Published May 28, 2008
I went home for the holiday weekend and my mom and I spent a few hours garage-saling (a word I made up just now, verb; shopping at garage and yard sales). I had some great finds! The best? Check this out:
I got a pair of these – and the best part is that they rock back and forth. I would guess they’re from the 30s
or 40s at least and they’re super solid, in great, sturdy shape. My parent’s were pretty jealous and threatened t
o steal them. Why am I so excited? What do
I plan to do with them? Well, I think I’m going to knit new covers for them. Annie Modesitt has a pattern that is sort of like what I want to do – you can see to the left. I’m not a fan of the pattern itself. The instant I saw these chairs, I instantly thought of an Interweave Knits pattern that features lots of cabling designs and a gorgeous natural look. I’m not sure when I’ll ever have a pair of finished chairs… but I think there’s some good potential in these chairs. Check out the IK version (different chair):
I got a few other good finds: Some neat retro pyrex, and… a ton of sweaters! There’s a university back home that does a huge garage sale of all the stuff the students leave behind. I got a bunch of sweaters to felt for different projects, and a few to take apart for the yarn. The best was a hand-knit Irish Aran sweater. It was on the top of the pile after I’d walked away – I saw it and almost killed 3 people trying to grab it.
There’s a ton of wool in it – I already took it apart and balled it. If I had a scale, I’d weigh it to get an idea of how much there is… but I know it’s a lot!
And finally, I got some old knitting and crocheting booklets. Follow the jump for more photos and some smarmy comments.
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I promised you another FO post… and here it is. And by “it” I mean the big blanket of foreverness. Finished.
It took me so, so, so long.
Seriously. I started this blanket almost a two years ago. This blanket and I have been through a lot together. We knit through my last summer as an undergrad, my senior year at IU and the 72 page thesis I wrote (not at the same time, obviously). I knit on this blanket when I broke up with my ex-boyfriend (that was when I introduced the color green, actually), when we got back together, and then, when we broke up again, this time for real. This blanket was near when freaked out about graduate school, the start of two other blankets (but no finish), and the many times this past year when I was frustrated beyond belief. Oh, and let’s not forget the summer of mold-hell. As I knitted the i-cord BO (yes, i-cord BO, about 24 feet of i-cord), I actually almost cried I was so sad to be done with it. If the i-cord didn’t look so gosh dang-nice, I might have taken another year just to finish that one.
I don’t really have a lot of specifics on this one. All the yarn (except the orange) is KP Wool of the Andes. The orange is Arucania Nature Wool. I knit the blanket on size 7 needles (6 for the border). I have no idea how much yarn it took, but I guess about 45 balls (I’ll weigh the thing one of these days). I also don’t remember the exact colors – but it was most, if not all of the blues available that summer and some white.
Here’s another photo:
And now, I’m itching to start another blanket. The only question is – which one?
I wanted to introduce to you my latest design. I call it Baske. I was inspired by a gorgeous gold and white coverlet that I saw in a catalog. I kept staring at the pattern, knowing that there was a great knitting garment in it… when finally it came to me! A fleur de lis pattern!
And so… I present Baske… an awesome new mitten pattern that I hope you love as much as I do. Here’s a photo of the back and the tab thumb:
Elizabeth Zimmerman says that May is the perfect month for knitting winter mittens. When you finish them this time of year, they’re all set for you once the weather turns! Clearly she’s a genius because lately, I am all about the mittens!
Needles: US 3
Pattern: BASKE (By me!)
Yarn: Cascade 220 or similar weight yarn (I hand-dyed my gold)
Sizes: Available in Small, Medium and Large (7.75, 8.75, 10 inches)
Ravelry: or without: buy now
Anyway… Thank you all for being patient with the teasing posts. I hope it was worth it! I’ve worked really hard on this pattern and I’m really, really thrilled with the results. Each size has it’s own chart (you do not change size via gauge) and each size has been test knit.
Published April 29, 2008
A number of people were confused about my previous post (since taken down). It was password protected, which is a weird thing to do all the sudden. I was working on an upcoming design and wanted to share photos with my knitting group so I could get their opinion. I wasn’t sure if I was going to submit the design or self-publish. I’ve decided to self-publish.
Anyway, for your patience, I offer you this teaser photo. My test knitters have the pattern right now, I expect to have the pattern ready in 2 weeks or so.
P.s. If you’re not already in Ravelry, you should go get on the waiting list (it’s down to only a week or so). It’s pretty much the best, easiest way to sell patterns… and really, do everything else related to knitting.
Published April 2, 2008
Bloomington Stitchers , Fully Finished Objects , Knitting Updates , Things I Love
Tags: craft, handknit, knitting, make, rainbow, scarf, warm, wool, yarn
So, I have this new knitting group. It’s pretty f’ing awesome… except for one thing. Everyone at my group always has such cool stuff… and my knitting ADD prevents me from finishing objects at a pace with which I can also brag. It seems like every week someone has something new to show off… except me. It’s really quite a problem and it makes me feel insecure. I’ve contemplated doing the whole “one project at a time” rule, but I’m just not sure if that’s realistic. So, in a bit of a fit of inspiration, I make a scarf. A rather nice scarf, actually:
It’s a basic scarf pattern, one you’ve seen millions of because of the inspiration of Jared of Brooklyntweed.
I liked the scarf though. It’s probably the warmest scarf I own, totally versatile (look at those colors!) and it goes great with both my corduroy and denim jackets. And it was a delight to knit. It’s one of those patterns where you keep say “oh, just two more rows” or “let me get into the purple and then I’ll stop” and then before you know it, you’re done!
Specifics (I want to be lazy and just link to my ravelry page, but not everyone’s on ravelry.)
Yarn: Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Black. Plymouth Boku in a warm, mix of colors
Needles: US 7s, Bamboo
Time Spent Knitting: One weekend (started Friday night, finished Sunday night)
Pattern: See links to Jared’s page above
Love: Tons. It’s definitely not the softest scarf – but it’ll definitely be something I reach for on those windy days.
Regret: I wish I’d bought more of the Boku in that colorway. I wanted to take advantage of the color changing and make a set of winter wear… with maybe some mittens like this. I should know better. Always err on the side of too much yarn. *stupid, stupid, stupid.
Also – super kudos to the first person who can correctly NAME the part of the IU campus where I took these photos. It actually has a name, not just “over there by that one building.”