Sunday, August 31, 2008

so close to wicked

so close to wicked, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

ack. I literally have 1/2 a sleeve left and NO MORE YARN. And because malabrigo had a huge fire a couple of months ago, the beautiful, beautiful yarn is in short supply. I've sent out the call around ravelry to see if anyone has any left overs... I really only need about 1/2 a skein to finish it, maybe even less. If I had followed the directions exactly to specifications then I would probably not need any more yarn but remember the first time I bound off the bottom?

wicked short

Waaaaay too short. So, I added several inches (like, close to 10 I think) to the body, which would explain why I ran so short on yarn. Booo. Anyways, hopefully my search on ravelry will bring me an extra 1/2 skein, otherwise I'll have to troll the internet, hoping that one of the online stores has it in stock. (It's worsted weight, colour "Verde Adriana" if anyone has any...)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Fastest. Socks. Ever.

Fastest Socks Ever

Ok, seriously, these don't even count in the "I'm not going to cast on anything new" category. I started them Wed. night, and here we are on Friday morning, with two, yes, TWO completed socks. Too bad that I wouldn't wear worsted weight socks very often, or I'd make all my socks this way.

Pattern: Easy Boot Socks
Needles: US 5 dpns
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Paints in colour 9862
Mods: I worked the pattern on size 5s rather than size 6 - I wanted to make sure that the knit was tight. Also, worked on 5 dpns rather than 4 - the math just make more sense to me this way. The pattern is rather loosely written, I had to scratch my head and think hard about a couple of things, so if you try this pattern out and are having a hard time, shoot me an email or a comment here and I'll try to help you work it out.

If I were to knit these again (which I might, since they were a request and if the recipient likes them I will probably be making her more at Christmas time) I would definitely make the heel-flap longer.

More details on my ravelry page: Fastest Socks.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mother Bear Project

I've made a bunch of bears for the Mother Bear Project and the latest, Georgie, has been stuffed and sewn together:


I finished him yesterday and went back to the store today to get a picture of him. Not the greatest picture, but it will do.

I also got a picture of "Nathanial", another bear that I made a while ago (before I went to Canada for the summer) but never got a picture of. He's in the latest batch of bears that will soon be sent off to Africa, 'cause the "bear wall" at the store is pretty full:


I also might have started a new project last night, but only because it's not for me and there is a deadline (aka birthday) coming up soon:

Fastest Socks

I swear, these are the fastest socks ever. I started yesterday evening and already have one completed sock and the cuff of a second. Details to come soon...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

WIPs round-up

OK, so I'm back state-side and it's time to take an inventory of all the WIPs - those coming back from Canada with me and those left to hibernate over the summer, waiting for my return. My goal is to finish up at least 3/4s of these before starting on something new...

First up: Mrs. Darcy

darcy blocking

This is the last WIP photo taken of her, back in February. Since then she has been seamed and one sleeve has been completed. She needs 1 more sleeve and some buttons to be finished.

Next: Wicked

wicked short

Wicked came out short the first time round (as seen here), but has since been ripped back and made longer - to a non-navel-gazing level. It also has 1 (almost) complete sleeve. (Seriously, what is with me getting bored with the second sleeve? Unless something dire happens to me I'm going to need a second sleeve to keep my other arm warm...)

Cleopatra Wrap:


Sadly I didn't even get through one repeat of the chart with this. But it is very pretty and I will go back to it eventually...

Entrelac Socks:

almost entrelac

These are so close to completion it's almost ridiculous. I ran out of the contrast yarn with 3 squares (not TIERS, SQUARES) to go. I have more, but it's been sitting here, patiently waiting for me.

Pomatomus socks:


This is the completed first sock. I'm now past the heel on the second sock and decreasing along the gusset.

Last, but certainly not least: Georgie


Georgie is all but finished. All he requires is some stuffing, a face, and perhaps a jaunty scarf. As soon as I can get my hands on the polyfil he'll be done.

So, it's looks like I've got some serious knitting ahead of me! Good thing I'm meeting up with some local knitters for some drinks and stitching on Thursday!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Etsy Sunday

Taking a note from Sock Pr0n I bring you a showcase of some of my current favorite items on etsy. If you haven't heard of etsy yet - have you been living under a rock? - stay far, far away. It's quality handmade goodness of every thing you could possibly imagine. I myself have an etsy shop that I sell both patterns and handknit items in. I have also purchased a decent number of things from various etsy sellers, some of which I have already showcased on this blog.

So, since my own knitting right now (sock two of the Pomatomous) isn't very interesting, and in the interest of spreading the love to my fellow etsy-ites, many of whom are actually trying to make a decent living doing what they love, I bring you my etsy favorites - or, things I would buy myself if I had lots and lots of money:

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade

Friday, August 15, 2008

Georgie Porgie Pudding and Pie...

Georgie, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

I don't know why but when I went to name this guy in my ravelry projects, that nursery rhyme about King George popped into my head. So his name is Georgie. He'll be sent off to the Mother Bear Project via Lovelyarns, just as soon as I'm back in town. Which is in just slightly more than a week. Weird.

I modified the pattern again, before I've worked the legs in double knit fashion (post outlines how to knit the bear in the round) but this time I tried casting on the feet as you would with toe-up socks. Much the same results, I suppose. I also cast on more stitches and worked more rows so that he would be a decent size since all the yarns use are left over sock yarns, on size 2 needles. He would have been a very small bear otherwise.

Sadly, though, Georgie will have to wait until we get home to be stuffed and finished up. In his current state he will fit much more easily into the suitcase... but we don't talk about that 'cause he's not very fond of dark spaces! :P

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

FO: mint and blueberry mittens

mint and blueberries, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

These were finished on Saturday night but so many other things have been going on that I just haven't had time to post about them. I really like the way they turned out, especially with the colours being switched on the 2nd mitt, which can probably be seen better in this picture:

mint and blueberry mittens

Pattern is Vanilla Fingerless Mittens by my friend Elinor. The pattern was great, but I increased too soon and then too much for the thumb. But that's my silliness, not hers.

Yarn is Koigu KPM and needles were US size 2 dpns... which meant that I worked the thumbs separately after the hand was complete, not as specified in the pattern.

Also, the response to the baby leg warmer pattern posted yesterday has already been phenomenal over on Ravelry. I guess if I really want to get into the biz of designing, baby is the way to go! So, much thanks to all those who have already queued and favorited the pattern so far!

Monday, August 11, 2008

baby leg warmers

baby leg warmers, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

I made these up yesterday while having a lazy day to myself... we had some friends of Dr. BF's over on Friday night to watch the repeat broadcast of the Olympic opening ceremonies and one of them mentioned that she saw some leg warmers for babies in a baby store and would love some for her little girl and joked that maybe they could commission me for some. They're getting married at the end of the summer and Dr. BF is attending (I'll be back at school already for meetings and can't go... booooo, especially since it's happening in Nova Scotia), so I'm going to send a couple of pairs along with him for baby Sophia.

Yarn: Koigu KPM
Needles: US2 dpns


CO 36 sts. Divide evenly on 4 needles.

Work 10 rounds of k1p1 ribbing in colour 1
Switch to colour 2, work in st st until measures 6" from cast on edge.
Switch to colour 1, work in k1p1 ribbing for 10 rounds.

Use EZ's sewn bind-off to ensure a stretchy edge.

You can, of course, modify these for bigger or smaller babies by adding or subtracting stitches and length. Of course, I haven't tried these on her and won't really get a chance to do so, but they look like they might fit. She's 8 months but very small for her age.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Mother of 3, Also Paints

I've started a blog for my mom to showcase her work. So far there are about 10 pictures up, some of her older work, but more will be up soon. Please, please, please go check it out and, if you like what you see, leave her a comment. If you don't, well, clearly you are out of your tree! :P

Mother of 3, Also Paints

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Why I love mittens

Because they're so fast and easy compared to socks. And cute. The first is finished (albeit unblocked) and I likes it. I'm thinking about switching up the colours (starting with green ribbing this time) for the second one.

Friday, August 8, 2008

New Look

I've been working on and off for the past 2 days on improving the look of the site. I'm pretty happy with it for now... but you won't see a difference if you use a blog reader... so if you have a minute please click over and let me know what you think!

Also, I'm going to be helping my mom set up a site for her artwork soon. Anyone who has advice on purchasing a domain vs the various blog creation sites will be forever adored for any and all input!

Thursday, August 7, 2008


S1050264, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

It took a while, but I think I've finally found a mitten pattern that works for the koigu. The pattern is Vanilla Fingerless Mittens by my friend Elinor. I like the way this is knitting up but I'm thinking that the stripes could have been a bit smaller... I did 10 rows of each colour and I probably could have done fewer... maybe 6 or 8. But all in all I like them and I'm not frogging a fourth time.

In any case, I've decided they're not for me. I think I'm going to give to them to a friend for her birthday later this month.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Help please!

ETA: better picture.

Here's what the Koigu from the last post have begun to be:

Eunny Jang's Anemoi Mittens. Unfortunately I'm starting to feel that the colours are just too close together. It's hard to distinguish one from the other. So at this point it's either go forward or rip back to the ribbing and stripe them.

So I thought I'd ask the internet: what do you think? Is it subtle and pretty or... not?

Sunday, August 3, 2008


almost entrelac, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

but no entrelac socks for me... yet. I ran out of my contrast colour with only 1 and a 1/2 cc tiers to go. So frustrating! I have more yarn, but it's back in Bmore... I should have brought another skein but I really thought I had enough. Le sigh.

What I should now do is cast on the 2nd Pomatamus sock, but I think I'm at the point where I can't be bothered with another sock for a while. Unfortunately all I brought with me was sock yarn and there's no room in the budget (or in my suitcases) for more yarn.

So, if not socks, can you guess what these two skiens of Koigu are about to become?