March 26, 2006

Colour overdose

If you thought that the yellow Bad Penny was bright and colourful, then brace yourself — my latest project brings “colourful” to a whole new level!

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It may not surprise you to know that this is not for me — it’s for Mark’s 2-year-old god-daughter, whose mother suggested that a “multicoloured poncho for spring” would be much appreciated. I certainly wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity to have that kind of fun — and just look at the result! The yarn is Paton’s “Melody Quick & Cozy”, colour “Happy Daze”, and it lives up to its name on all counts! I really wasn’t sure about the size (mainly of the collar opening) since I don’t really have a good sense of how big children are at various ages, so I threaded a cord through the neck opening that can tighten it if it’s too big and slipping off. I have no idea if they’ll like it, or if they’ll find it frighteningly bright, but I figure if anyone can love colours like that, it’ll be a little girl. Right?

It’s definitely moving toward spring here, with almost every day above freezing, but there’s still no sign of returning vegetation. Since I’ve given up on it being cold enough again this year for Mark to wear his gansey, I’ve now moved on to waiting impatiently for birds and flowers to return. I want to see our little orchard in full bloom! But it’ll be a while yet, I’m sure. In the meantime, I can amuse myself with the leftovers of the poncho yarn — it’s bright enough to make up for any amount of absent flowers!

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March 22, 2006

Belated Bad Penny

I know it’s been a while — but I have been knitting, and I’m finally getting around to posting about it. Do you remember way, way back, before the Olympics, when I mentioned that I was going to make Bad Penny from Knitty for my sister? No? Well, I did. And it’s almost done — so here are some pictures! It’s top down, so here it is just before I started the bottom little lace pattern:

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There were a couple of things I found a little odd about the pattern, but the thing that surprised me the most was the sleeves. The instructions say to pick up the stitches left on a holder after the raglan shaping and then knit them flat, back and forth, for a few inches. And it never mentions seaming — perhaps because if they were seamed, they’d never be big enough, since you don’t pick up any extra stitches for the underarm. Now, I know these are little cap sleeves, but I still find this very strange:

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Any thoughts? Has anyone done this pattern before?

Lastly, I’ve decided that the yarn colour is definitely daffodil. See?:

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Spring’s a’comin’…

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March 16, 2006

Oops!

Sorry for the absence — if you use Internet Explorer, I think the blog wasn’t working for a few days. Thanks to notification from a couple of readers, and a little code-scanning, I realised that I’d left in a bit of code when I removed the Olympic countdown timer, and it was upsetting Explorer, though not Firefox — which is why I didn’t notice the problem, since it loaded fine in my browser.

Of course, I haven’t really blogged much recently, so you probably haven’t missed anything! I have been knitting some — I’ve been working on the yellow “Bad Penny” for my sister, actually. It’s going fairly quickly, so she may actually have it in time for the spring weather! I’ll try to get a picture of it this weekend. It matches the Cancer Society daffodils that we brought home a few days ago perfectly.

And now I must get back to work — class in a few minutes. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone tomorrow, if I don’t manage to post before then!

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March 11, 2006

Done!

And at only 181% of the time allotted! (oops)

Here is the finished gansey, in all its glory:

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It fits Mark just fine, and I think it looks great. In fact, I’m very happy with how it turned out. I particularly enjoyed not having to sew together a single seam (not one! Not even the shoulders!). Not that I can’t do a decent job of seams, but there’s something very satisfying about just knitting and knitting until it’s a sweater.

You can’t see the pattern very well there, so I’ve played with the picture a bit — this is all wrong for colour, but it’s as clear as I could make the patterns:

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I’m not sure the anchors stand out enough to be the central pattern, but I like them anyway. And I think it will be a very good souvenir of our time in New Brunswick.

And look — the gansey even got some real work done today!:

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(Yes, he is taking down our Christmas lights. We have trouble letting go — also, we’re lazy. But today was so beautiful and warm that we couldn’t justify putting it off any longer.)

So that officially completes my Olympic knitting. It’s too bad I couldn’t finish it in the 2 weeks, but I’m not at all surprised… and I’m still glad to have been pushed, because I certainly finished it faster than I probably would have otherwise. Of course it’s now warm enough that there’s very little chance Mark will be able to wear it this year — but you never know. We’re in the Maritimes — freak weather is a normal occurrence, right?

I’ll leave you with an “artistic” shot of Tigger — he’s been complaining about his absence from the blog of late.

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March 05, 2006

Still working...

No, I’m still not done. I’ve got some of a sleeve and the collar still to finish, so it will probably take a few more days, since I can’t devote much time to it at the moment. But I’m still hopeful that I’ll manage to finish it before the last of the cold weather, so that Mark can wear it at least once. I hope.

I do have something exciting and knitting-related to report, though — at least it was exciting for me! This past Wednesday I was in Halifax, and somewhat unexpectedly at a loose end for the evening. So, although I didn’t think it would work, I emailed Steph, whom I’d never met, but had exchanged comments with. I gave her my cell phone number, and lo and behold, within half an hour she’d called me and arranged to pick me up, take me to a restaurant for dinner, and then take me to the local Halifax Stitch and Bitch! I had a fabulous time — it’s amazing how comfortable I was with someone I’d (technically) just met. We had a great Thai dinner, and then went to a local coffee shop, where I also met Morgan, Moe, and FrozenExtremities, as well as several other lovely ladies. It was a real pleasure to sit and knit with others — I’ve really missed that! And, to top it all off, Steph gave me these lovely stitch markers:

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Thank you so much to Steph for picking me up on a moment’s notice and showing me such a good time! I’m so glad we managed to connect, and I really hope I can get down to the Halifax area again soon, to catch up with you again!

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