More frogging, more troll hair

Not fun, but necessary. I can bear some minor design features, but not too much. Then my motivation drops: Ergo frogging.

Problem no 1: I must have got the thumb gusset wrong. Instead of stripes I got dots… Must remember to rewrite all patterns that suggest doing more than 3 things at the same time!

Problem no 2: The available sizes were both to big for me so I made my own version and knitted on 2.5 needles. However, the technique of lifting stitches to form the pattern produce a less elastic piece. I’ve therefore decided to go up to 3.0 mm instead. I’m keeping the cuff knitted on 2.5 mm.

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Dublin loot

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Fyberspates Scrumptious 4-ply superwash in Slate.

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Malabrigo Baby Silkpaca lace in Ravelry Red.

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Gotta have some local yarn! Donegal Aran Tweed in 188.

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And for Anneli, Malabrigo Finito in Mares.

GREAT selection of Malabrigo, and I had to really stop myself from buying all of the pure silk from Debbie Bliss..!

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Going Icelandic

When I turned 30 my mom gave me a set of skeins and a matching pattern (Hestapeysa by Jóhanna Hjaltadóttir) for an Icelandic jumper. I counted the skeins and checked the pattern and decided she must have had the small size in mind and added a an extra gray one. So I started knitting on the small size.

I hadn’t gotten that far when mom discovered another skein that had been dropped and left behind. When I checked the sizes again I realized the small size was titled “Child”. I had been staring at the chest width and thought the medium size would be too big for me or at least quite loose. After doing the bottom ribbing for the small size I realized this would be too stretched to look nice on me.

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So today I took the frogging step (troll hair and curious cats).

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And started over with the ribbing: This time for the medium size.

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I tight, you loose…

One of my friends have taken up knitting my Amethyst scarf for her daughter. She liked the concept of placing gemstones and especially the amerhysts. This gemstone in particular is said to have calming and healing properties. It provides calm, balance, peace and patience to it’s bearer. It’s a personal favourite gemstone of mine.

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However we noticed that my friend knits quite loosely and even when she’d gone down in needle size it’s coming out loose. Conclusion: I knit very thightly! So check gauge and make sure it comes out the way you prefer.

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Swatching, the sequel

Previous swatching adventure: got gauge. Wahoo! Also realised that twisted rib knit flat isn’t the most fun thing ever, because while I don’t mind knitting through the back loop, purling through the back loop is something else entirely. I then thought that maybe I could use the slip stitch rib from my gloves instead. Swatches:

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The top is the twisted rib, bottom slip stitch rib. Unfortunately, I think I prefer the proper way… Oh well, I guess it will make me an expert at purling through the back loop if nothing else!

I’m on holiday this week, so Anneli will be handling the every day blogging, while I hopefully will be updating with some live reports of LYSes, yarn, and sheep…

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Blocking body-hugging knit in one piece waistcoat

So my waistcoat from Drops have been finished for a few days, but I’ve been pondering how on earth to block it since it’s all in one piece. I normally use one of these yoga mats for blocking. I realized that if I fold it so it has the same under bust width as myself I could probably dress the waistcoat around it. It seems to be working so far at least. I don’t want to stretch it too much, the last will come while wearing it.

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Wetting the knitted piece.

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Drying the knitted piece (while Piglet smiles back at me…)

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And blocking!

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Watching Who: 6×09 Night Terrors

Things we’re taking away from this episode:
  • Not having a setting for wood is embarrassing.
  • Lifts. AGAIN. Lifts are bad news!
  • Ten cats IS a lot.
  • Is there a Time Lord fairytales book? If not, there should be.
  • If you are scared of everything, that does indeed include pants.
  • Anneli feels very smug about figuring out where they ended up (hint: not a place for giant termites trying to get on “The Property Ladder”).
  • Carpeting that looks like a swamp is a bad idea. For several reasons.
  • Lights are great, aren’t they?
Best moment:

The Doctor: I’m not just a professional, I’m the Doctor.
Alex: What’s that supposed to mean?
The Doctor: It means I’ve come a long way to get here, Alex. A very long way. George sent a message—a distress call, if you like. Whatever’s inside that cupboard is so terrible—so powerful—that it amplified the fears of an ordinary little boy across all the barriers of time and space.
Alex: Eh?
The Doctor: Through crimson stars and silent stars and tumbling nebulas like oceans set on fire. Through empires of glass and civilizations of pure thought. And a whole terrible wonderful universe of impossibilities. You see these eyes, they’re old eyes. And one thing I can tell you, Alex: monsters are real.
Alex: You’re not from Social Services are you?

Verdict:

After some debate we’re giving this episode four out of five DPNs, for being really creepy, yet really sweet, with an extra bonus for the spooky song.

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