Knitted & Read

My Green Thumb mitts are done!
I feel like I haven’t finished a knit (with the exception of Frida’s Heart) in forever!!

Feels fantastic!

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The yarn is Shelridge Yarns Soft Touch DK. I have a whole skein in brown that I will never, ever, knit. If you want it, holla!

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I’m working on Hetty in these photos. It’s coming along so well. Maybe there is something to swatching after all.

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This is the upper back, nearly complete. After a couple false starts, last night and some ballet class knitting, today. It’s a miracle I got any done at all, as I am absolutely engrossed in a new book series:

The Monstrumologist.

I’m reading book #2 (The Curse of the Wendigo) which I walked clear across Brooklyn to borrow from the library. I couldn’t possibly wait for it to come in on hold, I was nearly done with the first one. There was a tense moment when I couldn’t find it on the shelf….luckily, I didn’t panic and asked the librarian to confirm its location. It was with the SciFi books (not YA, even though it’s a “kids” book).

Close call.

My feet still haven’t forgiven me for that walk, though.

Basquiat, Shibori & Indigo

Quickie sewing.

Basquiat, Shibori & Indigo

A little knitting project bag made with some special indigo shibori dyed fabric.

Basquiat, Shibori & Indigo

With a little Basquiat flavor courtesy of Sharpie ;)

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Thanks to some dance class knitting time, I’m well into mitt number two.

Basquiat, Shibori & Indigo

I’m about to get stuck into another (hopefully) quickie project. The Plaintain tee from Deer & Doe!!

Frida’s Heart for a Friend

My colleagues and I exchanged Secret Santa gifts, yesterday. I was lucky enough to draw the one name of the bunch who I knew EXACTLY what to get! K and I are both HUGE Frida Kahlo fans. We share the same favorite painting, and the tattoo I wanted to get from it (a heart from The Two Fridas) she already has on her chest. What are the odds?!?!?

It’s safe to say that it was DEAD easy to gather up a little package of Frida delights.

Starting with Frida tats!


Rounded out with a set of postcards (of such beautiful quality they’d be perfect to display) and a book of art stickers.
Frida Loot

Art Stickers

Postcards

Finally, at the last minute, I decided that a plush representation of that heart we’re both so drawn to would be just the thing.
Hand Knit Heart

Knitting anything, on limited time no less, was a big gamble as everything I’ve tried lately has turned out wrong. It would appear that the curse is broken!! I’m pretty proud of this thing!! And even more in love with my coworkers after they included a Festivus pole in our party decorations. Just for me :D

Festivus!!!

I’m really fortunate to work with such awesome people! This last year has been so much fun and so rewarding. I’m already looking forward to our next party!

Happy Festivus and Chrismanakwanza to you all!!

Put a Turban on It

I just came across this cute little video over on the Britex blog.

I think the narrator has got the right idea. Spending money is DEAD easy! Lol

I’m trying to get into a groove with my last big spender purchase, my Singer 360 knitting machine, and I keep hitting a wall. It stalled my progress, and will to work with it, until one of the coolest ladies on the interwebs sent me a box of wool-y love.
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Which, of course, made me want to leap right back in the saddle!! And I did.

BUT the same damn thing happened again!! Whenever I swatch or just play around to get the feel of the machine, I’m fine. As soon as I approach the thing with calculations for a project DISASTER!!! It is so fucking frustrating!! As is realizing that more accessories are needed to really do the damn thing the right way. Namely a swift and ball winder. And a blocking board. And a table that is not my sewing table to mount the machine on.

That all will have to wait a while. As there are more class party and fall feast cakes to bake. I also promised my little son a turkey, his brother all the fried chicken he could eat and the girls dance classes. The life of a parent. I embrace it ;) I’ll find my knitting groove in time.

Until then, I vow to get right back at it…

First thing tomorrow.

Now, I’m going to sleep off too much interaction with too many 1st graders and massive amounts of chocolate cake.

What are you doing this weekend?

{Machine} Knit All The Things

Friends!! I (along with the help of my hubby who spoils me, I’m SO lucky) made a dream come true!!

I am the proud, infatuated, new owner of a

KNITTING MACHINE!!

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Not only did I get the machine locally from a Craig’s List seller (so no $100 shipping charge) she accepted $75 less than she initially offered it for AND the machine came along with a crap load of extras! Lace, intarsia and ribber attachments along with a slew of hand tools, cones of yarn to practice on (more than enough to make an actual test garment!) and the seller’s notes and materials from a machine knitting class she took at FIT.

This deal was an absolute SCORE!! I feel even better about it because I missed out on another, not nearly as good (or even in the same universe), local CL offer just last week. Best thing that could have happened!! I was able to get what appears to be a lifetime of collected materials with only two (related: aunt and niece) previous owners who held onto everything and took great care of it all. I could have spent double (and nearly triple if you think of the shipping charges) collecting the same over time. I feel so lucky!!

Even more so because LOOK at what I made after only one week of intense machine knitting related pinning and research & one day of struggling and YouTube-ing and Google-ing (this post in particular was a God send) like a maniac!

A totally excellent swatch!!

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This is 70 rows wide x 100 high and measures 10×7 inches. Shall we ponder how long it would have taken me to hand knit the same at this gauge? lol

And I only have one not-s0-serious-injury to show for it! Though, my back might not be so happy with me in the morning. I need to make some space for my new toy, so my much loved, though little used, vanity table will make its way to Craig’s List and into the life of some one new.

Check out my Pinterest board if you’re in the market for a machine and want to read up!

Knitting Machine

And expect more, MUCH more, knitting content in the future!

Machine deets for the curious:

- Singer Knitting Machine & Carriage Model 360K
- Singer Ribbing Attachment SRP 60N
- YC6 Single & Double Bed Yarn Changer
- Model LC-2 Lace Carriage
- Model AG-20 Intarsia Carriage
- Model SC-3 Automatic Linker

In Bloom

Hubby got me this Amaryllis plant for my birthday.
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That teeny stalk you see there has grown about a foot and a half, with this beautiful bloom sprouting at the top.
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There’s something so miraculous about watching a plant change and grow and bloom, up close.
My short-y goals also continue to bloom, too. The girls’ room got the fall cleaning treatment. Hubby and I DID get to go on our date! And, I nested, away from the computer (!!) with some knitting.
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CABLES!!!
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This is Ysolda’s, Gretel. Worked up in Moda Dea Washable wool that I got in a swap. This hat is difficult enough for me as it is loaded with cables. I was plugging along when I, somehow, had the right number of stitches but the pattern just wasn’t ending the right way.

GRRRRRRR!!

I counted and recounted and then counted again. Nothing. I even went and bought the pdf pattern on Ravelry, which I placed a hold on and borrowed this Stitch and Bitch book to avoid doing, to see if the book pattern was wrong. It ain’t. On my way back to my bedroom, my mistake was suddenly clear. I read P1, K4, P1, but I was knitting P1, K4 over and over. Completely missing that second purl.

DUH!! It’s worse because I’ve made this mistake before. Several times. Whatever. That’s what happens when you knit at 3am while laughing your ass off at RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Ru-vealed special episodes. HILARIOUS! So, Ysolda gets another $6 bucks in her pocket and I can print out the pattern all nice and neat.

I also bought, rather impulsively, this color work pattern a couple weeks ago. I can’t wait to try it out.

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And I was working on a Miette I started a while back. But it has been ripped back, almost to the beginning. It was coming out way too big. I’m sort of out of love with it and want to move onto something else. I really, really like this pattern.

sallycardigan2It’s called Sally. Isn’t it cute? It’s color work AND steeking, which I really want to try. It’s also free and will work with yarn that I already have, so those are definite pluses.

Are you knitting anything?

Yarn It Up

I am REALLY looking forward to fall this year. I was totally a summer person until…I’m not sure. But, this year, I’m jonesin’ for fall. Maybe it’s a combination of back to school shopping, plans for fall cleaning (the kids’ room’s are disaster areas) and the purging of outgrown and worn through clothing. All of that brings on a can’t-wait-for-fall feeling.

So much so, I was digging around in yarn and pursuing my Ravelry queue. The desire to sew always starts to wane at this time of year. I hope to fight it in 2013. Maybe this is a good time to teach myself to work slowly through more complex projects. Things like perfecting fit and making pants(!!!).

But, for now, I’m dreaming of working with yarn. I wanted to start by getting back to Dimbala, which needs a new yarn choice.

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These two are calling out to me. The colors scream warmth and coziness and fall.   IMG_6016_medium2 IMG_6014_medium2 As pretty as the yarn I started with is, the texture and drape are all wrong for that pullover. Which sucks because I knit all of that twisted rib only to find that I hated the way the guage looked in stockinette stitch.

And then, this trifecta of Andi Satterland patterns are DEMANDING my attention.

Chuck

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Miette

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And a CROCHET MASTERPIECE, Elsa!!

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I’ve loved this pattern when I saw the sample on Andi’s blog. I have never crocheted anything larger than a hat, but I pulled the trigger on this purchase immediately. I mean, lookatit! Awesome!

I can’t sew away from home, and even though my commute to work is fairly short (at least my time on the train is) I might be able to squeeze something in during work breaks. And while reading the massive 819TzSEbmkL._SL1500_

MMM.D2 :: More BW&D + Knitting

OK. Day two found me in a much better mood, though not much more rested, than day one. I go through rough sleeping periods and apparently I’m in one. I can’t complain. So many other areas are super awesome right now. I’ll sleep in late Saturday. If I don’t get up to sew, instead.

Today, I ended up in another black, white and denim combo.
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Maybe I need to make some more colorful tops and skirts.
The two blue skirt I’m getting ready to cut out won’t help, lol.
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The amount of black, white and navy blue in my stash isn’t too promising, either.
I did get this awesome penguin fabric in a recent order.

With more white, black and blue fabric. Ahem….I did have on a yellow cardigan for part of the day. That should count!

Speaking of knits, even though I made a promise (to myself) to forgo buying knitting patterns (I have tons of books and mags and not much knitting time), I just bought one.

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This is Dimbala. I love the look of vintage sweaters of this style, but I am not in the mood to decipher and reconfigure a vintage knitting pattern. I don’t have the time, either. I just want to knit. I have a couple of yarn choices, but the perfect one is wool. Not happening in May, so a cotton blend will have to do.

I’m hope joining this knit along will have the same magic affect as the one for Archer.

Till next time, peeps.

Top :: Black & White at The Night Circus Refashioned Lydia
Skirt :: Mini By Hand London Charlotte
Tights :: F21
Shoes :: H&M

Kollaborative Knock Out

Knockout Fingerless Gloves

I picked the absolute PERFECT DAY to photograph my new mitts!!
When I came up from the subway, it was snowing!

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Snow and new mitts go hand-in-hand like….tea and new mitts, lol!
It was nice to wear them to stay warm outdoors and get cozy indoors.
In other words, perfection!

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I have my friends at Kollabora to thank for the yarn and the kick in the ass to knit ;P They get my vote as most awesome online maker community. Not because they send me things, but because they reached out to me personally during hard times last year. And sent me virtual hugs, along with you all, when I really needed them.

They’ve also featured me in their Meet the Maker series! It’s always so hard to talk about yourself….until you get going and realize you’ve written almost a 1000 words in your sleep deprived mania. LOL I’d be embarrassed if I didn’t how awesome everyone on their team is. What can I say, they ask great questions ;p

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Mitts :: Kollabora Knockout Fingerless Gloves
Scarf :: Claudia’s Scarf Pattern (a gift)
Hat :: All Day Beret
Coat :: Banana Republic
Jeans :: Old Navy
Boots :: Target

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I finished a new knit dress.
And I still have two skirts I haven’t shown you all yet.
And I have awards to thank people for.

I’ll be around a lot, it seems.

Stay warm!