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Finished.  With almost no yarn to spare (I even dipped into my swatch), on time for Rhinebeck.


It is fantastic.  The fit is good, though I confess I would like it a bit looser (maybe Maxfield 2?) and the overall look is super.  


If you look really closely at the middle of the collar you can see where I cheated a bit to save on the blue yarn.  Instead of working two rows of each colour, I worked four of the varigated for about 6 stripes.  I can't see it and I bet you didn't notice in the colourful trippy haze.  Buy a bit extra if you make this sweater (or really any sweater).

The yarn, Indigodragonfly Polwarth Silk is divine.  I love this stuff.  It's so soft after washing.  The colours are perfect: Kathleen Turner Overdrive (navy) and Paging Dr. Smartass (which is a colourway named for me).  


This pattern using varigated yarns perfectly.  I even got to show it to Amy Christoffers at Rhinebeck (though I was too silly to remember to take a photo).

All the details are on my Ravelry page.  

Worst Rhinebeck Post Ever

I finished my Rhinebeck sweater, with a bit of time to spare, and this much yarn:

I wore it at the fair, where the weather was perfect, but didn't remember to do a proper set of photos, so I have no evidence.

I stayed in a beautiful place with fantastic friends, excellent wine and food and I didn't think to get even one group shot.

I went to the Custom Fit meet up and did get a photo of Amy measuring people, but we didn't get a chance to chat.

I bought some pretty yarn and fibre, which will turn into lovely things later, but assed up all my festival knitting because of lively conversation and aforementioned wine. Most of it is fixed now that I'm home.

I did get a photo of Keri taking a photo of sheep!

Really the whole weekend was perfect. We drive down in record time, my friends are fabulous women who do great things in their lives (from which Rhinebeck provides a perfect reward/escape), and it's so great to go to the fair and fondle the yarns and talk to the knitters and eat the fair food and play.

I just forgot to take pictures.



We won the 2013 Women's Ballhockey Championship!

Winner cup

I've been playing for 4 1/2 years and I've never won.  This was my best season ever in terms of my own play (I even had an assist on the first of our two goals last night) and because I played with a fabulous team of fun, skilled and easy-going women.  


We scored the first goal and our opponents tied it up in the second half.  We went to overtime and the best comment: "You know what's awesome about overtime? We get to play 10 more minutes of ballhockey!"

Those post-hockey beers tasted great.  Thanks for a great season Team White and to everyone at WPBHL.


It's been a tense week in Rhinebeck-sweater-knitting-land.  

The knitting is going just fine.  The body of the sweater is knit.  The underarms are grafted.  One zig zag front is knit up (ish) and blocked.  The other is coming along nicely.

But my yarn supply seems a tad light.  It's my fault as I did modify things a wee bit and since I always seem to have huge amounts left over, I have a false sense of security with yarn amounts.

You know things aren't going well when you start doing this

(I never use this scale for calculating nutrients in food--it was a gift and excellent for weighing yarn).

And then you get out the calculator and start following Kate's math to calculate the weight of yarn used for each stitch.

Except I can't do the math on how much I've knit already because it's a lot of shapes and the yarn was custom dyed so I don't have the original weight, just the yardage.  

So I weigh the yarn and knit 6 rows.  That uses a gram of yarn for 318 sts.  

Then I start adding up how many stitches I need to knit.  It looks good.  Really close, but I should be fine.


And to ease the growing anxiety I just start knitting faster.  Except that speed doesn't increase mass. (Do I have that right?, I didn't take physics so I can't say for sure).  

Turns out, constantly weighing the yarn doesn't help either.

Last night, I start thinking about where I can use the contrast colour instead (like the back of the collar that I will never see).  

This morning, I get excited because I remember I have a swatch (which means more yarn).

The good news is that I have enough yarn to make a sweater, albeit one that might not have the final edge band along the collar.  Or it might have a skinnier band.  

I can live with that.  

I suspect I will run out right in the middle of binding off the 275 sts for the band.

Because of this:


I totally deserve it too.  At least Steph can get more yarn.  

Now the question is have I learned my lesson about a) buying enough yarn and b) not being a smartass to other knitters?

Top-Secret Mission REVEALED

The whereabouts of my Honeybee Cardigan in the month of August can now be revealed.

I lent it to the fabulous Kate Atherley as a prop for her newly released Craftsy class on BLOCKING.


The timing was perfect--she put out a call to borrow handknits, I had a cardigan almost finished that needed a blocking and I was happy to have it done by a pro.

My sweater even shows up in the promo video (it's famous!).  And it came back nicely blocked so all I had to do was sew on the buttons.

Kate is a fantastic teacher and she has the same zealous love of blocking handknits as I do (full disclosure: we talk about blocking over beers).  

Blocking makes your knits easier to seam, pretty and soft.  Blocking hides imperfections and evens out your stitches.  And if you use nice woolwash like Soak or Eulacan your handknits smell nice too.

The video/class covers all kinds of knitwear and techniques and shows you how getting your woolies wet is a risk free, worthwhile part of finishing.  

Go check it out.

Also: isn't Craftsy amazing?  Online, video craft classes--I love the internet!



Pattern Release: Ellipses Mittens

I have a new pattern for sale on Ravelry: Ellipses 

Ellipses kitty

The original release was part of the Smart Ass Knitters/World Domination 1 Skein Club from Indigodragonfly.  It was a lot of fun to work with fellow smartasses on this one as it brought out our rather morbid (but fun!) side.

Why Ellipses?  Sometimes it's better not to talk about how your design ideas happen...**


These mittens are knit in soft, fuzzy Indigodragonfly Organic Merino fingering weight, held double for a more solid mitten.  The yarn felts with wear making the mittens cozy warm and almost windproof.

The colourway is Goodbye Kitty.  You might notice the bow motif on the hands and the XXs on the cuff (poor kitty).  I believe that colour is exclusive to Club members but any varigated yarn will work nicely.  As will a dk or light worsted held single.

Ellipses carnage

These are my Spring and Fall biking mittens and they've held up very nicely under hard wear.  (In the Winter I wear my Fiddleheads, sometimes with another pair inside).  

The pattern includes options for knitting with silk hankies (yum) and to make fingerless mittens.  The stitch patterns are in chart form only and while the cuff is a bit fiddly (I love me an applied Icord), the rest is fairly easy.

 **No Hello Kitties were hurt in the production of these mittens.