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So Sorry Silk

June 7, 2007

I bought some Sari Silk about a year ago off ebay and got a fantastic deal.  When I got it, I was in awe of all of the colors and how beautiful the yarn looked, trying to ignore the terribly musty and icky smell.

I thought it would make a neat clapotis or shawl.  So I casted on for the clapotis.  However, as I was knitting with it, I noticed how dirty it was.  (I have blog posted about this before.)  It took awhile to wind the yarn up into balls, so the thought of winding the balls into a hank and washing them just seemed a waste of my time.

As I would knit with it, my throat would feel scratchy and I would start to think about the possibility of getting some weird illness from dust or dirt from the other side of the world.  Silly, I am sure, but other people handled this yarn and it was dirty.  I would find fingernails and other odd things spun into the yarn.  Gross, but I tried to be open minded.  It is just yarn and these were probably nice people spinning it, but still…

So I put the clapotis down and told myself I will either frog it or one day finish it.

This was over a year ago.

A week ago, I decided that I needed to knit some of my novelty and misc yarns into scarves.  I have a few things I am doing soon where I will need gifts and thought big scarves would be perfect.  I will have to talk about the novelty yarns I used in another blog post.  It is interesting.  But that isn’t what I am posting about today.

I decided to try the Sari Silk yarn again and just make a simple garter stitch/drop stitch scarf.  Again, the yarn was dirty, smelly, and made me squirm.  I knit with size 17 needles and in less than 2 days I had a nice long scarf.  I bound off the scarf and threw it in the washing machine on gentle.

I had read that this yarn softens up real nicely after washing it.   I put it on a long soak.  The washing machine smelled like gasoline.  GASOLINE!  My scarf!!  How crazy is that?  Tony said it smelled like a tire store.  I thought it was gas.  Tony has a bad sense of smell and rarely can smell anything.

After it washed, I looked at it and there was a huge gaping hole.  Not only that, but the yarn some how sealed itself off, so I can’t find the ends.  I have thought of a few ways to fix it, like taking more of that yarn and trying to sew the hole closed.  I don’t know.  That would require me to touch the dirty yarn again.

I suppose I could wind it all into long hanks and wash it…

ps…it is pretty, isn’t it…even with the hole…

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Where is the pattern?

April 26, 2007

This is alternating rows of 1×1 ribbing and 3×3 ribbing…can’t you tell?

While the yarn is pretty, this pattern is completely lost in this yarn.  It will be frogged tomorrow.  Some patterns just don’t work for some yarn…

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Stash enhancing

February 28, 2007

From Stitches West:

2 Merino/Tencel roving in a teal/silverish colorway

Corriedale Roving (Mahagony) all roving is from Carolina Homespun

2 hanks of Sock Candy (cotton/elite) in colorway Lapis from Blue Moon Fiber Art  (this yarn is so soft and stretchy.)

3 hanks of Koigu  KPPPM in colors that look like fruitloops.  I believe is says on it P111.

Set of Brittany Needles

2 sets of sock needles (not shown) in sizes 2 1/2 and 1 1/2.  I have never seen half sizes in sock needles, for some reason that made me happy.

1 bottle of Lavender wool wash.

From the yarn store that is going out of business:

Jordana Paige “The Knitter’s Purse”

Bag (10 balls) of Debbie Bliss Cathay in black.  It is a cotton/microfiber/silk blend.

4 hanks of Cherry Tree Hill Silk/Merino Blend in various colorways.  I think I am going to make a clapotis with them and rotate different balls in different rows, since they have similar colors in the colorways.

3 hanks of Cotton Chenille from Crystal Palace yarns, 2 in a dark blue and one in a bright pink color.

1 hank of Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn in a Birch colorway.

3 rubber stamps, one with a spinning wheel and a dragon and 2 with balls of yarn (one went to my magic yarn ball swappee.)

3 Tree buttons

6 Hello Kitty buttons

YES, I am a happy girl.

Oh, and to top it off, I have a job interview.  There are 3 job openings in this company.  The interview will either be on Thursday or Friday.  It will be a bit of a commute, so I have a lot to think about, but not as bad as when I use to commute in Washington.  It is money and it is in a field I am highly familiar with, health insurance.  It will put Tony and I one step closer to buying a house.

With Sierra going to school all day in the Fall, it would only be a bit of an adjustment for Madeleine.  However, atleast she would be home with Tony for most of the day.  I would only need to find childcare from the time he goes to work at 2:30pm to when I would get home around 5:30pm.  I think the hardest adjustment is going to be between me and Tony as I will hardly get to see him.

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Should have done this in 2006

January 9, 2007

Seriously…

First, I received two really nice fiber related presents for Christmas that I never posted about.

Deneen sent me some gorgeous batts of roving. Two were natural and two were in this colorway.

Bron sent me some yummy munchies. I was such a glutton and I ate most all of it, though Tony and I did split the last piece of fudge. She also sent me 6 skeins of my most favorite yarn, the beloved, NEW Cotton-ease. I absolutely love this color. It is a mix between blue and purple.

Finally, I finished Baroque from the Happy Hooker. I should have finished it in 2006, but it got sort of hectic around the holidays and so I put it down. What was going to be a Christmas present, will more than likely be my mother’s birthday present. I will post a picture of her wearing it when I give it to her in a month or so.

I blocked it, and there were some sections that were really off kilter. The yarn I used is Noro Lily. It is a soft and yet springy yarn. Against Deneen’s advice, I hit it with the iron as I needed steam to shrink up some areas that were a bit stretched. Well…one small section got a bit too much and I burned the silk.

Tony and I looked at it and it really looks just a little “dirty” in a small section on the outer edge and isn’t noticeable unless you really look at it, though it is “rougher” in that area. I decided if it bugs my mom I will pull out the trim and redo that part.

Okay…and what really belongs in 2007? How about a sock…

I started this garter ribbed sock. This is the Socks that Rocks (remember the one that had all of those knots?) I love this colorway. It was one of the last colorways that they had last year at Stitches West. I think it is gorgeous and really does suit me well. These socks are for me. 🙂

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Pumpkins already!

September 10, 2006

Here are some pumpkins I made, one crocheted and one knitted. Also, some fabulous “Halloweeen” sock yarn I found at my lys. 🙂

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Tricksy yarn, progress, and a frog

August 20, 2006

First, I offered to test a scarf pattern for Ev. Hopefully she is okay with me showing pics of my progress. She is using dk cashmere (yum.) I am using Cascade Quatro, which is a WW 100% wool on size 6 needles. I like how it is turning out.

The color tricks you. For the last 6 months, I have thought this was blue, with some green. I asked Tony what color the yarn was and he glanced over at it and said blue. Guess what. It is not blue. Then as I was knitting away, it hit me that it was purple and green. The purple goes from dark to light, as does the green. The green does have a bluish tone to is, but it is not blue. The yarn is purple and green, not blue…man, that is weird. Look at it, what do you think? Fools the eye, huh?

I was going to make this scarf for my dad, but now am wondering what he will think of purple and green…or maybe he will always think it is blue?

I am making progress on the sock. I am almost ready to do the heel, less than 2 inches to go. Not that I am constantly measuring 😉

I wanted to be able to show you progress on Anouk or even finish it, but I have to be honest. I tried a provisional cast on and started to work on the pocket in intarsia and had to frog it all. Let’s just say it was a sick mess. It won’t defeat me though. I decided I will try again tonight. I need to finish something.

Maybe I will pick up the sleeve of the Angelica Tunic and start knitting on that? My goal this weekend is to be able to post some finished projects. I only have a short time before I start school back up and then it is study all the time. Sad but true. In fact, if I was a good student I would start memorizing bones and muscles right now and get a head start, but then that is just silly…

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Sock Surgery

August 9, 2006

So I am not yet a nurse, but apparantly I am a sock surgeon.  I dropped 2 stitches in the heel and didn’t notice until I got to the toe.  There is no before picture, but I got a during surgery pic, this is after I made the first incision:

Here is the after picture, with the scar that I hope will in time heal and be less noticeable.

Notice the Pointy Toe, there is a purpose for that.  I realized that only my socks need this and if I get brave one day I will take a picture of my feet.  They are mostly narrow feet with a really tiny little toe and then my big toe and second toe are really long, hence the pointy toe…

See…my two toes fit in that pointy section.  Yes it is odd, but I don’t care.  I am learning about my feet so that I get socks that fit better.

The yarn is Trekking XXL.  At first I had no idea what people were raving about…so it is self striping…what was the big deal?  I knitted with it and I was on size 1’s and man they were taking forever.  The yarn wasn’t as soft as some of the other yarns, like Claudia Handpainted or Socks that Rock.

When I tried it on I realized the magic.  The sock fits like a glove.  It is feels very nice on my feet and oddly in this summer weather my foot enjoyed wearing it.

It is a co of 72 stitches in a 2X2 rib for about 2 inches and then stockinette stitch to the heel where I did a short row heel and just a standard toe where I added a few extra rounds to the toe to go up around my 2 long toes.  If it wasn’t for the sock surgery I this would have been relatively uneventful sock knitting.

I finished another sock, but can’t find the picture so I will have to post about it later….tomorrow, maybe.

Thanks for all of the thoughts.  I am okay.  Every few months my relationship with Tony hits these big bumps and sometimes I don’t know where we are going with it, in the end we love each other.  I am staying the course with what I have planned and will be starting school again in a few weeks.  It is on my mind and I am trying not to get anxious about it.  I better finish a lot of my projects now while I have the time.