Monthly Archives: March 2013

FO: Trellis Infinity Scarf

While I was working on sweaters, I wanted a smaller project to work on.  I made this!:

Pattern: Trellis Scarf by Bethany Hick from Interweave Knits, Spring 2013

My Rav project here.

Yarn: Handspun Merino/Tencel, ranging from fingering to DK weight, about 300yds.

Needles: US4 and F hook

Start Date: February 28, 2013

Finish Date: March 20, 2013

Notes:  My yarn was pretty early handspun and was super uneven.  The stitch definition on the garter rib section is pretty bad.  Also, on the wrap sections.  I didn’t really have any other plans or ideas for the yarn, so just went for it.  The unevenness is less obvious in the mesh sections and the crochet flowers.

It had been a while since I’ve done any crocheting.  It was nice to revisit it.  I’ve been meaning to make a crochet garment for years…

The scarf does roll a bit in the ribbing sections.  But when you have it doubled around your neck it isn’t too obvious.  It’ll be a nice weight item for the coming months.

I need to come up with another accessory to knit while waiting for the Epic CAL/KAL to begin!


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Happy Passover

For all who celebrate, I wish you a wonderful Passover.

Have you seen these items at the grocery store made out of fabric that looks like matzoh? I have always gotten a kick out of them. But this one takes the cake:


Maybe I’ll have to check for discounted ones at Albertson’s next week when I’m buying my clearance Easter candy…

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FO: Vivian


Pattern: Vivian by Ysolda Teague

My Rav Page here

Yarn: Cascade Ecological in colorway 8010, about 2.5 skeins.

Needles: US7

Start Date: January 1, 2013

Finish Date: March 12, 2013

Mods: A few.  There have been a ton of these made by other Ravellers, so I took some tips.  I changed my increases on the sleeves.  I started increasing earlier in the forearms, and then I stopped the decreases sooner so that I had four less stitches on each of the sleeves.  I was okay with the length of the arms, but they are probably longer than is practical.

I changed the hood quite a bit.  I used Felinity’s mods here.  They were super helpful.  As written, the hood is pretty small and not really big enough to wear up.  Felinity’s mods add a lot more rows, and a bunch of increases (and decreases) in the seed stitch panel on the back of the hood while still continuing the saddle cables up around the hood.  I am super happy with how it turned out!

At the top of the hood, I grafted the two sides together in pattern.  There are several ways to do this.  I decided that I was too lazy to look up the magazine with the information in it about how to do the kitchener stitch in pattern.  And I remembered a tip that I got from somewhere.  Probably from Lucy Neatby, via my Mom.  I knit another row of the pattern on both sides using a contrasting waste yarn.  Then instead of doing the kitchener stitch by rote, I followed the path of the contrast yarn through each stitch.  I think I will get some pictures of this to show you soon.

This was the first knit garment that I have ever sewn a zipper into.  I bought a 22″ separating Sport zipper in cream.  Following Grumperina‘s tips for putting in a zipper, I measured the length of the opening while wearing the sweater so that I didn’t get any buckling later.  I would have liked a 21″ zipper, but I went with what I had and had the zipper zip up a little higher than I planned.  I backstitched the zipper in by hand with cream thread.  Then I sewed aqua-ish grosgrain ribbon over the zipper tape.  Good lord, this took forever.  My needle was not very sharp and it was hard to puncture the zipper tape.  The ribbon was easier, but still tedious.  I am not into hand-sewing.  I was too nervous to try to do it on the sewing machine though.  The zipper isn’t perfect, but it is good enough for me!

And now I have a sweater to wear if I want to go bobsledding…

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Tasty Tuesday: Denny’s grilled cheese

The night that we stayed in Puyallup we were so tired! Mostly because we got on the road around 6am! And shopping is tiring, right?

For dinner it was all we could do to walk over to the Denny’s in the hotel parking lot. I hadn’t been to Denny’s in years. And I can’t say that I necessarily recommend it…

But what did I find on the menu? The $4 value menu, no less? A grilled cheese sandwich filled with mozzarella sticks. I am not shitting you. $4 includes the fries.


I ordered a salad too, just to feel better about myself. And snagged some of my Mom’s broccoli. And if I had been eating sugar, you can believe I would have tried a Blueberry Pancake Puppy sundae. Blueberry Pancake Puppies are like little aebleskiber/pancake balls filled with blueberries and white chocolate chips. Oh, and cream cheese frosting drizzled on top!

My Mom wasn’t as tempted as I was.


On a fancier note, I went to some really good restaurants in the East Hollywood areas. Barbrix on Hyperion in Silverlake had amazing tapas. It was a bit pricey, but I always think that with tapas. Vinoteca Farfalla is also recommended. We ordered the risotto that is served in a parmesan wheel:


I also went to Maximiliano in Highland Park because my friends just bought a house a few blocks away. And it was delicious! Wish I had tried the pizza too!

Or maybe green bagels from Ralph’s is more your speed?


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Sew Expo

To follow up from last week…  I flew up to Portland and my Mom and I drove up to Puyallup, WA.  We spent the weekend at the SewExpo at the State Fairgrounds.  I didn’t know what to expect, but I had a lot of fun!  We couldn’t get into any of the longer classes/workshops, but we went to six different 45-minute classes.  Some were more informative than others.  Some felt a little bit like a sales pitch for the teacher.  They were on a variety of topics, including paper piecing, free motion quilt edgings and unusual bindings.  Since I’m still a quilting beginner, some of it went right over my head.

And then there was the shopping!  Hundreds of booths from local stores and companies and some from afar.  I even ran into someone I know from the knitting and sewing guilds in Los Angeles!  I didn’t buy too much.  Some patterns and a little bit of fabric.  I guess I should have pictures of all that…  They were pushing social networking there and encouraged photo taking.  I took pictures of some of my favorite quilts that I saw there.  If the owners of these quilts see them and want me to take them down, just let me know!  It would be good if I had the program still so I could give better credit.

This Springtime in New York quilt was at the Superior Thread booth.  I bought the pattern too.  I might have to try my hand at paper piecing for this one.  I am finding myself obsessed with quilting (you know, like free motion quilting) even though I suspect I will not be good at it.  I was paying a lot of attention to the awesome quilting on all of the display quilts.  (For non-quilters, the sewing together of the top of quilt is called piecing, and the act of sewing together the layers of the quilt is the actual quilting.  For example the quilted feathers on the border of the quilt above.)  Here’s another cute one from the same booth.

Feeling Crabby.  The crabs have that texture magic stuff on them so they are all crinkly.

This quilt was called Urban Candy.  I am really into this one.  Maybe I just really like the grey combined with the bright florals.  The booth was from Quiltworks Northwest.

This one was at the Pine Needle booth.  I love these colors.  I think batiks can be tricky, but I am drawn to them!

Like this one at the Stitchin’ Post booth.  I love it.  But my Mom made the comment that everyone would think you just bought it at Cost Plus (I guess I should call it World Market now, but that re-branding never stuck with me.).

You know I’m into novelty items, so I was totally obsessed with all this food fabric:

I didn’t give in and buy any though.  I could probably get it at Michael Levine’s downtown if I really need some later.  My Mom did buy me a kit to make a cute potholder that looks like a little pie.  I also bought myself a pattern to make potholders that look like chickens.  I am such a sucker for things that look like other things!  Or things made tiny or huge.

I can’t really say that I took off on my quilt project after we got back.  But I did eventually put in the time (like 6+ hours this weekend) and I finished piecing my first quilt!  Borders and everything.  I need to baste it all together with the batting and backing, then figure out how I am going to quilt it.  I’m tempted to do some straight line quilting, just to get ‘er done, but I might try some free motion quilting.  I think I will really have to put in some practice time first!  I am also reading up on different patterns and trying to come up with a quilting plan.  It’s a good thing that I am not being a perfectionist on this quilt, because it will probably be a real mess.

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FO: Equilibrium Cowl

Stuff is getting finished!  Hooray!  I have Vivian all done and set to show you too.  But one thing at a time.

Pattern: Equilibrium Cowl by Carolyn Kern from Knitscene Accessories 2012

My Ravelry page here.

Yarn: Cascade 220 in color 2415 (the mustard) and Knit Picks Gloss DK in Admiral (blue-purple).  I used less than 200 yds than each, but I had some remainder balls so am not quite sure how much of each.  More of the blue.

Needles: US8 circs

Start Date: Feb 25, 2013

Finish Date: March 7, 2013

Mods: None really.  The cowl is knit in a long tube, first one colorwork pattern, a reverse stockinette section, the second colorwork pattern and another reverse stockinette section.  Then you fold in it half and sew the ends together.  The pattern calls for whipstitching the two sides together, but I used mattress stitch instead.

My last reverse stockinette section ended up a little loose.  Or maybe my bind-off was super loose.  It ended up not being a problem, but it was ruffling out when I was blocking it.  But now that it’s sewn together it isn’t too noticeable.

Here’s one side:

And the other side.  Exciting pictures, huh?

I always like doing colorwork, so it was nice to do this cowl.  I also wear cowls and shawls more than any other handknit.  They are just so easy to throw on!

I’m not sure what will be next for me.  My friends over at Skein After Skein are going to be doing a big “Epic KAL/CAL” starting in mid-April.  The initial idea was to do 12 items from the Best of Knitscene book in a year.  But I didn’t like enough projects in the book and they decided to change it to a more generic challenge.  But I think I will try to kind of stick to the original parameters but making only items from Knitscene magazine.  Which means that I should hold off on any projects from Knitscene for the next month.

I really want to make Grown up Girl by Joji Locatelli, and I already have the pattern.  The yarn I want to use for it might not be thick enough, so I have to swatch and see if it will work.  Then try to finish it up before the KAL starts next month!


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Rose City Yarn Crawl

I had a Tasty Tuesday post all set to write, and then I forgot to upload my pictures.  But I meant to post this last week, so I’ll push everything back.

The weekend before the one that just ended, I flew up to the Northwest to spend some time with my Mom and family.  I flew up to Portland, spent a day there and then the two of us drove up to Puyallup, WA to go to the SewExpo.  Since I had a full day in Camas, we decided to join in on the Rose City (Portland) Yarn Crawl.  There were 18 stores participating, and we made it to four.  That isn’t a ton, but both of us were trying to keep our yarn purchases low.

We went to Dublin Bay Knitting Company (a beautiful store!), Pearl Fiber Arts, Angelika’s Yarn Store, and Twisted.  I did pretty good about purchases.  My Mom bought me this skein of Bamboo Bloom at Angelika’s.

It’s not my normal style of yarn, but I think I’ll make a cowl out of it.  Maybe just plain stockinette, but then purling when the big puffs come around.

This was my second trip to Twisted, and I love it so much!  I was trying not to buy anything unless I really loved the yarn.  And I lost all resolve once we got there.  Maybe it was this little face that did it!

A real lamb!  It was adorable.  I never realized that people banded lamb’s tails.  I didn’t know that sheep have long tails naturally.  Hmm.

I did buy some Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarns.  I got two large skeins of Victoria in color Mossley Manly.

And Socks That Rock Lightweight in Henpecked.

I have a couple skeins of STR at home that I need to use.  I saw a beautiful woven scarf on Ravelry using some and now I’m kind of obsessed with weaving a scarf with it.  I’ll have to wait until I go back home to use my Mom’s loom again!

We had a lot of fun in Puyallup, but I’ll post about that soon.

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