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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A Hat

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It’s still in the high 90’s here, but I know that cooler weather is coming.  Eventually.  That means I need to knit warm, wooly things.  This is The Boy Hat, which is a great pattern (and free).  I’ve knit it several times before and it’s gone over well every time.  This time it’s knit in Madelinetosh Vintage in Charcoal, which is a nice, manly gray.  It’s super stretchy and should fit most heads from pre-teen boys all the way up to their father’s and grandfather’s noggins.

I didn’t do a project page because I’ve knit this before and honestly, it only takes an afternoon and evening to make this, so by the time I get around to starting a project page, I’m through with the knitting.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Second Verse, Same As The First

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I’ve started the second row on my Meditative Stash Buster blanket.  I sat down and got all the ends from the first row woven in the other night.  It takes about an hour and a half to get them all done (yes, I timed myself on a couple of squares), or by starting at the first of Thor 2, you’ll be done by the time he’s saved us all from the dark elves.

I’m still joining as I go, but now I have to start the join earlier, because I do it on two sides.  This isn’t any more difficult, but I do have to pay attention, which is sometimes difficult.  I’m getting the hang of this square, so I don’t have to keep looking at the pattern, and that makes it easy to watch TV or talk while I crochet, but that also makes it easy to go past the point where I should have started joining the square to the blanket.  Now that it’s getting two rows, I think I can call it a blanket, right?

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ta Da!

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Stick a fork in it, Camp Loopy 2014 is done!  Here is my third project, all the ends are woven in and it’s blocked and finished.  The challenge was to knit 800 yards or more in a project with your favorite color.  My favorite color is blue, so I made a blue striped Ravello.

Here’s a link to my Ravelry project page with all the details if you’re interested, including actual yardage used.  I will definitely be making more Ravellos in the future.  This is a fun, fast pattern, and the stripes make it fun to play with colors.  Fingering weight sweaters are pretty much perfect for cooler weather around here - you don’t die of heatstroke indoors, and if it gets really cold, they’re lightweight enough to wear under a coat or jacket.

I’m thinking of making my next Ravello with an i-cord neck edging (the pattern has directions for a plain neck edge, a ribbed neck -I’ve done this twice now, and an i-cord edge), just to mix things up a bit!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mine!

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Max has decided that with all the chaos around here, he’s going to take over Logan’s bed.  When we first got this bed (for Logan), Max had to check it out and the first couple of weeks he slept in it during the day and Logan used it at night.  Logan didn’t mind sharing so we didn’t worry about Max using it.  After a few weeks, the novelty wore off and Max went back to his cat beds and our bed.  For the last couple of years, except for occasionally playing with his soccer ball in it, Max has stayed out and Logan has been the only one using his bed.  We bought the bed for Logan, it fits him perfectly (he likes to sleep curled up like a cat), and he likes it.

Fast forward a couple of years, we are in the middle of the big brick switch and all of a sudden Max is back in the dog bed!  He’s not just exploring and sniffing either.  He’s playing, he’s bringing toys into the bed, he’s taking naps there, and he’s sitting in it like he owns it.  Fortunately, he’s getting out of it at night (when Logan wants it) and he will move if Logan wants him out of it during the day. (Logan can snarfle him with a big, wet, nose and that will get him moving.)  We’ve discussed getting a smaller bed in the exact same fabric for Max (they make them for smaller dogs too), but we’re not sure he would use it. We’re afraid he would give it to Logan and take the big one (and we don’t really have floor space for a second big bed).  For now at least, we’re going to leave things as they are because he may get out of the bed as suddenly as he got in, once this rebuilding is over.  Until then, it’s a good thing Logan shares so well!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Finished With The Knitting!

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I finished knitting my Ravello for Camp Loopy 2014, Project 3 this weekend!  I’ve still got all the ends to weave in from the sleeves, and it needs a blocking, but the knitting is finished.  I easily cleared the 800 yard requirement for this project and I’ve put the actual yardage I used for each color on the project page (I weighed my yarn before I started and after I finished).  I also included needle sizes - what I used where.  One thing I’ve figured out is that I tend to knit tighter on the 9 inch circulars I like to use for sleeves.  It’s taken me a while to figure this out but I did finally learn.

I’ve got yarn for two more Ravellos in the stash and I may cast on for one of those later this week.  I love the shape (and the stripes) of Ravello.  We don’t get bitter cold winters here, but when it gets cold, it’s usually still humid, which makes it feel a lot colder than it actually is.  I’ve found that wearing lightweight sweaters like a long sleeved T-shirt and then layering heavier sweaters or scarves over them makes a big difference on the cold days.  Not that it’s cold here yet.  Things won’t start cooling down around here until later in September and I won’t need a sweater until October or November.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Crawling Along

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My plans to have the first sleeve finished by now have fallen through.  This (the cream color) is all the knitting I’ve gotten done over the last two days.  Things have been crazy around here and there just hasn’t been any knitting.  As you can see, I haven’t woven in any ends on the sleeve, but I’ll probably wait until I’ve finished both of them to deal with the yarn ends.  I’ve also added markers every ten rounds because I’m so distracted right now that I keep forgetting to change the counter and then I have to count rounds.  If I want the second sleeve to match the first, I have to keep track.

There was a question in the comments after my last post, asking about my bind off on the body.  I just did a standard bind off below the ribbing although I did bind off purl wise (I think it looks better than binding off knit wise and I really don’t like binding off in pattern).  I’m always really careful to work my bind off loosely, but I know some people who find they bind off too tightly will go up a couple of needle sizes for the bind off.  You wouldn’t have to change both needles, just the one in your right hand (assuming you knit Western style, from left to right).  Learning how loose to make the bind off takes a little bit of practice, but I’ve learned how it should feel for my own knitting.  Unfortunately, this isn’t something that can be photographed.

The new brick is going up now and we’re loving how it looks.  I’ll get some pictures this weekend.  If the delivery people will cooperate (the load of sand was three days late), things should be finishing up in a couple of weeks.  I know this was something that needed doing, but the actual doing of it has not been fun.  I’ll be glad when everything is all done and there’s not a port-a-loo in my yard!

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stripy Sleeve

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I’m about halfway done with the first sleeve, and I am done with the stripes on the sleeve!  From this point to the cuff, I’ll knit in the cream color.  That should make the rest of the sleeve go faster, so I hope to finish this first sleeve either today or tomorrow.  I’m still on track to have this finished before the end of the month, so I should have another successful Camp Loopy summer!  (On the other hand, I can’t believe that August is almost over!)

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