My current work in progress:

1. Segel, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the "Draco" gradient set on a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Lara Update

I’m plugging along on Lara here — see?

lara091504 Lara Update

I am on the fifth skein of the Alpaca Silk and I am pleased to report that so far that are no knots or anomalies of any sort in the yarn. It is smooth and consistently spun all the way through.

You’ll want to make sure that your nails are filed and you have no rough spots on your hands before knitting with this yarn. It’s very soft and will catch on any snag.

That’s why I’m knitting it on Addi Turbos — I wanted to use my smoothest needles. Also, I happen to have a 40″ Addi Turbo in the proper size, which is very useful when you have the whole body of the sweater on the needle. I started out on a 24″ needle, then switched to the 40″ once I had added on all the body stitches.

Kitty Bed Gallery Updates

I’ve finally updated the kitty bed gallery with the photos I’ve been sent over the past couple of weeks. Thank you all for sending them! I love seeing the photos of your kitties relaxing in their beds!

Klaralund Question

From the comments:

I have a question about Klaralund. I’ve been searching through your earlier posts to see how you determined what size to make the sweater since there were so many problems with the original directions. I’ve been unable to find how you determined what amount of ease was need to make the sweater look so good on you. I know I can recalculate the pattern to fit my size, but without a schematic and accurate directions it’s difficult to know what measurements to adjust to.

I don’t think I discussed anywhere what size I was going to make . . . so your search was in vain! I made the 40″ size, and it’s exactly 40″ around.

What size should you make? The answer is . . . it depends. How much ease do you like in your sweaters? It the widest point of the front porch I’m 38″ around, but I have a small waist. Because Klaralund is a boxy sweater, I didn’t want too much ease because I thought it would look too big around the waist. I’m very happy with the resulting sweater and am looking forward to it being cool enough to actually wear it. I think my colorway is going to look great with a denim skirt.

I’ve Been RAOKed!

I got home yesterday to find a package in the mail, from Margene.

raok091504 Lara Update

An adorable little kitty notebook, and a Tea Tree/Sage Cuticle bar (just the thing for keeping your nails and cuticles smooth and snag-free for working on Lara).

Thanks, Margene. You’ve RAOKed my world!

Lucy Sez:

lucy091504 Lara Update

It’s all primping and preening here at Wendyknits.

Meet Liam

Thanks for all the nice comments about Klaralund! They inspired me! To do what? To complete Liam.

liam091404 Meet Liam

Being confined to the couch with my foot elevated, it seemed like a good time to knit the collar and do the finishing on Liam. And so I did. Here’s another view:

liam091404a Meet Liam

I’m quire pleased with the way he turned out. I need to finish writing up the pattern, then it will be available. Soon. Honest.

So. Liam’s done. What to start on next?

Because I’m a cheater, I decided to . . .

Start Lara Early!

Yes, I started Lara. I’m a low-down dirty cheater, what can I say? The knit-along does not start until the first of October, but I could resist the siren song of the Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk no longer. I bought the yarn at least two or three weeks ago (at Knit Happens, of course), and I am weak.

This design is knitted from side to side. Here’s the first sleeve, before I cast on the stitches on each side to start the body:

lara091404 Meet Liam

Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk? Holy Guacamole, I am in love. This yarn is beyond yummy. A loosely twisted two-ply that knits up quickly and easily. Beautiful sheen and incredibly soft!

Lucy gives it Two Paws Up!

silkalpaca091404a Meet Liam

Did I mention that I bought more Alpaca Silk (at Knit Happens, of course) to make Freida (the cover sweater from the new Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk book)?

silkalpaca091404 Meet Liam

No, I didn’t think I had.

Speaking of Knit Happens . . .

I’m going to have to miss late night at the shop tonight. Sob! I’m going to work today because I’ve got a lot to do, so going out afterwards is just not in the cards. I’ll miss you guys . . . sniff . . .

(That should give you some idea of how bad my ankle hurts.)

Here’s the state of my ankle last night after anti-inflammatory meds and staying off it all day:

ankle091404 Meet Liam

Dunno if you can see from the photo, but it still looks like I have a doughnut around the ankle. Part of the problem, see, is that I had that ankle crushed ten years ago in a pretty horrific accident (anyone remember when the escalator collapsed at Camden Yards in Baltimore?), and it’s been weak ever since. Every time I’ve twisted it since then, it’s ballooned up. This injury isn’t as bad as the ankle-crushing one, but it’s bad enough. I guess I need to take it seriously. Don’t wanna, though.

One result is that it’s gonna take me even longer to get the Critter Knitter prizes mailed out. I need to match up prizes with the list of winners, package them for mailing, and take them to the post office. All things I can’t do lying down with my foot elevated. But I’ll mail out a few every week — promise! And I’ll email people whose prizes I’ve mailed as I mail them so they’ll know when to expect them. So they’ll all get out eventually — promise.

Okay, enough with the whining!

Lucy’s just glad I’m going to work. She was exhausted after lying on me for an entire day yesterday.

lucy091404 Meet Liam

Sometimes it’s a tough job being a kitty.

Meet Klaralund

Here she is!

klaralund091304 Meet Klaralund

Specs: Pattern in the Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton Noro book 2. Size 40″ knitted from just under 8 skeins of Noro Silk Garden (colorr #74) on 5mm needles. Started September 7, completed September 12. She’s a fast knit.

I made the sleeves 2 inches shorter than the pattern directs. After much measuring of arms (Shelley can attest to this) and thought, I decided the sleeves knitted as directed would be too long and would annoy me. They’d hang over my hand and get in the way of my keyboard, and you can’t push up bell sleeves and make ‘em stay. So my sleeves hit just at the wrist bone and I’m happy as a clam with them.

Sewing Klaralund up was a snap. I sewed the sleeves to the front and back first, then did the sleeve and side seams. I believe the directions tell you to sew the sleeve seams first, but I like sewing my sleeve seams and side seams all in one. I carefully back-stitched as per usual. As I’ve mentioned before, I prefer backstitch to matress stitch as I think it gives a stronger seam.

I seamed up the back as directed, and seamed just a quarter inch up the front “split” though the directions didn’t say to. That front split seems like a stress point so I figured that a wee bit of seam would give it some strength there.

So there you have it!

Stash Enhancement

I did enhance my stash during my unscheduled trip to Knit Happens on Saturday. I bought a copy of the new Rowan Vintage Style book and fell in love with half the designs in there.

I bought some Rowan Kid Classic to make “Fern” from Rowan 36.

kidsoft091304 Meet Klaralund

The color is “Royal.”

And I bought Rowan 4 Ply Soft to make “Fleur” from Rowan Vintage Style.

fleur091304 Meet Klaralund

Here’s what I bought — the color is “Expresso.”

4plysoft081304 Meet Klaralund

But I’m toying with the idea of using it for “Agnes” instead.

agnes091304 Meet Klaralund

No doubt I’ll change my mind a thousand times between now and the time I knit it.

And I’m also strangely drawn to “Alouette”.

alouette091304 Meet Klaralund

Knitting Day

Went to the doctor about my ankle yesterday and as a result am spending the day at home with my foot elevated. That translates into a knitting day, I think.

I think we’re dealing with just a sprain here, but don’t have x-ray results yet.

Lucy is all ready for lap duty!

lucy091304 Meet Klaralund

When Knitblog Worlds Collide

bloggers091104 When Knitblog Worlds Collide

It happened on Saturday, documented by the above photo. Yours truly, Polly, Kristine, and Amelia met up for some fun and frivolity.

And a great afternoon it was!

Holly had her French Market Bag and posed with Polly (designer of said bag).

frenchmarket091104 When Knitblog Worlds Collide

And here’s another great thing about Knit Happens — the owner gives one-finger head massages!

kh091104 When Knitblog Worlds Collide

Klaralund

Due to my unfortunate accident on Thursday morning, I was not feeling up to doing much knitting either Thursday or Friday night. But Klaralund is a fast knit, and I did finish her last night. I’ll post FO pix tomorrow and discuss, but for now, here’s a photo of the last lseeve, nearing completion.

klaralund091204 When Knitblog Worlds Collide

By the way, thanks for your good foot wishes! It feels much better when I sit with it elevated, but walking is still a problem.

September Contest Winner!

The winner of the knitting calendar is Beth, of Big Geek. Congratulations! Beth, I’ve emailed you — send me your snail mail addy and I’ll get your prize out to you.

Spongebob!

More Spongebob prezzies!

sbearrings When Knitblog Worlds Collide

Earrings, sent to me by Margaret in Manhattan. I think they look lovely with the diamond studs, don’t you?

And candies, a little bag of ponytail holders, and a keyring from Ann!

sb091204 When Knitblog Worlds Collide

Doesn’t the Spongebob keyring look nice hooked on my Louis Vuitton keyring? I think so.

sbkeyring When Knitblog Worlds Collide

Happy Monday, all.

Ever Have One of Those Days?

We are not happy. We got a tetanus shot yesterday and our arm is swollen and hot and painful. Very very bad for the knitting progress.

Why a tetanus shot, you ask? Well, I’d rather gloss over that part of the story. It was wet, it was early, and I come off looking less than gazelle-like.

(Hey Mom! We are tetanus shot buddies! I’ve emailed Mom what happened because I know she won’t laugh at me. Moms aren’t allowed to laugh at their kids when they are total klutzes, see?)

Here is my right ankle, as of yesterday afternoon.

rightfoot090904 Ever Have One of Those Days?

Why no, I don’t usually have a doughnut-like swelling around it.

Oh, and when I got home yesterday I discovered there had been a water main break and there was zilch, zero, nada water for several hours. But thankfully we did get water again.

And then . . . the fire alarm went off. It was a laugh a minute, lemmee tell ya.

We shall move on . . .

SSRP

The SSRP box arrived while I was away, and I went to the post office to pick it up on Wednesday.

This will no doubt garner me some criticism about my being a yarn snob, but I gotta say that on the whole I was disappointed with the contents of the box. A lot of chenille. A ton of Sirdar yarn, some Bernat yarn — cotton/acrylic blends. Not a whole lot of yarn I consider “snobworthy.” And this is the Snob Stash Reduction Project, after all.

I read the guidelines that were enclosed in the box about what qualifies as “snob” yarn, and I think most of the box contents don’t qualify.

But there were a few things. This is what I took out:

ssrpout Ever Have One of Those Days?

Three skeins of Noro Kureyon, four skeins of Big Kureyon, a skein of Colinette Skye, and two skeins of Jaeger Persia.

And this is what I put in:

ssrpin Ever Have One of Those Days?

Three skeins of Noro Silk Garden, one skein of Colinette Giotto, three skeins of Colinette dk cotton, and ten skeins of Rowan 4-ply cotton.

I did replace what I took with a more than equal amount of snob yarn, so I feel I played by the rules. And there is actually a nice lot of Cascade 220 that I left in there, so someone might enjoy that.

Now I have to mail that honking big box that I can barely lift. Given my current injured state, I may need to wait til Monday to do that. But I’ll send it off as soon as I can — promise!

Blog Comments Q&A

Some recent questions from the comments:

How the heck do you knit with Lucy on your lap?

Lucy is a very knit-friendly kitty. She doesn’t mind when I let my knitting rest on her. In fact, I think she rather enjoys it.

But last night Lucy practiced her kitty ballet:

lucy090904 Ever Have One of Those Days?

About Klaralund:
Curious to see how the stripes match up when you do your seaming or does it matter? Could a circular needle have been used and gone continuously from rt front, back, then lft front to avoid matching?

Well, yeah, you could knit it in the round, but then you’d have skinny stripes on the body and much fatter stripes on the sleeves. Know what I mean? No the stripes don’t really match from front to back. Does it bother me? Not even a little.

Here’s a Klaralund sleeve-in-progress:

klaralund090904 Ever Have One of Those Days?

About Liam:
Although the cable eats up alot of stitches how do you think a saddle shoulder would look?

I did consider a saddle shoulder, but decided that the cable was too wide — I don’t like a saddle that wide. As a matter of fact, I’m not that fond of saddle shoulders anyhow.

The Liam pattern will be available for sale in the near future. I’ll let you know.

Yes, I know I said that about my other designs and they are yet to appear. I’ve been working on making them available, but as it’s now autumn, I think we’re going to wait until spring for their debut, as they are summer designs.

And Shelley left this somewhat cryptic comment yesterday:
Are sure you are knitting right?

So I’m gonna tell you why.

I was at Knit Happens all day Wednesday, and at one point Holly, Shelley, and I were the only ones in the shop. A woman came in — apparently her first visit to the shop. After chatting with Holly about various things, she approached me and told me I was knitting wrong. She seemed to think that my Klaralund was biasing. Which it’s not. Not even a little. I pointed that out to her and she insisted there was something wrong with the way I was knitting. Insisted in a not very nice way. At that point I figured it was best to simply ignore her (always seems the best bet when dealing with snotty, I’m-always-right types). So she then said to me “How did you get in the newspaper?” in a somewhat belligerent tone.

Shelley and Holly are witnesses that not only did I not kill her, she wasn’t even bleeding when she left the shop. I think they were both impressed by my restraint.

Why?

Twenty people reached my site by searching on “open heart surgery.” Huh?