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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

And then, you know!



Here's my observation of the week.  I am well and truly addicted to knitting.  What, you're not shocked?  I go to work and I do not think about knitting, I think about whisky.  I cannot knit at work, and I read my Kindle at lunch.  Then I get home, and all I want to do is knit!  I don't want to make dinner, or check my email, or ugh, do laundry.  I want to sit and knit and go away into my own little world.  Bliss!

This week I've got two WIP's.  I have started the Tanvi for my youngest (ok, only by 9 minutes, but she is younger).  I am always a bit alarmed at the difference between yarns, even of the same type.  I am using 4ply, and starting with the Sirdar Luxury Soft in cotton.  It is just so--thin!  The other 4 ply I will be using is thicker and I got gauge straight away.  I had to go up an entire needle size to get gauge for this yarn, and I was (and still am to be truthful) wondering what kind of cardigan it will produce.  I went so far as to try to persuade my daughter she would really rather have another type of yarn altogether.  She would not be swayed (and for that I am proud).  So on I knit, fingers crossed, and we'll see what happens.  I should be approaching the division for the sleeves soon, so I'm happy with the progress thus far.  I've just got to accept things will take me longer now.

To begin with I followed the pattern and did a 1x1 rib for the collar and along the edges.  However even with slipping the first stitch, it looked terrible.  It was too loose and floppy and I just wasn't happy.  I got about 22 rows before I came to this conclusion however.  Sigh.  Once I announced to all present that I would just have to rip it back and start over--it apparently became comfortable for sitting.  Or perhaps it is just my fault for photographing on the floor.  I am now doing a garter stitch border and collar and it looks much better.  It will better match my Tappan Zee as well, so it was worth while.

I've also still working on my fan and feather lap blanket.  I often do this at night while watching tv with the hubby.  He sometimes gets annoyed with the click click click of my metal needles, but the one I'm using for the blanket doesn't bother him much.  It amuses and annoys me that he is so sensitive to sounds, but were it me, I would want him to respect my foibles, so I do try!

I'm adding colours between the cream (which I have the most of) and so far it is navy and a dark green.  I was debating adding in grey, if I have enough.  Any thoughts?  Should I just keep it cream, navy, and green?  This will be interesting as I progress, to see if I have enough yarn! 

Have a great rest of the week everyone, happy crafting!!




24 comments:

  1. ooh pretty purple - i love that. I love the blanket too - so cute!!! have a great wednesday xxx

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  2. The blanket is looking gorgeous, so neat and pretty :) If the grey is dark, then I'd add it, but if it is light then I wouldn't - but that's just me!

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  3. The fan and feather is looking spectacular....I love the colours as it is..nice and simple :)

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  4. I love both of them and I love your colours!

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  5. I adore your fan and feather project, absolutely gorgeous.
    I can understand the urge to knit. Don't you find knitting almost puts you in a meditative state? Maybe this is why you feel the urge to do nothing else once you get home from work? I often use knitting to escape from my day and find inner peace. Enjoy it!

    x

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    1. It really does! If I'm not careful (and I'm tired) and doing just stockinette stitch or something it can put me to sleep!

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  6. I'm addicted to knitting as well. Looks like your little dog might want to give knitting a try too :) Love the projects!

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  7. Very nice!!

    I am popping in from Tami's WIP Wednesday. My project is here..
    http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-tuesday-bunnys-birthday-dress.html

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  8. Oh your blanket is lovely! And I think the cardi looks pretty anyway :)

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  9. Well, I'm glad the Tanvi is dog-approved---that's a good sign, right? It looks lovely so far. :)

    And mmmm, that lap blanket. I looove the pattern and contrast, and find it sort of funny that your husband doesn't like the sound of knitting needles! (I sort of love it, myself. Comes from watching my mom knit as a kid and feeling all warm and at home and soothed, I guess.)

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  10. You are too funny. I know that pull to want to do nothing but knit. But then my house ends up messier than its usual mess. Oh well. If I had more $, I'd hire a housekeeper. Wouldn't that be sort of nice? Hope you get into a new rhythm with work and home and knitting.

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    1. That would be heaven! I've had to use my days off work to clean, and that's just not fun.

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  11. My husband is annoyed by the clicking sounds too. I try to keep home knitting on wood or carbon fiber needles to keep the noise to a minimum. As for the blanket, I like that the navy and the green visually read as so similarly dark and intense. Maybe the grey wouldn't balance as nicely as those two?

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    1. I've tried bamboo needles, but they are always circular and break, which annoys me greatly. My parents gave me a nice set of metal.....so hubby has to deal. Or I just don't knit when he is around. Also means no knitting in the car, :(

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  12. Oooo, Tanvi is such a cute pattern! I love the color you're using!

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    1. Thank you! I have found my daughters seem to have excellent taste in yarn, even when ordering online! I am taking lessons.

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  13. I looove the pattern of your fan and feather blanket - I've never seen anything like it before - going to look it up right away!!

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    1. Thank you! I was looking for something that would be just the right size for working on the computer, to keep my lap warm. It is so easy too, just a 4 row repeat.

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  14. LOL - "at work I think about whisky." Not many people can say that and that not be considered a problem :-)

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    1. I know!! He he he, they did ask at the interview if I had a "drink problem" lucky for me I like the smell and not the taste!

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  15. The blanket pattern looks really good. Not sure why, but I half expected a thinner band of grey after each of the the non-white bands. Must have seen something like that before.

    I too chuckled at the whisky mention. We once employed an engineer who thought of whisky at work all day too. Doubley a shame that we don't own a distillery. Hope the job is going well.

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  16. Nothing wrong with a knitting addiction .. join the club!

    Hi I'm Fleur and I'm a knitaholic!!

    Fleur xx

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  17. The blanket looks gorgeous already

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  18. Ha! addicted to knitting! You're in good company :)
    Love the wee cardy now it is underway on your other post - pity about the frogging. I've had to do a bit myself lately too...

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