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Stuff and things. March 30, 2009

Posted by jeninmaine in Crafty, dyeing, food, knitting, spinning.
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I’ve made a couple more baby blanket squares. The directive was No Pink, so I’ve had to make do with derivatives of blues and greens.

Blanket squares

1. Intarsia heart – my first complete intarsia project. It wasn’t all that difficult once I got the hang of it, but all those separate bits of yarn – eugh, so not worth it. I still haven’t run the ends in yet and I am not looking forward to it. It’s cute, anyway.

2. Just another patterned square. Still loving the hell out of that Dream in Color Classy. Yarn love.

While we’re on the topic of crafty things, look what I got the other day…

Fiber

Whatever could be in this big box? I didn’t order any medical supplies.

Fiber

Fiber! This is 22# of roving, tightly banded together. I’m afraid of cutting that band to let it free. Joy is egging me to do it. I’m skeered!

Proof I’m not completely hopeless:

Proof I'm not a total screw-up.

I baked yeast bread! I probably should have kneaded it more, but it still tasted good.

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WIP it good May 29, 2008

Posted by jeninmaine in bebeh, knitting.
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I know, I know, that entry title is old and overused, but in this case it’s appropriate so there.

Finally got around to taking photos of my latest WIPs, hopefully I’ll actually (gasp) finish something soon! I’ll post them in order of “most finished” to “least finished”.

Andohalambro Hat

I sized this down for a baby by using smaller needles and lighter weight yarn.  I’m not very impressed with the way this yarn looks with this pattern, it seems really muddy to me. I so totally missed the ribbing at the brim, I’m not sure if I’ll leave it as is or try to tack it on later. Drat.

Pattern: Andohalambo Hat from Smariek Knits
Yarn: Jaeger Baby Merino DK in Hula Hoop, color 194

Wool Longies

So far, so good – doesn’t look like much (actually it sort of looks like a hat) but I’m almost to the gusset so I’ll be starting the legs soon. Whew! Joy’s handspun is striping so nicely, I’m really enamored with it!

Pattern: Itchy Fingers Longies by Jessica Jensen
Yarn: Fabulosity Yarn’s Cherlindrea, hand-dyed and handspun, OOAK

Sampler Baby Blanket

Sampler Baby Blanket

I love this blanket pattern, mostly because it’s easy to carry around with me since it’s all little blocks. I may change my mind once I get to the part where I have to join them all together :)

Currently complete: 14/35 blocks

Pattern: Sampler Blanket by Margarita Mejia from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Baby Blankets Two
Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ull, Color 010

Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap / Djevellue

I’m trying out a bunch of baby hats in Tess’ Super Socks and Baby. So far I love this yarn, the only downside is the dye is coming off on my hands and staining my birch Brittany dpns. I’m wondering how I can colorfast this after knitting without muddying the colors – I’m thinking I might spray some Dharma Dye Fixative (awesome stuff, a million times better than Retayne) on it in patches and let dry, then wash in Synthrapol.

Pattern: Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap / Djevellue
Yarn: Tess’ Designer Yarns Super Socks and Baby

Minor craftiness. March 31, 2008

Posted by jeninmaine in bebeh, knitting, Ravelry.
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Blanket squares

I’ve been busy working on some squares for a gift afghan through Ravelry, finishing more squares in the baby blanket I’ve been working on forever, and preparing to knit socks. I’ve got a bunch of nice patterns I found online and I even sprung for a couple from a really talented woman online at Suzi’s Knits. I think I’m going to start with the Acorn Rib socks as I have some great variegated brown yarn I can use.

So, I’ve been swatching. I’ve never been a big swatcher but it’s worth doing so I’m trying to discipline myself to do it, especially with something like socks where half an inch can make a huge difference in fit. Swatches are so darned cute, too. I’ll take pictures at some point…I’m very frustrated that the loaner camera doesn’t have any macro abilities so all my closeups look like crap. Ugh, can’t wait to get my Nikon back.