Something new to look at

I know that all I’ve been showing off lately is the Kauni.  And I know that this could make for some boring blogging (if the Kauni weren’t so fun!).

Bug’s birthday is at the end of July.  I’ve been itching to play with more rowan calmer after I made the luna moth shawl for my grandmother.  So I rather thought that a dress for Bug made from rowan calmer would be scrumptious!

On the other hand, I’ve only just realized that this will be her most expensive dress ever!  But it will be cute.  I think the beginning of it looks like flower petals.  Oddly, it is a boring knit in comparison with my other projects, so I feel like I am struggling to work on it.

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Steeking has been achieved

Because I took a steeking class last year at stitches midwest, this little endeavor really didn’t stress me out much.  But, this is the first time I attempted to steek a full project.

First I crocheted a chain over the stitches I was prepared to cut up.

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I then sewed down each side of that crocheted chain.

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I felt confident that one row of sewing would hold the sticky Kauni yarn, but I could easily have done a second reinforcing row if I was at all nervous.

Then I began to cut, which was a lot of fun!

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Now it is open and I can pull the crochet chain scraps out.

And though you can still see the front of the cardigan has not yet been cut, but I plan to work the collar first.  But this does put me in a position where I can actually try it on and begin the sleeves.  (Don’t worry, it fits beautifully!)

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I suspect I’ll be attempting a more traditional fair isle soon enough! The steeking was fun.

Heat and Power

It is hot! Hot and humid and downright miserable.  And the hot humid air is making the weather unstable. Though I know this is typical for this time of year, we’ve had a surprisingly light severe weather season.  Now that it has begun, I need to get used to it again.

In the new building, we have what I refer to as the VoG. (Voice of G-d).  He warns us from time to time, and it always scares me! At least now I know when we are having tornado warnings, in the last building I’d never hear them, my boss would come tell me to leave my area and take shelter.  So yesterday I couldn’t even get to the road outside our building without glistening, such was the heat and humidity.  But then I hear VoG tell me we are under thunderstorm warning until 10 PM.  I packed up to leave and realize the temps have dropped 15 degrees at least, and it was suddenly windy.  What a relief!

We run errands, get home, and make dinner. At this point it begins to storm.  Now that Bug is a little older, I can get her to sit outside on the porch while it storms from time to time, even when she is scared.  So, now that the weather is cooler, we head out to sit outside and eat and watch the rain.  We aren’t out there for more than 2 minutes before we realize that we are going to have to get back inside.  There is no staying covered in this rain, the downpour is major and it is coming in at all sides, wind whipping about.  And, it is still quite a bit warmer outside than in.  We get inside, eat dinner, lights flicker.  But….looks like a save.  Lights flicker again, then go out.  Ah well, wonder how long it will take to fix that?

Now it is so dark that I cannot read, cannot see charts to knit, cannot see my stitches.  What to do, what to do?  Spin!  I finished up 4 oz. of Finn wool I had received from a swap partner early this year.  2 ply fingering weight 275 yards.

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It took 3 hours to get our power back.  We had 2 major storms.  Bug played outside in between them when the rain was light.  Once the storms passed, the sun shown again and it heated right back up.  I had all the windows open to get some breeze at least.  My garden took a hit, 2 blossoms fell off my hot pepper plant, all my tomato stems broke, (though they will make it through) and the brand new basil which J bought for Bug is battered and bruised.  I lost a full crop of basil, but it is early in the season still, I should have more soon if it stays this warm.

Kauni Update

My overall goal for the weekend was to work the Kauni until I at least put the armhole steeks in.  I did manage that goal, so I am feeling pretty good about the project.  I’ve taken another picture, but I don’t think it looks all that different right now.  Just more colors chasing each other!

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I just love to swap!  When I first began my fiber arts endeavors I thought I’d never swap, but it has turned out to be something I completely look forward to!

This month, my swap partner gave me wool from the fleece of a jacob sheep.  How cool is that? You can totally see the different tones in the wool rolags!

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That’s all you get from me today, I am off to taco ride!

Do I even bother?

I am not sure it is even worth posting another pair of monkeys.  But, they are done.  Yarn Pirate merino/tencel sock yarn.  Not sure of the colorway.  The worst case of pooling I’ve ever seen in my own knitting, but the colors are pretty muted so it doesn’t show too badly.

It is hot, I am tired, and I have nothing interesting to say about these monkeys!  Sorry!  The kauni is FAR more interesting.

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Chasing Rainbows

I cannot help but be obsessive over this project, but I had no idea I’d get this far this fast!  I am so eager to get to the next color change that I can barely put it down!  It has also got me thinking of the next Kauni project, which is a bit silly since I have many sweaters to work on before I get to another Kauni! (But I am thinking something a little more pastel…:)

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Today was world wide knit in public day, or WWKIP day.  Now, I have never held much stock in having a day to do so when I would say it is a rare day that I do not knit in public.  But when Mary suggested knitting in public at a free outdoor blues concert, well, I just had to go!

O’Kathy and I decided to head downtown together at about 4:30 to stake out a spot and settle in.  Mary met us there after work.  We sat farily near the water so that Bug could enjoy the boats.

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O’Kathy brought these fantastic large sunhats which became a toy for the Bug:

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And so we knit in public.  Drawing even more attention to ourselves with our silly hats.

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The bands were very good, they started with a blues school, younger kids playing and singing.  The guitar player had a surprisingly good and deep voice in addition to playing a mean guitar.  There was also a rockabilly band, a very bluesy one man band, a great sibling band, and the final act was a gal who sounded similar to Janis Joplin.  We didn’t hear much of her as it was getting late and we’d been there since 4:30ish, but she sounded good.

We will certainly be knitting in public again next month at the next free concert!  Bug enjoyed herself so much, and never once asked to go home though she was about asleep when we got back.  We will make a few changes, I will be purchasing a better chair for hauling out to such things, we will sit even closer to the water, we will remember our sunscreen, and we will hide food and water in our bags.  Because…$7 for a funnel cake?  Insanity!

It got increasingly crowded as the evening wore on, and I tried to take a little picture of how crowded it had gotten, but of course my camera does not have a panoramic shot!

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And what was I knitting?  I’ve started working with my Kauni yarn again, attempting a different pattern in a different way of lining up the color runs.

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It is a perfectly perfect KIP project!

Wheeling toward the finish

I have finally finished my pinwheel sweater.  The yarn?  Noro matsuri.  The modifications?  I put bell sleeves on this, and then added the garter edge and the double icord edging at the bottom of the sleeves, just to pull it all together.

Bug took the pictures, and they are a little silly.  I may have to have someone else do a photo shoot.

I am extremely happy with this sweater.  I am glad I made it larger than the written pattern, and I love my modifications.  This was a case where just a little extra time on the details gave a big payoff in the end.

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Round toe monkeys

I had some yarn pirate merino/tencel sock yarn hanging around.  I find I don’t particularly enjoy knitting with it, so I won’t be purchasing any more.  I have one more skein.  Since I find it to be a struggle, I decided to knit these into monkeys.  I am done with monkey one and on to monkey two.  The color is a hard one to capture, pink with gray tones.  They look good but my aversion to man made fiber overrules.

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I did a round toe and short row heel on these.  I am very pleased with my short row heels these days!

MishMash Lace

I’ve been working on a shawl which I’ve wanted to show you for some time now, but it just looked like a mish mash of yarn without any real pattern.

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This is because it is knit from the outside in, decreasing as I knit.  So even though I’ve been working awfully hard on it for some time now, it doesn’t look like much very fast.  But now you can begin to see a pattern!

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This is done with my kettle dyed linen/silk laceweight.  I am having fun seeing how my own colors have come together!

Moving and shaking

As of yesterday morning, I am officially moved into our new building at work.  I am in a temporary office until mine is finished, but my faculty had just about had enough of me being across campus.  So they pushed for an early move for me, and it finally went through.  My old building was….old.  Pretty on the outside, but dark, dreary and unrenovated on the inside.  I had no window access, and my coworkers only had tiny slits of a window.  The one thing I most look forward to is seeing the outdoors from here on out!

I took a few pictures of the new space so I could share my excitement.

My old space (this is an old picture of my birthday surprise a few years ago):

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The new building:

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My new (temporary) space:

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My current temporary view (we look out over our future):

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The view I will have when they have my office complete:

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(Actually, that is the view from one window, I have two.)

And finally, a surprise picture of a surprise monkey sock, taken on the ledge of my unfinished office:

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As I was writing this, I watched dark clouds roll through and the rain move in, now it is pouring, and I don’t even have to wait for hotmail to tell me!

Almost there!

I am painfully close to being done with my matsuri pinwheel! I have one sleeve done and the other started.  I’ve made some interesting sleeve modifications, I am eager to show them to you, but I’ll wait until it is complete.

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I just finished up some bulky yarn, which turned out to be some of my favorite plying ever.

110 yards BFL

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I am very fond of the colors too!