Tuesday, October 2, 2007



My FTP service from blogger just isn't working. The RSS feed still isn't right and now I can't get it to publish to my domain. So, I'm not going to be using this address anymore. You can find my blog now at www.knittingpark.blogspot.com. So be sure to change your bookmarks.

Friday, September 28, 2007

My Only Knitting Rule:

No Empty Needles!!!

... and right now I have two:

The needles from the Adara Chic and the frogged Tangled Yoke Cardigan (so that's a size 8 and a size 5).

So something's getting cast on today! It's a compulsion.

I looked at my projects this year, and I seem to be knitting more and more "simple" stuff. A lot of st. st, garter and ribbed projects. Apart from Matt drop dead gorgeous Son of ARAN, I haven't finished a cable project. Which is very odd for me. I have spent a lot of time on the Fall Back Cardigan this year... and I did start a Son of ARAN for me (in a stunning hot pink Cascade 220). I just seem to be knitting a lot of st. st. Which normally, I find boring.

Okay, and speaking of more stockinette stitch projects, the "swatch" for the Newport Cardigan is actually zipping along... as I've got about 7" done on the back... er, I mean swatch.

I've also been working on my Summer Braids Caridgan. The nice thing about this is that I don't have to measure to see how far to go. Each repeat is exactly 1" long, so I just count repeats... 4 more to go before sleeve shaping.

The good news is that it's supposed to be cooler over the weekend (no more hot and muggy September weather... hopefully) and I can get back to Matt's Sampler Cardigan!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Adara Chic

The Adara Chic is done... as soon as I pick out a button.

Adara Chic
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It took over 24 hours to dry... considering the 90 degree weather and the high humidity... which I guess is expected... in JULY! it's hardly surprising. So let's do the important stuff:

Project Stats:
Pattern: Sitcom Chic
Yarn: Elann's Adara, color: waterfall
Problems with the pattern: it's a pretty straight forward pattern
Changes to the pattern: very minor. I didn't bind off for the underarm on either the body or the sleeves and grafted them closed. I did a crab stitch (reverse single crochet) edge instead of the knitted bands.
Overall Impressions: exactly what I expected. It's going to be a nice cardigan for me. I do know the Adara will grow with wear, and I planned on that when I knit this. I love how the marled yarn looks with simple st. st. patterns, and this fit the bill exactly. So I give it a thumbs up.

Done and Done

The Adara Chic is fini! Well, I still need to get the closure on it, but it's, uh, still wet. Very wet... even overnight. AAAh cotton/linen sure does hold water well... especially in this humidity. I'm going to move it in front of a fan today. I'll do the "project stats" when it's dry and I have a decent photo of it.

I also finished an other project yesterday... or rather, I'm finished with it. I worked on the Tangled Yoke Cardigan yesterday, but the more I was thinking about it, the more I looked at other's versions on Ravelry and having a discussion with Matt and Theresa, there's no way this project was going to fit me. I would have to add bust darts, increase the sleeve width and I'm still not sure the style would be right for me. So it's off the needles... and I'm done with it.

It's way too hot and muggy for this time of year, btw. I wanted to work on Matt's Sampler Cardigan yesterday, but it was just too warm. Same with the Fall Back Cardigan. So I'm concentrating on the Summer Braids Cardigan (Matt asked me last night why I don't make myself pullovers... hmmm, I think that's a blog entry all on it's own. Let's just say I like cardigans).

Sorry for the lack of photos, but it's still dark out this morning, and there's really nothing to get a photo of yet... Adara Chic pictures coming soon!!!

Oh, and I got a comment from Carissa yesterday! It was great hearing from you again and glad to see you're back blogging!!!

Oh, and one more thing! The Xbox 360 has been ordered, along with Halo 3.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Hide the Baseball Bats

It's already been one of those frustrating mornings. I still can't get my RSS feed to work properly and I have absolutely no idea why. Matt can find it using his service, but my posts aren't showing up in Ravelry. I am no coder and quite frankly, I don't want to be. Matt is a coder, but not in HTML. (it's like speaking German, but trying to figure something out in French). So screw it. I'm tried of dealing with it.

Then I tried to put my Adara Chic on my dressform. I hate my dress form. I got it back before I got married (as I needed it to make my wedding dress). The base has broken, so Matt built me a wooden one. Which has broken (so it wants to tip over). Somehow while moving it, it added length to the back waist measurement and I can't get it back to my short little self. It's clunky, annoying and only a B cup. This dress form has absolutely nothing in common with me. I'm thinking about going Resevoir Dogs on it. It might make me feel better.

However, let's focus on the positive. First, let's look at the crappy dress form version:

Adara Chic
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As you can see, the Adara Chic is almost done. A few ends to weave in and just the neck and buttonbands, which I'll be doing a crochet edge (ahhh, how we love the crab stitch).

Adara Chic
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It is much snugger than my first one, but hopefully not too much so. The sleeves are a little snug for my heavy upper arms... so much that I can't wear anything with sleeves under it. However, I do know that the Adara will grow with wear, and I'm already seeing just by trying it on that the fabric is growing. Of course, it's also not blocked yet.

So some errands this morning. I need to work on some stitch markers too. However, I should have a project finished by tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sitting with the cool kids

My Ravelry invite appeared yesterday, so I'm busy putting projects in.

I'm knittingpark (of course).

Oh, and Matt laughed when I told him about putting my entire stash into the database. So did Lauren. Matt said "you can't even get it all on your storage shelves. Hrumph.

Anyway, I'm about 10 more rows to go on the Adara Chic before neck shaping. I also went ahead and grafted one of the underarms yesterday. It should be done tomorrow. Yay!!!

Okay, off to finish logging my 2007 finished projects.

Quick Update: I didn't realize my RSS feed was broken (until it wasn't working in Ravelry). However, it has been fixed, so it's up and running.