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I am number four

I know, I know, I’m a bad blogger for not having updated in quite a while. I promise, I have been working on a few fun projects, but I can’t show you the one because it’s a secret.

So what have I been up to since the last post:

  • Lots of work
  • Trip to Disney World (first time!)
  • Secret fiber project
  • Halloween costume scarf

Work has been keeping me quite busy lately. I don’t mind being busy at work. I like my job a lot and I’m the type of person who would much rather be busy than be bored. There is only so much interesting internet that one can look at.

After making his yearly pilgrimages to the cartoon holy land, the partner finally convinced me to go along. I loved it and am really looking forward to going back at some point. I had way more fun than I could have imagined. Despite doing a lot while we were there, it was still really relaxing.

The secret fiber project is secret. Duh.

Even though I enjoyed the movie and really like the books (I’m working on the third now), the post title of “I am number four” is actually a play on words. I have been threatening for a while to make a 4th Doctor scarf from Doctor Who. For those who don’t know, Doctor Who is a British scifi show that was started in the early 1960s and ran through the late 1980s and then was rebooted in 2005. So now that I am going to dress up as the 4th Doctor for Halloween this year, I had an excuse to make the scarf. My colors are slightly off, but I’m happy with how it’s turning out. I’m using a pattern for the 13th season scarf from wittylittleknitter.com.

Season 13 Fourth Doctor scarf as of 10/07/12

I’m a little picky, so after the first few color changes, I switched how I did it so they’re ย more invisible. Time and remaining yarn permitting, I might go ahead with the season 12.5 scarf because the pattern is the same as the season 13 with a few more stripes (looks like about a foot) at the end.


My Thoughts on Fibers – part 2

A little more than two months ago, I wrote a post about my feelings on different types of fibers. One of the things that I noted was that for the most part, I really don’t like acrylic yarn. It often seems to get stringy, untwist, and some of them are really scratchy.

But, there has been one exception to that: Knit Picks’ Brava lines. It comes in sport, worsted, and bulky weights. It hasn’t had any of the problems that I mentioned above and it’s affordable. I used it for my Dude’s Cross Cable Gauntlets pattern after I finalized the stitch counts and it turned out really well. It was smooth, didn’t itch, stretched nicely when I flexed my hand, and also didn’t look cheap like some acrylic yarns do:

They're comfy, but I unfortunately finished them after it was a bit too warm here to need them.

While that project turned out really well, the one that sold me on Brava has been working on the granny square blanket that I’ve been working on for a coworker who is expecting this summer. I have been doing the blanket with bulky weight with really bright colors (frankly, I hate doing things for babies in pastels).

This has turned out amazingly well so far and is super soft.

The lesson that I have learned from this is that I can’t judge an entire fiber based on a few types of one yarn. Who knows, there may be hope for cotton yarn for me yet.

Update: I actually wrote this post on 04/17/12, but for some reason the posting didn’t stick.

FPF (Finished Project Friday) 12/02/2011

Holy s**t crap, how is it already December? Apparently time flies when you’re an adult.

So for my second Finished Project Friday post, I will keep it brief. I finished Max’s hat for his first birthday!

All done!

Thanks to Vashte from MakeOne (@makeone on Twitter) for another great pattern.

Scarves, Scarves, Scarves

I know, I know, everyone starts their adventures in knitting with a scarf. In it’s most basic form, it’s just a long rectangle. My first scarf was just one long scarf done in two colors in garter stitch. Looking at it now, I can see that it’s a mess because of the numbers of stitches that I ended up dropping on accident and then adding back to try to get it even.

It's actually not bad for my first scarf and does look nice. Plus, it will go well with my winter coat.

The first pattern I designed was a scarf (yes, I may have been knitting for under a year, but I have designed a pattern already). It’s just a simple scarf with a cable running down the middle with a nice stockinette and garter stitch along the edges for my mom for a holiday gift.

First pattern I designed and my second scarf. It looks great and the colorway was awesome for this pattern.

Scarves are great for gift giving. I decided that since I was making a scarf as a gift for my mom, it’d be cool to do the same for the rest of the family. Dad’s is a basket weave in a gray and black variegated yarn from Knit Picks (like the colorway for Mom’s scarf, this one is also discontinued). My sister’s is bright pink in a raspberry stitch. Both came out great and I’m really happy with them.

All of the scarves I've made laid out together.

A close up of the scarves together. (I left mine out because I'm not sure where I put it away for the summer, haha)

So am I done with scarves for a while? Nope. A work friend got some great yarn from Knit Picks for me to make a scarf for her. The colorway is called Nevermore in their Wool of the Andes Swish Tonals in worsted weight. The scarf is a pattern I created called “Dueling Cables” that has two cables running down the center twisting in opposite directions with stockinette edges along both sides. I can’t wait to get started on it ๐Ÿ™‚

This colorway will look awesome in the pattern and is definitely a good fit for Emily (who I'm making the scarf for)

Work in Progress Wednesday

I’ve managed to post again for WiPW. This one will be short, though.

Here is that hat I have been working on:

It's getting there

This hat is made with some Knit Picks Dishie yarn that I have left. Dishie is a nice and soft, lighter yarn that also is quite strong. I decided to use it for a hat because anyone who has met me or seen pictures has seen that I was [un]lucky enough to inherit the thin hair genes from both sides of my family so going out in the sun in the summer burns my scalp.

My original goal was to use a pattern that I got on Ravelry and knit this hat over the weekend. I did a swatch to make sure I had the proper gauge and I had it. The circumference of the hat was supposed to be 19 inches…but despite the fact that I’m a loose knitter when it comes to hats, I’m not sure this one would’ve fit my friends’ infant. So I frogged what I had done and decided to make up my own pattern. It’s very, very loosely based on another pattern that I like for bulky weight yearn. Dishie is a worsted weight yarn, so I would’ve had to do some adjusting anyway and decided to try my hand at a hat pattern.

The baby blanket

I decided to sit down today and rip the stitches out of the blanket and start over. If you missed the last post, I managed to sew the knitting and material together so that the right side of the fabric was showing but the wrong side of the knitting. Just can’t keep those beautiful cables on the inside.

This pattern is for MakeOne’s chunky baby blanket, but made with bulky yarn (for the next baby that comes along to friends, I will adjust the pattern a bit for a better knit). Vashte creates some beautiful patterns that I have loved using. If you’re not following her on twitter, you should now @make1inc.

Without me blabbing on more, here are a few pictures (all can be seen here):

Finished baby blanket with fabric side up and baby pillow

Rolled up and ready to go

P.S. I think cable knit has become one of my favorite knit patterns ๐Ÿ™‚

Great at knitting…suck at sewing

So this week I’ve kind of taken a break from knitting a bit. Not that I don’t still enjoy it, I just wanted to spend some time reading and programming (my profession that I am also quite decent at and really enjoy).

The break started last Sunday. I finished knitting the baby blanket last Saturday and despite turning out a bit smaller than intended, it still looked great (I’ll adjust the pattern for bulky yarn if I ever decide to do it again [not because of the knitting, read on to see why]). I was a little bored Monday evening and decided to pin together the blanket so that I could sew it together.

If you’ve read the post about the baby pillows, you can see that I got an awesome knit and colorway and I couldn’t have found a more perfect fabric to match. The pillows were easy: sew together 3.5 sides, stuff, whip stitch closed by hand.

Now, if you’ve been following my progress on this blog, it’s not hard to tell that I’ve picked it up pretty quickly and can create rather nice looking knit items. In the form of a MasterCard commercial:

  • Knitting the knit part – easy
  • Pinning together – took 3 tries
  • Sewing – attempt number 6 and still not right

Getting it sewn together and realizing the you pinned the knit part in wrong so that when you pull it inside out the wrong side is showing…priceless. Well, maybe not priceless, I think my already thin hair has become thinner.

So tomorrow (or Sunday), I will rip the seams out and go for another attempt and hopefully get it right. I will have this blanket done and looking great in time for next Sunday afternoon.

Despite my love for this pattern, I think may stick to pillows and knit wear that doesn’t require sewing for a while and get some more practice at sewing. I love the MakeOne pillow pattern and definitely can see more baby gifts in the future when those I know have babies.

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