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( Feb. 24th, 2009 09:30 am)
So my Thing for yesterday was the long-put-off repair of the sleeve of my favorite cardigan...

I wore it so much that I managed to wear a hole in the elbow... )

So now I have a hot pink elbow. :)
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( Feb. 17th, 2009 11:34 am)
My Thing for yesterday kept me up past my bed-time in order to get finished by the deadline. However, I do think it's a pretty sock:


This was knit with the same pattern as my other brown sock only I used a commercial string of a finer gage than my hand-spun. I wasn't sure I liked the previous sock because, while it looked OK, it didn't show off all the prettiness of the pattern to advantage. I think the commercial yarn does a better job of that. I shall endeavor to knit this sock's mate shortly...
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( Feb. 12th, 2009 09:16 am)
Well, despite being SICKEST EVAR, I still managed to finish a Thing yesterday. I finished knitting a sock based on this pattern that I found on Ravelry. The sock took 2 weeks to knit, being as I worked on it only when I was riding the bus to work, but still... That's not terrible completion time for a project that I totally wasn't paying any attention to.

I'm home from work again today, so there won't be any pictures of the sock until tomorrow. :P
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( Feb. 6th, 2009 09:30 am)
For yesterday's thing, I spent HOURS trying to chart a cable pattern for my dad's sweater. I saw a pattern I liked and went through 2890393483 sheets of paper trying to duplicate it - all in vain. Finally, I decided to do the sensible thing and JUST KNIT IT....

As you can see, yet once again, my fingers came through for me, even though my brain had the dumb:


That won't be the only cabling element in Dad's sweater... just the most complex one. I also completed another skein of brown worsted weight yarn, but having used that for my Thing-A-Day yesterday, posting the same thing 2 days in a row seemed boring... Now that I have successfully knit the pattern I want, I have to go check and see if my brain can finally grasp the concept...
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( Dec. 17th, 2008 09:24 am)
Well, unlike HRM Aesa, I have determined that an excess of surfactants is NOT a problem for the people I work with. So the ladies who seem to adore scented candles and my boss who likes to work out will all be receiving hand-made soap. With the exception of my sock-obsessed Admin who will be receiving a pair of wool socks that look something like this:



I don't want to be the office scrooge or anything, but I *am* leaving for Paris in less than a week... I need my allowance, small as it is, for buying souvenirs! So all my colleagues will be receiving cheap-to-make presents that require a certain amount of skill/knowledge to produce. The lady who stole my fishy hat won't be getting anything... Except for her "Swedish Fish Hat." (I originally intended for it to be a Jara fish, but Swedish Fish actually has a better ring to it.)
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( Dec. 15th, 2008 09:57 am)
Boar's Head was fun, but crazy. I've discovered that if I don't look at the schedule BEFORE I GET ON SITE, I don't end up doing anything but running around visiting like a chicken with no head. And even though I didn't attend a single class, I STILL didn't manage to get all my visiting done. I had intended to sit down with Katriona to talk weaving, but we were together for no more than 3 minutes before Zig came to drag me off to a household induction. It was good and happy-making, since John seems to be a very talented and good sort, but I missed talking to Kat.

I totally got my bebe fix huffing Katie and Murdoch's baby Aurora while they broke down their merchanting booth. I just wish I could hold a baby without all the snarky comments about how "I'm a Natural."

Duh. I'm the oldest of 4 kids and my mom is STILL running a daycare out of her house. Even when my Mom personally ran out of babies, there were more babies for me to cart around. OF COURSE I CAN HOLD A BABY WITHOUT IT LOOKING AWKWARD. After you've held one while vacuuming, AND running a load of laundry, AND directing several toddlers not to fight - doing nothing but holding a kid is easy. Just because I know how to hold a munchkin properly does not mean that I'm trying to have one RIGHT NOW. Competence and desperation are NOT THE SAME, FOLKS. *RANT, RANT, RANT.*

While I was NOT holding Aurora, I was working on this fishy hat:


Which I didn't even get to finish... I wore it to work before I had the felt to make the eyes with and a lady I work with BOUGHT IT OFF MY HEAD SANS EYES. She has googley eyes at home that she will attach. She claims her husband is going to be totally jealous. I think he will be too if he has any taste... ;-)
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( Dec. 12th, 2008 02:58 pm)
I went shopping to yesterday with [livejournal.com profile] eithni to get girly clothes to wear in Paris. I got a cute flouncy skirt, tights, a jacket, and some sweaters. I will be WARM. Yay!

Looking at myself in the dressing-room mirror nearly made me cry. My figure is... Not what it used to be. I was seriously scared to get on the scale at work today, but I found that my actual WEIGHT is not even at it's highest. There needs to be a law about fluorescent lighting in women's dressing rooms, I think. I'm just going to have to be that much more firm in my resolve to keep working out and eating well, now that I'm not sick.

In happier news, I finished SweaterX in time to deliver to it's new owner at Boar's Head.

Hopefully I'll be able to get some pictures of it ON ME tonight so that you can see the details a little better.

Only 11 more days before I leave!
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( Dec. 3rd, 2008 02:31 pm)
So I bought a bunch of yarn on sale yesterday, thinking I'd knit a bunch of hats for [livejournal.com profile] ego_id_non_feci's hatless hooligans... But in checking with her, it turns out they don't need hats anymore... Consequently I have designed a sweater and will try to knit it up with the new-found excess string:

This sweater is for the bees....**
1. CO 12 sts with a figure 8 or turkish cast-on so that you can knit from both sides without creating a seam.
2. knit until 16 rows of stockinette sts are complete
3. k2, p2, place marker, k1, m1, k2, m1, k2, m1, k2, m1, k1
4. k16
5. k2, p2, k1, m1, k3, m1, k3, m1, k3, m1, k2
6. k20
7. k2, p2, k2, m1, k4, m1, k4, m1, k4, m1, k2
8. place knitting on hold complete steps 1-7 a second time from the other side of the turkish cast-on (only mirror image so that row three would be k1, m1, k2, m1, k2, m1, k2, m1, k1, place marker, p2, k2, etc These are your sleeves.
9. pick up 36 sts along one edge of spliced work in order to create the back.
10. knit 2 rows , purling stitches in pattern as in the row above, knit across the picked up stitches and across second sleeve, again, purling stitches in patter as in the row above. Repeat for a second row.
11. starting at the leading edge of the first sleeve: k2, p2, k1, m1, k18, m1, k1, place marker, from the picked up sts, continue to knit: k1, m1, k34, m1, k1, place marker, from the final sleeve: k1, m1, k18, m1, k1, p2, k2
12. knit across (90)
13. k2, p2 / k1, m1, k20, m1, k1 / k1, m1, k36, m1, k1 / k1, m1, k20, m1, k1 / p2, k2 (/ = marker)
14. knit across (96)
15. continue in this fashion of increases until there are 156 sts.
16. knit across (156), place marker, c/o 52 sts, place marker and join work, k2, p2, remove marker, c/o 12 sts, place next sts to the next marker on a holder (sleeve), k52, remove marker, c/o 12 sts, place sts to next marker on a holder (sleeve), p2, k2
17. continue knitting in the round, knitting feather and fan pattern between markers in front for 4 inches, repeating the next 3 rows as follows:
-(ssk)*2, k, 0, k, 0, k, 0, k, 0, k, (k2tog)*2, repeat 4 times to complete section
- next round, knit across
- next round, knit accross
18. knit next row to first front marker and (k6, k2tog) 8 times to second front marker.
19. continue knitting in stockinette st until garment is long enough.
20. pick up sts from holder and the 12 sts cast on in the arm pit, placing a marker in the middle of the picked up stitches to mark the beginning of the round. knit in the round for 10 inches
21. (k8, m1) 7 times
22. divide work into three sections of 21 sts and start feather and fan motif adapted with increases from the hemlock ring blanket chart
23. repeat for second sleeve

** Remember! If you try to knit this, keep in mind that I DO NOT TURN MY WORK so all instructions are written such that you are always looking at the RIGHT SIDE of the knitting.
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( Nov. 24th, 2008 09:56 am)
Well... I'm only about 2.5 weeks late for the littlest sister's birthday, but her sweater is finally done.



And a picture that wasn't taken with a mirror a la myspace.com:



I hope she likes it! I'm pleased with how the intarsia looks... especially on the back side... it's very tidy. I'm such a geek.
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