A not so great weekend

Ok, I don’t like to whine, but I need to, just for a minute.  And not much about knitting today, either.

I was in a car accident late Saturday afternoon.  Not bad, my nephew, two kids and I are fine.  But my truck, my old, beat up gas guzzler jalopy of a truck may have been totalled.  I am crushed!  I love my truck.  It’s huge, filthy, roomy enough for eight people, snowboarding equipment, horsey stuff and to load up with firewood.

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I will miss my truck terribly.  But on the upside I can get something smaller, that has a smaller gas tank and is more fuel efficient.  Sigh.  I don’t like this whole process, though.  It takes forever to go through the insurance rigamorole.

Whining is now over.  My next post I will hopefully have pictures of all of my awesome purchases from Friday.

Happy day
Shannon

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sweaters on my mind…..otherwise known as…..binge shopping coming soon!!

Let me start by saying that I’m currently working on a sweater that I am not a fan of.  lt’s based loosely on Mr. Darcy (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mr-darcy), as in I am following the instructions for the sweater dimensions and number of stitches, but not the stitch pattern.  There is a reason for this….the yarn is lion brand homespun, of which I am really not a fan, with a bit of the lion brand thick and quick (I don’t mind this yarn at all, it just hurts my hands after a while working with it) thrown in.  This sweater is for a gentleman that comes to my barn regularly and asked me to make him a sweater, and being that he is a truly amazing, genuine and good person, I said of course.  He picked out the yarn that made him happy, so there we are, with yarn I hate being turned into a beautiful sweater.  If I can figure out how to post a pic to this entry from my phone (I am currently on the desktop) I will, if not I’ll throw it in another post.

On to the fun stuff!!  I have my next several projects all picked out, right down to the wool I plan on buying tomorrow (I hope, if not, then next week).  First up we have Graphite, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/graphite-5, that I’ve had in my queue forever!  I even bought yarn for it, but have realized, with all that I’ve learned over the last year about knitting and sizes, I failed to buy enough yarn.  It’s all good, though, I plan to make a different sweater from that yarn, I just don’t know which one.  So for this I will be buying Ella Rae Classic Sport, which I love.  I’ve done a couple of baby sweaters in this wool and fell in love with it.

Next up…Mailin http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mailin.  If I could design a sweater for myself, this would be it.  I love this sweater and can not wait to start it.  I plan on getting Imperial yarns for this, but of course don’t recall which, I lost the ball tag from the skein I bought for a hat.  The yarn was just lovely to work with, and knits up nice and soft, and has plenty of warm to it.  I haven’t’ decided on the color yet, but I am leaning toward blue.  Originally I wanted to use cascade 220 superwash quarto for this, then realized the quarto wasn’t heavy enough.  Did I despair?  Absolutely not!!  I just picked a different sweater for that wool, plum rain, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/plum-rain.  There is a little back story to this yarn: I ordered a bunch of balls of this yarn wen it was on sale at WEBS, all different colors, for socks.  I just made a pair of these:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rivercat-sock in color 1955 and just loved the color and decided it would be perfect for a sweater, and the hunt began.  Mailin seemed a good match, but I am not talented enough yet to substitute different weight yarns, so the hunt continued and I found plum rain.  I am happy all around.

Might I add, please, that I have not bought one bit of yarn in nearly two months, because I know I wanted to buy several sweater’s worth at once. It  has been KILLING me!  I ran into my LYS and bought a pattern book, just to have an excuse to touch all the pretty wool!!

Stitching continues on Ethereal Diamonds and Haruni when I need a break from the acres of homespun.

happy day!

shannon

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A valuable lesson

I began Haruni (on ravelry, still don’t know how to do links on my phone!) about two weeks ago.  The wool is Malabrigo lace, a new one for me, in a beautiful rich red aptly named Amoroso. 

It was a love affair from the word go, from that first line of cast on stitches sitting proudly on my needles.  Mind you, it was only three little stitches since Haruni begins with that weird little rectangle that is sheer brilliance.  I was plowing through the first chart, happy with seeing the pattern develop, stopping every now and again to admire how pretty the yarn is and how clever the pattern is.  (Lace always astounds me, I just don’t get how someone marks up a graph and makes pretty!  My hat is off to all designers!)

Everything was perfect.  I could see how it was coming together.  Then idiocy struck me down and I totally lost all ability to count, or make sense of a fairly simple chart.  I made a mistake.  I didn’t catch that mistake untile two rows later.  I counted, I tinked, I grumbled and muttered.  After about an hour I found the error.  I tinked back three rows (about two hundred stitches each), took a breath and began again on the first row of the third set of pattern for the chart.  I do that row, then two more, and found I made a mistake.  Three rows tinker, again.

Around this time I found a link on my Facebook page with a short article about using a lifeline.  I read that article, and all became clear.  Lifelines are my friends!  They will help me and save me from a full on hissy fit.  Now, I’be heard of lifelines, even thought they made perfect sense, but it never occurred to me to use one….until now.

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I put in a lifeline, and knit on with a cocky air.  Third row, oh my gosh, same mistake.  I nearly chuckled as I confidently ripped back that lace.  I finally figured out that on the second or left side of the chart I was stupidly not knitting the few stitches BEFORE the pattern repeat, but diving in to the pattern immediately!  After four tries, because yes, I did it one more time after the first time ripping it back to the lifeline, all is right again with Haruni.  We are friends again a nd the love affair continues.

This is one bit of knitting I will be sad to give away, but she is intended as a gift for my daughter’s riding trainer, for the gift she gave my daughter by teaching her the ins and outs of the show ring, and the use of her amazing horse. 

Moral:  don’t be a dumb a**, use a lifeline!

Happy day.

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Rambling

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I finished these Chilly Podsters last weekend and gave them to my co-worker.  He liked them, and is wearing them today.  Very gratifying.

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This hat is for my son’s girlfriend.  I’m not wild about the patter, but love the yarn.  Regia, don’t remember color or type as the darling puppy had a taste of the ball before I started knitting.

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This is Ethereal Diamonds, pattern on ravelry.com, knitted with Dale Garn erle.  I am in love! 

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This is Haruni.  I’ve been dying to cast this on since summer, and have finally done so.  What a delightful pattern so far.  This is what I plan on knitting tonight, as soon as I publish this post.

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Antler hat, by tin can knits.  I made this for me, but it’s a bit small, so to the youngest it went.  Just an excuse to knit another, bigger one.  I liked this pattern too!

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Brody, and next her brother Roger, our barn cats.

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He loves to sit on me when I take a break.

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And finally, a picture of Harley napping after trashing the living room.

Happy day.

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An update

******NEWS FLASH******

ROBIN HOODIE IS FINISHED.  I REPEAT…..ROBIN HOODIE IS FINISHED!!!!!

Of course there are ends to weave in, but not many since its a top down raglan knit in the round.  And the small matter of grafting the top of the hood together, which I may just do tonight.  In all, I met the boys deadline for getting this done and I feel GOOD!

To give my poor brain a rest from counting, and working on navy blue cables in poor lighting, I started a baby blanket last night after finishing this sweater.  It’s in Bernat Pipsqueaks, and it’s white, shot through with a bright blue, on size 13 (US) needles.  I have it nearly half done now, and like it.  I decided to do a garter stitch on the diagonal and am almost done the increase side and then it’s all downhill from there!

Pictures next time, of robin hoodie and this easy least baby blanket.

Happy day!

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Not quite….

I didn’t quite meet the goals I set for myself yesterday.  I ended the day by going to bed at 6 p.m. with a yucky feeling belly….but progress was made before that happened.

The sleeve is long enough to do the little finishing pattern, I think it’s 6 rows, then the rib.  Go me!!!

I did manage to knit the fingers and thumb on the mitten I am making.  Now to weave in the ends and knit the flip top mitten part and it’s all done.

I’m still not sure if I feel one hundred percent, so my New Year’s Eve may just be spent quietly at home.  But that’s ok, I can knit instead of going out.  A win either way.

Happy New year everyone, good health and happiness to all.

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