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Archive for November, 2007

Lots of blue and green

Posted by jackie blue on November 29th, 2007

I don’t know how a whole month has practically gone by. I’ve been busy Chez Blue - transforming my bathroom from a miserable place to one I don’t mind spending time in - all it took was a new coat of paint (in a similar color as before) - a new floor, some brighter linens, etc. I am an idiot and did not take good before photos. I don’t have a photo at all of my former towel storage/hamper - a 5 drawer chest made of cardboard and covered in fabric that was painted the wall color. I can’t believe I spent 14 years with cardboard furniture. Anyway, here are some befores - and some afters.

New floor in progress.
And now the afters.

It still needs some minor work but I’m so much happier with it now.

And look - there’s been knitting too. Hourglass is nearly done.


I hope to have it finished by this weekend.


Posted by jackie blue on November 5th, 2007

Thanks to a gray, windy and cold Saturday (and a completely lazy Sunday in which I should have gone for a bike ride, but didn’t) I got up to the part of the Hourglass where you put the body down and work the sleeves. But, uh oh, I don’t own a 12″ circular in size 8. Or any other size but a 3 for that matter. And it didn’t even occur to me when I started the sweater that my Knitpicks Options kit would not have a 12″ cable. Nor do they even make one.

Oops. Time for DPNs, which I hate. But damn, I don’t own any size 8 DPNs either. Call Mom. Nope, she doesn’t have them. What to do now? I can’t get to a yarn store till midweek, and dammit, I want to start my sleeves.

Oh wait, there’s that thing that Michelle was doing. That magic loop thing that magically creates a circular needle that you don’t have. Yeah, that’s the ticket.



Show and tell time

Posted by jackie blue on November 1st, 2007

I’ve had a new FO since the morning I left for Rhinebeck. Silly me though - forgot to have anyone photograph me in it while there. Nor have I gotten a chance to get one since. So you get the sweater without the model. The second Ribby Cardi is done, and I love it. Way more than my first one. This time, I made the all over rib and I think it makes a big difference in the fit. I also did the collared version - made it a couple of inches longer, and used a snazzy brass zipper. I hate the pink plastic zipper in my other one. The result is, a favorite new sweater that has made many appearances on chilly mornings and evenings in the park dog run. Just what I wanted it for.


Ribby Cardi, Cascade 220 Heathered

Look, there’s even been more knitting. One finished Hedera - and I still have a ton of yarn left from the first ball of Essentials. Might I get a pair out of ONE SKEIN??


Yes folks, there’s a lot of green going on here.

And now - the result of my hourglass pooling issues. I decided to alternate skeins after all - changing every two rows. Did it help? A resounding NO. It’s still pooling in odd diagonal stripes - but the alternating has broken the stripes up with other colors enough so they aren’t just big blue blobs. And you know what? I’m not unhappy with it. It’s kinda cool, even if it’s not what I was after. Like a wise one said, I’d be even crazier if I tried to micro-manage pooling even more than I already have. We don’t need an even crazier Jackie around here folks, trust me.


I’ve really gotten back into the knitting. Which is good. But my shoulder hates me. Really really hates me. Which isn’t.