Saturday, January 21, 2012

It's been awhile

Oh, goodness. It's been a very long while since I've been here.

I finished my Diamond Fantasy Shawl. It's beautiful, and I haven't worn it yet. Hmm... need to find something to put together with it. It is unblocked in this photo (sorry).

Also completed all 3 Camp Loopy projects last summer, and earned the completion prize, a skein of Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin, in Blaue Tinte (blue).

The first Camp Loopy project was a 2-color project to wear around your neck or shoulders, and mine was Clockwork by Stephen West, in the 2 colors I mentioned in my previous post. I gave it to my sister for Christmas, as she's a purple girl.

The second was something to wear on your hands or feet, that had to include cables.  I chose Cookie A's BFF Socks in madelinetosh tosh sock, in Ink. They're perfect with blue jeans.

The third and final project could be anything, as long as it used at least 800 yards of yarn and was completed by September 15th. This one was a big challenge, as we couldn't start until August 15th, and my district went back to school just a couple of days later.  My project was Amy Herzog's February Fitted Pullover in Dream in Color Classy, in "Don't Be Blue". I really like the way this sweater fits, and am looking forward to knitting more of Amy Herzog's designs.

My daughter received a GAP-tastic cowl for Christmas, which I made with Malabrigo Yarn Chunky, 3 skeins of Continental Blue. I used just about every last inch of the yarn. And I don't have a picture.

My most recently (re-)started project is the Elizabeth Zimmerman Garter Stitch Blanket. I discovered a partially-completed block "A" (the L-shaped pieces toward the center) in KnitPicks Cadena. It had been hibernating so long that I couldn't even remember the plan. I did recall that I was going to use the 24 skeins of Brunswick Aspen I had acquired many years ago at a going-out-of-business yarn store sale. And that I had decided to supplement that with another yarn so that I could make a big blanket. But I took a look at the beautiful version created by Jared Flood (brooklyntweed), and read through his blog post on it. I realized that I have just over 2500 yards of the Brunswick Aspen, and that I should be able to knit with it doubled and approximate the 2-stitches-per-inch gauge from the original pattern. So I ripped out what I had started, and began again with doubled yarn and bigger needles, and I am nearly finished with the first "A" block. The math teacher in me is constantly calculating, however, and I have a mystery. I have about 1250 yards of doubled yarn, and the original pattern was made with 850 yards of yarn. I am getting approximately the same gauge, but I have no doubt that I will run out of yarn long before I finish knitting this. So my current debate is whether to turn my "A" block into a "B" block, and hope I can make both of them with the yarn I have, and get the closest possible color match in another yarn to finish the blanket, or a contrast color, or just a lighter shade of a similar color. Or continue with the "A" block, and make a "B" block with the remainder of the yarn I have, then use new yarn for another "A" & "B". Hmm... yes, I think I like this last idea. Then I'll put them together with each "A" block inside the other color "B" block.

And a little Christmas special: the kids & their cousins raided Grandma's closet so they could have an "Ugly Christmas sweater" group photo. Much merriment ensued. The next-to-last one on the right is possibly handmade (crocheted) but she can only move her arms out about 6" from her sides in it -- a strange garment.

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