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FO: Rockefeller in Hufflepuff

IT’S DONE!!!

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I’m so glad it’s done. It’s not washed or blocked yet, but the actual knitting is done.

There were 3 bid modifications I did to the pattern:

  1. I used worsted weight yarn (Rowan Pure Wool Worsted in Clove and Buttercup to be specific).
  2. I added a 5th stripe (not in the pattern had to figure out the math, fun times).
  3. Applied i-cord edge to the wings so that it had the same border all the way around (a pain in the a$$ but SO worth it).

I’m happy to share my modification to add the 5th stripe if you’re just as crazy as I am and you have the pattern. Though adding the 5th stripe means that the wings get even wider and it’s an instant case of “the stripes that never end”. Juggling 3 balls of yarn on the wings, while inherenlty annoying, ended up being totally wroth it for the finished product.

This is one project I’m glad to get off the needles.

The only problem is that in order to block it I need to procure a rather large amount of vinegar as the Clove colorway (aka black) was rubbing dye onto my hands like crazy and since I won’t want that dye on all of my clothes (or my neck for that matter) I need to give it a vinegar bath to set the dye and I need a rather large amount of vinegar to do that. After that it’s going to get a more traditional bath so that it stops smelling like vinegar!

As for other projects…

My weaving is coming along nicely.

I finished one of the two socks I want to get done by the end of the year:

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I’ve already gotten to the foot of the second sock (I’m doing a Fish Lips Kiss Heel) and I’m hoping to get them done soon.

Lastly, I finally got around to washing and blocking the houndstooth scarf I took of the loom a couple of weeks ago.

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The yarn softened up nicely and I’ll probably wear it more now. :) It was a little scratchy before, but it’s really nice now.

I think that’s it for now!

PS: I GET TO SEE THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES TOMORROW! I’m so excited. I watched An Unexpected Journey today, and I’m going to watch The Desolation of Smaug tomorrow before going to the theater. I’m just so excited! Though I know I’m going to cry :( I’ve read the book so I know what happens. Still, it’s going to be great and I can’t wait!

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2014 in Harry Potter, Knitting, scarf, Shawls, Socks, Weaving

 

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12/13/14 (for Americans at least)

Well, today’s date is not going to come again for another 100 years. If you’re an American at least. Considering most of the world writes their dates Day/Month/Year NOT Month/Day/Year as most American’s do. However, it’s as good a time as any to give you folks an update!

My Rockefeller is coming along. I finished one wing last weekend and I’m diligently plugging along on the second wing.

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As you can see, I still have a bit to go, but since each stripe is shorter than the last, it’s not THAT bad. My goal is to get it finished by the end of the year. New Years eve is my goal to have it at least off the needles, if not blocked. Considering I need to give this a vinegar soak (to keep the black yarn from leaking dye) and then a regular soak, I may not get the blocking done before the new year, but I at least want it off the needles by new years eve.

My other goal is to get 2 other projects off the needles before new years. One is a crochet shawl. The other is a pair of socks. We’ll have to see how it goes. I want the socks done by new years more than I want the crochet shawl, so I’m going to be focusing on the Rockefeller and my Crazy Color Socks.

Wish me luck!

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Knitting, Shawls, Socks

 

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This and That

Things have been going well on my Dr. Who Mini Skein Scarf. I haven’t worked on it quite as much this past week as I would have liked, but my loom has been living at my boyfriends and I simply wasn’t there too much this week.

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I’m happy with how it’s coming along right now. I’m not sure if I’ll need a second set of the mini’s (I hope not) but we’ll see! If this scarf turns out really well I think it’s going to become a Christmas present for someone! And no I’m not going to tell you who because they may or may not read this blog.

As you may have figured out by now, I’m a complete sucker for A Hundred Ravens yarn. Like… complete sucker. And when they were featured as the Day 2 of the Jimmy Beans Wool 12 Days of Christmas, I had to get myself a hank.

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The colorway is called Turtledove. It’s in her fingering base – Iachos - and it’s even prettier in person. I liked it on the Jimmy Beans website, but I love it in person. The only problem is, what am I going to make with it? Unfortunately, they sold out of the color (there were only 50 hanks available) so I’m sorry you can’t get one for yourself. Still, I’ll have to do some Ravelry surfing to decide what this wants to be. :)

I’ve been diligently working on my Rockefeller but it doesn’t look much different. I think I’ll post another picture when i’ve finished the first wing. It’s certainly getting large, I’m going to be drowning in this shawl, but I’m so happy about it and it’s going to be so thick and warm and I’m so happy about it. :)

Anyway, I hope everyone’s enjoying their weekend. It rained and was cold all day today, which made it rather dreary day. I hope it was better where you are!

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2014 in Knitting, scarf, Shawls, Weaving

 

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Planning Ahead

I follow quite a few (read a lot) of blogs and podcasts, all about knitting or crafting in general. There’s also a few about science, various comics, and the rather incongruous makeup blog or two. Two blogs/podcasts (Sew Knitpicky and Hello Knitty), have done an interesting thing this year. A personal sock club. Before the beginning of the year, the prepared 12 (opaque) bags with 12 skeins of yarn and assorted goodies, and then they (or their children) choose a bag at random on the first of every month. Then, they knit the yarn into a pair of socks over the course of the month.

This seemed like a really good idea. It’s a way to use up stash yarn, challenge yourself (if you’re not sure you can do a pair of socks a month), but also a way to surprise yourself quite nicely. Like opening a gift every month.

So, in the spirit of stash diving, I spend a chunk of the afternoon going though said stash and choosing 12 hanks (or in one case a pair of skeins) of yarn. I got some brown paper bags, and in the yarn went. Actually, it’s a credit to how small my stash is (gasp!) that I had to struggle to find 12 skeins that weren’t already assigned to projects in my queue.

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As you can see, there’s only 9 bags there. I currently don’t have access to all of my stash and the last three skeins are in a different location from me at the moment. I’m thinking of trying to have my boyfriend humor me and get him to pick a bag at random every month, that way I really don’t know what I’m getting.

Two of the skeins have actual patterns attached, the rest I’m going to do the vanilla sock that I’ve developed for myself.

This all seems perfectly reasonable of course. We’ll see when we’re a couple months into 2015!

In other news, both my Rockefeller and my Dr. Who Mini Skein Scarf are coming along.

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As you can see, I have quite a ways to go on the Rockefeller (about 40 more stripes – not rows, stripes) on that wing and then onto the other wing, THEN I’ll be done. I’m happy about switching the decreases to the outer edge, but gosh if that 5th stripe didn’t add a crap ton of stitches for me to decrease.

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The stripes are interesting on the scarf. I think it works (partially because the warp is a very neutral color) but we’ll have to see! It’s an experiment. :D

I also have a finished object for you folks (it’s certainly been long enough!).

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It’s a charity hat, being donated through my synagogue for Israeli soldiers. I’m sorry the picture of me wearing isn’t that good by it’s late at night and my webcam doesn’t like the low lighting. This is going to be heading to Israel with a member of my congregation around Christmas. I could have finished this ages ago, but after I cast on I let it sit around for nearly 3 weeks before doing anything with it. A push tonight had me finishing it.

I think that’s all for this post!

To those of my fellow New Englanders who lost power, stay warm. To the rest of America, enjoy your continued food coma’s from Thanksgiving leftovers, and to the rest of the world, have a good weekend! I know that my knits will be coming in handy again. :)

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2014 in Accessories, Fiber, Knitting, Shawls, Socks, Weaving

 

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First Snow

Today, was, in fact, the first day we had snow here where I live. Other parts of the state, and of New England, have had snow before today, but this was the first day we got snow where I live.

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As for other things go on…

I’m still searching for a job (had some interviews but nothing panned out), but I’m eternally hopeful!

On the knitting front… well, there’s been less knitting and more weaving.

I had my actual weaving class on my birthday and this scarf:

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Was the result. The pattern is called ‘houndstooth’. Don’t ask me where the name comes from, I have NO idea!

I’ve been working on the stripes of my Rockefeller, but they are officially “the stripes that never end” now and it’s going to take me a long time to work my way through them.

This past weekend, Kate of A Hundred Ravens had an open studio. She had all of her yarn out and available to buy, but I also got to chat with people, some who I knew and some who I didn’t know. I had a blast though and I even got a custom dyed hank!

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It’s based off of the wing of a Monarch Butterfly and I love it. It isn’t Halloween-y at all! Kate actually did two skeins but she kept one. I’m thinking a Sockhead Hat would be the perfect project for this so that it would show off the colors nicely and still be practical, and I do love the sockhead hat that I have already…

As for weaving, well I just got another scarf going. The warp is a night light gray, and the weft is going to be striped thusly:

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The yarn is, again, from Kate at A Hundred Ravens. The gray is called Mithlond and the mini-skeins is her Doctor Who mini set. I can’t wait to see how the stripes turn out!

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Knitting, scarf, Weaving

 

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That was easy (kind of)…

So, as I said in my last post, I became proud owner of a 15″ Cricket Loom made my Schacht.

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I managed to make a very small scarf in very little time.

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I promptly raided my stash to make a second scarf. I’m still having some major issues though, so I’m really looking forward to the class I’m going to be attending on Saturday.

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For now though, I’m almost done that second scarf but I’m going to hold off on a third until I KNOW that I’m doing it right.

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about my Rockefeller. That’s still moving along, and it’s even gotten a few more stripes in it over the last couple days.

I also had a very promising job interview yesterday. I think it went well, I really hope it went well and I’m keeping my fingers crossed and praying I get the job. It seems like a wonderful company and the people I met were absolutely lovely. All I can do now is wait and hope!

Lastly, my birthday is this Saturday and I’ve got a packed weekend. Not only because it’s my birthday but the boyfriend’s mother’s birthday is the day before mine, so we’re doing dinner with her as well. But first, dinner with my dad and Co on Friday night.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Harry Potter, Knitting, Shawls, Weaving

 

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It’s been a while!

Wow, I didn’t realize how long it had been since I posted!

I have good news though!

I decided that, “Yes, I was going to add a 5th strip to my Rockefeller.” And that’s just what I did.

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There’s was a fair amount of math involved and then some fudging, but I’m quite happy with the results. Adding that 5th stripe got it to exactly the length I was hoping it would be. Now the only thing is, I have to knit the wings! And those are going to take a while, and they are going to EAT yarn.I bought an extra skein of both the black and the yellow from my LYS and hopefully that’ll be enough that I get through the wings!

Now for something completely different. My LYS is starting to sell looms and I was able to get one!

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It’s a 15″ Cricket Loom from Schact. My project for this afternoon (besides starting the wings on my Rockefeller) is to get this thing put together. Everyone who’s done it has said it’s been a cinch so hopefully I’ll be able to do it no problem. Worst come to worst I have the boyfriend (who’s an engineer) give me a hand.

Wish me luck!

 

PS: I’m still on track for NaNoWriMo!

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2014 in Knitting, Shawls, Weaving

 

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