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SnB has wonky patterns!!!! April 28, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Accessories, Leah.
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Leah says … I’m knitting the Spiderweb Capelet found in SnB Nation book. I first knitted it according to the erratta. This is no good. On ravelry, another member who had knit the same capelet was praising the erratta and suggesting that future knitters of the spiderweb capelet projects should use it. It looked so bad. There was no blocking that could save it. It was way too long on one side, it decreased very suddenly and caused a lot of stress tyring to get it right, so my first attempt was frogged. Now, I’m knitting it again, not via the erratta, and it is working out, so far. I have to count the stitches mercilessly, though, and I wish on the pattern at the end of each row it would specify exactly how many stitches should be on the needle bBecause there are yarn overs and the lacework can get very tricky. I shall post pictures soon of my work in progress.There is one row that is to be the bain of my existence. It states I should “K1, k1 without dropping st off needle, yarn over. p1 without dropping st off needle, yo, and then I repeat that again., So I have discovered what it is I am to do, but wow wow wee wow- it is rough.

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In the meantime, I knit J a iphone cover, which is pretty cute, Here it is. I learned how to change colour, that was fun! I’m not sure I did it right, but it looks good, so cheers to me.

Happy Knitting!

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…And Scene. April 9, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Blankets & Afghans, Finished Projects, Leah.
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Leah says… There it is. Isn’t it nice? Not too bad for my first blanket.

And Cheryl and I have the same problem in that we both just want to knit everything we see. I started another ipod case for J but this time I will learn how to change colour. I also started my mother’s shawl which is the ‘spiderweb capelet’ found in SnB Nation. I’m learning how to knit an slp stitch (?) and how to drop stitches. Well actually, I already know how to drop stitches :P. I thought that was a no-no but man does it ever look good! I knit the first three rows and had to rip them out last night, so my 2nd attempt will be tonight at our SnB. And because tomorrow none of us are working, there will be LOTS of wine, yarn, chocolate, and yummies.

I love Thursday nights!

Arrrghh!!! April 8, 2009

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Cheryl says … Here’s my problem:

I want to knit everything in the world!

The fair isle mittens I mentioned yesterday may have to be put on hold. I was browsing through the craftzine blog today, and they alerted me to this.

The Vogue Knitting Store is having a sale!

All patterns are $1.99. The sale runs until April 9th and they have some goergeous patterns –

Like this:

And this:

And this:

Oy vey! So many fabulous choices!

What will Cheryl knit next? It’s all up in the air now!

Stay tuned kiddies …

PS: Bella’s Mitten #1 was completed last night! It’s being blocked as we speak. Excitement!

Socks and Fair Isle Fun April 7, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Cheryl, Fair Isle, Mittens, Queued Up, Socks.
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Cheryl says… When I started knitting I had absolutely NO interest in making socks, but I’ve since become quite the fanatic.  And how could I not?

Have you seen the gorgeous sock yarns out there?

Loverly.

These beauties were all taken from knitpicks.  I’ll have two in every colour, please.

My Spring Forward Socks are more or less complete (Sock #1 is 100% done, Sock #2 is well on its way). I’m not happy with the way I grafted the toe on Sock #1 but, for a first attempt, it’s OK.

Emily has started a pair of socks in the most beautiful blue yarn. I can’t wait until she finishes them. They’re going to look great!

I’m also working on a pair of Bella’s Mittens. Mitten #1 will be completed tonight. I know Emily’s said it before, but I’ll reiterate: This pattern is a dream. It knits up quickly, it’s easy to follow and the finished product is 100% amazing goodness.

For my next project, I’m going to delve into the world of fair isle knitting. I’ve dabbled in it in the past, and I’ve always loved the effect. I’m going to start with this (relatively) simple pattern.

Behold, a picture of what I will aim to make:

Although I think I will do a bit of modding. I don’t like the long ribbing at the bottom. I may just shorten it, or extend the fair isle pattern. We shall see.