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a knitter named allison (who also does other stuff)

Yarny goodness, possibly made of cocker spaniels. April 7, 2010

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I went to a little event for work – with some people you may have heard of – and on the way back I decided to cruise by

ReBelle to fondle some Springy non-wool yarns.  You will not be surprised to hear that I bought some. See?

What’s that? You actually want to see what’s inside the bag?

Here’s a peek:

It’s the yarn of the month at ReBelle, Eden Madil, in color 623. I bought five skeins (all they had in that colorway…that’s right, it’s mine all mine! Get your own!). I’ve used this yarn before. It’s very soft, and has beautiful stitch definition, and wet-blocks wonderfully. It’s slippery as heck, so I’m going to have to wind it into cakes on the ballwinder so it won’t fall apart while being knitted, but that means that it should be able to show off drop stitches very nicely.  The plan is to make a Clapotis (yes I’m officially the last knitter on the planet to make this pattern) to wear to a couple of weddings coming up this Summer. (You know how it goes – the church is always cold, then you get hot at the reception, then cold again leaving at night, and someone’s Great Aunt Mabel always says uncovered arms are inappropriate in church, even though you weren’t aware that your friends’ extended family members were apparently from 1895 and members of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union…).

Now the real question is – what’s with the two dogs on the label? If you were a non-English speaking person, wouldn’t you assume that this yarn was made of dog?

 

Olympic Goal, Achieved March 1, 2010

It was touch and go for a while. I was knitting through an injury, as I had a wisdom tooth extracted last week. Doped up on Lortab for 24 hours, I lost valuable knitting time as I slept the day away. However, I was able to pull it together in the last days of the competition, and sprint to the finish during a visit to Rebelle yesterday. The sweater, though in dire need of blocking, is done. Here’s a look:

And, because binding off this sweater at Stitch ‘n’  Bitch meant I was sitting in a yarn store with empty needles, I made a wee purchase:

Yup, that’s Malabrigo Silky Merino. There is nothing more sinfully soft than this yarn. Except maybe puppy ears. But you can’t knit with puppy ears. I think this yarn wants to become a soft, lacy spring scarf, perfect for urging Winter to take a hike, already.

 

Knitting Olympics/Ravelympics February 15, 2010

It’s time for the Knitting Olympics and Ravelympics! This year I am competing with Ravelympics “Team Hopelessly Overcommitted”. I’m also signed up as an individual knitting athlete with the Yarn Harlot’s official Knitting Olympics. My project is a cardigan. It was going to be Laura Chau’s Top-Down Raglan but, well, I forgot to print out a fresh copy of the pattern, and had tossed my old marked-up one in the recycling bin. So the night of the opening ceremonies I studied a few cardigan patterns and decided that I could wing it. After some false starts due to gauge issues, here is what I have so far:

I cast on 12 for each front, 10 for each sleeve, and 19 for the back. Seed stitched for a while, and now I’m doing YO raglan increases (I like the openwork look it gives). I’m maintaining a 5-stitch seed stitch border on each front, and when I get to the bottom and cuffs I’ll do a deep seed stitch border (I like seed stitch – can you tell?). No buttonholes – I’ll probably install toggles or ties later. The yarn is 8 balls of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in “Williamsburg” (as you can see, a muted colonial blue). This is a mellow knit – challenging to complete during the Olympics because it’s an entire sweater, but not so technically challenging that I can’t knock out most of it while watching TV or talking with people. Watch for in-progress photos as the Olympics (and the knitting) continue!

 

Actual Knitting Content – with Photos February 10, 2009

Filed under: Creativity,Knitting — A @ 9:33 am

So it has been a while since I added some actual knitting information. I am working on things, but had failed to take pictures of them and didn’t want to post the very exciting fact that I bound off the bottom of the Bluebell Boatneck sweater without photos. I still don’t have photos of that (will take some after the sleeves are done) but I do have a few pictures of recent knitting. These were all gifts.

Charade Socks – originally made for me, but they turned out a little tight. They were a perfect fit for my grandmother, however, who is enjoying them.

Manly Socks – Knit Picks Essential Tweed in black. Made for boyfriend, who really wanted dark, manly socks. I learned that knitting with black yarn on size 1 needles isn’t something you should attempt if you value your eyesight. But he likes them, so it worked out. I’ll try to get a better photo of them being modeled on feet, looking less deformed.

“Mind the Gap” scarf. Made for boyfriend for Christmas. He saw a scarf he liked at the mall, so I made a research trip to the Gap to study it. This is my interpretation. He must like it, as he wears it a lot. The yarn is Cascade 220 (navy) and Cascade 220 superwash (olive). I learned while doing this scarf that 220 superwash is slightly finer than regular 220. It made the scarf a bit wavy, but I was able to block it out.

1973 Afghan. I started this way back when I first learned to knit in 2006, so it’s just a simple 4×4 rib in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick (Lemongrass colorway). The color reminded me very much of the 70s and early 80s, when my family lived in a house decorated in avocado green, harvest gold and shades of brown (with rust colored carpet – delightful!). 1973 is the year my parents got married, and they received many wedding gifts in this shade of green. Ever since I cast on for this afghan my mom had hinted that she would love to have it. So for Christmas I finished it up and gave it to her.

 

Loop-de-Magic-Loop January 14, 2009

Filed under: Knitting — A @ 9:37 am

Something exciting happened last night – I Magic Looped for the first time! Having previously believed Magic Loop to be a form of voodoo, I was recently seized with the urge to learn it so I could make greater use of my circular needles for small-diameter objects (as well as finishing up the decreases on larger objects like hats). So I Googled, I found the best tutorial video ever on YouTube (link below) and I learned. Last night I fished out one of my longer fixed circulars, a size 4 Susan Bates with a pretty flexible cord, and set to it. I did in fact make a tube of 12 stitches. It really, truly does seem like Magic.

Next up? Purchasing a long size 1 circular to try Magic Looping some socks!

The brilliant video tutorial by the Knit Witch is below:

 

Knitting Tragedy January 12, 2009

Filed under: Knitting — A @ 12:53 pm

While working on my new sweater project, one of my Denise needle tips snapped at the base. It was a size 5, the thinnest tips in the interchangeable set. Fortunately it looks like Denise offers a lifetime warranty for any parts that break during normal knitting use (and I think knitting a harmless wool pullover in the round constitutes normal use). I would show you a picture of the snapped needle, but it is already wrapped up and ready to be mailed to the Denise folks. This is particularly heartbreaking because I have been making mad progress on this sweater, having cast on Friday night and finished the raglan increases by Sunday night. I was getting ready to split the sleeves from the body (a very exciting moment, as I could then run to the office bathroom and try on my sweater) when I heard the fatal *crack*.

Here’s hoping for a quick needle replacement! Meanwhile, I’ll have to return to my regularly scheduled program of sock knitting.

 

Springtime Yarns Already? January 6, 2009

Filed under: Creativity,Knitting — A @ 3:07 pm

risataI just ordered a few things from KnitPicks, including some Risata cotton-blend sock yarn in Seedling, a nice spring green. I also picked up Imagination in Pixie Dust and Damsel. Now, I am aware that it is January 6, and that the weather oracles are predicting snow and sleet this evening. There is no earthly reason I should be thinking about knitting spring-green cotton anklets this time of year, especially not when I have two sweaters’ worth of frogged yarn to redo into more acceptable sweaters, four skeins of eggplant-colored Cascade 220 begging to be made into a cardigan, socks for my boyfriend on the needles, a mitten pattern in the works and half of a baby alpaca lace scarf done and plans to make the Rose Red beret for myself. We won’t even talk about my backlog of sock yarn and the skein of Malabrigo that needs to become the perfect winter hat with tassels and earflaps.  But my rationale is that it will take me so long to make all of those things (or some of them – who am I kidding? There is no way I will finish three sweaters before it gets warm, and there is also no way that I will continue knitting merino pullovers into summer), that by the time I’m done (or have given up) the Earth will be in full-on Springtime renewal. Then my cottony green anklets will be just perfect to wear with mary janes, possibly somewhere charming like the Farmer’s Market (I always envision scenarios for my knits). Until then, as you can tell, I have plenty to keep me busy.