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Friday, December 02, 2016

What Are These?

Well they're actually the first three rounds of Shape #49 from this book.  What are they going to be?  You'll just have to wait and see on Monday!

Have a great weekend (if you can take the suspense)!

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Thursday, December 01, 2016


I've made it past the heel turn on my Scatterby Socks!  Isn't it amazing how many other projects I can work on when I'm not slogging my way in circles around a giant blanket?  (To be fair, the circles that slogged were only the later circles at the very end.  The early and middle rounds went pretty quickly.)

There was a question about this pattern last time I blogged it.  I mentioned that the pattern was written toe up, but I'm knitting it top down.  The question was about reversing the stitch pattern.  In a stitch pattern like this one, I didn't worry about it being reversed because it's essentially the same whether you knit it top down or toe up.  If it was a more complex stitch pattern it would be a different situation.  When you're looking at reversing the direction of the knitting, the easiest way to see what the stitch pattern will look like upside down is just to flip your iPad upside down.  If you don't like what it looks like upside down, you can either choose a different stitch pattern or knit in the direction the pattern is written.  Some stitch patterns can be "reversed" but it's not always as simple as it sounds and you'll need to double check with a swatch.  I'm usually too lazy to bother switching things on more complex stitch patterns so I'd just knit toe up.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What Do Middle Earth and Seahorses Have In Common?

Sepp the Seahorse 
One of the benefits of homeschooling is that we can take some time and wander off on whatever learning tangents we want to.  (Within reason of course.)  British Literature is one of Caleb's subjects this year and he is finishing up The Hobbit.  At some point we decided that after he had read it, we had discussed it, and he had finished the writing assignment for it, we should watch the movies and compare and contrast the book versus the movies.  (The compare and contrast part was my idea, he just wanted to veg out and watch the movies.)  One of us mentioned that it would be like a field trip to Middle Earth, so that's what we did yesterday!

We ended up eating our sack lunches (you always have to bring a sack lunch on a field trip, right?) in Rivendell and then tea and afternoon snacks were in the Woodland Realm.  In between all the meals though, I worked on Sepp the Seahorse.  He's my last project for Loopy Academy this semester and I need to get him finished.  I got quite a bit done yesterday in between the orcs and the spiders and the battles, and I've actually finished his body!  I'm ready to begin his head now, but I've got to find his eyes before I can start working on his head.  I think they're upstairs somewhere.  I've still got his head, hood, arms, and fins to make.  Then there's his baby.  Finishing his body means I'm most of the way done, but there's a lot of small details that get added before he's completely finished.  I've got one month to get everything done (oh, and there's also Christmas and four family birthdays in there too).  I better get hooking!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Gray. Stockinette. Rectangle.

I've been working on my Easy Folded Poncho and I'm past the neck opening.  The original pattern calls for seaming, but when I was glancing through the projects, I noticed that someone had figured out how to make it without seaming.  Just reason #258 why you should always check the Ravelry projects before casting on - someone else may have done the thinking already!

This is currently my only completely brainless project (my current sock is pretty easy, but nothing beats stockinette), so as you can imagine, it got some needle time last week in the chaos that is Thanksgiving.  Now that I'm past the neck, I'm working both the front and back on each row, but it's still super easy and will be faster in the long run than seaming the front and back together.  If I was working a yarn that might stretch out with wearing (100% alpaca or cotton), I might rethink the seaming because the seam would give the garment some structure and keep the growing in check.  For this project (one yarn is 100% wool and the other is 50% wool/50% alpaca), I'm not worried about it. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Another Blanket

Meditative blanket 
After finishing my Carson Throw, I now only have one blanket going - The Meditative Blanket.  I got it out over the weekend after Thanksgiving was over and added another row of squares.  I now have 11 rows (by 24 wide).  The initial goal was to go to 36 rows, but if I still have yarn left, I might just keep going.  I've got a couple of skeins set aside for the border, but I've got a ways to go before I even have to think about that.

I plan on keeping this as my only blanket project until it's finished.  Two blankets going at once feels like a bit much for me.  I'm really enjoying working one square at a time versus knitting rounds of 1000 stitches each.  Also the fingering weight yarn in crochet feels very different from the bulky weight yarn in knitting.  I prefer the smaller yarns (although the finished Carson Throw is super squishy and thick).   I'll weave in the ends from this row before I start the next row, I just haven't gotten to them yet!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

It is Finished!

Carson throw 
I've finished the Carson Throw!  Almost ten months of work, thousands of stitches, and it is finished.  It's around seven feet in diameter and it took over the entire floor of my sewing room for blocking.  I didn't stretch it at all; I just smoothed it out flat, sprayed it with water and let it dry.
Carson throw
It's already received Max's stamp of approval - he took a full bath on it and then settled in for a nap while I worked out this morning.  Of course he assisted with the actual knitting as well, climbing inside it, nesting under it, basically testing that it would be a good blanket when it was finished.  It's nice and warm and will be perfect for snuggling under on a cold day.

I will be back next week after Thanksgiving, after the turkey coma wears off, and the stretchy pants are again optional.  Have a great Thanksgiving if you're celebrating this week!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Carson Progress

Carson throw 
I have six rounds to go!

I'm going to continue updating when there is visible progress, but since this is all I'm knitting right now, blogging will be random and sporadic.  Once I get this finished (and it has a proper TA DA! post) I'm going to take next week off.  Thanksgiving dinner is at our house so there's a lot to do!