Blocked!

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This will forever be known as the Cancer Sweater of Doom. I was kent to finish it after surgery to keep me warm in the chemo room. But cables plus lace plus skinny yarn and HUGE sweater means that it took six months to complete. Luckily, I still have months of chemo ahead!

Technically it not finished because I just blocked it and I have to let it dry and sew in the sleeves, but it will be done tonight!!!

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Sometimes, you have to take it apart

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This sweater has been the bane of my existence for almost 18 months.

 

It’s a SUPER EASY pattern, the Spoke Cardigan from Interweave Knits Weekends 2011 (see, amost 2 years!!!). I cast it on in the fall 2 years ago and then got busy. When things are for me and not my kids, I tend to push them back. I have knit plenty since then, but not this. This year in the fall, a full year after starting it, I picked it up again and tried it on. It was huge – a full size to big. So I frogged the whole thing and re-knit it in one uninterrupted series of sessions, about 3 weeks.

Then it sat there, waiting for buttons. I’m picky about buttons and it took me a while to find what I wanted. So poor cardi waited another few weeks, then got buttons. Then I tried it on. And I messed up one sleeve. Basically I am missing about 10 rows under the arm on one side, so one arm fits nicely and one arm is super tight. Too tight to be ignored. Thus the cardi has been sitting on the armchair in my bedroom, waiting. This is getting beyond ridiculous. If I don’t fix it soon, it will go out of style!

So here goes nothing: I will attempt to locate my row of Kitchener Stitch and take it out, pick up the stitches, add the missing rows and close it back up. I sincerely hope it works and is not wonky, because I am not re-knitting this a third time. Not going to happen.

Holiday Handmade Challenge

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last night, during Hannukah dinner, one of my non-Jewish relatives mentioned in passing how she is looking forward to our Christmas lunch (multiculturalisim FTW!) to see what special hand-made gifts I come up with this year.

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I was not planning on making anything this year. Actually, not true. I knit my kids a pair of socks each and gave them as a Hannukah present the other day. So this morning, my only day off from working my crazy holiday schedule at the store,  I hopped over to my FAVE knitting store, Espace Tricot, and got the fabulous Lisa to save my behind.

Now excuse me while I put down my laptop and turn this pile of yarn into gifts, in the next 12 days.

My knitting skills to raise money for cancer

This august, I will be walking in my 3rd Weekend to End Women’s Cancer. In order to walk, I must raise at least 2000$, but I would like to raise even more if possible. The past two years, the bulk of my fundraising came through my big garage sales. But I am running out of stuff to sell! And since I am not one to go around and just ask people for money, I think I came up with a good idea: I will sell my knitted wares for donations to the cause.

Here is what I am thinking:

1) a knitted chair – 250$ (it can be a chair of my choosing or one you already own and can somehow get to me)

2) a slipcover for a chair you have but cannot ship to me – 100$ to 200$ depending on the style of the chair and the amount you need me to knit

3) a knitted pillow – 50$

For any of these, you can let me whip something up or we can totally collaborate on style/color etc. The point is for me to raise money, so you are not paying me, you are donating directly to my walk on this site.

I am also opened to taking on other crafty projects – make me an offer!

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Today for the first time since I broke my arm 3 months ago, I did actual knitting. More than 2 rows at a time, without needing to uncramp my fingers every 10 stitches. I might just get to wear this cardi before summer!

6 weeks later

The cast came off yesterday morning. I don’t start physio til tomorrow morning, but I just couldn’t help myself, I couldn’t wait. I knit 2 rows (about 275 sts each) this morning….. SOOOO SLOW! The tonight, I spent about 30 min counting rows and stitches to figure out just where the heck I left off when I put down my needles (Twenty Ten Cardigan) 6 weeks ago. I wasn’t writing down which row I was on because I was using my row counter on my phone but it’s been so long, I didn’t even remember that is what I was using!

 

But I know where I am now, I knit another 2 rows tonight. Then my arm swelled up and started to throb, so it’s back in it’s bag. I fear this cardi will not be a spring but rather a late summer cardi.

The month of not knitting

As I close in on the end of the first month of not knitting, I am coming to the realisation that knitting is central to my existence. If you know me personally, you know that I live an impossibly crazy life where *major* obstacles surround me on a daily basis. By and large, I take it on the chin, drink a little wine, whine a lot and move along.

Yesterday, after not breathing properly for days on end, my husband went on home-IV. This is par for the course in our lives and normally would just be another one of the major-but-minor-to-me annoyances I have learned to live with. Except last night, after a long day of bday celebrations for my 8 y.o. and dealing with work, I came home late and could not knit away the stress. I knew I missed knitting. I knew the diagonal-buttoned-cardi that has been calling me from inside the knitting bag for the last month was calling even louder, and I couldn’t do it. And it made me very sad and frustrated. Because knitting, it’s my processing. It’s my way of dealing. It numbs me to it all. The repetitive nature, the fact that I can do it without thinking and I can do it for hours on end, it clears my mind, allows me to somehow keep on going with everything else.

And right now, I can’t do it. I don’t know when I will be able to knit again. The cast come off in 2 weeks, but I don’t know if I will be able to knit right away….

 

(I promise not to turn the craft blog into a downer blog. I promise!!!!)

Casting on, again

wow, I totally negleted this blog…..

 

That cape is finished and faboosh, if I do say so myself. I since knit a full hat/scarf/mitt set, and a baby hat with a baby sweater to be delivered to a newborn tomorrow (total coincidence) and a pair of knee-highs for my eldest.

Months ago, I cast on the Still Light Tunic and it was going well, slow but well. I put it aside for a while and today, I decided to pick it back up again. It looked huge. Really huge. So I pulled the needle out and carefully slipped it over my head. I was about 3 inches under the armpits. It was was HUGE. HUGE. So I frogged the entire thing. And recast it, on smaller needles (my gauge was a tiny bit off) and I may make it a size smaller, but this time, I will try it on several times as I go!

So, fresh cast on, fresh take at the knitting blog, let’s see what happens.

383 stitches that are going to kill me!

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have you ever started a project and thought ‘What have I done?’

Well, this is one of those projects…. On paper, this cape is not so hard: knitted in one piece, LOTS of cables, but nothing really too difficult about it….

except it’s 383 stitches…. The ribs were easy: K1P1 for 6.5 cm, which it turns out takes an entire skein! Oh and by the way, I ended up knitting while walking! I didn’t plan on it, I was holding my needles in my hand, yarn tucked under my arm, on my way to school to pick up my kid and half-way through the park, i realised I was knitting. It was completely unconscious, it just happened, my hands started knitting and I did an entire row of K1P1 by the time I got to school!

But then, once the ribs are done, those 383 stitches have to be set up for 13 sets of cables…. Again, not actually hard, just a ton of different numbers of K and Ps…. but I have done the set up row 3 times now and not once was it right! So now I have written out the entire thing on the back of the pattern, I’m putting the TV on pause and I’m trying again, and if it doesn’t work, I’m going back to making scarves for teddy bears!

The Nina Dress done, and a few new things

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It’s already done! It was a SUPER FAST knit, though a little boring. S

eriously, it’s straight up stockinette with a few ribs and 4 holes.go for it, it’s super easy!

I know she doens’t look happy in the picture, but it’s only because I made her take off her flowy skirt and she was quite mad about that!

And now that the dress is finished, I have cast on the Michael Kors Cape from vogue 2007….  In other news, since while I knit, I watch tv, I’ve decided to blog about that too…. I know, blog overload! You can find that one here:

http://tvinabottle.wordpress.com

enjoy!