Knit it, Violet!
Finished objects, works in progress, and lots of rambling about two sticks and some string...
Sunday, August 17, 2008
  Thank you SP!
Where did the summer go? Is it almost the end of August? How did that happen. I've been working a lot, little brother has been spending the night almost every weekend and while it's been's flown by! I can't believe I'm starting school again next week. And Christmas is 130 days away. We won't talk about that yet, though.

What I really wanted to post about was this:

Last week I got an amazing 2-in-1 package from my secret pal! I almost cried opening everything. It had been a rough week at work, and everything in the package was so nice, and so me. It was just what I needed.

Gorgeous wool and alpaca, candy, super soft dark horse yarn, 3 skeins of Cadena - this yarn is sooo soft, a purse pattern and handles, note cards and a notepad, a bee hive tea infuser, bath stuff, bubbles, and a super cute (and I think handmade?) apron. I'm an apron junky and this is my new favorite! It's so cute, I'm tempted to wear it out as a skirt, over pants of course. ;)

Thank you so much, Secret Pal! You made my week!

I'm going to try and post more regularly as fall rolls in. I know I say it about every season, but I think fall really is my favorite. I've got a lot to tell you, too. Stay tuned for what I've been sewing, quilting, and to see how my knitting did in the fair!
Saturday, August 02, 2008
  Cobblestone, finished.
Kellen's Cobblestone
I cast on the Cobblestone Pullover while Kellen and I were in Idaho visiting his family, as sort of a birthday gift. I was amazed at how much I got done while we were on vacation- about half of the body.
Kellen's Cobblestone, again.
Unfortunately, when I got home I realized my gauge was off. I swatched, of course, but these things happen. I got gauge with a smaller needle, but I just didn't like the fabric- this yarn wants to be 4 st/in. So, with a little knitterly math on my part I decided to knit the smallest size in my original gauge, which gave me a 44" chest. Perfecto!
He loves me.
Pattern: Cobblestone Pullover by Jared Flood, Interweave Knits Fall 2007.
Yarn: Plymouth Encore Worsted, color no. 1444, purchased at Webs anniversary sale, with this project in mind. I love this colorway, it's brown with a blue cast and tweedy bits- perfect for this sweater, minus my gauge issues.
Needles: Knitpicks Options, US 7 at a gauge of 4 stitches per inch.

This sweater was a lot of fun to make. The pattern is fairly easy, but the short row shaping in the yoke keeps you on your toes. I just finished weaving in the ends last night and today we dropped it off at the county fair. We'll see how it does! Regardless, Kellen is happy, so I'm happy.

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violet is a crafty girl with feminist values. knitting is her main squeeze, but she also flirts with sewing, embroidery, mosaics, jewelry making, block printing, and polymer clay. she's also been known to cook and garden. she loves a good thrift shop, teapots, and her boyfriend kellen.

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