January 16, 2010

Lace Ribbon II

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whew. I finished knitting a second Lace Ribbon Scarf. Knitty Spring 2009. I am done with that pattern! Both were knit with Sundara Sport Silk. Very nice yarn. I made a "cobalt over med." for my mom and this "ruby port" one for me. The ruby port silk bled all over my hands when I knit giving me red hands. Nice. The red yarn had some small runs of very white yarn that i didn't like so when I was washing out the nonbonded color I added vinegar and used hot water for the first wash to set the color and darken up the white bits. Then I rinsed and rinsed and rinsed. It is a long scarf I used two skeins (450 yds) on size 4 needles. The blue scarf  I used the same needles but only cast on 44 instead of 53 stiches and used up 1.5 skeins. I want to use the rest of the blue for a skinny scarf.

January 02, 2010

2009 Lists



1. 0112809_BlueLaceRibbonScarf, 2. 112209 DenimBrownRedBag, 3. 091509_DenimDiagonalRib, 4. 103109_TrekkingXXL, 5. 102409SunflowerBag01, 6. Modified Gentlemans Sock heel, 7. Negan's Purse, 8. Elegant Rib, 9. DropsCardigan, 10. Crazy Socks March 2009, 11. Chevron Scarf Detail March 2009, 12. ChocolateHedgerowSocksHeel02 

Started in 2008 and Finished in 2009
Drops 68-8 Lace Cardigan in rowan glace (if don’t want a zipper) (1250 yds)
Started and Finished in 2009
Hedgerow Socks from Knitters Review in Hazel Knits Sock in Chocolatier (400 yds)
Chevron Scarf from Last minute Knitted Gifts in Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Crazy Color 6-ply / 6-fädig (408 yds)
Toe up Plain socks in Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Crazy Color 6-ply / 6-fädig (272 yds)
Modified Gentleman’s socks from Interweave Knitting Vintage Socks in Sundara Sock in Green over Lime (400 yds)
Elegant Ribbed Socks from Interweave Favorite Socks in Louet Gems Sport Weight, Cement colored (200 yds)
Diagonal Rib Socks from Interweave Favorite Socks in Hazel Knits Sock in denim (400 yds)
Ribbed socks in Trekking XXL leftover from broadripple socks (230yds)
Lace Ribbon Scarf from Knitty Spring 2008 in Sundara Sport Silk in Cobalt over Caribbean (337 yds)
Total yardage: 2650 yds + 1250 for cardigan = 3900 yds
Totals: 6 pairs of socks, 2 scarves, and 1 cardigan
Started in 2009
Lace Ribbon Scarf II from Knitty Spring 2008 in Sundara Sport Silk Ruby Port (450 yds)
Tangled Yoke Cardigan from Interweave Knits Fall 07 in Rowan Rowanspun 4 Ply (1620 yds)
Dotty Felted Bag from Mason Dixon Outside the Lines in Noro Kyreyon and Patons Classic Wool Merino (890 yds)
Still did not finish in 2009
Install Zipper in Cable Yoke Jacket from Debbie Bliss in Lion Brand Cotton-Ease
Plan and execute Felted Design on already knitted and felted Sophie Bag from Mag knits in Patons Classic Wool
Plan for 2010
Finish 5 items listed above in Started in 2009 and Still Did Not Finish in 2009
Start and Finish at least 4 pairs of socks (~300x4= 1200 yds)
off the top of my head I would like to knit
fruit loop
Stained Glass Scarf from Holiday Knits in Feb Hazel Knits Sock Club Yarn  (~600 yds)
Use remaining Feb Hazel Knits Sock Club Yarn to knit spiral striped socks (~200 yds)
Paper Crane cardi with Habu Merino wrapped stainless paired with habu bamboo lace aka Metal Crane (~2000 yds)
Eco wool cardi  (~1200 yds)
Noro Cash Ihora top down raglan cardigan (~1000 yds)
4 pairs Felted Slippers for guests using patons classic wool



November 08, 2009

HazelKnitsSockClub Oct2009


October's yarn from Hazel Knits. Love these colors but will I knit socks or something else with these? I know many people are looking for non-sock patterns for 1 skein of sock yarn. I'm going to keep looking until I find something that will work. Right now I am knitting a Lace Ribbon Scarf out of sundara Sport Silk and while the yarn and pattern are lovely (so soft) it feels like it is taking forever and I am only 200 yds into it (out of 400). I plan on knitting the majority of the yardage in a wide lux scarf and the remainder into a skinny skinny scarf.

October 31, 2009

Socktober 2009

This year for socktober I made one pair of socks out of leftover Trekking XXL. I used the majority of this yarn in 2006 . I loved they way the yarn looks and even though I have a lot of sock yarn lined up I decided to use the remaining 50 g for a simple pair of toe up two at a time 2x2 rib hourglass heel socks on size 1 Addies. Since there was so little yarn there is only a small cuff. They don't match at all but nobody sees these in my clogs.




August 08, 2009

Denim Diagonal Rib Socks

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I'm using Hazel Knits Denim for Interweave Knits diagonal rib socks. I modified the pattern to do toe up two at a time on one circular (size 1) with hour glass heels. I am about 5 inches up the leg and want to use most of the yarn.

 Here's a link to a really neat contest for a felt cake.


July 05, 2009

Past the Armpits

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I am knitting the Tangled Yoke cardigan from Interweave Knits Fall 2007 with Rowanspun 4 ply. For such a fine yarn it fills a lot of space after knitting with US 5 needles. I have knit the body and the sleeves and am now working on the yoke. I've got a couple if plain inches before I start the pattern on the yoke. I am thinking that this project will hang out in a bag until winter because unless it is a cool summer, knitting with a lap full of wool ....


June 02, 2009

Modified Gentleman's Sock


Gentleman's sock highly modified from Vintage Socks.

The changes were: a) decrease # rows in the repeats to scale to a smaller sock b) continue pattern on heel flap c) cast on 60 stitches d) no shaping.

Yarn: Sundara Sock Evergreen over Lime

Needles: Size 0 addie Turbos

This colorway of Sundara sock yarn pooled terribly in many of the socks I started. This stitch pattern and no of stitches gave the best result.


April 19, 2009

TaDa!..wait I still have a little more to do


TaDa! My Drops cardigan is all seamed up and blocked. Blocking made it about 2 inches bigger. It fit better before blocking! The picture shows the cardigan fronts overlapped by about an inch on each side. I didn't wash and block my swatch so now I will have to come up with something creative for the front fastenings: toggles? snaps? shrink in hot water? I not really done but here are the specs:

Yarn: Rowan cotton glace 10 balls 50 grms each

Patttern: Drops Cardigan

Needles: Addie Turbo size 3

Followed patter except at shoulders where I did a three needle bind off.


April 11, 2009

Crazy Socks


these socks are perfect for easter. I made most of these socks on vacation. Easy and very comfy. Here is my procedure:

3x1 Ribbed Socks: used toe up cast on using this tutorial: Turkish cast on from Yarnivorous
kfb at the sides of each round for 6 rounds then increases at the sides of each round every other row until i had 64 stitches.
Knit until two inches before heel then do hourglass heel (I use better than baby booties for the instructions from interweave knits).
Legs are knit in K3P1 until almost no more yarn was left.
Cast off using grumperina method.

Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Crazy Color 6-ply / 6-fädig
2 skeins = 272.0 yards (248.7m)
Colorway 5404
US 0

April 02, 2009


We went away for a week to Sedona, AZ. Never been, never thought about going there, but a great time-share came up to trade (my mom's time share) with two bed rooms at a nice place. Then it turned out Sedona has a lot of mtn bike riding and hiking and of course the weather at the end of feb is nice. So we went. The four of us. me, husband, son (2.5 yrs) and and my mom. The van was packed with bikes, clothes, food and a large bag of knitting.

Here is what I brought to knit:

Drops Cardigan to finish seaming: Magic Stripes Chevron Scarf: Magic Stripes Socks: Louet Gems Sport Sock Project: RowanSpun 4ply for Tangled Yoke Sweater and just in case I ran out a left over bit of Treking XXL for some small socks. three knitting books and one magazine. All Options needles + addie Turbos for socks.

Here is what I was able to work on:

Magic Stripes Chevron Scarf and Magic Stripes Socks.

There was, not surprisingly, very little time to sit around and knit. We were able to bike and hike a little and while I was unaffected my husband, mom and son all had allergies the whole week.

This bit of construction in front of one of the resturants was one of the many opportunities to see big machines in action. the little guy was very happy to watch this while we ate.

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March 20, 2009

Crazy Chevron Scarf


I finished the Crazy Chevron Scarf on a drive to Sedona. It pooled in a couple places, but not too bad. Decreasing the number of stitches may have been the way to go in retrospect. I steam-iron blocked it to take away the curl. It is a little itchy.. I have more of this yarn (different colorway) that I'm using to make socks.


Pattern: Chevron Scarf from Last-minute knitted gifts

Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Crazy Color 6-ply / 6-fädig 3 skeins color 5404

Needles: KnitPicks Options Size 5

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March 06, 2009

Chevron Scarf


These are not the usual colors for me but it is hard for me to resist self striping yarn. There are a few places where it pooled so perhaps I could have made a narrower scarf to prevent that. I am finished with this already but don't have a pic yet. Here are the specs for my records:

Pattern: Chevron Scarf from Last minute hand-knitted gifts by joelle haverson

Yarn: 3 skeins Regia Crazy color #5402 75% wool 25% polyamide

Needles: Options size 5 US


February 22, 2009



I may have been inspired by the new issue of Vogue knitting to try to knit a sweater out of this yarn because I have worked in earnest with this big yarn (Rowan Biggy Print) with even bigger (us 19) than the pictured (us 17) knitting needles. I combined two patterns: the body from Murmur in the Rowan leaflet 'The Next Big Thing' and the sleeves from a zipped fitted jacket pattern from Rowan that I downloaded when I had a subscription Rowan. The sleeves from Murmur were straight up and down and seemed a little too shapeless. I am done with the knitting and have started the seaming. I used eight ginourmous skeins of this yarn. It goes fast because there are so few rows compared to say the Drops cardigan that I have stuffed into a bag awaiting seaming. If the sweater doesn't work out I have plans for Monster slippers complete with fun fur.

February 16, 2009

Chocolate HedgeRows


This sock pattern was fantastic, as was the Hazel Knits sock yarn. I made the heel flap a little long and that caused some pooling around the ankle joint. I like the way the pattern continues on the heel and how stretchy the fabric is. I used a 40 ' size 1 addi turbo needle.

My next projects are:

Chevron Scarf from Crazy color sock yarn

Murmur sweater in Rowan Biggy Print (can't find a link for this)

Farm themed Bag for son's wooden farm animal toys (something similar to this)

January 29, 2009

Only one toe to go: HedgerowSocks


The Socktober Mystery Socks were ripped and I started Hedgerow Socks instead. I don't like sock knit patterns with yarnovers or other hole creating stiches and Hedgerow socks fit the bill. I saw the link to pattern on Yarn Harlots site.  I am using size 1 40'' addi turbo circulars, one sock at a time only. I like this better than dpns now because it is seemingly less dangerous to knit around my son this way...fewer sharp points. Only one more toe to go.

January 24, 2009

All my far


It looks like a bunch of laundry, but these this is my collections of all the socks I have knitted so far. they are all in good shape except the second pair I knitted, the ones with the blue stripes. The hourglass heel on those is sorta coming undone. Can you tell I like green, brown and black?

January 02, 2009

2008 Review

the 2008 Craft Summary list is pretty short:

3.5 pairs of socks

One Cable Net Sock (the second one)

Koigu RetroRib Socks

Lorna Laces Pinstripe Socks

Sundara Violet over black Diagonal Cross Rib Socks

Finished and Blocked Rowan KidSilkHaze Birch Rectangular Shawl

Malabrigo Silky Merino Amoroso Clapotis  (no photo yet)

Cashmerino Steel Blue Fetching Mittens (no photo yet)

Sewn Bags:

3 Box bags (Sold one on Etsy, the other two are still available)

1 Un-Paper Bag ( I use this to carry my knitting in the summer)

1 recycled Library Bag (We use to carry kid books)

1 Fruit patterened Lunch Bag (Used as Purse, lunch bag and now mini diaper bag with two diapers and a small pack of wipes)

Not finished but all the knitting is done on the Drops Rowan Glace Cardigan

2009 Forecast

Finish Drops Cardigan

Make something with Red Rowan Biggy Print sweater or slippers

Cardigan with eco wool

4 pairs of socks

mini felted bags

felted clogs

more sewn bags


September 28, 2008



I'm almost to the toe on my first Sundara Violet over Black sock. The sleeves of my Drops cardigan I don't feel are right so i'm pausing for a while until I can think of a solution. We went to PB over the weekend and happened upon Needlecraft Cottage on the way to the skate board shop. Neat store, nice people. I came out with two skiens with of Cascade Ecological Wool (planned for patons urban aran cardigan ala Brooklyn Tween) and four skiens of Malabrigo silky merino in the color way amoroso 157 for some sort of wrap.





September 07, 2008



I was pleased to get this handpainted sock yarn from Hazel Knits even if that makes 4 pairs of socks in the queue. I want to knit them in the order purchase so I have started knitting Diagonal Cross-Rib Socks from Interweave's Favorite socks with Sundara's violet over black. It is/was hard to get Sundara's yarn and soon Sundara will be going to a subscription only service, which I doubt I will do because I want to buy the exact yarn I want not what is selected for me.

September 02, 2008


The Drops cardigan continues, although at a glacial pace. The body in now complete and seems to be about the right size. I am modifiying the sleeves because the pattern specifies a very wide, long and lacy cuff. I will still do the lace pattern but only one repeat (40 rows) which ends up almost halfway up my forearm. i have cut down the width to about half, 38 stitches instead of 62. Now I have to figure out the modifications to the increases to get me to the sleeve cap with the right number of stitches.


June 15, 2008



I love this yarn, Rowan cotton glace. I've had this since ~midyear 2005 (Cucumber Patch on Ebay) and have finally found this project for it. Raveley is fantastic for finding patterns and seeing yarn substitutions. The pattern so far is great and no problem to knit with out a chart. Except I noticed some weird twist I did about halfway through for one row. I spent a whole week doing this kind of surgery, but in the end the result was that not all of the repaired areas looked good. So ripped it went. One note for the pattern is they don't mention that at the end of the very first lace pattern row there are 5 or 6 knit stitches you need to make the pattern symmetrical for each side of the front. and also need to 'do' the pattern stitch here. as well to match the other side. The pattern does not mention this at all! I had to rip out the first time I did this thinking I goofed. The yarn is great because it doesn't fuzz with all the frogging I've had to do.


June 07, 2008

So Close


I am so close to finishing the Birch Stole. The photo shows about 25 stitches more to cast off. I did a sewn bind off and it takes forever compared to regular two needle cast off. I was able to finish binding off these last stitches and now it awaits blocking. My notes say there were 299 stitches total!!! I'd like to block this right now but my son is sleeping and the sound of water sometimes but not always wakes him up while he is napping.

May 25, 2008



These socks are done...weeks ago. But no photo yet. I've trying to take a least one photo of my 1. 75 year son and have been doing pretty well with that. It's fun to record how he changes so fast. For my next project I want to make something with the HABU thread (A tank?)or maybe use the Rowan cotton glace. A cardigan I'm thinking of for the cotton is from DROPs and I found the pattern via Ravelry. The person that knitted this even used the same color yarn I have! It must be meant to be...

May 06, 2008



We had some late rain for the year today, hopefully that will help everything stay greener longer. I don't think that this Sundara Sock yarn will have any trouble with that. This colorway is evergreen over lime. Even though I have a few pairs of socks in the queue I'm already thinking that the next yarn I want to try is Sock that Rock by Blue Moon.

April 06, 2008



These socks should be very easy and very fast. Cast on 64 stitches of Lorna's Laces Sock in 'pin stripe', Size 1 aluminum double pointed needles. Knit 6 rows, yarn over knit two together for the seventh row, knit 6 more rows and then knit the live stitches onto the cast one edge. I'm planning an hourglass heal. The color looks good although I thought (wanted) the stripes bigger. The wool is very soft and fine.

March 29, 2008

Working On

Current works in progress:

Birch: Finished Knitting at three skeins and in the progress of a flexible handsewn bind off. There were/are 299 stitches. On average I can bind off about 20 stiches per sitting, it's so much more time consuming that the regular way i bind off.

Lorna's Laces Pin Stripe Sock yarn: Started socks in plain stockinette stitch with a picotte cuff. I'm wondering what the stripes will look like.

Bracelets: Still at the drawing board on this one.

Garden: Growing Pumpkins and Basil.

March 20, 2008

Socks for my Sister


Finished. Whew. The particulars? Koigu KPPM, Color 415, kinda scotch thistle heather, Size 2 needles. Pattern: Retro Rib from Interweave Knits Favorite Socks. These have been sent to the Icy North for my sister. Hand wash only!

March 05, 2008

Even When I was 11 I Photographed my Knitting

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I found this photo in my album. It's of two knitted projects I made when I was 11. This is the earliest photo I have of anything I have knitted. This photo was developed in Oct 1979, but I seem to remember that I made these in the summer when my sister was home from college. The green one is a belt with a D ring (garter stich) and the red object is a very ineffective potholder in a basket weave pattern. I remember knitting these but not the kind of yarn. Obviously this photo was taken with a point and shoot camera with no marcro. it was probably 110 film and I probably only took one picture because film and developing weren't cheap for an 11 year old.

March 01, 2008

Encinitas Yarn Crawl


We are lucky to have three local yarn stores in Encinitas/Solana Beach. Black Sheep, Common Threads and Knitting by the Beach.


St Tropez in the Encinitas Lumberyard is a great place to go before or after shopping. ~900 block of Hwy101 (Closer to Black Sheep than Common Threads)



            This is my favorite bakery/bistro in Encinitas. I lived in Santa Cruz for 7 years and I was spoiled there with high quality bakeries…Gail’s, Rebecca’s, Kelly’s, Beckmans, The Buttery and Emily’s. Ok, I digress, back to St Tropez. The have excellent croissants ($2.10), flaky not dry and not too buttery. The almond croissants ($2.45) are just above average and sometimes way too dry. Other tasty treats are the Custard Brioche and strawberry éclair (these tend to sell out early in the day).  Hungrier for something more substantial? For breakfast they have egg and omelet dishes (~$7). Since I’m not an egg eater I can’t comment on those dishes but I do know that my husband has ordered the ratatouille omelet more than once and that the rosemary roasted potatoes are excellent. Sometimes I get a grilled panini. I like the Monaco or the St Tropez panini. These are big enough to share and come with a small salad. They have a full menu of salads. I particularly like the goat cheese salad. Finally the best thing about St Tropez is the large patio for people watching, paper reading and or course knitting. St Tropez does not serve espresso due to limitations in their lease by Starbucks. If you like Starbucks though, it's is next door.

February 26, 2008

Working On

Making Beads.

Making an effort to finish Birch.

Staining and sealing IKEA kids table and chairs.

Completing Taxes

Looking for new furniture: Couch x1? x2?

Getting ready to go back to work tomorrow.


February 19, 2008


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I don't know what possessed me to pick this project from Knitty. It took forever! Size 0 needles, lots of stitches, cables, knits, purls and on and on. I knit the cuff 1 repeat shorter than specified in the pattern and knit three repeats for the foot. I did do the cabled heel which was a big challenge, especially for the first sock. I purchased the Lorna's Laces Sock wool in Feb 2007 and finally finished this project in the last days of Feb 2008. For some months I didn't knit much on these socks, but with laid off time winding down I wanted to get these done and off my list so I put a concerted effort into these.

February 04, 2008

Hazel Knits


Best New Sock Yarn Source 2008: Hazel Knits

That's the award I'm giving Wendee of Hazel Knits. This one is Chocolatier color code 115. It's hard to find interesting brown yarn that I like. After the Cable Net and Retro Rib socks are done then I can start new socks! I figure I have 11 hours of knitting to finish the second Cable Net sock (foot and toe remaining ) and half that for the retro ribs (heel, foot and toe remaining of second sock). So, plenty of time to think of what pattern I will start with the Chocolatier. I first saw this color of yarn at Rayleen. thanks for the tip! 

January 16, 2008

2007 Review 2008 forecast

2008 Review 

Even though I felt like I was always knitting it seems like I didn't knit that much last year. My finished projects were:

1 Felted Bag: Wobbly Circles Tote

3.5 pairs Socks: Embossed Leaves, Jaywalker, Lang Jawoll cotton, One CableNet sock

1 Child's Jacket: Cable Yoke Jacket

1 Scarf: So-called-scarf

1 Cardigan: TuttiTwist Cardigan reknit the sleeves, seamed and stitched (still need buttons)

Most of my time was spent knitting the CableNet sock...Ah, about 3 months. I knit a lot of it while watching season 1 and 2 of 24 and the rest in the car about a half hour every weekday morning. I have less than half of the second sock done so maybe about 2 months more...

2008 Forecast

Socks: Second Cable Net sock, retro rib, others?

Scarfs: Finish Birch, Start River

Rowan Glace Cardigan

Use Rowan Biggy Yarn for intended cardigan or improvise something else

Mini Felted bags

Sewing: Box Project Totes

Jewelry:  Glass Beads to use to make Bangles and Bracelets



January 10, 2008

Retro Rib


At first I started knitting this wool (Koigu KPPM 415) as plain socks with size 1 needles and in fact finished one sock before I figured out I don't like the result. Too small and not stretchy. So, I started the retro rib socks from Interview Knits Favorite Socks. I will knit the leg part longer than I usually do and hope I will have enough yarn.

January 08, 2008

Koigu 415

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Got some Koigu KPPM dye code 415 for socks. I still deciding on the pattern and will probably do a rib leg with a short row heel or maybe a pattern from the Interweave knits Favorite Sock book or ?

November 27, 2007

Done with the scarf: On with the socks

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The so-called scarf was a easy knit. Two skeins of Mano del Uruguay in the Granite colorway on size 11 needles. Length? About 6 ft. I didn't keep track of when I finished this. I quickly started a pair of Plain Koigu socks. I started last wednesday before Thanksgiving and am almost to the toe. No pics.

November 07, 2007

Tried of Tiny Needles

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After my swatching with the Biggy Wool and not getting the results that I wanted, I wanted an easy knit . So, last weekend while my husband was getting some skateboard parts I popped into my LYS, Common Threads. I looked at the big wool patterns and found none that I liked for the biggy wool and then got two skeins of Manos del Uruguay in colorway 108 Granite to knit the so-called-scarf that has been on my mind to knit for a while. I probably could have used the biggy wool to make this scarf but I've wanted to try the Manos for a while and this is the perfect project for it. The pattern is easy to remember and suits the yarn. One thing about the yarn. I had to rip out a few times after yucky color pooling in narrower widths than specified in the pattern and the yarn gets a bit ratty after that. Just so you know. These are US size 11 bamboo needles from Clover.

November 05, 2007

Biggy Wool

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I got this Biggy Wool from Cucumber Patch on Ebay for a gem of a price and after knitting so many things with tiny yarn I want a break from tiny . Great! I got the gauge with the recommended needles, US35s, for the pattern above (Fitted Zipped Jacket) ...except, I don't like the look. It looks very 70's in a bad way. knida Macrame'ish...fingers easily slipping through the holes. I tried smaller needles, US19s, and like the look better but now I don't have the right tension. So this is what I have done so far...i) set it aside for a week to think about (well really I cast it aside in dismay because I finally am knitting the pattern with the yarn it specifies and I don't like the look), ii) look for another pattern with this yarn. Now I am thinking about reworking this or another big yarn pattern for tighter gauge OR giving up on a big yarn monster sweater and making monster slippers from the stitch N Bitch Nation book for me and XY. In the meantime I've still got my cable net sock #2 stalled out and want an easy project.

October 23, 2007

Toxic Jaywalkers

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I finished my Toxic Jaywalkers this weekend. I just had to finish the toe and that seemed to take a while to get to because i was falling asleep every night at around 8! The pattern was Jaywalkers from Mag knits. Size 1 boyle dp aluminum needles. Vesper self striping sock yarn from Knitterly Things in the Toxic colorway. The socks came out ok but they are a little tight going over the heel.

I'm up to 2.5 repeats on the leg of my 2nd cable net sock.

We have been home bound for the past two week days because of the massive brush fires. Many people have had to evacuate. Many homes have burned. We were going to go to the my in-laws but they have just as much smoke and it is less trouble to look after our son here. The fire came very close miles-wise to our house but we live in the middle of town so it was unlikely to come this far. we were ready to evacuate if needed. One of our friends had part of their horse corral burned but the house is said to be untouched. Many of his neighbors lost their houses. He hasn't been able to go back. It seems the 'worst is over' now but it is still smokey and ashy.

Not much knitting goes on when looking after our son, even with the two of us. He is an active little guy. I did crochet this thing for a japanese craft kit/purse kit from MakeMake. fun, but what purpose???

October 05, 2007

Progress Report

 No photos,  but a little progress. I finished one Jaywalker sock and have knit the leg and heel of the second sock. These don't take long at all and the pattern is super easy to remember.

Not so much progress on the second cable net sock...Usually my husband and I carpool but we had to drive separate all week so no car knitting and then a few days I did errands at lunch so no knitting. Maybe next week.

I've been accumulating lots of fabric from here and there on and off the web and I want to get down to sew. mostly bags. With our son, we are have been accumulating little kits of equiment , like to-go bags, that we need for certain activities. So that we can leave the house fast when we can.

September 13, 2007


I started to make Jaywalker socks from MagKnits with my Toxic Vesper Sock Yarn. Eww, the lime green is shocking. These will be fun socks to wear around the house in the winter. Big news here at Whirlstrom Studio I got a wool winder. It makes neat yarn cakes!

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June 26, 2007

Toxic Mobster



I finally got some self striping yarn from Vesper. The toxic colorway was the last stuff left, but I like greens and browns. The green is super neon not seen since the 80's. It will fun to watch these stripes form. i will probably knit plain stockinette socks with this. I had thought about dying my own self striping yarns because there are some great tutorials out there but I would rather knit or ... sleep.

Plus I got some Lorna Lace's sock yarn from my favorite seller in the colorway pinstrip. I didn't ask if this was a self striping yarn but it will be neat if it is.

I also got two books on socks, Sensational Socks by C. Chruch and Favorite Socks from IK knits.

I'm still slogging away at the Cable Net socks from Knitty with Lorna's Laces socks in ceder. I do a row or two on the way to work but most days after work I'm too spent to think and knit. I'm past the gusset have made it a dozen rows of the foot. Will I really be able to knit the second sock?

June 10, 2007

PomPom Mobile


Last weekend after dinner at our favorite japanese/hawaiian noodle place in Oceanside with my husband and in-laws, I dashed into JoAnn's and grabbed a bag of PomPoms with the idea that I would make a mobile. I used some 24 guage stainless steel wire that we had around the house. It was in a coil so I had to sort of make it straight. Then I strung the pompoms using a needle and thread, tied all the parts together and balanced away. My son loves this mobile especially when it moves in the breeze. This looks better in person than in the photo and looks a better than I thought it would, which is not usually the way quick projects work.

Progress on the cable net socks is slow. Somehow it took me a week to figure out the row setup for the heel flap. I had a tough time decoding the complicated instructions. Knit row 1 of chart C between the redlines 2 times.  lots of other writing. except for size C should knit beyond the red line. Oh and by the way skip a cable crossing in the first row only.  


June 03, 2007

CableNet Socks


For my newest project I picked CableNet Socks from Knitty. Crazy! So far I've knit almost three repeats of the leg chart. I would have been a lot futher (two more repeats plus cuff) if I hadn't thought that I knit it wrong and ripped it all out! Ouch. My husband, son (10 month old) and I are all carpooling to work and daycare on most days, so I've been able to knit about an hour a day. Not bad, except this is three weeks of knitting. Yup that's right three weeks/three repeats. I figure it will take another 4 weeks to finish this sock and then another 7 to finish the second. Maybe I'll get faster? I like this yarn, Lorna's Laces Socks in Ceder, that got on ebay from Birds 'N Yarn. This amount of knitting time is really giving me good value of hours per dollar spent on project/yarn. That's the way I think about shoe and clothing purchases too. If something is expensive I can rationalize it if I will wear it everyday or at least once a week for a year.

The background material is my new ironing board cover from Target. It looks a lot better than my old stained blue one!





April 30, 2007

My neighbor's roses


My 75+ year old neighbor has the most amazing roses. These are two of his roses that have fragrance. I love the contrast of the the super frillly pink rose and the simple 5 petal red rose.

My paper flowers are done. My little son loves to look up at them. Sometimes he giggles and sometimes it helps him burp. There are twenty flowers hanging on my living room ceiling. 10 of the ones made with petals and 10 of the fringe ones.


Also done are a pair of socks out of Lang Jawoll cotton super wash. I expected to get one pair from a skein since I like short socks, but they were heavily cabled so they used a toe over one skein. I can make a simple pair of plain socks with the remainder of the yarn. The varigation of the yarn makes the cables hard to photograph.

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edited to add details of socks:

Yarn: Lang Jawoll Cotton Superwash 49% wool 35% cotton 16% nylon purchased Spring 2004/EBAY

Needles: Size 1 Al dpn

64 stitches. 2x2 rib. no cuff. Cable every third row. Hourglass heel. Stockinette sole and toe.

If I made them again I would cable every 4th or 5th row and continue cable through the toe.

March 31, 2007

TuttiTwist Cardigan sans Buttons

My idea is that I can finish one knitted project a month. I have been doing this since October, mostly socks but still that's progress. This month I was working on a cardigan from a pattern in Knitting on the Edge by nicky epstein called Tutti Twist. the body and collar were already done but I wasn't happy with the sleeves. I reknit the sleeves in the largest size and sewed the pieces together. Today I steam blocked it and I am pretty amazed with the transformation. The fabric went from a thick boring knit to a light drapey material. I still have to fold over the facing on both fronts and sew in place. I can do that in probably two evenings. Plus I need buttons. The bigger issue is: I planned this sweater prebaby and I doesn't quite fit (see below) as loose i would like. I have been lucky to be able to go to the gym a lot in the last month and I can feel the results but i still have a long way to go before most of my clothes fit again. In the next year if there is a choice between knitting and exercising I will have to choose exercise.

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I used less than 10 skeins (50 g) of Patons Blue Bell 5 ply crepe yarn purchased in Australia. Size 6 US clover bamboo needles. I like the straights but hate using the circulars. I think the yarn cost $30 AusDollars.


March 27, 2007

Stash 032706

 The following are the projects I've got lined up in my stash. There are 10 total. Not too bad considering I barely knit last year. Well and plus the stuff that is in progress (a sweater, a scarf and a purse). The projects are

Socks: 2

Sweaters: 2

Scarves: 4 (I hardly wear scarves so may want to rethink those projects or make as gifts)

Baby Blanket: 1

Felted Bags: 1+++


1) Rowan Cotton Glace in Spice. I want to make a cardigan from this. I was thinking about Serrano from Knitty but am not sure about the gauge and will have to swatch. Purchased Midyear 2005? from Cucumber Patch on EBay.


2) Lang Jawoll Cotton for socks. This yarn has been with me all the way to Australia and back. I started a sock but then got distracted and ripped it out. I will probably make some plain socks from this. Purchased Midyear 2004 from EBay. I don't remember the seller.


3) 50 g of Marta's 2 ply merino destined for a lacy scarf. Branching Out Scarf from Knitty? Or something plain? IPOD holder? Purchased at Marta's in Melbourne Dec 2004.


4) Lion's Cotton Ease in white. I planed on Sitcom Chic cardigan from knitty but since it is unlikely that i would wear a sweater this white, this yarn may be better as a baby blanket. Purchased Midyear 2005 from JoAnnes


5) Rowan Kid Silk Haze. Thinking of River from Rowan Magazine 38. Pruchased MidYear 2005 from EBay.


6) Patons Classic Merino: I have many skeins of these to make More felted Bags!!! I am also thinking of making some Monster Slippers from Stitch and Bitch Nation. They have this yarn at Michaels and I usually use my 40% off coupon to get these.


7) Rowan Kid Silk Haze: This was the free kit with the Rowan subscription for 2005. I probably won't make the kit scarf.


8) Rowan Biggy Print in Red for a fitted Zipped Sweater from a free pattern off the Rowan site when I was a member. Puchased on Ebay from Cucumber Patch March 2007.

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9) Lorna's Laces Sock Yarn in Ceder for Cable Net socks from Knitty. Purchased on Ebay Febuary 2007.

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10) Be Sweet Boucle Mohair in Tomato from Noble Knits in Oceanside closing sale March 2007. For Twisty Scarf from Scarf Style.

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February 21, 2007

Unfinished Business

Many Knitters are writing about their piles of unfinished projects and I have been wanting to do this too. The beginning of the year is a great time to sort through the past!

First Up Tutti Twist Cardigan from Knitting on the Edge.  The photo in the book made the cardigan look so cozy and I had some brown wool (Patons Bluebell)I got on my trip to Australia. I knit most of this while carpooling to work with my husband.I started the cardigan in JULY 2005, knit all the pieces and noticed that the sleeves looked suspiciously small. This is what I have knit already.


My plan to finish the cardigan is to read some tutorials on sleeves in knitty, figure out where i went wrong, knit the sleeves, block and assemble. It shouldn't take too long...

Second is Birch from Rowan.  I am making a modified rectangular version of this wrap. It was started Nov 2005. So far I have knit about 2.5 balls of the Kid Silk Haze, but I stopped knitting this when it got too hot in the summer. One thing I don't like about knitting this is it leaves brown mohair fuzz everywhere. I need a good week to work on this to finish the knitting. I already purchased the blocking wires from Knitpicks and can't wait to experience the lace transformation.


Third is Sophie. I finished this purse Dec 2005 but have thought since then that it needed something. I made this doodle and at first I thought about embroidery but then I was browsing though some patterns on the KnitPicks web site and saw some needle felting that looked a lot like my doodle.




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This post took forever to put together. At least I learned how to put in links.

Continue reading "Unfinished Business" »

February 20, 2007

The Tote is done

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My Wobbly Circles tote is finished and felted. It will be handy to hold all my projects in progress. It was good for my first experience with intarsia. If I made a bag similar to this again I would make the design all over the bag instead of just a front and a back. I changed the handle from the one specified in the pattern I picked up 20 stitches on one side of the bag, knit about 30 rows of garter stitch flat, then changed to working stockinette in the round for the main part of the strap, switched back to garter stitch flat for 30 rows and then did a 3 needle bind off to finish. I would have made the strap longer but I was running out of blue.


Pattern details:


Interweave Knits Spring 2006


Needles: Size 7 circulars




2 skeins denium blue Patons classic Merino


< 1 skein each leaf green, purple, olive and grey. All Patons except grey which was Lion brand wool


The big news here a Whirlstrom Studio is I am out of my day job due to corporate restructuring. Yuck. I really liked all the people I worked with and was going start some interesting work. Now I have to start at a new job again.   I am planning to put this time to good use. First things: job search and interview talk preparation. Second: organize home office and start playing soccer again. It could take a while to find a job or it could happen right away. Maybe I'll have time to learn movable type a little in this time span.

February 01, 2007

Intarsia In The Round


I am making good progress on the Wobbly Circles Tote. i am now up to about row 80 out of 104. Since I am knitting the tote in the round I plop all the different bobbins of yarn inside and while not neat at all, I don't have to worry about chasing after them. I knit the odd rows and purl the even rows to accomodate the Intarsia. To deal with the beginning and end of each row I tried a technique I found somewhere on-line that references Fall 03 interweave knits. It goes like this "use a yo and a decreae at the end/beginning of each round to reverse directions. The beginning of the round is on the 1st stitch of one needle and the end of the round on the last stitch of the other needle." For me that seemed to leave the fabric a bit weak where the yarn over occured so I changed to knitting (or purling) to the marker that indicated the start of a new round, then knit (or purl) the first stitch past the marker. Then turn work to start the new round, skipping the last stitch knitted (or purled). Wow! that was hard to describe. I now have a new found respect for pattern writers. Anyway, the result was a bump where the round begins and ends which is OK for this project but not for one that will not be felted. The 'real' technique left no bump but looked weak and I wouldn't want that for a project that wasn't felted either. hum. Perhaps best to knit flat and sew up properly.

January 20, 2007

Wobbly Circles


 I started knitting the Wobbly Circles tote from interweave knits Spring 06. I am using Patons classic merino. The background will be new denium and the circles leaf green, royal purple, grey and brown. I got those bobbins from knitting in la jolla way back in April in preparation for this project. I am not going to knit the front and back separate as instructed but rather knit in the round. Each row will be knit in a different direction knit or purl otherwise the strands from the intarsia will be on the wrong side of the motif. We'll see how it works

January 14, 2007

Embossed Leaves

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 Happy New Year!

Since I have been back to work after maternity leave (2 months) I have been sick about half the time. This includes the last week of the year that we get as vacation. I was really looking forward to exercising and getting some baby proofing done around the house during that time. My husband is super sleep deprived. We are just a complete wreck. On the bright side our son is happy and giggly. We switched from a preschool type day care with lots of kids to a home day care with about 5 kids. Maybe we won't get sick as much. Ha Ha. The doctor and everyone else said we will be sick for about 2 years and then be super immune. Ugg.

There has been some knitting! I finished the Embossed Leaves socks from Interweave Knits Winter 05 in Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino in colorway 300. I made the leg and foot shorter since I am so short. I used crystal palace bamboo double pointed needles size 2

My next project is Wobbly Circles Tote from IK Knits Spring 2006. I'll be using Patons Classic Merino that I have in my stash. I've never done intarsia so this will be a good first project since it gets felted in the end.

I like the idea that people are going to be knitting from their stash this year. I'm not planning on participating in this but I do want to use the yarn I have so I can buy new yarn for new projects and knit them while the excitement of planning and buying is still there. I find it is not as fun for me go into my supplies to make something I planned one or two or ten years ago.


December 17, 2006

Stocking for XY


 I managed to complete this stocking for our son XY. It's his first christmas. The stocking is hanging on my road bike that we've converted into an indoor trainer with bookrack.

The pattern is from the 2006 Holiday Interweave Knits

I used under 1 skein each of

Patons classic Merino in Leaf Green and Bright Red. (223 yds/204 m per 100g)

and just over 1 skein of

Dale of Norway Heilo in color 7562 (100 m per 50 g)

I used size 7 US needles.


November 10, 2006

Belated Socktoberfest Update


As of Oct 31st I was turning the heel on these socks knit from Koigu. I started work that week after 12 weeks of maternity leave and haven't had time to blog since. I did however finish these socks Nov 4th. There was some pooling that looks much worse in the photo. Of course the first pattern I used with this wool did not pool at all but was too tight to get over my heel. These fit a little loose and I don't know how that is going to work with shoes.

Here is what I did:

64 stitches 2x2 rib

US 2 double pointed needles

3 inch cuff

2.25 in heel flap, row 1 s1, k1 row 2 s1 p rest

picked up 22 stitches on each side of heel flap

gusset decreases k2g and ssk everyother row

I haven't worn these socks yet because we had a heat wave with temps in the high 70s low 80s. it should cool down this week.

I'm glad I sorta participated in socktober fest. I made 2 pairs of socks, Broadripple out of trecking XL and these Koigu simple 2x2 ribs. There was a lot of great info and links on and I will be going back to read to get better at knitting socks.

October 25, 2006

Abandon Ship

My Koigu Slip-Ups are no longer. After my last post I wasn't liking them so I frooged and made the heel flap longer. This resulted in a huge gusset. I then figured out that it wasn't the heel flap that was the problem. It was the stitch pattern. The horizontal ribbed pattern was not vertically as stretchy as I would like. So what did I do? I ripped the whole sock out and am now knitting a 2x2 classic sock with heal flap. My original plan for this yarn was Knitty's Falling Leaves but I need an easy sock right now. I working on the gusset now.

October 18, 2006



As you can see from the sidebar I joined Socktober Fest. Nothing like waiting to join everybody else.

I started knitting with the Koigu and it is fabulous and worth it...Dah...that's why so many people like it! So smooth and soft with no stray fluffy hairs. I am using a slipped stitch pattern called "Classy Slip-Up' from the Knit Socks! book by Betsy Lee McCarthy I checked out the library. These socks shall be named the Koigu Slip-Ups. The sock is turning out pretty dense. I also checked out Nancy Bush's Folk Socks for some educational reading.

The leg, heel and gusset are done on the first sock. I've made a fair amount of progress since I figured out how to knit while holding the baby. He's almost three months old now and such a fun little guy. I'm not saying that everything is easy. We are definately sleep deprived and do not have the life we used to have but I think he is classified as an easy baby. I'll be back to work before I know it. I hope day care works for us.


October 17, 2006

Koigu PPPM


I splurged and got my very first Koigu at Common Threads after eating at Raul's taco shop in Encinitas. I read a lot of other blogs and am sometimes amazed by how much of what I know is expensive yarn is purchased and stashed. Since each knitted object takes so much time, maybe it is right to use only the best materials. Although I still like Patons classic wool for felted bags. Anyway back to the Koigu. It's colorway 503 and I plan on knitting another pair of socks. I haven't decided on the pattern but I am looking at a neat selection of sock pattern links here: Knitting Underway If I don't find my next sock there I'll have to hit the local library for some sock books.

I guess I am an unofficial participant in Socktoberfest so I will answer the questionaire:

when did you start making socks? did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?

March 2004 in Las Vagas on vacation with my husband and parents. I thought myself using a pattern from the Twisted Sister Sock Workbook.

What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?

Varigated green Jawoll superwash. I still wear them but not in the summer because it is too hot. the cuffs are a little fluffy looking but they still look OK.

What would you have done differently?

Paid more attention to the hourglass heal instructions. I ended up with big gaps that I stitched together later. I think something might be wrong with their instructions...

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?

I haven't knit enough socks to have a favorite.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?

Knit Knit Knit. I use DPNs but want to try magic loop and two circular methods.

Which kind of heel do you prefer?  (flap? or short-row?)

I have knit both and the flap turned out better, no gaps, but I like the hour glass look a little better.

How many pairs have you made?

4. Including two pairs of baby booties.




October 15, 2006

Broadripples Done


Yeah! I made progress and finished the Broadripples. They turned out to be fraternal twins because I did not have the patience to go though the rest of the skein to see if I could get the identical sequence to the first sock. I tried a little and at least the greens and darks sorta match up.

Pattern: Knitty

Yarn: Trekking XXL solorway 100

I liked this pattern. It was well written and easy to follow. I am not so sure about the the yarnovers in socks. My feet are so white they show right through.

October 10, 2006

20 years

Ok I'm giving away how old I am but last weekend I went to my 20 yr high school reunion. I wasn't sure if I'd be up to going because XY is 2 months old and doesn't sleep through the night. My husband and I are pretty sleep deprived and going to the reunion involved a 2.5 hr drive and a sleep over at my mom's. But since I didn't go to my 10 year reunion, and sorta regretted it, we went.

The reunion was at a country club that wasn't there when I went to high school. That area used to be citrus or avacado groves. About a hundred people showed up out of a class of 400. Most of them were people I knew but hadn't seen or heard about for 20 years. The worst part of the reunion (this will make me sound really old) was the music was too loud and I had a hard time talking loud enough for people to hear. I had to give up after a while so I didn't get to talk with as many people as I would have liked. Some people looked the same or even better than HS and a majority (myself included, thank you pregancy weight gain) I wouldn't have recognized without a name tag. 20 years seems like yesterday but it is really a long time. I can remember my HS graduation then working that summer at Kmart before heading off to UCSD like it was yesterday.

Thanks to the car ride I was able to knit the leg of my second Broadripple sock. I knit the heel flap and started the gusset today.

October 02, 2006

Broadripple Progress


 I have made progress on the Broadripple sock despite frogging my first attempt which I had knit all the way past the heel! Why did I have to frog? I tried it on and could barely get it on over my heel because my cast-on was way too tight and inelastic. At first I thought, 'No, just keep knitting. It will be OK.' But during a midnight feeding of our 8 week old son, 'XY', I was thinking about the problem and that the sock wasn't right and I should redo it. So at 1 am I frogged it and then looked at my books and online for the appropriate cast-on. I ended up using the long tail cast-on with size three needles. My first attempt used the cable cast-on and size 1 needles. I wanted to knit the rest of the sock with size 2 needles and wouldn't you know it I have these size double pointed needles: 000, 00, 0, 1, 3, 4, and 5 but not 2. This meant a trip to the LYS, Black Sheep, in encinitas. I only had time to go to one store and this one has the easiest parking. They had one set of size 2 dp needles. I am used inexpensive aluminum needles and they only had a 10 dollar set of bamboo needles. They feel really good and are super smooth. I just hope I don't snap them when I knit too tight.

A lot of baby stuff comes in little plastic bags with zipper or snap closures and I have been using them to store project in as shown above. This one was from a change pad cover from Pottery Barn.

September 26, 2006

Trekking XXL

Here is a pic of the Trekking XXL colorway 100 I am using to make the Broadripple socks. It's going to a challenge to knit while holding a baby.


November 30, 2005


I think it was around this time that I went to the Melbourne StitchNBitch at the Borders in the Jam Factory. They are extraordinary knitters. I've yet to get involved in knitting meetuups in my own home town although I did go to two at the beginning of the year. One day I'll go to a north county meetup unless I hear the siren song of knitting at home on the couch first.

So what have I knit? Sophie, by Julie Anderson for Black Sheep Bags out of Patons Classic Wool in Red. I used about 1.5 skeins and modified the pattern
slightly. I roughly followed the pattern. I cast on 55 stitches for the base and knit 38 rows for the base and then picked up stitches around the base to
start the sides. I decreased as the pattern described loosely every 10 rows for 60 rows and then knit a ittle bit more before I cast off. The strap is of two 3-stitch icord twisted as described in the pattern. Here she is prefelted.

Over the Holiday weekend I also sold some lampwork beads on EBay. Yeah!
Thanks for all the bids. I made new presentation cards for the beads. I like the drk green simple cards the best. I'll continue to experiment because I want to incorporate the logo (courtesy of EE) that is on the light green card and my website info.


November 20, 2005



We headed down to the Encinitas Street Fair today and while I was there I picked up some yarn to make Better-Than-Booties Baby Socks by Ann Budd from Interweave Knits Summer 2005 for a baby gift. The pattern specifies Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock and although one of the LYSs, Common Threads, had this kind of yarn, it wasn't the right color so I got some Lang Sock Yarn in a blue tweed. Just in case the kid is allergic to wool I got a baby blue cotton from the other LYS, The Black Sheep.

November 14, 2005

Progress Report 111405

Progress Report:

1) Purchased Yarn for, Knit and Felted...another pair of Monster Slippers from StitchNBitch Nation. This time in Lotus Pink Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky and Violet Fun Fur.

2) Knitted one skein of Kid Silk Haze for a total of almost one repeat of the pattern for
Birch from Rowan #?

3) Started another Felted bag. This time a solid red bag based on Sophie, by Julie Anderson for Black Sheep Bags (I can't find the link right now). The is my Car Knitting project. The wool is Patons Classic Merino that I got from Ebay. Good news for me, Michaels carries this yarn now. Whoohoo!!

4) I have finished the bag I was knitting out of Charcoal Lambs Pride worsted that I wrote about last time. I used US 7 needles and 3.5 skeins. I have named it the
TULIP BAG. I started increasing somewhere around the middle and added a Three Way FruFru Ruffle. Two things: I thought I would get more ruffle and I would do the increases a little different if I make another bag like this.  For this bag I increased one stitch before the marker on each corner. This is fine for the shape of the bag cause the increases don't show up after felting but caused a little problem with symmetry. I had to move the straps after felting cause they were off a bit.



October 03, 2005


I haven't touched my cardigan; newer projects beckon.
Another felted bag. This one is in Charcoal Lambs Pride worsted. I am planning on shaping it with a flair towards the top and ending with either an interesting ruffle from Knitting on the Edge or Fun Fur (Black).  I am learning towards the trim idea and
not fun fur for such a large bag. So far I've got almost two skeins knitted up and will probably need a third. This is good car knitting for my morning and evening commute or occasional lunch time knitting.


I also started the famous Birch. What took me so long. Oh I forgot! I think I look like a Russian peasant woman in shawls.  To counteract this effect I am making a rectangular version...more like a stole. This means that every row will be the same number of stitches and that this project will take while. So far I have done 20 rows. I am using Rowan Kid Silk Haze in Villian (a chocolate brown...what? brown? again? I prefer brown to black because it makes me look less ashen). No photos because of the multitude that are already out there.

September 29, 2005


A ton of progress has been made. Let's see...

First. I have made all the parts of the TuttiTwist Cardigan from Knitting on the Edge. If you look at the photo below you will notice that something doesn't seem right. The sleeves look too small and the armpits HUGE Humm. I may have a lot of fixing to do. Keep in mind that each tile in the photo is about a foot.   




 Second: I have made one Christmas pressie. Monster Slippers from StitchnBitch Nation. After seeing these photos my friends will be afraid   to open packages from me! I used two balls of the recommended   Lamb's Pride Bulky in Clemantis (Purple) and two balls of Lion Fun Fur   in Lime. Wow! What a combo. These bad boys are sooo hideous they are almost ok. I think I want to make one more pair as a gift, in a different color combo.   Here they are before felting.   


After felting three+ times in extra hot water!



September 03, 2005



I just finished reading Knitting by Anne Bartlett. It was OK but I've got to tell you if it didn't have knitting in it wouldn't be the type of book for me. Too Anne Tyler ish

Last month I read a ton of blogs but didn't feel like updating mine. One of the best I found was No knitting content but very good writing on what it is like to be a Ph.D. in the biosciences, working on a post doc and applying for academic positions. I wish I had something like this to read BEFORE I started my Ph.D.

I have finished Clapotis by Kate Gilbert from Knitty
I  knit this with hand dyed 2-ply merino in shades of brown from a wool shop in Melbourne called
Marta's on US1 needles. I used less than 100 g of wool and knitted 35 of the repeats in the straight section. It turned out to be a scarf about 10 inches wide and over 6 feet long. It's very soft and light. Here's a close up:


I made a lot of progress on the Tutti Twist cardigan from Knitting on the Edge. I've knit up to the armpits...well, actually knit way past them but something was wrong with my decreases so I had to rip it out and start over.

Here's a detail of the pattern tutti twists:


July 13, 2005

Super Nova

I've got two photos to post:

1) Market Squares bag : PreFelting  
              16.5 inches at the top
              16.5 inches top to bottom
               27 inch straps
2) I attempted a few super nova buttons over the weekend. They came out pretty good I just have to be careful about dirty clear glass before I start. I think with a little more experimenting and some good photgraphy they will be ready for the 'Bay.

July 10, 2005


Knitting News: I finished knitting the Market Squares Bag and have started felting it this weekend. The technique is entrelac and boy am I glad this project was felted because my technique was not perfect, lot of holes and poofs where the squares join together. So far it looks like the felting will cover up all my not so perfect knitting.  It took about 3 weeks to knit. Pictures in next entry.
Clapotis is still being knit ever so slowly...

Non-Knitting News: A while back I went to visit my sister in Milwaukee and happened to be in town at the same time as the Bead and Button show. This a HUGE show with over 900 vendors. It was overwhelming to say the least. I picked up a few beads and some glass and equipment to make beads. I got some cool colors that I wouldn't have thought to buy if I had not seen them in person. Plus I had been eyeing some reduction frits and picked up a sample set so I can test a few before
committing. Plus some regular frit that I plan to use to make buttons that look like marble paperweights.


June 25, 2005

Market Squares

Whoohoo. A week and a half ago when I knitted with Nancy (with the beautiful blog) I finished my bag made from black and olive Patons wool. I used just over 200 g of olive and ~300 g of black. I am extremely happy with how it turned out. I washed it twice, the second time in hot water and my husband put it in the dyer (whoops). The bag shrank much more from top to bottom than side to side. Too bad I didn't measure it before it was felted. I sorta remember that it was 13.5 in across and about 17 or 18  in top to bottom. Now it is 12 x 10.

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I purchased a kilo of each color from ebay so I will make a couple more bags with this wool. I already started the Market Squares Bag from "Bags-A Knitter's Dozen"and am working on Tier 6 now.

June 01, 2005


June! June! Where did May go? You could tell it was June in San Diego by the heavy layer of clouds covering the coast. I like it because otherwise it would be WAY too hot.
Tonight was the Women in Bioscience networking meeting. I met a couple of people looking for work, one person recruiting people and a few friends. They gave away door prizes but shucks I didn't get one.
I am LOVING my new bag project. So far I have knit the bottom and picked up the stitches and knit about 13 rows up. I am about ready to add the first stripe of olive. It is 70 stitches wide on 7 needles. I want a big bag.

May 29, 2005

Abandon Ship

Abandon Ship
I started the dead simple top, finished the back and started the front before I decided that I didn't like the feel of the fabric and wouldn't want to wear this so I stopped then and there.
On to the next project, which will be a felted bag. I got the yarn on ebay and it is a not fancy, patons merino in black and olive. I will make something like the bag #3 called snap in "Bags-A Knitter's Dozen." I really like this book and want to make almost every bag in it.

May 25, 2005

Dead Simple Top

Off with the needles...
The last skein of yarn went really fast and now I'm done with the easy eyelet baby blanket. Even the ends are woven in. Wow. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out, although there is not much to it design wise. The full photo of the blanket
is somewhat dizzying because of the variegated yarn so I did not post that one. I did get a good close of photo of the edge and yarn label that i have already posted.
On with the needles...
Of course I had to start a new project immediately. I choose to work on Project 2 from the stash list posted previously: Multi Colored viscose/nylon kinda rolled yarns with slubs of ?, Lana Gatto Egitto: purchased for a pattern for a "dead simple" top designed by the owner of a shop called WoolBaa. Why? Because it should be quick to knit with huge 10.5 needles. One possible problem...I only have 7 skeins. Will this be enough? I want full length sleeves, anything between short and long and my arms look oddly short. The somewhat washed out photo on the right shows the texture of the yarn. My mom flew by for a visit this weekend and I think she wants to start a clapotis of her own, using the recommended yarn. This is the yarn I am using for the dead simple top.

May 15, 2005


I am still chugging away on my clapotis scarf and easy eyelet baby blanket.  When I read other people's blogs I am always amazed at what seems like fast progress from super fast knitting. Maybe if my project weren't on size 1 and 2 needles... I like to knit while watching soccer.  Today was the last weekend of English Premier League soccer so perhaps I should sign up for NetFlix to get movies to watch while knitting. I never go OUT to the movies so I would have no trouble picking out movies I have never seen. hum... Speaking of spending money, I need to shop for a new digital camera. Ours is suffering from difficult downloading crashing our computer. Is it the camera or the computer? It used to work perfect. We have had it for about 4 yrs and it suffered severe trauma on a bike ride when the strap broke. The viewing screen is cracked, but it appeared to work well until it started crashing when we were downloading pictures. More research is needed.

May 07, 2005


While my stash may not be as large as others that I have seen, it's still a lot for me. Most of the yarn in my stash was purchased on my trip in Australia last year as it was the only souvenir that I could think of that was made in Australia and not really available at home.
1) Toffee colored 5ply wool, Patons Bluebell: planning on a sweater or cardigan with a little cable detail. Perhaps the Tutti Twist Cardigan from
Knitting on the Edge OR  ZigZag by Véronik Avery from Knitty.
2) Multi Colored viscose/nylon kinda rolled yarns with slubs of ?, Lana Gatto Egitto: Purchased for a pattern for a "dead simple" top designed by the owner of a shop called WoolBaa.
3) 50 g of Purple/Blue 2 ply Merino from Martas (see below). Will make a loose knit scarf on 8 mm needles.
4) Brown Lang Jawoll Cotton superwash sock yarn: Socks of course!
5) Charcoal Lambs Pride Worsted: For either the Market Squares or the Snap Bag in
Bags a Knitters Dozen. I still need to buy the other colors for the bag...
6) Leftovers from Felted Bag (1), and Alpaca Hat and other projects that I am planning to use for smaller bag projects.
Pictures? Maybe when I start each project i will break out the camera...

Now off to get ready for soccer and a visit from the in-laws! When will I get to knit this weekend? Whenever I do or show crafty stuff to my in-laws they say "Oh that looks like so/too much work."  Whereas when showing a project to my mom she says either "I want one/make one." Kniitting, sewing, beading etc these are all ways to relax and express creativity for me that is not allowed in the constrained workplace. I have to tell myself ..different people like different things. Don't get me wrong my in-laws are great. They are 65+ and stronger than me. You should see my FIL with pick axe!

May 02, 2005

Easy Eyelet Blanket

I can tell I am making a lot of progress on one of my projects, "The Easy Eyelet Blanket," by the number of rows that I can finish while carpooling to work. For a while I would only complete 2 maybe 3 rows per trip but since the blanket is knit from the corner up and I have started decreasing I am up to 4 or 5 rows per trip.
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April 24, 2005

Fiber Blog

Today I joined the San Diego Knit Blog Ring. Hopefully this will inspire me to document the fiber in my life.

So first off these are my project on the needles at the moment:

Clapotis by Kate Gilbert from Knitty
I am knitting this with hand dyed 2-ply merino in shades of brown from a wool shop in Melbourne called Marta's. This is not exactly the yarn called for in this pattern or even close. My clapotis will be a scarf about 12 inches wide. I have knitted past the repeats specified in the straight section of the pattern and have to keep going until it is long enough. I started with 100 g of the wool and have about 48 g left.

Easy Eyelet Blanket from Knitting for Baby by Falick and Nicholas
This is a gift for a baby who will be too old by the time I finish this. I started last year when the child was 1.5 yrs old. Now a year later I have about a ball to go. The yarn is a variegated Lang Yarn Bambini Cotton. Maybe this project is taking so long because this is my car knitting project.

Fiber Blog

Today I joined the San Diego Knit Blog Ring. Hopefully this will inspire me to document the fiber in my life.

So first off these are my project on the needles at the moment:

Clapotis by Kate Gilbert from Knitty
I am knitting this with hand dyed 2-ply merino in shades of brown from a wool shop in Melbourne called Marta's. This is not exactly the yarn called for in this pattern or even close. My clapotis will be a scarf about 12 inches wide. I have knitted past the repeats specified in the straight section of the pattern and have to keep going until it is long enough. I started with 100 g of the wool and have about 48 g left.

Easy Eyelet Blanket from Knitting for Baby by Falick and Nicholas
This is a gift for a baby who will be too old by the time I finish this. I started last year when the child was 1.5 yrs old. Now a year later I have about a ball to go. The yarn is a variegated Lang Yarn Bambini Cotton. Maybe this project is taking so long because this is my car knitting project.