Busy Work

Hello everyone! I’m back, finally. Wow, where did the weeks go? I have just been so busy. The Super Snuggly Sweater has grown a tiny bit.

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Obviously as a sweater consisting of mainly stockinette stitch it isn’t going to be that interesting to blog about but I shall try to keep you informed.

I’ve been so busy I haven’t had any time for knitting really. I’m determined to finish my SSP today and the Kumpel pattern. I need to do some swatching believe it or not.

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The yarn is the Lamb’s Pride Worsted I dyed last spring. The colorway was see-saw.

I also wove in the ends of the Podster 2.0s today, now that it’s getting cold enough to use them.

I’m not a brig fan of the finishing steps. Sewing pieces together is worse but weaving in your ends is a close second. It, for me, alternates from cathartic and wanting to snap my darning needle in half. I’m one of those knitters that won’t fix a mistake unless it’s really obvious or compromises the integrity of the FO. As I was weaving in ends I noticed a few mistakes on the inside.

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It looks like I dropped stitches and then, when I picked them up, I didn’t re-knit them back up. That is something I would normally fix. I found a couple more spots where I did the same thing. Between  that and an end that was only about a half-inch long it makes me wonder what the heck I was doing.

I promise the next post will be longer and I will have at least one pattern published and some new social networking news.

 

Confession

I have a confession to make. I finished Podster 2.0 last Friday. So sorry for holding out on you all. Here’s the official FO photos.

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Open

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Closed

I was kind of waiting for the chance to ask someone to photograph my hands but I got impatient. We’ve all been super busy.

I did, however manage to start another square on the Blanket.

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It’s the yarn I dyed with the mint. I love the way it looks between the blue and the purple.

 

Bleacher knitting

I’ve been trying like mad to finish the Podster gloves. I would really like to get back to the Blanket. It’s calling my name… To expedite the progress I’ve been kiping nearly every day.

On Saturday I went to a local Fireworks show.

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I knitted until the first strains of Angry American by Toby Keith came from the Pa system.

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The right mitten at the end of the thumb gusset increases.

Teusday I KIPed at the library. I was trying to finish the right glove.

Once I finished the fingers and the thumb on the right hand I started to fix the left thumb.

I have this habit. Of not reading the entire pattern before I cast on. I had, the fist time, knit the basic thumb right in the pattern. This time I decided “I’m going to design a thumb hood.” Problem solved. When I was working on the right glove I noticed instructions for a thumb that can be opened.

Now I was unraveling to start that part over.

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As I was re-knitting the thumb I realized that I was going to be short on yarn. I didn’t want to have a knot in my thumb so I tried out a trick I learned from Glenna C. the knitter who published Podster gloves. It only works if you have wool yarn. I thought mine was around 70% but I wasn’t sure.

Basically you felt your yarn ends together with your um… saliva.

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The first try I accidentally tried to felt together my working yarn with the end of yarn on the cuff of the left glove I had out as a visual reference. Oops

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The second time it worked perfectly.

That night some friends and I went to a local baseball game.

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I was happily doing some more bleacher knitting. We were winning. I even joked I’d have the right mitten top done that night with only finishing to do after that. I was about to start the decreases. the downhill slide. Of course all that good Karma couldn’t last. Because then, I realized

I had two left gloves.

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That’s right I had picked up stitches on the wrong side of the glove.

I frogged back to the beginning and started over. Here’s where I am now.

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You may have noticed that I’m back at the library. I forgot to get another bleacher picture last night. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish them tonight or tomorrow.

Yarn!

I’ve been working with yarn a lot lately. I’ve been spinning and dyeing and, of couse, knitting.

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Here’s my sock yarn after a dyeing it with mint and adding an iron after-mordant. Grey. The book said it would be teal or grey. I was really hoping for teal. Maybe the ph of my water had something to do with it?

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I’ve been working on some mint solar dye. It’s leftovers from before. There hasn’t been much solar action lately, so it’s slow going.

I’ve been spinning more of the Alpaca/Silk. I’m trying to finish up the 2 oz.

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Depending on how much I get, I might be buying more. I really want to knit a shawl out of it. I’ve been surfing around, but I’m not sure if I’ve seen anything I like. I have never knit a shawl before so I don’t know if this is a good project to try to design… Thoughts?

Here’s the first skein after its bath.

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The yarn has fluffed up quite a bit. It has a bit of a halo. I love how soft and fuzzy it is. I don’t think I’ll be dyeing it; I like the colors the way they are.

I’ve been getting some KIP time with the Podster 2.0 gloves. I’m on the cuff of the second.

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The angle of the picture makes the cuff look super long but it is actually about 2 & 1/2 inches. About one inch to go.