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I had a wonderful birthday celebration with the family this week.  I got all kinds of loveliness, but I’m just going to talk about the gorgeous project bags my sister made for me.

bags

As you can certainly understand, this led to some organization of my queue.  The tentative makeup is:

With this much organization, I might start working multiple WIPS again!

Missed Projects

haruni

I did finally knit a Haruni, though not in mohair this time.  It was a Christmas gift for the same sister who made me the project bags.  It went so very much smoother (pun acknowledged) in Cascade 220 fingering.  I’m happy with the way it turned out, and very happy to have finally ‘done it right’.  It’s a lovely pattern, and I may very well go back and make one for me some time.

I didn’t enter any yarn giveaways this week, giving the stash time to settle a bit, and there are still some open from previous weeks.

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Skill +1 Up

Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. 

These kinds of questions are always a bit tricky for me. I’ve tried my first cashmere shawl, and I suppose I’ve learned a bit specifically about knitting with cashmere, and had a harsh reinforcement about lifelines. More than that, however, I’ve gotten more practice with improvising and changing projects as I go on. I’m more willing to frog back when things don’t work (excepting for that cashmere shawl, which is still hibernating in my freezer…) I’d have to say that I have improved a little in skill, and a lot in confidence, over the past year.

Blog Contest News

I did not win the Sylphia Shawl giveaway at Sunset Cat. Nor did I win Vegan Craftastic’s minimalist knitting pattern, but she has one for Twig and Leaf Botanicals which I entered (closes April 4). There’s another giveaway for Quince and Company yarn and pattern at Knitting Pipeline.

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Didn’t win Sunset Cat‘s giveaway, but entered Life on Laffer e’book giveaway (really lovely patterns,  take a look at Craft Work Knit to see for yourself) running until October 10th.

not to the heel yet

On Your Toes by Ann Budd

I’ve signed up for “Soctoberfest”, because my current activities already qualify me.   Haruni is still hibernating in the freezer, and will continue to do so until I’m geared up to tackle it’s life-line less state…  Yeah, did I mention I took OUT the lifeline at the point where pattern A meets Pattern B…?

Such hubris.

I’ve gon ahead and created an account at NaNoWriMo, and am actively researching my setting idea.  Seriously leaning towards Science Fantasy (as in DEFINITE Science Fiction elements in what is very much a Fantasy story).  Don’t want to wear out the charm of it, but did I ever mention that I fell in love with Astronomy by looking at artists conceptions of a red dwarf circling a blue giant?  Pretty pretty mental pictures…  Might Gimp up a cover at some point in October (yeah, in my ‘copious spare time’)

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It must be scream like a f*ing pirate day, because I just realized how badly I’ve messed up Haruni part B.  As in, now I need to frog back all 11 rows I’ve done on it.

I was so SURE I had downloaded the corrected pattern (but apparently I hadn’t), even sent notes to the designer to make sure I was knitting it right, and still I managed to totally mess up the repeat structure.  I think I know what’s needed now, though.

So, back in the freezer with it, and I will just have to go to my socks for comfort knitting.

Did I mention the benefits of multiple WIPs?

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Well, didn’t win the Knit – A- While Vampire Giveaway.  Ah, well. so it goes, there’s a great KnitCircus giveaway from Sunsetcat

toes and beginning of ribbing on size one circs...

On the plus side, I cast on Ann Bud’s “On Your Toes” socks from Interweave knits. Used Judy Becker’s Magic Cast On (which I love, btw).   It’s a nice, simple pattern, perfectly suitable for TV knitting or late night casual conversation knitting.  The Knit Picks yarn is a great change from my love-hate relationship with mohair as well.  It’s well behaved and doesn’t surprise me (and it looks yummy too).

As I mentioned in the Labor Day Episode of the Ramblin Ambler, I got mixed up about the size of the Addi circs in my knitting bag, and wasted time buying more US #2’s when I needed #1’s. Fortunately, the LYS was really nice about letting me swap them, so that’s cool. (Of course, I probably should have gotten shorter circs, but live and learn).

I’m still working on Haruni (and well into Part B now, need to get a good picture of that I suppose).  Just getting to the point where that part is starting to ‘make sense’, and approaching yet another transition point.   I actually decided I had to print out the chart key, because otherwise I’ll never remember where it’s K2Tog first and Sl2K1PSSO for the other repeats and where it’s Sl2K1PSSO first and Sl1K1PSSO for all the others (or however it goes).

I also frogged the Calla.  I think it had just been hibernating too long, and when I picked it up again I couldn’t get the stitch counts right, and besides, the pattern really would have been better with a shinier yarn.  Maybe market bags for that cotton poly blend…?

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Got some more pictures taken.

GrassHere’s  some nice grass gone to seed by the Dorsey Train Station.  I think it’s beautiful myself.  I also took pictures from the train station itself, from the front and the back. I particularly like the Maryland flag on the front and the sunlight through the window on the back.

Entered Knit-A-While’s Vampire Knits giveaway (end date 9 September). I didn’t enter the contest at You Just Gotta Keep Knitting, because I just couldn’t beat one of those names, but if you think you might the deadline is 27 September.

Dorsey Station Front Dorsey Station Back

I’ve recovered the five rows I frogged on Haruni, putting it in the freezer did the trick nicely.  I talked a little bit about the recovering/lifeline process in today’s episode of  the Ramblin Ambler, mostly because I’d never heard anyone else addressing the issue I’ve been having with it (i.e. the lifeline is there, but it doesn’t hold the stitches ‘nicely’ as a needle would, even if you tug on it, when you’re working with really grabby yarn like, say, mohair).  Took it to the first Labor Day foodfest an showed off how pretty it is even on the needles (can’t wait to see what it looks like blocked…).  Will take more pictures once I have enough of the border that the change of pattern is clear.

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I Won One!

I won the beautiful yarn “Moody” from the Knitting Pipeline.  Yay!  Now I’ve got to start thinking about what to knit with it.  It’s a gorgeous blue lace weight yarn, so something tardisy…  very likely the “Tilting Tardis” cowl..

Found the next one, fat quarters or handspun yarn from Love My Fiber.

Got started on the Haruni again, and realize that I flubbed the beginning of part B.  I’ve learned my lesson about frogging, though, and it’s been in the freezer for hours.  (Yes, I did use a lifeline… I can, indeed, be taught).

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