Friday, June 22, 2007

Rusted Root

It was a gorgeous day. We decided last minute to throw some hotdogs on the grill for dinner. I realized that this was the perfect moment to take outdoor pictures of Rusted Root.

Poofy sleeves? check

Full spread

I did not bother throwing on a cami so excuse me if my bra peeks out through the lace panel.

Rusted Root
Pattern: Zephyr Style
Yarn: 3 skeins Lion Cotton-Ease in Terracotta for size S
Needles: Addi Circulars in US #5 and #7
(05/26/07 - 06/11/07)

1) Knit an additional 2 st before starting lace pattern. Knit 12 pattern repeats for body.
2) Added 12 st to sleeves (63 st).
3) Lengthened sleeves: Knit 6 rounds in St using larger needle. Switch to smaller needle and K2 P1 rib for 6 rounds. Bind off in larger needle.
4) Pick up stitches in collar using smaller needle. K2 P1 rib for 5 rounds then bind off.

If When I make this again, I will make the CO number divisible by 3.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Back on track

Nothing like miles of stockinette in the round to get me back.

Pumpkin Girl requested that I knit her a skirt. She wants something with the frills in the bottom. I thought to myself Bounce would definitely fit the bill.

I had her pick out a color from the cotton blend stash. She picked Lion Cotton Ease in Popsical Blue (her favorite color). Next, I had to swipe the 4.0 mm needles from the hibernating Salina.

I managed to cast on last night and almost made it past the 1x1 ribbing. This will be the perfect little project to work on while watching SG-1 and Atlantis tonight. It will also work as a cover-up for her swimsuit when we go to the pool.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A bad start

Omininous from the get go ...

The yarn - I bought 1 skein of KP Alpaca Cloud over a year ago. I was so excited to play with my new ball winder. I wrapped the skein over the backs of 2 chairs. Everything was going well until maybe 1/3 was left. The skein leaped out of the chair and ended up a tangled mess on the floor. It was so messed up that I had to cut the yarn. Sigh.

Fast forward to Monday night. High from finishing Rusted Root, instead of weaving in the ends like a good knitter should, I proceeded to cast on for a small project. I started a lace project from Lisa Lloyd Designs. When I pulled out my little bag of yarn (KP Alpaca Cloud), Little man says, "why are you knitting with floss?" Hmmm it does look like floss, doesn't it? I got as far as 4 rows on the lace.

Last night while waiting for the Chinese take-out delivery, I decided to work on it a bit. While I was in mid-stride he accidentally tugged on my left arm and my stitches fell off the needle. Sigh. I ripped the whole thing and just put it back in the bag it came from. Another day.

Monday, June 11, 2007

My Fashionable Daughter

A few months ago, Pumpkin Girl was playing dress up and came down wearing her First Communion dress. Here's how our conversation went while I was evaluating my next project (after just finishing CPH).

PG: Mom, I want a hoodie just like yours but in pink.
Me: OK.
PG: But first, I want a little jacket just like the one I have on.
Me: You mean like this? [showing her this]
PG: Yes!

Here it is (finally!!!) with the button sewn on:

Anthropologie Capelet
Pattern: Peony Knits
Yarn: 1 skein TLC Cotton Plus in Hot Pink
Needles: Addi Circulars in US #8
(02/19/07 - 02/24/07)

Modifications: My gauge was 5 st per inch. I cast on 74 and did a 2x2 rib for 1.5". Put a buttonhole within 1" of CO.

I would have finished earlier except I ripped so many times. Poor planning on my part - I was 3" into the eyelets then I noticed that the YOs were not flowing smoothly from the ribbing ... so rip back to the ribbing and adjust my markers. Then I'm sailing along then I notice that I forgot a YO and rip back. In the end, I'm happy with the project. Pumpkin Girl is thrilled with the results!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

My Partner in Crime

I'm still busy knitting on Rusted Root but I needed to take a progress shot so I can upload to Ravelry. I went to my son's room to take the picture when Nicks ran by and saw me. His expression said it all. Too bad the photo with his head cocked one way was too blurry.

Nicks: What is she doing now? taking pictures of a half-knit in the mirror?

Camera ready