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Cold, collar and contagion

In knitting, stash busting on January 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

It’s the 3rd day in the new year and the north east has been inundated with snow. From what I can tell, (of course, from my window because I surely was not going outside) we have between 6″-10″ and it’s 10 degrees. It is freezing and for once, I’m glad to be in my bed!

On this day, I woke up feeling sick; sneezing and congested, later on with a headache. Most certainly an uncomfortable feeling. So most of the day I’ve been in and out of sleep and re-watching episodes of Fringe. Despite not feeling well, I have enjoyed this time just resting.

My plan for today, prior to this contagion (well, not quite) was to work on Hettie’s collar. So sick or not, that is exactly what I did. I managed to pick up the stitches and almost completed the collar…and it didn’t take as long as I thought. Admittedly, I had a problem with the picking up stitches instructions; it was my own problem in over thinking this simple task. I always do this with simple projects and I’m not sure why…I never have this problem with more complex patterns.


I’m re-thinking the yarn selection (it’s not like I’m changing it anyway) as this reminds me of mohair because it sheds some. I think I would have preferred a smoother yarn like Cascade 220. Oh well. This is still a great sweater and I can’t wait to wear it!

Hettie revisited

In knitting, stash busting on January 1, 2014 at 7:08 pm

After part of my thumb was chopped off in October 2013 I felt some despair and my knitting came to a halt momentarily. I was working on my Fall project at the time of this incident.

The pain dissipated; my thumb healed and the knitting resumed. I knit the 2 sleeves together and I blocked all the pieces. And though the pieces had been blocked, I did not touch Hettie after that as I said I would here.

I think it just reminded me of the anguish I felt during the second week into the third of October. Many bad things happened consecutively… I thought I was ready in November, but maybe I lied to myself.

I’ve gotten over most of those events and on 12.31.13, I decided to resume my Fall project, Hettie. I rather quickly seamed the fronts to the back at the shoulder and side. It took about 2 hours to seam 1 sleeve…. I know, I know, but I’m meticulous like that.

So here’s my Hettie thus far, all in a days work…





Of course you know I tried it on and it’s a good fit!

The next steps? Well, I have a serious yarn shortage ( I only have 4 skeins and some left…approximately 440 yards) and you know ribbing eats yardage like nobody’s business… Soooo, I need to work quickly in doing the ribbing for the fronts first, then the skirt and of course seam the left sleeve so I can guesstimate how much more yarn to purchase.

Fall project update

In knitting on November 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm

My drama with Tilted Duster.

There is not enough yarn so I have to construct this differently. Backs and fronts complete and will be seamed. Sleeves are done (of course 2 at a time and one size up than the body). The next course of business is the collar and finally the skirt…in that order.

You all know I hurt my thumb, so I wasn’t able to pin and block it for sometime. Now, my thumb is much better and is actually growing back. I’m shooting for the weekend to block it so I can move forward.


There has been about a months hiatus, but I’m ready to get back on the horse.

Photo Challenge Day 4 and 5

In community challenges, crochet, knitting on October 5, 2013 at 6:52 am

Day 4: Light
No filter photo of needle holder.


Day 5: Tape measure

I got this at VKL NYC this year for free. I use this all the time and it’s usually in my toolbox.


This is a sleeve of my Tilted Duster, my fall project.

Fall project

In knitting on September 7, 2013 at 12:33 am


In speaking with my cousin’s fiance,a non-yarny person, the light bulb clicked on and my fall sweater was identified… And it couldn’t be simpler; it’s Directional Rib from Knit and Crochet Now! show (on PBS, it’s back!).

As I spoke with her about yarn and different weights, my stash flashed across my eyes and … BOOM… Patons Soy Wool! It’s in my stash (in abundant quantities -1100yds). It’s aran weight and the gauge on 9’s are 17s x 21r. I actually forgot about this yarn! Take a look (just a note, this yarn is discontinued).

Clockwise from top left: 1100 yds, 770 yds, 300 yds, and 880 yds.

So, I thought to myself, I can use this! It’s a little heavier than required by the pattern, but I think I can use it.

However, when I checked the yardage I was really short…by a lot (660 yds). And I was also really disappointed. So, although I want this to be my project, it can’t be. If I could buy more yarn it probably could be, but that’s not an option. Unless I make the smallest size or a couple sizes down from the one I was planning on making? The gauge this sweater requires is 22s x 26r in 2×2 unstretched rib on a size 7.

My next choice is Tilted Duster but again, I was short in yardage, but not really a lot (118 yds). I figured for this I could just maybe shorten the skirt and maybe the sleeves or modifying one or the other? That way I wouldn’t have to purchase more yarn. The gauge on this is 17s x 21r on 10’s. What do think about this logic?

I also absolutely love Turkana that I’ll probably treat myself to for Christmas or thereabouts. I was thinking if I didn’t wait until then and use the Soy Wool, I could make it is the smallest size,no? The weight yarn required for Turkana is fingering…Alot of fingering (2450 yds). This piece is supposed to be drapey. Will my aran weight yarn take that away i.e. yardage needed? Will my yardage be enough?

I was even contemplating the Granny Hoodie, but because my yardage is so limited, I think it would be best suited to knitting with. It is in my queue though.

My final choice? I don’t know. I think the best place to start will be a gauge swatch. Or check Ravelry some more; my library, my queue and free patterns. I think if anything, I will go with The Tilted Duster. The gauge is already there and the modifications are (should be) simple enough.

Yes, I think that Tilted Duster is it.

Do you have any suggestions that wouldn’t require all this drama? Something with stripes?

NEVER posted before by me or any blogger (as far as I know)…I have braved posting my measurements so you see what I’m working with.
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