Archive for the ‘Boobalicious’ Category

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We got Zucchini!!

May 26, 2007

From the garden…. Sierra and Tony picked two more zucchini today. One was huge! The funny thing is these weren’t really there the other day. Zucchini grow fast! This might get old showing pics, but I can’t help it. We are happy about our garden!

Ignore my cluttered shelves, I do…

On knitting news…I started the back of Boobalicious but then realized I made a mistake. I was suppose to work seed stitch on the first 10 rows. I wasn’t doing that, only in the middle section. So I need to restart….sigh. It isn’t much lost as I was only about 8 rows up. I just hate casting on 170 stitches. Maybe I can rip without having to recast?

I do have a sock I can work on and need to get focused on my Sockapalooza socks. I need to decide on the yarn and then start on it. I have been sort of indecisive as my partner didn’t really tell me a favorite color or what she wants. So I will just make what I like and hope she likes it too. She did say she didn’t want bright pink. So, the Cascade cotton fixation is out.

I need to reorganize my works in progress, my stash, and my desk. It is becoming an unorganized mess. I know I have a lot in progress and not worried about them because this is my style and it makes me happy. The ones I like the most will get finished first.

Crochet…I am thinking of working on some more grannies over the holiday weekend too.

Madeleine…is potty training (learning) herself. I am so proud of her. I struggled for almost a year to potty train Sierra and in the end she did it herself at 3 1/2. With Madeleine I didn’t push and it is much easier for both of us. Madeleine is very independent.

She is brushing her hair with two brushes, ha ha. Don’t try to take those away from her.

It is summer here (90’s today) and the kids played in the pool today. They came in the house with teeth chattering.

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Boobalicious front

May 16, 2007

(black is hard to photograph)

Here is the front. I almost have the right “sleeve” done.

Here is the “Shocker.” I will finish the front with using only 4 1/2 balls of yarn. The pattern calls for 13 balls of yarn. My front is right on gauge and is measuring what it is suppose to measure.

How in the world will I use all 13 balls of yarn? Please don’t tell me the back will use 8 1/2 balls of yarn.

So, I tried to google and flickr and all other methods of researching who has made this to and have really come out blank. (Hello…I need ravelry!) I am trying to be so patient about waiting for the invite, but am feeling very low on the totem pole of knit blog popularity.

I am even on the Big Girls Knits List and can’t find a finished top. I did finally find one person who knit it, and it was the wrong size. So she frogged it and knit it again and then it fit wrong and so she felted hers into a purse. Hopefully that won’t happen to me (especially since Cathay will not felt.)

How is it this book has been out for over a year and no one has made this top? Lots of people want to make it. Lots of people have casted on this top.

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Random stuff

May 14, 2007

I did finish knitting a hat. I started it last week, before I got sick. It is Knitty’s shedir. I think it is one of the hardest knits I have done to date. The difficulty for it was keeping my concentration on what row I was on and if I should be cabling left or right, etc. I was able to get a ball of the Rowan Calmer to knit it with and it is very, very soft. I love that yarn. I wouldn’t mind making a knit top with that yarn. It was really nice to work with. It really has a spongy quality to it.

My garden is looking awesome, I even have some baby zucchini. 🙂

Thanks to the generosity of a friend, I was able to buy 3 more skeins of Cathay. I casted on for Boobalicious, a tank from the Big Girl Knits book this weekend. With size 4 needles, I was able to get gauge. It seems incredibly large right now. I am hoping this will change as I get up to the bust. My knitting speed is about 1 ball of yarn per day. I have used 3 balls and have 10 more to go…or at this rate, 10 more days to go.

The yarn is fabulous. I bought a 10 pack when my local yarn store went out of business. They had other 10 packs and now I wish I would have bought more. Discountyarnsale.com has it at a nice price, but not the deal I got!

It drapes really nice and I can already tell will make a very nice top. It splits very easily, though.

On Saturday, we went to K2 Yarn Salon. It is a little yarn store in downtown Tracy, CA. The owner is very friendly and welcoming. I got there right when she was closing, but she didn’t mind staying open while I shopped and didn’t seem to be bothered by my kids. We chatted a bit and she told me all about her sock get together where about 20 women get together monthly and knit socks. I wished I lived closer to Tracy as that sounds like a lot of fun. I didn’t buy much in there as I really am over my quota on yarn this month….er…year. I did buy the size 4 needles that I am knitting my top with.

Her store seemed to be stocked with all of the latest yarn trends, Noro, Trekking, Tofutsies, Karaoke, etc. It was fun! Her store was pretty easy to find, too. I will definitely have to go back there.

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Freak’n gauge!

April 28, 2007

I swear sometimes trying to get the right gauge is so frustrating. Last May, I bought some yarn to make the Boobalicious tank in the Big Girl Knits book. The yarn it calls for is Dale Svale. The pattern says it is 22 st on size 5 needles.

I am trying to substitute with Elann Sonata (which on the ball band says it is 22 st on size 6.) I knit it on size 5’s and can only get 20 st. With the front and the back, this would be an 8 inch difference. Also, the Sonata seems to stretch really wide, so the thing just looks HUGE! I honestly, don’t think I like this yarn for this project.  It feels sort of wire like and is rough.

I have some Debbie Bliss Cathay, but I don’t have enough for my size. I would need at least 3 more balls. I guess I will have to check out ebay…when I have some extra $$ (not this month.)