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Monday, December 29, 2008

This one is for the time obsessed


I asked for and received not 1 but 2 kitchen timers this Christmas.  Yummy..... I've been hankering for a timer that goes "ding!" and Santa was kind to me. =)

The Chicken one was from Hubby.  I LOVE it!


What kind of Flower are you?

Turns out I am  a Sunflower!  =)   That made me smile.  I love sunflowers.  I think they are so hapy and cheerful.

"When your friends think smile, they think of you. There is not a day that goes by that you can't find something good about the world and your fellow human."


I am a
Sunflower


What Flower
Are You?



Click on the link if you want to find out what flower you are.  Pretty fun and harmless!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It warms a knitter's heart

Over dinner with part of my family yesterday, my dad proudly showed off (again) the cardigan-vest I made him.  Ah....a knitter's dream come true.  Someone who truly appreciates what you make for them and  shows it off to others.  

AND, to boot, dad's girlfriend said "once he wears it, he wears it all the time!".  Oh man, that warms a knitter's heart.

=)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

This is what I want for Xmas

Can someone install this gadget on my computer??


I haven't blogged much because 13 hour work days really kills the energy level.  

At least I made a hat for Tim in between his sweater.  Now I understand how people can let knitting projects "marinate" while only half (more or less) done.  I was kinda thinking I can put the sweater aside while finishing up some other small projects.  

Like a hat for me, another pair of mittens, dish towels for my dad's significant other, socks, baby things for my brother's kid-to-be, anything else that is smaller than a man's sweater.

But I power on... Timmy...sweater...must...be...finished....before summer starts.  RAAAHHHH!!!!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Reading and writing

I read a lot of things today, one of which was the Sunday papers.   There was an article about a guy who did well "timing" the market and picking the "winning" stocks.  The article did advocate having a long term buy-and-hold strategy at the same time, but it made me think 

1) I wonder how I would do if I tried to stock pick, and 
2) it's amazing how dangerous ideas/methods can be made to sound reasonable and doable.

Last week I also read an interview in the latest edition of Knitting Purls (an eNewsletter published by Ida) in which Kelly Pekuns of KnitPicks.

The full interview is in the newsletter but I found it thought provacative.  What Kelly said about how she and Bob (her husband) started the company, and what they do to source the yarn and other supplies they sell, really made me respect KnitPicks a lot more.  I always knew they had good stuff at really good prices, but it's impressive to really know the length of the process.

I'll see if I can find a link to the actual newsletter.   Or if are you are nimble with the web, the publishing info is:

Knitting Purls 
ISSN: 1942-4027
Published bimonthly 
by Charing Cross Publishers
E-mail: info@knittingpurls.com

Knitting Purls Blog is at:  http://knittingpurls.typepad.com/

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Goal?

I heard a vocabulary podcast episode that got me motivated to read and write more everyday.

So I think I'm going to try that, starting today.    My "goal" is to either read a book or write something for 15 minutes everyday, no matter what it is.   

I think next time I'm at Target or something I'm going to get myself an egg timer.  I've wanted one for a while, and I want to use it to track my reading/writing duration.

Let's see!

Also, I made a hat for Tim.  It was getting cold and he started wearing his old, ugly (in my opinion) ski hat.  So I asked him to pick out some yarn he liked, and here is the result!

I would put a picture up of Tim wearing the hat, but for some reason he closes his eyes when I tried to photo him.  Arg...men...so weird.



Here is a picture of the weird top:

Friday, November 21, 2008

Mittens! Video! Tigers, oh My!!

I finished the back side of Tim's sweater and JUST needed a break!  The small needles, fine yarn, and seemingly endless-ness of the piece was making my eyes water, and I needed a quick fix.

So I made a paire of mittens!  Yeah!  For me!  Whoo!  Wanna see?


The pattern is from Ann Budd's "The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns."  I made it with my favorite Japanese yarn (Noro Silk Garden).  Yum.... so pretty, although next time I would knit it with a much tighter guage.   

Overall, this was an easy and quick project, and boy, very addicting.  I think mittens might be to me what socks are to other knitters.  Quick, fun, can't get enough.  Except....one can only have so many pairs of mittens.   Maybe I'll try knitting socks, but with slightly thicker yarn, kinda like mittens but socks! =)

And lastly, someone on one of my knitting email lists passed along this thought-provoking video.  Awesome.  And somewhat shocking to see so much unraveling captured on film.  Shudder...

(Take a look)


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Now that the election is over

How about something totally non-knitting related and fun?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMH0bHeiRNg


You got to love the comedians.   I needed a good laugh after all my nails have been bitten off!

Ok, so this is suppose to be a knitting blog....Here's some knitting!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I'm so addicted!

It's like watching the seconds count down on the New Years clock!


Oh my poor nails... 

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Someone is out there!

Forgot to mention earlier: I went out to lunch with Rushan, Cindy, and Elaine yesterday.  And the best thing was finding out that Rushan reads my knitting blog!!!!  Woo Hoo!!!!  Someone is out there!  I kinda feel like Will Smith in the movie "I am Legend" after he found out there are other people who survived the plague. 

=)  
I like the puppy dog.


Sumerian??

Work has really put a crimp in my knitting.  I didn't' get to knit most of last week (or was it the week before?) because of stupid "issues" with our corporate data warehouse.  Why do things always have to break on weekends and at pre-dawn  hours?!  

The warehouse breakdown did reinforce the idea that the solution  is always easy to spot once you know where to look.  And once you find the solution, the "weird" error messages you saw earlier makes perfect sense.    Don't you hate that?  It's like saying "oh, after reading the answer key, of course the test was easy!"

Here is an update on Tim's ha-choo, I mean Hjalte, sweater.

With all that's going on, I manage to have a full knitting day a few weekends ago, and little bits of knitting during the week.  The sweater (technically, the back piece of the sweater) is now 13 inches  long.  I'm kinda not looking forward the idea of having to knit the exact same thing again for the front.  I should have done this in the round!!!  

The WIP from a slight distance reminds me of stone carvings from some Mesopotamian age.  (Edit: I just did a google search, and I think I mean Sumerian age.)


Or...maybe I just need more coffee.... 


Saturday, October 4, 2008

5 inches into the Hjalte


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Originally uploaded by prymnumber
This sweater is worked in pieces (I didn’t want to convert because the crazy cables are confusing enough). I got the ribbing done, and was working happily away at the main part of the body. Then about 2 inches past the ribbing, I suddenly realized I skipped over the dreaded words “change to bigger needles.”

$!^%@! (I seriously thought “maybe I can just continue in smaller needles and no one will know….)

ARG!!! 2 days it took to rip and fix 2 inches. Now, 2 more days later, I’m back at the "pre-rip" point. Arg… The only thing that made me feel better is knowing the 2nd time will go faster since I’ll be using bigger needles. And the fact that I made the husband watch as I ripped back. =)

The picture is the fixed version, measuring about 5 inches in length. The cables are starting to show, and they remind me of tree branches!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Some More Charity Knitting and a Swatch

I made a preemie hat and blanket for the Stanford winter charity drive.   Personally, I think Caramel should go into the modeling business!  She is so darn cute!


And I started Tim's unpronounceable sweater.  It's actually a lot easier than I thought it would be!  I was almost fearing it, but now I am really enjoying how it's knitting up!  I see it as a good challenge; not too overwhelming but definitely keeps you thinking!

Here's the swatch I did to get gauge and to play with some of the cable patterns.

The yarn Tim picked out is called Svale by Dalegarn (www.dale.no).  It's Norwegian (of course, sinceTim has a thing about Nordic countries.  Have I mentioned he wants some Icelandic wool just because of the sheep's name?). 

The yarn contains 50% cotton (aka "bomull" in Norwegian), 40 "viskose" and 10% "silke".  Shows up kinda shiny-like but man the yarn is splitty, especially when knit with size friggin' 3 needles!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Try to pronunce "Hajlte"....



Mr Timmy, the love of my life, picks out this little beauty he'd like me to make for him.  It’s called Hjalte from Guy Knits : The Best of Knitter’s Magazine.


I started reading through the pattern yesterday and it’s instilling fear in my poor knitting hands…. Not my first or even second choice, but alas, the dear hubby unit wants a sweater…. I hope he knows how much I’m willing to suffer for him!!


I’m planning to do the gauge swatch tonight and maybe knit a sample of the charts in the pattern. Did I mention it calls for FINGERING weight yarn?!?! Oh just kill me….


And just to update on the charity projects, I finished 2 more hats and a preemie blanket.

Here's a one of the hats (so cute!  such good use of left over yarn from stash!!!)

 


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Monday, September 15, 2008

Nico

nico 4

Leo's new baby boy Nico, on the blanket I made him.  Ain't he a cutie??

And here's a close up of the blanket pattern:


BabyBlanket1

The Eyelet Zigzag stitch is in a multiple of 7 stitches. I wanted a 3 st border around the blanket.

So I cast on 3+(7x)+3 number of stitches. X is the number of pattern repeats that made the blanket as wide as I wanted.


Basic pattern is:

Knit 6 rows of garter st 
Knit 3, repeat pattern until 3 st left. Knit 3.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Astrological

I love Ravelry....


"Curious - another post here introduced me to the ‘happy birthday’ feature - i was blown away by all the virgos!... Casy, would you (or anyone else) be able to tell which astrological sun sign is most represented here on ravelry? i’m so curious now."

- Mutilple guesses from  people, with most putting $ on Cancer as the biggest birthday-er.

"I don’t have a handy way to cross reference dates with astrological signs and I’m too lazy to type in all of the start and end dates. Here is the list of birthdays - go nuts. (There are 94,000+)

http://export.ravelry.com/misc/birthdays-20080908.csv" 


- less than an hour later



"Never underestimate the temptation that the pursuit of statistical fact provides to a maths major. 

Sorted numerically, in descending order: 

Cancer: 8525 
Virgo: 8219 
Leo: 8141 
Gemini: 8128 
Taurus: 8125 
Libra: 7951 
Aries: 7864 
Pisces: 7828 
Scorpio: 7475 
Aquarius: 7436 
Capricorn: 7314 
Sagittarius: 7253

of course, I should note that this data is not scientifically accurate since it is a self selected sample etc., etc. ;) all it proves is that Cancers are the Ravelers most likely to have inserted their birthdays into their profiles."


- another hour passes


"Ok, here’s what I got. Out of 94,260 birthdays in the data base, here is the breakdown:

Aries - 7889 members (8.4%) 
Taurus - 8101 members (8.6%) 
Gemini - 8150 members (8.6%) 
Cancer - 8560 members (9.1%) 
Leo - 8130 members (8.6%) 
Virgo - 8164 members (8.7%) 
Libra - 7985 members (8.5%) 
Scorpio - 7516 members (8.0%) 
Sagittarius - 7474 members (7.9%) 
Capricorn - 7064 members (7.5%) 
Aquarius - 7441 members (7.9%) 
Pisces - 7774 members (8.2%)

Sounds like you guys’ hunches about the (Northern Hemisphere) summertime signs’ prevalence was correct, at least for the Ravellers that report their birth dates"


- In my mind... hum... numbers are different....


"Yeah, the differing dates is why my numbers and knitforneurons’ are off ever so slightly. I’m not sure where she picked her dates from, but I just copied mine from wikipedia. still, the results are similar."


- Me

Oh my goodness.... read on for more.  This is FACINATING!! 


Monday, September 1, 2008

Dawn



Can I just say I LOVE Dawn of the Knit Naturally podcast? I love her straight-up, no-nonsense, shoot-from-the hip sense of humor and the Texan accent. Her Texas Purl Gurl blog is my new "must-read."

Oh man, she cracks me up.


Friday, August 29, 2008

Simple Crocheted Hat


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Originally uploaded by prymnumber
I know.... I cheated and crocheted.

But actually, this is my 2nd attempt at crocheting. My first attempt was about 4 years ago, and I gave up because I botched it so badly!

This one turned out better, but I learned I don’t like crochet. The hooking makes my hand sore, and I missed my knitting needles while I was doing this hat!

It was worth a try, however. I definitely can make those Amigurumi toys and I can add trim! And most importantly, it’s a great stash buster

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Lace for Boyz!

Hey all,

Since we're on the topic of knitting =), here is the single by the 2 guys of YKnit. My faaaaavorite thing so far this year!

May I present on their part: “Lace for Boyz” by WonderMike and hizKNITS.

(Full URL: http://yknit.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=328647)

I can listen to this all day!
irene

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Baby Bonnet


I made the pattern up in the car as we were driving to Auburn to visit friends. But it's really easy to recreate!

Just cast on about 40% bigger than how big the hat is really going to be, knit in stockinette for about an inch (or however long the brim should be), then decrease every 10 stitches or so (approx 10% of circumference) , then decrease every 8 st, then 6 st, and so forth until the circumference is how big the hat should really big.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

2 Toe Up Socks

Here are examples of two different toe up socks.

This boyish is made with a heel flap and some shaping on the in-step. It takes a little more work, but I like the shape better!

This girlish one is made with a simple short row heel and no shaping at the in-step. It's so much easier to make, but the instep shaping seems a little bulgy to me.... Next time I do this type of sock, I’m going to add a few decreases (shall we say “bust darts?”) at the in-step to give it some shape.

All in all, I'm not sure which construction I like better. Maybe I can make a bigger pair using each style, and try them on for fit.

Some resources I found very useful:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-humble-sock-goes-toe-up
http://kaityvr.wordpress.com/2007/05/28/the-easiest-way-to-do-a-short-row-heel/
http://misocrafty.squarespace.com/journal/2006/9/21/short-row-heel-tutorial.html

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Dad's Vest




I based the look of the vest on the Basketweave Green vest by Kathy Zimmerman in the book “The Best of Guy Knits” (Published by XRS).

But I did not use Kathy’s pattern, instead I took the basketweave pattern from the “Field Guild book.”

Cast on 149 st, worked 2” k2p2 ribbing in size 5 needles, change to size 7 needles and con’t body until 14” from beginning.

Then worked armhole and neck shaping for left and right side similar to what Kathy’s pattern suggested. Work till armhole measures 9”. Work backside armhole the same, and cont’ till the same length as left and right sides.

I’m almost done with back now. Will update when done.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Family and Friends

Hum... if you are my family or friend, I do take requests for knitted gifts. Sometimes I would LOVE to make something for someone, just to show how much I appreciate them in my life and all the fun times we have together.

But the hard part is knowing WHAT that other person would like! It would be so much easier if people who appreciate knitted things would just ask. Plus, it makes me feel special when people place "orders." It's a neat thing to be wanted!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Baby Vest Cardigan!


BabyVest2
Originally uploaded by prymnumber
Hey! I tried steeking for the first time with this vest! The steeking part was easy enough, but I should have used wool or a wool blend. The cotton yarn did not "grab" well to each other and I ended up adding a second crochet chain to the edge to secure the loose ends even more. It did make the vest cardigan very quick to knit and the whole thing was a fun exercise.

However, unless the next vest cardigan I make is completely stockinette, I will not steek but rather do the entire thing in once piece. I spent more time securing this baby vest than I spent knitting!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Knittin' Machine


Thanks to Vicky Howell @ Craft Gossip for sharing this post and image!

Dave Cole’s American flag installation piece entitled “The Knitting Machine“, was knit on 20′ poles and has been exhibited in galleries worldwide.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sheep and wool


I was listening to an old Pointy Sticks podcast where Christine mentioned the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival.

Well, in honor of sheep:

Baaah!! (Listen)

But don't look at the Url embedded in the image. The story is not friendly to fiber folks....

=)

Monday, June 30, 2008

Color Test

Um, I took a weird color test from a link in Casey's podcast show notes. Here are the results. How weird...I mean, what does it have to do with Color?!?!!

Irene's Existing Situation
    Readily participates in things affording excitement or stimulation. Wants to feel exhilarated.
Irene's Stress Sources
    An existing situation or relationship is unsatisfactory, but she feels unable to change it to bring about the sense of belonging which she needs. Unwilling to expose her vulnerability, she therefore continues to resist this state of affairs, but feels dependent on the attachment. This not only depresses her. but makes her irritable and impatient, producing considerable restlessness and the urge to get away from the situation, either actually or, at least, mentally. Ability to concentrate may suffer.
Irene's Restrained Characteristics
    Willing to become emotionally involved, but demanding and particular in her choice of a partner and in her relations with those close to her. Needs reassurance and is careful to avoid open conflict since this might reduce her prospects of realizing her hopes.

    Circumstances are forcing her to compromise, to restrain her demands and hopes, and to forgo for the time being some of the things she wants.

Irene's Desired Objective
    Seeks luxury, sensuous comfort, and the indulgence of a taste for the voluptuous.
Irene's Actual Problem

Anxiety and a restless dissatisfaction, either with circumstances or with unfulfilled emotional needs, have produced considerable stress. She tries to escape from these into a conflict-free security in which she can relax and recover.



ColorQuiz.com

Click here to read the rest of the results.


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Done with the Voyager Stole


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Originally uploaded by prymnumber
Woo hoo!!!! I'm done!!! And it took about a month and a half to complete. Not bad for me!

Search for sleeveless cardigan pattern

So I've been on a quest to find a sleeveless cardigan pattern that's knit in the round, something like this (by Lucia):


Man, I never knew it was so hard to find such a thing!! The cardigan (aka button up vest) is for my dad, so I want to find a "good" looking vest that's also fairly easy to make. (Easy meaning not much sewing up of pieces.)

I think I'm going to start with a pattern generator (KnitWare is so far my favorite, because the directions are clear and the diagrams are very good) then tweek it so it's in the round. I might try steeking because it *seems* easier than having to work the top portion of the front and back pieces.

Of course I'm going to make a small doll/child vest first to try. My goal is to finish my dads vest by the end of next week, which means I should finish the sample vest by this weekend. We'll see!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Podcasts

I was reading the forums on Ravelry a few days ago, and someone wrote something that suggested to me that some of my past favorite podcasters are back. Whooo Hoo! So I checked on iTunes and here they are:

1. KnitScience Podcast (and the KnitScience Blog)
2. Math4Knitters Podcast (and the Math4Knitters Blog)

And one plug for the Double Knit podcast (the Blog is the same url). I LOVE the last episode where they REALLY gave the lowdown on TNNA!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Haeckler's Myrtle Leaf Shawl


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Originally uploaded by haecklers
Thanks to Haecklers for sharing this beautiful shawl on knitlist! You too can get the pattern by emailing her. I'm going to make this one soon.... the pattern repeats are easy to remember, and the result is lovely!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Stole update

Just want to pop in and say hi. And to give an update on the stole. As you can see my Ravelry projects page, you can see it's about 85% done. It's taken sooooo long to make, mostly because the yarn is not easy to work with and I keep making mistakes and having to rip back.

First, the yarn is snaggy and hairy, so I have to be very careful in where I stick my needles. I'm using my KnitPicks metal needles, which are known to be sharp. But the yarn is suck that the stitches doesn't want to be picked up cleanly.

Second, for some reason (maybe it's the podcasts I'm *trying* to listen to at the same time), I keep loosing count on the pattern or dropping stitches. Granted the pattern is 10 rows total, 13 stitches for each repeat. And each row's pattern is different, and each row has different stitch count. The overall pattern is not all that complex, but I can't memorize it (10*13 = 130 different stitches to remember) no matter that I've worked 209 rows so far.

Knitting late at night and with a podcast doesn't help. The only time I didn't mess up as much was during our honeymoon. Maybe it's because I was so relaxed, or because I didn't have work in the day to exhaust my brain cells.

Ah work.... it's been exhausting my brain cells. The good thing is that we get the 4th of July week off. Inspired by the Casey's Voyager Stole KAL thread, I've made it my goal to finish this darn stole before the end of this coming week. I want to work on my dad's vest during the time off, and to watch my long-awaiting Elizabeth Zimmermann DVDs. Man.... I totally understand why people love to knit socks and baby things. Big projects drag on like a bad break up!

Friday, June 13, 2008

How I started

Casey on Ravelry asked the question "What was your first project" and she got me thinking about how I got started.

Here is what I wrote:

I first learned to knit….I believe when I was frustrated by work or something. I somehow found my way into a Michael’s (doesn’t most people?) and picked up one of those “Learn to Knit” kits. It came with a thin book, some needles, and other supplies. They still sell them now, by the way!! And that’s how I got started, thanks to that little kit!


And yes, I did the scarf and hat. Then made a cabled afghan that took 3 years (it seemed like). Now that I’ve settled down and re-prioritized my life so work is not #1, I’m finding myself crazy (CRAZY!!!) about knitting! I crave it every night, and every weekend. I hope I’m not the only one!


irene

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Voyager update

Came back from honeymoon and achieved my only goal: to knit as much as I want. =) Here is the outcome: prymnumber voyager stole.


Length of the latest picture is at 140 rows. The width is for 8 pattern repeats. I’m looking forward to wearing it in the over-Air-Conditioned offices and restaurants in the summer!


And one question: I can’t seem to knit lace and listen to pod casts at the same time. Yesterday it took me a hour to knit 5 rows with my headset on (half the time I was ripping back to fix mistakes!). Then finally I took the headset off, and flew threw 5 more rows in half hour. Arg… but I LIKE knitting and listening at the same time! TV in the background is just not the same (especially what the hubby likes to watch!).

irene

p.s. Here are some images from Moab, UT.





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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Voyager Stole - 2nd try

Well, this time was better. I went up to size 9 needles, and I'm much more familiar with the pattern. The only gotcha is that I forgot to leave enough trailing yarn for the picot edging later on..... hum....oh well. i'll figure something out I guess, or I'll just graft another ball of yarn back on using the Russian Join.

All I wanted to do was knit yesterday (amazing I even got my butt out to get this week's groceries!). Completed 8 inches. Here it is!




Voyager Stole - first try

I originally started the Voyager Stole by Elann.com on May 16th. But I had to rip back because, for some bizarre reason, choose to use my Anny Blatt Super Kid yarn and size 5 needles. I made 1 mistake on the 8th row, and could not rip back without getting the yarn all caught up in tangles!! Arg…. So i frogged the entire thing , spent another few days whining about the yarn, and started up again last night (with bigger needles).

It’s such a beautiful yarn, but it’s a pain to knit with! =(

irene

Friday, May 23, 2008

Knit Jane Knit!

Knit Jane Knit!
Rip Jane Rip...

My birthday present from Sandy. =) Makes me smile every time!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Variegated

Hellooooo!!! This is the simplest and easiest way to get people to think I'm a "good" knitter. A garter stitch, diagonal scarf (made with an increase 1 at the beginning and an knit 2 together at the end of each short row) with lovely lovely Noro Silk Garden.


DISCLAIMER!!!

The model is not me…. I snagged one of my neighbors and she agreed to pose for me. =) Thank you!


End of Disclaimer. You can relax now. =)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mentall done

I'm calling the fish "done." I did not do the afterthought pocket (as I thought I'd like to do) just because I can't stand working on this any longer. And the concept of an afterthought pocket is easy to understand, so I'll skip it for now. I really want to get on to something new (and real)!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Fish Yeah!


Look! I'm almost done! The only things left I want to try is the afterthought pocket and steaking.

I did the cable bind off, the ribbing bind off, the lace bind off, AND the knitted cord bind off. They are so cool! The bind offs are what made me really happy. I think the textures are just SOOOOO cool!!

Lace bind off, Knitted loop, and finally Knitted Cord bind off.
Ribbing and Cable Bind offs.
I was so happy and proud last night. I kept turning the fish around and around, showing off to Tim.

=)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Sampler Fish Almost


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Originally uploaded by prymnumber
I'm getting so bored and tired of my "fish" now!!!

I skipped over the yo-K2tog section, the knitted belt and the knitted cord section because I've done them before.

But I did find in the two-color knitting section, the trick of weaving in colors without moving the entire ball very useful. And in the bind off section, I find that I REALLY like the knitted cord bind-off! It gives the edge such an interesting and cute finish!

Still, I'll be so happy to finish this.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Sampler WIP


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Originally uploaded by prymnumber
The "fish" sampler from The Knitter's Workshop.

I cast on 80 stitches instead of specified 64, so the FO will be bigger than the original. (It's already *HUGE* in my eyes!) And I didn’t follow all of the ribbing instructions.

So far, I did 2 sets of the twisted stitch, 1 set where I did p1kb every round, and 1 set where I did p1kb for one round, p1k1 for one round. I don’t really see the difference in tension, but I like the p1kb every round better.

I'm definitely treating this as a throwaway piece, and playing with whatever stitch/technique I feel like. Kinda fun and liberating in a way.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Caramel


Caramel
Originally uploaded by prymnumber
My favorite puppy.

Caramel and Baby Set


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Originally uploaded by prymnumber
I finished the baby set for Syam’s daughter today. No Caramel is not included, nor is her hat.

The entire thing took about 2 days. The hat was based from EZ’s basic swatch hat pattern, the ball was based on a design by Phoenix Bess in the Holiday 2007 issue of Knit simple. The booties were hand-written, given to me by an absolute stranger in an airplane!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sweater from hell


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Originally uploaded by prymnumber
I'm done with the sweater from hell