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Molly's Needles

My adventures in knitting... and a few other things thrown in for fun.

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I got back into knitting because of the Harry Potter scarves and sweaters. Although I knit other items, replicating HP-wear remains my first love.

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Take Two...

I tried posting earlier but had some errors with the net. Ah well. Try again.

I finally got the cable scarf pattern figured out. I settled on a seed stitch edging and mirror-image plaited braids set off by a single rib. The whole things should be both interesting enough for me to knit and staid enough that he will wear it. I hope.

My sock patterns from Wildhorse came today. I cast on for the Three Bears sock in black. I think the other pattern will show up better in the grey. I'm also thinking of doing the Three Bears in the Wildefoote I got recently. I think it will look really nice. Can't wait to see them done.

I also have to redo the Monica's Lace stocking. I really want to do it with the short row heel instead of the picked-up stitches.

Also got a few other things to finish, but those should keep me busy for a while.

Back to the needles....

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Looking for a new scarf pattern

I started up Paul's scarf with the pattern I found. While I really like the idea of cables or some similar pattern stitch, that one just wasn't doing it for me with this yarn. So, off to the web and my meager book collection to find something different for the main panel. Maybe I can find a nice reversible pattern that would be easily bordered by garter or moss stitch.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Loving the new heel technique!

I just turned the heel on my sock and have decided that I am definitely going to rip the Fixation stocking out and redo it with the short-row heel. Probably should just go all the way back and do the toe, too. Did I mention that I love this technique? ;)

Still looking for the perfect pattern for men's socks. The ones I'm finding on the web aren't quite what I want. Most of them are calling for DK or heavier yarn. I'd really like to use the Jawoll. If anyone comes across this post and knows of a pattern- free or not- please comment and let me know about it. Thanks.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

More yarn goodness

I went to Adventures in Knitting after work last night and got the yarn for Paul's scarf. After talking it over with the owner, we decided on Encore Worsted in a nice grey. I really would have prefered a dark green, but the only greens they had were light and bright. This is definitely guy color. The other suggestion was some Cascade, but the deciding factor was that the Encore can be machine-washed. Somehow I don't see him handwashing a scarf, or anything else, for that matter.

When I got home there was a package from Patternworks on the step. My Fixation and the Jawoll yarn! It's even softer than I had originally thought. The only problem I see is that the black and the grey are rather similar. But I'm hoping that they will be able to be told apart- the grey has a bit of a shimmer to it. Now all I need to do is take a peek at his shoe size next time I'm up at the house.

Friday, July 23, 2004

About the scarf...

Looks like I'm going to have to hit the LYS after all. The more I looked at that Lana d'Oro the more I realize that the color is a bit too bright for Paul. I still like the idea of making it into a scarf. Then I'd have enough to do a hat and possibly some mittens, too. What a cute set. For me, of course!

I talked to my mom this morning about the scarf and she suggested a heathered color or possibly a tweedy yarn. I'll see what they have at the shop tonight after work.

I've also got some yarn coming from someone on LJ's Knitting. Some Wildefoote sock yarn and some lime green blend.  Looking forward to those.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

New books, a few ideas

I received Domino Knitting and Folk Shawls yesterday in the mail. The first is all right, but not quite what I am into doing at the moment. I'm sure I'll find some uses for the techniques at some point. I am completely in love with the shawls, though! I've looked through, and I know I am in the middle (well, far beginning) of my green shawl, but I think the Scottish wool I got from WEBS anniversary sale would be great for a warm shawl. It's almost the same red as the Wool Peddler's Shawl. I think it would show off much better that way than as another sweater, which was my original thought for it. Now to decide which design I want to tackle!

I also have decided that I may not do the plush throw for Paul. He has specifically asked for a scarf, and I finally found a pattern. Now I just need to get some nice wool for it- something soft but will show the cables well. Time to hit the LYS again! (Like I need an excuse!) Since the scarf is sort of a skimpy present on its own, I also thought I'd do a few pairs of socks. I got some JaWoll Superwash in black and grey (well, they are for a guy) and plan to knit them up. Since I really love doing socks, that should be fun.

I also got hold of a copy of Wendy's toe-up pattern and have started a pair for myself with some Colori. I really really really love the short-row toe! (Did I mention that I like doing toes that way?) Can't wait to see the heel. If it comes out that well, I may rip back the stocking I did and redo the heel with the short-row instead of the hour-glass pickups the pattern has (works fine on the toe, but leaves gaps on the heel).

Edit 7-22-2004: When I got home, I was looking at my stash, and realized that the Lana d'Oro may be the thing for Paul's scarf. It is certainly soft enough, and a beautiful color (I'm talking about the Forest green). I'll have to do a swatch and see how it holds the cables, and maybe add a few stitches between them to add width (it's a bit thinner than the suggested yarn in the pattern). And I don't have to go hunting for yarn and settle for something I really don't want just because I'm running out of time. It still leaves me with about 8 skeins to make something for myself. And I have the full bag of that gorgeous purple to do the lacy sweater idea I was thinking about when I bought it. Yay for taking a second look at stashes! :)


Monday, July 19, 2004

One stocking done! and a few other things

I finished the first stocking last night. Tried it on and it fit well. Of course, it wouldn't stay up on it's own, but it wasn't too saggy, so I think when it's attatched to the garters it will be fine. Now to start the next one.
 
Once they are done, I'll probably start the corselette. Or I may wait until the diet has started to kick in. Just to be on the safe side. We'll see.
 
I'm pretty happy with how the shawl is coming along, too. Actually, I think it will make a great coverup for the corselette and stockings when I wear them. If I'm putting this much time and effort into making them, might as well make a production of it, right?
 
I need to get cracking on the BBBB from SnB for Meghan, as well as Dad's throw and Mom's afghan. Only about 5 months until the Hols. Lots to get done.
 
I found some really nicely colored fiber at Copper Moose. I'm thinking of maybe getting a few colors and making a varigated yarn from it, but that will have to wait until my fiber budget has been replenished. Something to look forward to, though.
 

Sunday, July 18, 2004

A few ongoing projects

A little while back I got the kits for Monica's Lace Stockings and Trish's Mini Basque, both from White Lies Designs (love that place!). I figured they would make for good knitting this winter after I got all the gifts out of the way- like the basketweave afghan for Mom and Roger, the plush throw for Dad, and the other throw for Paul, not to mention items for the rugrats, and a few other people. I made the mistake of mentioning them to Paul. So, I've started on the stockings (which I can do at work without raising too many eyebrows. The corselette will definitely be a "work-at-home" piece. I don't mind knitting something for my legs at work, but I have a problem with bra cups around the guys.) A few bumps getting started, but I've almost got the first one done. I changed it slightly so that the bottom of the foot is knit plain. I just think it will be more comfortable to stand on than the lace pattern. That might change for future pairs. I also used 5 needles since I'm more comfortable with that. The only mistake I noticed in the pattern was in the increase before the stitch pattern C. It says that you increase to 68 stitches when it is actually 64. Other than that, pretty simple to work.
 
I also decided that I need a shawl. I started Charlotte a bit ago, but I'm a bit stuck on her, so she's back in the bag. I'll get back to her when things are more quiet. In the meantime, I had 3 skeins of Bernat Soft Bouclé in Forest. I cast on 3 stitches with US 13 and just worked a YO at the end of every other row. I don't really have any set size for it, I just plan to knit until I like the length. I'm trusting that the width will be sufficient based on that. Still haven't decided if I'll fringe it; partly because I'm hard on fringe and partly because I am afraid the yarn will fray. I'll see how it looks when it's done. Anyway, I'll have a nice shawl that will be perfect for wrapping up in when Paul and I go down to the beach late at night. If I have enough yarn, there may even be enough to wrap around us both! :)
 
A few other things I'm working on, but I'll get to them another time.

Introduction

Welcome to Molly's Needles, my knitting blog to celebrate my knitting alter-ego.
 
I'll be posting about my knitting as well as my beginner's attempts at handspinning with a drop spindle.
 
Knitting has become a big part of my life, and I am looking forward to continuing to learn more about the craft as I continue.
 
I'd love to say more, but my needles are calling to me!