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Finishitis

Some knitters have startitis – they want to start a bazillion projects at the same time.  Well, i have the opposite yearning now – I want to finish things.  I’ve been continuing to work on Something Blue, and I have just a little bit more to do.  It may turn into a published pattern if I can figure out the last part (I’m a design as you go kind of gal).

I’m also not doing any charity knitting at the moment.  At the moment, I’m not feeling the blanket mojo for Afghans for Afghans.  I have 11 squares leftover from the spring campaign, and all I need to do is knit one more square.  Not happening.  I have the yarn and the needles in my knitting bag, and it doesn’t get out.

The project I’m very much enjoying is what I’m calling the Madame Matisse Shawl.  It’s almost done, and will probably become a free pattern for personal use.  I am so close to finishing that I can taste it.

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Holiday weekend

I’ve been enjoying this weekend in the local sense. The Bay Bridge in the SF Bay Area has been closed all weekend, and lot’s of the traffic is coming through my neck of the woods. I thought the traffic would be bad this afternoon, as returning SF folks came through, but I visited someone in the hospital and traffic was actually ok.

So, there has been spinning and knitting on the agenda. Something Blue is coming along. I ended up charting a part of the pattern (using a very helpful Knitty article from a few years back). The first attempt at following the chart did not go well – I was at Bluebird hanging out, and it didn’t work. Stuffed it back in the bag, and brought it home to rip back to the lifeline (see, I was smart for a change actually used one!). Second attempt didn’t go well. Second rip. Third time was the charm. Then I decided to use a new-to-me short row technique. I made it up as I went along and it worked!

Here’s what I’ve been spinning – some merino roving that I bought at Monarch Knitting. It’s from South Africa:

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I need to use the other yarn already, and it now strikes me, as it must many other knitters, that there is a stash problem with spinning. It goes like this:

1. When I spin I am not knitting.

2. When I spin, I am making yarn.

Therefore,

3. More yarn is created and enters the stash, making the stash bigger

4. Less yarn is used up by knitting, and the stash doesn’t get cut down.

My conclusion: I need to knit my handspun before spinning more.

And I needed a break from Something Blue, so I bought a lovely skein of hand-dyed Prism sock yarn, which is becoming this:

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I’m calling it a prayer shawl, but I don’t know what I’ll do with it. I started it the way that the Kiri shawl starts, and then just did garter stitch for a while, and am now doing a bit of garter rib for a different texture and some lovely lines. Not sure when I’ll switch to another stitch pattern.

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Something Blue

I’m starting back to bigger projects (although I think I’ll cast on for some socks or a scarf for knitting relief). I’m working on something blue:

BlueJeansSweater1a

More details to follow. It’s something I’m designing, and we’ll see how it works out. Let’s just say that I’m in the “process knitting” mindframe as I work on this. A book that I bought a while ago to help me is Sweater 101 – I highly recommend it!

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Coziness

One of the fun things about knitting is the pleasure of making something quite useful and beautiful. Yesterday, having finished the Brother Amos Socks, I was in a quandry about my knitting. I have someone I know who needs a prayer shawl, but no appropriate quantity for a shawl that I want to make. Then I remembered that I had not replaced my iPod Cozy, and my iPod cords and the like were always falling out of the pocket in my purse. And there was a stray ball of Noro Kuryeon I had bought on sale in my stash. Voila!
iPod Cozy 1a

Pattern for iPod Cozy

This pattern is for a cozy that will hold an iPod Nano 3rd generation, along with a charging cord and earplugs. You can learn a few new things: one of the best provisional cast-ons, knitting in the round, applied I-cord edging, and felting, all without worrying too much about the final product!

Supplies

  • about 40 yards Noro Kuryeon in color of your choice (I used sensuously-named Number 212)
  • circular needles, size 8 or 9 (I used 7s because I knit loosely), long enough for magic looping, or double points in the same size
  • size 10 needles (for I-cord), any kind
  • Darning needles
  • Bag for felting (if done in washing machine)
  • Using smaller needes, cast-on a total of 42 stitches (21 sts on each needle) using Judy’s magic cast-on (go here for the original on Knitty, or here for Cat Bordhi’s excellent video).

    Join and knit in the round for about 6 inches.  Knit to the center of one of the sides of the cozy.  Cut yarn, leaving a tail about 8 inches long.  Cast on 3 new stitches onto left needle.  Work applied I-cord edging using the larger needle  around the top edge in the following way: K2, SSK (using one of the new stitches, and one from the body of the cozy).  Slip the 3 stitches on the right needle back onto to the left needle.  Pull yarn tight, and repeat the row until all the stitches have been used up.  For the next row, put the 3 sts back on the left needle, K2, slip the next stitch as if to knit, then pick up a stitch from under the first part of the I-cord, then perform the SSK.

    Now, continue making plain ol’ I-Cord for until the I-Cord reaches to the bottom of the cozy without stretching. Cut yarn, pull yarn through the loops.  Now make a loop for a button (make it bigger than you think you’ll need because felting makes it smaller), and sew the end to the I-cord securely.

    Go back to the top back of the cozy, and with extra yarn, tighten up anything that needs to be corrected, sewing in ends.

    Felt as you wish, some good direction here.  Sew on button.

    IPod Cozy 1b