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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.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

You know how Charlie Brown looked when Lucy pulled the football away?

That's sort of how I feel at the moment. I got my second order of blue yarn for my Ravenclaw scarf and it is completely wrong. It's a dark teal blue. Closer to Slytherin green than anything Ravenclaw. Someone in the universe is trying to tell me that I shouldn't have a PoA/GoF Ravenclaw scarf! Or maybe that it shouldn't be made out of Cascade 220. Maybe I'll go with Encore or Nature Spun instead.

On the plus side, my yarn for the Dumbledore Scarf shipped out today. Worse comes to worse, I'll wear that with the Luna earrings I made and some Dobby socks. One way or another I am going to be showing my HP pride at the movie!

Os and Vs is progressing nicely. She is somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 feet in diameter now (I think. It's hard to tell when the needles are smaller than the object).

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Why, oh why?

I must stop talking to people about projects. It just gives me ideas to start new stuff. Someone on the LiveJournal HP Knitting community was talking about what Dumbledore would wear if he wore a scarf. It was thought that it would be a purple ground with all the schools represented in the trapped bars. So now I had to figure out how that would work and what the count for the rounds would be. I figure I can do it for a little over $40 in wool at a DK weight. It's a thought for a nice winter scarf (and would be long! I'm figuring it would be in the neighborhood of 95"). I just ordered the yarn and once I get the pattern finalized on paper I may put it here if anyone would be interested.

As for other HP stuff, I got an e-mail from Hello Knitty yesterday that my navy yarn is on its way. It should be here today or tomorrow. That does need to be done for the movie opening.

As for current works, I did take Os and Vs with me last night. When I put it down on a flat surface it looks a bit like a beret (the needle is smaller than the diameter by a few inches now) and is about the size of a dinner plate at it's widest. And I'm not even done with the first skein yet. The book said it should be 34" in diameter when finished but I think mine will be a bit bigger than that. Not that that is a bad thing! I'm of the school that you can't have a shawl too big. I can't wait to see it completed.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Where I am...knitting-wise

A quick update on some of my needle projects. I finally got to the first decrease in Hush-hush. That gives roughly 6 inches. Only 16 or so inches to go. *sigh*

I finished my red 220 socks. I really should do the Broad Ripple ones that have been staring at me for ever and a day. Especially now that it's warm weather and I don't want to be wearing wool socks!

The Os and Vs Shawl is progressing. It's really a pretty simple pattern. I've (almost) done one skein so far and I think it's going to be a nice size. The pattern said it used 8 ounces of yarn (which would be about 1,550 yards). I have a little over 10 ounces (six skeins) so my shawl should be a bit bigger. I figure I'll use five for the body and the last skein to do the edging- which is a simple Dot and Rib. Anyway, it will be a nice big shawl but rather lightweight.

Poor Rochester has been languishing in my eagerness to work on Hush-hush and Os and Vs. I'm going to try and finish her up soon. In a semi-related rant, I'm a bit annoyed that LB is discontinuing the Cotton Ease. I really like the way it is working up and like the idea of a sweater that I can just toss in the wash without worry.

I'm thinking ahead to what kind of cardigan I would like to make out of my 220 (the Dark Colonial Blue). I have the basic design and just need to think what pattern stitch I'd like to put in. I think maybe a simple eyelet will be nice.

That's it for now. I'm going to a gathering tonight and think I'll take Os and Vs. I'd post a picture but right now it looks like a periwinkle blob. Not all that interesting.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Yarn diet? I ain't going on no stinking yarn diet!

A while back a friend of mine asked me to make a blanket for his godchild for Christmas (he wanted to get the order in early). I got some LB Polarspun in a fun colorway. For something small I could enjoy using this, but it's driving me up a wall to try and do a blanket of any interest when you can't see the stitches you are working on.

So.

I just got some Jiffy (thank goodness for Discount Yarn Sales) in the colorway Salem, which is a slightly older version of the more pastel colors commonly used for girls, IMHO. I figure this way she will use it for a longer time if it doesn't look so "babyish".

While there, I also got some Homespun for myself in two shades of golds/tans to make a throw for my future reading room.

Don't you just love shopping for yarn? :D

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Oops! Need more yarn

The more I look at it, the yarn I got for my Ravenclaw scarf isn't really dark enough. So I just ordered 5 more skeins in a darker shade. I still love the stuff I have so I'll keep it and make something else out of it. I've got 1,100 yards, so maybe I'll do a cardi or something similar. I'll have to swatch for it and see what I come up with. Thank goodness I wasn't planning to wear the scarf for the book release!

A lot of people have been talking about doing Flirty Ruffles in black for a nice evening shawl. Now I'm thinking about a black shawl for myself. I have a white one (thanks to Trish!), the Gates and Ladder shawl will be in shades of gray (oh, now I want to listen to The Monkees) and the cobweb shawl will be white, I think. Maybe the Christening Shawl out of the Folk Shawls book. Knit Picks has some nice lace yarn in a black with blue lights that would make a lovely shawl.

Now I need to find out how much yardage that shawl takes and get the yarn!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Wheee!

The last two days have seen the arrival of some lovely yarn.

I got my Cascade 220 in Dark Colonial Blue from HelloKnitty yesterday. I cast on for the scarf and, as soon as my red sock is finished (it's been a great at-work project!), I will cast on for my matching Ravenclaw socks. I'm still debating whether or not to make the toes silver. I only have one skein and don't want to run short for the scarf so maybe I should just do the bands on the leg and leave the rest of the sock blue. Anyone have any thoughts?

The other order was from Patternworks today. I got four skeins each of Nature Spun Sport in Charcoal and Gray to make the Gates and Ladders Circle Shawl and some red rubber markers.

I've also settled on the Os and Vs Circle Shawl (also from Martha Waterman's book) for the NS Fingering yarn. That's a pretty pattern and in the Butterfly Blue it should be nice. I think that might end up being a gift. Not sure yet.

And, I am in love. I found a Jamieson & Smith pattern for Woman's Weekly Cobweb Lace Evening Shawl at Four Seasons Knitting Products. They also sell J&S cobweb yarn. This will be something I am going to purchase (in the white, naturally) when I hit the 10 lbs. mark as a present to myself. With luck, that will be sometime in July. Ooooh! I can't wait!

Monday, June 20, 2005

Lovely Lace

Having grieved over the demise of my BNS over the weekend, I have moved on. Still haven't found something to make out of the Shimmer but I'm sure I'll come up with a project at some point. In the meantime, it's rather nice to be able to look at the skeins and wonder what they will grow up to be.

I was also seduced by Wendy's new group at Yahoo called Summer of Lace 2005. If you like lace anything, come join. I did say that I am working on my WP but I've actually put that aside for the moment. It's just too hot and heavy to have in my lap right now. I'll save working on it for cooler days. Shouldn't take too long since I only have 2 repeats left on the lace. I think.

As a lighter project I've decided to use the Nature Spun Fingering yarn I had purchased for Lucky (that just didn't work out. I still love the pattern, Melissa, and hope to make it someday with another yarn.) to make a shawl. After a few tries, I haven't quite settled on a pattern. But I will. I ordered some Nature Spun Sport in gray and charcoal to make the Gate and Ladder Circle Shawl from Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls by Martha Waterman. I figure that will make a nice all-purpose shawl.

Oh, and I finished one sock from my red Cascade 220 and cast on for the second. That pair should be done by the middle of the week. Of course, I probably won't wear them right now since it's rather warm for wool socks, but it's a nice break from the lace charts and Hush-hush.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Why I should drink more

Well, after the...fourth?... time trying to get Bird's Nest to work, I've decided to give up on it. At least for now. I guess it just isn't meant to be. This, of course, means that I have 6 skeins of Shimmer with no set home. I'm thinking I might find a nice shawl pattern that would look nice in the blues and greys and needs 2,400 or less yards. I'd love another shawl.

Speaking of shawls. Or capelets. Or whatever you'd like to call them, I had dinner with my friend Trish a few nights ago. I had picked up 12 skeins of LB Chenille in Denim Blue with the thought of making a throw. But this stuff just won't knit at any gauge I could find. So I offered it to Trish (she's a crocheter, but very sweet anyway. ;) ). In return, she made me the most gorgeous half-circle shawl out of a white chenille. I wore it to work Friday, Trish, and it was perfect for keeping the A/C off my neck and shoulder. I also got lots of compliments on it and was told that you must be a very good person. Which I heartily agreed with!

I finished one of my red socks. It's just a plain one made from an orphan skein of Cascade 220. I was just finishing up the toe when my boyfriend came over. He just doesn't understand the need to make socks. Or that I might need to knit a pair out of wool in late June. *sigh* I guess it's an addiction he just can't comprehend.

Beyond that, still plugging away at Hush-hush. I finally finished the Feather and Fan trim and switched to the size 2 needles to work the body. Now I'm in the decrease area. This is definitely going to be a long-term project, but I am convinced that it will be lovely when done.

Still waiting for the arrival of my dark blue 220 to make my Ravenclaw scarf. This will be the PoA/GoF style with the trapped bars. I'm also planning to do a beanie to go with it. They'll be for the movie opening in November, so plenty of time.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Spin, spin, spin

Minnie is all set up and ready to go. I had an orphan US9 bamboo needle that fit perfectly into the missing peg hole, so that's all set. The drive band has been put on and adjusted. All I need is to figure out just how to start! ;) I got some books that should be here Tuesday, so I'll play with my drop spindle until then.

Speaking of drop spindling, I just ordered a small top-whorl one and some mini hand carders from Halcyon Yarn. I spoke to my father last night and he told me that they sheared the alpaca Thursday. Included in the group was the new cria- roughly a week or so old. Her fiber is super soft, but there isn't much of it so he's going to give it to me to practice with. I think I'll use the new drop spindle so I can get a finer yarn. Not sure what I'll make out of it; it will depend on the yardage I can get, but I'm thinking maybe a doily or something lacy. Oh, and she's white.

I took a picture of Minnie last night, so as soon as I get the camera hooked up to the laptop I'll post a picture of her. She's so cute!

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Sweet!

Sometimes I really am in the right place at the right time. A person I know slightly from work came by yesterday and said that he had a spinning wheel he would like to give me. I'm thinking a decorative one at first but it turns out that it is fully functional. The only thing that appears to be missing is a small pin that holds the wheel steady in the fork. Nothing a trip to the hardware store for a small dowel can't fix.

So, my vacation starts this weekend and I think at least part of it will be spent playing with my new toy. It's such a cute little thing, too. I still have my Elizabeth, but haven't set her up yet because I don't have anywhere to put her yet that isn't over a heating vent. This one is small enough to go in a corner when not in use.

I found a name on the bottom of it; I'm reasonably sure it was handmade and possibly a custom. It is also obvious that it has been well-loved over the years. For that reason, and because of it's size, I've decided to christen it "Minnie". :)