados’ dreams are made of.

I just bopped over there to grab the link, and the first paragraph is spot-on:

The minute September arrives it’s like an internal alarm goes off in my head. I think it must be a knitter thing, because most of the knitters in my life have the same impulse. Despite the lagging humidity of summer, the first month of Fall is here and it’s a change you can feel. We are ready to knit again in a serious way, and savor the perfect mix of color, temperature and light that Fall brings.

 

The patterns I’ve purchased or followed of his have always been top-notch, quality items with plenty of attention to detail. There is nothing more frustrating than a pattern that can’t be followed due to poor writing!

Here are a few things that stick out to me:

  • Jared includes helpful notes in his patterns that help explain how it’s going to be constructed. I tend to be a more visual, intuitive knitter, so I love it when notes like “First three and last three (border stitches) are knit on every row. The single stitch between the 2nd and 3rd marker is kept stockinette stitch (k on RS, p on WS) throughout.”are included. These kind of notes have saved me lots of confusion in other projects. They provide a visual checkpoint and, in a way, lets you ignore that part of the chart or pattern.
  • Helpful stitch counts at the end of every section. This is such a simple thing, but I don’t know why pattern writers aren’t required by law to provide this information.
  • There are lace elements in each row of the pattern, including the wrong side. This is part of the reason I screwed it up the first time – I wasn’t paying enough attention on the wrong side. I personally would prefer that the wrong side of lace work is a simple purl row, but that’s just me.
  • The charts are triangular, with each section being repeated on either side of the center stitch of the shawl (typical triangular shawl construction). However, in charts B, C, and D, there is a 7 or 14-stitch repeat. This is helpful, but once you get further on in the rows, there are quite a few sections on either side of the “repeat” that are identical. It’s frustrating, because suddenly you’re needing to pay attention to a long line of stitches that turns out to be another few repeats. I’m not sure how to chart it differently, but it’s mildly frustrating.

Otherwise, the pattern is fantastic and this has been a really enjoyable knit so far. I like how the lace looks in a chunkier-than-traditional yarn, and I think it will be a fantastic addition to my winter wardrobe.

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Knitting!

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

I’ve been avoiding knitting for quite some time now – I have buckets and buckets of long-ignored yarn and wool. It’s sad, but I really can’t do it like I used to. My arms, shoulders, and neck just won’t let me do it for very long.

But,¬† just yesterday, I saw Koanizee’s Juneberry Triangle via Pinterest and had to have it. It’s been a long time since I’ve allowed myself to feel this way about a knitting project, but it feels good.

Seriously... couldn't you just die?

I’m a sucker for a silk/wool blend, though. Had I seen the pattern as it was intended to be knit, in a tweed wool, I wouldn’t have looked twice (not that I don’t love tweed… but you know. It has more appropriate uses, in my opinion.)

Here’s a sneak peek at my beginning. I’m loving the pattern (charted, obviously). We’ll see how long I can continue – if you know me, you know that I finish very few knitting projects.

Click to see project on Ravelry

 

 

I’ve made a few adjustments so far – rather than a garter stitch edge, I’m using my favorite slip-stitch border. I’ll be sure to take some more illustrative photos and explain it in a future update, but just know that it’s awesome.

I’m also knitting/purling through the back loop of the center stitch. I prefer that stitch to be nice and tight.

It feels good to be back!

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Cozy

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

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Knitted water bottle cozy in Noro Kureyon Sock.

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Ravelry Wednesday

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I’m sharing a few projects from Rav that I absolutely adore. ¬†If you don’t have a Ravelry account, you’ll need one to check out the links.

Almak’s Aran Armchair Cover

AnneJeanne’s Dream Stockings

Jettshin’s Not Sparkle Dress

Deer With Little Antlers Hat by Tiny Owl Knits

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Ravelry Wednesday

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I’m going to start a new thing called Ravelry Wednesday around here. ¬†I spend quite a bit of time on Rav browsing patterns I will never realistically knit, so I should at least share them with the world.

Also – I am fully aware that it is no longer Wednesday. ¬†Oops. ¬†But, in my defense… I started it yesterday. ¬†So there.

¬°Comencemos!

Hello, sweater of my dreams…

I cast on for this wonderous garment yesterday, and just got through the ribbing on the back.  UGH I hate ribbing.  But it looks so good!

This is where I’m at right now:

Yes, this is a terrible photo. ¬†But I don’t feel like dragging out my real camera and uploading it to my computer. ¬†You will have to deal with a Hipstamatic shot lit by the glow of my computer.

The reason I use yarn for markers instead of actual, pretty stitch markers (of which I have hundreds, probably) is that I’m tired of people saying “ohhh how beautiful what are you making??!?” only to find out that they’re really commenting on the jeweled markers and *not* the knitting. ¬†And then they’re disappointed that my sweater will not come with its own jewelry. ¬†And I want to kick them for not appreciating fine handwork. ¬†Also, I can’t find any right now.

If you’re not a member of Ravelry yet, go join! ¬†It’s amazing! ¬†If you are and want ot be friends with me, my username is NatalieDanger.

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Squidy

Monday, October 25th, 2010

I finished knitting the lovely Squid-A-Licious pattern by Hansi Sighn (designer of many super cute knitted amigurumis).¬† I had originally wanted to stuff it with ‘nip and give it to the kittehs, but I didn’t have any handy when it was time to finish it, and I was pretty desperate by that point to be done.

So here she is (posing with The Rors, of course):

Nom nom nom.

Night night!

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Lunchtime is my Favorite

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I love to go outside at lunch. People shouldn’t have to sit inside all day!

But I got ants in my pants. Literally. I sat on an anthill. They’re in my purse and everything. Bummer.

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