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Who said knitting isn’t sexy?! August 1, 2008

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Check out this bad boy:

knitdress

Yup-that’s a knit dress.

Anyone looking for the pattern should check out Wild Knitting on Amazon.

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Decisions…decisions… July 28, 2008

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On Friday, I attended the TKGA’s Summer Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester, NH. I took a class and learned how do to Continental knitting. I had tried to teach myself, from a book, how to do it before but it was much better to actually learn from someone how to do it the correct way.

The major difference between Continental versus American/English knitting is the hand you hold the yarn in:

American:
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Continental:
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Here’s the great thing about this (other than being able to knit a lot quicker): I can now, successfully, do fair isle knitting (knitting with different colors). I was trying to find a fair isle pattern I wanted to try; I found something and I already have the yarn for it.

I’m taking a vote:

I originally bought yarn to make his sweater. I saw this sweater at the first knitter’s breakfast I attended and I thought it was the best thing EVER but now I look at it and think, eh:

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but I think I might want to make this vest instead:
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The colors I have are turquoise for the main color and then lime green, hunter green, navy and white for accent colors.

Comical Continental knitting swatches coming in my next post!

The Negative Knitter

 

Wedding knits June 17, 2008

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On September 6th, I have the privilege to be maid of honor in my friend, Heather’s, wedding. Upon her request (and a little bit of my suggestion) I am knitting her garter. I looked for several patterns online and settled on the pattern worn by Frecklegirl, of Ravelry, fame:

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I’m using a very fine gauge crochet thread which I thought would take forever but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Knitting has gone relatively quickly and I started early (which is key) so that I can pace myself. Here’s what I have so far:

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I know it looks kind of icky so far but, as with almost all knit lace, it will have to be blocked later. In fact, this pattern suggests washing, blocking and then heavily starching so that it holds it’s shape.

Also, rather than green I will use navy ribbon as navy and off-white are the wedding colors.

I have a couple more projects in the works and even a few that were completed over the past few months. Stay tuned…


The negative knitter

 

Finally!-I’m back June 14, 2008

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I’m a horrible blogger-I know. Three months without any posts is unacceptable.

I’ve been working in a lot of projects but I haven’t been taking pictures (until today).

For Lara’s birthday, this past Monday, I made her the tea cozy from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

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I originally intended to make it with a single skein of teal Ultra Alpaca but I ran out of yarn, frogged it and had to start again. Here’s the good thing: I used some yarn I already had (YAY! stash busting) and this yarn is superwash. I ended up having to use twice the amount of yarn, because I double-stranded, but I think the end result is better; it’s a much tighter gauge and I think it will do a better job of insulation.
Here’s some of the top detailing:

Bobble:

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Folds and seaming:
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I bought the teapot from The Tealeaf in Waltham and I put a gift certificate to the store inside. The store is really cute and not only can you buy tea there but it’s also a tea room.

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I’ve been working on more but in the interest of conserving content for future posts, I’ll leave you here.

More to come.


The negative knitter

 

Completely un-knitting related September 24, 2007

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I’ve decided I want to quit my job-move to Iowa and become a cowgirl.

cowgirl

Here’s my picture from when I will be inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame

 

The anticipation is killing me… August 21, 2007

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I’m so close to getting my Ravelry invite:

ravelry

Just 772 people in front of me-I’m hoping for an invite by the end of the week.

UPDATE: Because I am obsessed, I just checked Ravelry again. It is just a little over 4 hours later and the number of people ahead of me is already down to 704. This means that an average of 17 people are invited per hour and that I should hopefully receive my invite in 41.412 hours.

3:30 PM Thursday-HERE I COME!

ANOTHER UPDATE: It’s Thursday at 6PM and here is my status:

  • 475 people are ahead of you in line.
 

On hiatus… August 8, 2007

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Hi everyone-

Due to a family emergency I will be on hiatus from my blog for a while.

On Sunday night, my brother fell from the 3rd floor of his apartment building onto concrete. He was trying to break into his apartment because he was locked out.

He fractured his C4, C5, and C6 vertebrae, broke his cheek bone and had to get 6 staples in his head. He had surgery on Monday-they took out his C5 because it was shattered and pressing his spinal cord and replaced it with one from a cadaver. Then they put in a steel “splint” with 6 screws to stabilize his neck. As of right now he’s paralysed from the shoulders down.

He’s up at Dartmouth-Hanover Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He was taken there by helicopter on Sunday night from Dover hospital.

As of right now I’ve been up and back twice. I slept there Sunday and last night. I’m actually at work today because I got into a very minor car accident myself on Friday and I need to get my car fixed but I’ll be going back up either tomorrow night or Friday morning through the rest of the weekend.

My schedule as of right now is completely up in the air but I will return soon-hopefully as the barer of better news.