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The new issue of Knitty is out, and I’ve got a pattern in it!

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You would never know that it was the dead of February when we took those photos. We found a stone wall that seemed to look ‘warm’, and I ditched my coat while we took as many photos as quickly as possible. I was freezing!!

The Make Up Your Mind racerback is designed to be a layering piece, worn over another tank top or t shirt. The Kollage yarn is really breathable, and has awesome yardage. I highly recommend

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This is my first time sizing a garment pattern, and I was really nervous about it. I read lots of books about designing garments, but nothing was really out there for grading pattern sizes for racerbacks (I guess it is kind of a niche item). If anyone has any trouble at all with it, please feel free to send me an email, and I’ll try to help anyway I can. My email is over there on the right, underneath my profile picture. I want you to be as happy as possible with the finished results!

Modification Monday: Rose Red Jumper

Original Pattern: Snow White

Knitter Extraordinaire: Alana (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Changed the ribbing to a cabled stitch pattern, and knitted it top down. details can be found on the project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love the cabled stitch she chose. The sweater still looks like the original pattern, but the cabled stitches add lot of texture and detail, and knitting it from the top down meant she could decide to cast off whenever she felt like she got the right length. Looks perfect!


KCBW: The Last Two Days

Day 6: “Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but
which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the
future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your
mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft?”

When I knit the ducky baby blanket for a friend’s new baby, I thought it would be really cute to knit  these booties:

 (photo shamelessly filched from the pattern)

So I bought some pretty yellow merino, got my needles ready, printed out the pattern and started. I really should’ve read the pattern thoroughly before beginning, because if I had, I would have known that this was absolutely chock full of techniques I’d never used before. I don’t know Judy’s magic cast on, I don’t know Turkish cast on (despite actually having lived in Turkey, so obviously I felt like a total dummy), and the part about the applied i cord with the crochet hook… I put the yarn down and the needles back in the drawer. If I was going to attempt a project with all sorts of new techniques, I was definitely not giving it away as a gift. I do really want to try knitting these one day, but it’ll be for my own little one, so I can put them on her/him every single day and enjoy looking at them!

Day 7:”Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely
to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or
whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself
with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those
needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks
to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of
knitter.”

I knit everywhere- home,transit, in public, wherever. Let me tell you. (With apologies to Dr. Suess)

Would you knit, here or there?

I do knit, here or there.
I like to knit everywhere!

Would you knit in a house?
Would you knit with a mouse?

I do knit in a house.
I would knit with a mouse.
I do knit
here or there,
I like to knit everywhere.

Would you knit little socks?
Would you knit them with a fox?

Yes to socks!
And sure, with a fox!
I do knit in a house.

I would knit with a mouse.
I do knit
here or there,
I like to knit everywhere.

Would you? Could you? in a car?
Knit sweaters, hats, and scarves?

I would and do knit in a car,
sweaters, hats, mitts and scarves!

You might like to knit in a tree?

In a tree?
Absolutely!
I’ll knit socks, with a fox.
I do knit in a house.

I would knit with a mouse.

I do knit
here or there,

I like to knit everywhere.

A train! A train!

Could you, would you
on a train?

Heck yes on a train! And in a tree!
And in the car- you will see!
I’ll knit socks, with a fox.

I do knit in a house.

I would knit with a mouse.

I do knit
here or there,

I like to knit everywhere.

Say!In the dark?
Here in the dark!
Would you, could you, in the dark?

Absolutely, in the dark!

in the car at night, I use a book light!

Would you, could you,
in the rain?

Well, probably not in the rain, 
that would be a major pain.
But I would in the dark, and on a train, 
in a car, and in a tree. 
I’m crazy about knitting, can’t you see?
I knit in the house, I like to knit socks,
I knit in the house, with yarns that rock. 
I will knit here or there-
I knit absolutely everywhere!

Could you, would you,
with a goat?

Their fleece I love-
those cashmere goats!

Would you, could you,
on a boat?

I would indeed, on a boat.
with the yarn from cashmere goats!
I would in the dark, and on a train, 

in a car, and in a tree. 
I’m crazy about knitting, can’t you see?
I knit in the house, I like to knit socks,
I knit in the house, with yarns that rock. 
I will knit here or there-
I knit absolutely everywhere!

KCBW: And Now for Something Completely Different

“experimental blogging day: to try and push your creativity in blogging to
the same level that you perhaps push your creativity in the items you
create.”

So I thought I’d do my first-ever video blog post! It’s on how to wear a caplet, since I’ve had some comments on caplet FOs in the past saying that people aren’t really sure how to wear them. This is how I wear them. I wasn’t in front of a mirror at all, so this is what I would consider to be ‘real life’ caplet application. I don’t know about you, but I don’t look in the mirror every time I adjust my clothes or put a coat on.
***UPDATE: Some of you have commented on caplet vs. capelet. There is no difference, I just refer to it as a caplet, because to me, they seem more like the knitted cap of a mushroom than anything resembling a cape. Personal preference only.

I was nervous- this really was something completely different for me! I think next time I’ll use an HD camera or something, because this is grainy city. Definitely a learning experience!

KCBW: Where Are They Now?

“Whatever happened to your __________?
Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be
something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to
another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent
off to charity.”

I enjoy knitting gifts, so I actually give away quite a few of my knits. Below are the items I knit in 2010 that were given as gifts to friends and family:

gifts 
There is one item though that has had a slight red wine mishap:
Reading Hoodie 
What kills me is that this was probably the most labour intensive knit I’ve ever made. it’s a longer style pullover, plus long sleeve, plus a full hood… on small needles. I must have spilled some red wine on me, didn’t notice, and then (oh, the worst!) put it away for the winter and didn’t notice until I pulled it back out again in the fall. So it’s really sunk in there, right on the stockinette portion so there is no missing it. I’ve washed and treated it, but it’s not budging. I’m thinking that since it was knit with undyed wool to begin with, I’ll dye it a new colour. I was looking at the dyes on Knitpicks, and they have quite a few beautiful colours… any suggestions?