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Friday, August 22, 2014

Crawling Along

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

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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Monday, August 18, 2014

On to the Sleeves!

I got the body finished over the weekend, bound off and the ends woven in!  It obviously could stand a good blocking, but I’ll do that at the end.  I’m ready to pick up the stitches for the first sleeve later today.

We had workers here again Saturday (I was hoping for some peace and quiet) and they finished removing the bricks from the front of the house.  Then, early this morning, the first half of our brick arrived!  Whenever the workers show up this morning, they’ll have brick to start working with!  I know this part will take longer than the demolition did, but it should also be quieter.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Camp Loopy 2014, Project 3

I’m within a couple of inches of starting the ribbing (or maybe even less, I haven’t measured in a while)!  I should get the ribbing started, and maybe even the body finished over the weekend.  I’ll weave in the ends before I start the sleeves, but I’m still on track to finish my third project by the end of the week.

This is the second time I’ve knit this pattern and I’ve actually got yarn stashed for two more Ravellos!  I like the design, I like the shape, I like the stripes!  At some point, I’d like to make one with just two colors - the background color and the stripe color.  Of course it would also be fun to make one with a different color for each stripe (and probably a single background color).  See why I have more Ravellos in stash?  It’s just too much fun to play with colors in this pattern!

On the home front, they’ve just got part of the front brick to remove, and we’re supposed to get half of our new brick today.  (There’s not much space to store things like brick and mortar what with the port-a-loo and the dumpster and scaffolding and construction stuff, so we’re getting the brick in two separate deliveries, a week apart.)  We’re very excited to see the new brick and can’t wait to get it on the house.

I hope you have a great weekend!  I’m hoping we have a quiet weekend!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

One Row, Done!

I’ve completed 24 squares in my Meditative Stash Buster project!  As you can see, they’re being inspected by tiny gray toes before the ends get woven in.  That’s my next job - weave in the ends.  I’ll get that done before I start crocheting the squares for the next row.  I did a quick measurement of this first row (since deciding to do 24 squares per row was based on an eyeballed guesstimate that it was the right width for the blanket) and it’s about 50 inches long.  I’m loving the join-as-you-go thing because I know that I won’t have to sew thousands of little squares together later.  I do realize that as the blanket gets bigger, join-as-you-go will get a bit fiddly, but I think it’s worth the trade off.

On the home front, the only old brick we have left is the front of the house and about eight feet of one side.  I’m guessing they’ll get that removed today.  We got a new dumpster early this morning - before 7 AM (I’m sure the neighbors are loving us at this point), so whenever the crew gets here this morning it’s ready for them.  We get a new dumpster every day because the weight of the brick debris means they can only fill it about 1/3 of the way full.  (See, I’ve learned something new!)  Tomorrow the first half of our new bricks will arrive and at the rate they’re going, I think they’ll be ready for them.  Max and Logan have completely adjusted to the new activity.  Max just doesn’t care, and Logan barks once or twice and then he’s done for the day.  I’m keeping the blinds closed because as long as Logan can’t see them, he can pretend they’re not here and doesn’t feel like he’s got an obligation to bark at them.  It’s just easier on all of us.  Once Logan has done his daily woof, he settles in for his regular schedule of naps, following me around, and messing with Max.  It’s a rough life, but he’s up for the challenge.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Now With More Gray, More Scaffolding, and More Noise Than Ever Before!

I’ve gotten a good chunk of the lower body (in gray) knitted on my Camp Loopy Ravello!  I’ve actually finished the first skein of gray and am knitting on the second one now.  I’d like to get the body knitted to the top of the lower ribbing this week.  Of course, it would be great if I can get it finished this week.  The body that is, there’s no way I’ll get the whole sweater finished this week.

Yesterday the workers showed up to begin the demolition of our brick.  Basically, they take hammers and bash at the side of the house, breaking up the brick and getting it off, down to the sheathing.  It’s kind of loud.  Logan settled down pretty quickly, but he wasn’t sure if he should pace or lie down.  I finally got him to lie down but he didn’t relax until they were gone for the day.  Max was taking a nap under the sofa when they showed up and he stayed there until they left for lunch.  Then, he came to me and had some questions.  They worked until about 7:30 last night and they got all the brick off the back of the house and half of one side.  They also cleaned up really well before leaving, which is always appreciated.  If they continue at this pace, the noisy parts should be done pretty quickly.  At least that’s what I’m telling myself!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

A Pink Lemon First!

This weekend, thanks to Mermaid’s Escape, I was on the Hot Right Now list on Ravelry!  Even more exciting, it was number one!  This was the first time one of my patterns has been on Hot Right Now!  Thanks so much!  (For Non-Ravelers, it’s on the left, about halfway down, in the box.)