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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  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.

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.

WiPW and Finished Scarf

This week’s Work in Progress Wednesday is going to be rather short. I haven’t worked on my sister’s scarf at all, but I have worked on my socks quite a bit and finished two other projects.

The sock now has two and a half of the four pattern repeats finished. It is now starting to look much better.

(Sorry for the blurry image) This is a photo I took earlier before doing another 6 rounds (wanted to get a pic with good light)

I’m slowly liking knitting this better…but I’m still thinking right now that this may be my first and last pair of socks.

I didn’t take a picture of the hat because, while I’ll probably wear it here and there, I don’t think the yarn was a good pick for a garment of any sort. I think I’ll just use it for home type projects like pot holders and dish cloths and such.

My dad’s scarf, however, turned out better than I thought it was going to. At first I wasn’t too thrilled with how this variegated yarn was turning out. After taking a photo of it, I realized that that was because I was seeing it really close up. Seeing it from a few feet away, I noticed the really cool ripple effect that was created by a combination of the pattern and the yarn.

A closer picture of the scarf at the ends.

This is a closer image of the scarf showing off the basket weave-ish pattern. I think the next time I use this pattern, I'll alter the 6th and 12th (last rows before pattern switches) so that the scarf is reversible.

I’ve had a few guys tell me that they’re not a big fan of a scarf with tassels on the end. I can see that in some cases, but I really think they help make this scarf even more. I know Dad hasn’t seen any pics of it, so hopefully he’ll like it when he gets it when I head back to the ‘burgh for Thanksgiving.

I love this colorway of yarn. The only thing I hate about it is that KnitPicks discontinued it. I have the feeling they’re discontinuing the ones I like so that I learn how to dye yarn at some point. Won’t Adam be thrilled when I get to that and make a mess of the kitchen? Mwahahaha…

So the last big project I have on needles right now is my sister’s scarf. I think I’ll be able to finish that up relatively quickly. Then after that, I’m supposed to be knitting scarves for a few people at work (~wink, wink; nudge, nudge~ http://statesthattouch.wordpress.com/)

Work in Progress Wednesday

I thought that borrowing Nathan from California (@knit1eat1 on Twitter)’s “Work in Progress Wednesday” would be a good idea, so here is my first one complete with pictures.

First up, my sister’s raspberry stitch scarf:

Something looks different than earlier pictures, right?

Those who follow my blog will notice that something looks different (and possibly wrong with this). The difference is that it is now about half the length that it was. When I ordered the yarn, I noticed that they were two different lots. At first I thought that they were close enough that I could switch between them when I finished a ball. After finishing the first, I tried and it didn’t work. However, alternating them every 12 rows is producing a rather nice light to normal shade subtle striping pattern. The regular shade of it has light spots throughout that also help to blend the lighter lot in better. The reason I ended up with two different lots: Sheep Shop apparently went out of business long before I had ever heard of them.

Next up is the basket weave scarf that I am working on for my dad for a holiday gift:

It's coming along pretty quickly.

This scarf is actually coming along quickly and easily. I think the reason it’s coming along quickly is a combination of my improving at knitting, using bulky weight yarn (which I personally think is awesome for nice, warm scarves), and a pattern that is really easy to knit. This scarf may, however, be the first that I’ve done a pattern with a variegated yarn that I’m not 100% happy with, but I think it will work out with other patterns.

And last, but certainly not least, is my very first attempt at socks:

Aw, look at those widdle, tiny needles! They're so cute...and frustrating for my non-petite hands to hold onto...

I don’t mind using double-pointed needles. In fact, I’ve done two hat patterns that called for a circular needle with double-points because I found it easier (I also found the double cast-on the easiest when I started as well [yes, I know I’m weird]). However, these needles are very tiny at size US 2.5. The yarn is fingering weight and I’ve never worked with anything smaller than worsted before. However, this is proving to be an interesting project and I’m looking forward to seeing the end result. These are made using Knit Picks’ Stroll Multi Sock Yarn in Aloha.

Also, I can’t say how much I really do like ordering from Knit Picks (follow them on Twitter @KnitPicks). Their products are great and so is the customer service. I had a problem with an order and got a very polite response and resolution within an hour. If you order yarn from anywhere, definitely consider Knit Picks.

Finished! Mom’s scarf

After needing a break from doing stuff around the house, I decided to add the tassels to my Mom’s scarf and finish it up. I wasn’t sure at first, but once I got them added, the combination of the tassels and the pattern really made the scarf.

I would definitely use this pattern again and I’m planning on putting it up on Ravelry (I’ll post the link when I do). I might be making a scarf for a friend and I’m thinking about using this pattern as a base. The yarn is KnitPick’s Wool of the Andes Tonals in Nevermore (possibly Swish tonals if she wants it to be washable) and is worsted weight. Since I used bulky for this pattern, I’d have to add stitches for the worsted weight and think I know exactly what I’d do.

And now the part you’ve been waiting (possibly impatiently) for, the pictures!

The finished product. It's show against a dark background here, but it could easily fit in just as well with light clothing.

This photo is a close up to show the pattern of the knit. If you look closely (probably easier to see on the picture of the full scarf), you can see that the colors also make a zig-zag pattern down the scarf.

I took this photo so you can see how the pattern runs to the end and how the tassels look a bit closer up.

Mom’s scarf: better pic

As promised, here is a better photo of the single cable scarf that I’m working on for my Mom. It’s roughly 6 feet long right now. I’m not 100% sure how much longer it will have to be (at least another foot and a half in order to be usable). I’m also debating on whether or not to add tassels to it when it’s done. I’ll have to see how it looks after it is blocked and decide then.

I’ll have another post soon, but for now, here is the better pic:

Much better picture of the scarf taken in the afternoon with good natural light

Single Cable Scarf for Mom

One of my current projects is a scarf I’m making for my Mom as a gift for the holidays. Yes, I know that the holidays are a long way off, but I plan on making lots of gifts this year because I want to do and give something useful and fun.

I got parts of the idea for the pattern from a pillow pattern I was working on and kind of came up with the rest on my own. It has a cable running down the middle with a wider rib on either side and 6 stitches along the edges. The pattern is a set of 8 rows that just gets repeated for as long as you want the scarf to be. So far it’s turning out really well, but I am definitely going to have to block it like crazy.

I’m using KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Bulky Hand Dyed Yarn in Uptown. I’m pretty new to knitting and found KnitPicks and so far I really love their yarn. It’s soft and knits really well. Plus, the colorway (despite my crappy pictures below) is beautiful. Despite being variegated, the mix of colors actually really helps to bring out the pattern.

Please excuse the crappy quality of my photos. I have the bad habit of using my iPhone’s camera in crappy light.

The scarf with 2 sets of stitches done.

It may not look it in this pictures, but it's actually about 4 feet long now. It's really going to need to be blocked when it's finished.

I will definitely post more (and hopefully better) pictures when the scarf is done. I’ll definitely try to do a picture of the same section both before and after it is blocked to show the difference.

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