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Friday, February 05, 2016

Dexter

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I've finished knitting the body of my pink Dexter and I've gotten the front bands done!  I've just got the neck band and sleeves to go.  Also, in case you've ever wondered what blocking is for, this picture is a great example.  All the curling and twisting and general wonkiness you see here will disappear with a good blocking.

I'm really enjoying this yarn (Madelintosh Dandelion) and I think it's going to make a very nice, lightweight cardigan.  I'm playing with the idea of making it 3/4 sleeved instead of long sleeved, but I haven't decided yet.  Maybe I'll decide over the weekend.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Enjoy the Superbowl if you're into that kind of thing.  I'm looking forward to the commercials.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Carson Throw

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Monday was the start day for the Carson Throw knit-a-long through EatSleepKnit, so I cast on and started knitting in circles!  My throw looks kind of like a beret for a small garbage can right now.  I'm almost to the point where I'll switch to Color 2 (so exciting!) and then the texture will start shortly after that.  I'm very excited about the texture, even though I know that the rounds will be getting longer and longer. 

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Two More Bethioua Tops

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Since I'm loving the Bethioua tops I've made, I've made two more!  This first one is the same fabric as my first gray one, Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey, only in Dark Teal.  I loved the feel of the first one so much, I knew I wanted another!  This fabric is kind of funny to work with.  It's super soft and drapey, which is why it feels so great to wear, but that makes it a bit challenging to sew.  If I just take my time and am patient though, it all works out.
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The second one I made is Stretch Rayon Bamboo French Terry in a Smokey Blue color.  It has the loops of French Terry on the back side, but the front looks like a regular knit.  It is also super soft and drapey, but it was a little easier to work with than the jersey.  The pattern directions say to go up a size if you use fleece or French Terry, but I decided not to because this rayon French Terry is just a medium weight and the pattern is kind of oversized anyway.  I haven't worn it yet, so if that choice backfires on me, I'll let you know!

I did all the sewing with my serger, except for the hems, which were serged, turned under and then topstitched with a double needle.  This gives me five of these tops and this also completes my winter sewing.  I'm going to be sewing spring and summer things now, which (in addition to pajama pants for Loopy Academy) means some Moss Skirts.  Knowing me, there will probably also be a Wiksten Tank or two, or maybe I'll surprise everyone, and find a new warm weather top pattern!

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Dexter

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I'm working right along on my Dexter cardigan.  I've made it to the lower texture band, which is just a little bit above the lower ribbing.  I'm hoping to get this finished in the next couple of weeks because I want to get to work on my Loopy Academy projects as soon as I can.  Last semester was my first time doing both the knitting and the sewing semesters, and I kind of waited until the last minute to finish the sewing.  I don't want to do that again!

On a completely unrelated note, Happy Groundhog Day!

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Monday, February 01, 2016

The Carson Throw

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Our family loves blankets.  Every single one of us loves snuggling under a blanket, including Logan and Max (although Logan doesn't stay too long before he gets hot).  When Eat.Sleep.Knit announced that the Carson Throw would be one of their knitalongs for 2016, it didn't take me long to decide to participate!  I'm doing mine in shades of blue greens, using Cascade Eco+.  I've wound my first two colors and they're ready to go.  I had to hand wind them because they're too big for my winder - you can see the size compared to Logan.  I've got everything in a (giant) tote, and at some point today I'll cast on!

I know this blanket won't be finished anytime soon, but it will be finished by the time it gets cold this coming fall.  This time next year, I could be wrapped up in it!

Oh, and just to make today even more exciting, the assignments for Loopy Academy will be announced today too!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Dear US Government,

Please stop messing around with the GPS satellites.  You're screwing up my run tracking app.

Thank you, PinkLemon

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Weaving

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I've gotten moving with the weaving again and I've done about 20 inches so far.  I'm putting those pink and green stitch markers you see on the right every five inches.  I've found that marking the weaving as I go makes me feel like I'm actually getting somewhere.  Theoretically, just rolling the weaving forward should mean the same thing, but there are black holes in knitting (where you just knit and knit and knit and you get no where), so I assume they exist in weaving too.  Although, now that I think about it, I don't think I've ever seen one in crochet, so maybe they're just a knitting thing.  Does anyone have any idea?

On a completely different note, KayT of the comments yesterday asked about the yarns I use for the mohair loops.  The Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe came in a pull skein, ready to knit.  The Shibuiknits Silk Cloud comes in a hank and I wind it using my swift and ball winder, the same way I do any other yarn (like Madelinetosh) that needs to be wound.  I haven't had any trouble handling the yarn this way and it knits up just fine.  I pull from the end in the middle as I knit, but I could just as easily knit from the outside of the ball if necessary.  Does this answer your question?

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