Thursday, March 18, 2010

Miss Dashwood - all blocked out and no place to go

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Well, she has someplace to go, I just need to get my act together and actually mail her out. I will be sad to say good-bye, I had fun knitting this hat, and the finished product is too cute. I accomplished my Knitting Olympics goal, and used a bobble/picot cast on that I had never used before. Blocked the hat pretty well, too, if I do say so myself. The brim flares out nicely and that crown is properly head-shaped. Hope it fits the intended recipient and that her mom sends a picture!

Newborn size is said to take 1 ball of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. It does. Exactly. Well, exactly 1 ball minus 17 inches. If I hadn't unraveled my swatch to use again, I would have needed another ball.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


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Originally uploaded by Fat Angel
Total bummer - cruising along the neck decreases for Baby Gavin's Dale sweater, and hit a weird snag where there are 13 more stitches on the back then on the front. I will have to monkey with it to get it to work out right. I was REALLY hoping to be done with this by Friday so it could be washed, blocked and gifted by Sunday. We shall see!

Friday, March 12, 2010

I need a better name for startitis...

I've always understood the syndrome but hated the name "startitis."  "-itis" as a suffix means "inflammation of" and I'm pretty sure I don't suffer from an inflammation of my starter.  No, I suffer from a disease of starting, a disorder of starting, I SUFFER from a DISEASE of starting, so I'm gonna pick "startopathy."

Regardless of what we call it, I've got it bad this week.  I cast on for Matt's Sam Jackson sweater and just tonight, for no reason other than the fact that I'm insane, I cast on Citron.  It started because I have this skein of laceweight Malabrigo that I started knitting baby stuff in, then changed my mind about the intended baby, then stalled out on the sweater deciding to do hats for babies from now on.  I planned to repurpose the skein of Malabrigo into something else, like a lace scarf or cowl for myself.  I spent many lovely days looking through ravelry for single skein lace scarf/shawlette/cowl patterns and bookmarked several. Citron came out and I thought it was the perfect match.  And then I started thinking about it.  My skein is a lovely light butter yellow.  Perfect for a gender-neutral baby knit.  Not so great for a warm-hued redhead to wear up near her face.  I wanted to knit Citron though, so I dove into the stash and pulled out an ancient skein of Cherry Tree Hill Cascade Lace in Fall Foliage.   I'm iffy on the yardage, because I think it may have changed over the years, but I'm totally willing to try it.  The colorway is very odd, there is a lot of yellow and brown with weird deep purple in very small (VERY small) repeats.  It's fun to knit with, and the brighter colors may be more flattering, and if they aren't, well, then I'll give it to my mom who loves yellow & fall colors in general.

Tomorrow I'm off to my only solo grown-up birthday experience in years....and I'm bringing mindless knitting for the movie/restaurant.  Gavin's Op Art - ready for his first birthday in July, perhaps?