Koolsheep’s knit blog

12/8/2007

Cherie Amour pulling me back…

Filed under: General — Karen @ 11:07 pm

OK — so I’ve taken a bit of hiatus from knitting. Maybe it was the summer? Or the soccer season? Or just a general need to rest in the evenings after crazy days at work? Not sure, but anyway, Cherie Amour is pulling me back. That and Ravelry, which I finally joined last week (I’m koolsheep, by the way).

I did manage, in the past six months, to decide to knit Cherie Amour, do a bunch of on-line research trying to find a suitable yarn for it in chocolate brown (I was adamant in my mind that it had to be chocolate), decide to buy the suggested yarn (Handpaintedyarn.com Merino Bulky) in a light color and over-dye in brown, and get the bodice and one sleeve done. So that’s something, right? Thing is, it should be a “quick knit” and I’ve been sitting on it for months. Anyway, here are some progress pics:

These haven’t been blocked yet. I’m looking forward to that step, because I know it will bring the lace pattern out much more clearly. I’m hoping to kick out that second sleeve quickly and finish this up.

I’m also realizing that I most enjoy knitting when it’s just a bunch of stockinette. I know that’s really boring for a lot of knitters, but I really like to knit when I’m multi-tasking, so I need mindless knitting. Even the lace pattern on the sleeves, which isn’t terribly complicated, was just complicated enough that I couldn’t watch a movie (or at least not really concentrate on it) while knitting. With stockinette, I can read, watch a movie, hold a deep conversation, etc. without even looking at what I’m doing. So that’s what I like, and that’s what I’m going to stick with for a while. Which is why this sweater is so interesting to me:

It’s a Chaiken sweater I saw at Bluefly.com. I actually bought it in a size too big because I loved it so much. But it turns out to be a very heavy cotton yarn, much too bulky for my taste, and, well, it’s too big (duh). So I’m going to return it and try to knit up a version of it using something yummy (I got some great suggestions at Ravelry and am leaning towards Misti cotton-silk.)

I would also like to knit up another Honeymoon Camisole for myself one of these days. My first one turned out great, but I used a super cheapo yarn and it’s starting to pill. Plus it was just too lightweight and doesn’t drape properly. So maybe that will be next? Lots of nice stockinette on that one too…

4/29/2007

Lace skirt c’est finis!

Filed under: General — Karen @ 8:56 pm

Finished the lace skirt today. That went tons faster than I ever thought it would for three reasons:

  1. This Daktari yarn is so yummy, I couldn’t put it down
  2. We went out of town last weekend at the last minute to a location that has no phone, tv, or internet
  3. I had the presence of mind to join the front and back panels and knit all that stockinette in the round

So, it turns out that as long as I’m knitting stockinette in-the-round, I can read while I’m knitting. So there I was, in the middle of nowhere, Indiana, with a book in my lap, my knitting in my hands, and the sun shining down on me. The kids spent all day playing in the creek. It was all good. I got from just above the lace panels, to a few rows below the waistband in just two days.

And it was a good thing that I did knit this in the round, because I ran out of yarn. Take it from me, 4 skeins for the size small, is cutting it pretty close. Luckily, I saw it coming, started the waistband about 10 rows early and had *just* enough yarn (like I couldn’t quite cast-off the last 8 stitches correctly). But the length seems okay anyway.

I couldn’t get my hands on the ribbon yarn called for in the pattern, but I went to Joann’s and picked up a ball of Moda Dea Ticker Tape in Suede. I think it works really well with the skirt.

And it’s a very nice yarn too. I think I might knit a scarf out of the rest of the ball.

The last thing I did was make a lining for the skirt. I guess I wasn’t crazy about the idea of people being able to see through it if I had a light behind me. I just sewed up some lining material and threaded the lining right onto the drawstring. It also has the advantage of laying a bit smoother over the booty — a bit less clingy.

So what’s next? One of these purses for my sister: http://naughtyneedlesknitting.com/?p=11 (the rest of the site is kinda racy — so watch out 😉 ). I’ve got it about halfway done. I’ve already learned a new technique: the tubular cast-on.: http://autoscopia.com/amelia/archives/2005/11/tubular_cast_on.html . Neat!

4/18/2007

Been a bit slow…

Filed under: General — Karen @ 8:06 pm

The crafting around here has been pretty slow. But on the upside, I’ve made some major progress on Hyena Cart improvements, so I’ll have a bit more time to get back to making stuff again, instead of typing away on my laptop all the time.

I did manage to finish the baby cardie:

It’s pretty cute. Kinda like a baby kimono. The gauge was totally off (semi-on-purpose), so although I followed the instructions for the newborn sweater, it’s more likely to fit a 6 month old.

And I’m making progress on the lace skirt:

The yarn is unfortunately a different color than I had expected. From Mind of Winter and the Knit Cafe book, I was expecting more of a khaki or straw color. What I got is a much deeper color and much more reddish. Which will be fine, and at least I haven’t experiences any issues with matching the skeins. This is one side of the skirt, and I’m almost done with the lace panels on the other side. I think I will go ahead and join two pieces and finish the skirt up in the round. I don’t see any reason not to do it that way, and it will make all that stockinette stitch go a lot faster.

This project has really shown the usefulness of my Denise needles. First of all, I didn’t need to go out and buy size 5 needles. Then I didn’t need to use spare needles to hold the panels before they were joined together, I just replaced the needles on the cord they’d been knit on with the stoppers and left them until I was ready to combine them. Plus, it’s nice to be able to choose just the right length cord for the project at hand. Not too short, not too long. I am really happy with this set of needles.

So that’s all for now. KSS stuff? Maybe in another month or so… Guess we’ll see how I’m feeling as the weather turns warmer and we finally get to spend more time outside…

3/17/2007

What I’m doing this weekend…

Filed under: General — Karen @ 7:49 am

Well, I’ve hidden these for the past month, while I worked on them. But when I pulled them out earlier this week to take pics, the kids caught me and it was with *great* difficulty that I managed to pry Mumfred out of Isaac’s fingers. The only way I managed it was to promise him to make him another one this weekend. So that’s my job now, lol. And of course, Julia needs one too. This is despite the fact that they each already own prototype monsters 😉

Anyway, come check them out if you like:

Jocasta

Maynard

Mumfred

3/10/2007

Latest projects

Filed under: General — Karen @ 10:14 pm

Been working on a lot of little things.

First off, I finished the Oostende project. My very patient and understanding customer asked for a hat, scarf and mitten set with a few snowflakes embroidered on. Here’s the lovely scarf she requested. You can click the image to see more pics:

It was a fun project and at the same time I’m happy to be done with it 🙂

So let’s see — I used my newfound crocheting skills to make a much-needed basket. Up until now, our seashells from the beach just sat directly on our wood table, scratching up the surface and looking pretty random. Now, thanks to this:

they look like this:

Much better!

So now I’m working on a cardigan for a baby on the way (friends’ not ours). It’s from the Greetings from Knit Cafe book by Suzan Mischer. I love this book. There are multiple things in here I need to make. This is the cardie (pic from book):

Here’s my current progress:

I love how this honeycomb stitch gives such a lovely diagonal pattern:

Unfortunately I couldn’t get my hands on the yummy sounding yarn called for in the pattern, so I’m just using a plain ol’ acrylic yarn from Joann’s. It’s a pretty color though, and at least the cardie will be machine washable (good for spit-up!)

After this, I *have* to make this skirt:

This particular color of Twisted Sister Daktari is on back order at Yarnmarket, but I’m on the waiting list. Supposedly it’s at the dye house and will be available in the next few weeks. I can’t wait 🙂 I am a bit apprehensive because I’ve heard that the colors can vary more than they should (see Mind of Winter), but I’m staying optimistic for now.

Julia has the craft-y streak in her as well. I can already tell. I taught her to finger knit a few weeks ago and she rapidly made herself a cute little pink scarf. This past week, I’ve been teaching her how to crochet. She’s this far into her first washcloth:

I did the first two rows, just to get it set up, but she’s done the rest with some coaching. She catches on amazingly quickly!

And what about KSS stuff? Well, I was going to dye yarn for the next Random Eclipse stocking, but when I went down to my workshop, I couldn’t find my containers of dye. You’ll never guess what I found instead:

More later 😉

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