Friday, November 16, 2007

Haagen Don'ts

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Frusteration on the mystery-knit front. There was an error in the pattern I was using. There was a K3tog 6 times for a total of 6 sts decreased, obviously it meant either K2tog 6 times or decrease 12 sts. I went with the former, but by the looks of it I should have done the latter.... alas.
I'm trying to decided whether to just finish the project the way I see fit, or to rip back and do it proper (which could end in disaster if it still isn't right).
The thing is, the stitch pattern, while simple, is slow knitting and the knit is to go to it's recipient tomorrow. What to do, what to do.
The headache is still here, gah, but on the bright side it is friday tomorrow... mmm... weekend...
This week has been like the blink of an eye, so fast. Each day has sort of melded into the next so I was barely sure what day it was each day. Luckily I ended up in the right classes :-P

In other news, the hubby is undoubtably trying to fatten me up (for what sinister purpose I am not yet certain). He bought 2, yes 2 tubs of Haagen Daas ice cream, a box of triple chocolate chip cookies, a ginormous bag of chocolate almonds, pizza, Granville Island Winter Ale, and I just barely convinced him to leave the grocery store without a jumbo bag of chips and tostitos cheese dip. He is a serious enabler and obviously well aware of my lack of self-control in terms of goodies sitting in my cupboards. I am positive I will weigh about 5lbs more by the end of the weekend. Gah! And to think I just managed to shed 3lbs, just to inevitably gain it all back!
I have the best self control when in the store. I do not buy goodies. But once they're in the house..... beware.... I will rack the cupboards looking for snacks, and will pass right over that broccoli in favour of a triple-chocolate-chip cookie Haagen Daas ice cream sandwich of dangerous proportions! HELP ME!
The only thing I can do is try to get him to eat it all first. After all he remains svelt no matter what he eats (damn him), due mostly to his freakishly tall frame and suspected hollow leg.

ps. Haagen Daas Myan Chocolate Icecream is quite possibly the best ice cream flavour evar! And only 20 grams of fat for 1/2 cup. Bastards.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Sunday Market Shawl

Sunday Market Shawl

Inspired by the drapey loosely woven shawls sold at the local Sunday market, I designed this scarf/shawl to be worn on cool summer nights, or warm fall days. You can use it as a shoulder wrap over a summer dress, or even over a tee shirt. This yarn is soft, and not too warm, with a lovely sheen from the silk.

Difficulty: This pattern is suitable for a beginner, it requires only the knowledge of cast on, knit, purl, yarn over, and bind off. Note: If you knit tightly you may want to go up a needle size or 2, it is meant to have nice big loose stitches. I don't think guage is important for this piece, however, it is important to keep an eye on how much yarn you have left and leave enough for binding off.

Materials: 2 skeins Noro Cash Iroha (40 g/ 99 yrds per skein), Size 6 mm Needles
[Note: if you are using a yarn other than Cash Iroha, you may want to use more yardage & knit until it is close to your desired length. I can only vouch for Noro's stretchability with blocking] My finished measurments are 65" x 16". Also, this stitch does not hold well with slippery yarns. Therefore yarns with some stick are recommended, such as wool blends.]

Loosely cast on 30 sts

Row 1: *K2, YO* Repeat ** across, ending in K2

Work scarf in stockinette stitch for 128 rows, or until you are close to the end of your second skein. Ending on a WS row.

Next row (RS): *K2, drop stitch* Repeat ** across, ending in K2

Bind off loosely.

Block as long and wide as you can stretch it.
{I used a clothing steamer and that worked great.}

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This pattern belongs to Vanessa Carter Copyright 2007. Permission is granted to use this pattern for personal use. Please do not copy any of my photos, or this pattern for commercial use or sale.

Sunday Market Shawl

Monday, June 25, 2007

think think think... knit knit knit

Hey knitters! I am trying out my blogger for a bit, I'll still be keeping my lj account knitfish, but I may eventually switch to using this account primarily since I like the format :-) We'll see!! This is my post from yesterday, sorry if you alread read it on the lj!

Well today has been chem equations, & drinking pots of Golden Phoenix Tea

BUT, I do have some knitting photos to appease you :-)

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Rainbow Gnome socks are now a PAIR!!!

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After knitting a pair, I still have 1 sock, and a bit of yarn left... should I rip out the cast on and make them knee socks? YEA or NAY. You vote :-)
It actually started to rain as I was taking these shots, do you think there'll be a rainbow?

*For Boosh fans, and knitting fans alike... when knitters go bad!* (for Boosh fans, it is Season 2 epi 3 I think? Nanageddon!)