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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.

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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.

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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.

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November 30, 2005

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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.
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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.

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