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Ah, Progress! July 21, 2013

Hello, dear friends!

I am so happy to say I’ve been chugging along, finishing projects, while starting and finishing a few others. What a great feeling of accomplishment. Oh yes…I am happy of myself.

Here’s just a little of what I’ve been working on finishing recently…

The Punkinhead Thief (The Orchid Thief) Shawl. Finally. Finished. After all the drama, I honestly don’t know if I’d do another. Even so I love it; I can’t wait for it to get chilly here. The HandMaiden Swiss Cashmere and Silk is to.die.for. OMG.

I wish this was a better shot...it turned out so pretty.

I wish this was a better shot…it turned out so pretty.

 

Bug’s Apocalyptic Drop-stitch Sweater…I have to say I’m pretty proud of this one.

She's gonna fight the bad guys in this one!

She’s gonna fight the bad guys in this one!

Its genesis was a super cool sweater on Etsy that Bug found and fell in love with last sumer, and that I was just not going pay over $150 to buy. Come on. Looking at it I could see it was super simple. I just did some math and  figured it out. Then I shopped from the old stash-ola. TaDa!

Oh how I adore this pattern!

Oh how I adore this pattern!

 

My 2nd Cladonia Shawl for the Through The Loops Summer Shawl KAL (Knit-a-long).

Love this pattern. LOVE IT. It’s fairly mindless, and ends up with some totally kick dupa lace. Start to finish: 5 days of working (caveat: the knitted picot bind-off took a whole day to do, but was totally worth it; yes, I know some do crocheted picot bind offs, but I really like the big loops you get from the knitted version.

I used 2 of my favorite Madelinetosh colors: Cousteau and Filigree

I used 2 of my favorite Madelinetosh colors: Cousteau and Filigree

...it's a secret. (Sorry for the crappy iphone pic!)

…it’s a secret.
(Sorry for the crappy iphone pic!)

A super secret design entry…here’s a peek at the work in progress, but I’ll have to fill you in on the details a little later when it’s finally finished…I’m still playing around with a few details.

There’s a 2nd design entry on the needles, but I don’t know if I’ll get it finished in time. More on both of those projects later.

Oh yes, and lookie here:

I won, I won!

I won, I won!

I won some YARN! Yep, I won some yarn from one of my favorite online yarn shops, Eat.Sleep.Knit in Smyrna, GA.

Hey, didya know that if you move the “a” in “Smyrna,” you get “Sm-yarn” LOL 😉

Well, I’d better keep moving. I feel like I’m on a roll here, for a change.

 

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Mischief managed. July 3, 2013

Sometimes, you just gotta rip...

Sometimes, you just gotta rip…

Well, the lovely Orchid Thief Shawl has at last been finished, to my delight. Of course not before some harrowing Drama five rows before the end which involved 6 missing stitches four rows earlier, and my purposely dropping 30 live stitches. Yes, purposely. Surely many of you have seen this trick, even done it. Even so I must confess, this kind of fix is usually done with a cable pattern, not a lace pattern.

First though, let me say, Chart 4 of this project is about as buggery as I’ve ever seen; even the errata has errata. Sheesh. There are several ladies on Ravelry, like Mitchypoo, and ibecks, who’ve  brilliantly figured out how to tackle the problems, and then, bless them, were kind enough to post the fixes. Ysolda is a kickass designer, but the charts for this gorgeous design is just ass. But I digress.

So once I made it through the “dreaded row 86” and boogied my way through that last chart, every finished row came with a deep breath and a little celebration. And then I hit row 110.

You know how it happens: you’re toodling along on your chart and suddenly your pattern is off. You unknit back to where it’s obviously fine and then try again. In my case, no good; it just wasn’t going to happen. So I spread out the shawl, looked at another section to see what the pattern should look like, and realized, to my horror that I didn’t add four yarnovers and 2 twisted knitted stitches four rows back.

Oy. It must’ve been where I paused to take dinner out of the oven. That’s what I get for violating one of the cardinal rules of knitting: never stop in the middle of the row. Well, I took a deep breath, decided my plan of attack, and dropped a whole bunch of stitches. Then I slid two slightly smaller needles in their place and knit what should’ve been there, one row at a time using the long loops of yarn left hanging from when I dropped those stitches.

After a bunch of fiddling, I finally ended up with what I should’ve had in the first place.

Ooo, scary. But not as scary if you use another set of needle tips and the back loops.

Ooo, scary. But not as scary if you use another set of needle tips and the back loops.

What about a lifeline, you may ask? Lifelines are for sissies.;) Seriously, I’m just actually rather foolhardy. Or perhaps, just foolish.

I think she might've melted. Old houses in NoCal don't usually have AC. Doh!

I think she might’ve melted. Old houses in NoCal don’t usually have AC. Doh!

And if it ever gets reasonably cool enough here, I’ll have some lovely pics of the finished shawl. It’s been between 85 and 101 the last few days. Don’t believe me? Ask Lucy…but I think she might of melted.

Since then, I also finished a really fun drop stitch sweater for the Bug. I started last summer after the Bug came across a great sweater on Etsy, but at $118 bucks, I don’t think so. It was easy to figure out what each row needed to be. But I forgot about it. So now it’s finished. With any luck, the sweater’ll be dry in the next day or so, and the temperature will cooperate so that I can take some “modeled” shots. It’s supposed to be cooler, but then, who knows…

Blocking. Soon modeling.

Blocking. Soon modeling.

These will be the colors of my new Cladonia!

These will be the colors of my new Cladonia!

Meanwhile, I’m going to do a Shawl KAL with Kirsten Kapur…I want another Cladonia…care to join me?

Anyway, have a great Independence Day, dear friends. Eat, drink (in moderation, of course), and knit!!

God bless our country.

 

 
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