Sunday, January 30, 2011

Here we are at 50


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My birthday was a week and a half ago, but last night, my husband and children surprised me with a fantastic party.

Nothing like a wonderful group of friends from far and near, new friends and friends from childhood, to take the edge off turning 50. I'm glad to be here at 50 -- blessed to have so many great people in my life -- not just the ones who were at the party (special though they are).

Oh yes, and the cake was an Atomic Bombe. Wow!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Two Steps Back


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I love the IDEA of Spud & Chloe patterns. Great colors, cute styles, terrific presentation. But. The previous Spud & Chloe design I made (Candy Stripe Jacket) had issues with edgings. And so does this afghan. For reasons I can't fathom, the instructions say to slip every first stitch of the garter stitch edging. Garter stitch already wants to have a more condensed row gauge than straight stitch. The slip stitch edge just compounds that problem. I've torn back to the garter stitch border and am now knitting every stitch, even the first one. It'll still have some issues, but I think this will help.

On a brighter note, I'm taking more pleasure than I expected in this intarsia knitting.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Next?

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A few years ago, when my son graduated from high school, I made him an afghan as a graduation gift. We've got another senior this year. This time, the afghan is Spud & Chloe's Flower Power Throw. It's been years since I've done any intarsia knitting. I'm telling myself it'll be fun. The colors (the same ones used in the pattern) certainly ARE fun. I'm contemplating a border of zig zag lace in the magenta color to make it an original. Maybe like the edging on this baby cardigan?

Sunday, January 09, 2011

More Macarons?

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May I present the Macaron Mittens?  So called because they match these slippers.  More importantly, they match the hat that matches the slippers. (See Thorpe hat posts here.)
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I started these early last week, and then had two sick days at the end of the week.  The first sick day was a day of bad t.v. interspersed with naps -- no knitting.  The second day, I was recovered enough to be a bit bored, and finished the second mitten.  I used leftover Pastaza yarn from the slippers -- leftovers after using leftover for the hat.  For a recipe, I used Mittens 101, by Kate Atherley, from Knitty.   If I had these to do again, and was making them when I had a bit more on the ball, I'd make a thumb gusset, instead of the slit style thumb these have -- I think that fits better.  I made garter stitch cuffs, which are NOT what the pattern calls for, but surprisingly fit quite well. 
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The color blocking is partly a result of using up leftovers, but it's kind of fun, even when not necessary. Like the hat, they'll be especially enjoyed at Shakespeare in the Snow, coming up in just a few weeks.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Knitting 2010



Knitting 2010, originally uploaded by phenager.
Here it is -- my knitting (and a bit of not knitting) for 2010.

Those two identical sweaters? They are -- but one is felted, awaiting reincarnation on a shelf in my closet. The second one is being worn frequently and washed more carefully.

The tweedy pink sweater was knit in 2009, but modified for a better fit this year.

And the not knitting? New shades for my dining room this summer.