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Monday, January 26, 2015

Pink Cardigan!

I’ve gotten farther down the yoke of my pink cardigan.  My very pink cardigan!  I’m almost to the point where I’ll take the sleeve stitches off and put them on holders.  I usually alternate skeins of Madelinetosh on sweaters, but I haven’t started alternating yet.  I will probably alternate a few rows before I change skeins, but I’m not really wanting to alternate for the entire sweater.  (I just typed “alternate” a lot.)  Hopefully this will not come back and bite me.

There was a question Friday about needle size with Pashmina.  I’m using size 5’s (3.75mm) for Follow Your Arrow 2 but I’ve used anything between 4’s and 6’s and for something really lacy, I would be comfortable even with 7’s or 8’s.  So, I guess the answer to what needle size to use is that it kind of depends.  One other thing to remember is that Pashmina will relax when it’s washed.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Follow Your Arrow 2 (Spoiler Alert - Clue 1)

This past Monday Ysolda Teague started her second Mystery KAL and at the last minute I decided to join in!  This will just slightly overlap the very first of Loopy Academy Spring Semester, but I think it will be OK.  I didn’t do the first one, last year, but the finished projects looked fun and I like the idea of picking my own mystery.  The way Ysolda does it, each clue has two parts: A and B.  You knit one of those.  Then the next week you pick and so on.  There are apparently 32 different possibilities for finished projects depending on your combination of A’s and B’s.  I think organizing something like this might make my head explode, but I also think it will be fun to participate.

I decided to stash dive for this, since I was signing up the day before it started.  I pulled several options, some single color, one two color and one three color possibility, but in the end I settled on using a single color of Madelinetosh Pashmina which had enough yardage.  It was originally Silver Fox, but I was afraid the color was too pale and would make me look washed out, so I over dyed it a rich ultramarine blue.  It’s been sitting in my stash waiting for me to make up my mind what to do with it ever since.  This seemed like a good idea.  Not knowing the direction the pattern is taking might drive me nuts with using multiple colors, so a single color was probably my best choice.

On Monday the KAL started and the first clue was released.  I chose to knit the A version.  I’ve got a picture below, but if you don’t want to see it, don’t scroll down.

While you’re deciding if you want to scroll down or not,  I thought I’d save us all some time because every time I mention a KAL, someone asks if I’m going to do another Mystery Shawl:  I’m not planning on it anytime soon.  It’s probably safe to say it won’t happen while I’m homeschooling Caleb.  Mystery shawls just take too much time that I don’t have right now.  He’s in 8th grade now.  He’ll graduate homeschool and head to college after 12th grade so I’ll revisit the idea then.

OK, did everyone who doesn’t want to see stop scrolling down?  Good!

Here’s Clue 1, version A:


Hope you have a great weekend!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s New and it’s Pink!

I've started a new cardigan and this one is happy and Spring-y!  It’s the Alys Cardigan and I’m knitting it in Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Pop Rocks.  I had a problem or two getting started (my fault, not the pattern’s) but after a second start, I’m good and things are moving right along.  There’s kind of a huge difference in how fast a sweater grows when it’s worsted weight versus fingering weight.  On the other hand, fingering weight sweaters are much more useful in our climate.  Here’s the Rav project page if you’re interested.
Here’s a close up of the stitch pattern around the neckline.  The color is accurate in this photo too - yes, it really is a bright pink!  I’ve never knit a bright pink sweater.  I’ve knit red and burgundy, and plum sweaters, and one light pink one, but never a bright pink.  I’m going to knit more pink this year!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Change of Direction

I had begun knitting Music and Lyrics with my Tosh Merino Light in Mandela, but I wasn’t really liking the pattern with the yarn.  I like them both, but they weren’t quite right together.  So, I changed gears.

I’m now working an Artesian with the yarn.  This is garter stitch based, with some simple lace and short rows to shape it.  I’m liking it much better.  I’ve gotten one full repeat worked so far and have started on the second one.  Since I have a lot more yarn (2 skeins = 840 yards) than the pattern calls for, I can just keep going until it’s big enough.  Big enough for what, I do not know.  Maybe a ranch house?

(Here’s my project page.)

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015


I finished my BlueBird of Happiness!  The neckline ribbing finished off the neck edge nicely and it pulled the neck in just a bit.  I haven’t really blocked the sweater, but it can sort itself out while I wear it later today!  Here’s a link to my project page with my notes if you’re interested.  I used almost all of my five skeins of Madelinetosh DK Twist (the color way is Bluebell) for this project and the finished garment is soft and cuddly.  Several times as I was knitting it, Max walked over and tried to make a nest in it while I knitted (so that should tell you something about the cuddly).  I could definitely see doing this pattern again, and I’m thinking about a pink one.

My next sweater project is pink, so maybe that’s why I’ve got pink on the mind!


Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

I just love the colors of blue in this sweater!  Despite the name of the blog, blue is actually my favorite color and this yarn is just so blue, blue blue!  Love it!

I’ve gotten farther down the body and it’s time to try it on again and see where it’s hitting on me so I can decide how long I actually want it.  I’ve got to remember to save a little bit of yarn for the neckline ribbing (which will smooth out the short rows there).  I might go ahead and work that soon instead of waiting until I’m finished with the body so I can use as much as I need to for a longer body.    On the other hand, once I try it on, I might decided that it doesn’t need to be too much longer after all.  Obviously, I’ve got to try it on first.

I hope you all have a great weekend!  We’re supposed to be a little warmer this weekend, starting today, and I can’t tell you how much I’m going to enjoy it!


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Random PSA

I’m still knitting on the body of my pullover (huge surprise), but in an effort to have something different this week, I have the following PSA.

Most of you probably know this, but some people might not, so I thought I’d just mention it.  If say, your ice maker goes out on your refrigerator, after being thankful that it’s January and not July, you can Google and find out the exact part number you need and there might even be a YouTube video explaining the installation for your refrigerator.  Then, if you feel comfortable doing the installation on your own, you can order the part from Amazon (which truly does have everything) and when it comes in you can fix your ice maker and then your wife will call you “Iceman” and “Dr. Freeze” because she’s so proud of you for fixing it and everyone can do a happy dance every time the ice crashes down into the bucket.

Also, I always figure that it costs $100 to get a repairman out to the house and that’s before parts and labor.  The ice maker from Amazon cost us $72!

(Obviously, if you’re not comfortable with the specific repair and/or doing it wrong could result in bodily injury or blowing up your own house, you might want to go ahead and call the repairman.  Remember, if you blow up your house, you’ve blown up your yarn stash too.  Think these things through.)

Oh, and one last thing, yesterday Pioneer Woman posted a recipe for Tomato Soup with Parmesan Croutons on her blog and I made it last night.  Super easy and super yum!