New Project….

Special shout out to Snigs for voting for this one….she knows me well apparently!

You see, I already have something in mind.

I noticed calorimetry at knitty, and noticed many people were making it, but it did not really catch my eye. Until I saw this one, in person. Well gosh it looks cute on her, and she says she wears it all the time. So I got some details about it and went home thinking…..what a perfect project for handspun!

Well for those of you following along, you know I have been having a blast spinning up this merino/tencil blend. I had intended to leave it unplied for laceweight singles. Trouble is, there were some overspun places that happened while getting used to spinning a new fiber. I realized it would need to be plied anyhow, and that also gave me a chance to try out my new niddy noddy! Yes, Nick gave me quite the surprise as he sent it to me even though we had agreed that to save on shipping, I could wait until I next visited the east coast.

I had been unconvinced that a niddy noddy would actually be faster than winding the plied yarn onto my fantastic and wonderful yarn swift. But it was WAY faster! Amazing!

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In the end, I had a lovely skein of DK weight yarn for the calorimetry which I plan on casting on for very shortly!

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Computer issues and socks

These socks I cast on simply due to my computer issues. Every couple of minutes I would have to again trouble shoot to get internet connection. Which took time. Now, since I had no interest in sitting and twiddling my thumbs during that time, I cast on for socks. Without the computer issues, I never would have right now.

I needed something that had quick short rows to knit so that I could also press the appropriate buttons without interruptions. I have been working on these less than a week now, only at my computer, and look how far they have come! I am seriously liking the pattern and the color combo seems very manly. As it should. Since they are FOR the person who works on my computer.

One would think he would have come here to vote for his socks then skew the vote by making my internet connection worse. But in true womanly fashion, my computer works fine when he is here or when I am on the phone with the cable company. So no one really knows why it chooses to work sometimes and other times not so much.

Riwa has voted for the socks. Currently my internet connection is working, so they probably won’t get far. If it goes out again though……..they knit up super fast!

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Baby blanket which does not knit itself……

This baby blanket has been sitting in a corner for awhile, as I attempted to teach it how to knit and fully expected it to knit itself. Seeing as the baby is due today, I pulled it out a week ago to make sure it was finished. Much to my chagrin, it seems to be determined not to knit itself, causing me much heartache over the massive amounts to knit on it.

I pulled it out because I kept justifying other projects…..telling myself that it doesn’t have to be done when she has the baby, that new moms always go over their due date anyhow, that she will have so much newborn stuff she won’t even miss it even though she picked out the yarn for it…on and on I justified.

Until I had an epiphany! Why would I continue to justify and not work on a project for someone who is VERY dear to me? Someone who is having her first child, which I know full well is a very significant life changing event. Isn’t it selfish of me to just knit what I want while avoiding the project I don’t like? Therefore not commemorating her big event properly? I pulled it back out and am determined to knit at least 2 rows a day. I have let her know I want it to be big enough for her to use when her child is Bugs age, so it must be big enough. I will knit it crib size and then add the border.

So…izus, Cherie, and cabelle, you are right, the little one needs her blanket! But I am, unfortunately, far from done! (and this one hurts my hands to knit so I have to be careful)

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Le Grande Clapotis

Clapotis, how much am I enjoying you?

I revise my original opinion. I started knitting this and though “Boring! Loser! ” I knew I wanted a large wrap rather than scarf size, and as much as I liked the color and the yarn, the knit was boring to me.

Then I realized something, it was knitting really fast! I just kept increasing and increasing, knowing I wanted that big comfy wrap and it just got bigger and bigger….

Then I went to a knit night with 2 gals who have already done their clapotis (clapotis’s? Claps otis?). Both of them were wearing it. Heh, and one of them was working on another. So one of them says (without seeing how big it was getting) “Just how big are you looking for it to be?” Somehow she knew….what I didn’t take into account was how much the dropped stitches add in the overall size. It almost doubles with the dropped stitches. So I went home, looked at my clap, and realized that I better quit increasing!

I have now done 2 drop stitch rows as you can see, and this is one seriously addicting knit. Between the yarn and the colors and dropping stitches and the ease in which it knits while I am paying attention to other things…..it is rather hard to put down!

So Nick and Corrie……I have a long way to go on this one, and am under no obligations to finish, but it is hard to put down!

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The world traveler sweater

B’s sweater is destined for Ukraine, where he lives. At this point I have given up all hope that this one will be done during this season. Yes, I am down to a partial sleeve to knit and sewing which is half done and a neckline. But, in order for this one to count, it was to actually fit a normal person. And this is where we may have some issues. You see, the darn sleeves seem too small. I am terribly afraid I will knit the second sleeve, sew it all up, and realize that it is tight under the armpits. There is also the issue of it possibly needing some sort of gussets put in under the arms along the sides for extra tummy area room. And of course, since the recipient is halfway across the world, it is all guesswork anyhow!

So Sav, LK, and Celery, good luck to you, and to me because I will be very very frustrated if I have to rework the whole thing!

Oh, and LK, this contest has given me weird dreams, I dreamed that you won the contest, and I decided to make you socks (no that is not one of the proposed prizes) out of the same yarn I am using for clapotis, and you were so excited about them that you went out and bought special hot pink shoes to match!

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Mystic Waters FTW

Ketchup…that cracked me up!

We have Rho and Ketchup voting for mystic waters. This would take an act of God to get done first, but you never know! In light of putting it up for vote, I figured I had at least better fix the issue which is making it languish in the corner in the first place. There is a mistake a few rows back. I have to tink (for you non yarnies, that spells knit backwards, otherwise known as unknit) I had no desire to tink but would never knit ahead with a mistake sitting there.

Ladies, I hate to say it, but I am on clue one still out of 8 clues of a very large and complicated lace shawl which I have also chosen to add beads to. It is pretty, but it is SLOW! I cannot, in good conscience, give you much hope. But I am glad you like it!

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