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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

 

 

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

 

Yarn:

 

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

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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

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 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