FO: Bulky Calbed Cardigan Monday, Jul 6 2009 

Another finished object! Actually, this one was mostly finished a few weeks ago, but I still needed to find buttons. I finally managed to find some buttons–they look like bunches of grapes!–just in time to add buttons before heading to the 4th of July.

FO: Bulky Cable Cardigan

(Those of you in warm climates are probably wondering what on earth I needed with a warm sweater in July. We watched fireworks at the Berkeley Marina, and I had the sweater on, plus a leather jacket, plus a borrowed scarf and I was still freezing. Next year, blankets and gloves for me!)

The pattern is Glampyre’s Bulky Green Cables, and the yarn is Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Emerald. Overall, I really like how it turned out. I didn’t get gauge, so I faked it by knitting a larger size and it worked out fairly well. It seems a little snug, but that is likely more to do with me thinking I’m smaller than I am.

I also noticed that the bulky Wool of the Andes seems softer than the worsted. I would never be able to wear the worsted next to my skin, but the bulky isn’t too bad. It’s a little itchy, but I find that to be true of pretty much any wool outside of pure cashemere, so I wouldn’t use me as a reliable source on itchiness.  As for the pattern, it manages to be cute and fitted and not add too much weight, even though it’s knit from such bulky yarn. I can definitely see this one becoming a staple.

Knitting away Thursday, Jun 18 2009 

Since I’m having one of those spurts of knitting productivity, I’ve been trying to take advantage of it and plow through some projects. While I was waiting for a verdict on extra yarn for the Origami Wrap Sweater, I had cast on for Glampyre’s Bulky Cabled Cardigan and began making quite a bit of progress.

Bulky Cabled Cardigan in progress

Unfortunately, I ran out of yarn there too–less surprisingly, though, since I had planned on making the smallest size. Due to some gauge issues, however, I am making the next size up. Luckily, I was able to order more yarn, and though the dyelots don’t match, it looks like a pretty good match visually.

Princess Buttercup in progress

In the meantime, I cast on for Princess Buttercup–aka, Kira K.’s Eyelet Twist sweater in Malabrigo organic cotton. I’m loving the yarn and pattern for this, and I think it’s going to make a great sweater that can be worn nearly year round and layered over tank tops or long sleeves.

Buttercup has been zipping along, but I’ve set her aside since my yarn just arrived in the mail. All that’s left of the Bulky cardigan is part of one cuff and the button bands. Then I’ll have to be off on a button-buying expedition for it (and for one of my secret projects). I’m thinking possibly wooden buttons, but who knows what I’ll find?

FO: Origami Wrap Cardigan Tuesday, Jun 16 2009 

I actually finished something! After running out of yarn, I ripped out the one long sleeve and turned it in to two short sleeves to complete my Origami Wrap Cardigan.

Origami Wrap cardigan

It’s very pink, goes perfectly with an antique rose pin that I had, and I finished it on a Friday. If that doesn’t have Aphrodite’s fingerprints all over it, I don’t know what does.

Origami wrap cardigan (back)

Overall, I really do like it. It fits well, is comfortably stretchy, and I can see myself wearing it quite a bit during the spring/summer months.

Vital Stats;

Pattern: Origami Wrap Sweater from Kira K. Designs
Yarn: Artfibers Phyz
Needles: US9 and US7

Frogging away Tuesday, Jun 2 2009 

This weekend, my parents were in town briefly, before heading to Monterey (they’ll be back next week) and I decided that off all the things we could do, a trip to Pinnole to visit ArtFibers was in order.

Yes, I’m shameless. And I needed yarn to finish my Origami Wrap Sweater.

Unfortunately, I found out that due to changes in the dye process, I won’t be able to get a close enough match to knit a second sweater. The only suggestion (other than short sleeves) was to rip it all out and alternate wtih a different color or different yarn. Which I don’t want to do because a) I’m not a huge fan of stripes or stripe-y looking things and b) if I have to rip out the body of this sweater, I swear to god I will cry.

So, short sleeves it is! I admit, I’m not wild about the idea because it’s not usually warm enough here for short sleeve sweaters (and by here, I mean both San Francisco and my freakishly air conditioned office) and I tend to think the long-sleeve shirt under short-sleeve sweater deal looks stupid more often than it looks cute. Especially on me.

But maybe I’ll vacation somewhere warm, or the air conditioning vent above my desk will mysteriously break we’ll have a warm streak. I do want to finish the sweater, and I suppose I can always get more yarn to make a long sleeved version if I really want to. I’ll just make sure to buy a lot extra!

New project: Bulky Cabled Cardigan Wednesday, May 27 2009 

When I said my knitting mojo returned…I meant it. In addition to working on the Origami Wrap cardigan, I also decided to cast on a new project as backup, in the event that I run out of yarn. Since ArtFibers is only open on weekends, and is now in Pinnole, getting more yarn isn’t quite as easy as I’d like.

Bulky Cabled Cardigan

So I cast on for the Bulky Cabled Cardigan from Glampyre. I’ve had this yarn and pattern for a long time, and I’m really excited to finally get started. It’s a quick knit, and I think it will be really cute!

Bulky Cabled Cardigan (detail)

The cables look nice, so far. I had trouble with gauge at first. I got gauge on US13s, but I didn’t like the look of the fabric. So I switched to US11s, and I’m making the medium size rather than the small. I hope that’s enough to compensate!

But my favorite thing about this sweater right now?

It’s not pink.

WIP Wrangling: Origami Wrap Cardigan Monday, May 25 2009 

Amazingly enough for a knitting blog, today I have–actual knitting content! Astonishing, I know. But it seems my knitting mojo has returned with a vengence.

A week or so ago, I dug into my basket of deeply hibernating projects and pulled out my Origami Wrap Cardigan. I love the pattern, but I got a little burnt out after the first few rows. Because the body is knit seamlessly in one piece and it’s a wrap sweater, those first few rows take quite a long time! I think I managed 4 rows in 2 hours at one point.

Origami Wrap Cardigan

But this weekend, I picked it up again and whipped right through the rest of the body. I’m a little concerned about having enough yarn for the sleeves. I’m partially into the first sleeve, and I’m seriously doubting that I’ll have enough to make it through sleeve number two. I’m using Artfibers Phyz, and I’m hoping that Artfibers will have more in a similar dyelot that I can get ahold of if I run out. If all else fails, I suppose I can turn it into a short sleeved sweater, but I’d hate to rip that much out.

I’m not sure where the motivation to work on this came from, exactly. It’s very pink, which is unusual, and it’s a little girlier than my usual style. But given the amount of products involving honey and rose that I’ve bought or thought about buying in the  past three days alone, I’m thinking that this one has Aphrodite’s fingerprints alllll over it.

But hey, at least I’m getting some things finished, right?

FO: Mom’s Secret Cowl Wednesday, May 13 2009 

My Mom finally got to open her birthday present this morning (on her birthday! Between knitting delays and the post office, that’s a rare occcurance!) and that means I finally get to show you one of my secret projects.

Mom's Cowl

It’s another Poinsettia cowl. I love mine, and so did my Mom when she came to visit. I used the Shibui Knits Baby Alpaca DK again; I love the colors, and the yarn is so soft, perfect for wearing against your skin. And I can make a cowl out of one skein with plenty left over, so it’s a great opportunity to knit with a more luxurious yarn that I could normally afford.

I think it turned out reallly well, and Mom seemed to like it too. (Even if it is horribly out of season.) Cowls are definitely a winner.

More secrets..ssshhh! Monday, Mar 16 2009 

I’ve mainly been working on another secret knitting project, so no pictures that might give it away! I will say that both secret projects are pretty quick and fun–always a plus.

On the down side, I don’t think that I’m going to finish my Ostara socks by Ostara. To be honest, I’m not that upset. I really had a hard time finding a pattern, and still wound up not being thrilled with the one I chose. I am, however, reaching the end of my Noro socks; while not complicated, they feature some very spring-y colors so I think perhaps they are meant to be my Ostara socks instead.

Other than that, I’ve been embarking on some spring cleaning. This time I will not stop halfway through! So, if you have any good thoughts to spare, please send them my way–combating clutter has been my (losing) battle for years, but this year I’ve vowed to finally win.

Tarot Card of the Day: Five of Cups

Back on Track (kind of) Tuesday, Mar 10 2009 

I spent most of this past weekened sleeping off my third headache of the week. I guess that’s nature’s way of telling me I needed to take a break.

I did get some spare time to start tackling all my disasters; the cross stitch is fixed, and the Ostara sock is ripped back to a point where I can actually work on it again. Snow White is still in time out, though, while I gather my strength to tackle that.

I also started (yet another) project! This one has a deadline, though, and is a small quick knit. But it’s also a surprise, so I can’t show it to you. But I can give you a hint:

Surprise yarn

It’s going amazingly fast, and I can’t wait to be able to post about it.

Tarot Card of the Day: The Tower

Have some apple, my dear Thursday, Mar 5 2009 

Snow White is in a time out.

It’s for her own good, really. And mine.

Yesterday, I took her to my weekly knitting group at lunch. A group of us sit in the cafe at work and knit once a week–sometimes I’m too busy, but it’s a nice stress reliever midweek, and it guarantees me at least one day of eating lunch away from my desk.

So I knit along, working on the decreases.

Then, I notoiced something. Something bad.

My stitch counts were off. And not just off like, you decreased one too many times off. Off like, you have far too many stitches outside the markers and too few inside them.

I don’t know how this happened. And right now? I don’t care.

I’m putting Snow White to the side. I have my socks, and my cross stitch. Someday, when I’m actually alert, and have a couple of bottles of wine my resolve back, I’ll figure out what the heck is going on here.

In the meantime? Time out for Snow White.

Tarot Card of the Day: Ten of Wands

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