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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Square Bean

I have designed a quick winter hat for a special request Christmas gift from Ivy for her knits loving boyfriend.
She wanted the likeness of 'ears' and the hat needed to be a big one.

I happen to suffer from a disappointing case of loose ribbing on hats syndrome so I tried smaller needles this time. Grafting the tube shut and flat gave it a subtle cat lurking under my hat appearance but nothing more, it's for a Dude.

I mowed down a whole 200 meter ball of wool and ended up with a Pope hat so I pulled it over my forehead and gave it a rip until I found the spot where the top would look better and applied a kitchener stitch close. It is inside out in this photo...wha!

After the corners got a good pat: 'voilà'! it looks like ears if you keep an open mind.

It fit Len and he thought it was great but maybe too scratchy...it passed the ears test.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Scott Pilgrim's Sock a. k. a. R I P

I thought I would never be finished knitting this pair of socks. After the first sock was knit I then realized my son's ankles had really grown since last year. R I P.
Cast on more stitches and knit another version. This time, the heel was still too small. R I P.
A third time around the Dpns, I made a ridiculously long heel flap that gave me an insane amount of extra stitches to be decreased to the original 72 stitches which seems like an awful lot of stitches for a kid in the first place. BUT, I must face the facts. My kids are all bigger and taller than me now. When they wake up in the morning and I look up to ask them if they slept well...it occurs to me they could physically be making their own sandwiches at 6 am...!
Anywho, I kept knitting too far ahead for the toe decreases. Ah! his feet are still boy length (Thank God).
R I P.
Had a beer to unwind and missed a decrease or two.
R I P. Geez Louise!
Ended up leaving more than my usual amount of stitches to be grafted shut at the end since my recipe looks pointy on his slammed-shut-sponge-Bob-square-style feet.
They are done! The colourway has sorta grown on me by now. I do love orange and have a new thing for yellow yarn these days and have always luuurved charcoal so...what to name this project? To me, they look like something Scott Pilgrim would wear and that cracks me up. I am just happy they are done.
....Next!
Ali xx

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Frienemy

There it is...a week of my knitting worth...

I cast aside my sock knitting to make a few sample scarves for the heaps of Newbie Scarf Knitters to gaze-at, paw and entice. I must say, for all my grumbling about this yarn fad it sure has given me alot of business. Selling this yarn has really put me on the map. Knitters are f r a n t i c a l l y trying to find as many colours as possible and thus the word gets around fast that my shop exists. Even non-knitters are dropping in to buy yarn for their busy spouse or friend. It feels good to be too busy to eat my lunch must days.

I still get really excited everytime I sell an actual ball of other yarn though. I go home and gush about the 2 balls of sock yarn that found a good home.

Inventory looms on the horizon too...I may or may not close for a few hours before January to count...

Patterns are on sale at 50% until the end of the year too. I still sell very few...don't know what's up with that. I might use the magazine rack for yarn instead next year. Nobody will notice???

I am getting over the virus that just-about-got-me in November and am enjoying the sudden urge to sew again. I am loving my new sewing room! I bought some wool blend tweed for a new skirt and some cute tartan voile for another one. I've taped some patterns to the wall for mood. My drooling over CABBAGES AND ROSES has really inspired me and the price of their clothing line has propelled me not to mention the bleakness that is my wardrobe. Speaking of which, my wardrobe spit out my missing Sir Swing Cardi last week. After I ordered yarn to re-knit the thing, I found it hanging off the end of a hook in the darkness. What a stroke of luck. I love that sweater.

Christmas treats and gifts are all hidden which leaves me one last free Monday to myself before the big hurrah. It happens to be Len's birthday...I was gonna bake my heart out anyway. I really hope everyone stays safe and healthy into the new year.

Ali XXX