Monday, August 27, 2012

My So-Called Scarf

I wanted a quick project to work on because: a. my last several took forever to complete, b. school starts next week and I wanted to finish something before the craziness that is a full time teaching position, a second part time job, and grad school all start again.  Side note, last class until I graduate (again).

I've started this scarf several times, but never liked how the yarn I was using looked with the pattern (weird pooling once, weird striping another time).  Last month the yarn that the pattern calls for (Manos del Uruguay, Wool Clasica) was on sale on so I ordered some.  I even got the same colorway the pattern used (Wildflowers).  Very happy with how the scarf turned out... Can't wait to wear it this fall, just wish the summer wasn't over already...  Not ready to go back to school yet!

Such pretty colors!
Stitch pattern up close
Finished scarf

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hexipuff Update - Week 3

Week Three
Completed Hexipuffs: 1.5

Current Total: 25.5

Feel behind while on vacation...  But I finished my Citron so I'm not disappointed.  This project is going to take forever.  I'm only going to knit them when I'm in the mood or I will get burnt out too fast.  

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Flashdance Citron

I love that satisfying feeling of finally finishing a project.  Started this shawl June 1st, finished and blocked it this evening.

PatternCitron by Hilary Smith Callis (Knitty, Winter 2009)
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Lace
Colorway: Flashdance
Modifications: Knit nearly twice as large as the pattern called for.

Not yet blocked

Up close of ruffle detail

No wonder my fingers sometimes turned
purple while knitting this! 


I love how it came out and I am super excited to wear it.  Won't be long now, you can start to feel the fall chill in the air already.  I'm glad that I made it as large as I did (almost twice as big as the pattern describes).  However, those long purl rows were BRUTAL.  I discovered that I hold my needles/yarn really weird when I purl.  It works for me and it's fast, but having that many stitches in a row caused my hand to cramp really badly.  That has never happened to me before and I've been knitting for a long time.  I worked on practicing other ways to purl, but they were all so much slower and those rows were soooooo long that I gave up and just went back to my awkward way.  Oh well, some times you must suffer a bit for your art, right?

Now to figure out what I should knit next... I'm thinking something in the round so there are few to no purls!  

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Remember that time I said I should put in a life line and then didn't?

Yeah, I should have put in a life line.  I thought about it.  I even told a friend I was going to.  And then I didn't.  I ran out of yarn.  As I suspected I might.  So I had to rip back one pattern repeat of my Citron so that I had enough yarn left for the ruffle edge.  Wouldn't be nearly as big a deal if there were not so damn many stitches to pick up.  I think there are well over 800 at this point.  I tried to count but kept losing track.  Pictures coming in 10 more rows...

Next time I think I should put in a life line I should really listen to myself.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


So last week I went on my first real vacation.  The kind of vacation that doesn't involve family and requires a passport.  It was amazing.  I had so much fun and had plenty of relaxation time as well.  I would definitely go on a cruise again, but I did wish I had more time to explore the island itself.  

Here are some of the pictures I took:

















Hexipuff Update - Week 2

Week Two
Completed Hexipuffs: 11

Current Total: 24

I'm going to be way behind next week though, only made one while on vacation!  I also need to figure out where I'm going to store them as they are sort of taking over my coffee table at the moment.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Hexipuff Update - Week 1

Week One
Completed Hexipuffs: 13

Shooting for 10 a week, so I am off to a good start!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The stretchy yarn problem...

So, I was worried my first hexipuff was sort on the small side. However, I've now made two more and they seem closer to the correct size. I think it was just the stretchy yarn that was the issue with the first one.

Now that I am off and running, I'm going to shoot for making at least 10 a week. That means it will take me about 40 weeks to make enough for the quilt. Oh my... This is going to be a lengthy project!

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