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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Charcoal Central Park Hoodie Vest, FO

This project has been in the queue for awhile. I decided a vest would be more useful here in Hawaii. As I have been a-wracked with a virus I was able to finished this undeclared Ravelympics project.

Pattern: Central Park Hoodie by Heather Lodinsky from Knitscene, Fall 2006
Yarn: Beaverslide, Charcoal gray
Needles: size 6 and 8
Mods: added pockets after the fronts were done. Elimated the sleeves and added 5 rows of ribbing and and i-cord bind-off. I did the wider band without the button holes and did an i-cord bind-off. The plan is to add a zipper. I also followed jamie12's instructions in the Ravelry CPH KAL group for the less pointy hood and continued the cable to the top.

It still needs blocking. The hood doesn't seem to hang right.

1. Who would have thunk curling would be so exciting. If I only knew what the objectives were.
2. I am almost done with the second go around of Harry Potter, Prisoner of Azkaban.
3. I watched a 1935 movie, Ruggles of Red Gap staring Charles Laughton. He was so young and un-Captain Bligh or hunchback-like. It was a comedy and it even sucked in the Landcaster, who had never heard of Charles Laughton. Sigh.
Attention: whine ahead
4. Nothing like a war with a virus to cast negativity on my psyche. Yesterday I felt a brief moment of hope, but this am the ole noggin feels on the verge of exploding. I've broken down and contacted my doc even though I know there is not much to be done. I feel badly that I had to call in sick. Excuse me while I go put on my hair shirt and self-flagellate some more.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Poppy the Cat

Orange cat I'm calling Poppy. The Knitted Brow suggested a cat while waiting to cast on for Ravelympics, which is tomorrow already!

The lovely yellow orange yarn hand dyed by smallest friend, is lovely to work with and went well with the Beaverslide in white. I tried to make heart shaped eyes as Valentine's Day is just around the corner.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

A Sock is Done

Creating the fabric postcards is the best part. Finishing them is a bit fiddly changing thread colors frequently and not as much fun. But it's well worth the fun and colorful results. Anyone that knows me that letter writing is not my forte and communication is sporadic. My goal was to mail at least two and I am half way there!

Pattern: Firestarter by Yarnissima (free Ravelry download)
Yarn: Socks that Rock lightweight, colorway Typhoon Tina
Needles: size 1 dpns

This sock is knit toe up and I used the Judy's magic cast-on method. The entertaining Cat Bordhi demos this method on youtube.

The sock has a very wide toe. I have short rounded toes so I stuck with the number recommended in the pattern. I eliminated two increase rows on the gusset as I got a little bored and rationalized that I have very short feet also, so 16 would be fine, and it was.

On size one the fabric was quite dense as this yarn is a fat fingering. Instead of downsizing needles for the leg as recommended in the pattern I continued twisting the rib to the end. This worked out fine and the socks fit me with minimal ease and no sag, so I think they will fit the intended well as she is a half size larger then I am.

I got this yarn at the Madrona Market and loved working with it. I definitely want to attend this Fiberfest again.

Big sister and I hit the swap meet at Aloha Stadium today. It was perfect weather as it was quite cool and dry. The pickings were slim so we saved money, haha. We hit Genki Sushi for lunch. They have the cutest fake sushi decorations.

The Rasta Rook scarf went over well with the nephew, so I'm trying to make a matching hat. I got it into my head that crochet does not stretch so I knit the band, doubled it, and now I'm crocheting the stripes. Crochet takes a lot more yarn so I've run out. Luckily Nanea at Aloha Yarns has more just waiting for me to pick it up.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Originally uploaded by acornbud
The market had huge boxes full of these Kabocha's (green skinned pumpkins). I wish had watched grandma make this more because her's was soooo yummy!

Kabocha pumpkin with kombu.