Sunday, March 04, 2007

Change your bookmarks

Hi everyone.

After 9 months and more than 17,000 hits, I am packing up and leaving Blogger.

The decision wasn't an easy one, but after a couple of weeks I am thrilled with my new home at Wordpress. Sorry I haven't had a ton of content lately, I have been busy setting it up.

I have really enjoyed my blogging life so far, and I am excited to continue it in a system that better suits my needs.

Please come visit me here: http://emileeknits.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Openwork Leaf Pattern

Look everyone!


I just posted my first swatch to the Walker Treasury Project.


I picked one of my favorites, the Openwork Leaf Pattern.

I am really excited about the project. It is such a great idea to provide color photos of the patterns in this classic series, and I am thrilled to chip in.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

THANK YOU SP!

I got the most delightful package from my Knittyboard secret pal yesterday!

She sent me crocheted washcloths,


Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in Spring Frost,


Beautiful grayish teal wool/mohair handspun,


a book of sock patterns,


and chocolate almond candy.


I love it! Thank you so much!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

February Socktopia Socks - Heart Lace

Here are my February Socktopia socks!

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, Red and Magenta Mill End from EbayNeedles: KnitPicks Circs, Size 0
Pattern: Generic top-down stockinette sock, embellished with my own heart lace panel.

I staggered the hearts, placing three in each tier on the leg and one or two in each tier on the foot.


I used an eye-of-partridge heel flap, and I think I picked up the gusset stitches neatly, if I may say so myself.

I am very happy with them!

This was my first time using size 0 needles, and I really like the dense fabric that it produced. I'll do all of my Cherry Tree Hill socks on 0s in the future.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Raglan Revisited

Grumperina declared her most recent sweater to be the “most wearable” one she’s ever knit. Which got me thinking. What is the most wearable sweater that I’ve ever knit?


The award goes to a simple bottom-up raglan that I knit in 2004. I wore it today, as I often do on the weekend. It was based loosely on Rosedale, minus the intarsia. I used Valley Yarns Charisma in a green – teal – blue – purple blend. It doesn’t seem like Webs has it anymore, which is too bad, it was nice yarn.


There is some really neat pooling and flashing, especially on the sleeves.


I could have prevented it, I guess, but I like it this way. I knit this before I really knew about the online knitting community, and before I knew the words "pooling" and "flashing." So, readers, what is your most wearable sweater?

Friday, February 09, 2007

Wicked Fast

Last weekend I got a chance to start Wicked, in oh-so-soft Andean Silk in Lettuce.

It was wicked cold out, so James and I stayed in and watched Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (surprisingly bad) and The Lakehouse (surprisingly not bad). Here is my progress after the first movie:


And after the second:


I did fiddle around and frog a few times in the beginning, though. I thought that the little cables didn’t look crisp enough on the 7s, so I did them on 6s instead. I’m a little concerned that I won’t get the full off-the-shoulder look because I also cast on four fewer stitches than called for on the neck band. I hope that this sweater will be work-appropriate though, so I guess it’s better to err on the side of a less revealing neckline.

Those four stitches bring me to a… comment that I have about this pattern. The pattern is so widely beloved that I won’t call it a gripe, but I have a couple of comments.

For those of you not familiar with the pattern, I call your attention to the mini-cables below.


See how they are staggered, with A cables crossing on rows 4, 8, 12 and B cables crossing on 2, 6, 10? I would consider this to be an 8-stitch pattern repeat. My size, however, called for a cast-on that was not divisible by 8. There were supposed to be 17 cable As, and only 16 cable Bs. I was originally taken aback because that means that there would be two cable As next to each other in the back of the sweater. On second thought, though, that part wouldn’t be a big deal. In the back, the cables are offset strangely anyway, because of the end of the round. See how below, the cables across the arrow from one another are only offset by one row? That is because they are on opposite sides of the beginning of the round.


Anyway, my second “comment” still stands: There is no good, clean, even-looking way to divide 33 cables onto a front, a back, and two sleeves. Now I know, technically that the neckband is in one piece, so the cables aren’t on the sleeves per se, but still. It looks cleaner when they all line up the same way. It wasn’t that hard to cast on 4 fewer stitches and have 32 cables to work with. 32 divides cleanly and evenly in all sorts of different ways.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Five Secrets

MLE tagged me with the "Five Secrets About Me" meme, so here are my five secrets. I guess "secret" is a bit of a strong word, but I can't recall mentioning any of these before.

1. My husband and I met in 6th grade social studies. Seriously. We were learning about Canada, and we had to do group projects on the various provinces. We were both assigned to the group that did Manitoba. We didn’t become friends until high school, and we didn’t start dating until right around graduation.

2. My parents still live in the same house that they lived in when I was born. My bedroom is exactly how I left it when I went off to college.

3. Not only is my mother a biology teacher, she taught in my district, and I had her in eighth grade! I wasn’t supposed to, but my original teacher got sick and they had to move some stuff around. It actually worked out fine, my sister and I are good students and my mom is really mellow.

4. I’m a packrat. It’s terrible. My stash is only one small example of how I hoard things that are or might be useful.

5. When I’m not knitting, my job is using excel to figure out how much it will cost to clean up old factories. I was an economics major and an environmental science minor, so it is all working out really well. I’m applying to law school so I can continue on this basic career track.

I hope that was at least somewhat interesting! I tag the last five people (other than MLE) who have dropped by:
prairie girl
batty
rahime
knitseashore
robin

I can't wait to here about your "secrets"