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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.

Friday, March 24, 2006

la-dee-da-dee-da

What a bad little member of Blogland I've been.

I've been a busy knitter, though. The Quidditch Sweater has one sleeve and I've picked up for the second one. The only drawback of working the sleeves top-down though is that the whole thing flops around in your lap.

I also made another Babe. This one was for my cousin's little girl. I finished the arms and legs while watching a St. Patrick's Day parade last Sunday. As the floats and bands went by I busily knit appendages with my US2 needles. I'll have to ask her to take a picture for me so I can upload it. I am much happier with how this one came out- knit in the round instead of seamed.

Now I'm working on some clothes for the poor little dear. I cast on for a raglan sweater and worked out a pattern for a cardigan. I'll make a few skirts or spring dresses to go under them and everyone will be happy.

Speaking of cardigans, I decided that I need a warm weather one for me. It's a few months off, but once the air conditioner comes on I'll want something to go around my shoulders. I have 6 skeins of Cotton Ease in Candy Blue that I managed to score a while back. By my estimates, I should be able to make a three quarter-sleeved sweater. I also want to do a pattern on the front panels and maybe down the sleeve. I'll play around with that this weekend. Much as I hate swatching I really think it best for this.


And, because he's become rather enamoured of his celebrity, and I couldn't resist the shot, I'll leave you with a picture of Blaze. This was a Boyd's Bear that was given to me for Christmas. I came in, placed it on the couch, went to hang my jacket up and the Lord and Master of the house claimed it while my back was turned. Since then, it stays on the couch and Blaze cuddles with it almost every day.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Just a quick update

I've been working on the Quidditch Sweater. Almost finished with the sleeve, then pick-up for the second sleeve, do the neckline, block and sew the patch on. Yeah, if I'm lucky and the weather stays so changable I may even get to wear it before having to pack sweaters away for the season!

In lieu of some knitting pics today (my computer and I aren't on speaking terms at the moment) I thought I'd post a couple of pictures from my visit to my father's farm this past weekend. He only had the boys there but they are quite cute and funny.


Now, isn't this just the most adorable face? This handsome fellow is Espresso. He was the most inquisitive of the bunch. And, for a size reference, that fence is 4-feet tall. I always expect them to be bigger than they are.


Here are Cappuccino and Maxwell. Max is the oldest of the boys but that doesn't mean he is accorded the respect he thinks he deserves!

The fourth male was Bailey but he wouldn't come near enough for me to get a good picture of him. He looks a lot like Cappuccino but darker, like the wonderful elixir he is named for. :) You can see him hanging out behind Espresso.

There will be yarn coming in in the next month or so and I am saving my pennies to purchase some. I felt a skein left over from the last batch he had spun up and I could have petted it all day. I really think I need some.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Knitted Babe

The doll is seamed, stuffed and has a face. I'm just finishing the hair and then I'll post a picture of her. I just wanted to make a few observations for the next time I make one.

While it was rather quick to knit I think I'll do future bodies in the round. Especially if I'm giving it to a little one. The fewer seams that can come apart, the better.

Light worsted is the best bet for hair. I had to scrap the purple hair (which would have been lovely!) because I didn't have enough scrap left over, but I think the Homespun would have pulled the stitches too much. However, making up bundles of yarn and attaching them might work (which is how the book suggests). Even though it takes much longer, I like the look of fringing the hair all over the back of the head.

I"m hoping to have a dress for her tonight. The poor little thing is liable to catch cold otherwise. Oh, and I suppose she needs a name, too. I'm thinking Anna Lee. The yarn I'm using for her hair is Paton's Classic Merino Wool in a nice red. I think it's called Rich Red but it looks like Raggedy Ann Red to me. Eventually I will make a Molly Weasley, but I don't want one with pale grey skin. :) I'll try to get a picture of her tonight, clothed or not. Maybe I'll just wrap her in a handkerchief for modesty's sake.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Vacation's over

I took a bit of a break after the Olympics to rest my hands. All that frantic knitting took a toll.

Additionally, I had a scarf to do for a customer. He wanted something original and knit in the round. Oh, and charcoal grey. That was all I could get from him on what he wanted so I did what I wanted. It was the Project from Hell. Knit from Plymouth Encore, which is actually rather nice for being mostly acrylic. First, I designed a seed stitch panel that went up the center of each side. However, one of my skeins appeared to be short (or I way undercalculated, which is probably more correct) and it came out too short. So I ripped it all out, talked to him about adding an asymetrical colorblock of black and started over. This time I did a seed stich edging, knit plain for the body until I ran out of grey, added the black and continued in plain knit then did a matching edge. I fringed each end with its own color (one grey, the other black). Came out nice. It was 43" long when blocked, not including the fringe, and nice and thick. He loved it but it was the most expensive $30 scarf I've ever done. Oh, the re-knit was done in one night. I took much Advil the next day. Anyway, he came in today wearing it. I hadn't realized that because he's a rather big man, it still is a bit short. So I took it back and will add more black to it. Not too bad because I only have to rip back past the seed stitch.

I think I'm going to give up scarves for a while.

Because of that I haven't picked up the Quidditch sweater yet but it is waiting and will be started on this weekend. I'm looking forward to finishing that and getting to wear it. My patch is waiting to be attached. :)

I also got the book Knitted Babes. These are so cute. I'm making one out of some leftover yarn to see how they knit up. I think I'll keep this one because she's done in pale grey and I think I'll use some leftover Homespun in Gothic (deep purple) for her hair. Won't that be snazzy? I did order the sample box of Knit Pick's Palette yarn that should be perfect for making a bunch of them. Maybe I'll give each one a Pygmy Puff for a pet. Although I think the scale would make them more like Puffskeins, wouldn't it?

So, that's what I'm up to right now. I'm going to my father's for the day on Saturday. I'll be checking up on his alpaca and maybe see if I can wrangle some yarn from him.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Shameless, aren't I?



All right. This one is for me. Because I really didn't think I'd finish without a nervous breakdown over that pattern. Now that it is finished I'm glad I didn't chuck it all but I'm not sure that I would choose that pattern again. As I said, I think the book will be kept for reference from now on.

Thank you for all the kind words about the shawl; now I just need to figure out when and where I'll wear it!

I haven't started working on the Quidditch Sweater yet because my hands and wrists were pretty sore. I'll start back to that this weekend.