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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. 😉

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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. . . .

Will Enter Will Hope and May be Published . . . .

Got a personal (well group mail) message from Annie Modesitt because we’re ‘Friends’ on Ravelry.com. She’s modeknit there. She is leading a contest and request for submissions for http://1000fabulousknithats.com/ and is looking for photos of inspired designs, original designs, and pictures of anyone else’s designs that were done well. The deadline is July 1 though. DSCF3715I’m going to re-photo my baby hats but my kids are too big now. If you see a crazed redhead lurking after babies, you’ll know it’s me. heeeeeee! Also working on a new design, so this is my chance for publication in a book! So Cool. You never know when a knitter will make your day. ;D

~antsinthepantsAnne™

30 Rounds

This is progress! I’m getting through a petal pattern by Ysolda called Rose Red. Of course, I’m calling mine Rose Black. Can you see why?30 rows It’s a commission that I said I would do for a friend. I’m not a beret person and she is – big time! She also said she’d like it in black but she cannot define the stitches as well without color, so thus the request. It’s a pretty pattern. I am also designing some fingerless mitts to be knit in the same yarn to match. They are designed, and one is complete. I just need to finish the other, write up the pattern for posting, and finish this beret to send. Not too much to ask one would think. . . . . after 5 months. Eeeeeek.

The best news off the needles – pun intended – is that my clapotis is DONE!!!! I have some casual pics but forgot to have my hubby take one with my wedding guest attire. clapotis 2Clapotis 1Maybe I’ll have to pose again in the correct clothing. Maybe not. . . . It was a beach wedding and very windy! The clap took from Jan 1 to May 14 – with weaving in of ends and steam blocking on May 16. I’ll consider the earlier date the final. 😉

Now, to boogie through this beret and on to finish the large size of the Infinity Peacocks Moebius Wrap that I’ve been promising. I have one excited pattern purchaser who is busy knitting away and will update me with her progress. I’d love to hear from any others, as I will diligently post any findings on the errata page here.

Azalea at homeBTW, I’m a fast knitter when not encumbered by LIFE! It’s been a busy Spring with schools, events, surprises, and involvement in several venues. I hope to balance out by June. Only time will tell. . . . . . . . and on to round 31.

Putting out fires without getting singed – or losing my muse (oh, I meant mind)

  • A rainbow of colors in my SABLE (stash aquisition beyond life expectancy)
  • About 8 projects on the needles in various stages of completion
  • Three commissioned projects with thankfully no deadlines
  • Four or five knitting patterns requiring a write up and formatting to post to ravelry.com for sale
  • Oodles of post-its marking patterns in books and magazines. . . . my at-home queue. It does not rival my ravelry.com queue or my computer file queue. I just love ‘shopping’ and imagining.

I’m a kid in a candy store of virtual knitting bliss.

In reality, it’s all vegetables and whole grains with a bit of grit on the side. LIFE has put my knitting into low gear. I won’t be Eeyore and go into detail here. I’m just missing my blog and all the plans I have for it. . . . . Hopefully you all understand and are patient with me. Keep checking back! Life does move on, and I’m sure I and my family will get through it. ♥

I think an issue of the newest Vogue Knitting is in order to salve my worries, yes?

What next?

It’s time to get back to my inborn need to create. I’ve created three beautiful children. I’ve created marvelous commercial spaces. I’ve created fun and utilitarian art and objects. My entreprenurial spirit is thrumming the chords again. I wonder where it will take me now . . .

Blast from My Past

Blast from My Past