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Finished and Not Surprised

As I’d expected after binding off. This is not a Large size but an Extra Large size!

Infinity Peacocks Moebius Wrap

The photos show off the knitting but my friend is a Large  and the fit is a bit drapey. We decided that a circumference of 44-46 inches was required, so ladies, if you want to drape a measuring tape around your arms (i.e. really – around your arms) and take your measure. I’d expect a 48″ circumference could work too. The ‘bias’ stretch of this goes wider since the lace pattern is width-wise. Blocking was interesting too. I had to half dry then reposition so that the ‘length’ was readjusted and stretched tall. It worked fortunately.

Pattern up and down across the back. Nice juxtaposition.

Now, since I cannot wear this – and I borrowed some matching alpaca to finish the i-cord bind off (short by 14 inches) – I’m going to frog (GASP) and reknit in my intended size. This color is just too precious to give away!

These adjusted measurements will be added soon to the addendums and adjusted on the pattern so those of you who have already purchased should (as I understand ravelry’s workings) receive an email to your original address. . . . or you can just re-download because once you’ve purchased, you are allowed to (but just you. Please respect the designer).

If you are an Extra Large size, the wollmeise fingering will work with just one skein. You just won’t have enough for the i-cord bind off, so either use a contrasting yarn for that or do a simpler bind off – which is not as finished looking.

I hope that satisfys any questions and unknowns. It’s a great pattern. Had I just knit without distraction I could’ve been done in about a week or two. Switching yarns (see older post), and working around family and work/out-of-work schedules made this a year too long. Let me know what you think.

I’m looking forward to having my own finally in my size. 😉

Peek-a-boo Progress

Here’s where I am on my Texas Toasty Drops sweater. . . .

 

 

 

It’s such a nice feel. No wonder I have no trouble picking it up. I’m on the increase/decrease shaping now. Drops is not the easiest to understand but I’m figuring it out. They write like the old patterns and one needs to be constantly aware of where in the pattern a button hole must be placed, or how many inches / centimeters have been knit. Keeps me on my toes!

~antsinthepantsAnne™

A Rare Day in Multi-tasking Land

Yesterday eclipsed my largest daily amount of progress on knitted projects. I don’t count my stitches or rows or number of do-overs / tinking. But, after seeing a Facebook status from a knitting/dying friend asking what everyone’s average stitch count per day is, I sat back and thought, “Hey! Yesterday I did more than ever before !” Timely. 😉

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Infinity Peacocks Moebius Wrap

On my own pattern in the Large size that I’ve planned to finish by Turkey day, I completed the 2nd of three sections. I’m on the home stretch. It’s over 500 stitches per row in a moebius loop (never ending!!). Per my previous post, you’ll note that the other yarn I’d been knitting was not magic, and was not inspiring, and was just NOT. I’m flying through and you can see my progress on my ravelry.com project page. I’m 34me there, and here’s the link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/34Me/infinity-peacocks-moebius-wrap-2

Recently too, within the past two weeks, I helped another knitter friend destash (yes, I was enabled) so she could pay a kitteh vet bill. We’ve become very close online – some may feel that’s weird, but we chat quite a bit and yes, we’ve become good friends. One day, we WILL meet IRL (in real life).

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colorway: flan

I ‘rescued’ 1500 yards of Texas Toasty in Flan from her. Luscious and so soft. She even sent me cardigan patterns! I had searched too while waiting for USPS to deliver the goods and found a great Drops pattern that I’d decided I liked best, even after review of the freebies sent. I’ll reserve one of those – or two – for later.

When the yarny goodness arrived, I’d set it aside thinking it would one day be a great cardigan; much like many other stash items in my SABLE. That’s on the verge of three lifetimes at present.

I’d also wound two of the three skeins. Still swiftless, I just sit cross legged and hand wind. I love the feel and having the drape of the skein on my knees is just like a warm hug. The entire process is very cathartic.

Last night, while watching Sci-Fi channel (I’m a maven but cannot let my hands be idle), I knit away on my IPMW. Dinner break and kiddo pick-ups were minor but necessary interruptions but I got a rhythm. And it was good.

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I got guage!

The Flan balls were in my line of sight, and I began to wonder if I should. . . . . I found the circular needles in the correct size, and knitted a guage swatch. I made guage the first try! I’m saving it for perpetuity . . . or at least until I need that bit for seaming. . . It may be close!  Not deterred by the 12 or so projects still on needles (yes, really), I pulled a new ball and started casting on the 264 stitches to start the ribbing. One d0-over later and the correct amount of yarn tail, I had success and began the K2P2 ribs.

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Future Cardigan in Flan

I probably knit 5000 stitches in all yesterday, and not one was wasted or rushed or disliked. It was all about the great balancing act of remaining active and interested! I love this craft. ♥

Today however is a new day and many other things on my plate. Here’s hoping you get as  much or more done on your list so your knitting time gets into your schedule too!

~antsinthepantsAnne™

I’m IN

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Noveau Intarsia Baby Cap

At least, according to the email I received from Annie Modesitt, I am ‘IN’ her new 1000 Fabulous Hats book! It’s being compiled to be published as we speak. I entered several pillbox style knitted baby/kiddo caps that I”d knitted over the years.

The one here is brand spankin’ new and I designed it ‘specially for this. Because I could. 😉

It’s unblocked and a rushed photo session to meed the summer deadline, but it’s still a fine cotton hat.

I’m getting the pattern written up and kinks out of it so you can make it too. It will be my second for sale here and on Ravelry.com so stay tuned. I’m excited!!!

Any suggestions on a pattern price? I was thinking $4 or $5 as a download, but would love to hear some input. Hey, it’s only my second pattern for sale, and other than my own research on other patterns for sale, those of you who may be interested could help me out! Comments welcomed.

~Anne

Out With The Old In With The New

There comes a time when one must regear. The mojo really kicks in and the same old same old is just not good enough. I’ve had it. I mean, The time came! Maybe it was due to daylight savings time and giving me that extra hour? Hmmm. Just thought of that one. . . . but I really think it had more to do with finally getting an exhaust fan installed in our only bathroom. 😉

 Anyway. Non-sequetors aside . . . My master bedroom has needed storage AND completion since we moved in 17.7 years ago. The carpet and paint were new then. They are not now. The arrangement changed once from the bed on one wall to another. This time, I’ve wrapped my head around how it really would work best, and the bed will now be on a different wall altogether.

I guess working, raising kids, tending home and hearth, and working, raising kids, laundry, working, raising kids . . . . . didn’t give me much time to consider the Interior Design of my personal abode. AND this was once my profession!!! A sad state of affairs for one so young. heeeee. Oh, did I mention dimentia from raising kids? . . . .

I’m debating showing you any of the sorted (sordid) mess, but maybe just the great amount of paper recycling I’ve amassed for next Tuesday’s pick up!! Yikes. I feel like the hermit who stacked WSJ’s up to the ceiling in all rooms. Nope, just kid papers, PTA stuff, Church stuff, magazines, and old mail I thought I’d get back to. . . . nothing important. Thus the mega amount of grocery sacks!!

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mucho recyclo

The before pics of the room may be forthcoming later — but only after I’ve finished. It’s just too embarassing! The paper goes to the back porch tonight to make room in our kitchen. We’ve gotta eat!

Also (now for the knitting portion), I’ve disembarked (removed from the needles but not yet frogged) one of my knitting projects that had been languishing on an extrodinarily long set of circular needles for an extrodinarily LONG amount of time. It’s in an extra large ziplock now awaiting sentancing.

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methinks . . . no more acrylic . . .

I thought I liked the colors. It IS in my personal pattern and has been a necessary project so I can test-fit another size for addendum to my loyal (so far) fans. I just kept getting snagged — on the partial acrylic fiber made-into-chain-stitch yarn doubled-with-a-boucle. . . . it seemed like an adventure I’d wanted to take on. The color IS good and would be a nice casual blue-jean match. The darn thing just wasn’t working for me. It took me 10 months to figure this out! I guess I am a natural fibers snob. Hmmmph

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Nibble Nibble

What if, I thought just yesterday, I made it in WOLLEMEISE???? For any of you who have not heard of this covetous fiber, you can just forget I said anything. . . . more for me on the next sneak up! But what a difference!! I’ve whipped through about an inch of over 500 stitches – about 8 rows, just today. I’m in love. I may finish tomorrow! My cat loves it too – the wool fiend, Twister, aptly named for her tail; but l like that her fetish is twists of wool too.

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Gettin down wit da wollemeise

I’m using ‘Pillars of Fire’ as my choice of colorway. I had one skein and it will be just enough for my size Large pattern. For those of you wondering out there in ‘When is she ever going to post erratta or addendums’ land, I’ve added 48 MCO (moebius cast on stitches) which means a total of 96 in moebius land. I’ve also been writing on post-its with some minor clarifications and notes. I think the pattern is pretty sound as is, but tweaks will probably be added.

Posted I will keep you (channeling Yoda) with my bedroom and IPMW (that’s my pattern for sale up there and the co-actor of this performance) progress. I think they will both snowball and I’ll be into paint buckets and onto new needles by Turkey Day! I’ll probably be into more mischief too. There’s just no telling and one needs to use up ALL the mojo quickly just in case it decides to go to the Caymans without notice.

Now on to dinner and warming up some New England Clam Chowder! Knit on dudes and dudettes and cancel that mojo’s passport!!!  Calling the hubster now for a pick up of my fave libation. . . .

Fave libation

Easy on the eyes & stomach!

~ants(back)inthepantsAnne™

Variation of a pattern and the challenges I’ve caused for myself

I told you earlier I had knitter’s ADD (KADD)!

summer_2009_smallA few weeks ago, I was in Borders just browsing and couldn’t help but look at what was on the knitting mag rack. Knitter’s magazine #95, Summer 09 was shouting out ‘Buy Me! Buy Me!’

My ears are attuned to all things yarny and knitterly. ;D I sat at the back with a coffee shake and browsed from cover to cover but kept coming back to the pink caplet on the front cover. Purchased the mag. Done.

I just HAD to try it. The pattern was wonderful, but PINK? not. I decided to raid my stash and discover if I could use something up. After all, I”ve got to go into the next karmic level to use it all. I found some great variagated wool that I believe Mom gave me, and also some great teal yarn. . . . which turned out to be orlon. Selection made. Done.

The colors worked so well together I couldn’t not use them together to make the guage worDSCF7849k. The pattern called for Super Bulky. My challenge had begun. Blending NOT pink yarns of different fibers. Done.

Now, having KADD, there were no longer any circulars available and I didn’t want to drive out just for that. I found my US 13 straights and made a mental note to get something off the needles (yeah right) or purchase what I needed later for the shoulders portion of the pattern. Done.

Not one to follow exactly all of the pattern all of the time, I decided to add another cable. I thought I could use the coverage! I’m not that big, but the length needed to be just a titsch longer. . . Done.

I figured out the charting and got about 12 inches knit. Wow, love how fast a larger needle makes the progress appear! I’ve picked up and set down several times in between other projects. It’s a fun one. I’m not ready to figure out the shoulders. Have to graft the base first whenever I complete it: 44″ circumference may take awhile. But have theorized a potential color/yarn change for the shoulders as well as a split collar I can use a shawl pin on too. Still processing those ideas, so NOT done. . . . yet.

On to ravelry.com to post my project on my personal project pages. What? The pattern was so new, no one had written up a page for reference. I decided to do as requested and quoted the magazine’s descriptions and specifications, but left the photo blank. Afterall, the picture was from the magazine, and mine was not pink! But, Pattern reference: Done.

DSCF7847Just the other day (July 20) I got a message in my ravelry mail that they wanted to use one of my progress pics for the photo on the main pattern page! WHOOT. That’s so cool. I”m hitting landmarks this year. ;D

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hott-pink-shrug

Can you say – crazy? I say designer. But making beauty out of knots has always been fun for me. I’ll keep you posted. My challenges keep me hopping but life could be very vanilla otherwise. ♥ Maybe by sometime in September or October I can repost and officially say: DONE!

Keep on knitting dudes/dudettes.

~antsinthepantsAnne™

Mine Hut er hat drei ecken. … humm along!

Just kidding. An old German song I learned in 2nd grade.  

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Here are the hats I entered . . . . .  . the pics are not professional and quickly staged, so pardon me for that. The deadline was fast and furious. 😉

 

 

And now, I’ll be singing in German all day too. It’s called guerilla song plants. heeeee. Let me know if you caught it too. . . .