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March 26, 2007

New project news

Well, thank you all for your very nice comments about my sweater!

What should I do next?

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Well that's what it looked like yesterday afternoon. As of right this minute, it is a neatly wound ball. Yep, I frogged it. I wasn't feeling the love for this sock. You know what I mean? That feeling where you can't stop knitting on it. I got pretty far too with out feeling the love. I think what turned me off was the fit. It didn't. It was too big. So I am starting something new. Don't know what it is yet, but you can be sure you all will be the first to know.

Okay, so while I had like 10 minutes of sunshine, I took some pictures of some pretty handspun. Everyone likes pretty yarn don't they?

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100% Alpaca. What's the yardage? Dunno, What's the weight? dunno. It's just pretty.

Oh and here is the green that I showed last week:

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I still have a lot more to spin. I bought a pound of it. When I say that it just reminds me of going to a deli counter and asking for a pound of olive loaf. Hey! Maybe that is what I should call it! But there is no red in it.....

Posted by beth at 12:08 PM | Comments (14)

March 21, 2007

Hi There!

Guess what?

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Yep! I got it done! I actually finished it up on Sunday, but I didn't have any buttons. Silly me thought I made only 8 button holes, but I made 9 (just like the pattern said) and I only bought 8 buttons. I couldn't get any more because I bought the last 2 on the rack! So I have an odd button on the top. Here is a detail shot:

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Specs:
Pattern: Feminine Puff sleeve cardigan from Fitted Knits (I think that is what it is called)
Yarn: 5 balls of Brunswick Yarns - 100% Monsanto Acrylic (OH MY GOD!!!! Yes, it's 100 % Acrylic - more on that later...)
Needles: US 5 Circular and US 3 Circular

I loved knitting this sweater. Why oh why did I knit it with acrylic yarn? Well, it was in my stash (I had 14 balls of this stuff) I bought the yarn when I was just starting out and I didn't know any better. Actually it isn't bad yarn, but I think I might like this sweater better if I used the yarn called for in the pattern which was Knit Picks Merino I think. That's pretty cheap too. Would I make another one? You bet. I am not sure I love this sweater and it may be the acrylic. The long stretches of stockinette stitch got pretty tedious, but that was okay. Next thing you know I was at the waist shaping. I had some difficulty with Row 17 on the lace panel. I am not sure if it was the pattern or operater error. Probably the second. So I just winged it. I probably would make this a little longer too. I am just not that comfortable showing my belly fat.

Okay, the next picture is quite funny. "D-Rock" my son (his new name) wanted to try the sweater on. Of course I had to take a picture:

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and this too

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He asked me if I was going to put this on my blog.

Silly boy.....

Posted by beth at 12:29 PM | Comments (24)

March 13, 2007

The new sweater

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Yep! As promised, this is a shot of my new sweater in progress. It is none other than the puff sleeve cardigan from Stephanie’s great new book Fitted Knits! I am actually a lot further now. I am at the lace part at the bottom! This sweater is knitting up fast! Woo hoo! New clothes!

Specs later when I am done with the sweater.

Posted by beth at 12:28 PM | Comments (16)

March 09, 2007

I am a busy girl!

Wow! I have been away for a couple days down in NYC and NJ for work. Whenever I go away I try to hit a new yarn store. If I can't get to a new one I try to go to an old favorite.

I tried to get to School Products because they have that fabulous lace merino yarn that is dirt cheap, but sadly I couldn't make it there.

I did however FIND a GREAT yarn store in the town I was staying in. I swear, I can SMELL yarn from a mile away. My friend and coworker had me stay in beautiful downtown Westfield New Jersey. It's a quaint little town smack dab in the middle of New Jersey. Well, I am not one to sit around my hotel room and mope. I like to explore. I found a great little shop called Knit-a-Bit on 66 Elm Street! (Second floor) The owners of the shop were so friendly and nice. This is what I picked up:

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Collinette Jitterbug! It is VERY bright, but that is why I bought it. I went back the next day and picked up the new Rowan magazine too.

If anyone is in that area I would totally recommend the shop. Great yarn! And great poeple. Go buy yarn from them!

I was hoping to show some status shots of the sweater I started, but I will have to do that next week.

over and out.

Posted by beth at 12:33 PM | Comments (14)

March 01, 2007

I don't have a heck of a lot...

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But I thought these pictures of my latest spinning were cool.

I started a sweater.


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Posted by beth at 12:21 PM | Comments (17)