Two FOs in one month?!

Yes, it’s true! I stayed up last night and finished the hat! But first, the Clapotis report!

Contemplative Clapotis
Pattern: Clapotis from Knitty
Yarn: 2 full skeins of Handmaiden’s Lady Godiva
Mods: Took out one repeat of increase rows (and thus the matching decrease rows).
Comments: I’ve heard on many podcasts people complaining about the dullness of this knit. I enjoyed it. It may have been because I didn’t have hours to sit down and just knit, I knit more in little bursts. The most annoying part for me was the fact that the yarn didn’t want to drop down, so I had to poke each and every stitch to unravel it.
I had worn it a few times before blocking, I was a bit hesitant because I liked the scrunched look of it right off the needles. I did block it in the end, by soaking it with some Eucalan, then laid it out on a towel (without pinning). It so so even and silky and omg so much better now! Love.
Finished Clapotis Mosiac

Top o'the head shot
Pattern: Odessa from MagKnits
Yarn: Lana Gatto Feeling (& Blue Moon beads from Michaels)
Mods: Yarn has different gauge? maybe?
Comments: I like it, I need to block the life out of it. Right now it feels like it will just pop off. I don’t know if I’d want more rows in it, as it does come down to my eyebrows.
I finished two projects this month! Go me!

Jazz Hands!
Endpapers, all blocked. Now, I’ve been wearing these since I made them, almost every day. I think I may block them regularly. All the stitches are even again, no more stretched out bits, it’s great. I am now a fan of blocking! yay!

And now for knit-object-overload:
I feel like a flapper
The hat makes me feel like a flapper. :)

I started something new…

Odessa in progress mosaic

And I’m almost halfway through already! I started on the 26th, just after Clapotis was done. The yarn I’m using is Lana Gatto ‘Feeling’, which is 70% Extra-fine Virgin Merino, 20% silk, and 10% cashmere. This yarn is… yum.

I actually bought it at the same time I bought my Handmaiden Lady Godiva. Dad had given me a very generous gift certificate to my LYS in Victoria, so I splurged on the good stuff. I actually have 3 balls total of this stuff, two blue and one cream. My idea at the time was gloves. I may still make mittens with the two leftover balls if the yardage looks like it will cooperate (Ooh, Anemoi Mittens anyone? I’ll have to check the gauge, I think this yarn is a bit fat).

Thinking of gauge, I haven’t checked mine. The yarn used in the Odessa pattern is similar enough to this. Last night I put the hat on a looong circular and tried it on my head, so it should work. The yarn is a lovely denim/steel blue, and the beads are a similar colour, but iridescent, so they sometimes look green. The picture that is closest on my monitor is the bottom left one, but even so it is a bit darker than that.

In the top left photo, you can see the dental floss threader I used to get the beads on the yarn (you can also see a titch of the Wiimote to the left of my laptop). I strung them on in blocks of 10, so it was easy to count. The beads I actually got a Michaels last January with Odessa in mind. I like to let things stagnate marinate, obviously. I have the same beads in white for pale yarn too, I’ll see if I love this one enough to make another.

I have never been a hat person, but now I live where it is cold, so I need to be. Especially if I keep insisting on showering in the morning, and boycotting hairdryers because they are the ultimate evil.

I’ve been wearing my Clapotis unblocked, but Lisa left a comment on the last post saying that she soaked hers and then just laid it out without pinning, so mine is currently on two towels on the floor. While I was doing that I thought I might as well block my Endpaper Mitts, as I haven’t done that yet either. Random bad blocking picture:
Bad blocking photo
After I dunked Clapotis, the water was actually faintly blue! The Endpapers gave off no colour.

Two Endpaper Mitts, mwa ha ha

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As I said, I finished last night. I really wanted to block, because there are a fair number of slightly wonky stitches. But I couldn’t wait (and have yet to figure out where to block, in our entirely-hardwood apartment), so I wore them to work. Oh! So, so warm. Got a few weird looks, but I am from the warm part of Canada, and many people don’t seem to understand how COLD it is here.

Pattern: Eunny’s, it’s everywhere.
Needles: 3.0mm Addi Natura, 2.5mm Addi Turbo
Yarn: ArtYarns UltraMerino4 (green) Fortissima Socka (blue)

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EDIT: How could I forget the exciting knitish thing that happened today?
A co-worker came up to me today and said that some time over my days off, a lady came in, and as her purchase was being rung through, she complemented the store on their ‘wonderful selection of knitting books, very impressive!’. That’s my job! I order the craft books! I’m so proud, because this wasn’t just any customer… she owns a yarn store!! Unfortunately, we don’t know which one, she said it was in the south, and there’s at least 3 in the south of the city.
In talking to this coworker about knitting stores, I found out the most amazing thing: There is a YARN. STORE. no less than 6 blocks from here. It has never shown up in my googling of Calgary yarn stores. It’s called Pudding Yarn, and I will visit on my next day off. So sometime in February.

End of Endpapers

I finished my mitts! I’m wearing them right now, and oooh are they nice. :)

They are slightly different. On the first, I used the cast-off recommended by Eunny (kitchener rib bind-off). I couldn’t get it to look even, and it isn’t stretchy. The second, I used EZ’s sewn bindoff, which is lovely and stretchy. The tight one isn’t too restricting, except when I’m typing. Which is sad, as I was hoping to wear these at work. I can always push it just past my knuckles too I guess.

Pictures tomorrow, it’s late now.

Oh, and I finally bought Jennie Atkinson’s Romantic Style today. 40% off, no less. :)
I think I smell another project. At least, I would, if I had any appropriate yarn in the stash. Need to knit from the stash. These mittens weren’t and I still feel bad. I think next I make Odessa, followed by Shedir. My head will be well-hatted.

D&D report

D&D went well, although it turned into a two-day campain, rather than the one we were all expecting. I knit through most of it, and have enough done to hopefully finish Endpaper # 2 tomorrow. I’m halfway through the last repeat of the pattern. I could be done the whole thing, but I thought we’d go late and I didn’t have the needles for the ribbing, so I kept putting it down between rows so I wouldn’t run out.

Pictures tomorrow, when done. :) Hopefully.

It snowed today, yay. But boo on snow when you have to drive.

One Mitt…

Look what I finished last night!
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I finished it last night (Christmas Eve), and immediately cast on for the second. I want to finish these this year, which I can hopefully do. Although, I am only halfway through the ribbing on the second one.

I tend not to measure gauge for small things, figuring that the mitt itself is a swatch. Thing is, I forgot to ever measure my ‘swatch’. In total, it is about an inch longer than Eunny’s. Not a bad thing, really. And according to the scale, I have plenty. The mitt is 0.8oz, the leftover yarn is 2.0oz. Then I realised that doesn’t tell me if I have enough of each colour, but I figure that if I have enough for another two mitts, there should be plent of each colour.

Christmas was wonderful, my only yarn related gift was a hank of sari silk yarn from my auntie in Manchester. She knits too, but is more into lacemaking. Not knitting it, but the thing with all the pins and the tiny thread. Beading too. She’s really crafty, and (unlike me) finishes all her projects.

Mitt is growing!

I bought the right needles today!
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I bought Addi Naturas; I decided I still wanted to go with the Magic Loop, but thought that metal would be too slick. I have heard that bamboo is better for colourwork, and I think it works.

I’m having a great time doing the colourwork! Really enjoying it, and very happy I ordered a copy of Anna Zilboorg’s book, Marvelous Mittens a week or two ago. I’m looking forward to that arriving.

The green I’m using is slightly variagated, I really like the way it looks. Although, there are some bits that are a bit too dark for my liking. They’re not as dark as the blue, but they’re still quite noticeable. Anyway, I like the overall look.

The only thing is, I’m slow. The progress (of the colourwork, the ribbing was already done) you see took me 2 hours. That’s only about 12 rows. Granted, there was putting laundry in the dryer, a quick phonecall, and stopping to admire, but still, SLOW.
I can’ figure out holding a colour in each hand, so I’m doing it the way I normally knit; dropping each colour as I don’t need it. As the colour changes at least every 3 stitches, it’s a lot of pickup/drop/pickup/drop.

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Bits and Pieces

I’ve knit a bit more on mitt #1 since I posted. Not much, so no pic. That pic was with 4 rows of ribbing. I’m up to 8 now. Teeny needles+teenier yarn+1X1 ribbing= hours of monotonous, minuscule progress. But in 6 more rows I get to start the colourwork! I’m hoping that will go faster because it is interesting. Still don’t have the right needle though, so it doesn’t matter that I’m going slow.

I can’t remember where I orginially saw this linked, but have you seen CraftMemo? You sign up (free and fast!) and then you can enter all your craft supplies, so you’ve got a nicely sortable list! You can enter projects, and add supplies to them, so you can see what you need, add suppliers so you’ve got all their phone numbers together… It’s just great. I think I may sit down with this for a bit this weekend. It’s almost a good thing I don’t have all my craft supplies here, this way I only have a ‘little bit’ to enter.

Thinking of stuff… I bought craft books. I am weak. But I have two things to say in my defense:
1. I have combinitis, that disease where when you’re buying Christmas presents, you can’t help but add something for you into the basket, because ‘well, I’m buying here anyway. why come back later?’
2. They were 40% off. I think that on its own is pretty good.

We get 30% off stuff normally, but if it is going to be returned to the publisher (which books are if they sit on the shelf too long) we can pick it out of the piles in the back, and get 40% off. When the average discount a bookstore gets from the publisher is 44%-47%, they’re still making a dollar or two, which is better than just getting their money back.
This is why Amazon is driving smaller bookstores out of business. They sell so much, they can afford to make everything 37% off, because it makes up for it in volume. I can’t count the number of people who mention Amazon and then try to beat our prices down. We just can’t compete, don’t people get it? Gigantic warehouse vs. independent business is just no competition. Luckily enough people still like making purchases in an actual store that bookstores can stay in business. It will be a sad sad day when all that is left is Ch*pters and Amazon.

I know I link to Amazon if I do a book review, but it is the best source of information the public can get to. Maybe I’ll start linking to the publisher’s pages instead.

Oh yeah, the books I bought?
One Skein and
Beads Buttons and Bijoux

Both are more inspiration books. You know, the ones you flip through for the pictures, so you can make something ‘inspired by’ rather than following the pattern completely. Although I think I will have to make a cupcake or two from One Skein. :)
BBB is very much an inspirational book. I think I’ll do a better review over the weekend, with a scan or two. I really like them both.

And yes, I got Christmas books for other people too. The total savings on my bill? $56. <3

Start of the end(paper)

I started the Endpaper Mitts tonight:
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What do you mean you don’t see it? Here, I’ll zoom in:
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I’m liking this whole Magic Loop thing. I first used it on Coronet, because I wanted to learn something new. The only thing is that the cord on my Addis has a mind of its own. The long Denise cord I got from my SP way back when was fine for Coronet, nice and flexible. The Addis? Not so much. I still need to get needles in the colourwork size, I’m trying to decide between DPNs and another big circular.

Picture update.

My first handspun

My first handspun. Nowhere near even, or anything like that, but I had so much fun! I want to use it as a stripe in a hat or something. I even did a little bit more today, with the needle felting roving I bought to finish of my mittens. I did one colour after another, worsted-ish, then spun up all the white very thin, and plied them. It looks like a multi-coloured candy cane. It’s drying right now, pictures later. :)

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For Eunny’s fingerless mitten pattern. I love the semi-solid green, but knew I had to find something solid for the other colour, and there was a lovely (and cheap!) denim colour in Socka.

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The sweater so far. It’s just a teeny bit past my elbow now, and I just started a new ball a few rows back. I’m feeling good about having enough yarn. For a basic-shaped sweater (no weird vents or flappy sleeves) I figure that the two arms are the same (duh), the front and back are double an arm. Especially as this is a cardi, I break it down into units. One unit is one arm. So:
Arms = 1 unit each
Fronts = 1 unit each
Back = 2 units

So if I use two balls on a sleeve, I need 12 for the sweater. Seeing as I have 12, it should work. For the size I’m making, you cast on the same number of stitches for each front as you do for the sleeves.

Mitten pics soon!

I made yarn!

I made yarn! I did a spinning class at my LYS. I was right to be worried, I really enjoy it. I managed to spin up and ply all the fibre they gave us with the class. No pictures, because it’s gotten dark now. I will take some pics tomorrow of it. I also bought some yarn. Bad Heather.

I bought yarn for Eunny’s Endpaper Mits. Gorgeous-yet-deceptively-simple-(I-think) pattern? Check. Delightfully-geeky-and-bookish-name? Check.
I bought two sock yarns, which again, will be photographed tomorrow, one skein of a greeny Ultramerino, and one skein of Fortissima Socka. The green is slightly variagated, but I think think the blue is darker than any shade in the green, so the pattern should still show well. I hope. That’s the plan, anyway. I’m facinated with doign colour work with variagated or semi-solid as one yarn, and a solid as the other.

I’ll cast on tomorrow, or once Eunny has her tips up. Even though I really should work on that sweater.

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