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Friday, April 29, 2005

New adventures! 

I just wanted to make a quick post, because I'm starting some new projects. I LOVE starting new things! It's so exciting to embark on something fresh and exciting. It's also a great way to avoid doing a whole bunch of my schoolwork ... heh heh heh ... right ...

I cast on for W from the new Knitty. What yarn am I using for this fun tank top, you ask? Why, all the yarn from poor Zelda, may she rest in peace! I discovered that the (post-washing) gauge is just right for W by accident as I was admiring the pattern. I'll have plenty of yarn left over, so I don't know what I'll do with the rest of it, but I'm glad that it's being put to good use. It was actually pretty cathartic to begin frogging Zelda. Anyway, I'm already 4'' along on W and really loving the pattern. It's going to look great in this yarn.

I also just got some yarn (on sale!) to make Glampyre's Minisweater, or Boobholder, as they say over at the Knitty Coffeeshop. Ideally, i would have loved to make it in Rowan Summer Tweed, in one of the blue-y purple-y shades, but that's pretty far from the gauge I need, and is also really far from my current budget. Summer Tweed will have to wait; right now I'll settle for some Cascade Eco Wool that I'm going to overdye with Koolaid to a brick red. I'm having a little trouble getting gauge, but I think I'll be ok, since it is just a mini-sweater. And I am getting even MORE yarn through a swap to make Unbiased, from Knitty (can't remember which issue, but you can check the archive if you're curious) which is a really funky looking purse made with yarn spun from recycled sari silk. I'm excited about this project, since it will combine my powerful love of purses and my powerful love of knitting. Who knows what kind of omnipotent super-powered accesory will be born out of this potent fusion?! Stay tuned ...

-Jane
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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Woo-hoo! FO's! 

Here they are, baby! First, a shrug of my own design, that I made with size 11 needles and only 200 yds of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande in a gorgeous red color that I got in a trade from Ali (who is fabulous ;) ). I was thinking I might put the pattern on this site just to try my hand at writing a pattern. If anyone has any strong opinions, please share them.

shrug 1

shrug 2

Next, my lovely little Spiderweb Capelet from SnB Nation! It's so pretty and light and floaty, I could just die (but I won't, because that would kind of spoil things, don't you think?). I used size 15 needles and Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud in Peppermint, a very pale pink. This yarn was RAK'd to me by Danielle (who is also fabulous ;) ) and I love the way it turned out in this pattern. I was also glad it stretched out so much in blocking, because others had said their Capelets were on the short side. I officially LOVE KNITTING LACE! Here it is:

capelet 1

capelet 2

I'm so excited about these, especially after the Sweater Fiasco! I've got to figure out what to do with all my leftover Knitpicks lace yarn...hee hee!

-Jane
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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Zelda is D.O.A. 

D.O.A. = Dead On Arrival

So there is good news and bad news. The good news is, I finished my sweater!

The bad news is, well....it sucks. In short, it is not working, not happening, deceased, passed on, whatever you want to call it. I committed the idiotic mistake of not washing my swatch before checking my gauge. And ofcourse, the yarn expanded when I washed it. What was once a cute, slightly tight-fitting wrap sweater is now a loose, drape-y lump. And even worse, the fabric seems to have only expanded in width, not in length, making the sleeves puff out in a very unfortunate way. Yuck. Zelda is dead. May the knitting gods have mercy on her soul. I will frog her later, but for now I'm going to leave her be so I can have some time to mourn.

On a better note, I cast off for my capelet last night! That provided some consolation for the Sweater Debacle. It is looking just lovely. I'm going to crochet around the edges today to make it a little sturdier, and also make the ties. I've got to find some beads for those ties, because making pom-poms with lace weight yarn would be absolute murder. Maybe I should give it a try anyway....hmmm...we'll see. I am really impressed with how fast this project went (of course, it would have gone faster if I had worked on it more consistenly, but that's besides the point) and how much fun it was to knit! I could definitely do this as a gift project, and I think alot of my girlfriends would really like it. I'll file that note away somewhere so I can remeber that when Christmas comes around.
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Thursday, April 21, 2005

What's my inner European? 





Your Inner European is Italian!









Passionate and colorful.

You show the world what culture really is.



Who's Your Inner European?
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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

See my view.... 

great view

...now ain't that nice?
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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Knitting updates! 

I haven't posted in a while, which is sad. I figured today was the day for some Knitting updates. So here they are:

The Spiderweb Capelet: I am really liking this pattern! It's not too complicated, and has a repeat that's easy to remember for a newbie lace knitter like myself. It's an excellent pattern to use as a break form something bigger (like a certain Sweater ... more on that later). And I've discovered that I really enjoy lace kniting! It's so satisfying to see the pattern appear. It's giving me such a thrill, that I'm already planning for other lace projects. Here it is, stretched out and pinned in all it's glory:
spiderweb lace

The Zelda Sweater: Or should I say that b**** Zelda? I've had to frog another part of it. I realized half way through the sleeves that they were definitely going to be too large. Apparently I have a large chest and small arms. This means that the back and the ties will probably be the only part of this sweater that I WON'T frog. OI. But the yarn is a dream, and that is some consolation. When I' m done, I swear I'll wear it no matter how hot it is outside.

SP4: It's finally begun! I'm so excited! My SP is Sooper Seekret -no really, that's her name! I'm already enjoying shopping for my SP (the one I get to shower with gifts). I love it!

... for future knitting? I'm thinking a summer tank top. Definitely. : )

P.S. And here's a funny picture of the boyfriend, just because. Silly Greg!
silly greg!

...tee hee!
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Thursday, April 07, 2005

See that new Knitty! 

Someone hold me. The new Knitty has arrived. I've really got to hold on to something to keep from breaking my self-imposed yarn diet, because the stuff in this issue is sooooooo CUTE! And there are some great articles. How does Amy do it? Secret kNitting magic, I'm sure. If you doubt me, just click on the little Knitty button to the right to see.

...And you will also see the Capelet-To-Be. I've made a little more progress, although the Sweater is taking up most of my attention, since I'm on the sleeves, and inching closed to being done each day. But after I've put that one to rest, the Caplet will move into the front slot, and then it will actually start getting somewhere. Pictures will be coming soon, I promise. This has just been an insanely busy school week, so this weekend I'll get to really update and add more pics. i'll also get to have some fun for a change. Karaoke! Woo-hoo!
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Friday, April 01, 2005

See Jane teach that Sweater who's boss! 

I fixed it! Ohhhhh YEEEEEAAAHHH!

...Now that I've gotten that out of my sytem, I just wanted to proclaim from the highest hilltops that I finished the right front of the sweater, and the decreasing is fine, and all is right with the world. I've also started the left front. I'll check in later with a more detailed update on the Sweater, my lovely little Spiderweb Capelet, and the new yarn I got.

Ciao babies!
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