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Moving!

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Just a note that I have moved to Blogger, and am now called Milwaukee Knit Chick. Hope you come on over!

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June 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm

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Made with <3

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I am utterly disgusted with the project that I was working on for a friend’s twin girls that are due this Friday. I was going to make two pairs of the baby ballerina socks from Drops as seen below.

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Who can resist such an adorable project, right? I actually knitted TWO of these in different yarns before I threw in the towel. This is the second attempt with some alterations to the pattern. Looks ok from the front, right?

The problem becomes more obvious from the side view.

It took a freaking long time to make them and I think they are really ugly and ill-fitting. I think that the way the sole is shaped is either off, or not translated correctly. If I had time and patience, I could probably work out the issue, but I hated the damn socks by the time I was done with the second one.

I’m going to toss them and make a couple of pumpkin hats for her girls to wear in the fall. She’ll probably appreciate a handknit more then anyways. Everyone always gives new parents a ton of baby clothes, and they always give them the small sizes. If your babies grow fast or are tall like mine, they end up wearing the clothes maybe once before they outgrow them. Seriously. My 7 month old is almost too tall for 12 month clothes already.

I’m starting the hats tonight since I was doing some essential knitting lately. I took the kids to the indoor playground today and a grand time was had by all.  Thank god for these little parks during the Minnesota winters.The place was packed to the rafters full with kids trying to burn off some steam of being stuck inside for so long.

I even got a little time to knit in between treks to the log tunnel and fishing pond. My oldest has lost at least 3 pairs of gloves already this year. I should have known better and just knitted him mittens in the fall. He still loves handknits, which is soooo heartwarming as both a knitter and a mom. I’m comfortable enough with knitting now that the projects I choose are to challenge myself, but sometimes its the basic ability to provide warmth and function in my handknits that makes me so happy that I learned how to knit.

Aidan’s Mittens
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool
Needles: US 5 circular

Notes: These are super simple mittens, but if anyone is interested here is the pattern. They are meant to fit an 8-10 year old.
1. Cast on 32 stitches.
2. Work in 1×1 rib for 2 inches.
3. Work in st stitch for 1 inch.
4. Work thumb gusset until there are 11 stitches between markers. Place thumb stitches on scrap yarn.
5. Work body of mitten for 2 inches.
6. Work decreases until 6 stitches remain. Pull yarn through remaining stitches and weave in end.
7. Pick up stitches on thumb, adding an extra stitch at each side of thumb gap, and twisting the stitches before after knitting.
8. Work for 1.5 inches, then decrease until 6 stitches remain. Pull yarn through remaining stitches and weave in end.
9. Weave in tail from cast on.
10. Make a crochet chain to attach mittens together to string through coat.

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February 23, 2009 at 12:46 am

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Is it Friday yet?

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Ugh, all these layoffs and the bad financial news is really starting to get to me since I work  in the financial industry. Doubly so since we are moving to Milwaukee in June with no jobs waiting for us when we get there at the moment.  We’re hoping to find jobs within the company we work for, but there are no guarantees. If anyone knows of a great company looking for an experience project manager/business analyst in the Milwaukee area, please drop me a line!

On to brighter thoughts on this chilly January day.

I recently picked up the delightful Knitting New Mittens & Gloves by Robin Melanson with a gift card I received at Christmas.

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I don’t have a very large knitting library, but I am so happy that I bought this one. I was drawn to it right away because of the beautiful photography, but I ended up buying it because of  the wide variety of patterns. Every style you can think of is included, and the patterns are detailed but not overly complicated. I also liked how it didn’t have that soccer mom vibe or tweeny glossiness to it like so many of the knitting books I see.

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There’s a little writeup on how she came up with the pattern, and the yarns are so luxe that I think I will actually try to make a pattern in the yarn recommended for once in my life.

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I can easily see myself making a large portion of these patterns since mittens/gloves make really great gifts. You may have frinds or family members that won’t appreciate a pair of handknit socks, but almost everyone I know will wear mittens/gloves.

I also had the opportunity to stop in at The Yarnery in St. Paul last week and wow! That store is so tiny, yet  it has a huge and varied selection. The prices were fair and the staff was helpful without being overly nosy. I’ll definitely try to head over again before we move this summer.

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I picked up three skeins of this aqua-colored worsted weight Misti Alpaca called Marina Melange. I’m hoping to  make a Calorimetry and some gloves with it. I’ve been wearing crappy store-bought gloves and scarves all winter, which just doesn’t make any sense with my hobbies.

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January 28, 2009 at 7:22 am

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Less than satisfactory weekend

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I really hate it when my husband has to work overtime. He works third shift, so the weekends are the only time we really get to spend together right now. He got stuck working Saturday, so he slept all day, went to work, came home this morning, took Jamie for a few hours to try and let me get a little sleep, and then slept all day. If that’s not two ships passing in the night, I don’t know what is.

To top it off, Jameson is teething and hasn’t slept for more than a couple hours straight for the last 3 days. He doesn’t cry very often, but he is obviously in pain, so he wants to be held 24/7 for comfort. It makes getting anything done really difficult.

When I have a spare moment, such as in deadlocked traffic, or during my breaks at work, I’ve been working on my orangey goodness socks.

I love Plymouth Yarns Happy Feet sock yarn. Its so soft to work with, and the colors are very vibrant and fun. I’m knitting these on size 0 needles in the hopes that they end up being very durable. I know the pair I knit for my son have held up to multiple machine washings really well, and they were on size 1 needles. I’m going to try an eye of partridge heel too, if I can ever keep track of the rows correctly.

I was recently organizing some photos and realized that I should really try to take action shots for my knit pieces. Its always easier to decide if you want to make a pattern when you see an action shot, so here is one for a sweater I knit for Jameson before he was born.

Child’s Placket-Neck Pullover by Joelle Hoverson
Pattern: http://www.purlsoho.com/_gr/our_books/childplacketsweater.pdf
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK in Aqua and Plymouth Yarn Dreambaby 4 Ply
Needles: US 5 circular

It’s not the best view of it, but it does show the true colors and fit of the sweater. It was a size 6-12 months, but was a bit on the small side. I’d call it more of a 3-6 months sizing. The Dreambaby is still very soft but pills a bit, even while knitting. Nothing that a little sweater shaver can’t fix. The Debbie Bliss yarn is dreamy but I don’t recommend using it with Dreambaby in this color. It kind of bleeds over the white because of its halo, giving it a strange tint. Even so, it made a very soft and non-itchy sweater that kept Jamie warm on a very cold day.

It feels kind of wierd to be updating twice in one week. But I realized the other day that if I don’t start making some time for the things I enjoy, I’ll end up being one cranky mommy/wife. I enjoy blogging and want to do it more often, so lets see if I can make that happen.

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January 25, 2009 at 9:43 pm

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A knit of this n’ that

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What an exhausting month this has been! I was sick all the way from the week before Christmas to now. Pneumonia really lingers with you for a while, but I’m finally able to go the whole day without coughing. It really just wore me out mentally as well as physically. I’ve also been hard at work fattening up my kids. Both of the boys lost so much weight from the pneumonia, and then Aidan had the stomach flu after. No fun!

You'd think we didn't feed the kid

Oh, and its been cold. Just a little bit. Nothing like a -50 degree temp to put Minnesota weather in perspective compared to the rest of the country. Don’t get me wrong, I know everyone got the cold weather, but there was a high of -7 the other day. That’s not even counting the windchill. We’re very used to snow and cold up here, but they actually closed my son’s elementary school last Thursday and Friday because of the dangerously cold temps. I think its time to invest in some Cuddle Duds.

I’ve been knitting mostly commission pieces lately, but I did manage to make a little baby blanket for my new niece Hattie. Just a simple shell-stitch crochet blanket that I made out of some yarn that my mother-in-law gave me.

Hattie’s Blanket
Pattern:
Crochet Shell Stitch Baby Blanket by Lion Brand Yarn
Yarn:
various acrylic
Hook: G hook

Notes: It was nice to crochet for a bit.  It feels easier  to  me and requires less brainpower, not to mention, I am a much faster crocheter than knitter. I loved this blanket a ton more before I threw it in the wash. I should have been more careful, but I threw it in with a pair of new blue jeans that dyed the two shades of white yarn an indigo hue! I really don’t want to give it to my niece the way it looks right now, so I’m hoping that I can wash it again and get some of the blue tint out of the yarn. Anyone have any tricks that can help?

I was able to use a bunch of acrylic yarn that Grandma Grimm never used before she went into the nursing home. Unfortunately she isn’t able to knit anymore, so I’m trying to use it up as best I can. But I have found that I really dislike working with acrylics anymore. Acrylic blends I don’t mind, but synthetic yarns just start to feel like plastic to me after they’ve been washed a few times. That and they pill like crazy.

Thankfully there was quite a bit of baby yarn in the bin, so I’ll knock out some things I have in mind for a friend who’s having twins, and then perhaps add a few more squares to my Family Afghan. I’ve been slowly working on it for a year or so, with three blocks per family member.

I was anticipating Jameson’s birth so that I could see what his personality was like to match it to his blocks. Now that I know what a wild child, spicy little ginger snap he is, I’m going to have to add some orange somewhere. Even if it clashes. Especially if it clashes! He’s just got the sort of naughty smile that makes you smile no matter what. I like to think he got that from me.

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January 20, 2009 at 9:50 pm

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Random thought of the day

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Someone should name a yarn colorway “Karl Roving”. But what would be the color of pure evil?

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December 17, 2008 at 7:41 pm

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Wolf Cub

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Look who’s a Wolf Cub! And yes, that blue beachball in the background is me…feel my pain.

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June 10, 2008 at 2:40 am

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