Tuesday, November 10, 2009

moving on

The whole mitten fiasco is behind me. I'm not thinking or obsessing about it. I haven't frogged them yet because it's a two person job and I need hubby to help me. And I'm making him help me because it's his fault that his hands are freakishly large. Thanks to everyone for your words of sympathy & encouragement. The idea of sewing up the gusset is a good one but if I take away sts from the gusset, I have to add them to the palm otherwise, the mitten is too small. Curse his big hands!!!

And there was another near knitting tragedy. While rethinking hubby's mittens, I wanted to check something in the Anemoi charts and I couldn't find the PDF on my computer! I looked on both hard drives as well as the backups for the laptop and my old computer - nada. I was very close to having a heart attack. I finally plugged in the Shiny Blue Thing (my name for our external hard drive). I looked through all the backups and finally found it in the March backup of our previous computer. Bad hubby for not restoring all my files.

So moving on... Did you know that there's less than 45 knitting days til Christmas? Yep, it's officially crunch time. I am furiously working on Christmas projects. I finished a cowl yesterday and here's a craptastic picture (really dark yarn on a pouring rain day is really hard to photograph even with an Ott Lite):

Pattern: Turtle Tracks Cowl by Vicki Susan
Yarn: Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran; col 117; 1 skein plus 4 yds of a second skein
Needles: 5mm Addis
Notes: Major errors in the pattern - only rows 2 & 16 are correct. So very annoying. Lucky for me, I've knit this lace pattern before so all I had to do was pull out the other chart and use that as a reference. If you want to knit this, email me and I'll send you a list of corrections.

ETA: I stand corrected. Vicki has made changes to the original stitch pattern that results in a column of garter stitch rather than a column of rev. stockinette. My apologies for misrepresenting her pattern.

No Ricky cowl picture because there's no natural light left in this part of the world (til next April). I immediately cast on another cowl.

The yarn is Berroco Peruvia Colors. I am using the same yarn but the unpainted version for the Mondo Cable Cardi. There is quite a difference between the two even though they're both Peruvia. The dyed version is very similar to Malabrigo.

I will officially start Christmas shopping tomorrow when hubby and I head out to a huge Christmas market. It's all about high end handmade items. I haven't told hubby yet but a local dyer will be there selling yarn (and her handwoven shawls & capes). I'm pretty sure that I'll buy yarn from her.

Phoebe sez, "I want bigger cat furniture for Christmas"


Chris said...

Woe the mitten. Woe.

Oh, pretty color on that second cowl! Crap, I need to find my knitting mojo STAT.

Poor Phoebe!

Vicki Suan said...

Hi yarn Floozie! I'm Vicki Suan, the designer of the Turtle Tracks cowl. I follow and enjoy your blog. Sorry you got annoyed with the pattern but the instructions are correct. Just try it the way it was written. It is based on Cathy Wesley's adaptation of the Tracks of the Turtle pattern. Now, if you compare Walker's versions 1 and 2 with this, it won't be the same at all. Hers is a mult of 15 sts. Maybe you can let me know where the errors are to satisfy my curiosity. thanks!

Sharon in Surrey said...

Try knitting that goofy hubby a pair of plain mittens. If it works out, use that pattern to plot your second pair of InCode Mittens.
Now that I have no one but the Ex to knit socks for - and me of course - I feel liberated & haven't been knitting on anything for anybody - except me, of course. hahahah I did bottle some Shiraz with Port though which may become gifts.

Bea said...

Phoebe needs bigger cat furniture!!