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(no subject) [Apr. 13th, 2006|11:42 am]

In the sidebar of this blog is a stash spreadsheet.
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Create It [Mar. 13th, 2006|09:31 pm]
What do I do when I can't find a pattern to match what I have pictured in my mind?

Make it myself.

Now, I haven't done this much. I've modified patterns, changed them, based them from something and worked it out myself. But my own? Hardly.

But it's time. Oh, it's time. In my mind I have the perfect pattern for my Noro Kureyon yarn that I got in a swap. It's a raglan style hoodie with a pocket in the front. I want a simple, basic pattern for something like this and I can't seem to find one after a ton of Google searching. I wanted it to be somewhere between the Under the Hoodie pattern in Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitters Handbook and Janda from Knitty and Rogue (minus the cables). Easy right? (hahahaaa)

I like the bottom of Rogue and how it's folded under - I'm not a fan of the ribbing at my waist. I like the way the pocket is constructed on Rogue - how you knit it as you're going and don't sew it on after. I like the hood construction of Under the Hoodie and how it crosses a bit in the front. I don't like the way you knit two big squares and there's NO shaping to the shoulders/arm area. I don't know why I threw Janda in the mix because there's nothing particular I love about it other than it has shaping in the shoulder/arm area and the hood is okay, too.

None of these patterns I love so completely that I want to use all my lovely Noro Kureyon yarn for it. So, I must create my own pattern.

I'm sort of using this tutorial from Knitty: Knit by Numbers. There's also this one from Glampyre: Striped Raglan from the Bottom Up. I have the same gauge as Janda, so I'm loosely using the cast on amounts. I'm going to start at the bottom, with smaller needles and do the hem as per Rogue (well, sort of... mostly I'm winging it). I'll do the pocket a lot like Rogue as well. The rest will be pretty basic and mostly winging it, but I think I'll do okay.

I'm really quite excited about this! I think I'll be doing it for the Stash-a-long.

On a totally different note, my blogger journal totally pissed me off when the template got all screwed up and all my links are gone now. GRRRRR!!
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Doing something different. [Mar. 12th, 2006|06:11 pm]
Iv'e created a knitting journal on Blogger and I've syndicated it for LiveJournal. I don't really have much posted there yet (past projects mostly), but I'm trying it out over my LJ knitting journal because there's more options for things like posting buttons for Knit-A-Longs, to knitting blogs I read, and various other tools I want to try out. Feel free to subscribe to my syndicated blog if you want knitting related posts :o)

You can always read it in it's normal form at http://mslindz.blogspot.com/
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(no subject) [Mar. 9th, 2006|11:41 am]
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Sock Yarn Review - this isn't a complete list, of course, but it does give you some information you may not find elsewhere.

2006 Knit A Longs - don't know how complete this list is, but it's got a lot listed.
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I bow to your sock knitting abilites [Mar. 8th, 2006|09:32 am]
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OH. MY. WORD! If you don't follow Grumpernia's Blog you should. Really. The things she knits are just amazing!

I'd been following the progress of the socks she's been working on anxiously awaiting to see the final product. Checking her blog compulsively for any sort of update. Waiting.... waiting... waiting. Then this morning I check thinking there will be no update, and there they were in all their glory.

These socks are the most amazing thing ever. After seeing all the wonderful socks and shawls she's created, I've been longing to make my own socks and shawls. But the socks... the ones she just completed? I'm in love! I want them, need them, must have them! I've wanted to learn Fair Isle and this is all the reason to learn it. I'm scared of this pattern, though. Winging it with knitting? Terrified. Some things I can do that with... like felting bags or a scarf or something where you don't really NEED a pattern.... but this? These socks? Scary man. They're Fair Isle! I've never done Fair Isle. That alone is scary... but doing a sock with only guidelines? Whoa. I'm in complete envy.
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Random sort of update [Mar. 7th, 2006|03:50 pm]
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I got my Socks That Rock yarn (in Cobalt Bloom) from Blue Moon Fiber Arts this morning. Not sure how I feel about the color. The colors seem so much darker/brighter/obnoxious than the photo. I'll still knit with it... I'll still make socks out of it... but Jaywalker socks as planned? Not so sure now that I saw the result of these ones. I'm now afraid the colors will stripe and even though that's GREAT at the top, it doesn't look so great on the foot of the sock.

Over the weekend, I got some Lorna's Laces Shepard sock, though. A colorway that screamed at me! There isn't a colorway that could be more "me." The colorway is Neon - it's yellow, orange, and pink. These WILL be Jaywalker socks. I really don't think the yarn will stripe... maybe pool in a few places, but not the stripy thing those ones above have. Now don't get me wrong about her socks! I love the colorway and they came out great, but I would have done a different pattern. Personal preference... I'm sure you understand.

Right now I'm trying so hard not to start socks (which has suddenly become an obsession for me). With either of the yarns! I've got 4 projects on the needles now and that's enough for the moment. Granted they're all small projects, they're still projects! I'm nearly done with Mrs Beaton. Goodness I love Rowan Cashsoft DK! If it weren't so expensive (and came in such tiny balls... er.... skeins), I'd be making a sweater out of it as my next project. But it's okay... I have a whole other skein set aside for Odessa which I will be making soon enough.

I'm coveting two books currently: Knitting Vintage Socks and Knitting on the Road, both by Nancy Bush. Hopefully soon I can get one or both of those books. If my sock obsession continues, they will be a wonderful resource to add to my collection.

Okay, that's all I've got for now. Happy crafting everyone :o)

Oh, and just for the heck of it because I rambled a lot about socks in this post... here's a meme:

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Project Update [Mar. 5th, 2006|11:07 am]
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All projects are listed in no particular order.

Currently on the needles:
  • Mrs Beeton
  • Leisel (link to PDF file)
  • Booga Bag

    Projects I have yarn for but have not started:
  • Rogue
  • Possible sweater out of Noro
  • socks (still looking for a pattern)
  • Jaywalker socks
  • Kiri Shawl (link to PDF file)
  • Odessa (waiting on beads)
  • Shedir (link to PDF file)
  • Punk Rock Backpack from Stitch 'n Bitch

    Projects I want to make but do not have yarn for yet:
  • Cherry Blossom Shawl from Interweave Knits Spring 2002 - the yarn I'm using for this is being hand dyed for me... I should have it soon.

    Project I'm working on designing because I can't find an existing one that would work:
  • Slippers for Nick

    Project I don't know what I'm going to do with (aka the project I doubt I'll ever finish because I hate it):
  • Folly

    Recently finished projects I haven't mentioned here:
  • Hot Head from Stitch 'n Bitch for Nathaniel
  • Newsboy Cap from Stitch 'n Bitch Nation

    I don't have as much yarn as I used to. I'm not hording it like crazy and I'm pretty proud of myself for that. I buy yarn with intention because I have a specific project in mind. There's only some yarn I swapped for recently that has no current plans. Well and some yarn that I will not give away because it's gorgeous and sooner or later I'll find the perfect project for it. And of course a few left overs from projects. I still have yarn left that hasn't found a new home yet, but that should change soon.

    Sometime soon I'm going to update my "FO LIST" with all the projects I've ever completed.

    And the best news?? I've taught Nathaniel how to knit and he's working on knitting his Grandma a felted bag. He thinks she'll use it for her Donna Dewberry supplies (she teaches the Donna Dewberry "One Stroke" classes). We'll see. I plan on helping him sew in a liner and sew flowers on the front. The green being used for the bag is the perfect Donna Dewberry green that she has on her current bag that is from Donna Dewberry. I think she'll love it! He's doing really good so far :o)
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    Hey surreal_rebirth! [Mar. 4th, 2006|02:20 pm]
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    Kiri Shawl (PDF file)

    This is the pattern I was talking about today. Here is where I saw it done with only one skein of Knit Pick's Shimmer (the same colorway I have!) over at What's Your Skein?
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    Uncondtional Swaps on Craftster.org [Mar. 2nd, 2006|02:46 pm]
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    After hearing about the Crafster.org Unconditional Swap on knitting I wanted to participate in the Unconditional Swap for March 2006. I REALLY want to make something/gift something... actually to probably 3 people on the list. But here's the thing... I only really discovered Craftster.org a few weeks ago (actually longer than that, but I've only had a profile since a few weeks ago). I PM'd this months organizer only to find out there's conditions you have to meet to participate. One of them is that you have to have a profile for at least a month and have posted at least 15 times. I read all the time, but what the hell do I post "Hey that's cool!" That's lame. The poster already heard that a hundred times. So I don't post to messages. I understand that there has to be rules so that people don't get hurt, but I've done plenty of swaps before through LJ (craft type swaps and cookie swaps) and I have emails with praise (a lot of them actually!). Shouldn't there be exceptions for things like this? *sigh* I know there's not, but I just think it's shitty because now the folks I wanted to send stuff to, I can't and they miss out.

    I'm just frustrated and venting.

    I'm working on posting a bunch of lame messages to get my message count up. It'll be a month on the 9th, so I'll probably try to PM the organizer again in a week and see if the people I wanted to gift are still "available" to be gifted to.

    (I figured this fit here more than my regular journal since it's craft-related venting.)
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    Hey surreal_rebirth! [Mar. 1st, 2006|03:30 pm]

    You remember that pattern we saw in the book Beth had on Saturday? The socks that seperated your big toe from the rest?

    I found a really similar pattern online! The only thing you'd have to do is make the top part longer to have regular socks instead of ankle ones.

    Flip Flop Socks
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