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Branching Out

The commute’s got to be used for something.  Here ya go:

On the bus ride home, a bump jolted the stitches off my needle once.  I’m not too happy with the evenness of the edges so I may try to reblock it.


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I have something for you.

After deciding that this scarf’s previous incarnation just didn’t appeal to me, I opted to try this simple pattern from Tata and Tatao: http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/e-index.html.  I’d been avoiding the 1×1 rib because the switching between knit and purl sounded slow.  But man…the smoothness of the baby alpaca and the mindlessness made this project a pleasant accompaniment to catching up on old anime.

After only my second day at work, this is rather close to how I feel:

Droopy, relaxed, just out of the shower and looking forward to shape up for a new day.  Let’s hope I don’t shed as much as the alpaca…

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Now that I’ve whisked off to spend some time with my family, my yarn must sit with my roommate.  Sad sad sad, the cathedral afghan did not muster up the energy to tag along.

But some skeins did manage to hang on to my luggage, and they passed the 6-hour ride home doing this:

I do hope the three skeins will last the scarf.  I wanted to try length-wise stripes, but threw in basketweave to make it a little interesting.  Interesting in the good way, but I should have thought enough to place the knit-purl change off away from the color change.  Having both changes coincide takes longer (more switching to front or back) and makes it easier for the skeins to tangle.

This move also means that, for the next few weeks, this blog is at the mercy of my sister’s camera.

Exams and homework give way to getting not only my yarn but myself out of unemployment.  Also in the meantime, I’ll be doodling and staying happy as a bookworm.

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It is surprisingly comfy.

Today marks the debut of KnitPicks yarn in Misa’s stash.  The colors are a bit off from both the catalog and the site’s pics, but that doesn’t dash any plans.

The cathedral afghan grows.

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Sweet Dreams

I dreamt that my first KnitPicks yarn order arrived, so that my first glove project could plunge into progress.

The waking world is not so kind.

But then again, the weather hasn’t been too cooperative of late.  We’re trudging through a baby heat wave.  The weather isn’t enough to sunder me from my yarn, but it does make cooler pursuits higher on the list.  Say, ice cream.

But then again, any weather is ice cream weather.

But then again, this blog is about sweet concoctions of the craft kind.  Let’s continue our tour of Misa’s stashbusting:

It may not look like one, but I use it as a laptop slip when my laptop comes along in my purse (which snugly fits the laptop already).  Improvised with bits of leftover acrylic; I think it was Caron for the green and ancient mystery acrylic for the blue.  The reverse side looked far less dinky and rather happy than the front stockinette.

My favorite part is the color:

I’m particularly fond of blues and variegated colorways.  This fits the bill daintily.

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Why is it that popular art often shows knitters holding their needles like crochet hooks (ladle position)? Or do people actually knit like this:


or this:


The way I’ve seen people knit, the needles form an upside-down V. Pop culture suggests a right-side-up V.

Just wondering if there’s another way to knit out there that I need to stumble across.

(Apologies if I’m not supposed to be linking to other people’s images. Let me know and I’ll take them off.)

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FO: Noro Rib Scarf

In my many expeditions of procrastinatory housekeeping, my team chanced upon this:

I’ve been looking for a project that would conveniently take care of the remaining half dozen Noro Kureyon in my stash. Perhaps this is it. The ribbing and stripes complement one another quite happily.

It does curl, though, which is why it looks so bumpy in the photo; some parts are oomphed flat and others still curled. I’ll have to figure out how to keep the rib and not the roll.

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