Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Episode 3: My Mom

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Episode 2: My Name


Show Notes:

CHAT
-Origin of Podcast Name
-About Wool Sorter's Disease: I think it's actually goats that carry Bacillus anthracis, not sheep. I remember getting very upset in class when my professor said "and goats make wool, so it's called Wool Sorter's disease." Goats make cashmere. Sheep make wool. Get it right! (Am I right?)
Edit: According to Wiki, animal hides/wools can carry the bacteria.

FOs
-Summer Solstice Mysetery Shawl KAL 2012 by Wendy D. Johnson (ravelled here), made with Malabrigo Yarn Sock in colorway 855 Aguas, using US 4, 3.5 mm needles
-Skirt from old Gap dress

WIPs
-Summer Socks made with Knit Picks Felici in Afternoon, using US 1, 2.25 mm needles.
-Spring Showers by Joji Locatelli (ravelled here), made with Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in colorway 866 Arco Iris, using US 5, 3.75 mm.
-Knitted Garter Stitch Blanket by Elizabeth Zimmerman (ravelled here, using all of Jared Flood's modifications), made with Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool in colorway 9008 Natural/Beige Marl, yarn held doubled, using US 13, 9.00 mm needles.
-Tiger Bootees by Zoe Mellor from 50 Baby Bootees to Knit (ravelled here), made with Debbie Bliss Cathay in 12012 Purple and Katia Cotton Comfort in 16 Yellow, using US 1.5, 2.5 mm needles.

FUTURE
-Dark and Stormy by Thea Colman, possibly along with the 2012: A Sweater Odyssey Group, using Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Charred. Pattern won from the A-OK/A-Bomb Craftalong hosted by Nicole of Positively Knitting Podcast and Kim from the CraftStash Podcast

FROM MY STASH
-Cephalopod Yarns Traveller in San Francisco Bay for an eventual Low Tide Ripples by Suvi Simola
-Interweave Knits, Summer 2012 issue: Twist and Shout dress by Peggy Favorite
-Provence Baby Cardigan by Cecily Glowik Macdonald (ravelled here); made with Knit Picks CotLin in U043 Lantana, using US size 4 (3.50 mm) & US size 3 (3.25 mm).
-Rufus Textured Cardigan by Kristen Rengren from one of my most favorite books ever, Vintage Baby Knits (ravelled here); made with Berroco Vintage DK in colorway 2104 Mushroom using US Size 5 (3.75 mm) and US Size 4 (3.50 mm)

Monday, July 23, 2012

FO: Jenica Hoodie


Ever since I had seen the Jenica Hoodie on Ravelry, I wanted to make it. I've already mentioned several times how I much I love all of Joji Locatelli's patterns. This was definitely no exception. 

I just gave in before Mad May and said to myself, "To heck with it. Just buy the yarn and knit it." I haven't done that in a long time because I'm always trying to use my stash actively or buying because of lusting. I rarely actually buy and immediately cast on. I am so glad I finally did so.


The sweater grew even more than my swatch predicted once I was done, so I was very glad that I had shortened the sleeves and body as much as I did. I could have used even more shortening, but it's definitely wearable. I feel like a little elfin.


The best part is that I asked my friends for some suggestions on types of buttons/zippers to go with the sweater. Everyone said wooden buttons (going with the elfish theme, I guess). I walked into my local yarn store and found the perfectly stained wooden buttons that matched perfectly with the gradations of the yarn. Everything was very, very pricey, but I am so happy with the FO.



Pattern: Jenica Hoodie by Joji Locatelli (ravelled here.)
Yarn: Madelinetosh Chunky in Jade (7.77 skeins = 1282.1 yds), from Mr. Yarn
Made for: Me
Size: 38"/40", with mods
Needles: US size 8 (5.00 mm), US size 7 (4.5 mm), US size 5 (3.75 mm)
Notions: 6 perfectly shaded wooden buttons from Mass Ave Knit Shop
Dates: 05.08.12-05.15.12
Cost: $124.16 (yarn cost) + $6 (pattern cost) + $16.05 (button cost) = $146.21 (Note to self--this costs more than my winter jacket. Must make sure I actually wear it that often. It is warm enough to wear as a winter jacket.)
Mods: 
-Only cast on 8 sts for the armpits in both the body of the sweater and the sleeves of the sweater. This gave me the body width I wanted according to my calculations.
-Knit a few extra rows before increasing for the body.
-Adjusted for the body width when I made my pockets.
-Shortened the body and the sleeves quite a bit to fit my body. I didn't account enough for how this yarn grows after washing, though. I probably should have made it shorter.
-Didn't decrease for the sleeves until I had knit 39 rounds and then did 2 rounds of decreases to continue following the pattern.
-Knit 9 row garter edge for the front band because I like symmetry.
-Placed button loops on the top of the sweater.
-Used 6 buttons instead of the 4 called for. I didn't want additional gaping.

Friday, July 20, 2012

2012 Sweater Knitting, Part 1

In the beginning of 2012 (6 months ago!) I sketched out the sweaters that I wanted to have completed by the end of the year. It was my knitting resolutions list. I have been meaning to put them up on the blog since January, but only now have I actually had the time to scan the images, upload them, yada yada yada. 

Turns out, I've actually knit several of these sweaters already.


The White Pine (by Amy Christoffers) that I had envisioned on the left; The White Pine I ended up making on the right (blogged here). I love this sweater. Not too shabby, huh? What made this sweater even more awesome was that I won some stitch markers for knitting along with the 2012: A Sweater Odyssey group on Ravelry.


 

I had the yarn and pattern for the Alexandria Cardigan (by Connie Chang Chinchio) for quite a while. I just needed to bite the bullet and knit it (blogged here).

 

The Delancey Cardigan (by Alexis Winslow, who is too cute) was too much fun. I have to confess. I wasn't sure how I was going to do my collar when I first did this drawing. I filled in the stripe in the collar with red afterwards, and I'm glad I did. My version turned out fitting really nicely, and I wore it through-out the spring (blogged here.)



Finally,  Idlewood by Cecily Glowick McDonald has been on my needles forever. I loved the pattern and couldn't think of what yarn to use for it. Then, when Jared Flood came out with his yarn line, I had to have some Shelter in Button Jar (the color is so complex; pictures don't do it justice). I didn't have a pattern in mind. Sometime last October, the two (pattern & yarn) met in harmony, and stayed there. Until there was dischord (yeap-I made a musical pun). My gauge varied so wildly in this project. Anyway, here is my version (blogged here.)

This was definitely not the end of my sweater fantasies in the beginning of 2012. There were too many to tackle in one post. I'll do a re-evaluation of my goals for the rest of the year soon, so you can possibly expect to see a few more of my crude drawings!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Episode 1: My Craft Room



Show Notes:

INTRO

CHAT
-Welcome/Intros
-Podcast group on Ravelry: Joy and Smiles Podcast
-Little bit more about me: I love sweets, especially Turtle Tracks ice cream. Trying to lose weight, though. I also have danced for a long time.

CRAFT ROOM
-I want to fit everything in the shelf before I move the next time in 3-4 years.
- I didn't talk about the story of getting the shelf into the craft room. That will be for next episode.

WIPs
-Summer Solstice Mysetery Shawl KAL 2012 by Wendy D. Johnson (ravelled here), made with Malabrigo Yarn Sock in colorway 855 Aguas, using US 4, 3.5 mm needles
-Summer Socks made with Knit Picks Felici in Afternoon, using US 1, 2.25 mm needles. 
-Spring Showers by Joji Locatelli (ravelled here), made with Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in colorway 866 Arco Iris, using US 5, 3.75 mm.

FOs
-Still Light Tunic by Veera Vallimaki (ravelled here), made with Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca in colorway 0501 Light Grey, using US 2.5, 3.0 mm needles, along with the 2012: A Sweater Odyssey group
-Skirt, using 7/8 of a yard of Dear Stella Maasai Mara Maasai Grey fabric, loosely based off of the One-Hour Skirt in Sewing in a Straight Line
-Skirt, using 1 yard of a Linen blend from JoAnn's, loosely based off of the One-Hour Skirt in Sewing in a Straight Line

FUTURE
-Bulletin Board for cubicle
-Wallet, based off of pattern from Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders
-Dark and Stormy by Thea Colman, possibly along with the 2012: A Sweater Odyssey Group, using Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Charred. Pattern won from the A-OK/A-Bomb Craftalong hosted by Nicole of Positively Knitting Podcast and Kim from the CraftStash Podcast

Sunday, July 15, 2012

FO: Idlewood

My apologies for being away for a while. The move has drained me a little more than I had expected, and it's taken me a few weeks to feel settled in a bit. Hopefully, life will not keep getting in the way of updating you all on my projects.


This sweater was due a long time ago. It was one of those projects where I bought the pattern and yarn separately and realized later that they would make a perfect match. I started on the cowl back in October 2011. It stayed as a WIP for quite a while until my mojo came back in the spring. My gauge varied wildly over the course of the project so I had to rip out several times and reknit with different needles. This made it totally worth it in the end.

 

I love the rustic feel of the yarn, and the ginormous cowl neck of the sweater. This will be a staple for me when the weather cools down. I can layer it over so many things and feel very comfortable in the loose, flowy top.



Pattern: Idlewood by Cecily Glowik McDonald (ravelled here).
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed SHELTER in colorway 07 Button Jar, 6.68 skeins = 935.2 yards. This yarn smells really really good. I think I was constantly sniffing the yarn while knitting.
Made for: Me.
Size: between 36 3/4" & 40"
Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm)
Notions: None
Dates: 10.19.11-04.28.12
Cost: $100.50 (yarn cost) + $6 (pattern cost) = $106.50, which is one expensive sweater. I don't think I will buy Shelter again, because I don't find it worth the cost, but it is lovely to work with.
Mods: Lots. Some are on my ravelry page, but many are not. I just kind of made modifications as I went, and unfortuntely, I did not take very good notes on the changes I made.