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November 30, 2007

Wow 3 in one week!

Can you stand it? Probably not.

But I think you will stand this. As most of you know, I fell in love with the Calorimetry pattern from the Knitty Winter 06 issue. Why it took me so long to fall in love, I dunno. I am always on the look out for a cute, quick pattern to make for my girl friends for Christmas. Usually I keep mum about it until after they have received them. But I don't care this year. (sorry girls - I know not ALL of you read here..)


I am sure many of you have noticed that this pattern (which is VERY well written) is a teesy bit big for the average mellon.

A visual please:

too big2.jpg

What? Did you expect me to model it? Not a chance. The bottom one was done following the instructions exactly. The top one was done with fewer stitches. Just so you don't think this is an optical illusion, here is a different shot:

too big1.jpg

Now, some of you good people out there may need the bigger size. I know of one of my girl friends that this will work for. She doesn't have a big head, just a lot of hair. For me the bigger size didn't work. So a little early gift to you are my mods for this:

Cast on 100 stitches, repeat row 5 - 11 times more (40 sts between markers and 30 sts at each end) then repeat row 7 - 13 times more.

I forgot to mention that I used US size 6 needles. I guess that would help huh?

This is a much better fit for us more small headed gals.

Up next: I will finally reveal my holiday exchange project for my guild! (It's sweet)

Posted by beth at 12:32 PM | Comments (8)

November 28, 2007

Operator Error

So Do you wanna hear about my stinker? That sounds a bit obscene...
Well perhaps I should show it first:


Is this not the ugliest thing you have ever seen? Look away if you must. I understand.

I guess I need to explain. These are the Target Wave Mittens from Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan. These are AWESOME mittens. I am totally not putting down the pattern. OH NO! It is a great pattern. I am totally blaming this on operator error. And the yarn. I am trying to use up the Vanna's Choice yarn that I have left over from the Mosaic Mitts. (I will probably be using it up by making another pair of those...) These just look miserable! I am not even going to fix this or make another pair. I didn't explain what I am not happy about with this mitten. See the thumb and how "bunchy" it looks? Also there isn't a smooth line from the rings at the top to the start of the rings of the thumb. It just looks sloppy. Sigh.....

How about an up close shot of how pathetic it really looks:

up close stinker.jpg

**** UPDATE******

Paul hit the nail on the head. The thumb totally looks like a cow's utter! Thanks Paul!

Well I guess we can't all have a winner everytime right? These are going in the "ugh" catagory in Ravelry.

Next up: More Calorimetry's and I will share with you how I figured out how to make this SMALLER!

Posted by beth at 12:07 PM | Comments (12)

November 26, 2007

Holy Crap dot com!



I borrowed my Dad's camera and took a lot of pictures. I will have blog fodder for the next couple of days.

I finished my Mosaic Mitts! (a while ago....)

mosaic mitts 2.jpg

I really like how these came out.
Pattern from Interweave Knits Holiday 2006 - Mosaic Mitts
Yarn: Vanna's Choice - Lion Brand 100% Acrylic
Needles: US 4 DPN's

I think I would make these a little shorter than the pattern called for. They end almost to the end of my middle finger. I would make the thumb shorter too. But these will make a good Christmas gift. I know someone with long hands....

Here is another nice shot

mosaic mitts 1.jpg

I think a good blocking is in order though...

Next up: I have a total stinker of a mitten! I HATE IT! And I can't wait to share.

Posted by beth at 12:54 PM | Comments (15)

November 09, 2007

Too many fingers in the pot

Is that how the saying goes?

As usual, I have many projects going at once. My other mitt is this far along


I can't believe that these aren't done yet. Of course if I didn't start other projects then I would have them done right? Oh but that is boring. Well to me that is...

I was supposed to meet up with a couple of other bloggers this weekend for "Steek Fest". What is that? Well steeking is a technique used in Fairisle knitting where you cut the fabric to add sleeves or other such things. Lauren was going to be the gracious host (she still is...it just was postponed) and Carla and I were going to drive down. We are all a little afraid of cutting our knitted pieces so we were going to start small and knit this teddy bear sweater. I kind of panicked on Tuesday when I didn't have anything started yet. So I immediately started. I have the body of the sweater done and still have the sleeves to go:


I really like this fairisle thing! I forgot how much fun it is! So anyway we had to postpone (due to me) and we will be getting together soon and steeking (sounds naughty....)

I also am working on my super secret project for my gift exchange in my spinning guild. This is all I will show:

guild project.jpg

fun fun!!!

Posted by beth at 12:33 PM | Comments (5)

November 05, 2007

Flurry of activity

I love it when I can't decide what to work on first! Means I am out of a slump. Which I don't think I ever was really in....


I finished up a mosaic mitt this weekend and started the other one:


I am thinking for my next pair of modifying the pattern as it is way to long in the hand. I mean I might as well make it a mitten! I think the author has very long fingers.... I know someone with very long fingers.... perhaps this will be a gift!

I also had to wip out a Calorimetry for my friend Carol at work. It's her birthday today and she loves it. I gave her the orange, blue, green one:


I have already frogged the red, pink, purple one as I dropped a stitch. CRAP. I can't tell you enough how much I love this pattern! This is one of the quickest things to knit and they are cute!

Posted by beth at 12:41 PM | Comments (8)