Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Catching up...

Hi, it's me. Remember me? I'm still around.
There has been knitting, but I have no photographic proof. So, I'm just going to ramble.

You know that theory that everyone has a twin? Like a doppelganger, but without the evil? I think I've found mine. I have no idea what she looks like, but Larissa of Meathead fame is my twin. In fact, I think we might be the same person.


Well, first off, we have the same name. And when I say same, I mean both first and last.
We are both married to men with the initals M.J.B.
She works for a library foundation, and I will work for a library someday.
We were both born in May.
We both live on the west coast. She lives in a city I've never been to, but one that I imagine myself moving to someday.
And, duh, we both knit. And blog about it.

I'm still a little shocked about this.

Do you have a "twin"?

In other news, I have made a lovely English translation of this little neck warmer pattern from Tejemanejes, a new Spanish-language Knitty type magazine. I am waiting for their permission to post it. I know they have a Creative Commons license, but I just want to make sure. Better safe than sorry and all that. Hopefully I will get the ok in the next few days.

And, I know this is going to shock all of you who commented on my last post, but I'm going to start swatching for Joy as soon as Orangina is finished. So close.
I've decided to participate in MS3, so that should take care of my lace yearnings for a while.

ETA: Ali's having a contest. Go check it out!!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

What next?

I have all these projects floating around in my head, and I can't decide which to do first.

So your task, should you choose to accept it, is to leave a comment telling me which of the following you think I should do next.

After I finish Orangina... of course...

First is Joy from Vintage Style. The yarn will be Rowanspun 4-ply in Sludge.

Joy from Vintage Style

Next, is Frost Flowers & Leaves from A Gathering of Lace. The yarn is Jagger Spun Zephyr in Sage.
Frost Flowers & Leaves from A Gathering of Lace

Then, the Scarf (with edging 21 and insertion 25... whatever that is) from Victorian Lace Today in Schaffer Anne.
Scarf with edging 21 and insertion 25 from Victorian Lace Today

And finally, the Dollar and a Half Cardigan from Interweave Knits Spring 07. The yarn is Rowan Calmer in Khaki.
Dollar and a Half Cardigan from IK Spring 07

Ok, which strikes your fancy? I'd love to know! And feel free to say why if you so desire.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Ms. Marigold

Behold, Ms. Marigold!

I know I say this about everything I knit, but this was a really fun little project. The yarn is delicious; a little splitty, but it's delicious nonetheless.

Pattern: Ms. Marigold from ZephyrStyle

Yarn: About 4 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed Color 005 (Pink Beige)

Needles: Size 5 Denise circs, Size 3 Inox circs.

Mods: I didn't do the ruffle... It's just not me. Instead, I picked up and knit three rows in k2, p2 ribbing.

Comments: I love the construction of this piece. Reading the directions before I cast on was very confusing. I couldn't see how it was going to work. But I kept the faith and blindly did what it told me, and it all worked out.

Like Leah was saying just yesterday, a stitch count would be nice. Since it's not provided, I had to do some simple math to make sure everything would work out. I ended up increasing the body by two stitches just below the waist so the ribbing at the bottom would work.

I also had to do some math to make sure the ribbing around the V-neck and the arm holes would come out even. I wanted the ribs at the bottom of the V to both be knit stitches, so I needed a multiple of 4+2. I had to do a little fussing to make it work, but I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.
Most important to me was getting the V to join in the right place. Not too high and not too low. I have seen some examples of both around the blogosphere/flickr/ravelry. I knew that this was a crucial factor in the wearability equation. Luckily, this pattern allows for trying on midway, so I think I got it pretty close to where I wanted it.

All in all, awesomely wearable in this warm weather we're having!

Ok, up next. I'm going to re-re-re-resurrect Orangina. I only have about 3 inches of ribbing left but I. Just. Can't. Finish. It. Arg!
Then, some Sockapalooza socks, and you'll get to help me decide what else. Stay tuned!
P.S. Thanks for all your kind words of congratulation for the Man. You are too sweet!