January 2006 Archives

January 19, 2006

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Normally I try to steer clear of really personal stuff on this site, but I'm so frustrated today that I just have to get this out. In early November I was diagnosed with postpartum depression and started taking medication. I've been busy trying to get my life under control for the last couple of months hence the toned down, sporadic blogging and the practically non-existent email replies. Up until the middle of December, things really seemed to be turning around. Then I started backsliding. While I'm nowhere near the low point I started at, my doctor is concerned enough about my regression that he increased my prescription today. ARGH! Why can't I beat this on my own?!


On to other news, the back of Charlotte's "Christmas" sweater is finished and I'm plugging away on the front.
I also finished another ruffle scarf.


This one is actually for me. When Michael saw how much I liked the first one, he went out and bought me the yarn to make another one for Christmas. Here is the information for this one.
Pattern Source: Caron Website
Yarn: 6 balls of plum Caron Bliss
Alterations: I started out with 150 chains instead of 100.

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January 13, 2006

Sockapal-2-za Surprise


I was floored to receive these socks in the mail from Bev, my sockapal-2-za angel. She made these while grieving the loss of her father, so I'm completely humbled by the fact that she decided to give them to me. She used Knit Picks Simple Stripes in the Storm colorway. These are very comfortable; I've already worn them twice in the one week I've had them. Thank you Bev for your generous gift.

This week's finished object is the Big Spot Slipover which has been languishing in my sewing basket for the last 6 months.
Pattern Source: Miss Bea's Colours
Size: 1-2 years
Yarn: 2 balls of Rowan Handknit DK in color #239

The newest project on the needles is the Debbie Bliss Alphabet Blanket for a baby due in February. Here's the first row of letters.

After spending a couple of months trying to decide on the best yarn for this project, I finally went with the DB Baby Cashmerino.

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January 6, 2006

The Rest of the Knitted Gifts

I didn't knit any gifts for family this year, so I wasn't too worried about the big holiday project rush. I thought I'd whip up some scarves for the kids' teachers and that would be it. Well, what started out as three scarves turned into five scarves, and one day to finish a scarf turned into several, so I was pretty busy the week before Christmas. I managed to finish all but one before Christmas, and by the New Year everyone had received their gift. Without further ado, here are the projects of my Christmas vacation.
1. Branching Out

I used one skein of Kid Silk Haze (color 592: Heavenly) and size 8 needles. I ended up with 40 pattern repeats. (I was planning on knitting the whole skein, but when I reached 40 and still had enough to keep going, I decided it was time to stop.) I loved blocking this piece at the end and seeing something beautiful come from a crumpled mess. The length and everything on this scarf was perfect, so if it hadn't been an overdue Christams gift, I might have kept it for myself.
2. Mistake Rib

This one started out as My So Called Scarf. I got my 2 skeins of Manos (color 111) and started going, but it just wasn't happening. It might have worked if I'd gone up a needle size, but I didn't have time to experiment. I just ended up using a mistake rib pattern which knit up faster anyway. I used size 10 needles for this one.
3. Star Cluster

This scarf used one skein of S. Charles Ritratto (color 73) and size 10 needles. I just used the Star Cluster pattern from one of the Barbara Walker books.
4. Another Ruffled Scarf

It turns out there was a mistake on the yarn label when I made the first of these scarves. While the label says to chain 200 stitches, the correct online version of the pattern only calls for 100 stitches. The first one was starting to eat up a lot of yarn by the end, so I just stopped after 4 rows and used 5 balls of yarn. This version is from the online pattern and although I had to buy four balls to finish it, it came much closer to the three called for in the pattern. I can't say enough how soft the Caron Bliss is. It made the kidsilk haze feel scratchy to work with.

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