Monthly Archives: August 2007

Wednesday WIP Report

It’s Wednesday and it’s unbearably hot here. 105 degrees is what the weather report says. Yep, and it feels that way too.

Retro Redux Shrug. I’m sad to say my love for it right now is waning. The brioche lace pattern was fun at first but right now it’s the proverbial black hole of knitting. I keep knitting and knitting and measuring and knitting and knitting and measuring, and I’m still not at 30″. Sigh. Just about an inch or so more and then I get to… change to smaller needles and continue knitting the same stitch pattern. Yippee. or not.

Koigu Wristies. This is my project du jour for now when I’m out and about because of the heat. I’m just at the part for the thumbholes so hopefully these will be done by this weekend. This weekend, when the forecast is back up to 105 degrees. Yep.

Flower Basket Shawl. I am loving this lace project. When I’m at home and able to devote some attention to it, it’s my project of choice. Did I mention how much I love sea silk? Hm, I may have. Anyway, I do I do I do. I also love that Madgik opened my eyes today on how many pattern repeats are needed. I thought it was supposed to be ten repeats, and I’m just over five, so I’m about halfway done, right? Nope, the scarf size version is just 7 repeats. Hey, that means I’m almost done! Woot woot! I’m tellin’ you, she really is magic!

Um, what are those little green and blue circles on the shawl? Why, it’s a Lace Doh! moment. Witness up close…

Further proof that I am a lace idiot. When I was running the lifeline for this one, I forgot about the stitchmarkers (obviously! duh!). I was able to get the jump rings I usually use off the lace weight yarn I’m using for the lifeline, but not those cute lil’ circles. So they’ll have to hang out there until the project is done and the lifeline comes out.

Stay cool, baby!


My Pretties

Take a look at my beautiful little pretties that came the other day.

Sea silk in Sangria. They’re as beautiful, color-saturated and shiny as ruby red slippers.

Ella Rae Classic in three colors: plum wine (or blackberry; I’ve seen both names in different places for the same colorway), steel grey, and lemon-lime. I’ve read this yarn is basically Cascade 220, and since I am still in the great workhorse yarn collection effort of 2007, I had to stock up. Little Knits was having a sale, so I couldn’t very well pass it up; could I? No plans yet for the plum wine colorway but the steel grey and lemon-lime are destined to be the vertical stripes bag from Pick Up Sticks.

It’s been busy here at Chez Dim Sum, since returning from vacation. The refrigerator went out on me, and when the GE service guy offered to repair it in three weeks for free, or $500 towards a new unit, we jumped at a new one. I had to choose my new refrigerator from the internet in about 5 minutes. Weird, very weird. I hope none of you ever has to do that, because it’s odd not doing the serious research before making a decision. But now that the new refrig is in, I’m happy. It’s stainless (or stainless-looking with a no-fingerprint surface).

The other source of stress has been this little critter I found in the bottom of my laundry basket as I was moving the clothes into the washing machine.

This is NOT one of my pretties. What’s scarier? I found another one under my bed UNDER MY ZIPLOC BAGS OF YARN! Sweetie Hubby and I have been freaking out about this, as I have been the one who has found both, and they were in high traffic areas for me. Luckily the pest control company was able to come right away and spray. I’m happy to say we have had no more scorpion sightings and I am ecstatic about that. Okay, I have to move on now because I’m getting creeped out again. Um, Jillian, I’ll take pictures of your praying mantis over this any day!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday WIP Report

It’s still Wednesday where I am, so I still have time to get my WIP Report in. A little bit of knittin’ done here and there and a shocking WIP.

First, I give you the Retro Redux Shrug from Lace Style with the Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Patine. I have about six more inches before I start the next sleeve. It’s quite lightweight and lacey, but perfectly fine for this heatwave we’re having in So Cal.

I’ve finished the second repeat of ten for the Flower Basket Shawl but unfortunately I don’t have a more recent picture. Just imagine another row of flower baskets. Um, yeah…

Way back in May I set my Summer Knitting Goals, and as an extra kick in the pants, set for one of my goals the finishing of the Wobbly Circles Tote. This has been hidden in the deepest, darkest recesses of the almighty UFO pile for about 18 months. Monday was the day. The day of reckoning to see if I could pick up this baby and start up again. Well, I did and I was promptly reminded why I buried it so far down in the basket. Here’s the reason why.

Yucky stringy tangly mess.

Here’s what it’s supposed to look like. It’s coming along slowly. I really have only worked on it while knitting with the gang on Mondays at the coffee shop. There’s a nice, huge coffee table and I spread the yarn bundles out all over it. I may not finish all of this by the “official” end of summer, but I’ll at least have one side done. As for the other side, I won’t be making it identical to the front, as the pattern calls for. Maybe something easier, like stripes?

Lastly, since we’re on the old UFO theme, I dusted off these wristwarmers and have been working a row or two on it. They’re not for anybody in particular but they’re made of Koigu and that means that are yummmmm.

I’m trying desperately to fight the urge to cast on yet another new project. Thanks to Yarn Crawl Robin I’ve been fixating on Kat Coyle’s Indigo Ripples Skirt from the Summer 2007 Interweave Knits. I have some stash yarn in a straw-colored linen/viscose blend that could look lovely, if I can get the gauge issues worked out.

That’s all for now. Have a great week!

More Yarn Pron

My LYS is having their annual fishbowl sale through Saturday, and even though I work there, I got to fish out of the bowl too! My discount was better than my employee discount, so here’s what I nabbed:

Malabrigo for the Two Tone Shrug in Fitted Knits, except mine won’t really be two toned. Just slightly variegated.

The Fibre Company’s Terra, alpaca and silk, to make a chevron scarf with the same yarn in orange from my stash.

Plymouth Royal Cashmere. Who cares what it’s for. It’s cashmere!

Have a lovely weekend!

Forgotten Yarn Pron!

As I was taking ravelry pictures of the rest of my stash, (you know the ones in bags and bins under the bed?), I realized I was missing a skein. It’s an important skein, because it’s the skein from Carolyn, The Jolly Ewe, in Neapolitan. And I remembered that I hadn’t blogged about it, so here are the gorgeous pictures of this beautiful yarn. It’s merino tencel sock yarn, and I really love the sheen. I’ll probably make a scarf out of it one day, perhaps the Montego Bay Scarf, but until then, I’m happy to just admire the colors and pet it every once in a while. She has some great stuff, so be sure to check out her etsy shop.

The Funny thing is that Carolyn mentions me in her post today. I had this post already planned out for today too! Co-inky-dink. We must be the mutual admiration society today!

As I mentioned, I was digging through my stash yesterday. The OCD in me was running strong, so I finished taking pictures for my ravelry stash. I think my stash pictures for the most part are up to date. One of the best features I’ve been enjoying is seeing what people have made out of certain yarns. One of the best benefits that has come out of it has been finding other knitters through their kickass projects. Is it a black hole time-suck? Yes. Is it worth it? Completely! Look for me on ravelry; I’m dimsumknitter.

Since I finished a couple of projects recently, I knew it was time to start some new projects! That’s music to my ears. In keeping with my summer knitting goals, I cast on for the Flower Basket Shawl by Evelyn Clark. Unfortunately, the free pattern isn’t available online anymore but can be purchased, I think, through Fiber Trends. Here’s a picture of Madgik’s gorgeous shawl, that I was privileged to model for her. I’m using my Handmaiden Sea Silk and I really love this yarn. It’s got to be one of my all time favorites, so much so that I just ordered another skein through Little Knits in Sangria.

I’ve also been wanting to knit a shrug, so I swatched with Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Patine for the Retro Redux Shrug by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark. I’m hoping it’s going to be a quick and easy project. Here’s my swatch, done in the largest size needles US 10.5. Do you think it looks too skimpy? I’m a little worried about that.

I also started swatching for Bonne Marie Burns’ Chickami. I was inspired by Sknitty’s and Liquidgirl’s (sorry! can’t find the picture of hers, but trust me! It was super cute.) and it looks like good social knitting. I’m using yarn I bought over a year ago at The Yarn Lady Bag Sale; it’s Valeria di Roma Topacio, a cotton acrylic blend. Even though the ball band gauge says it’s dk weight, I could swear it feels heavier and thicker than the Cotton Patine for the shrug. Logic says I should swap the two yarns, but I’m not ready to give up the colors that I was set on. We’ll see if it ends up in a train wreck. Here’s a dark picture of the beginning of my swatch. It’s really a periwinkle color which was quite hard to capture this morning.
That’s enough for today; have a great weekend!

Wednesday WIP Report

This one could be titled Wednesday FO Report instead. However, I’m not quite ready to report on one of the FOs, so it’ll be an FO and a new project.

First up is the FO, my first Amanda’s Squatty Sidekick that stalled because I ran out of yarn. Yarn Crawl Robin had asked if it was my own pattern, and I almost fell out of my chair. I think y’all know that I am not a pattern designer, nor do I strive to be. People, I am so happy to capitalize on other people’s talent. Sorry Robin. I can’t take the credit on the pattern but I did add the link. My apologies for not adding the link last time.

My extra balls of Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky arrived and I was able to finish it right up. I used up only a squoosh of yarn from each new ball, so now I have more of that yarn for another felted project. Oh wait, maybe I’ll use them to make the mittens that Fresh Noodle Beth has been recommending for me. Here are the details:

Project: Amanda’s Squatty Sidekick by Amanda Berka
Yarn: Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky, 1 ball plus a squoosh of chocolate brown and 1 ball plus a squoosh of light blue. You could really make it without the extra squoosh of yarn from the second ball. If I was smart enough, I would have figured it out, but oh well. Hopefully, I can just pass that tip along and help out another knitter.
Needles: Addi Turbos US size 15
Start: July sometime 2007
Finish: August 14, 2007

Thoughts: I really like the pattern; so fun and easy to complete. The decreases and increases make it so you have to pay attention, but it’s minimal. On both of my sidekicks, I started my rounds at the wrong place because when it was time to start the handles, I was at the wrong position. No problem though. I just backed up the required number of stitches and I was there.

My sister and I knit this pattern as a test to see if it would be easy enough for a beginning knitter, i.e., my 14 year old niece. She can definitely handle the increases and decreases, but we decided it would be challenging since it would be a TV watching project. I definitely recommend the pattern, but just know that it’s not as easy as a booga bag.

My last bit is about the yarn, Berkshire Bulky. It’s the Valley Yarns knock-off on Lamb’s Pride Bulky. Feels very much the same to me but after washing the bag, there’s a ton of long hairs sticking out of the bag and clinging to my clothes. I just have to give it a good shave and then it’ll be just perfect. Just gotta find a button now.

The Drop Stitch Lace Tank is done after going three rounds with the neck finishing. Thanks to Patty, I was able to get it sorted out. It has been washed and is now lying flat to dry. It feels surprisingly bulky on, so I’ll have to wait for a day when it’s not too hot for a modeled picture.

Have a great week!

Back from Vacation

Hey, so I’m back from my vacation and I’m still trying to maintain my mellow, relaxed self. It probably won’t last very long, because I have all those things waiting for me that I put off until after vacation. We had a great time frolicking, and here are a few pics of the kids in the pool.

I even did a bit of knitting and finished a project — Amanda’s Squatty Sidekick! It just needs a button.

Project: Amanda’s Squatty Sidekick
Yarn: Plymouth Galway in magenta and KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in magenta – stash yarn!
Needles: KnitPicks Options US size 10 1/2
Start: August 8th
Finish: August 9th

Thoughts: I had the most of the Galway but didn’t think it was enough to finish it, so I striped it with the Wool of the Andes. It’s a very subtle tonal striping, and I’m happy with how it turned out. It’s a bit flopsy, but Sweetie Girl will probably get it and tote around her prized possessions. I made the i-cord 6 inches long for a longer handle, instead of the 3 inches called for in the directions. Made it a bit longer but I like it that way.