Thursday, March 31, 2005


So last night I started making another twist hat, like the rainbow one I made last weekend. I cast on, using the lovely pink Debbie Bliss cotton cashmere yarn I picked up last week. I wanted to document the pattern so that I could share it with y'all, and be able to recreate the hats later, so during each row I made sure to capture what I was doing on a piece of scratch paper. In addition to using different yarn, I decided to skip the stockinette brim and start the pattern right away at the edge of the piece. As I started knitting up, writing down the pattern all the way, I noticed that the edge wasn't rolling up as easily as with the stockinette, but I figured I could fold it up. No biggie. The fabric was also seeming a lot floppier, but I was making it a bit bigger than the last one, thinking maybe I could let Ellie have it.

So, less neat brim, kind of limp. I can deal with this, I think, it's just important that I get down the pattern. I brought it to work on at lunch today.

Well, at row 35, the pattern I was writing down went from looking something like:

*k3, p1, k2, p1* to end of round

to this:

k2, p1, k2, p1, k2tog, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, k2tog, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, k2tog, p1, k2, p1, k2, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k3, p2tog, k1, p1, k3, p1, k2tog (and on and on with NO discernible repeats in it at all)

I was getting a bit uneasy about halfway through row 35, but figured that this may be due to the decreasing/stitch pattern convergence just making things a bit weird. Until I got to the last two stitches, to be knit together, and instead of there being two stitches left in the round, there was only one. I counted back in the row, trying to find where I had dropped one, or knit one together in error, or the mini-black hole where this stitch went. I can't find a mistake anywhere, but it has to be there, or there would be two flipping stitches at the end of that row!

I actually started row 36 and got about halfway through it when less neat brim + floppiness + mystery stitch that totally killed my decrease pattern + pissedness = forget this hat. This isn't a good yarn for it and I screwed up somewhere. That little fwipfwipfwip you hear is the stitches of my little twist hat being frogged.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Sari Yarn

I finally won a silk sari yarn auction! I have some ideas for small drawstring bags, and little clutches. I bought 1000 grams, so that should be enough for several small projects or one big one. Can't wait.

NY Times editorial

There's an editorial in the New York Times today about knitting's current cachet.


The second Haiku sleeve is knitting up quickly, and I should be able to finish it up tonight, if I decide to work on it again. I may be working on documenting my twist hat pattern, though, since I brought that with me to work on at lunch. I'm almost nervous to finish the sleeve, so working on my hat is a good way to avoid seaming.


Stop sniping the sari silk auctions I'm trying to win, you sniping snipers!!

Unless you are bidding through my affiliate link, in which case I will grudgingly accept your superior bidding skills and spendthrift ways.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Second Haiku Sleeve

Armed with enough yarn, I did the last few rows of the first Haiku sleeve and got a few inches into the second. I may actually have all the pieces done this week, but it may take a while to screw up the courage to start sewing it together.

I still need to buy buttons for it, too. If you're looking for buttons or other sewing supplies, check out my new affiliate on the sidebar,

Rainbow Twist for Sale

The Rainbow Twist hat is currently up for sale on a major auction site that I'm not supposed to name since I'm in the affiliate program. If it doesn't sell at auction, I will make it available for sale here.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Newly designed baby hats for spring Posted by Hello

Rainbow Twist hat - Berroco Lullaby Posted by Hello

Easter Egg hat  Posted by Hello

Support my yarn habit

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Rainbow Twist Hat

I'm really enjoying designing baby hats. The Rainbow Twist hat pattern turned out so well last night that I think I'll make another out of my pink Debbie Bliss. After I work on the Haiku sweater some more. And make progress on the baby blanket. Oh, who am I kidding?

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Rainbow twist has in progress Posted by Hello

Yesterday's Eva's acquisitions Posted by Hello

Completed Easter Egg hat Posted by Hello

Friday, March 25, 2005

Stash enrichment

When I started to knit, I decided I needed somewhere to put all of my yarn and knitting supplies. We made a trip to Ikea around that time, and I picked up a huge snake-charmer looking basket. I thought I would never have enough yarn on hand to even get close to filling up that basket. I'm going to pause for a second here, as my laughter at this misconception is giving me a bit of a side cramp.

Another couple of balls for the basket I picked up today, spending part of my lunch hour at Eva's Needlework: a pale pink skein of Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere, another skein of the Patois I'm using for Ellie's Haiku sweater, and a multi-colored Berroco Lullaby in springy colors. The Lullaby and CC are for more baby hats. I finished my Easter Egg hat last night, and want to make another one so that I can make sure my pattern works. Not sure exactly what I'll do for the Lullaby hat, but isn't that what stash yarn is for?

I looked and looked for something to make this tank, but my inability to wear wool really cuts down on my choices. I was looking at some cotton, and may go that route eventually. As it is, I only ended up using half of my gift certificate today, so I get to make another trip to Eva' partially funded by my Valentine.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Easter Egg

I'm working on a baby hat of my own design that I started last night. The pale purple color of my yarn and the time of year reminded me of an Easter egg, so I'm putting in a subtle pattern in horizontal bands. I should be able to finish it up during my knit lunch with Yvonne today.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Silk sari yarn

Last night I started bidding on some recycled sari yarn on eBay. Looking at the end prices of some of these auctions, I may never get over my inherent Dutch tightwadness enough to place a winning bid. But it's so pretty and funky and cool. Sigh.

Clapotis Remnant band

I whipped up another headband last night, out of the tiny bit of Cotton Twist yarn I have left from my clapotis. This one is a 2x2 rib, which provides some elasticity. I'm wearing it this morning, and Ellie asked me to make one for her. We haven't yet discussed my fee for this commissioned item, but I think she found a penny on the floor last night. That should be fine.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Never enough time

I didn't do any knitting last night in favor of finally putting up some pics of what I've been working on. I did sneak in a few rows of baby blanket on the way to work this morning. I need to get going on that - intended giftee will be born in May and I keep putting it down to do other projects.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Blanket detail Posted by Hello

Baby blanket in progress Posted by Hello

Haiku sleeve in progress Posted by Hello

Haiku body as it will look sewn together Posted by Hello

Haiku - completed body panel Posted by Hello

Made this last night Posted by Hello

Headband Posted by Hello

Again with the shortage

I got most of a sweater sleeve knit this weekend while visiting with Greg's family, and I'm going to run out of yarn. I thought I bought enough to have almost a whole skein left over, but no dice. The good thing about this yarn is that it doesnt have a dye lot, so I'll be able to run over to Eva's and pick up another matching skein without much trouble. Hey, I'll probably have plenty left over to make Ellie a matching hat. I wove in ends for the body panel in the car on the way home yesterday.

Last night, I did a few rows of baby blanket, and then picked up the lavender Debbie Bliss cotton cashmere small skein that I bought just to play with. I knit up a little six row seed stitch headband. It's nice yarn to work with, very soft.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Haiku update

The sweater body
is finished (well, except for
weaving in the ends).

Now I must make two
sleeves, which I have never done.
I'm a bit nervous.

My rose pink ball of
yarn is looking rather small.
Will it be enough?

Monday, March 14, 2005

Jordana Paige bag

I got an awesome Jordana Paige knitter's purse for my birthday yesterday. Right now it's holding my wallet, the Haiku sweater-in-progress and my other fabulous present, an engraved iPod mini. Thanks, Greg!

Thursday, March 10, 2005


Sweater, not poem. I'm almost halfway done with the body panel. It's coming together pretty well, now that I've figured out the box stitch. My little Susan Bates Knit Check is coming in very handy for measuring. I'm a little worried about the sleeves, since I've never made sleeves before, but we shall see.

One of Greg's coworkers is a knitter as well, and we've set up a few lunches to get together and stitch. The first one is scheduled for next week.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Ellie enjoying a sunny day Posted by Hello

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Back view of clapotis Posted by Hello

Finished Clapotis! Posted by Hello

Not knitting related, just a cute shot of the kid to test image upload. Posted by Hello