Moby Knit

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Braided Cable Cardigan – Third Progress Report

I am very, very worried. This is how far I’ve made it with half the yarn I have on hand for this project:

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It’s not looking good for long sleeves, I’m afraid. I’ll probably do a couple rounds of stockinette and finish them off with some ribbing. It’ll still be cute. Let’s look on the bright side, short sleeves means I’ll have it finished sooner!

The tonal yarn is pooling, which doesn’t have me thrilled, but that’s the nature of variegated yarns. I’m sure Eva will wear it regardless of its perceived (by me) shortcomings.


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Lacy Shrug – Complete!

This lovely shrug had been finished for a while (and in plenty of time for the wedding, I might add), but I just got around to forcing Kai to take pictures of me wearing it. I think it turned out really nice. 🙂

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I used less than 3 skeins of Cascade Pima Silk to complete this project. If I had followed the instructions, I would have had to dip into the fourth skein. I made a ton of modifications, all of which can be found on my Rav page. This was an extremely easy project, and I think everyone should make one. 😉


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A Mammoth Falls

Today, while I was sitting on the porch with Eva, I heard a crack and saw one of my mammoth sunflowers plummet to the ground. I don’t know enough about sunflowers to know whether the seeds in the fallen plant’s head will ripen now that the plant is broken. I cut off the head anyway and brought it onto the porch.

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It was by far the biggest flower Eva had ever seen. And it was yellow. She spent some time carefully investigating the bloom, then moved on to plucking the petals. I’ll leave it on the porch to see if the seeds become viable, but I have my doubts. It’s a shame really, because that was one tall plant!

The rest of my mammoths are still standing, and I hope they stay that way. I need at least one to ripen so I can harvest some seeds!


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Braided Cable Cardigan – Second Progress Report

At this point I’m well into the raglan portion of the sweater.  I even made my first buttonhole!

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I really like how the cables are turning out. I think this sweater would look great in a tonal green to accentuate the whole celtic vibe. Maybe Kirsi will get one next year.   🙂

The fabric is very stiff, but I’m hoping that with blocking, the collar will lay down. I guess working with cotton and silk for my previous project has made me extra sensitive to the bulk and roughness of wool. I’ll adjust, I’m sure.


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Braided Cable Cardigan – First Progress Report

I bound off my shrug yesterday, so of course I had to cast on something new as soon as possible. In my previous post, I showed you some Knit Picks Swish Worsted that I wound into cakes. Today I’ll show you what it’ll become and my progress.

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Above is the start of a sweater jacket I’m making for Eva. I’ve made it a little farther than this photo shows, and I’m now cabling like crazy. The pattern has been a piece of cake so far, and I’m really enjoying this whole sweater-in-worsted-weight experience.

There’s one thing I’m not enjoying, though. I seem to be reacting to the yarn. It’s making me cough and my throat itch. I don’t know if bits of fiber are coming loose or if the chemicals used in processing the yarn are irritating me, but it’s pretty annoying. I hope a good soak and wash will clear everything up (And soften the yarn. I was surprised at how scratchy it is!). I don’t want Eva to wear a jacket that makes her feel sick. Thoughts?


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For The First Time

After letting them languish in the closet for way too long, I finally tried out the new swift and ball winder that I bought long ago. I’m this close to finishing my shrug, so I wanted to prepare the yarn for my next project.

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My swift and ball winder!

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The yarn - Knit Picks Swish Worsted in "Blue Violet"

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The yarn on the swift.

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The ball winder ready for assembly.

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I'm winding!

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Completed yarn cakes.

The cake on the left looks a little wonky. It’s the second one I wound, so I’m not sure what I did differently. I’m assuming it has to do with the tension. I’ll knit from that cake first. I don’t want the yarn to stay stressed (if it is) for too long.

I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and simple the process was. It took me a few minutes to set everything up (it’ll only take a minute next time since I now know how everything works) and literally a minute per hank to wind.  Much quicker than hand winding! I had to fight the urge to wind everything in my stash, one, because I read hank form is easiest on the yarn, and two, because it would take three years to wind my ginormous stash. I don’t want to tell you how long it took me to find that yarn when I went searching for it in my many bins, boxes, and bags…


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New Phone, New Abilities

Yesterday I bought a new phone and spent a large chunk of today getting to know it. For the curious, it’s a Samsung Galaxy S4.  My previous phone was incredibly outdated, had a less than stellar camera (including a permanent black dot in the lens), and was starting to run really slow. My new phone, on the other hand, has a fantastic camera, a HUGE screen (compared to my previous phone), and tons of cool features that I have yet to figure out how to operate. I’m sure my opinion will change when it starts to malfunction, though. I must give off some sort of continuous radiation that causes electronics to fry. I have trouble with pretty much anything that needs a power source to function.

Anyway, since I now possess this decent phone, I downloaded a bunch of photo editing apps so I can play with my photos like everyone else. Here are some examples of my work:

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Marigolds growing in one of my flowerbeds.

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Petunias from one of my flowerbeds.

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Mammoth Sunflowers in bloom.

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Kirsi caught her tongue!

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Eva draws a circle while playing on the porch.

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Kirsi practices her duck face.

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Eva gives her little sister a kiss.

I’m still exploring all of my options, and I’m so excited to be able to jazz up the images I post from this point forward. Now if I could only adapt to this touchscreen keyboard. ..


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Lacy Shrug – Fourth Progress Report

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my shrug.   I haven’t really made that much progress, but every little bit helps. I’ve been spending most of my time deep cleaning the house and decorating it. I don’t know why, but I was suddenly hit with this strong urge to make the place look more inviting. Don’t worry, it’ll pass.   🙂

Anyway, I finished the ribbing on the body and started the ribbing on one of the sleeves. If I sat down and applied myself, this thing would be done in an hour.

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Body Ribbing

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Sleeve Ribbing

I’ve realized how quickly this wedding is approaching since I had to pick up my dress today. Hopefully this will serve as motivation for me to finish. I’d really like to move on to something else. I should continue knitting Christmas presents, but so many things I’d like to make for myself are calling to me. I need some self control and fast!


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Lacy Shrug – Third Progress Report

I took the plunge and finally seamed my shrug.  Poorly.

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I am terrible at seaming.  I have tried to improve, believe me.  As evidenced in the above photo, you can see why I avoid garments that require seaming.  :/  The pattern said to seam 3.75 inches on each side, but I only seamed 3.5 inches per side.  That left a 23 inch opening which fit when I tried on the shrug.

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After seaming the ‘sleeves,’ I picked up stitches around the neck for the ribbing.  The pattern says I should have picked up 216 stitches for the XL size.  Ha!  I picked up 178, and there wasn’t any more available space to pick up more.  I hope it fits when I’m finished!  Since 178 isn’t divisible by 4, I had to go with 1×1 ribbing instead of 2×2.  I was a little disappointed, but I’m over it now.

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My intention is to knit more ribbing than called for in the pattern, yarn permitting. I need lots of coverage!