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It’s Always Something

Sadly, it’s not knitting lately. Sorry fans, folks, mavens, lurkers. . . .

This IS a better year than last for many reasons though. I just haven’t been on the needles lately due to derailments in weather, important events, and unfortunate life issues. My FIL died last night. That’s the worst so we’ll be heading out in a few. I’ll take my knitting but don’t know if I’ll have any time or focus. 😦 Sad, and we’ve been ‘waiting’ and praying, but the inevitable happened.

Feb 6 Snomageddon begins

That’s the bad. The good is more of a silver lining after a long arduous and physical trial. If you’re on the East Coast (USA), you already know how much snow was dumped on us in February. My front yard had 48 inches after two back-to-back blizzards. Fortunately, I was up on it with groceries (tp, milk, bread, eggs, tp, milk) and we survived our twelve 24/7 days with the kiddos home, snowed in, and out of school. Shoveling was my mantra for the beginnings of each of the two storms. I got a great cardio workout and my torso felt it!

Still, no time to knit because I was catatonic on the sofa or taking long steam showers or sleeping! Then the laundry (dirty word).

The Olympics teased me on Ravelry.com since many of my ‘imaginary’ friends were competing in the Ravelympics. I’ve been secretly jealous but knew I couldn’t commit. I did seam two shoulders of a sweater that I tried to finish — two summers ago during those Ravelympics (hiding my haid in shame!) heeeeeee

I also SCORED some wollmeise at TLE, so my mojo is cheering for me. . . . . considering it a birthday gift to myself!

Atrium / Lobby Ceiling

The past weekend’s excuse was courtesy of my hubster. He treated me to a ski weekend in Scranton, PA at Sno Mountain and we stayed at the Lackawana Radison (an old but renovated train station).

Me & Hubster

I am now officially 29. and that’s a joke son. . . I’m living my second lifetime now and with strengthened torso and leg muscles (silver lining) from shoveling, we made it through two wonderful days of skiing.

Spa special 😉

Yes, I brought  my knitting, but did I knit? nope. 😉 I don’t think you would either if a jacuzzi was calling your name each evening with champagne and strawberries!! ♥  Well, only one night. We brought wine and had it solo on the second dip. . . . . and of course, we had to watch the skiing and snowboarding and curling (dig the norwegian pants!!). I claim my heritage but not their fashion sense. ;p

I hope you enjoyed this post – sans the knitting. I’m not neglecting it, I’m just on the gerbil wheel of Life Interrupted. Cast one on for me and I’ll be right there with you soon.

All the best-

~antsinthepantsAnneâ„¢

Knit, Seamed, Hot Felted in the Top Loader

The cadences and drum rolls from my son’s Christmas prezzie (drum set) have spurred me to complete another project so that I can finally say the drum roll is for me! Viola, a year long in the waiting (but which project hasn’t been lately)! I’m done. Check mark, notch on the pole, close the pattern binder.

Anne's Norge Slips

Here are my new NorgeSlips from a Drops pattern. I’ve already warned you that Drops writes patterns old-style so you really have to read and reread prior to casting on or continuing to the next section. This was a small and fast project. I say that with a smirk.

The knitting was on larger needles so the Bozo-the-clown finished product had shrinking room. They actually have been seamed since last February (that’s 09 folks). I set them aside to work on other projects and get more felted projects ready before I used so much water and spin for just this – the frugal side said ‘get a load’ or at least more than one project. . .

2009 came and went (and it went out kicking and screaming) but my slippers did not make the trip to the spin dry until this week. I can see where I would like to edit and how I could possibly spot shrink certain parts but for a first effort I’m very happy.

The name I’ve given has a reason. I plan to put puffy paint on the soles so I don’t go sliding or slipping — could be good ab exercise though. I’ll have to rethink that. 😉

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. 😉

What We CAN do

Yes, I know Thanksgiving is over but the spirit of giving of ourselves should never stop.

Case in point is the wonderful slideshow link following. . . My friend Sue is the owner of Lovely Yarns in Hampden in Baltimore City. She’s had the shop for several years and it’s a wonderful place to visit, sit & knit, or just hang out. Her clientele and friends decided to knit 500 hats and give them away! The recipient is a local school each year. Here’s the slide show: http://www.flickr.com/photos/500hatproject/show/

I did not participate – Just had to share and brag up my friend! Last year, I did knit several infant hats for Save the Children’s “Knit One Save One” campaign. It was fast, easy, used up stash, and very fulfilling.   http://www.savethechildren.org/newsroom/2009/caps-KOSO.html

teeny beenies for newborns around the world

Thinking about doing something can give you warm fuzzies, but actually doing it, gives them to someone else! ♥

Knit on dudes & dudettes! ~antsinthepantsAnneâ„¢

Oh the pretty

KADD strikes again!

ABABA scarf

ABABA scarf

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/34Me/ababa—scarf

I also think this would be a great yarn for the IPMW (psst. the pattern to the right)! ♥

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.

~antsinthepantsAnneâ„¢

Mine Hut er hat drei ecken. … humm along!

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

boyera_1a.jpg  boyera_2a.jpg  boyera_3a.jpg  boyera_4a.jpg  boyera_5b.jpg

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. . . .