Sunday, August 19, 2007

Snakeskin cuff / Ravelry

I seem to have managed to forget to post this nice picture. I am so wrapped up in Ravelry that I forget that I started this blog and maybe there are non-Ravelry people who are interested as well. I remember reading someone's comment in their Ravelry profile that if Ravelry had existed sooner they would not have started a crafting blog. Sounds like someone else I know...

Here is the Snakeskin cuff I designed, using a stitch pattern out of the Vogue Stitchionary Volume 1. It came out pretty nicely, I'm pleased.

The other piece of news I wanted to share (becuase I couldn't find an appropriate place on the Ravelry forums!!) is that I logged in today to look at Teva Durham's Lace Leaf Pullover pattern and the 51 people who've knit it, in case I could find someone's notes on knitting it in Knitpicks Sierra (now Cadena) and whether they went down a needle size because I tried to cast on last night in the size 13's I ordered just for the project and my gauge is a little small, plus the fabric looks too loose and I'd rather try it on smaller needles. Before bed I swatched on 11's, which is the largest needle size the ball band recommends anyway, and it looks much better. Still getting 3 sts/inch rather than 2.5 as the pattern calls for, so clearly I need to work some math, cast on more stitches and get this thing to fit and look nice. Went on Ravelry looking for tips (here I come to my point!) and there is an awesome new feature on the projects page--PROGRESS BARS! after my fussing about with the bars on the right here to show off how far along I am with various things, Ravelry has put that into place for one's WIPs. I actually squealed out loud. yay!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Josephine glows

Much progress has been made on my Josephine top, thanks to a lot of knitting time on a road trip to Ottawa last weekend.

That's the back. I've also managed about three lace repeats on the front at this point. I'm really pleased with the color and the laceweight is lasting really well, it looks like I'll be ok for yardage! (I say that now but...)

And I found a nice use for a bit of the Yarn Pirate Booty Club Rum Runner colorway that was sent to me in July. Baby Booties for my cousin. This adorable pattern is free and worked a treat! It has been a very popular pattern, judging by Ravelry's database.

I had to take a picture of the booties by my aunt and uncle's frog pond. Because these booties are definitely not going in the frog pond. They turned out great. And mom-to-be was thrilled.

Yes, the big frog is fake. But the four little ones behind it are for real. The frogs at this little pond are hilarious. They all look stoned. They're like so zoned out and relaxed near the little trickling water source and lilypads, they hardly move all day during the summer.
Yes, the buttons don't match. We thought that was cuter. These knit up super fast, one each in the two evenings before we hit the road, and the little button loops fixed up in the car on the way up.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Josephine top and podcast kismet

Here's Josephine. Isn't she lovely?

I'm calling her my Sunset Jo. I cast on on Saturday, July 28th, after showing off my swatch at the LYS. The yarn is working up beautifully. I did find after knitting a repeat of the lace section (smallest size) that it was too wide, it stretched more than when I swatched, so I frogged that evening and cast on and knit the first section on Sunday.

As of today I've done four repeats of the pattern, so we're up to maybe 9 inches. I've done the two sets of decreases in the rib sections. It still looks lovely! This yarn turns my fingers yellow though...depending on how hot it is and if my hands are sweating slightly. I still love it. I will just have to be careful when I wash it!!

I have so many things on the go right now, I could spend all day knitting, it is ridiculous! Time to tear myself off of Ravelry and blogging and all that and go get some exercise. I must not knit all the time. I must not knit all the time. Oh! The kismet part of this post.

I was listening to the last Lime and Violet podcast that I had not listened to yet, which happened to be number 20. I am now completely up to date, having listened to all their archives. I've been listening to them all over the period of the last three months or so. The song featured at the end is about the 'boob fairy' because of Miss V's medical troubles at the time of the taping. Just before I started this post I started listening to an old Cast On episode--number 8, from a year and a half ago (I started listening to Brenda maybe 6 weeks ago, and have listened to a number of the most recent episodes but am now listening to older ones in order if there's not a new one available) and what song should BD put in the middle of the episode? The same boob fairy song!!
What the heck are the odds of that? I laughed out loud again, it's such a funny song, about how we all get visited by different fairies, or not... thigh fairies, hair fairies, boob fairies... Some of them might even get 'obsessed' with us, while others never pay a visit no matter how much we hope and wish and wait... personally I'm wishing the 'flat stomach fairy' might decide to grace me with her presence. Where was I? oh, yes, going to exercise. Pilates DVD, here I come!