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Undertakings

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VinelleCardigan
Happy Sunday! Hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend... despite Spring's unexpected leave of absence.
I didn't have to work this weekend, so needless to say I spent a good chunk of it knitting my heart out!
OK, I might have bitten off a little more than I can chew concerning the many projects I'm currently working on and planning to undertake. Where should I begin?

1. I've decided to tackle Jacqueline Fee's Sweater Workshop, which teaches how to design your own seamless sweaters. It's a big book, and there's a sampler you have to knit as you go along, which slightly resembles a knitted deflated water booey. At first, it seemed a bit daunting... but I've already cast on and its easy peasy! Not to mention, I've learned a few new things within the first 10 pages! Love it!

Conifer: Almost FO
2. I frogged Conifer last week because I had made too many mistakes. I started over last Sunday and am only a few rows from being done! But as suspect…

Weekend

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I began writing this Friday, but finally updating Sunday night, on account of having to work all weekend.

FRIDAY
First, can I just say what an absolutely gorgeous day it is? I took full advantage of it by going for a bicycle ride. After seeing the scrummy Morehouse yarn KnittingKnoobie bought from Brooklyn General the other day, I thought I'd ride over and check it out however, after Google Mapping it, I didn't realize how far it was. So, I opted to swing by The Yarn Tree, which alas was closed. But it's for the best. I really don't need any more yarn.
Last week I went to Michael's and came home with 6 skeins of Sugar n' Cream. They were on sale and their color, "Country Mauve," was too pretty to pass up. I'm thinking about knitting a light-weight cardigan for summer.


SUNDAY Despite having to work all weekend, I finished my cardigan! A pattern is certainly in the works, so stay tuned! But wait! There's more!... good news, that is! I sold my ver…

How to Calculate Cast On Stitches

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So, the body of my cardigan design is complete and now it's onto the sleeves! It's a fairly mindless knit-in-the-round kind of deal, but figuring out how many stitches to cast on required a bit of math.

I've been using Elizabeth Zimmerman's Seamless Raglan instructions to work out the precise measurements and how many stitches to cast on for each part of the pattern. If you've read Knitting Without Tears, you know EZ works with percentages. I am by NO means a mathematician, but there's one thing I've taken away from math class, that I keep coming back to, especially when knitting is this formula:
[Part = Whole x Percent]

For example. Let's say you've cast on 200 stitches for the body of a sweater. EZ says cast on 20% of the body's stitches for one sleeve. Here's how you break it down:

Part = Sleeve Stitches
Whole = 200 body stitches
Percent = 20% (There's an invisible decimal to the right of 20. Move this decimal two digits to the left. 20% …

Startitus

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Thanks to Blogger in Draft Design Tools, I gave my blog a much needed makeover... and also added a patterns page!

At the moment, I have 3 projects on the needles: Mara, Conifer and a cardigan of my own design.

While it's taking FOREVER to finish either project, I like that Mara is something mindless I can knit while watching TV, Conifer is a more challenging alternative and the cardigan is keeping the creative juices flowing.

As a person who is extremely fidgity when I have nothing to do with my hands, I have a project to suit any mood!

The cardigan I'm designing is turning out a smidge longer in length than planned, only because I decided to add waist-shaping later on. This isn't a bad thing. I actually like my sweaters to be a little longer. I'm even contemplating adding a hood!

Also had to swing by my LYS to buy more Cascade 220. B.E. Yarns only displays 2 skeins of the same color at a time, and since I bought both skeins of light blue last weekend, they since had not re…

Busy Bee Part 2

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Lots of knitting, pattern-writing and yarn buying this past week. Possibly the most productive I've ever been, knit-wise!

Without babbling on too much about what I've been up to, I'll let the photos speak for themselves.


Another 'Mystery' garment I'm whipping up.


Conifer Shawl from KnitScene using Cotton Ease in Stone



In other news, Dennis and I went wedding venue hunting this weekend out in Hudson Valley. Here, we're crashing the Morse Estate... Morse, as in the person who created Morse code. Apparently, he had excellent taste in acreage and upon his passing opened up the property for public viewing and events. Not sure if that's exactly how the story goes, but the fact that we were'nt attacked by vicious dogs whilst prancing about the lawn was a tell-tail.

Dennis decides the twigs taste a bit twiggy.

Taking Owls out for a Spin. ..._._.._..... (morse?)

Later we stopped off at Adam's Market for their Annual Flower Show / Food Fest... How can I descri…

Hilde Slouchy Hat Pattern

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It's official: My pattern for the Hilde Slouchy Hat is for sale on Ravelry!

Apologies for the delay. There was a little hullabaloo with my profile not being linked to my pattern page and what not, but the lovely staff at Ravelry fixed it up ASAP!


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I really loved knitting this hat. The pattern looks more difficult than it really is and has such a nice even flow. If you can knit through the back loop and make 5 in one stitch, there's nothing to it! It begins with a twisted rib stitch and increases into alternating willow buds and baby cables. Elegant yet exceptionally functional for chilly weather!

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I have yet to give my Grandmother her version... Hopefully that will be before the weather gets too warm to wear a hat anymore. Otherwise, she'll be fully prepared for next winter.

As usual, it's been a hectic week and haven't had much time to update the blog, but I've oodles more to tell you about (photos in tow)! ;-)

Busy Bee

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Well, I've been a busy bee today! Woke up at 6am, popped some muffins in the oven while I did my makeup. Then I finished knitting and writing the pattern the Hilde Hat! Now all that's left to do is re-work the chart. I should have a pattern uploaded to Ravelry by le weekend!





Happy to report, my office gobbled up said muffins! So, as promised, here's the recipe... And believe me, it's easy-peasy!

Spicy Cornbread Muffins with Sundried Tomatoes


Ingredients:
2 Boxes Jiffy Brand Cornbread mix
Handful of sundried tomatoes
2/3 Cups Milk
2 large eggs
1 Tsp chili powder (or to taste)
1 Tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
Dash of garlic powder

Preheat oven to 400ยบ F

Combine ingredients and mix well. Set aside.

Place paper baking cups in muffin molds or coat molds with butter. Pour mixture into molds and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Dip knife into test muffin. If it comes out dry, they are done. Let cool & enjoy warm with a schmere of buttah! ;-x