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Two New Pairs!

22 Dec

First up, the Posh Frock Red socks:

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The Vital Statistics

DSCF1051Cast on: 2nd November, 2013
Finished: 15th December, 2013
Pattern: Spice Man basic toe-up by Yarnissima
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug, colourway #159 “Morello Mash”
Needles: 2.5mm Knitpicks fixed circular
Modifications: Garter-stitch gusset, K2P2 ribbed leg and upper foot. Judy’s Magic cast-on, Jeni’s Surprisingly Stretchy bind-off, and a 2×2 cable up each side of the leg, just to keep things interesting.

Next, Saturday Morning Cartoons:

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The Vital Statistics

DSCF1049Cast on: 30th October 2013
Finished: 15th December 2013
Pattern: Purl and Zag by Jeannie Cartmel
Yarn: Ms Gussett Sock, bought Bendigo 2010
Needles: 2.5mm Knitpicks fixed circular
Modifications: This pattern is actually for a toe-up sock with short-row heel, but I just used the stitch-pattern and plugged it into my standard top-down sock.

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Coconutkin

25 Oct

Another pair of socks to add to the pile:

My socks were only in the rosemary for a few minutes, but now they smell heavenly.

My socks were only in the rosemary for a few minutes, but now they smell heavenly.

The Vital Statistics:
Cast On: July 1st, 2013
Cast off: October 13th, 2013
Pattern: Nutkin by Beth LaPensee
Yarn: EGMTK! Sock, in a colourway I call Toasted Coconut, because, well, look at it!
Needles: 2.5mm Knitpicks fixed circular
Modifications: Fancy-schmancy Nancy Bush Estonian Cast-on, otherwise standard.
Link to Ravelry Project Page.

In Uffish Thought

6 Jul

Submitted for your approval, one pair of socks:

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New socks, new tree.

The Vital Statistics:
Cast On: 12th May 2013
Cast off: 1st July 2013
Pattern: Brainless, (Rav-link) by Yarnissima
Yarn: BMFA Socks That Rock mediumweight, colourway “Jabberwocky”
Needles: 2.5mm & 2.75mm Knitpicks nickel-plated fixed circular
Modifications: Eye-of-Partridge heel-flap, because it is just all-around better on socks than straight stocking stitch.

Better colour, new front step.

Better colour, new front step.

What do you get when you put together a yarn called Jabberwocky with a pattern called Brainless?

And as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame

Came wiffling through the tulgey wood

And burbled as it came.

This is my fourth attempt at this pattern; every other time I’ve had issues with the row-gauge making the gusset too short, but this time it came out perfectly. I blame the awesomeness of Socks That Rock. Incidentally, this is the last skein of STR that I bought with my birthday money in 2009. I really need to get me some more.

Dead gorgeous gusset.

Dead gorgeous gusset.

First time working Judy’s Magic Cast-on; what an amazingly clever woman! It came out perfectly on both socks, no need to tighten anything up, and as completely invisible as a Kitchener toe on a top down. Just lovely.

Another Wingspan

5 Feb

DSCF9606As previously mentioned, I cast on a second Wingspan immediately upon finishing the one I made for Boyo’s Year 6 teacher.

It is now finished and blocked, so this morning I took it outside and hung it in a tree.

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This one is made from the Crazy Zauberball I bought in Brisbane at the Stitches & Craft Show in October 2011.

My favourite part is that slash of red, edged with golden yellow.

DSCF9601If this scarf can’t brighten up a dreary winter day, then nothing ever will.

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The Vital Statistics:
Cast On: 3rd November, 2012
Cast off: 25th January, 2013
Finished: 30th January, 2013
Pattern: Wingspan, by maylin Tri’Coterie Designs
Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball, colourway 1564 “Tropical Fish”
Needles: 4mm Knitpicks Options circular
Modifications: I worked a wrap-and-turn at each short row, because I prefer that.
Ravelry Project page here.

Wingspan

25 Nov

What you see here is the result of collaborative effort.

My idea was to knit a scarf for Boyo’s teacher, and to buy the yarn at Bendigo.

Boyo decided that since we didn’t know her favourite colour, we should go with a rainbow.

Dr Bones pointed out a particularly lovely example of rainbow yarn.

Tinkingbell saw the ball of yarn and said “that needs to be a Wingspan”.

And then I came home and got to knitting.

The Vital Statistics:
Cast On: 28 September
Cast Off: 2 November
Pattern: Wingspan by maylin Tri’Coterie Designs
Yarn: Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock colour 957
Needles: 4mm Knitpicks Harmony circular
Ravelry link

This was such a lovely knit! I’m confident Boyo’s teacher will love it. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Foxhollow

4 Aug

Presenting my beautiful Foxhollow cardigan:

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The Vital Statistics:
Cast On: June 11, 2012
Finished: July 20, 2012
Pattern: Foxhollow, by Amy Swenson
Yarn: The Knittery 10ply Aran: Posmerino, hand dyed by me, colour “Blackberry Jam”.
Needles: 7mm Knitpicks Options circular
Modifications: Added about 20cm to the length, because I wanted to.

It’s my new favourite thing ever! So soft and warm and cuddly that it’s like wearing your dressing gown out in public. I finished it at Bendigo, so it took just about six weeks to knit, start to finish.

Undercurrent, et al.

5 Jul

Again, I’ve been having difficulties getting to the blogging. Had another exam on the 29th, for which I over-prepared (I can be a little obsessive – Boyo had to get it somewhere), so I’m feeling fairly confident about it. There’s a 4-5 week marking turnaround, so I’ve only just got the last results back – 86% on the exam, 92% on the assessment project, and an overall high distinction for the unit.

Anyway, on to the knitting: first up, Undercurrent (as usual, all links are Ravelry-links).

With an almost unanimous vote of “bigger is better”, I have sewn on the buttons. Part of the reason for my lengthy blogging silence is that every weekend, when I’ve had access to both daylight and a husband to wield the camera, it has rained. In fact, last weekend we had snow. So even though I’ve been wearing it all the time, there’s still no modelled pics. Finally, this morning I decided to just spread it out on the floor and take pics that way, so I can post this and move on. Hopefully, I’ll manage to get some pics of me in it at Bendi.

Anyhoo, here ’tis, my beautiful Undercurrent cardigan, overflowing with stripey Noro goodness. It’s so soft! And warm! And every other good thing! I will most definitely be knitting with Silk Garden again.

The Vital Statistics

Cast On: 22 July 2011
Cast off: 19th January 2012
Finished: 10th June 2012
Pattern: Undercurrent, by Lisa Kay for Knitty, First Fall 2011
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden, colourways 8 (blue-green-purple) & 84 (red-orange-pink), bought at Bendigo S&W 2011
Needles: 5mm Knitpicks Options, nickel-plated interchangeable circular
Modifications: None
Notions: 8 x 23mm natural shell buttons

Moving right along, I have also (finally!) put the finishing touches on my Cloud Chaser cardi/vest/thingy. The delay on this was three-fold: a) I ran out of yarn, so had to modify the armhole treatment (pattern called for 10 rows of k1 p1 rib, I ended up going with 2 rows purl), which first required b) a lengthy sulking/thinking process and c) I got distracted by other knitting. However, yesterday while sitting by the phone/computer waiting for contacts from auto-wreckers who were hopefully trying to find me a car part (more on that later), I picked up and worked the armholes, and here it is, blocking its little heart out in front of the heater (I’ve woven in those ends since taking this pic):

The Vital Statistics:
Cast On: February 24, 2012
Cast off: July 4th, 2012
Pattern: Cloud Chaser by Amy Singer/Indiknits.
Yarn: Cleckheaton Natural Cotton 8 ply, colour #004 (a very soft green); 10 x 50g balls
Needles: 4.5 mm Knitpicks Options interchangeable circular
Modifications: Added some length in the body, worked some of the edging in garter stitch rather than rib, 2-row purl armhole edging.

And of course, with all the finishing, there’s new projects on the needles:

Foxhollow, cast on June 11th (the day after I finished Undercurrent), is already waist-length, with sleeves. Now I basically just keep knitting ’til I run out of yarn. And there’s still plenty of that laying about – this yarn is the Neverending Packet of TimTams.

Finally, while stuck in Orange with the boys the other day, waiting for the auto-electrician to pronounce on my car, I cast on for a Calorimetry. I made one of these little lovelies several years ago, out of some beautiful lavender handspun that the most excellent Knitasha gave me for Christmas in 2007, but it never really worked for me – my hair was a cantankerous beastie when it was long, and the dreamy softness of Becky’s handspun didn’t really stand a chance. But I’ve been wearing it a lot since I cut my hair – it keeps my head warm, my hair out of my face while I’m studying, and I think it looks pretty cute, too. So I’ve decided to make a couple more out of the leftover Noro from my cardi. This is how much I got done during a leisurely morning tea and an hour at the library.

Finally, we got the call to tell me that my vehicle speed sensor needs replacing (click for an explanation of what it is and what it does, if you’re interested – I wasn’t until quite recently), and that because my car is a Proton, a new part is going to be hard to find and expensive (never again will I choose a car based primarily on cuteness!). So I spent all day yesterday emailng and calling various wreckers, in hopes that somebody would have one. Finally at almost 5pm, I found a guy in Sydney who had one, and it’s on its way here. All things being equal, I will be ready to roll in plenty of time for Bendi (knock wood, light a candle, wave a circle round it thrice).