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October 3, 2008

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What a great Thank You

Filed under: Finished Projects,Hobbies and Obsessions — Cat @ 5:19 am

As I had previously mentioned, I made a koolhaas hat for one of my friends.

Here is the photo:

Trent's Koolhaas

(modeled once again by the ever-helpful Hedgehog)

I had tried several times to meet up with him, but our schedules are just so different that it never quite worked out. So finally, yesterday, I left it for him in my desk with instructions to dig it out.

This is what was in my email the next day:

    You cover my ears

    With wool to keep out the cold

    And cobalt blue rocks!

    there is nothing written here.

    Made of Alpaca

    for sure the softest I own

    makes snowboarding great

Isn’t that great??? No one has ever written a poem for me before. I consider myself richly thanked.

:-)

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October 1, 2008

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Red Scarf Wednesday

Filed under: Finished Projects,Hobbies and Obsessions — Cat @ 9:31 am

Finally, a picture of my finished Red Scarf for the Red Scarf Project:

Finished Red Scarf

This is made from two colors of Plymouth Encore (washable wool). One color was a variegated red with blue and yellow specks, and the other was navy blue. I knit the whole scarf in seed stitch (it being my favorite stitch in the world) and then alternated colors every two rows (just like the Chevron scarf). My usual “Fringe or not to Fringe” debate was settled by the fact that I ran out of yarn before I made the decision (what can I say, I was listening to a book on CD and it was quite engrossing at the time…)

I’m pleased with the way it turned out. I am assured by college age students that it is “unisex” and it meets the requirements of soft, warm and washable. Oh, and Red. :-)

Currently, the scarf is sitting on my kitchen counter, waiting to be wrapped up and sent off. I got a Barnes and Noble Gift card to send along with it, and will write a quick note of encouragement. It is kind of exciting that something I made will go out into the world and (hopefully) brighten someone’s day a bit.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Red Scarf Project, a few details.

Here is a link to the project website.

The project is run by the Orphan Fund of America and sends out red scarves (hence the name) to college age students in the U.S. who have matured out of the foster care system. Most of these students have no family or other support structure to help them get used to life on their own.

Think about it: all of you who went to college or who have sent a child to college (or who will send a child to college). Now picture these young people going through all of that without any family support structure!!! No one to drive them to school or help them set up a dorm room. No one to send letters or care packages!!

The Orphan Fund of America is a foundation that provides scholarships and quarterly care packages to these individuals. Since I work with college age students on a daily basis, this is something that I feel is a very worthwhile project.

For the Valentines day care packages, they decided a couple of years ago to recruit knitters to make red scarves to send along with the packages. The first year, they got 3,500 scarves. The next year: over 15,000!!! Oh the power of the internet and the warmth of knitter’s hearts. It will be interesting to see how many scarves they get THIS year.

Now, if only I can manage to make it to the post office before the deadline of Oct 31.

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September 29, 2008

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Chevron Scarf

Filed under: Finished Projects,Hobbies and Obsessions — Cat @ 5:00 am

It has been pointed out to me that I never posted a photograph of my completed Chevron Scarf on the blog.

How embarassing…

Chevron Scarf Done

I have really been enjoying this scarf since it has cooled off a bit. It is especially cozy in the mornings when I am waiting for the bus. It seems to match everything in my wardrobe, which is nice and makes it very versatile.

I get LARGE numbers of compliments on it, which is always nice. The funny thing is that it seems to draw people’s interest – many a person that I do not know has actually reached out and fondled it a little bit as we are talking about it…

Let’s see if I can ressurrect the details:

Chevron Scarf, from Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Two colors of Red Rocks Fiber Works sock yarn: “Sheer Luck “and “Artichoke” (note – I used one skein each; however, they were early skeins and were only enough for one sock each. If you used her current skeins, an equivalent would be to use one half of each of two different colors).

Another note: The pattern called for it to be much much longer – on the advice of fellow Knitter Terrie (StarSpry), I made the shorter length and think that it is perfect. It did lengthen a little bit upon soaking and blocking.

Conclusions: Love this project. It was very tedious, but made good bus knitting. I started it in mid April and finished it at the end of June (I was also working on socks at the same time, so progress was slower than if I had focused on this one thing).

While I wouldn’t consider it to be suitable for “Last minute” gifts, as implied by the title, I really think that this would be a good gift for almost anyone (based on the entirely favorable reception from the public masses).

And final note: someone once asked me why I felt the need to crop all of my photos of finished projects – well, as always, I had “help” with the photostyling…

My little helpers

As you can see, I generally have “help” with everything I do in the house. Now if only I could train them to run the vacuum cleaner once in a while…

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September 3, 2008

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Finally, Finished Noro Sweater!

Filed under: Finished Projects,Hobbies and Obsessions — Cat @ 8:53 am

Marina Sweater

Finally, the completed Noro sweater.

(Be honest, how many of you thought that it didn’t exist???)

The details:

The sweater’s name is “Marina” and it came from the Noro Joy book. The yarn is Noro Taiyo (wool/cotton/silk) and is color # 5. The yarn and the book came from A Knitted Peace down in Littleton, and the buttons came from Knit Knack. Though I didn’t get a closeup photo of the buttons, they are a rather nifty oval/oblong shape in a nice purple. The sweater was started on July 6th, and finished August 22nd (except for buttons, which were applied later).

Nachaele and Leanne both talked me in to making this sweater and I am sure glad that they did!! Although the color and style were way out of my usual comfort zone, I am so happy with this sweater.

I can’t wait for it to cool off significantly so that I can wear it.

The sweater was very simple to make, and the only modifications I made were to shorten the length by one inch and to add a fifth button. The design called for four buttons, and it was supposed to fit kind of like a corset. However, as I apparently have a less than optimal “tummy to ta-ta ratio”, it hung rather oddly at the top. So, I just sewed it shut and added another button for aesthetics.

As you can see, this sweater is in ribbing. I had worried earlier about how much length I would loose when I stretched it to size. Upon the excellent advice of my knitting peeps, I pinned it out and then measured it, both stretched and unstretched.

Unstretched:

Unstretched
Width approximately 15.5 inches, length around 10.5 to 11 inches.

Stretched:

Stretched

Width approximately 21 inches, length around 10.5 to 11 inches.

Seriously, I could tell no difference between the length of the stretched vs. unstretched pieces. So, I just knit another two rows (to be on the safe side) and started the armhole decreases.

All in all, I am very pleased.

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June 9, 2008

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Socks Finished

Filed under: Finished Projects,It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 12:11 pm

Well, two more finished projects for you…

“Weeeeeeeeeeee’ere OFF to See The Wizard” Socks:

Wizard Socks

These were made from the Red Rocks Fiber works, color Sunflower (I think that is what it is called), with the toes out of “Emerald City” (appropriately enough). The pattern is one that I kind of made up myself, using the ruffled cast on from the Sweet Pea socks and a brick like purl/knit combination.

They look more brick-like when on the foot:

Sock Detail

As usual, with RRFW yarn, they are extremely comfortable and wash very well.

The second pair of socks that I have finished are the socks for my friend Susan up in Toronto.

Susan Socks Done

These are just a plain 2×2 ribbing pair of socks, made out of a Trekking XXL yarn. In person they look dark navy blue, but under certain lights (and apparently camera flash), the beautiful undertone stripes appear. While I enjoyed working on them, they were definately “daytime” knitting, because it was near to impossible to see the stitches in dim light.

They look really nice and (at some point), I need to make it to the post office to ship them off to Canada.

So: What am I working on now? My bus and social knitting is currently the Chevron scarf (using two different colors of RRFW yarn). It is proceeding nicely. My “evening by my self” knitting is the red Modern Lace Henley. I’m working through the waist decreases very carefully; so far, the care is being rewarded and I think they look really nice. The lace pattern continues without interruption, so I think (knock on wood) that I am doing it correctly. The post of “emergency office knitting” is currently empty (it was formerly the Chevron scarf) – but I do have a ball of socks that rock all rolled up and ready to cast on. Just need to do it!!

Everybody have a great day!

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June 4, 2008

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Meseta Alta Shawl

Filed under: Finished Projects,Hobbies and Obsessions — Cat @ 5:00 am

Ta Daaahhh!!

Shawl, back view

And the front:

Shawl Front

Note the glazed look on my face. This is because I have discovered the true meaning of the phrase “Lunatic Fringe”.

As in, I must be a lunatic to enjoy spending eight hours putting fringe on a shawl…

I did end up using all five balls of Sophie’s yarn – whether it is a guage issue or if I just put on a whole bunch of extra fringe, I don’t know. Don’t care, either.

I have never had a “favorite” project, until now. I love this shawl, and can’t wait for winter so that I can wear it all the time.

That is, assuming that I can pry it away from certain other beings who want to wear it…

Who stole my Shawl?

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May 1, 2008

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Finished Objects in mirror may appear larger than they are…

Hi all,

Well, I have some finished objects to report…

Knitted Baby booties

I knitted these baby booties for Nachaele, who has a store that sells them to support her “Stitches For Britches” campaign to help orphans in Ethiopia. Aren’t they cute?

It only took about a week to knit them, and then they languished for a while before I actually sewed them up and presented them to her.

It was a very fun little project, and I have enough yarn to make another pair (which will hopefully happen soon).

I also finished the Wizard socks, but haven’t been able to photograph them because they have been in the wash a lot (I really like them) and I’ve not been home at daylight much. *sigh* If I remember correctly, the same thing happened with the Sweet Pea Socks.

Hopefully this weekend.

I guess that I have a third finished object to report – I got my term paper back and I got a 145 out of 150. YAY!! I’m sure glad that I took the time to rewrite my paper, though. There were several unhappy people in class who wrote the paper that they wanted to write (rather than the paper that the instructor wanted to read…). So, I’m now officially and firmly established at the top of the class. It has really been an interesting one (and much less stress than the Organic Chemistry one last semester).

Everybody have a great day! I hope it is sunny where you are – it is grey and gloomy here today.

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April 24, 2008

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Finished baby blanket

Filed under: Finished Projects,Hobbies and Obsessions — Cat @ 9:19 am

I finished the baby blanket that I was working on (back on March 28, I think, which should be the Friday of Spring Break).

Thermal Weave Baby blanket

I really like the way that it came out.

The texture of the slipped stitch fabric is nice and soft, and I used some Lion Brand “Cotton Ease” that I got on clearance at a craft store. REALLY on clearance (like $1.50 per ball).

Baby Blanket, Detail shot of texture

There are some dye lot issues, but I pretty much knew that would happen going in. In most lights, they aren’t very noticible.

The pattern is a Fiber Trends pattern, and came with three baby blankets. There is a “Part II” pattern available, that has three more blankets. I really think that I should get that pattern as well, simply because I enjoyed working on this blanket so much. It was a great, mindless “Social Knitting” project (very hard to make a mistake, so I can work on it while chatting with other knitters).

I really enjoyed working on this pattern. I’m thinking that it would be fun to try to do it with rainbow stripes of the slipped stitches (to make bands of color) and a white background. It would also look really cool using some variegated yarn (do they make variegated Cotton Ease?). I found it amusing that, while I was working on it sitting around at Knit Knack, several people stopped to ask me what I was working on – and then turned around and immediately bought the pattern. Seriously. I can think of at least four people who did this.

The good news is that I have enough yarn left over to make another blanket. I don’t have enough of either the light blue or the dark blue to do a whole blanket, but one of the other blankets on the pattern has horizontal bands. I think this will be fairly easy to “stripe” so that I can use up both of the remaining colors. I’m not sure when I will start that one, but it will get done at some point.

This blanket is destined to be donated to a church in Arizona (my Aunt and Uncle are members). They are very close to the border and collect items to go to hospitals in nearby towns in Mexico. Apparently, there are babies who are so poor that they get wrapped up in newspapers to be taken home.

I find this very sad.

So, I get the entertainment of working on a mindless project, I get the added bonus of using items out of my stash, and somewhere in the world, a new baby will be happy because of something that I did.

Win-Win-Win situation, all around.

Everybody have a great day!

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February 28, 2008

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Kool…

In what seems to be record time, I present pictures of the completed Koolhaas hat.

(Helpfully modeled by my local Hedgehog)

Completed Hat

Note the beautiful grid pattern that occurs when you correctly follow the cable pattern *ahem*

Detail of Koolhaas hat

Look at the beauty of the decreases that all meet in the center:

Top of Koolhaas

I am very pleased with the way it came out.

Poor Hedgehog was completely crushed when I informed him that it was my hat, not his sleeping bag.

Not a sleeping bag??

What I can’t figure out is why a hedgehog made out of wool would WANT a sleeping bag.

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February 21, 2008

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Sweet Pea Socks!!

Finally, photographs of the Sweet Pea Socks!!

Sweet Pea Socks, Done

Look at how cool they are on my foot!!

On the hoof
(Side note – do you know how difficult it is to take a picture of yourself wearing a pair of socks?)

Love Love LOVE these socks. Such a fun pattern to make. Highly recommend them.
Look at this fun pattern detail!!

Detail, Sweet Pea Sock

Love, Love LOVE this yarn!! Red Rocks Fiber Works, color “Emerald City”. This particular color could not be more to my liking if I had done it myself. Luckily, as it so happened, I didn’t have to.

Thanks Mary Kay!! For those of you who are not in the local Denver Metro Area, be sure to drop her a line and support her in her decision to sell her yarns on line.

For those of you who are in love with this color like I am, Knit Knack has several skeins available.

So, the details:

Started: August 6th, 2007
Finished: January 21st, 2008 (length of time due to starting Graduate school…)
Yarn: Red Rocks Fiber Works (Emerald City color)
Size: Women’s size Medium
Pattern: Sweet Pea Socks from Knitty.com
Needles used: size 1, Knit Picks metal double pointed needles
Who for: ME (greedy greedy greedy)

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