Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Thanks so much for the quick great advice!

But I managed to make a good mess over here. I think my wax spot was pretty well smushed in there. It didn't even feel waxy after a few quick ironings, but there was still a big grayish spot.

So anyways, it did start to work. But, apparently, the amount of heat needed to get the spot up was about the same amount of heat it took to make a big singed brown patch on the rear of the sweater. Or maybe I held it on too long? Am thinking that could be the problem.
Anyways, it's completely unsalvageable now.

But the good news?
My sizing is spot on, I know what to do for the pattern, and I have a ton more white yarn. (More free white yarn given to me years ago, even) And, although I had seamed one side, I had not woven in a single end. Silver lining here, right?

So, onto knitting the back once more. It'll be easy to take this back off and attach a new improved one soon. But maybe in a few days. I have a scarf idea that seems more attractive tonight.

Happy New Year's!
shit shit shit!!!

Anyone know how to get WAX off a sweater?????

I accidentally blocked over a wax drop on the table leftover from Hanukkah and now have a big bluish gray wax imprint spot my lovely creamy white lacy ass...

It's a basic wool fiber - like a thicker cascade 220. Maybe a tiny bit woolier/scratchier.
There's gotta be a trick, right? and you guys know it. right?

tell me!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Its been a fairly knitless vacation on the FO front, but I did manage to get a few small things done. These cowls are amazing for using up stray skeins, fitting in small bags and giving as quick gifts. I'm so hooked. Have three more planned :-)

The top one is the spiral cowl with eyelet edges from Ravelry whose designer and proper name I can't remember. It's actually a bit wide - and meant to be that way for the button closure - but if I make it again, I think I'll do a little narrower version. However, this design gave me a reason to match my cowl perfectly with my mittens and use another vintage button.

Now I look all coordinated out in the world. See?

(I know it would have been a perfect gift, but I wanted it!)

However, this second one is a gift - a couple rows of garter stitch, one repeat of YO/K2tog eyelets and then, ribs. I used one skein of the Mirasol Hacho merino, which is perfectly suited for neckwear - soft and cushy. Old friends from SF are coming to spend a couple of days here for New Year's (in front of the cozy Drawn On Fireplace) and this is for my friend, who's got very light hair and coloring. I think the pinks will be great on her.

In other knitting news, the white eyelet coat sweater thing is very close to being seamed up.
I'm working out the sizing by comparing it to my new favorite sweater which I got at the after Christmas sales last week.

(Segway into Huge Cashmere Bargain)

A new adventure this year for my 9 year old Maya and I was the early morning trip to the mall on the 26th. I know, it's a sad commentary on American society, but it's so fun.
Bargains, lunch, girltime. We had a blast.

AND they were practically giving stuff away. Even though, when I saw the $400 thigh length Aran weight heather gray belted cardigan with big cozy collar for $79, I was doubtful.

I had to double check with the sales chick. And she had to double check with some manager. Turns out it wasn't an illusion. I had found it in my size and on super duper sale. And I had all kinds of extra Lord and Taylor wheels and deals too. Unfortunately they didn't let me apply my additional 20% off coupon and the $15 cash card I'd been handed in lingerie, which would have brought the grand total down to about what? $50? See that small print? Says cashmere.

But hey, at $79 -- couldn't have even bought the yarn.

It would have been a lot of yarn. Comes down almost to my knees, big collar, long belt. I'm thinking many skeins. 19? Definitely 19 or 20. And it's CASHMERE.

Anyways Happy Holidays - I hope yours are full of yarn and bargains and friends and family.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

was a huge success!

She's thinking the coolest part is that it can get naked.

For her birthday, she's asking for a turtle wardrobe. I'll have to see what I can do.

And for the grownups on Hanukkah, a lot of cooking and baking.
Craig supplied some sidecars so we'd all be able to muddle through.
These might be a new favorite. How do you make one, you ask? Cointreau, Cognac and lemon juice over ice in a shaker. Pour into a glass with a powdered sugar rim.

If only the big present was here. Our new fireplace.

Three straight days of snow and we're stuck staring at the empty space where it's going to go. We couldn't wait any longer, so we all drew one in. It's not really the same.

I'm hoping the real fireplace belts out a little more heat than it's magic marker counterpart.

In the meantime, turtle is asleep in Zoe's bed and I can get back to the white project. One front, the back and a sleeve are all done. Time for some blocking and a size check before the second front and sleeve. Maybe it's the sidecars, but I'm feeling optimistic about it...

Friday, December 19, 2008

Much like her soon to be owner, the little turtle can smile, frown and talk incessantly. I gave her a Mr. Bill style mouth so Zoe can have some fun with it.

Sort of scary, huh?

The snow's begun out here, so I'm expecting some real progress on the white cardigan this weekend. Fought the crowds, bought food and booze, and am now settling in. Cozy.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Red wine and white yarn. Unfortunately, I'm not willing to give up either, so I'll just have to be extra careful. Almost done with the back on this project, and I cannot put it down.

I spent the day at the science museum with the 4th grade, so I deserve this.
(Looked for you Holli, didn't see you wandering the halls...)

I cannot wait to be done with this and wear it. It's not there yet, but I love it so far. The blocking worked out great on the front, and I'm hopeful on sizing. We'll see how it goes as I put a sleeve together next.

In other knitting news, I've been a little delayed on finishing up Zoe's Sheldon. I use old stuffed animals instead of buying new stuffing around here. Mafioso style, the unloved animals in our place are sometimes never heard from again. (We had a big B list so, the kids never noticed.)

However, the B list has dwindled this past year and it seemed the next guy to "disappear" might have caused a stir. Patiently, I had to wait around till a friend offered up a new volunteer to donate his insides. Today I got a great donor, and no one else around here had to vanish.
They can feel safe - for now.

So yeah, cardigan today, turtle tomorrow.
Wine now. It's not really a bad idea at all.

Friday, December 12, 2008

One front down and the back begun. If only I didn't have things to do....

Thursday, December 11, 2008

One side coming along nicely here. It's pretty much what I'm hoping for so far.

Next, A little Egg Nog recipe.

It's a half a cup of nog, with one generous shot of rum and a less generous splash of Cointreau.
Plus, a little shaved nutmeg on top.

Perfect last night when we watched Elf for the thousandth time.
It's still funny.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

I really should be finishing up Sheldon for Zoe today, but - as mentioned in my last post - I'm taking the more laissez faire approach to holiday knitting this year.

So enter this. Fresh off the rude discovery that no matter how much I loved Sylvi, she did not love me back when I tried her on. Now, I'm resigned to looking for the amazing sweater coat to take her place. And I'm thinking I may have found it here, but..

I see the posed shot of my dream jacket (below). My completely shapeless dream jacket.
If I was dwarfed by Sylvi, with her lovely A line shape and less ginormous size, this puppy would be my undoing. And the ladies at Yarns in the Farms can attest to the fact that I was swimming in poor, gorgeous Sylvi. I'm just too short for the big stuff.

See? Eeeew.

But I'm thinking there's still something here - I love the collar and I love the chunky yarn in the leaf lace pattern. And I still do have about 2,000 yards of cream colored chunky yarn burning a hole in my stash, so I sat down for a bit this afternoon.

(Which is a good thing, since I have stitches in the bottom of one of my feet and a really unfortunate situation on the bottom of the other)

And Maya even sat down with me and agreed. The idea could be saved.

So far, a shorter length and a fitted shape on top. Some straight knitting up there too instead of lace so I can be more exact about the fit - deep ribbing on the sleeves, but a little smaller sizing on the ccollar. We added a rolled knit hem, and a couple buttons just where Stacy London tells us to put them ever Friday night. We played with extra ribbing on the sides, but took it off.

Math was done and a swatch begun. We took measurements, checked them twice, and I'm about to cast on for a first side. All I need is another glass of wine and maybe to pee first (don't we all?). Don't know about you, but I've been standing waaaaay too long in front of the computer.

And poor Sheldon will have to hang out in the bag till tomorrow.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Just requires no planning. Really.

I planned on none, but somehow I manage to be churning them out. Each one is kind of a surprise. The fingerless gloves from my last post, a hat for a friend, another cowl in the works and Sheldon the Turtle all seem to be getting knit. No deadlines, no pressure. I made a hat I'm thinking of for my sister, over two Dexters. I didn't plan to make it a gift, I was just using up the yarn and doing something mindless during TV - but I'm thinking it gets put on the list.

It's almost like I didn't mean to, but the gift knitting drive kicked in on it's own. No list, no schedule. Small single skeins begging to be knit out of the stash, and the instant gratification of using them up. Maybe it's about lowering your expectations - then anything you do get done is just a bonus!

Kind of a surprise for you and the recipient, huh?

Here's one. This yarn was the leftover from a pair of lace fingerless gloves I'd made my Mom last year. She just came up to visit, so she got this matching cowl. I had no idea I was going to begin it until about two days before she arrived. And had no idea she was going to get it until about halfway through, when the project seemed to fit.

And in my bag today, another little cowl. I have a doc appt, so am hoping for a little wait. We'll see if it needs to be owned by someone once it's done. I'm thinking this is the way to go every year. Not so cost effective though, since I've also bought gifts. Makes for double happy friends and family.


In other knitting news, I went to a Twist Trunk show at Yarns in the Farms in Beverly MA - awesome little shop (if only it wasn't so far away) and really sweet people. It was fun to see the actual sweaters from the magazine - and try them on! I've come to terms with the fact that the gorgeous red Sylvie jacket did me no favors, but am happy to say that Kingscot showed a lot of promise, and made sure to come home with that pattern. It's going to get knit out of the bag of DB Cashmerino DK I've been saving.

I also bought yarn to make a fluffy alpaca shawl, after trying on a really lovely one in the shop - it's a departure for me, since I'm not a fussy lace fan - but I've been missing the fluffy alpaca of a big wrap ever since I sent Alene's Wrap back to CA, and I've been thinking of trying some big lace thing. Of course the patttern I have in mind isn't supposed to be knit out of alpaca, but I'm willing to go with the sub for the feel I want. That's all I bought, since I am still on the stash plan, but my cohorts (Kris and Carol) did a little more damage and got some lovely stuff.

Lastly, I have a new design bug - am still playing with chunky winter white yarn and a big sweatercoat with some lace in it. A swatch will come soon. Big leaves. Big overlapping lace leaves.