May 2007 Archive
It’s so nice to have some semblance of a blog back in business!
I still can’t put links in my post, but I can at least post pictures! (As usual click to make bigger)
This is the log cabin blanket I’ve been working on. The pics aren’t as abfab as I’d wanted but I’m playing with a new camera (well, new to me, on loan from my FIL) and I’m still trying to figure it all out.
The blanket is acrylic (TLC Essentials) and I know all you fiber purists are going to freak out. If it were anything but a blanket I wouldn’t blame you, but this is supposed to be a baby blanket and last thing new mom needs is to have to hand wash a blanket her baby has just thrown up (or worse) on. So that’s the way it goes.
I love how it tuned out, though it was sort of the project that wouldn’t die. I was only going to have 12 squares and it just didn’t look right so I made 16 so I’d have 4 of each of the different squares instead of 3 of each (I have a thing about numbers and symmetry it’s one of my idiosyncrasies that makes me so endearing to those who have to bear with me). So was was to be a typical sized baby blanket (around 30×40 inches) has now become a 45″x45″ afghan! Something for the whole family to cover up in!
I used a crocheted slip stitch to join the pieces (sorry no pics of the back, I forgot all about it). It worked pretty well, but I have to say I could never become a crocheter because I think I have a repetative stress injury just from joining those squares together! I mean my wrist freakin kills! The sacrifices we make so a baby that’s not even born yet can have a blanket that’s big enough to last him til he goes to college! It’s all good in the end I suppose, and hopefully this will be something that can warm and comfort baby, be laid out on the floor when baby wants to play or hell, take it to the park for a picnic, it’s big enough!
I still have to knit on a border. I was going to do a few rows of each of the 4 colors, log cabin style, all the way around but now I’m thinking of just doing a single color applied I-cord and calling it good. I’m also wondering about sewing some kind of backing onto the blanket to hid the woven in ends and other googlie mooglies on the back. Maybe it will help keep all the stretchy garter stitch in line. Any suggestions on how to go about doing this?
Repetitive stress or no, it’s time to get this thing finished. And in the meantime, I’ll keep working on trying to figure out how to get this blog upgrade finished. Keep your fingers crossed!
Design: Elizabeth Zimmermann's Seamless Hybrid (from Knitting Worskshop)
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
Color: Amber Heather (approx 12 balls)
Knit For: Brad
Log Cabin Blanket
Design: Mine, using basic Log cabin techniques
Yarn: TLC Essentials worsted acrylic
Colors: Perriwinkle, Sandstone, Lt. Celery, Barn Red Needles:
Sz 10 US Knit Picks Options
Backing: Flannel Fabric (hand sewn along edges, tied to the body)
Knitted For: Amy and Andy Anderson's baby
Notes: Used crochet slip stitch to join squares on the WS
I cord border
tied flannel backing
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surplice Jacket
Design: School House Press Spun Out #43
Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby DK/Sport weight 100% acrylic
Yarn Amount: approx 3 oz.
Needles: sz 5 inox express circulars Gauge: 20st=4"
Mods: None. Followed the pattern for a solid color jacket with slipped stitch edging, short sleeves, and button closures
Also posted on Zimmermania blog
BabySurplice with Garter Stitch Hat
Hat Design: My own, just simple garter stitch hat knitted flat and seamed up the back.
Baby Fair Isle Hat
Design: Basic Hat design with Fair Isle motif from EZ's Opinionated Knitter.
Yarn: Swish Superwash DK
Colors: Frost, white, pale lemon, dusk, hollyberry
Needles: Size 5 circs and dpns
Notes: This yarn is super soft. I haven't washed it yet so I don't know how it will turn out after a machine wash. I'll keep you posted.
Pink Hat and Baby Shoes
Design: Hat: My own, basic hat with alternating stripe.
Booties: Modified from Saartjes Booties.
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Wool Cotton (disc)
Needles: SZ 5
Modifications: I used the basic pattern for Saartjes Booties for the foot of the booties, but instead of the double ankle strap, I cast off all of the foot sts and then picked up sts across the back, then cast on sts at one end of needle for a single ankle strap.
Twinkie Baby Blanket
Design: This is an old pattern given to me by my husband's aunt Barb when I first learned to knit. It's also the background for baby surplice/garter stitch hat, the blue baby Fair Isle hat and the Pink baby hat and booties.
Yarn: Patons Canadiana worsted weight acrylic
Needles: Sz 8
Notes: This is a quick knit, maybe 30-35 hours. Just simple stocking stitch with verticle purl ridges and horizontal garter stitch ridges.
Baby Fair Isle Yoke Cardigan
Design: Mine using Elizabeth Zimmermann's instructions for a baby sized FI Yoked sweater
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish DK superwash wool
Colors: Hollyberry (MC), Dusk, Pale Lemon, White
Needles: SZ 5 circulars and DPN's
Knitting Time: Oct 1-20, 2007. Approximately 20 hours
Notes: The yarn is very soft but not very appropriate for color work as it bleeds horribly. These pictures were taken before washing/blocking but once it was washed, the red bled onto the white in the yoke and turned it a sort of sickly pink. I am hoping it will wash out the next time I wash it.
Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann from Knitting Around
Yarn: Knit Picks Telemark Sport weight 100% wool
Colors: Cardinal and Pesto
Needles: Sz 5 dpn Gauge: about 6 1/2 to 1"
Size: about 4"across and 11 1/2" long
Knitting Time: 10/24/17-11/14/07 about 15hours
Notes: I am obviously a tight knitter in stranded knitting. My gauge was a bit tight so these mittens are a little snug. I do like the yarn, however. It's very soft for wool and blocked nicely. It bled a little but not enough to muddy the colors.
Norwegian Mittens and Headband
Pattern: Mitten pattern:Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Around Headband: My own
Yarn: Knit Picks Telemark 100% wool sportweight
Colors: Cream and Alpine Frost
Needles: Size 5 (3.75mm) bamboo DPN for mittens Size 3 Inox Express 16" circulars for headband
Size: Fits average size woman's head/hands (albeit a bit loosely)
Notes: Gifted to Susie. Both items relaxed quite a bit after washing, the cream yarn seems to relax more than the colored yarns. I also soaked these in vinegar and water before washing to try to prevent bleeding. That worked pretty well.
This is a test of the editor and picture uploading..
This is me a couple weekends ago and it should be a thumbnail image that you can click on to make bigger.
It didn’t work like I thought it should, but it does seem to work. There is an insert picture button that brings up a script error every time, so I thought it was busted. Found out that if you upload an image using the upload box below the editor, then you can insert the image into the editor. It’s got a bunch of options to do it, but they are not intuitively obvious. I guess you can even drag and drop images into the editor too. So, it seems to be working, although not exactly as I would like.
It doesn’t see the pictures that were uploaded previously to the server. I thought it would.
So we are back in business for the time being I think. Knitwit might need a little training on how this works. It isn’t too hard. It might even be easier than how she did it before.
Keep knitting folks and I will try to keep this thing going for you.
-The Webmaster Nerd (Knitwit’s other half)
We are experiencing technical difficulties.
I still don’t know what the hell is going on with my blog. I seem to be able to publish posts with just text, but no pictures. And what is a knitting blog without pictures??? B is stil trying to figure out what is going on, we’ve tried just about everything, even trying to start from scratch and nothing is working. So much for trying to upgrade. If I’d known what problems it would cause, I’d never have suggested upgrading. Now we can’t even go back to the original blog, it’s toast. I don’t know what the next step is, but it may mean having to go to a completely different blog and just accept losing all of what I’ve published thus far. I really don’t want to do that but don’t know what other option there is.
In the meantime, there has been a lot of work going on around Chez KnitAddictions. We are working on redecorating our spare bedroom–this is more than just painting and curtains. It involves stripping and refinished all of the wordwork and ceiling moulding, we’ll probably refinish the wood floor as well, and we’ve painted. This room walks out onto a balcony which needs a new railing and some additional work, but that may have to wait. We’ve also planted a huge flower bed along one side of our house. We first had to dig out about 2 tons of river rock the previous owner had in the be, and then we hauled 3 truckloads of topsoil in to fill it back up. But the finished bed will have beautiful daylillies and maybe some peonies so it will be tons better that some ugly river rock with nothing growing in it.
In knitting news, I have completed all of the log cabin squares (see previous post for lousy square pictures) and will start piecing them together today. I think I’ll just use a crochet slip stitch on the wrongside of the work and see how that turns out. The infant recipient is due at the end of July so I still have some time, but it would be nice to get it done and gifted before then. I’ve also been working on a few lace shawls, but they may have to wait a day or 2 until my hands recover from all this yardwork!
So if there is actually anyone out there who reads my blog, please hang with me while we work out this problem. And if any of you are wordpress users and have experienced a similar problem, please let me know what we can do to fix it!
Until then….happy knitting and blogging to the rest of you!