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CMP 48 - "Hidden"

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A whimsical Satruday-morning before-they-awaken piece - but with a characteristic bit of an edge that is "me," I suppose. And, she's really not armless. They're behind her back.

Hope everyone had a good weekend! Episode 48 of the CMP is recorded - not live yet though. Episode 49 is ready to record. And, hopefully, that means I can carve out a bit of extra time to prepare for Episode 50, the Birthday (of the show) Episode. (My own "birthday" episode comes a few weeks after that - which is why it's confusing even to me to call the 1-yr show a birthday. But, it is!) The thought of culling through back episodes of the show (as an entity) to find little gems of sound here and there feels very much like the proverbial haystack scenario. I just opened up Episode 1 and almost fell over at the sound of my voice and the "uncertainty" and nervousness I can so clearly hear in my voice. Maybe I still sound that way. I don't know. As I've told Jessica before, I haven't ever gone back and listened to a show straight through once it's "out there." I don't know that I could bear it. So, this process of poking around in the old files could be interesting - or depressing! If they all sound the way that first one did, I may have to fight the strong urge to pull the old shows down. I really don't think I sound that way now. But, I'm not a good judge!

Cascade/Skye Cardigan Complete

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Ahah. At last. Finally.

I actually listed the Cascade Skye Cardigan as complete in 2005, and I even blogged its completion when I finished the knitting, seaming, and collar. But, the sad reality is that even after I bought the perfect buttons, it sat in a pile being moved here to there and there again until it ended up in a heap next to the toybox in the office.

It needed to be steamed a bit before putting the buttons on, and it just wasn't something I ever got around to doing in part because I didn't feel I'd wear it much during Spencer's heavy puking phase.

(This probably has a lot to do with why I didn't work on many sweaters last year.)

But, last week he turned one. Since it's the sweater I was knitting the night my water broke, and since it's really the only thing I was able to muster the resources to work on creatively during the pregnancy, and since I had it in my head that, like Penelope unweaving the shroud, I could somehow stave off early labor by working on the cardigan (because he would not come until it was done), since there's a lot wrapped up in the smaller sizing of it, and since it was the subject of my very first blog entry, the cardigan is very sentimental to me.

I call it Cascade/Skye simply because of the two yarns I used (predominantly) in the making of it. (I also used Alice Starmore chenille in deep purple and Collinette Apollo for cuffs and collar.) But, I think it's really my Spencer sweater. It's special. And as his birthday approached, it was on my mind because it really is something tangible that locks me into that day (he was a month early despite my belief in Penelope's unweaving tactics!).

In my head, I'll always have an image of my knitting thrown aside on my chair as we rushed around dealing with unexpected and far-too-early water.

I had hoped to finish it "on" his birthday. You know how sentimental and philosophical and superstitious I get about such things. But it didn't happen. So Saturday, I pulled it out and got to work.

The steaming went quickly. It didn't need much. Then I tackled the buttons. After #4, I realized I'd put #2 in one rib section too low, so I had to take them back out. But eventually, I had them all in place.

I love it.

It's actually a very cropped cardigan, and fitted (even though it looks boxy in the photo), but I still love it. And I love the colors. I really love them. The Skye in the Slate colorway is so beautiful, and the striping sequence I used worked out so pretty against the purple Cascade. And I like how the bulkier Collinette Apollo worked on the cuffs and collar, letting me use up some odds and ends stash I bought early on in my knitting when I didn't realize one skein of this and one skein of that might be hard to really "make" anything out of!

So, a proud Mama, I show off Cascade Skye.

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Best Laid Plans

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Hooray! I finished all the pieces for the Cascade Sky Cardigan over the weekend. pod(I had hoped to get it put together by today (my bday), but we've had some medical problems in the house, so we've been a bit off schedule and spending time in a hospital room rather than in a comfortable chair at home. A blue Lego "pod" has proven quite fun in the hospital and good for travel.)

When I first plotted this cardigan, it was because I wanted to use the Skye. The Slate colorway I purchased a few years back at Stitches West is so pretty - but I only bought 2 hanks at the time. So, I wanted to work with it, and I had a lot of purple Cascade 220 from another Stitches excursion (originally purchased for Jo Sharp's Wattletop).

skye ballI wasn't sure exactly how far my Skye would go, however, and I wasn't feeling like I wanted to work both sleeves at the same time given the constant stopping/starting of the striping. So I was conservative in plotting the row counts/frequencies for the striping pattern I used for the sleeves. Ultimately, I could have used much more Skye. Towards the very end of the final sleeve, I had to roll the second hank of Skye. Needless to say, I have a lot left. I was struck, again, with how beautiful the yarn and colorway is, however, when rolling the ball. Here's an untouched closeup that hints at the rich play of color within.

Hopefully more time to catch up - and to finish the cardigan is coming. In spare moments, the Touch Me scarf is an easy thing to work on - and I'm working on two double points now so that the needles are short enough that the project is workable even with sleeping boys sprawled all over me at night.

Front Done

Well, no photos yet (it's been a long Friday in babyville), but I did finish the front of the Oriole vest last night. There are a ton of ends to be tucked in, which I hate. But I'm excited to have the fair isle part done. Oriole is interesting not because it's a complicated or even traditional fair isle. It's interesting somehow in its simplicity and repetition. I think it's going to be cute. The back is all solid, so that's easy. I went ahead and cast it on earlier when holding the sleepster.

I also am ready to start neck shaping on the first front of the Cascade Skye cardigan I've been working on.

My goal is to finish both of the above before my birthday in June. Definitely is doable. I've got a number of other things to finish, too. And I was thinking even today of a raglan that I've never sewn togther for Matthew. The problem is that he hates sweaters that go over his head. I've never actually tried sewing and cutting (steeking), but I'm wondering if it would be a way to salvage an otherwise cool sweater. I'm thinking about it. I'll probably need lots of support if I decide to do it!

Sleeve On

I'm frustrated with my Oriole vest. I'm using the two-handed method of fair isle that I learned from Philosopher's Wool, and that's working fine - even though I'm working back and forth because the vest has a solid back so is not in the round. The problem is that I seem to have "ridges" in the knitting. Every other stitch appears to be a raised row, creating vertical lines. I can't figure out what's wrong - unless it's somehow related to my two-handed purling technique.

I was out looking for some insight into what's wrong, because I'm thinking it must be a tension issue. (Geez, I can't imagine having to frog this and start over again!)

I ended up looking at Wendy's site and found some discussion of floating versus weaving. Maybe I should give floating a try. I just don't know how to do that two-handed and I hate have to drop the yarn each time and then deal with the tangled mess of yarns I end up with. Can someone help!?!?!


At any rate, I'm really disheartened by how it looks up close.

So, last night I picked up the Cascade Skye cardigan and cast on the second sleeve and did a few rows of that to get it going so that it's ready to be picked up and knitted on whenever I've got a minute.

Here are a few pics of the finished sleeve close-up:

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The thicker yarn at the cuff is Apollo from Colinette.

Progress and a New Beginning

I'm notorious for starting projects - I love to start things. I'm not so good on completion. So I hate to detract from my good and steady progress on the Cascade Skye Cardigan to start the vest, but I've just been itching to start it. I did get to the armholes on the left front of the cardigan today, so that feels like a big accomplishment. The end is in sight! And, given that, I might as well get something else going.

With Spencer sleeping in my lap during the late afternoon, I rolled two of the balls of yarn I needed to roll for the Jo Sharp Oriole vest. The one pink yarn is amazingly soft, but what I discovered when I rolled it is that it's very sticky. I kept having to manually pull apart the yarns as I tried to roll it up. I don't think I've ever rolled anything so sticky before!

Later, with my hands free, I went ahead and cast on for the front using the pink Galway. It's yarn that my partner bought soon after the baby was born to go with black for a backpack I've got in my head that I want to make. But, it turns out it's the perfect color for the vest - since I decided last minute I'd rather do it all in pink instead of taupe, brown, and pink. So, I'm using it. I can always buy more for the bag when I get to it.

Casting on while holding the baby is too hard, so I took advantage of the time to get it on the needles so that I can work on it if I want to. In the middle of the night, I was able to do the first handful of rows of ribbing, and it's working up really nicely. The color is just beautiful. There's something about working with "pink" right now that is really satisfying!


Group Jealousy

I'm jealous. I keep seeing references to the ChicKnits KIP meetings in Chicago, and I'm jealous. I'd love to find a cool, hip, modern, group of young to semi-young knitters to hook up with on a regular basis and talk about yarn, knitting, projects, design, and so on. Or just to talk while we knit. I'm in San Francisco, so it seems like I should be able to find something like this. But so far, I haven't. I tried teaching a few friends, but neither of them really latched onto knitting in the way I'd hoped. Luckily, my partner knits, too, so I get to share my passion with yarn and my endless "I want to make that" list with her - probably much more than she'd like!


Onde

Was out at the Keyboard Biologist's site and saw her new photo of her progress on the Phil'Onde sweater. It's very cool. The gradations in color are wonderful.

I also really like the cuff she shows from the Lucy Neatby Mermaid Socks she's started.

Sleeve Done!

I finished the first sleeve for the striped Cascade Skye cardigan last night. I've only had a few rows to do on it for days now, but I've not had a lot of time to knit - Spencer is a very fussy baby for the most part still. Plus, it's hard to do stripes and carry multiple tangling yarns behind and knit with him asleep on my shoulder. It's easier to work on something straightforward and single-yarned, like the back, which is why I stopped on the sleeves a few weeks ago, started the back, and finished it. I've got one of the front pieces on the needles, too, for the same reason. But, I kept thinking that I really should finish the sleeves so that I can see how much Skye I end up with. I'm not planning on integrating it on the front (because I didn't think I'd have enough left). But I'd like to see what remains before I make a final decision on that.

I've been thinking that at least adding striped pockets would be cute - they would be "afterthought" pockets so to speak, tacked onto the top of the knitted piece rather than worked into the piece. I'm still thinking about it.

Cascade/Skye Cardigan

I'm working diligently on the purple Cascade cardigan I plotted in Sweater Wizard. I started it when I was pregnant, thinking somehow to stave off early labor by working on a long project. But, Spencer was born at 36 weeks regardless. My knitting was tossed in the rocker as we scurried about trying to get ready to go to the hospital when my water broke mid-sleeve.

Home again now, and knitting when he's in a position napping in my arms that allows me to pick up circular needles easily, I have been wishing I'd approached the sweater differently. I was thinking I'd rather have made a raglan with a simple neckline instead of a set-in sleeve with a collar. So, I plotted out several additional patterns with the same general specs to see if I could turn it into a raglan. And, I could, provided I do it in pieces and then seam it. I'm just not sure that I could seam raglan sleeves and make them look right (or neat). I much prefer making something in one piece if I'm doing a raglan - though it always seems that patterns for that approach are hard to come by, and I haven't wrapped my brain around the raglan design well enough to understand "technically" what I need to do even when that's what I'd like to do.

This sweater wouldn't work in the round, anyway. Not easily at least. The striping I'm doing on the sleeves with the Cascade, two skeins of Collinette's Skye that I picked up at my very first trip to Stitches West several years ago, and some Alice Starmore chenille would mean that I'd be carrying lots of yarn to enable working on the striped sleeves and solid fronts and back at the same time - sleeve yarn and a new ball of Cascade for each other section. So, probably not worth it. Doable, but probably not enjoyable.

But, the real clincher was when I thought about the way I used a really bulky Collinette yarn for the cuffs of the sleeves. It's a great complimentary colorway, and I've been wanting to use it forever. (It's another I bought at Stitches but didn't buy in quantity so have had trouble deciding how to integrate it in a project.) I did the cuffs of the sleeve in it, and I'm planning to do the collar in it to tie it all together. I still think that's a good idea. If I switched over to a raglan design, it might be that the cuffs would get lost and look a bit out of place.

Next, maybe I'll do a raglan.

Probably not! I've got a bag of lavendar and light purples that I pulled from stash when I was trying to decide what to start. I'm hoping to make a cardigan out of Hip to Knit. I opted against it originally because I wasn't sure of the sizing. I was hoping to make something smaller than I normally would have - I have a history of wearing/making things WAY too big. But I was also 8 months pregnant, so it was hard to decide what size to make - and hard to convince myself that I'd be able to wear whatever size I made. So, I decided to wait on that and opted for plotting a pattern myself. Now, ironically, I'm worried it will be bigger than I hoped.

I guess it's a mid-life crisis I'm going through. I suddenly want my clothes to "fit"!

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