What’s Old Is New Again

May 12, 2007 at 4:31 pm (Finishing, knitting, oliver, Work in Progress, Yarn)

Earlier this week, I was rifling through my knitting basket (the less used one upstairs) and I came across an old FO that has never seen the light of day. I finished it in the Spring of last year, I think, and never really liked the color. So I pulled out an errant container of RIT dye, and experimented.


FO - Dream Swatch Head Wrap


Dream Swatch Headwrap

I think I’ll actually wear it now, although it is a bit on the rolly side. It’s the Dream Swatch Headwrap by Wendy Bernard in Paton’s Grace, in spearmint, dyed blue. This was my first attempt to dye, and even though my bathroom looked like a smurf exploded in there, I think it turned out pretty well!!

I also wrapped up the Tivoli in Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Cotton this week – here’s a sneak peak at it in its pre-blocked form, I’ll try and put together a full FO post this week.


I also got my Blue Sky Alpaca Silk in Amethyst. I ordered from Kpixie this week since my wonderful LYS was cleaned out, and what fast service! I’ve already cast on for the Clementine Shawlette. I’m really loving this pattern and the yarn is like butter. Yummy.

Clementine Shawlette

This will be perfect travel knitting for the trip next week.

And since someone couldn’t keep their nose out of the photo shoot this afternoon, here’s a few shots of my sweet Oliver. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

OliverDream Swatch HeadwrapDream Swatch HeadwrapOliver


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Lace Leaf Shawl and Other Updates

January 4, 2007 at 3:34 pm (FO, knitting, oliver, Work in Progress)

Lace Leaf All 

Pattern: Lace Leaf Shawl, Evelyn A. Clark
Source: Fibertrends

Materials: Karabella Breeze (60% Silk, 40% Cashmere) in #34, 2.5 skeins; Clover Bamboo 29″ Circs, Size 8
Started: December 14, 2006
Completed: December 26, 2006

Size: 56″ x 24″
Modifications: I knitted this on Size 8s rather than the 9s the pattern suggested for DK weight yarn, mostly as a result of that change I ended up adding another 3 pattern repeats to total 10.

This was a lot easier to memorize than the Flower Basket Shawl, and the results are really beautiful. I loved knitting this. The yarn is wonderful, of course, look at its content! I bought it this summer with anniversary-present money at a wonderful yarn shop near my in-laws’ house in Georgia. If you’re ever in Woodstock, Ga., make sure to check out The Whole Nine Yarns. It has a wonderful selection of yarns in a nice, airy space and the staff was incredibly warm—I was even invited to a knit night while I was there! The color is a bit more Mallard Blue than in the picture and it goes perfectly with my winter coat. It has been my scarf of choice for near a week. Here’s a close up of the stitch pattern:

Lace Leaf Close-Up

I got a lot of knitting done over the Christmas holiday. I finished one Log Cabin Sock, and then promptly took a hiatus from knitting the other one because knitting bulky weight yarn on Size 5 DPNs was killing my hands! I also cast on for the Hourglass Pullover from Last MInute Knitted Gifts in Cashmerino Aran. Knitting this has been a balm for me during the stressful last two weeks and I’ve just about finished the body. I think I’m really going to like this one.

I’ve also decided to frog my Sesame, which I had started in Knitpicks Main Line. I ordered 14 skeins a while ago when Knitpicks had a big sale and I thought it was a perfect match for the pattern. Well it was, except for the fact that I don’t have nearly enough yarn. I’ve used almost 8 skeins on just the back. Sigh… I will eventually knit this, although maybe in a wool yarn like Paton’s Classic Merino or Elann’s Pure Alpaca? We’ll see. I’m just not a big fan of cotton sweaters. I’ll probably use the Main Line on a Green Gable.

Thank you all so much for your kind comments on my Oliver. He is doing much, much better. His back is healing up nicely and he’s finally starting to act like himself again. He’s still under constant supervision though; if you look away for a second he’ll scratch or lick at his back. Poor guy, every time he wakes up it’s like he’s re-realizing that his back is incredibly itchy. We have him sleeping in a A-Shirt (you know, the “wife beaters”) which he doesn’t love but we figure it’s better than the cone! He looks very funny in it 🙂 I still can’t believe we almost lost him—if we hadn’t rushed him to the emergency vet in the middle of the night he may not have made it. Very scary. And such a freak thing. Contaminated shampoo? Who’s ever heard of that happening? Crazy.

So now that I’m back among the normal functioning people in this world I’ll be certain to respond to comments and leave some as well . . .

 Happy New Year!

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Shaky Ground

January 2, 2007 at 10:28 am (oliver)


We’re not doing so well here at Flower City Knits. While the Christmas holiday was great fun, with lots of visits with family and old friends, we came home to face a rough ordeal. Our Oliver is very sick. He was fine when we picked him up from the kennel on Thursday, but by Saturday he was running a very high fever and wouldn’t let anyone touch his back. It turns out that he has a nasty skin infection, possibly due to contaminated shampoo. He is finally home again after spending two nights in the hospital, and his fever has broken, but he has lesions all over his back and neck and he is obviously quite uncomfortable. Ollie is a member of our family, and frankly, he’s my baby. So this is a  trying time for us. We’re not out of the woods with the infection, and we’re hoping beyond hope that he will pull through this. Please do keep him in your thoughts.

Due to lots of spare time during Christmas and the stressful homecoming there has been plenty of knitting, even an FO. But I’m not really up to posting about it right now. I’ll keep you updated on Ollie’s status, and fill you in on the knitting when I can.

 Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.

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The Good Part

December 21, 2006 at 1:43 pm (knitting, oliver, Work in Progress)

So the Christmas knitting has been completed, wrapped and presented to happy recipients. Now I get to really sit back and enjoy the holiday season, and enjoy my long-languishing selfish knitting. Matt and I will be setting off tomorrow on our long drive to Atlanta’s vast urban sprawl to visit his family. Oliver will be spending the holiday week at doggy sleep-away camp. (We found a truly lovely, rural facility that lets the dogs play and romp together several times a day. I hope he wants to come home!) I don’t know what my Internet accessibility will be over the next week, but I don’t anticipate too much posting.

I did want to show you what has been keeping my fingers busy for the last week, the Lace Leaf Shawl. I started it last Thursday night, while in active procrastination mode and avoiding baby-sweater-seaming duties like a champ. I’m already almost done! Seven repeats down and I think I’ll add three more; I want this to be relatively big. May I add, I love this pattern. I just can’t stop knitting it. Isn’t it great when that happens?

Lace Leaf Shawl Progress

I haven’t packed for our trip yet, but I already know what knitting I’m going to bring. Hell, I planned that weeks ago, daydreaming of knitting freedom in the midst of the Christmas-knitting workload. In addition to the Lace Leaf Shawl, I’m hoping to finish the Log Cabin Socks and make some good progress on the Trellis Scarf and Sesame, my main squeezes at the moment. Of course I’ll probably end up bringing the materials for the Swallowtail Shawl and some Jaywalkers, so we’ll see how much work gets done on the WIPs 🙂 Oh, and let’s not forget the Broad Street Mittens. I’m going to need a separate suitcase for just my yarn! Oh how my husband will mock me! But whatever, it’s my vacation and I’m going to knit what I want to. In other knitting news, I frogged my Koigu sock whose heel turning I rejoiced in so thoroughly. I started decreasing for the toe too soon, and soon came to the conclusion that I was going to run out of yarn anyway. Besides the join is uneven and I just think I’d rather find a pretty pattern to do the yarn some justice. Maybe Pomotomous or Monkey? We’ll see.

So maybe I’ll talk to you next week, maybe not, but until whenever I leave you with this picture of my dear Ollie, meeting the Christmas Labrador Retriever bobble-head that my sister gave me. He’s obsessed with it, but who can blame him! (Note the blurry wagging tail, and please ignore the coffee stain on our rug ;).

Ollie Meets Bobblehead Lab

Hope you have a wonderful holiday, whichever one you celebrate!

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We Have A Knitter Down . . .

November 8, 2006 at 9:26 pm (oliver)

Oliver's Snooze

I’m starting this post with a gratuitous cute puppy shot. Awww . . . .he folds into carry-on size!

The puppy shot is to distract you from the fact that I have no knitting news to share with you. Well, maybe a little: I started a sock and made some progress on the Irish Hiking scarf. But really, nothing all that interesting. Plus I can’t really knit right now, and that’s depressing me. Why can’t you knit, you ask? Well, I fell down and went boom.

That’s right, I fell down my stairs.

I was calling Ollie to come upstairs to bed last night and heard him barking and whining downstairs. So, I went to run downstairs to see what was wrong. In retrospect, I was moving way too fast and wearing socks on hardwood floors. Not smart. So, once I got to the stairs I did one of those zzzziiiiipppp . . . . ooooooh! airborne moves and fell. Hard. All the way down nine stairs and slammed into the wall at the landing.

Anyway. When I fell I jammed my right hand and now it’s a little painful to knit. Nothing’s broken or anything, I mean, obviously I can type. It’s just bruised, but still. Hurts! To knit! Sigh . . .

Moral of this story? Don’t run in the house. Yes, your mom was right. Especially when you have hardwood floors and you’re wearing socks. And especially if you’re a Virgo and Mercury is in retrograde. Seriously.

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Shhhh . . . It’s Blocking . . . .

November 5, 2006 at 8:41 pm (Finishing, knitting, oliver)

I finally finished the Flower Basket Shawl, it’s now blocking . . .

Flower Basket Blocking

I’ll do the full report once it dries, but suffice it to say, I cut it really close with the yardage.

Leftover Yarn

This was quite the nailbiter. Ollie’s glad it’s all over now, as I will once again have plenty of time to give belly rubs.

Ollie’s Relief

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Saturday, That Great Day.

October 22, 2006 at 12:43 am (Finishing, LYS, oliver, Work in Progress, Yarn)

So all I have to do to wrap up principle knitting on the V-Neck Cardigan is knit one more sleeve, and then I can get started on the finishing. Just four more inches of stockinette. So what did I do today?


Why I cast on for something else, of course. Say hello to my next project, the Hello Yarn‘s Irish Hiking Scarf in Debbie Bliss Merino DK. It’s going to be a Christmas present for my Dad.

Honestly though, it was the LYS that did it. You see, I went my wonderful LYS today to find buttons. While I was there, I got these size 7 Brittany Birch needles that I’ve coveted for some time now, and when I got home I just had to use them. Now, I don’t usually go in for the more expensive needles. I can’t justify Addis on my budget as much as everyone swears by them, and I really think the Susan Bates and Clovers are just fine. But these were only $7. And I love birch needles. So here now they are mine.

Anyhoo, the buttons. Aren’t these cute? These are reason enough to finish this project.


Sorry for the crappy pictures, it’s a grey day, so getting anything good on camera is a reach.

I really had to restrain myself today, the LYS has been having these huge clearouts, and in addition to the greatly discounted stock of Noro and Debbie Bliss (I had a really close call with three beautiful hanks of Silk Garden, but thankfully was able to walk away), they have this whole bin of wonderful one skeins (my weakness), like Rowan Cork, Rowanspun DK, Plymouth Suri Alpaca, etc. I couldn’t say no to this skein of Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair in a lovely green, and so it came home with me. It will become soft, warm fingerless gloves post-X-Mas.


After the LYS, I finally got to work on finishing touches to two projects that have been languishing in the craft room. I blocked the Ropes and Cable scarf from Pieknits, which I will show you once it dries, and I felted my Noro clutch. My first experience felting . . . was interesting. Maybe I shouldn’t have done it in conjunction with my first time seaming.


See that? I felted myself a big ol’ hole in the bottom corner of my clutch. I’m pinning it while it dries to hold it in place, and I’ll just have to pull out some needle and thread to fix it. 😦

The best part of the day, though, was coming home. Ollie has officially graduated from his crate. Today was the first time he was left loose in the house (which was heavily doggie-proofed) and nothing was chewed, eaten or otherwise destroyed. I think he was pretty happy about it too—after all, this is what I came home to.


I just love Saturdays. 🙂

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Working for the Weekend

October 16, 2006 at 4:55 pm (knitting, oliver, Work in Progress)

I have FOs to show for my weekend, I really do. I have a completed Apple Cake, a well-exercised doggy, a clean kitchen floor and a roasted chicken. Sometimes life gets in the way of your knitting. I have found, however, that the knitting has made me much more goal-oriented. I want to get all kinds of crap done so I don’t feel bad about zoning out to the History Channel and working on a hat. Which is what I did post-baking, dog-walking, cleaning and roasting.And here’s what I have to show for it. Odessa’s about 60–70% done, I’m roughly an inch away from the decreases, so about 10 more rows and a trip to the store to buy some size 6 DPNs (the only dpn size I don’t have, wouldn’t you know it . . . grrrr).

Progress on Odessa hat. 

I also cast on for my niece’s V-Neck Cardigan, I’m about 4 inches into the back part. Plain ol’ stockinette for 11 inches . . . snnnnn . .  . what?  . . .  Oh sorry, I just bored myself to sleep. . .  Just kidding. I’ll really buckle down on this one once the Odessa is done. It’s pretty much a gauge swatch right now, since I refuse to swatch for baby-wear. I have to rip back a row too, since I decided it would be a good idea to work on the “plain ol’ stockinette” after having a few cocktails Saturday night. Needless to say the “plain ol’ stockinette” completely defeated me. Knitting after cocktails? Not such a good idea. Lesson learned.

Progress on baby v-neck cardigan.

And on a non-knitting note, something happened that weirded me out a bit. Ollie was acting a little strange last night. He kept trying to hide, under the dining room table, under my knitting chair in the craft room, the stair landing—just like he does when there’s a thunderstorm. I actually said something about it to my husband, I believe my exact words were, “I wonder if there’s going to be an earthquake or something.” Yeah. What do I see this morning? This. I know it’s probably just a coincidence, but creepy, right?

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No Sleep ‘Til Christmas

October 14, 2006 at 10:29 pm (FO, knitting, oliver, Work in Progress)

Just eleven weeks until Christmas, can you believe it? Now, I’ve only been knitting since last Christmas, so this year will be my first chance to get a taste of the angst involved in knitting for those you love in lieu of spending lots of money on them. I think I may be in good shape to pull off my modest list of knitted gifts. I’ve finished one small gift already, and started and made healthly progress on three others, and I’ve bought the yarn for everything else (thanks mostly to a Debbie Bliss sale I hit upon today at Spirit Works).

So here’s the list:

1. Flower Basket Shawl for Mom
Flower Basket Shawl

By far the most complicated pattern on my list, I’ve completed about two repeats of seven so far. I’m going very slowly on this one so it has the greatest potential for failure. It’s in Frog Tree Alpaca Sport in #26 and its from Interweave Knits, Fall 2004.

2. Irish Hiking Scarf for Dad

Irish Hiking Scarf
I should be able to knock this one out pretty quickly, but I need to clear my size 6 needles (yes, all of them, why?) before I can dig in. It’s in Debbie Bliss Merino DK in #506, pattern from Hello Yarn.

3. Hats for Siblings

Yarn for Christmas Hats
Grumperina’s Odessa in Knitting Fever Peru DK, Cream and a Cable Hat in Paton’s Classic Merino in Natural Mix.
I got a good start on Odessa today and I’ll cast on for the cable hat as soon as it’s done.

4. V-Neck Cardigan for my dear neice
V-Neck Cardigan
I just cast on for this today, from Debbie Bliss’s Baby Knits for Beginners, my very first knitting book. I’m actually about halfway through the back part now. This will be my first seaming attempt.

And, I’ve completed this London Beanie for my brother-in-law, and I’d like to do another one for my husband.

Merino Stripe Hat

So my list isn’t too challenging, with the exception of the shawl. I should be able to get this all done if I can just stay on task. Let’s see how I’m doing the week before Christmas, right?

Oliver looks skeptical about this whole endeavor. But then, he likes to chew on yarn, so what does he know?
Skeptical Oliver

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