Sunday, September 19, 2010

More Hat

So I am making more hats, I can't make up my mind if I like it holding 2 strands of thickness like this one or just one like the Tweedy I did for Tim which was just 1 strand.....I'm torn.
Purple Collapsing Rib Hat for Marilyn's B-day :
And of course Lexa had to help :

This shows the collapsing rib side but this is the original :
This is the infamous hat we reverse enegineered and it looks better (of course) but I feel like it is cuz I dont make it as long as the original because I don't want to roll the edge.
Other things that were made this weekend include this amazing bread (focaccia) she amde froma  book I got her for her b-day...kinda ends up being a present just as much for myself, hummm, I like that.
This was better than any resturant bread I have ever had, hands down :


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A year in the Making (almost)

So, to look at it, you wouldn't think it was a big deal kinda hat, but what can I say? Sometimes the simplest things will obsess me and they turn out to be not so simple. To PJ's infinite detriment, bless her heart, I luv her, this hat would never have been born without her reverse engineering the original hat I have had from my friend Dawn for close to a year now.
Looks veeerrry innocent-ly like an easy hat to reverse engineer. Not so, but PJ perservered.
I didn't get a good shot of the collapsing ribs in this shot but am going to try to make two tomorrow for two other friends b-days, so I will make sure to take the pic from its "good side".  We messed around with this one for close to a year now, so at least I can finally give Dawn her hat back.  This Tweedy Hat is off to New York tomorrow for my good friend Tim, joining the Ribbed hat and Fingerless Gloves for one of my best friends Jr., here they are ready to go....
I also got to ball wind some of my yarn for the Lavender sweater I am making (see progress pics on rav)from, 'cept mine is my fav yarn Nordic by Kadia - which they discontinued btw. So of course when I found more of it I had to buy it all. Only 10 more balls to wind up. Isn't is scrumptious?

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Reveal

So here it is the big reveal...
This has been my top secret knitting project for the last month, (my knitting emergency, if you will, I know some people won't, but they suck. I wont name any names Kathleen but you know who you are)....because they were bday presents, and here she is modeling her bday loot:

#1 Icy Koolhaas Hat

Yarn : Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk Aran (Yes it is sublime!)
Pattern : Koolhaas by Jared Flood
*Pattern bought for me by fellow kniteratti Jean (thanks again Jean, you rock)
So just for the record this hat was knit twice.  Yes, twice.  Once to decreases, then ripped back to ribbing and knitted again.
Let me help you to not make the same mistakes I did.
So first issue was with the bars of yarn I was getting after every 8th row.  WHY DID NO ONE MENTION THIS ISSUE?!? I found no mention of this on all ravelry people who knit this pattern, what, like hundreds of people? am I seriously the only person who did not know that after the purl on the 8th row of chart you are supposed to move yarn to back before you slip stitch?  Maybe I am, but I feel like for a pattern you pay for, I want all the steps spelled out for the dumbass that I am.  Do not assume I know what I am doing.  So in the end it was good that I had to rip back to beginning, and you better believe I placed stitch markers after every repeat of chart in case I needed to rip back again, which is what foiled me the first time.  I mean, why in the decrease rounds would you spelled out K1, P1, K1, P1, K1 or whatever when basically you want me to knit my knits and purl my purls, but not tell me to ytb after that 8th row? Whatever. I am over it, not bitter at all.
Other issue is my own damn fault.  On the decreases it states to do something like P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, repeat.  So I didn't notice on my first attempt that you would have 2 purls together, so yeah, I guess I didn't truly pay attention. My bad.  But I consider myself a pro at this pattern now and will be making my own very soon out of the same yarn but a lusious granite gray, and am thinking I may do 3.5 rows instead of the 4, before I start decreases because hers was a little big.  Here I go effing with the pattern.  Stay tuned for futher rants.

#2 Cabled Hat
Yarn : Top of the Lamb Worsted
Pattern : All Over Cables Hat
Free pattern on Ravelry
So she obsessed over this hat, so I kinda had to make it, but beware I had issues.
So of course I changed pattern, but only because so many other users said cabled earflaps were too close together with original pattern so I modified and put 2 cables in front with only 1 in back and it came out well.  Only prob, and you cant tell in pic but they are not even. Whatev. Her ears will never get cold, right?

She said she loves them both (ectatic was her adjective) and that was what I was going for, so, mission accomplished.  No more secret knitting though, it stressed me out, and that not what knitting is supposed to be about, in fact quite the opposite.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Please Sir, can I have a'nother one?

This is what I keep hearing in my head...with a British accent
What is that from? .......Ohwell. So. Obsess much? Yeah, I know I am out of control. Now I need another cedar chest for all the things I make :)
You have another one of these lying around, Mom?  Granted in my defense a whole quarter of the space is taken up by stuff she wanted me to keep in there.
Also, this is accumulated over a year.  Plus there are many people out there who are much worse than me. Deflect. Deflect. Deflect.
I am just excited to get it all together in one space, rather than stashed all over the house.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Serial Box

So I was able to get the serial number of the cedar chest that looked like it was wood-burned into the wood on the bottom of chest.
SERIAL # : 040221
STYLE # : 481900

I got this info from Lane Furniture website :
You can read the serial number BACKWARDS to determine the production date.

For example: serial number 753150 would have been produced on 05/13/57.

So by my calculations it was manufactured on : December 20, 1940
And as for the style number, I was not able to find any information.

So excited, can't wait to organize all my precious-es. Its airing out right now, and more pics to come, still deciding on a way to bin or hold yarns to make more layers of storage within chest.
As for real knitting content, check out this talented knitter, Emma Philpot.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Thanks Mom!

My parents came to visit and brought the cedar chest I have been anxiously anticipating. I LOVE it, thanks Mom!
It hasn't found it's place in the home yet, I am trying out a couple of spots but I have a feeling it is going to end up in my room, which I am ok with....or back in hallway.
Its got some wear on it but I love it, I just think it adds to the character.  It has definately led a full life.
I love the push button lock to open (forgot to ask about a key, mom, I know you will read this at some point, is there one?)
And the word, if you can read it on the lock says LANE.

More pics of inside and my stash installed in this airtight moth and bug natural repeller to come, as well as year of production.  I think it is from 50s? I will try to get serial number tomorrow to figure that one out.
I have wanted something like this ever since I read this blog :
Now I feel like I have done more to protect my precious stash and can sleep better at night. At least I will once I get it all in there., and organized of course.
My idea for storing my circs :

Its an old CD case. Only my 16" set will fit but its a start.