And…. We’re Off!

Way off. I finished Rex’s Sweater several months ago and happily sewed the pieces together. It was supposed to be a Christmas present for 2012. Not even close. Then I thought it could be a Valentine’s day present. Nope. Anniversary? March 21, I could handle that. I think I finished it about a week early. Then when I held it up I noticed…. The collar opening is off center. Way off center. By my measurements, 1 inch to the left. EEESSHHH! 

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Maybe you can’t really see it in this picture. It looks like I shot it at an angle, but I assure you I didn’t. Here’s another one. 

 

 

 

 

 

See? Way off. :(

I put it aside since summer was coming and there was no way I could frog and reknit in time. This brioche stitch on size 1US needles in this yarn is hard on the hands. It takes approx 2.5 rows to equal 1 row of stockinette. So, no.

Now his birthday is coming. He’s in Amsterdam, so I’ve got some time. But have I been working on it? No… I’m making socks for my sock class, a shawl that I decided on months ago, fingerless gloves for a pattern I’m writing. In other words, I’ve been avoiding it. But now it’s time to face the music. I’ve got approximately 11 days to get this redone. If I don’t though, it is still very hot, so I won’t be too disappointed. Christmas is not far off…

And so I’m off… to unstitch and frog. Ribbit!

Chevron T

I finally finished my Chevron T. Web_DSCN3040I think it looks beautiful! I first saw this design at my LYS, Unwind. It looks great on just about every figure, and I knew I wanted to knit it as soon as I saw it. The design is fun and flattering. I originally bought Sweet Georgia’s Iridium to make it, but when I found DyeForYarn‘s Ground Sapphire, a couple of months later, I thought this pattern would look fantastic in it. It does! Web_DSCN2972

Cozy Kitty

Kitty & Blankie

Here's a really lousy photo along with Suzanne's Ripple Top that I made around the same time.

Here’s a really lousy photo along with Suzanne’s Ripple Top that I made around the same time.

My latest project on the needles is a blanket adapted from the Color Block Bias Wrap by Suzanne Shaw

I made the wrap in January and I love it! This yarn is so soft and huggable, just like kitty!. Well, not this kitty. She doesn’t like to be hugged. But I digress.

I decided to make a blanket for my mom. It will be double the width of the wrap which is approximately 36″ and 72″ long. I think she will really like it. It should keep her warm all winter. I’m making it in the cafe late’ colors. She likes beige and neutral colors. 

Started: 8/7/2013
Needles – US 13 Circular (‘cuz I like circular)
Yarn – Chalet by Classic Elite Yarn
4 skeins each 
Color – 7436 
          – 7443
          – 7406

The Summer of Music

I’m sitting in the park listening to some great gypsy jazz a la D’Jango Reinhart. The John Jorgenson Quintet is playing. He’s an amazing guitar player.

We just heard about this free concert from our friend and decided to be spontaneous on a Sunday evening.

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Last Thursday we saw Aubrey Logan at Descanso Gardens. She’s an amazing vocalist. Check her out here: https://www.facebook.com/events/478450455570892/ and vote for her to win the Sarah Vaughn Competition!

A week ago we saw Bostix at our local amphitheater. It is a Boston / Stix tribute band. They were very good. We had fun picnicing with friends reminiscing about our high school days, because that’s how old we are!

Next week, who knows?!

The Year Of Hospitals

This morning I was thinking about how hard it is to start. I’m frustrated with needing to do things and wanting to just spend time designing. I’m fairly new at design work as you can see by the number of patterns currently available and how often I post them. But I want to! Things just conspire to get in the way. Maybe I get in my own way most of the time. Like trying to turn a lace pattern upside down instead of knitting the stupid project the other way around.

This afternoon I finally gave up on that and was working on some materials for a sock class I am teaching. My mom called and said she needed help. She fell and couldn’t get up. I raced from Burbank to Santa Monica. I finally got her to realize that she needed to go to the hospital. Now we are in ER waiting.

It was only two months ago that we admitted my mother in law to the hospital. She fell in March and fractured her ankle. She had been in a rehab facility for 6 or 7 weeks to get her strength back. Instead, she got worse. She had cancer in her liver and her ammonia levels shot up causing mental confusion. The day we got her to the hospital she couldn’t say more than yes and no. She only lasted two more weeks. We were able to have her come home on hospice and the family spent Mother’s Day with her. She passed the next morning.

So right now I am pretty upset. I want to cry but there will be time for that later I suppose.

I shouldn’t go on about my stupid knitting. There are much more important things right now.

All the time we were in the hospital with my Mother-In-Law I thought I should be documenting what was happening. Seems strange to start now. I just need to process. It feels like too much, but I know I can do this in His Strength! Philippians 4:13

Lightweight Cowl!

Now I really have to post. I know it’s been a while, but I’m a little proud today. One of my designs made it to the Classic Elite Newsletter from June 4, 2013. I should have posted then, but lots of personal stuff has been going on. More about that at another time.

Lightweight Cowl

Lightweight Cowl

Today I glanced at my email and Stephanie emailed a link from this website: http://knitting.craftgossip.com/a-sweet-cowl-for-summer/2013/06/18/. I’m so impressed! it caught her eye! Huh! Get yours now!

Stephanie had a great write up in her newsletter that week.

Gordes Socks

If you scroll down you’ll see that I’m also teaching a sock class. I had the first one last week. We knitted a mini sock to get the idea of what a basic sock is and how to deal with all those DPNs! I gave them homework to knit down the leg of a top down sock. Next week we’re working the heel flap and turning the heel. I’m going to have an example of 2 socks on 2 needles to show. Which ones should I do?

Unwind’s Newsletter and My Cowl Pattern

From Unwind’s newlsetter of 6/4/13

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Unwind Meets Classic Elite Yarns Web-Letter

We Riff on Handmade Los Angeles II

HMLA poncho

Unwind’s collaboration with Classic Elite Yarns —

two pattern booklets called Handmade Los Angeles I & II

showed many knitters that simple style and warm weather friendly patterns can fit and flatter every woman.

One of my favorite designs from the books is Sabrina Judge’s

Fringed Poncho with Tattoo.

The body is lightweight, and not too warm, knit in Classic Elite’s Silky Alpaca Lace. And the classic shape is tweaked just a bit with a riot of multi-colored fringe and the embroidered “tattoo.” Stitch in “LOVE”, as we did, or choose a word that makes you happy.

Recently I was chatting with Unwind’s newest shop gal and teacher, Cheryl Olson. Cheryl loves to knit small accessories and often designs her own cowls, gloves, hats and more.

So I decided to offer her a little challenge. Would she riff on the fringe from the Fringed Poncho? What could a knitter do with leftovers from all that gorgeous fringe? Could we make a quick, easy project that many knitters would enjoy gifting or wearing themselves?

And so we offer Cheryl’s design — the Lightweight Cowl.

The Sea Glass and Gentian Violet colors are remnants from the Poncho, but we did need a new ball of the Cameroon (green). I love how the ribbons of color on the cowl evoke the Poncho’s fringe without actually being fringe. I also love how lightweight this cowl is despite being knit with two strands of Silky Alpaca Lace.

The folks at Classic Elite Yarns liked it so much that they have published it as this week’s free pattern through the CEY weekly web-letter.

    TO DO LIST:

  • Download Lightweight Cowl Pattern
  • Purchase Handmade Los Angeles I & II Books
  • Sign up for Classic Elite Web-Letter
  • Get individual patterns on Ravelry
  • Knit a Fringed Poncho or Lightweight Cowl with yarn from Unwind

Socks Many Ways – A Workshop

Cheryl Olson guides you through the world of socks

Toe up. Top down. Magic Loop. Double Points. Two at one time on two circular needles. Short row heels. Or not. Magic cast ons and turkish cast ons. So many possibilities – you could knit socks forever.

You’ll enjoy this class where, over five, three-hour session, you’ll knit a mini practice sock, work on a human-sized sock, and experiment with many techniques that will keep your toes tapping.

Enroll today, and prepare for our first lesson. Homework and materials list will be emailed before the first class.