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Dana's Adventures in Knitting

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Fair Isle update

Here's the progress on my Fair isle shawl from the last VK. It's moving along pretty stedily. I'm about 2/3 of the way through the chart. I think I missed a few increases, but I can make them up ...I hope. I may gift out my other shawls, but this one is all mine. Stranding four colors in one line is a pain in the butt! It's a good thhing most of the shawl is no more thn three colors.
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I cast on for my husband's grandmother's cardigan. There's not much to see. It's a seamless yoke sweater with garter stitch edging and I'm going to put a cable detail in the yoke. The most exciting thing about it is when I steek it.

Not much more to report... I'm ready for fall now. It's too hot for the end of September.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

I sing the body electric...and try Fair Isle.

That song has been stuck in my head for the past couple days. Ever notice my planned projects and my actual projects rarely coinside. Yeah, me neither. I just started the turkish shawl in VK. I'm using Smart Superwash in 10 different colors. So far so good. I'm not wild about the rows with upwards of four colors, but two or three colors at a time aren't too hard.
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I have done some other knitting as well. I made Flora, from the latest Knitty. I used 1 ball of my SP Noro. Eventually, I'll make a matching hat. The scarf still needs to be lined and assembled. I don't like the feel of Noro on my neck, so I'll use some scrap polarfleece I have lying around. It turned out real well.
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Here's some washclothes. I even put a crochet border on some of them. Yay me!
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Sometime next week I'm going to cast on a sweater for Sam's grandmother. I'm going to use a pretty pattern I found in The Knitters Handy Sweater Patterns book. The yarn will be some claret colored Red Heart that was given to me. In the nursing home they scoff at washing directions. I'm going to cardiganize it with a steek. I've been practicing crochet steeks. I think I will use a crochet steek reinforced with the sewing machine. First I need her measurments.

I haven't blogged lately. Mostly I've been in a bit of a funk and simply not in the mood. I did get to the coast last Sunday. It's nice to actually see the area we're moving to. It seems really nice; I love the ocean. Maybe I can convince me and hubbys friend to teach me how to sail. I think this move will do us good.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Haiku done

Finally finished
Haiku in a pretty red
Now for some booties.
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Haiku, from Knitty, is made from Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red. It took one and a quarter skeins. The buttons are wooden 7/8" from Walmart. Anyway, it was an easy, clearly written pattern and I highly reccamend it.
In other knitting news I'm still making washclothes. The TDR has stalled because I don't like knitting with that boucle. I may dye some wool soon so I can make the felted hat in Loop D Loop. I'm not sure of the next project yet.
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