Monthly Archives: April 2008


I’ve been bitten by the bug, the Knitspot bug. Anne Hanson just released yet another gorgeous lace scarf, Boing!, and I couldn’t resist. Of course, Madgik’s weeklong Reckless Casting On (or Ooh Shiny! as I like to call it) nudged me over the edge.

I’m using Scout’s Superwash Merino February Club Installment called Raspberry Sorbet on KnitPicks size 4s. I’ve already made some mistakes on the types of decreases in the second half of the chart, but I can’t go back! I’m about 5 times through the chart, only 17 more to go, according to the pattern. I’m only doing four repeats, instead of the seven as prescribed by the pattern, but it’ll still block to at least nine inches wide. I wish I could photograph lace better but I’m too lazy to hang it up in front of the window. The colors are more like the picture on the right side.
I’m home again today because Sweetie Girl is sick (again!). I’ll be happy when this child is all the way healthy. And I can go to knitting group again.

Birthday Girl

Yesterday, my Sweetie Girl turned 8. I realized I still think of her as a little girl, and she’s not so little anymore! Here she is with the cake we made together and she decorated. Yes, that’s purple icing she chose. Happy Birthday, Sweetie!

This Old Sweater

Remember Impulse? That was the name I gave to the Alexandra Ballerina Sweater from Fitted Knits. I cast on as an impulse while lying in bed sick. Nothing soothes a sickie like chunky yard and big needles. I finished it in the second half of February but never got around to taking the final modeled picture. I’ve worn it several times, received nice compliments, but still didn’t get around to taking the final picture. So, I decided to just snap a picture of it and be done with it.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky in coral, 12 1/2 balls
Needles: Knit Picks Options US size 10 and 10 1/2
Start: January 2008
Finish: February 2008
Thoughts: I enjoy wearing this sweater and enjoy the nice comments I get almost as much. The yarn pills quite a bit, which is annoying, but esay enough to live with. I think Juls gave me the best description of the cabling on the front… tux ruffles. After washing and blocking, the cables definitely flatted out a bit more, but I still love the description. Thanks Juls!
The pattern was quite confusing to follow along, unfortunately. I have made three other patterns from Stefanie Japel and really enjoy her stuff. I was surprised about the difficult to follow instructions, and at times, I ignored the written directions, and just kept following the charts and what my gut instinct told me. I definitely would not recommend this sweater to a beginner for this reason. If you’re a beginner and brave enough to tackle this one, be sure to check Ravelry, Stefanie’s site, and other sources for errata and other tips.

I Survived the Weekend!

Just barely, but Sweetie Girl is a casualty of our full weekend. 4 soccer games, 2 softball games (that’s a correction; I had thought it was 1 but turned out it was 2), 1 brownie event and 1 family get-together. We left the house both mornings by 7:15a at the latest. This morning, I thought we had survived. And then at noon I got the dreaded call from school. Sweetie Girl had a fever and I picked her up right away. That’s what we get when I’m not paying attention to all of the kids’ activities. I need to do better at saying no when we have too many family activities.

Even with all that running around , I still managed to finished a project (Cavern Cardi – yay!) and cast on a new ones. I also have to confess to starting one up on Friday while in the Orthopedist’s office. Cavern had grown to a point where I didn’t want to haul it everywhere, so I grabbed the already-caked skein of pink koigu that in a previous life was supposed to be a lacy heart patterned sock, two size 2.25mms needles, and printed up the Los Monos Locos pattern. That’s the toe-up no-purl Monkey socks. Having done Monkeys once before, the pattern was a breeze to pick up, especially without the purls, and I’m cruising along down the foot.

The project I cast on this weekend was another Knitting Pure & Simple Easy Baby Cardigan by Diane Soucy. This will be the fourth one, and I love that it’s my go-to baby project. I’m still working on the hood. When I’ve finished the body and sleeves, I undo the provisional cast on and 3-needle bind off the top of the hood. I never tire of this pattern, and hope I never will. I’m using five skeins of the Pakucho Organic Cotton from Elann I bought a few years ago. I know the end result will be perfect for the baby boy that is arriving in May, and will wash up super soft. Knowing that helps me put up with the kitchen string-like feel of this yarn.

I’m dreaming of making another of these Baby Cardigan in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece for a baby’s upcoming one year old birthday in June. Or maybe I’ll dig around in the stash and use up some of that periwinkle cotton blend I got from The Yarn Lady Bag Sale a couple of years ago. Even more stash busting… that’s makes me so happy!

While at the four hour brownie event on Saturday, I finished up the Cavern Cardi too. Woo hoo! All the ends were woven in, the ties crocheted and she got her bath. She’s dry now and waiting for her close up, Mr. DeMille.

WIP Report

Hey, I remember you! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of those, so why wait until next Thursday?

You’re right; it’s another completed Hot Waffles. This one is for Janessa, my kick-ass kungfu sister who also helped me in NY.

Project: Hot Waffles by Anne Hanson of Knitspot
Yarn: Rowan Calmer in that purpley plum color; just under one ball. (This was the leftovers of the second ball for my Shedir hat.)
Needles: Knit Picks Classic 16″ Circulars in US size 6
Start: April 12, 2008
Finish: April 16, 2008
Thoughts: I love this yarn and hope one day that I’ll be able to make a sweater out of it. Nice cotton feel, although a bit dry, in great colors, with great stree-e-e-e-etch. Time to start trolling Ravelry for someone who’s looking to destash. What else can I say about this pattern, except You Really Need to Make This Hat. I promise you’ll love it.

This is where the Cavern Cardi is at this moment. I literally have about an inch left of stockinette on the sleeve, then an inch of seed stitch and the knitting will be completely done! It’ll be weaving in ends, making the ties, washing, blocking, and just making her presentable. It’s been a drag pulling her out at softball and soccer games, because she’s full-sized now. This weekend, I vow to complete her! Ha, if that’s not a slap in the face for the Knitting Goddess… (um, please, Knitting Goddess, I’m sorry for making that disrespectful comment just now; please don’t slap me down. I promise I’ll be reverent and good from now on.)

Since I finished my Lenore socks earlier this month, I’ve been itching to do another pair of socks and some lace. I knew I had a skein of Koigu KPPPM already caked; it was used for some lace socks I tried but abandoned. I dug it out, printed out the pattern for Los Monos Locos, aka The Crazy Monkeys. They’re toe-up versions of Cookie’s Monkey pattern with knits instead of purls. I worked on the toe today and tomorrow, I get to start the pattern on the top of the foot.

As for the lace I’ve been jonesing for, I’ve been in love with the latest slew of lace scarf patterns: Flutter, Gust, Alhambra, Pear and Trellis, and one not-so-new pattern, the unattainable peak of lace knitting IMHO, Hanami. Just got to fit them in somewhere.

We have four soccer games and one softball game to watch this weekend. Guess I’ll be doing a bit of knitting too. Have a good one.

Quick Medicine

After finishing up Lenore, I needed some quick knitting to soothe my injured ankle, so I decided to whip up a couple of Hot Waffles hats as gifts to my kungfu brothers who helped shlep my stuff and me back to LA.

Hat #1

Hat #2

Project: Hot Waffles Hat 1 & 2 by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Rio de la Plata 3 Ply Thread in Rabbit for Hat #1 (mostly used leftover scraps from Sweetie Boy’s sweater and a little bit of a new skein); Jaeger Matchmaker Merino Aran in Black for Hat #2 (less than 2 skeins)
Needles: Knitpicks 16″ classic circulars in US size 7 for Hat #1; Addi Turbo 16″ circulars in US size 6 for Hat #2
Start and Finish: Hat #1 – April 5 to April 6; Hat #2 – April 6 (done in 1 day)

Thoughts: This is a great pattern that is super easy to remember and looks great. Perfect masculine hat. I have to pick up some Rowan Calmer to make a couple more in cotton. These receive a high recommendation and a must-knit rating, if I were to rate the patterns.

I never gave you the details on the Lenores, so here goes…
Project: Lenore by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in Lenore colorway, 1 skein
Needles: KnitPicks 16″ classic circulars in size 2.25mm; 2 circs method
Start: Jan 2008
Finish: April 1, 2008

Thoughts: These were part of our knitting group’s knitalong, and I really love these socks. These were the first pair of socks where i actually correctly calculated the appropriate amount of negative ease so the socks would fit snugly and comfortably. The top cuff is a bit tight so there’s some fidgeting to get them on. On the second cuff, I held double the needles and that seemed to loosen a bit more but not as much as I would have liked. Now, to count down the days when I can actually get them on my feet.

This is the right sleeve for the Cavern Cardigan right before I had to frog it. That’s right. F-R-O-G IT. I figured out I was using size 8 needles, instead of size 7, and it was too loose and floppy. Rip it, rip it, rip it! I’m about halfway now I think and like the feel of it much better.

My Trip to NY

I just came back from New York. Here are some of the things I did:

I saw her from far away.
I walked across this.
I ate yummy pizza here.
I finished this on the plane ride back.
I won these.
I got a boo boo and now have to wear this.
And the saddest part of the trip… I didn’t go to any yarn stores.