Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween & some FOs

Thanks, everyone, for the Cherry / Unripe Banana love! I'm smiling, you just can't see.

Turns out I much needed all your happy, smiley comments because I've had a rough couple days. I was supposed to run the NYC Marathon on Sunday, but injured my foot a few weeks back. I thought I could push through, but finally resigned to the fact that I could permanently mess up my foot and might not even finish. And it only took two sports medicine doctors strongly advising me not to run to reach this conclusion. 5 months of training down the tubes:( There's always next year, though! And I know this is nothing in the whole scheme of things.

Anyway, Happy Halloween! Check out our pumpkins:

Mine's the scary one with fangs, J's has the buck teeth. I love mine. Tee hee.

This is our first year in cookie-cutter suburbia, so we've got high hopes of trick-or-treaters trailing in and out of house all night (as long as my pumpkin doesn't scare them away). Otherwise, we'll be getting fat on all the peanut butter cups we bought.

In the wake of a finished sweater, I cast on for a few quick-hit gifts. First, this long-overdue hat for my dad:


Pattern: Utopia Hat by Smariek
Yarn: Karabella Aurora 8 in Charcoal, less than 2 balls
Needles: Size 8 Addis

Comments: all positive for the hat, yarn, and pattern. This hat was a long time coming and was made to match the Sharfik I made for my dad almost 2 years ago!

I also whipped up these super quick socks for our friend's brand new baby.


crappy picture, but it was a quick shot taken at night in case I forgot the next morning (which I did)

Pattern: Baby Socks
Yarn: Sundara Sock Yarn in Cirque leftover from these
Needles: Size 1 Addis
Comments: Quick, easy and a good use for leftover sock yarn. It was a bit touch and go by the end - I was running on yarn fumes and the second sock almost got a "special" mismatched toe. There will be plenty more of these as a procreating trend has broken out in our circle of friends.

Next time, I'll tell you how I doubled my stash at Farmhouse Yarns:

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Done: Unripe Banana aka Cherry

It's been so long since I've written an FO report, I forget how! Yikes. After months of toil on this project, it's finally complete.

Pattern. Cherry by Anna Bell.
Yarn. Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton in Freesia. 7 and a smidge balls bought dirt cheap at Webs last spring.
Size. 36
Needles. Size 3 and 6 Addis
Time to Knit. July ?? to October 15. I knit the swatch last summer, though.
Other materials. 5 dark red buttons, chocolate brown velvet ribbon.

Comments on Pattern.
Well written and clear. You have to keep track of the stitch pattern as you decrease and increase, which might cause trouble for beginners. Overall, the stitch pattern keeps things interesting, but not overwhelming. It kept me engaged the duration of the project, which is quite a feat!

If you decide to make this definitely spring for an extra ball of yarn. For the size I made (and the size above, in fact), the pattern calls for 7 balls of yarn and I used a bit of an 1/8. Adn I didn't even make the string belt. You might have better luck, but I prefer to play on the safe side. Especially when it takes me a year to make a project.

The yarn.
Like tons of you out there, I'm a wool kind of girl. This cotton didn't make a full convert out of me, but I definitely enjoyed using it and give it two thumbs up. It's soft and light and makes a beautiful, drapey fabric. The yarn's quite splitty, but it is cotton. Oh, and as it's available in a boatload of colors, too, which makes it a nice go-to cotton.

Mods. I added some extra length. A standard for me. Not really a mod, but I used a tubular cast on.

Final Verdict. I'm loving this sweater. The only way I could love it any more would be if I finished it two months ago when it was still short sleeve cotton cardigan weather. Oh, I'll still wear it. Don't you worry. It fits well and matches the rest of my wardrobe. Destined to be a staple, I'm sure.
I have to admit I'm kicking myself for not casting off using the tubular method. The ribbing / castoff of the button band and collar look homeade to me. Blocking helped, but not enough for my critical eye.

Still to be done, but probably never will be because I'm lazy and there's newer projects out there. The yarn belt. And those little buttons that go between the big buttons to prevent gaping.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Unripe Banana Blocking

Wow, two posts in as many days?

This sweater resembles anything but a cherry, so I've re-named it unripe banana. That's the exact color of the yarn - unripe bananas. Gross to eat, but lovely to wear.

So, unripe banana is blocking as we speak. I'm looking forward to a seaming party tonight! Okay, no one's looking foward to seaming, but I am excited about a new, long-overdue sweater!
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Socktober, Baby!

I'll spare you the details of my month-long absence. They seem to be frequent in these parts. I just have to get back into the habit of blogging. And summer, too. I blame summer. Anyway, it's Socktober, baby!

I have two pairs of socks on the needles - well, one actually on the needles and half ball of yarn awaiting cast on to fulfill its destiny of second sock. You've already seen one (wow, did I really start these so long ago?). The other?

As soon as this beauty came in the mail, I knew it was meant to become some of Pam at Flint Knits Marigold Socks.

I cast on for these socks on a big, smelly Greyhound bus headed for NYC, where I picked up a cruise ship and sailed around the Caribbean for 10 days. The sock was my constant poolside companion and hit the spot for some interesting, yet not exhausting knitting. But, since I've been home it's been abandonded for some sweater WIP's (namely, Cherry). Hey, they're bigger and more noticeable sitting there wanting to be finished and worn.

Me and the Marigolds have since rekindled our love and I'm *almost* finished with the first one. I pledge to at least finish this sock (and maybe the other embossed leaves) by the end of the month. Nothing like Socktoberfest to give you a good kick in the pants, huh?