FO: Reverse Psychology

Here is another Knit-a-Long project!  It turns out I really respond to outside motivation.  This one was in the Fans of Wolle’s Yarn Creations group.

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Pattern: Reverse Psychology by Mindy Ross

Yarn: Wolle’s Yarn Creations Color Changing Cotton, 100 grams in Peachy 2

Needles: US 5

Start Date: July 11, 2014

Finish Date: August 8, 2014

I used TOHO 6/0 beads in a frosted peach colorway.  I also used a 1.00 mm Fleegle Beader to apply the beads.  This wasn’t always super successful.  Maybe some of my beads were a little small.  Some of them were a little tough to get on all four strands of the yarn.

Here’s a closeup of the beads:

The pattern was written out line by line.  It was a fun pattern.  A little random, so I feel like I could have done it a number of different ways and it would turn out close enough to the same.  I had a bit of yarn left over so I did some of the rows of the extended pattern.  I wanted to use up as much yarn as I could because I wanted to use all of my last color.  I blocked my shawl pretty straight across, but I could have added little points too.

It’s a slightly weird shape.  Extremely long and narrow.  It’s not quite a natural shape to wear.  It involves a lot of arranging.  But I am pretty happy with how it turned out.  I love the colors.  This skein of yarn was the most umm, vagina-like of all of my Wolle’s skeins.

I was going to rotate that photo but then got lazy.

A perfect little scarf/shawl/necklacey thing for the summer!

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FO: Medallion-Edged Shrug

Better late than never, huh?  I finished this guy last month.  I had been wanting to knit up the pattern for a while and was inspired to start by the Yarniacs‘ Colors of Fall KAL.

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Pattern: Medallion-Edged Shrug by Katya Frankel from knit.wear Spring 2012.

Yarn: Forbidden Woolery Pride Lace in Goldilocks.  About .7 skeins.

Needles: US 4

Start Date: June 17, 2014

Finish Date: July 24, 2014

Notes: None really!  I knit this exactly as written.  Before starting I had assumed that the lace edgings were knit at the same time as the body.  But the edgings are picked up and worked afterwards.  I guess this makes sense, but I wasn’t thinking about that.  Which means the body and sleeves were pretty mindless knitting.  Good think that the sweater is cropped!

The yarn has little sparkles in it due to the Stellina content, but it is hard to see in the pictures.  The yellow is pretty close to Misted Yellow, one of the Pantone Fall 2014 colors.  One of my favorite knitting podcasts, The Yarniacs, is doing a Colors of Fall KAL with the Pantone colors.  I decided to join in with this one.  I have a bunch of other projects in the pipeline in Pantone colors, but I don’t think that I will get to them before the end of the Knit A Long.  Also, I’ve gotten really into podcasts recently.  There is a lot of time at work where I do mindless labor and podcasts are perfect for keeping me entertained!

Not much else to say about this one!  This should be a good layering piece for most of the year here in Los Angeles.  I have more to show you soon.  I have had a lot of anxiety about almost everything in my life and for some reason that includes blogging.  It feels overwhelming beforehand when it is actually easy and fairly stress-free when you actually do it.  So I’m hoping that I’ll come to my senses and get back to a regular schedule.  I have actually been putting off posting things on Ravelry because I didn’t have the energy to blog them!  For goodness sakes!  I need to get out of my head.

See you soon!  Really, I mean it!


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iPhone pictures

I basically thought I posted this a month ago, but realized I hadn’t.  And I don’t feel like waiting for a better time.  So here it is.  Two posts in one day!


Here are some of the notices left on street posts of recent times that I felt like taking pictures of:

It’s a little hard to read in this picture. And to be fair, in real life too. “FOUND SKTBRD”. Seems like an unnecessary abbreviation given the size of the paper. That was in a residential part of Venice.

This one is driving me crazy. I have to imagine this is a fake sign. The phone number has too many digits:

Posted right outside of LACMA. Art installation? Or is this a reference to a movie that I don’t remember/get?! That girl seems so familiar, but I can’t place it!!

This one is an easy reference. To one of my favorite movies of all time!:

That was outside of Amoeba Records in Hollywood. By the way, while I was taking that photo, there was a line of people waiting for Weird Al to sign their records. If there was no line I would have gone in. My parents used to love his videos!

And this has nothing to do with anything, but I am currently obsessed with this Iggy Azalea video. I can’t explain it. But I love her crazy outfits and wish I had that tiny waist and big booty.

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FO: A Very Braidy Cowl

A coworker recently retired and I realized I had never knit anything for her over the last nine years.  This was the perfect opportunity!  But as always, I didn’t make a plan until a week before she was leaving.

I was able to churn this little guy out in that time frame:

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Pattern: A Very Braidy Cowl by Maryse Roudier

Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Burgundy, just under one skein.


Start Date: June 18, 2014

Finish Date: June 25, 2014

I didn’t do any real modifications.  I did one more repeat of the pattern because I thought it could still use a little more width and I wanted to use up as much yarn as possible.  I still had a little bit of yarn left over, but not enough to do another full repeat.  I used a provisional cast-on and then grafted the ends.  I decided not to worry about grafting in pattern since there are only a few purl stitches.  It is amazing how the graft really disappears.  It was hard to find it once my ends were woven in.

Oh, this project did have a “first” for me.  The first time I’ve used a row counter!  I get that they are useful, but still never bothered to use one.  Trying to be a tough guy or something.  Although I have the ability to count my rows while cabling, it isn’t obvious to me like in stockinette.  And boy was it easy just to check my row counter!  I also usually cable without a cable needle, but for such big cables it worked better to use a cable needle.  8 x 8 stitches!

It fits somewhat snugly around the neck but it is still easy to slip over the head.  Even without messing up your hair.

My co-worker really liked it!  She had no idea what a “cowl” was.  It surprised me a little bit.  Is it possible that non-knitters haven’t heard of cowls?  I think it’s probably a fluke. 

It was a quick, economical project.  In fact, I had recently received this skein of yarn at a giveaway of sorts at my knitting guild.  So this didn’t cost me anything!  The color is most accurate in the top picture.  An actual burgundy color.

I want to show you some WIP stuff soon.  I finished my Lyra, but I need to take pictures still.

Have a great weekend!


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FO: Bias Eyelet Cowl

I have a confession. I am not a very punctual person. I had extra time to get my Mom a Mother’s Day gift because she was out of town on vacation. I tried to paint a plate at Color Me Mine. But it turned out pretty crummy. I didn’t have a plan. So I was a couple weeks late getting my Mom anything! What a negligent daughter!

I did end up making her a cowl. A bubble-gum-like striped Noro cowl.

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Pattern: Bias Eyelet Cowl by Grace Akhrem

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Lite and Rowan Milk Cotton DK.  Less than a ball each

Needles: US 4

Start Date: May 24, 2014

Finish Date: May 30, 2014

The cowl is knit on the bias, and fairly straightforward.  I knit straight for a little longer than the pattern called for.  Mostly because I wanted to see some more colors of the Noro and I thought it could be a little looser. 

Because you are carrying the two strands up the side of the work, one side started to look a little sloppy.  I tried not to worry about it, but it wasn’t good:

I ended up with plenty of the Silk Garden Lite left over, so I decided to do an applied I-cord edging along both sides.  This way I got to see some more of those colors!  And boy did it make it look more finished.  I picked up a stitch in every slip stitch on the edge, but every maybe four rows I added an extra row to my I-cord.  You have to find the right balance so that the edging is neither binding nor flared.

And if you are astute, you can see that I was doing this edging on a plane.  On the way to see my Mom!  Luckily she was out of town for the first two days I was home so that I had time to block it on the floor of my childhood bedroom.  Which, by the way, looks like a 16-year old girl still lives there. 

I probably should have gotten my Mom to model the cowl…

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FO: Svalbard Cardigan

Hi guys!  I have a real backlog of things to show you.  I’ve been putting this one off mostly because it isn’t that exciting to me.  I finished it back in March and then decided that I didn’t like the length it ended up at.  I finally got the heart to fix it, and then ultimately finished it in April.  And then just finally took pictures of it in June!  A black worsted weight sweater just in time for summer!

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Pattern: Svalbard by Bristol Ivy

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Soot Kettle Dyed, just under 10 balls.

Needles: US 6 and US 7

Start Date: February 4, 2014

Finish Date: April 18, 2014

I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw it.  And then I won a free pattern of my choice from the Just One More Row podcast and got this one.  I wanted it to have the same proportions on me as it did on the tall model.  I also had a little bit less yarn than the pattern called for.  So I shortened the body by a few inches.  It seemed to fit perfectly when I was done with the body and sleeves.  Then I knit all of the ribbed edgings.  After blocking, my sweater just looked kind of weird.  Here’s a bathroom mirror shot of how it first looked:

The perfect length in the back, but sooo high in the front.  And the fact that it is loose and swingy made it pretty unflattering at that height.  The ribbing is so deep that it really emphasizes how high the fronts are.  It sat around for a month until I felt like ripping out all of the edgings so that I could add length to it.

When I came back to it, I decided to do short rows in the front so that it kept about the same length in the back, but just added to the fronts.  I pretty much wrapped and turned every four rows between the front and the armhole.  This added quite a bit of length to the front.  And the short rows are really disguised by the cartridge rib pattern.

In the end, do I love it?  Eh.  It really does end up feeling like a lot of bulk in the front of my body.  The armhole is a little deep so it just feels like there is a lot of fabric in the front by my armholes.  I do love the side and back views of it.  Just not the most flattering sweater.

I love the back detail where it switches from stockinette to 1×1 ribbing to cartridge ribbing in a V shape.  The pattern was pretty ingenious, but is written out in a way that is fairly confusing.  Lots of switching from the instruction page to the stitch pattern page.

These photos were taken at the Portland Rose Garden.  I’ve never been crazy about roses, but was pretty blown away with how beautiful the rows and rows of flowers were.  Lucas is still unimpressed with roses.  We went up to the Northwest for a week to visit my parents in Portland/Camas and then traveled up to Olympia and Seattle to see friends.  I am sure I have a NW post in me, but we’ll see. :)


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To distract you from my lack of knitting to show…

This is basically the most amazing dance sequence of all time. From the 1989 film THE EXPERTS with John Travolta, Ayre Gross and Kelly Preston. It is set in a Soviet Russia spy training village but Travolta thinks he is in middle America. Not a good movie but worth it for this dance. Just something for you to enjoy on your long weekend!

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