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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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Explorations

 Christopher Columbus was not the first ‘European’ on our American soils. I’m convinced. I believe the History Channel’s query into the St. Claire’s visitations to Nova Scotia and further South regions. I believe their explanations about Bjarni Herjólfsson then later, Leif Erikson and his expeditions to ‘Vinland’ which turned out to be a departure from their ‘home’ base in Nova Scotia or Labrador. I am after all a half-blood Norwegian, so must support my Viking brothers / ancestors! (Uff Da)

I too have had visits to a base camp with excursions outward to explore and discover. My first pattern, the Infinity Peacock Moebius Wrap was a compilation of my experience with a lace shawl, a Cat Bordi felted moebius bowl, and a knitter’s stitch dictionary. I love trying new things and sometimes the spark of combination makes something work – mostly beginners luck . . . . with just a shake of experience.

However, after the thrill of victory wears off, the continued effort to hone the craft continues. I’m trying to become a knitting designer of sorts. I’m not going to a design school, although I’ve had training architecturally and in business. I’m discovering the craft from the inside out. I’m relearning what I’ve taught myself (since I was about 4 or 5 years old). There is no school, but there are an abundance of classes, retreats, LYSs, books, online sources, and my favorite: http://www.ravelry.com. I’ve mostly relied on the last four. I have yet to take a knitting class or attend a stitch-and-bitch (knit night) but am game once I set aside the juggling act I call a family.

My current angst is that of an explorer run aground. I am working on sizing for my IPMW mentioned above. Since I have little experience as a pattern converter, I decided to do my own footwork. Just because. It’s the explorer and unpuzzler in me.

I ‘explored’ the adjustment of cast-on stitches with a guesstimate. Utilizing Cat Bordi seemed like plagurizing since her moebius works are so famous. I wanted this to be my own design and avoid any shades of copyright violations. Even doing simple math was difficult with guage due to the doubled nature of the moebius knit. I bow to Cat for her amazing fortitude to figure out what to do and how to do it! Nevertheless, I boldly went where many have gone before and blindly guessed the cast on.

unsoaked and unblocked

I completed my IPMW for the size Large. I tried it on. Two of me could have fit inside prior to soaking and blocking. I’m a medium and had planned for a friend to fit and model. What had I done?!!! Two months (granted, not continuous) of knitting gone awry! Well, at least I knew that just one skein of covetous wollmeise would work for an extra large! 😉 I decided to soak and block anyway to see how it affected the fit.

Stay tuned . . . . . Will it block out to fit? Will she have to undo the entire skein and reknit it? Holy cat hair Batman! What will she do????? ACK!!!! 😉

Stay tuned . . . . . She may find a way, she may devine the muse, she may commit hari kari (never), but she won’t give up! Step by step, crawl by crawl, stretch by stretch, yearning by yearning . . . . . this is getting sick.

Just come back and see. I’ll have to carve a marker like the St. Claires did or leave behind some earthenware as Leif and his clan did to prove my prowess —- or tom-foolery.

Don’t worry. I have to come back. I’m aground and need the deep waters!

Happy New Year and First FO of the year

Yes, I’ve completed my belated Christmas prezzie for a friend. It’s the only knitted gift I made this year. I’m busy waiting (oxymoron – remember Jumbo Shrimp?) for it to dry after it’s luxury first soaking! Then wrapping and presenting. I have no doubt my friend will like it. I want one for myself now. Perhaps a different colorway – just because.

My ravelry page for the project has over 600 hits now! I’m sure many of you were curious as to how it knit up. I loved the color changes. I didn’t like the lace weight but dealt with it and persevered the cramped hands (at times) for the final wonderful product. It was worth finishing.

Now, on to finish a few very important projects that have been too long on the needles. I’m focusing on wraps and sweaters this winter. The Winter Olympics are not far off. I hope to have at least two of the four or five completed by the time the torch is extinguished. It’s a goal at least. ♥

After that (probably during – I’m incurable), I plan to cast on several socks I want to do as well as other small quick projects. Oh, and there is the felting that I still haven’t done for some booties, bags, moebius bowl, and a small purse. Maybe 2010 will be the year to finish what I’ve left undone. Sure would feel good! I think I’ve created my first resolution. . . let’s see if this time I can keep it!

Good luck with all of your own projects – whether knitted or not! But, don’t tie yourself up in knots if you don’t cross the finish line on them all! Just enjoy what you’re doing.

~antsinthepantsAnne

Popsicle Toes iz always Froze.

Yes, I wear socks to bed year round. My feets are COLD! Can’t help that. I can wear sandals all day in the summer but bedtime calls for comfort and warmer than body temp. If you have access to some ‘old’ music. Check out Michael Franks : Popsicle Toes. Cute and nice harmonics.

Two completed Summer Sox

Two completed Summer Sox

Finished are the Cookie A. Summer Sox that were offered as a free pattern. I used a German sock yarn purchased about a decade ago in Michigan – during a ski trip. Finally am using some of my Stash. . . . It’s superwash and multi colored, albeit pastels. Some of you don’t like that, but for me, it suited the pattern name – being cooler colors, and since it was a wool, that cancelled out my concern about knitting wools in the summer! Don’t even ask how this mind works!!! I just knew I’d wear them.

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katchen euphoria

Apparently, my cats like them too. Wool fiends. They take them off the bed and drag them around like a mother cat with a kitten by the scruff. Too funny. I find the socks in the living room when I’m home again. . . . not where I left them!

I did not block them but put them on just as soon as the last kitchner was done and ends all woven in. I’ve worn them many times and washed them too in the washing machine (sacriledge!!!) because they were super wash woolens. They are only slightly fuzzier and the pattern still shines through. Just the sock for my feetsies year round under the covers!

Oh, and I WILL wear them around without the cover of sheets. Just look down at my feet someday this Fall or Winter. You’ll see them! I’m happy to show off. They were fun. 😉

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. . . .

Tis Better to Gift than to Receive

mitt  malabrigo lime

mitt malabrigo lime

After lingering on Etsy during these warmer months, I made a well designated decision to gift two pair of fingerless gloves to some lifelong friends. One is my college roommate (not the dorm, but several rentals) and the other is her husband.

Jay

Jay

 

 

 

We reconnected with Jay at least when he drove through with his son on the way to a Summer stint with the Student Conservation Corps.

many finger tubes

many finger tubes

I wouldn’t knit a boyfriend a sweater unless it was LOVE, but fingerless gloves for a couple of great friends, that’s worth doing. 😉 I can always make more, and my selling record has been good – if the item has been seasonal. Working on more for the Fall as well as hopefully getting more off the ground that I’ve planned in other venues. Jay said they would certainly use them.
Hemp Hands

Hemp Hands

 

It doesn’t matter the hardships now. My sense of giving has not diminished and in many ways that is a gift in itself. ♥

Now, if I could just clone myself!

Success is Progressive

No, I don't knit on my head!

No, I don't knit on my head!

No matter how you tout your accomplishments, nothing feels as good as finishing a knitting project and knowing you won’t have to pick up those needles again.

I finished the Rose Red beret and wove in the ends. Now I need to squeeze in some time to lightly wash and block it — on a plate!

No worries, I’m finding my mojo and will be finishing a few more soon, I hope. And, having knitters ADD, I will probably start about 5 more before I get done with one. Those needles don’t stay fallow very long do they?

Finished but unblocked
Finished but unblocked
Band turned under. Finished but unblocked.
Band turned under. Finished but unblocked.