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Another Update of Massive Proportions

Posted on 2008.11.05 at 08:05
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Holy crap! It's been almost two months since I posted knitted stuff. Why didn't you tell me?

Okay, it's gonna be quick and dirty though...

Sheldon, Close-UpSheldonSheldon, Naked
Project: Sheldon for my nephew Eddy
Yarn: Lion Brand Microspun in Lime and Turquoise
Modifications: Left off the i-cord trim around the shell, embroidered eyes instead of using plastic snap-on ones

Half-Pony-Half-Monkey Monster
Project: Half-Pony-Half-Monkey Monster (Jonathan Coulton reference - youtube video) for my brother, frankensteined from the monkey and zebra patterns from Fiona McTague's Knitted Toys
Yarn: Miscellaneous stash acrylic in brown, grey, black and beige
Fun Anecdote: A conversation between my brother and nephew
Eddy: "What's this?"
John: "Carissa made that."
E: "For you?"
J: "Yep, for me."
E: "What IS that ANIMAL?"
J: "Um...a monkeyhorse?"
E: [runs away silently, returns with turtle]
E: "Carissa made a turtle for me! Let's get it naked!"

Twisted Hourglass Socks, TopsTwisted Hourglass Socks, Side
Project: Twisted Hourglass (from Tangled Twine) for my mom
Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks in #54105 Regatta Blue
Modifications: Toe-up, short-row heel, offset hourglass pattern by a few stitches for symmetry
These are a bit tight on my legs. I wanted them to be snug on my mom's skinnier legs, so they'd stay up instead of scrunching down around her ankles by the end of the day.

Balta Socks, SideBalta Socks, Tops
Project: Balta Socks for my Granma (I called them Balta, Lithuanian for "white", instead of the original Raudona, Lithuanian for "red")
Yarn: Red Heart Heart & Sole in Ivory
Modifications: 2.5 lace repeats on foot instead of 3 since Granma wears an 8.5, not an 11 like me
They're pretty tight on my feet (in the photos), since my feet are much longer than Granma's are. But I did have someone who also wears an 8.5 try them on to make sure they fit before I gave them to her.

Sunset SweaterSunset Sweater
Sunset Sweater, BackSunset Sweater, Bust Darts
Project: Sunset Sweater for me (pattern made up on the fly)
Yarn: Trendsetter Granito in #6 Sunset and Brown Sheep Country Wool in #001 Gold
This was the first time I used short-rows to create bust darts, and I love them! It's definitely much more boobiful without an shirt underneath, but the gold wool isn't the softest stuff in the world. So an undershirt is kinda necessary. Also, this is the sweater that received a compliment from the Yarn Harlot herself.

Hooded ScarfHooded Scarf, Close-Up
HeelHead Hooded Scarf, Close-UpHooded Scarf, Close-Up
Project: HeelHead Hooded Scarf for Alett
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted in #107 Blue Heather
I had this idea to use short-rows to create a hood in the middle of a scarf. I think it came out well. And the recipient loved it.

Gretel, SideGretel, Back
Gretel, TopGretel, Bottom
Project: The slouchy version of Gretel for me
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Angora in #019 Purple

Undulating Ribs AnkletsUndulating Ribs Anklets, Tops
Project: Undulating Ribs (from Favorite Socks) for my mom
Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks in Mercury
Modifications: Toe-up, short-row heel, ankle-length

Earflap Hat, SideEarflap Hat, Top
Project: Earflap Hat (from Last Minute Knitted Gifts) for Aidan
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted in #102 Ranch Red and #107 Blue Heather
Modifications: Different gauge, added slip-stitch (aka mosaic) color pattern (Chain - page 16 - from Barbara Walker's Mosaic Knitting), had to reconfigure crown shaping to work with color pattern
I've found out how much I love mosaic knitting. It looks like fair isle, but you don't have to worry about floats and tension and puckering. Awesome!

Mia"s Mittens
Project: Mittens (from The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns) for Mia
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted in #102 Ranch Red, #107 Blue Heather and #171 Gold
Modifications: Added stripes

And as for non-knitted stuff, I made some rings out of funky buttons from Granma's collection and some pieces of elastic cord, not to be worn all at once, of course:
Button RingsButton Rings

And yesterday I bought a new mug at Starbucks:
Knit Mug

x-posted to 20sknitters


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knitphomaniac at 2008-11-06 03:19 (UTC) (Link)


Thanks! Let me know if you have any questions about the pattern.
Vermithrax Pejorative
fyrdrakken at 2008-11-05 20:55 (UTC) (Link)
So much you've gotten done! Me, I'm still stuck on that afghan -- though I might actually be done with it by tomorrow night, and be able to shift gears to Xmas gifts this weekend...
knitphomaniac at 2008-11-06 03:20 (UTC) (Link)
Well, this is two months worth of knitting though. Actually, maybe more because the things for my mom, brother and nephew may have been finished earlier, but could not be revealed until after gifting.
Vermithrax Pejorative
fyrdrakken at 2008-11-06 22:06 (UTC) (Link)
I just checked my Ravelry projects page, and discovered that I finished at least four things in August (two for the Ravelympics and one a quickie phone cozy, but another was the end of a long-running pair of socks) but only two things in September (and one of those was a hat) and nothing since. So, yeah, I really have been bogged down all October on that never-ending afghan. Which is why I'm going to stay up late tonight if necessary getting that last little bit finished, and then spend the weekend on Xmas hats and the three different socks that are each within a few hours of completion...

And happily the only person I'm doing Xmas knitting for who ever sees my LJ on occasion is my mother, who already not just saw her German stockings but tried on the first of the pair to make sure I'd gotten the fit right. So no worries there unless I come up with a last-minute project for someone else.
kezipper at 2008-11-06 00:51 (UTC) (Link)
Your posts always make me wish I were crafty, but the sweater and hooded scarf leave me asking, "Where can I buy that?"
knitphomaniac at 2008-11-06 03:22 (UTC) (Link)
Crafty is fine, but obsessive (like me) can be bad. I have too many ideas to decide what to do next.
charitybear at 2008-11-06 03:33 (UTC) (Link)
I intend to make the heel head scarf. Once I figure out your weird abbreviations. :)
knitphomaniac at 2008-11-06 04:09 (UTC) (Link)
There's a link in the pattern for all my frequently used abbreviations. Let me know if they still don't make sense though.
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