Monday, March 30, 2009

The case of the paternless tweed mittens...

*Cue darkness and ominous music*

It seems that the knitter of these Donnegal Tweed mittens did not write down the pattern for this lone mitten.

Investigators are currently on the case....

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If you have any information on the mitten, please contact the authorities.
I will not rest until the case is cracked.


Do you think I have watched too many lame crime shows lately?

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Dexter problems.

As wonderful a sweater I think it will be, I am sure having trouble.
My row gauge is way off, I wouldn't have room for the bottom plaid even if I wanted it.
I can only pick up about 180 stitches for the button band, instead of the 370 or so the pattern calls for.
I made a medium, tried it on and had to unravel about 400 yards or so and start all over with a small.

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I'm adjusting the pattern everywhere because of this. It is my own fault and there is nothing wrong with the pattern. Even with all of my troubles, I suspect I will be among the first people on Ravelry to finish.

The colors look amazing, and I am very pleased with them

If I make it through, I am sure I will wear this sweater everyday of my life until I die.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I finished my socks!

I am finally finished with these socks,

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...and I love them.

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I love the twisted stitches and the way the pattern continues onto the heel.

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I used US#2's and Pagewood Farm Glacier Bay Hand Dyed Sock Yarn purchased at Miss Chickpeas Funky Fibers.

The first sock went smoothly, the second one not so much. I ripped it back at least three times. I kept forgetting to use the flat chart and not the round one.

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I don't know if I've ever blogged this, but I often wear this flower in my hair. I'm thinking about writing up a pattern soon or start selling them.

That picture shows the red my mother put in my hair when I got it cut. It is pretty subtle and suits my style and fair complexion.

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The other night, I wore this to a party:
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Nikki made the skirt from the leftovers from a vintage dress she hemmed for me. It was originally floor length and looked like Cher had thrown up on it. The green shirt is from gabes, along with the black leggings and gold shoes.

That's all for now!
Progress pictures of Dexter coming soon...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

It is too nice outside to blog

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.... But I got my Addi-Clicks...

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Scarf Action Pictures

Deanna loved the scarf, it really suits her style.
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We went out dancing in Cleveland, and I looked like a small woodland creature.

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...or an elf.
I got the green sweater dress from a clothing swap party. I think it is originally from H+M. The weirdo cloth sneaker/boots are from Gabes.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Deanna's birthday scarf

One of my good friends is turning 19, so I made her this scarf.

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She really liked black and red, so I hope she likes it.

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I used 2 skeins of black Plassad Flore and a little bit of Mohair 500 for the red flowers. The mohair is suprisingly soft.

I chained 12 and worked 11 single crochet stitches. The next row, I used double crochet and so on. I just sort of winged the flowers.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Yarn is taking over my room.

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I got this blue drop-waist dress from Suite Lorain, a Vintage store on Cleveland's West side. The bright orange flats are from Goodwill.

In other news, my grandma unloaded a lot of her yarn stash onto me:
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...yea, it's is a lot. A lot of berocco stuff and a little bit of plymouth.

I hereby resolve to NOT buy yarn until I have completed four large projects.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A non-knitting update

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I found these awesome high-waisted green linen shorts at goodwill. The white tshirt just appeared in my room. I didn't buy it and neither did Annie. Who knows.

The weather here in Kent, Ohio has been surprisingly warm these past few days. I can always tell it is spring when the jesus pamphlet people are back. Oh yea, and when the creepy lunch man tells me he's glad to see "the girls out therein their shorts and skirts."

Anyways, we decided to run away. On this journey, there was to be no talk of relationships, jobs or school. Rules are rules.

When we first got onto the train tracks, my friend Sarah asked "What do we do if a train comes?"
And I said "Uh...I think we'd hear it coming long before it hit us."

Just then, we saw a train coming around the bend. We hadn't noticed because we thought the bridge was always lit in such a manner. We got out of the way and it was amazing. I've never been that close before.

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We walked along the train tracks for a few miles and then turned back. It felt right.

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(I think Annie has been reading a bit too much Babysitters Club lately.)

We hoped to meet another traveling band of disgrunteled twenty-somethings but we did not. I wish my life was more like a short story.

In knitting news, I am trying to knit a skein a day on Dexter. Today, however I am holing up in the library researching stuff for a paper. You can tell by this blog that I am doing a real good job of this.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Dexter

Coming soon, to a blog near you...
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I don't want to talk about it.

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Seriously.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

New Taiyo...

When this colorway of Noro Taiyo came into Miss Chickpea's, I knew I had to make a model out of it. Because spring is coming up, we needed something to display. I have made a Cloud Bolero before for Annie, and I wanted to try the pattern again with a more interesting yarn. Noro Taiyo fit the bill, it is made of cotton, wool, silk and nylon. It is very lightweight and ranges from a worsted to a bulky. And of course, Noro has amazing colors.

I used #13 straight needles. Last time I knit it, I discovered that when I used a cicular needle, the yarn overs would jump over my stitch markers and cause the lovely wave pattern to get kind of wonky. This time, I only had to start over once.

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A very quick knit, and highly recommended. I plan on making one for myself out of stash yarn.