The Mountain View Cardigan

Spending the day at home…

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 | blah blah blah, charity, crochet, KAL, UFO's, UGH!, Uncategorized | No Comments

I spent the day at home on Friday…

Also, I had cut all of this out and contemplated just trashing it. I decided to go ahead a post it. It’s just me rambling about some of what is going on in my life lately.

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A busy Friday Night…

Woohoo!  Holiday weekends mean we get out of work early generally. This holiday weekend was no exception. It was a good thing because I had some errands to run.

Since I was out, I figured I would take care of my medical refferral stuff before heading to the shop. Now, I am kind of a ditz…I know this…but I am not quite sure how I thought I would be going to get these tests done and get off without having to give blood. I guess I just wasn’t thinking. It’s probably a good thing though…I have been a big freaking baby about all this stuff lately.

I got to the shop hungry and a little woozy. It was pretty darn hot out and the shop AC was acting funny. Ash and I decided to order in Thai food. We weren’t going to try and walk down to our usual spot.

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Progress on The Mountain View Cardigan

I started off the night working on my Mountain View Cardi. I feel like I have been so “off again, on again” with this one, but I am sure it is just because I am distracted with other things on the horizon.

While I worked on my knitting, Vera had asked Mallory to help her daughter learn to needle felt. She bought Teddy a frog kit while they were in Albuquerque on Vera’s Knit Shop tour to promote her patterns.

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Mallory helping Teddy out with her needle felting

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And there she goes!

I was feeling ansty and decided I should cake up my yarn for The Unique Sheep Mystery Lace KAL. I actually have the first day of this KAL off because I have to go in for more tests, but once that is done, I have the rest of the day to be a total lump on the couch. Michelle tells me that they normally release the first clue at midnight, so I have my yarn prepared and I’ll have the entire day to knit the first clue! Hooray!

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My Unique Sheep yarn.

We also were trying to help Ashley out with her Hanna Cardigan. So far it looks absolutely gorgeous! I hope they bring back this colorway at some point, because I would love to knit a sweater in this color!! I just love Sanguine Gryphon!

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Ash's lovely Hanna Cardigan

Mallory spent most of the evening helping Teddy out with her felting. Teddy even stabbed herself at one point, so she is officially a needle felter! She was having a little trouble with her symmetry, but Mallory guided her. At the end of the night, she had nearly completed her frog!

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The "right" leg.

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And something else...

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Looking good!

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Feeling really off…

Friday Night Knitting was a weird night for me. I was feeling “just not right.”

I know a lot of things were probably contributing to this. I had just spent the afternoon at a specialist. Without going into the gory details, I have been having some problems recently and have had to go to a lot of appointments where doctors decide they want to root around in me and figure out what’s up. No biggie, I suppose. I just felt like being a whiny crybaby about this stupid procedure I had to schedule for a few weeks from now. I realize I need to pull up my big girl panties and deal with it. It could be worse, and quite frankly, there are people out there who have far more difficult lives than I do. I still wanted to vent my frustrations about it though.

There has also been some family drama that has had me all distracted. I know that is something I can maneuver around and come out fairly unscathed. Also, the in-laws are coming to town to visit soon, I have a bazillion things to do, etc. You get the idea…

I was sitting there awhile with the ladies when Michelle walked in. Now, Michelle is the fabulous young lady that got me to sign up for the Unique Sheep Mystery Lace KAL. She had brought the yarn she ordered to show off. It is far more gorgeous than depicted in my photo!

Michelle's Unique Sheep KAL yarn

Michelle's lovely yarn!

I had mentioned to her that my friend from work had texted me to tell me I had received packages while I was out for the afternoon. Michelle said “Go!” and Mallory and I jumped in the van to go see if one of the packages might be my KAL yarn!

We sped back to where I work, I grabbed the boxes and ran them out to the van. Boo. Neither one was my yarn. Oh well…maybe I will get them today.

The rest of the evening I spent taking pictures of other peoples projects and trying to make light of all the things happening around me that should make this a very *interesting* summer.

Mall's Felting

Mall's felted project...

Mall's Felting

The one she is currently working on...

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And one she'll be starting.

Mall's Felting

Vera's cowl.

Vera's Cowl

Suzanne models it.

I also worked on my Mountain View Cardigan and cast on my Julia. Of course, I neglected to take a picture of either of those. Oops.

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Fulfilling my long overdue promise…

It’s been practically a week since I have actually signed on to post anything. I have pictures of me in my Hanna from last Friday. It turned out super cute, however, if I ever knit it again, I might make a few modifications…

First off, I have this weird psychological problem that involves sizing my knitting. More often than not, I really grossly miscalculate size. I have a tendency to think I am a larger size than what I actually am. Luckily, the ladies at the shop help reel me in. They will instruct me on what size to make. I also am having a problem with items that aren’t exactly fitted (like this one). My first thought was “I look Pregnant” in this. I don’t…and I’m not…but I just lost 8 pounds, so I am eager to wear things that are more fitted to my body.

So here she is, in all her bamboo/silk glory.

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My Hanna

Now, the reason why I said I would modify this next time around is because I find that the neck is really wide and the amount of fabric actually covering my shoulders in minimal. It kept sliding off and exposing the straps on my tank. Suzanne had recommended I put in little straps with fasteners, such as they do in couture clothing, to attach it to the straps of whatever tank I am wearing underneath to stop it sliding down my shoulders. I think that at some point I will do that.

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You can see what I mean...

I have a whole stack of clothing that needs mending, so I will probably throw this on that pile of things to do.

Ashley is working on a Hanna too! She is making the cardigan version of this pattern. While I was showing off my new FO, she was starting the sleeves on hers.

All tangly.

LOVE that green!!

And I worked on my Mountain View Cardigan…

Making progress...

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In case you were wondering…

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 | knitting, sewing, start to finish, UFO's | No Comments

I have been making some pretty significant progress on my Hanna Pullover. Actually, by the time this posts, I am already long done on the knitting and seaming. So far, the only thing I have left to do is block out the bell sleeves a little bit. Of course, even though this thing is safely being worn by my duct tape dress form, I still have no photos of it completed.

Really, would you expect any different from me?

I do however, have pictures of it “pre-seaming”. I am really hoping that I can get it blocked and photographed by Friday night. Mostly because I intend to wear it that day….

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Hanna Pullover, "pre-seaming"

I am also on to my next two projects. I have started to knit my Mountain View Cardigan and I am gauge swatching the Julia pattern from the Summer 2011 Knitty!

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I am really starting to wonder why the heck I can't ever seem to be dead on with my gauge swatches anymore.

I am having some gauge issues lately, but lets hope I get that straightened out soon…

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Worldwide Knit in Public Day 2011

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 | KIP | 1 Comment

Ok, as surprising as this may sound, I have never actually participated in any kind of official capacity in Worldwide Knit in Public Day. This year, unwind was getting together at the park down the street to celebrate.

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Knitting at Whitnall.

Not only was this the first real WKIPD event I ever attended, but it also marked another first for me. It was the first time ever I decided to do a project swap.

I know, I know… I am sure that plenty of people do this…but I never have. I always felt that it was kind of like giving away one of your children or something (ok, maybe not *that* extreme).

So, I decided to give up my Be Still My Beating Heart Capelet. I know, it’s super cute…but to be honest, it looks *WAY* better on Vilma. I had some weird feelings about that capelet anyway. I actually had second thoughts about giving it up. Not that I would ever wear it, but it was the project I worked on when I went home for my Aunt’s funeral. These feelings were mixed with the fact that I was in a very frustrating place while knitting it and there was a lot of errata in the pattern. In the end though, I knew it was going to a good home with someone that would love it and take care of it.

In return…as shocking as this might sound…I got her Pi shawl! She said she never wears it and I already have one Pi shawl that I wear often. Why not add one in another color?!?

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Vilma and I make the trade.

We both ended up very happy with our decision to trade.

After hanging out at the park for awhile, I ended up back at the shop with Vilma and her daughter. I was floating around the shop when the ladies called me to the back. They had already started picking out yarn for my next project and comparing skeins of this beautiful Sweet Georgia to find four skeins that were closest in color.

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Look at these girls go!

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Choosing skeins for me. Really, it takes all the stress of choosing a color away when you let someone else do it. 😉

I swear, it was like having personal shoppers!

A couple of the ladies at the shop have knit up this beautiful sweater called The Mountain View Cardigan. It is going to be *one* of my next projects! I think it will look beautiful in this yarn!

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