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Molly's Needles

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

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Location: Massachusetts, United States

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.

Monday, January 31, 2005

PoA scarf

Finally got the first trap bar done on the Slytherin scarf for Jess. I don't know why it took so long to get going on that. I'm really hoping I'll have enough green to do all 13 repeats. I have a terrible fear of running out, although I have 4 skeins. I probably should have bought an extra. The color is lovely so I know I'd use it for something. Well, if I have to go down to 11 or 12 bars, I don't think she'll mind too much. I hope.

Pictures as soon as it actually looks like something.

Oh, and in case anyone notices, I changed the layout a bit. Mainly the color scheme. I had just gotten tired of the green (not my favorite shade, anyway!) and wanted something that spoke a bit more to the water-lovin' beach-baby side of me. :)

Friday, January 28, 2005

Socks Keep A-Comin'!

One of the nice things about going in to work after a blizzard is that it is very quiet. The construction guys can't work so they can't jam up the scale.

My Savann yarn came the other day and I figured yesterday was the perfect time to start working it up. I used a plain toe-up configuration and made them ankle socks. I know I don't normally like socks that short, but these just asked to be like that. The color is called Paprika. I got one sock done last night and need to cast on for the second. I just have to rework the bind-off. Seems I can't get it quite stretchy enough to comfortably fit on and off. Not an insurmountable problem, though.

I've also got the cuff done on the first of my "Donny Osmond Tribute Socks". These are using the "Slouch Sock" pattern from Socks, Socks, Socks done in Purple Club from Lorna's Laces. I absolutely love this yarn. The colors are so yummy! Can't wait until they are done.

And, as if that wasn't enough, my yarn for the ThinkPink-Along came today. One skein each of Deep Pink and Purple Hyacinth in Cascade 220 Superwash. I'm planning to do a pair of pink socks with purple toes and heels. That doesn't start until February 13, though, so anyone wanting to join, click the button on my sidebar. You can knit anything you want as long as the predominate color is pink. Fun way to start thinking about Spring. :)

Well, I'm off to watch a movie and do a bit more knitting. With all the snow outside, it's a good excuse to cuddle up and get some projects done.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, January 24, 2005

Secret Pal Questionaire

Because I know I'll forget to do this later (a mind is a terrible thing to waste!)

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high- end/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? I don't think I'd say I was a yarn snob, but I do prefer natural fibers. It's easier to block a finished piece into submission. :) I have knit with acrylics and blends, although I'm not too fond of Red Heart. Lion Brand is nice.

2. Do you spin? Crochet? I'm just beginning to learn to spin. I have a drop spindle that I play with and a wheel that will be set up as soon as I have a room finished to place it. I don't know how to crochet, although I really would like to learn. I just haven't been able to figure it out on my own yet.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.) I don't think it's quite an allergy, but smoke bothers me a lot. I also have problems with mohair (stinks because I love the look of it!).

4. How long have you been knitting? My grandmother and mother both taught me to knit when I was 5. I put it down while I was a teen/young adult, but dabbled a bit throughout my twenties. I've been hardcore for several years now.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I do have an Amazon wishlist. It's under my first and last name (don't wish to put that up here for various reasons)

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) I love the scent of lilac, orange and one candle scent from Yankee Candle called "Festival of Lights". I don't know exactly what it is, but if you've ever smelled it, you'll know what I mean.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? I don't really have a sweet tooth. I'm more of a salty-crunch gal.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? I'm an insatiable reader. Just about anything except war stories. And, although I would never admit it in public, I do enjoy a good romance once in a while; especially historical romances. I can't believe I just admitted that! I also do counted cross-stitch and work on my house.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I listen to pretty much anything. I'm not really into country or rap, but I go from classical to pop (80s are fun) to showtunes and everything in between. I can play MP3s and have been making a few of my own now that I've figured it out. :)

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? I love blues, but I have a lot of that in my wardrobe now. Colors that I tend to gravitate to are jewel tones- ruby red, emerald green, amethyst, sapphire, etc. I have rich tastes, but they also are colors that work best for me.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I live alone and have one cat, Blaze, who is my baby. He's an orange tiger cat and pretty much rules the roost.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know) I want to travel. I love archaeology and would love someday to work at a dig. I also love to sing, so it would be incredible to visit some of the great European spots.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? Recently, I've fallen in love with Cascade 220, but I love soft, plushy yarns. I am very much guided by touch. Rough or scratchy yarns, however beautiful they look, don't appeal. The softer the better.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? Cheap acrylics. As I said, I have worked with some higher-end acrylics that were all right. I also do not like mohair. For the reason stated above.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? DK weight socks. I have almost no DK yarn and in colder weather I really would like to whip up heavier socks for warmth.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Scarves are fun. I also love socks, hats and baby clothes.

17. What are you knitting right now? Right now I'm finishing a shawl for my mother out of Lana d'Oro, working up the Banff from Knitty in some bulky acrylic (it's a test to see if I want to knit it out of some better-wearing yarn) and just casting on for a HP PoA-style Slytherin scarf for a friend in Cascade 220.

18. What do you think about ponchos? I still haven't managed to do a decent poncho (my fault, not the patterns'), but I'd like to. Just haven't found the right one for me.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? I have a few pair of straight needles, but I really love my circulars.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I usually use my Denise, but I also have bamboo. Don't really like the plastic needles and I haven't used aluminum enough to know how I would like them. So I guess bamboo.

21. Are you a sock knitter? Yup. Been bitten by the bug. Always on the lookout for more lovely sock yarn.

22. How did you learn to knit? My grandmother taught me and then I went to my mother, because we were both left-handed. She showed me an "easier" way for me.

23. How old is your oldest UFO? Not too old. I tend to finish things. I have some merino that I wanted to do as a throw. But I kept changing my mind on the pattern as I was working it. It's been sitting, waiting to be raveled and something else done with it since June.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? I have a couple. I love Dr. Seuss, so probably the Grinch or the Cat. Also, Donald Duck. And, for the girly side of me, Aurora from Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Favorite animal? Dolphins and dragons.

25. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween. Hands down. :)

26. Is there anything that you collect? I have a collection of Harry Potter things, not much, but a few. I also collect china teacups and saucers. I have some pretty ones, which is the point. Some cost $5 and others were more expensive. As long as they are pretty, I like them. I also use them, because I figure things like that are meant to be used, and it's a shame to leave them gathering dust in a cabinet.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Surviving the Blizzard of 2005

I am completely housebound today. The snow has piled up in front of my doors, so it's a perfect day to get some of my projects knocked down.

I plan to work on the shawl a bit, maybe the Weasley sweater, my new pair of socks and, if I'm really feeling ambitious, Banff, which I am doing in some light green Sidar Nova. I have the back done on that and the front on needles.

Still have power right now, hopefully that will continue. Also, I hope everyone in the path of this beast stays safe and warm. Take care!

Thursday, January 20, 2005


Finished ribbed socks. I really like the way the heel worked out, once I got it down. The second one came out better. I used some Fixation for the waste yarn so when I came back there was a lot of give which made it very easy to see all the stitches to be picked up. The only thing I would change would be to make them a bit taller. This took one skein of yarn to do. Maybe using two skeins so that the leg can be a bit longer would be the thing to do. Still love these and they are so nice and warm! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

One down, one to go

One of the blue socks is done. I decided not to do contrasting heel/toe because there was enough interest with the patterned leg. The heel is slightly wonky but works. I think a lot of the trouble was that I used a dark piece of scrap yarn on the medium blue and that it was quarter to twelve last night. (thinking the latter is more to blame) Hopefully the second one will be a bit smoother. It is on the needles and I'm hoping to finish it by Thursday. Mmmm. Warm woolly socks. :)

I'm abandoning the Fixation pattern I had thought about. I started it but didn't really like it. Guess the Remus Socks will just have to wait a bit. I'll think of something.

Only about 20 rows left on the shawl. Planning to send that out by the end of the week. I'm so glad she liked it, though. Which reminds me, I have 1100 yards of Lana d'Oro in a royal purple. Anyone have any ideas on what that might be nice as? Bit small for a sweater for me, but I'm open to other suggestions.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Finished Socks

These are the socks I made for my friend Sam. They are mid-calf length and fit a women's size 8 comfortably. (I had to try them on to make sure they fit all right before giving them to her!)

I used one skein of Cascade 220 in Doeskin Heather. Not much left over, but I didn't worry about running out, either.

As I said, I have a skein in Sapphire Heather that I am planning to do for myself. I'm also thinking about doing a contrasting heel and toe. I have some Ginger Heather left from a hat I made my father. Sort of a Ravenclaw sock. :) I'll have to take a look at just how much of the Ginger I have left.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Falling Short

The shawl will not be done to give to my mother today. I've been knitting until I can't see straight, but I still have far too much left. The problem is that I failed to take into account the extra time it takes to complete each row as I progress, since it adds stitches. It now takes me over 10 minutes to complete a row. I estimate that I have around 10 hours left on it. I'll show her what I've completed so far with the promise to finish it this week and send it down to her. I feel like crap about it, but I knit until 1:30 last night (had to stop because I couldn't see straight or make my hands move) and will get back to it as soon as I finish checking mail and this entry.


Thursday, January 13, 2005

New Secret Pals and thoughts on how to do the afterthought heel

Got my notification that sign-up is open for Secret Pals 4. I won't find out who my pal is until the end of the month, but I think this will be fun. I believe that Jacqueline is going to draft a basic questionaire form so we have an idea of what our pals would like when we get ready to send. :)

I've been looking at a few different ways of doing afterthought heels. I don't want something that gaps or comes to a point, so I'll probably do a graft or Kitchener instead of gathering the last stitches. That's fine for a toe but I want as little bulk across the heel as possible to cut down on possible blisters. Well, I'm not there right now, anyway, since I need to finish that shawl first. I guess it will just kick around in my head for now.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Socks, Hermione's mittens and free time!

I am finishing up a pair of house socks for my friend Sam out of an orphan skein of Cascade 220. I've mentioned before how much I love this yarn, and I love these socks! I used KathrynT's Universal Sock pattern and I think I will be making a pair or two for myself out of some other orphan skeins. Only, since I don't really like gusset heels, I think I'll use an afterthought heel.

Woohoo! Lauren has put the pattern for Hermione's Cable/Bobble mittens up! They look adorable and I can't wait to work on them. Guess it's time to place another order at HelloKnitty.com!

The Lana d'Oro shawl for my mom is almost done- about 70 rows or so. Should get it done by Friday, although it will definitely not be blocked. I really love the way it looks- it's the Lacy Prairie Shawl from Folk Shawls. And, of course, the gorgeous yarn makes it.

Once I finish the shawl I have a Slytherin PoA scarf to do for Jessica, but other than that, no real projects earmarked. Which means that I will finally be able to make some progress on my Weasley sweater. I really want to be able to wear that for the opening of GoF, with my Hatmione and mittens, of course. And maybe a pair of Dobby socks, just to finish things off. :)

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Survived the Hols

Welcome to the new year. And to getting through the last one.

I have a bit more to finish on Mom's shawl, but I'm not seeing her until January 15th, so it will be done in plenty of time. The only problem will be blocking it. I just don't have anywhere to do that except the living room floor, which is completely impractical. Most likely I will give it to her unblocked. She knows how to do that and has room at her house.

I have one PoA scarf to do for a friend in Slytherin colors. Then I can focus on stuff for me! I'd like to get back to my Weasley sweater. It sits in it's basket looking sadly at me. I'm also on the lookout for the right pattern for my Remus Socks. Still haven't found a pattern for the Fixation that I really love.

I got a gift certificate for Patternworks from a friend for Christmas so I am thinking of doing a bit of splurging on some yummy yarn or maybe even some software. Looking at my stash, I think something to organize everything would be the best thing.

That's really about it for now. I'm slowly learning not to have 17 projects going at one time so that I can actually finish things when I need them and not have to avoid sleeping to do it. And, yes, that was one of my resolutions. :)

Hope you all are having a wonderful start to your year and that it continues for the next 12 months!