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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, February 28, 2005

So the shawl is done. Now what?

Banff is on hold. I have both sleeves and the back done so I have to wait for the yarn to arrive before I can finish it. I just hope it is still sweater-weather when I do.

And the yarn for my Lucky Clover Wrap is on backorder. Naturally. Well, I guess it's all right if I don't start tomorrow. I know I'll get it done and I can benefit from all those who have gone before me. ;)

Here's hoping the Shimmer I ordered is on it's way. I haven't heard from KnitPicks so I think all is well there. As soon as that arrives I'll be casting on for the Bird's Nest Shawl from Folk Shawls. I can't wait to see that worked up; I think it will be perfect.

I finally broke down and wound my skein of La Luz up. After going through my meager collection of pattern books I decided that the yarn was nice enough that it didn't need fancy stitches. I'm going to do a simple scarf in stockinette with a garter stitch border. I only have one skein so I'll just knit as long as I can with it.

They are predicting more snow overnight. Snowy days mean quiet days. Maybe I'll bring my socks with me and see if I can get the rest of my Slouch Sock done. Then I can cast on for the second on. I feel bad that it is taking me so long to finish this pair.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Finally finished! I still have some ends to weave in and it isn't blocked (as you can tell by the photo) but it's still lovely. The Lana d'Oro is so soft and when I tried it on the end came down past my hips. Now to get it to my mother. :) Posted by Hello

Friday, February 25, 2005

Warning: Major stash enrichment coming soon

Yup. Very soon I will be filling my little office with all sorts of yummy yarns and patterns. Why? I just finished my taxes and figure at least part of the return should be Mad Money. I wonder if I can just get it sent to the LYS. That would make things much easier. :D

I'm thinking I should probably stop reading Wendy's blog. Not that I don't love what she has there, it's just that she is a bad influence about buying lux yarns! She was just talking about some Fiesta La Luz that she got for a camisole. I have a skein here that I haven't knit; I just walk around the house petting it. Now all I can think about is how lovely a cam would feel made out of that.

And for quite some time I've been wanting some cashmere. Even a scarf would be lovely. I may have to splurge now since I don't know when I'll be able to do it again.

All right. I'm off to drool over the sites and catalogs of lovely things.

When work comes between you and your knitting...

...it's a four-letter word!

I had to fill in at the office next door the last few days. The result is that I have been able to do no knitting! This is a bad thing. Fortunately, the staff is back so I will be in my little office today and can actually get something done.

It snowed quite a bit overnight (more than I thought) and I got a call that we won't be opening until noon. So, I'll get a path cleared to the road and catch a ride in. It will likely be very quiet so I hope to be able to finish the sleeve of Banff. I had started the decreases and have about 45 rows to go. Shouldn't be a problem. Then it gets set aside until the rest of my yarn arrives.

I need to go do some shovelling. And wouldn't you know, I left my boots in my vehicle the other night when I came home? *smacks self* Guess the first stop is to get to the car door.

Monday, February 21, 2005

"I'm looking out the window and it's...umm...snowing."

I had a longing for my teen days last night and pulled out my copy of "Blue Silver". That was one of the lines from it but it does fit. I don't know what time it started, but when I got up shortly after 6:00 this morning there was at least an inch on the ground. We are now up to roughly 3". Gotta love it. I should have known it was going to be more than they had predicted when Blaze didn't want to go out. He actually yowled when I opened the door.

Today I'm looking forward to knocking most of the stockinette portion of my sleeve out. I may even come close to finishing it before going home- about 30 rows and then start the raglan decreases. We'll see. If not it will likely get done tonight. Then I'll set it aside until the rest of the yarn arrives.

Which means that I should finish off the last few rows on the Pairie Shawl. I'm so close now. Don't know why I'm balking at finishing it.

I've also got quite a bit of alpaca from Dad that needs to be washed. Seems that when they spun it they didn't get all the chaff out. Maybe I'll wait until the weekend to do that.

And poor Jessica's scarf keeps staring at me. I've got 3 bars done. It would be nice if I finished that some time soon.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Another Knit Along

OK, I went back and looked at SnB Nation again and I did find a few things I'd like to do. Some of them I'm just going to have to tweak a bit to fit me.

There's one that I like as is. The Lucky Clover Wrap. So, I just joined the knitalong that's officially kicking off March 1st. Thanks for adding me in, Lauren. Can't wait to see everyone's wraps. :)

Since I tend to feel chilled no matter what time of year it is I decided not to do cotton like the pattern suggests. I found some Brown Sheep Nature Spun Fingering yarn at Yarnware for $4.20 a skein (310 yards) in Butterfly Blue. I hope it comes soon. I'm looking forward to doing something with small needles again; other than my socks, that is! ;)

We're expecting snow tonight and tomorrow so I'm expecting a quiet couple of days at work. Hopefully I can get my second sleeve finished. So, I'm off to do some more ribbing. That does seem to go on forever, doesn't it? But it looks so nice that I guess I don't mind. :D

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Slight disappointment

I got my copy of SnB Nation the other day. I had been looking forward to it because so many people have been buzzing about the patterns. I have to say that I'm a little disappointed in them. I don't think there are many that I will do.

The problem is that the ones I like are written too small, which was my main complaint with the first book. There must be a way to adapt the patterns to fit the sweaters to have a bit more ease to the bodies. Guess I'll have to look into the mechanics of that.

Continuing to make progress on Banff. I have the back and one sleeve completed and have cast on for the second sleeve. Hoping to finish that over the weekend and then do the front when my extra yarn arrives. If all goes well I should be able to assemble it next weekend. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

The people from Hello Knitty are gods!

OK, maybe not quite, but they are saving me and my sweater! I just got an e-mail from them saying that they still have the tweed in that dyelot and will be sending it out on Monday. That means that Banff is back on schedule.

Pardon me while I do a Happy Dance now. :D

Wednesday, February 16, 2005


So I've been working on the back of Banff. I still have about 15 decrease rows to do plus the shoulders. I'm also looking at the yarn. I am going to run out. This is really annoying me because I ordered an extra skein just in case. And that won't be enough. I have to e-mail Hello Knitty tonight and hope against hope that they have some of that dye lot left. In order to do the seaming and the neck I think I should actually get two more skeins, which puts me almost 400 yards over what the pattern says. Gah!

They're checking. Oh, please, please, please let them still have some of the dyelot left!


Some days you just can't come up with a clever post title, y'know?

I heard back from Joan. Apparently the way I was thinking of doing the increases is correct. I'll have to play with that a bit with some scrap yarn before I start working on the corselette.

My site was activated to the webring. Guess I did it right. I'm always amazed at things like that. :)

Still got some tinkering to do here. I'm not completely happy with the way my knitalong buttons are looking. I think it might have to do with some of them being GIFs but I'm not sure.

And I suppose there should be something about knitting here, right? Well, got to the raglan decreases on the back of Banff last night. I did go the extra rows, too. I think it'll be quiet at work today so I hope to get the rest of the decreases done and be able to get started on the shoulders.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

And half a Banff would be....

Finished one sleeve and I've got the ribbing done for the back. Now I'm just debating whether to go a bit longer or not. I'm thinking I'll probably add the extra couple of inches in. I hate short sweaters. Hoping to get through the raglan decreases tonight. :)

When I got home there was a wonderful suprise waiting for me- my order from Adagio Teas! I didn't expect it so quickly! And they put a gift in for adding the link in. Another teapot. Cool. I can keep one at home and take one to work. Naturally, I opened all the tins (so cute!) and smelled the flavors. Trish, you're right- the cream smells so good! Can't wait to try them.

SP4 has started a webring. I added the code in to the sidebar; hope I did it right. I'm so daft when it comes to coding. Just have to wait for approval by the administrators to be added. *crosses fingers*

Well, I'm off to do some more knitting and make myself some yummy tea. Not a bad way to spend the evening!

Monday, February 14, 2005

The beginnings of Banff

Since yesterday was the kickoff for the ThinkPink KAL I cast on for my sweater. I decided to start with the sleeves this time just to be different. :) Taking time off to wrestle some coding on the site into submission and go shopping with my friend Sam, I got as far as the decrease rows at the top of the sleeve. I figure I'll finish that at work today [like I'd actually do any more "real" work than I have to!] and be able to start the second sleeve tonight.

I'm just loving this yarn, too. So much softer than I had originally thought. *looks forward to a snuggly sweater in a week or so* The only thing I'm a little worried about is that my gauge is slightly off. Row-wise I'm spot on; width-wise instead of 3.5 stitches to the inch I'm knitting 4. What do you do when your gauge is off one way but not the other? When I swatched with the next size needle my rows got way off. Considering my measurements I think I'd rather it be slightly wider than short, but I now am nervous about yardage.

Speaking of work, I really should go finish getting dressed. It's cold this morning which means lots of frost on the windshield. I just hope the heat is up in the office building or there will be an unhappy Erin to start this Monday!

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Persistance pays off! The Pink 'n Purple Socks for your viewing pleasure! Posted by Hello

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Another pair of socks and more ramblings

Finished my socks last night. Very soft and quick. They look a little more purple 'n purple, but trust me, they're pink. :) Once I can get Hello or Photobucket to play nice I'll post a picture.

I e-mailed Joan about the corselette. Was having a bit of trouble with the increases. Probably me being dim, but I want this to look nice. Once I hear back I'll probably move that up to On The Needles.

I think I'll take a break from socks today. I still need to redistribute the stitches onto 3 needles for the Slouch Socks. I'll try to get some more work done on the Prairie Shawl. It's pretty close, but because there are so many stitches now it takes forever to do a row! Sorry for the delay, Mom.

I placed an order at Adagio Teas. So many yummy flavors there! Thanks again for the gift certificate, Trish! *hugs*

Also trying to decide on the color to do for Hush-hush. I like the soft pink used at Knitty, but there are so many colors available that I think most any of the pastels will work. I'll have to go browse at Halcyon again and see what strikes me.

Friday, February 11, 2005

And shipping was instantaneous...

I got an e-mail this morning from HelloKnitty saying that my package was shipped on Wednesday and that I should receive it in 2-3 days. *giggles* I received it on Wednesday. Talk about fast shipping!

Just saw a link for tea on Trish's blog. I think I may have to order some. It's called Adagio Teas and looks like they have tons of yummy flavors! That can only be a good thing.

Woke up to snow this morning. All I can say is that I did not order it so I should get my money back. And so many of the big piles were going bye-bye yesterday in the rain! Here's hoping this stuff won't stick around for long.

Since I couldn't stop petting my pink yarn, and I promised myself that I wouldn't start until Sunday, I compromised and wound the hanks into balls so I'll be ready to go. That isn't really cheating, is it?

Still looking for a good place to get Inox needles from. If anyone has a pet site they order from, I'd love to know. The places I generally shop don't carry them so I'm at a bit of a loss on where to go.

So I just need to get through today at work and then I'm off this weekend. Yay! I'm thinking movies, yarn and me and the cat curled up on the couch.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

And breathe...

OK. Feeling a bit more calm today. Maybe the thought that I have tomorrow off and it is not going to snow has something to do with it.

Oh, and totally forgot, I got the cutest e-card from my Secret Pal the other day. Totally adorable and made me smile.

I'm getting my first package for my SP together. Probably send it out on Friday. I hope she likes it.

I think I've decided to try the Inox as replacements for my smaller DPNs. Someone had mentioned Bryspun but I haven't seen them smaller than a 2. And of course the Inox 5" don't come in 1, so I'll have to go longer. I'd probably lose stitches off the end, anyway. :) Now I just have to go shop around for them.

I was looking at Knitty again and I'm really teetering on the thought of doing Hush-hush. Yeah, I know, I don't need to get the To-Do list cluttered up, but it really is pretty. And I really would wear it. Of course, I'd have to get some circs, but that's minor. Hmm. I'll think about it.

I'm also thinking of taking the Weasley sweater out of the current line-up. Not that I won't eventually make one but it just keeps getting shoved to the back of the group. And there are other things I could be working on. Besides, assuming I get the yarn, I'll be starting Banff on Sunday [yay!] and one sweater at a time is enough. And did I completely forget about poor Charlotte? She got frogged a while back and is sitting in skeins waiting to be resurrected. Ah well. Someone remind me of all this when I start talking about breaking my yarn diet!

Hitting Cathy's after work tonight. She said something about heavy drinking. I think I'll leave my knitting bag in the truck. ;)

Edit 9:00PM: Just got home and there were lots of goodies waiting for me- Sarah McLachlan "Afterglow Live" DVD, my new DVD tower...and my yarn from HelloKnitty! So, the Weasley sweater will be coming out of rotation and Banff going in. Sunday. Must wait until Sunday.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Rant, scream, jump up and down!

I just broke one of my *%$#@^ needles! Just as I was finishing the gusset, too. I can still finish the sock and its mate on 4 needles, but I much prefer 5.

Guess I need to find something a bit stronger than the bamboo for sizes 2 and down.

*cries a bit over the dead size 1 and goes off in search of new needles*

And it almost looks like a sock!

So I spent the Super Bowl working on my knitting, as I had said I would. I decided on the purple sock since that has a more precise pattern and I haven't been taking it to work with me. Picking up and putting down is easier with knit plain on larger needles/yarn than size 1/sock yarn in a darker color. [Did I do 2 or 3 rows of purl? Which pattern round am I on now?] Yes, the Pats won. I'm happy for them, but honestly, the only thing I really wanted to see was Paul McCartney in the half-time show. The rest of the night the sound was turned down low and I was flipping back to the History International Channel. Time Team found a Saxon settlement. [geeky anthro moment]

And I got the heel turned! Still have to do the gusset; I'll get to that today. I get rather nervous doing decreases when I'm getting sleepy. I did that once and ended up with a very lopsided sock. And no, I don't still have it. The evidence was promptly destroyed!

Did I mention anywhere the neat trick I learned for getting rid of the holes that can occur when you pick up stitches for the gusset? The next round, knit them through the back of the loop. Twists it up a bit tighter and no gaps. Woohoo! I may actually stop avoiding gusset heels now.

Haven't heard from HelloKnitty yet, so I don't think the yarn has shipped. I'll check at the PO tomorrow after work. Oh, and now that the snow has melted I can start getting delivery again. Much nicer. Technically, I don't need the yarn until Sunday anyway. That's the official kickoff for the KAL. And we just know I'd start early if I had it, don't we?

Speaking of the site, they changed the page for V-Day. So cute. And there is a link for the HelloKitty KAL right there. Too bad I missed the cut-off for joining. Maybe next time.

Guess that's about it. It's funny that my online friends have started refering to me as Molly Weasley. I honestly try to keep the obsession out of general conversation, which is why I have this blog. I guess it just shines through no matter what.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Perfect time for some knitting

The Super Bowl starts in about 10 minutes and I have no interest in watching it. I've also become a football widow. The BF is off with his other testosterone-enhanced buddies watching every move. I figure...what an opportunity to get some knitting done. *like I need an excuse!*

I've got a few more rows before I start turning the heel on the Slouch Sock. Or I could work on the pink sock, since that's just plain stockinette I could watch a movie without paying much attention. Decisions, decisions!

Either way, I'm just looking forward to tomorrow when it's all over and I can get back to a normal life. Between the Red Sox winning the World Series and the Pats being in the Super Bowl again, it's been rather chaotic. I don't know what I'll do if the Celts and Bruins end up winning their leagues as well!

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Change of plans

Everyone who really thought I'd be able to leave the pink and purple yarn alone until the start of the ThinkPink Along raise your hands.

To make up for it (so I actually have something to do during the official time) I ordered some Cascade Bulky Tweed in Hot Pink to make Banff from Knitty. Hey, if I'm going to do a pink sweater, it's going to be pink! Looking forward to it arriving. I think it will make a nice cuddle-up sweater for the remainder of the cold time.

Oh, and the other yarn? That is becoming a pair of socks as planned. Yay for wool socks!

Tuesday, February 01, 2005


Did I say I had the first bar done on the PoA scarf? Scratch that. Actually, I was almost to the second bar but I really didn't like the way the fabric felt. I want it to be a bit denser. So. Frog back the work *cries* and I'll recast on with size 7. Hopefully that will take up enough slack and allow me to get all the repeats I need. I'm still very nervous about running out of green. *makes a mental note to always buy an extra skein!

Sigh. Dinner and then back to the drawing board.