Elizabeth Knits Barbara January 2017

I know you all probably think I forgot about this project, although after my last post, you can see why I got a little sidetracked. But Elizabeth is still knitting Barbara, and I hope to make alot of progress on this in 2017. Hope you enjoy the latest installment!

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A Treasury of Knitting Patterns – p. 12
Broken Rib Pattern (top)
Double Broken Rib (bottom)

Yarn Weight: DK
Needles: Size 6

Notes: I got a little curl along the sides, as you can see, but I think these are both beautiful options for a project like a sweater, where there is a seam on each side.

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A Treasury of Knitting Patterns – p. 13
Roman St (top)
Roman Rib St (bottom)

Yarn Weight: DK
Needles: Size 6

Notes: Definitely nice patterns, but would definitely need a border if you want to avoid curl.

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A Treasury of Knitting Patterns – p. 13
Ripple St

Yarn Weight: DK
Needles: Size 9

Notes: I wasn’t sure if this would curl or not, so I started out with a garter st border, and ended without a border. It doesn’t curl and as you can see at the top, it makes a pretty curved edging. I happened to use a variegated yarn, but I probably wouldn’t again with this pattern, as I think the variegation hides the beautiful texture of this stitch pattern.

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A Treasury of Knitting Patterns – p. 14
Ripple Rib St

Yarn Weight: Worsted
Needles: Size 9

Notes: This is a beautiful teal color, which turned out to be difficult to photograph well, so my apologies. But this stitch pattern gives a thick, plush fabric and seems to work very well in a solid-colored yarn. It gives no curl at all, so you can use it as a stand-alone stitch pattern.

100’s

hue shift afghan by knitpicks
Knitted Op Art – I didn’t see it as I was knitting, but the photo is definitely playing tricks with my eyes.

My posts have been rather few and far between, but this one will explain alot. I made this as a thank you/housewarming gift to people who helped me a great deal when I moved to California. I kept pushing myself to have it done – first by Halloween (which didn’t happen), then by Thanksgiving (didn’t happen), and then by Christmas (success!).

I am calling this project 100’s because it is a story of hundreds. The pattern is Hue Shift Afghan by Knitpicks, and yarn is Brava Sport.

It is a hundred mitered squares, which took me 100 days to knit. It could have taken more or less, but it gets old knitting mitered squares, and so to keep the momentum going on this, I set a goal of completing an average of 1 square per day. (Meaning that some days I did multiples to make up for days I wasn’t at home to get knitting done.) Proud to say I stuck to that goal!

A note about mitered square projects – you will save yourself bunches of tedium if you pick up and knit stitches onto previously completed squares rather than making all the squares separately and then sewing them together later. I speak from experience! This particular pattern is written to use picked up stitches, in case you’re wondering.

The border is hundreds also – 250 stitches per row, each side, to be exact. Knitting the border plus doing all the finishing (lots of weaving in of ends!) took me another 100 days I would say. Lots of powers of 10, hence the name.

hue shift afghan by knitpicks
The finished piece – photographed as flat as possible. It is hard to not get perspective going when photographing something so big, but I am happy I captured the optical effect.

As is the case with most big projects, I was very tired of it and happy to be done by the end. That said, I am very happy with it, and more importantly, the recipients are happy with it. It is a fun project, and you can do so much play with color.

2016 Holidays and Happy New Year!

December was a whirlwind month (as it is for most of you, I imagine), and I can hardly believe we are already in 2017. Instead of explaining in words what’s been going on with me, here’s a little recap in photos before I return to “regular programming”. I hope you enjoy.

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Thanksgiving time in Burbank
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Ready for a family Thanksgiving celebration. Yes, it is outdoors – and I am grateful for that good California living! 🙂

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The perfect ending to a long Thanksgiving weekend – walking through the Enchanted Forest at Descanso Gardens with a dear friend. Descanso means “rest” in Spanish – and it was truly restful.
Volunteering at the animal shelter is part of our life all year - but it seemed like there were alot of puppies and kittens during the holidays this year, and I cant resist taking pictures of them all.
Volunteering at the animal shelter is part of our life all year – but it seemed like there were extra puppies and kittens during the holidays this year, and I cannot resist taking pictures of them all.
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One of my favorite Christmas decorations in the neighborhood
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My son being his goofy self on Christmas Eve
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The stage setup for Transyberian Orchestra. They make my favorite Christmas music and are my favorite group to go see live. Awesome show – and I recommend to any of you who love their music and have not seen a concert yet.
On our way to see Transyberian Orchestra - we only get to see snow-capped mountains when the snow comes to low enough elevations. But it never gets old.
On our way to see Transyberian Orchestra – we only get to see snow-capped mountains when the snow comes to low enough elevations. But it never gets old.

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More scenes from Descanso Gardens – my friend and I got to go again between Christmas and New Years
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Sunset in my neighborhood on New Years Day.
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Happy New Year from us to you! Taken at the birthday party of my best friend, which happens to be on New Years!

Happy new year to all of you – may it be a good year!

A Re-Knit – For Myself

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I yarn-bombed my tree just for this post. 🙂

I designed this quite some time ago, originally with Zen Yarn Garden, and so they have had it ever since as a sample for use in trunk shows. I always wanted to make one for myself, and so on and off all year, when I just wanted some “fun” knitting (as opposed to “work” knitting), I have been working on this re-knit, this time in yarn from my stash.

The black is from Knit One, Crochet Too, and the blue is from Sweet Georgia. I still absolutely love this pattern, and I could probably just knit versions of it in different colors for the rest of my life.

The fellow in the photos with me is our rescue dog, and he decided to join the photo shoot. I felt he was deserving, as he does very frequently keep me company when I’m working. He is such good company, I try to indulge him when possible.

It isn’t very often I re-knit things. Usually, once is enough and then I’m ready to move on. I am actually very proud of myself for designing something I want to make and re-make….and re-make….

If you have patterns you love to re-knit, tell me in the comments. I always think it’s great to have a few up my sleeve.

 

Color Palettes and an Answer

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The project – Unfurled
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My original color palette – available in my shop
A cool palette
A cool color palette – reminds me of mountains and mountain plants on a cool hiking day
This says fall to me
This says fall to me
And another set of fall colors
And another set of fall colors
I think of a garden - cool colors everywhere with pops of color in the flowers
I think of a garden – cool colors everywhere with pops of color in the flowers
The ocean has flowers, right? This palette feels oceanic, with a pop of yellow
The ocean has flowers, right? This palette feels oceanic, with a pop of yellow
Pure celebration of the brightest flowers
Pure celebration of the brightest flowers
Christmas flowers and cozy evenings
Christmas flowers and cozy evenings

I received an interesting question on my Etsy shop which gave me pause. I say interesting because I was surprised it even needed to be asked. When I buy things, I like to be clear about exactly what I’m getting for my money. When I wrote the descriptions for the items in my shop, I tried to be mindful that other people probably feel the same way!

Regardless, someone did private message me asking whether the kits include the yarn to make the project, or if it was just for a downloadable pattern. (They do!) I’m sure most designers wish they could charge $65 per pattern, but obviously, that’s insane. Anyway, the question made me wonder how many others might wonder the same thing and just not message me.

So here are the details, plus photos of each color palette that the colorist at Colinton Australia chose, and I hope it will clear up any confusion. All of this information is also detailed in my shop, but the way Etsy is set up, you do have to scroll down – which is perhaps why people may miss it?

Each kit includes: 6 skeins of Colinton Australia Light Fingering yarn (all you need to knit the project), in the palette you choose, and the printed pattern in a sheet protector. For shipping, I will wrap it all up in tissue paper and send it in a padded envelope, Priority Mail. And for the finer details, each skein is 115 yds, 50 grams of 100% pure Australian young goat fiber. These skeins are normally over $20 per skein, so at $65, the kits are a deal.

Finally, I am curious as to who has shopped on Etsy and had bad experiences? Have you ever spent a bunch of money and not received what you expected? I haven’t had any problems up to this point, but feel free to share in the comments. And please let me know if you visit my shop and anything else isn’t clear. Since most of us on there are doing everything on our own, a little feedback is always appreciated!

Louisa in Red

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Finished Louisa by Cocoknits

There is nothing more fun for me than diving into a new project, and nothing more irksome than projects that drag on and on…and on. This sweater has been one of those irksome projects that I couldn’t seem to finish. Finally, I tore everything out, reknit the swatch to check my gauge, then re-casted on and forced myself to push forward.

I am not even sure why I had such a hard time with this project. I loved the yarn, loved the pattern and am now very happy with the results. I KNEW this pattern would look awesome in red, and I was right. I’ve already worn it to church, to a party, doing my everyday routine…

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Standing view with assymetrical hem

I originally had problems with getting it started. The hem is assymetrical, and so each side requires a drawn-out series of short rows. I chose the pattern because I liked the hem, but the knitting of it proved to be less fun than expected. The construction with the neckline and sleeves is also interesting…to say the least.

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I was right it looks good in red – if I do say so myself! 🙂

But sometimes a knitter’s got to do what a knitter’s got to do. I ended up not entirely following the pattern toward the end because it wasn’t making sense. After making it so far, I wasn’t about to give up when the finish line was in sight. I finished the way that best made sense to me, and I am very happy to finally be wearing it instead of trying not to send it dirty looks while it was taking up space on my coffee table. Red lipstick optional.

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Happy Halloween!

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Katniss Everdeen, a karate kid, and Cleopatra

As promised, a few costume photos – the above was snapped at the costume party Saturday night. Happy Halloween to all of you – hope you had a fun weekend and have a safe evening tonight!

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The DIY portion of my costume
Our hostess is a master decorator - people like this have such a gift!
Our hostess is a master decorator – people like this have such a gift!
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Everyone needs a beer. 🙂
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Cupcakes to help you to the afterlife