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It was a banner year . . .

In Finished 2007 on January 3, 2008 by Queue

There you have pictures of nearly every project I completed this year. And I can safely say that in terms of knitting, I accomplished nearly all of my goals. The only thing I neglected was my sock club membership – I still have 4.5 pairs of socks to knit.

And while the Christmas knitting got a little hectic towards the end, I really enjoyed working on it. So here you have the “secret” knitting for 2007:

I finished 4 grandma shawls (some of which you’ve seen before):




Then for the MIL and FIL : a pair of socks and a hat.


For one SIL, a pair of mittens, for the other a wrap, and for the BIL, a manly scarf:



And to top off this show, I have a huge hat.

Ok, you’ll have to trust me on this one, but when I tried it on in this state, it hung down nearly to my shoulders. Now this lovely blue hat, has a lovely cranberry colored twin. And I can say now that they’ve both been felted down to fit a more normal sized human head. However, I was not present for the felting. I have been promised pictures of the finished product, which I will share if I have permission.

We had a great time with our homemade Christmas, a tradition I fully intend to continue for a good portion of my Christmas presents (I hope they don’t mind). The other part of our themed festivities was Christmas dinner. The decision was made to wait until after dinner to decide on next year’s theme. Suggestions for next year would make a good gauge for the success of this year – the more out there and wild we got, the more we thought of this years theme. And let me tell you, we weren’t shy about suggestions for themes and ingredients – and I’m excited!

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An honest to goodness FO!

In Finished 2007 on November 28, 2007 by Queue

I can’t spoil the surprise by showing pictures of this one on here, so here you have it!

Pattern: Flower Basket Shawl, by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Knitpicks Bare Merino Fingering Weight, dyed in the microwave
Mod’s: I added extra repeats of the main lace pattern



This one’s for my Meemaw . . . I hope she likes it.

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I needed a break

In Finished 2007,Knitting on November 16, 2007 by Queue

All the Christmas knitting was getting to be a bit too much for me. I am happy to announce that I have finished nearly half of the projects, and all but one of the remaining ones are very nearly halfway done.

But I needed something I could finish quickly, and my head was getting cold, so I knit myself a quick hat.

Pattern: Shedir
Yarn: Knitpicks Bare Merino DK, dyed with Jacquard dyes
Needles: Knitpicks Harmony 16″ US 3 circular (loved it!)
Modifications: I worked one less repeat of the initial pattern, and in retrospect, I might could have left off another one. I also twisted the knit stitches, for more definition.

It fits my head well, not too tight, not too loose. It might be a bit longer than I needed, but to find that out, I’ll have to knit another one. Darn!

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More Knitting, Yay!!

In Finished 2007,Knitting on August 7, 2007 by Queue

Just to put it out there, because someone may ask – yes, I’ve found another job where I can knit at work. When I’ve finished everything I can do and am just waiting for a show to come down or something, my boss said I can knit, so long as I put it away if a tour group comes through or something. My new boss is awesome, by the way.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled knitting . . .

Zeebee by Schmeebot
Yarn: Knitpicks Bare Merino DK
Size: the boy’s head . . . roughly 20″ around and 8 3/4″ to crown

The boy begged me to knit him a hat out of this yarn the minute I pulled it out of the dye pot. Truth be told, I didn’t like the color combination much, but only because it wasn’t what I had been going for. When I finally got around to reskeining it to see how the colors blended, I had to concede that it wasn’t too bad looking. So when I needed a quick project last week, to break up some knitting monotony I figured it was time to make him a hat. I’d been dying to try the pattern, which is really more of a formula (feeding my inner nerd). Once it was finished he started wearing it around the house. No our AC is not on that strong, he’s just adorable like that. He even slept in it a couple of times. Silly boy.

He wouldn’t let me take a picture of his face, but hopefully you get the idea, I think it turned out pretty well. Now I want one. Maybe in something tweedy.

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A Knittiversary

In Finished 2007,Knitting on July 2, 2007 by Queue

As I was photographing the yarns in my stash for record keeping purposes, I found these two balls from my first pair of socks. I realized that it’s been about a year since I started knitting that pair of socks. I can’t remember the exact date, so I’m adopting the first of July, since I think it was July when I started.

Sadly, in the last six months or so, I accidentally felted those socks to the point that I cannot wear them anymore. It was a great pattern, one that I really enjoyed knitting and wearing. I will need to knit another pair someday. Maybe this time I’ll make them a bit taller.

Like these. I just finally finished these this past week. I started them as travelling socks, good for plane and car trips, but eventually I just wanted to finish them so I could wear them.

Pattern: Yarn Harlot’s Basic Sock Recipe, from Knitting Rules
Yarn: Trekking XXL, colorway 140? 104? it’s blue
Details: roughly 1.5 inches of ribbing, an eye of partridge heel

I’ve moved on to taller socks as time has passed, although I liked my anklets. I’ve also discovered some neat knitting things on the web, like swaps.

This is what my awesome Hogwarts Sock Swap pal sent me – lovely socks, awesome sock needles, lavender soaps and a candle, a bit of Eucalan for washing woolens, stitch markers, and a dpn holder for keeping my projects together in my backpack. I was sorted into ravenclaw for this swap. Man what fun that was! They’re going to have another swap (part II) and sign ups open July 14th. I can’t wait to do it again. It’s pretty nerdy – but then again, so am I.

I think I’ve come a long way in a year, and I look forward to seeing where I go from here.

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Swallowtail Shawl

In Finished 2007,Knitting on June 27, 2007 by Queue

Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl, Interweave Knits Fall 2006
Yarn: Knitpicks Bare Merino Fingering Weight, dyed by me with Jaquard dyes
Mods: Added two repeats of the first lace pattern, which resulted in four extra stitches that I had to distribute into the pattern.

I think it turned out pretty. Still too girly for me, but thankfully it’s not for me. And for the record, the purl 5 togethers are a pain in the butt when you knit tightly like I do.

In other news, I reskeined some yarn I dyed a while back – and now I like it! Ok, backstory – I dyed up two skeins of DK weight merino trying to achieve a colorway that reminded me of pansies, and as of yet I still haven’t achieved this. In their original hanks with big chunks of color, I didn’t like how these had turned out at all, but now that I’ve seen the colors blending together, I’ve got some hope for my skills with dye. And for the record, the first skein’s color is a bit more accurate, though a bit darker in the picture – the second one is a little washed out in the photo.


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JMU Socks . . . for lil’ sis

In Finished 2007,Knitting,My Patterns on June 6, 2007 by Queue

Here they are, in all their glory (wet and on sock blockers) . . .

I’m definitely in love with this pattern: it’s quick, it’s simple, the combinations are endless, and it makes for comfy socks.

I think the heels turn out kinda cool – see?


Since I figured these guys out from a looking at them on Eunny Jang’s blog . . . I’ll share what I know.

Most basically:
Using your favorite toe construction method, make a toe in color 1 for a 64(68,72, however many stitches fit your foot) stitch sock. Work 4 rows in color 2. Continue up foot changing colors every 4 rows.

Do not break yarn in between stripes, just carry the strand up the inside of the sock, the stripes are narrow enough that this shouldn’t be a problem. Use a jogless striping method if you like (I used this one – the first one on the page).

When the foot is long enough (in my case, after nine stripes of color 2) make a heel of your choice (I did short row). Work the same number of stripes – or more if you like – up the leg. Work at least 7 rows of 1×1 rib and bind off loosely.

Repeat for sock #2, reversing the colors if you like.

Two skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport works great for these. For JMU colors I used Sunshine and Blackberry. Asbury colors would be Blackberry and Natural. Louet Gems Sport would also work well.