Frog Me Knot

A knitter displaced from Mississippi and trying to navigate life in upstate New York


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Frustration, Secrets, and the Overwhelming Rhinebeck

Socktober is almost over and boy have I let myself down in the socks department. Just after blogging last I was on a roll with Mirror. I distinctly remember that at one point I was doing the cable pattern and something didn’t feel quite right. I quickly talked myself out of that feeling as I had this pattern memorized by this point and figured that I did not need to check the pattern. I just knew I was doing it correctly so I kept on going regardless of what my gut was saying. Just as I was working the last row of cable pattern before turning the heel, I did it differently than I had been since I had that feeling, and it felt correct. I had been twisting two of the cables opposite of how they should have been! I almost made Ryan jump off the couch with the cursing that came upon that discovery. I immediately left the apartment and walked to the wine store on the corner, came back and began ripping back.

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So those socks are officially in time out to think about what they have done. The frustration with that lead me to ignore the vanilla socks also. Here is where they have been for almost two weeks as well.

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The Alewives cowl made it to the half way point and has been stopped there for now. I promise I have a good reason for this.

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The first reason this is on hold is because it is now a Christmas gift which means I am going to ignore it until I have to rush to finish it have quite a few weeks to get it finished. The second is the fact that I have almost completed a baby blanket this past week. I am not going to show pictures of it until the mother to be gets it because I want the design to be a surprise. The color theme is based off the book “Where the Wild Things Are.” Here is a peak at the colors involved.

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I am three quarters finished with the blanket and it will hopefully be done by this weekend. This is unless I get distracted by my Rhinebeck purchases.

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I will break all the yarns down in a later post. But I will say that Rhinebeck was so massive that it was stressful. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every second of it!! There were just so many people all trying to shop in these tiny booths, that it seemed like a mad dash to buy yarn.

It was my first time at any yarn festival, and I was just not prepared for anything like this. That being said, starting off with one of the largest festivals in the country was probably a mistake on my part. I made snap decisions on my yarn purchases because I felt rushed, I felt rude because I was hitting people with my bags as I was trying to shop, and I had no real plan or strategy for browsing so I was just kind of all over the place. Hopefully next year Ryan or someone else can go with me to hold my bags and keep me on track and focused.

I did not get any pictures of booths or vendors as the crowds were so busy I couldn’t stand still for long. But, I did get to thoroughly enjoy all of the livestock there. Next year I will go both days, and spend one day shopping and the second just enjoying the animals. It was nice to have a little more understanding about the fiber I use so much of.

There was a show in which the animals were described and then a llama and alpaca jumping contest. I didn’t know this was going on until it was too late to get a seat, so I just snuck in the side and snapped a quick photo.

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After the show they were all taken back to their booths for everyone to come up and meet the animals. This was my favorite part of the day.

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I even had a sheep inspect my purchases.

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There were goats with horns. (Some bigger than others, but who is concerned with size.)

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Lots of llamas and alpacas. They may be my favorite, hence why there are so many photos of them.

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They were all so busy eating that I didn’t get to ask them the questions I wanted to.

1. Can I pet you?
2. What is your favorite type of hay?
3. How would you feel about living in an apartment?

I am already working on the game plan for next year so that it will go much smoother.

P.S. I may have already began playing with my new yarns. Don’t tell the baby blanket, socks, or cowl.


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Timing

Timing is everything.

So, if you hadn’t noticed I have not been posting for the past few months. There are many reasons to this. The main one being that I moved 1, 389 miles across the country. I picked the absolute worst time to start a knitting blog. I was very ambitious when I started this thing and wanted to post every few days. I was doing very good at that for a while, then I started to realize I was only going to have a few more weeks with my friends before I left.

My attention started to switch from knitting and the blog to hanging out with the people that matter the most to me. I actually started to resent knitting a little bit because I was feeling so guilty for not knitting and not blogging. This became the second main reason I didn’t blog. I was avoiding knitting at all cost. Until two weeks ago I had barely knit a single stitch. (Yes, that is three whole months without knitting to those who are counting.)

But, without further ado, I’M BAAAAACK!!! (And boy have I been busy the past two weeks!)

First of all, let me just say that Albany is great. I cannot stress this enough. I will most likely do a whole blog post about the city soon, but this post is mostly going to be about all the knitting I’ve been doing. (Ignore the fact that most of the photos are in my window because it is the only place with decent lighting in our apt right now.)

So I’m sure you are all aware that it’s the best season Autumn. This to me represents the beginning of the  new knitting year. I know most of you always make your yearly goals and such on New Years, but for me this is the time to make these. It is just when the excitement for knitting really kicks in again after a long hot summer. The nights begin to cool down, life just seems to start getting cozy and relaxing. This inevitably leads to me marathon knitting the afternoons away as I go off to dream land, imagining what the winter will be like. (I will point out that in Mississippi the “fall” is much less of a season and so I have always had to dream it up as well, but here in New York it is everything I ever imagined so far.)

It is also socktober (which is a real month and I don’t know why its not in calendars.) This being said, I have not let myself down with the sock knitting. I already have a finished pair, the first of the new knitting year.

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They are my vanilla socks knit out of Patons Kroy Socks in the Spring Leaf Stripes colorway. They are a gift for a friend, but don’t worry I have some yarn to make me a pair as well.

I am also doing a new thing also, where I will be making a bracelet of some form out of the left over sock yarns. This will be a nice representation of how many pairs I have made this year.

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As soon as those were finished I immediately started another pair of striped socks. I was on a boat in a lake at the time, so here are a few photos of how that was.

 

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As you can see the view was just amazing! I have made some progress on them since then.

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Just another vanilla sock, this time for myself. Yarn is Patons Kroy Socks in colorway Branble Stripes. I accidentally bought two different dye lots so this will be my first pair of striping socks that the stripes won’t match up.

I’ve also started another pair of socks. These are a lot more complicated and will take some effort.

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The pattern is Mirror by Josiah Bain from Knitty Deep Fall 2014. The yarn is Periwinkle Sheep Little Feet in colorway Carrot Sticks. It is much more orange than the photo is showing. I am really impressed that this is a pattern from a 15 year old, as well as the fact that it is a male knitter. I am not impressed with how difficult it is for me to cable on such small needles. That being said, I am really hoping that I don’t set fire to give up on them.

Lets jump to the other end of the body and talk about hats. I knit a hat for Ryan, as he is bald we actually will be needing them soon.

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It is just the Turn a Square pattern by Jarod Flood using some leftover yarns from my stash. Green is his favorite color so it was easy to decide on the colors.

I have also cast on a cowl. I am working out if I am pleased with the yarn choice or not.

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It is Alewives Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty. I am using Elsebeth Lavold Classic Silky Wool. The color is exactly what I wanted, but I really think the yarn company is false advertising the yarn weight. It is claiming to be a dk weight, when in fact it is thinner than all of my sock yarns. This is not making me excited about how thin it is going to be. So, this may end up being a christmas gift for someone back home in Mississippi.

I have yet another finished object. This one is very special to me as it is for the baby boy of my best friend (the same one that is supposed to be getting the never ending blanket) of almost 20 years.

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Would you just look at those leaves!!!!!! I am so in love with this second picture! The pattern is Sweet Pea Baby Blanket by Suzanne Middlebrooks using Lion Brand Heartland in colorway Mount Rainer.

I have been a very busy knitter! But I have also been watching a ton of podcasts lately. Last night I was telling Ryan about some of them. Namely DancingGeek and Swordofaknitter. Not even thirty minutes after I got finished telling him about them, they both (along with Stephen West) liked my photo on Instagram. I freaked out a little needless to say. I have proof that this happened:

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So that is all for the knitting portion of this post. Now I am going to bombard you with photos of the fall leaves. This is my first time experiencing all of the beauty that is Autumn.

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P.S. I don’t have a job yet so I’m looking for creative excuses to buy yarn. My newest one is the fact that Rhinebeck is in a few weeks and I have never been before, sounds like a great reason to me.


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I’m coming back

I have a HUGE apology coming to all of you.

I’m not dead. Just life has temporarily overwhelmed me? Is the best I can state.

I love all of you. Expect a real post this week. I will revive this and things will be better!

Much love,
Jessie Ebersole


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Resurrection Tuesday: I Think I May Be Dying Edition

So I was not able to resurrect any knitting last night and I have a very good explanation.

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Our air conditioner broke yesterday and it is 90 degrees in my house… I will not be knitting or sleeping until this is resolved.

Right now even just thinking about knitting is making me hotter…. I hope this is fixed soon.

P.S. I am really looking forward to snow right now. 57 days!!


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Knitting Is Not For Dogs

I am not sure who’s life I have been living these past couple of weeks, but I am happy to be finally getting back to my normal routine. I don’t even remember much of the last couple of weeks, just mental snapshots of moments that happened.

I will say that it all started with the puppy. Having him here was very stressful and a full time job. I had forgotten just how much attention puppies that have not been house broken need. Thankfully, that story has a happy ending: a good friend of mine came last Thursday and now he has a wonderful home with her. (I fully expect updates regularly like any good uncle would.)

The other major thing was that the roommates finally moved in! I will say I am pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoy their company. They are people that I would have been friends with had I just met them through a normal way. I think the fact that I have enjoyed chatting with them so much is why my knitting life took a temporary hiatus. (The hiatus is officially being broken tonight; though I will not stand for anything less.)

I did finish the Trekking XXL socks in colorway 550. They are so bright and cheerful.

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They totally go with every outfit. This would only look tacky if they were not a beautifully handcrafted item.

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My dogs also tried their hand at knitting! They wanted to make me something with the leftover sock yarn.

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I cannot even fully describe how far and wild across the house they strung this yarn. It was everywhere, even in ways I am not even sure how they did it. Such as wrapping it around a lamp pole.

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We are officially down to two months until our move!!! I am happy to say that we have secured a wonderful downtown apt with “mountain views.” We will see just how good the view is when we get there. I am more excited about the location! Just walking distance to everything and right next to a huge knitting playground park!

P.S. If anyone has seen Myrtle will you please tell her to come back to me, she is missed!

 


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A Mess

Things have been quite crazy around these parts. I have been working a ton of extra hours. Knitting has happened. I have a finished object. I’ll post about it as soon as things settle down. Right now I am currently trying to take care of this lost puppy that found his way home with us yesterday. It’s proving to be a challenge. But he is super sweet, too bad we can’t keep him.

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I’m working a double on Wednesday so resurrection Tuesday will be postponed to Thursday this week.

I hope you all are doing well! I also hope things get back to normal soon!


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Resurrection Tuesday: Chinese Finger Trap Edition

So this week I thought I would have a different spin on the resurrection theme. I will not be bringing back an old project that is hanging on for dear life, instead I have decided to attempt a pattern that I had given up on.

It just so happens that at about the same time I was starting to take my knitting more seriously, Ravelry was also created. Before Ravelry, my knitting options were pretty much just scarves and blankets. The lack of mens patterns and resources available to me made knitting a bit one dimensional. In the first few months of browsing the patterns and seeing all of the wonderful things people had created, I was very against socks. I just did not understand them. Why would anyone want to make socks? (Living in Mississippi probably did not help with my lack of desire to knit socks.) That was before I saw my first picture of the Jaywalker socks. I instantly fell in love with these socks.

This lead me down a very disappointing and frustrating relationship with sock knitting. Anyone who has knit the Jaywalker knows how unforgiving the fit of the pattern is. I think of it much like a chinese finger trap. The more you pull on it, the tighter it gets. On the other side, if there isn’t enough tension it becomes very loose.

Needless to say, I have attempted this pattern at least ten times. Each time it has either been so tight that it would not budge past my heel, or it was so large it could be used as a ski mask for a bank robbery. I even remember the last time I was attempting this pattern. Ryan and myself were sitting in the school library while he was studying and I was knitting on probably my fourth attempt with this particular yarn on this particular time. Everything seemed to be working out just right. It seemed to be fitting and the yarn was looking wonderful in the pattern. Then I turned the heel… Somehow after that the whole sock grew three sizes, just like the Grinch’s heart did at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! This lead to a huge fit of cursing and I am pretty sure that I cried actual tears of frustration. (Pro tip: screaming and crying in a library does not make people like you very much.)

So here we go, I am going to keep trying this pattern and take very diligent notes until I get a pair of socks that fit. I did some math: I usually make socks on 2.50 mm needles with 56 stitches (This is just the numbers that work for my foot, these should not be taken as a pattern to make your own socks, everyone’s feet are different.) The smallest size of the socks require 78 stitches since this is way more than I usually knit for my feet I should drop some needle sizes. That is the end of my logic and this should have been clue number one that I was wrong. I quickly grabbed my 2.00 mm needles and cast on 78 stitches and went to town. In comes clue number two that I was in for failure, the ribbing on the cuff was the absolute perfect fit. I ignored my best judgement after a few rounds of pattern repeats and just knit faster and with more determination. Well, attempt number one ended with expected results.

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Yes, it is way too tight. So, my logic comes back in and I debate whether I should up needle size or up pattern size. I decide up pattern size and take my 2.00 mm needles and cast on 92 stitches which is two sizes bigger than my last attempt. I am currently just past the ribbing cuff and I am very much ignoring my instincts as I am already seeing this ribbing will be very loose on my leg and will not hold the sock up, yet I keep on knitting. (The yarn is Trekking XXL colorway 516.)

I have a feeling this is going to take a few attempts, but I am very desperate to have a pair of these socks.

In much more uplifting news, I used good maths to justify buying myself a dedicated knitting chair. This week we are having a couple of doctoral students moving in with us for a couple of months as they have a summer internship in town. Our living room currently only has a three person couch as a seating option. Four people and three seats just does not work out in a regular house. This is not a regular house as any knitter knows that they count as two people when sitting on a couch. Knitting requires room for not only yourself, but your pattern, yarn, and the hundreds of other things we have to have to knit. Thus, I give you my new knitting nook Tobey’s throne:

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It is so cozy and perfect for knitting. I just cross my legs lean back and knit up a storm while being cuddled by softness.

P.S. I might be working on a way to make these roommates justify my buying more yarn.


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Resurrection Tuesday: Quality Products Edition

So, this post is a day late because I had to do some field research before I knew how I was going to word this post. I can now say with confidence that the research told me everything I needed to know.

When I had originally planned the Ballband Dishcloths, I planned to make a set of six. This would mean I would make two opposites for each color. Well, I managed to finish four and I am totally okay with that.

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In order to rationalize the fact that I didn’t want to make anymore know I was going to give a quality product I went to the stores and looked to see how many dishcloths came in a set together. What I found made me very happy. There were sets of six like I had thought, but the real treat was the fact that the “high end” ones only came in sets of four. There you have it! The better the quality the less there are of them. Also, I couldn’t knit any more of these if I wanted to because I cut up, burned and threw away ran out of yarn.

I really hope the recipient loves her very high quality fancy dishcloths.

While doing the field research, I may have also purchased a couple of things for myself. I have about three different notebooks that I have been using for my knitting stuff and it always seems that I have the wrong one with me when I need something from them. So, I bought a small three ringed binder and pens. I am happy to have something with paper I can take out and rearrange when needed, something about spiral notebooks and their inability to adapt makes them almost useless for anything serious to me.

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Once I get everything transferred over, and my system figured out with it, I will post about it also. Something about getting organized makes me giddy inside.

P.S. Last night was Ryan’s first time every watching “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” I may be a little concerned about his apparent lack of a proper childhood. On the other hand, this was also my first time watching it as an adult and I must say, it’s content is a bit more mature than I remember. 


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Purple

I must be getting full of thinking very highly of myself here lately as everything I am working on currently has purple in it. Purple has long been used to show power or royalty, and it just so happens that I am in a purple mood as of late apparently. (However I may have picked a princess themed duck at my friends Kenducky Derby party this weekend, that doesn’t mean anything does it?)

It was completely unintentional that all my projects have purple, but since it has happened I feel there must be a reason for it. This lead me to the Wikipedia where I read the history of purple. It had the following things to say:
– Purple was one of the original colors used in cave drawings by Ryan cave-people.
– Apparently purple is not a real color as it does not have a wavelength on the color spectrum, it is instead just a mix of blue and red.
– Violet and purple are not the same colors.
– Originally purple dye was very hard and time consuming to make as it was extracted from snails. This lead to only the rich and powerful being able to afford purple clothing.
– Purple has been used to symbolize royalty, piety, vanity, artificiality, ambiguity, and mourning.

With all this knowledge, I knit on.

I knit some purple in my Trekking socks.

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I finished the leg of those and am now at the heel flap. If only I could remember how many rows I knit to make the heel flap in the first sock I could get that done.

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I also knit purple on my cardigan outside, in eighty degree fahrenheit sunny weather.

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I then finished a whole repeat of the Yaacov sock swatch I am working with you guessed it, purple.

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Since it is my first time doing stranded color work I am being very diligent with my note taking.

I also noticed that there is, of course, purple in the blanket that is always mocking me sitting next to the couch. Oh, and I have decided to practice knitting English style and the yarn I randomly picked for that is purple and grey.

In almost unrelated news, it is time once again for Ryan and myself to watch the Star Wars series as yesterday was May the fourth. (I love a good pun!) We will be watching one Episode (in the correct order) a night, last nights was Episode IV: A New Hope. This is always a great time to get some serious knitting progress achieved because they are long movies. I do however need something mindless as I always have lots of questions even though I have already seen them. Expect some real cardigan production this week. (Except for Tuesday night as we always watch Rupaul’s Drag Race with a friend, and I have Resurrection Tuesday to do also.) Another fun purple fact: The character Mace Windu is the only one in Star Wars that has a purple lightsaber.

Oh gosh, its six o’clock pm already, I better get Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back started if I want to be in bed by nine.

P.S. Things I learned this weekend: mint juleps are basically just bourbon and the liquid inside glow sticks tastes horrible.


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Resurrection Tuesday: Don’t Scratch Edition

As you all know by now, I have a small habit of getting hurt. That being said, I had the misfortune of having a great weekend. I am probably one of a select few who can get a severe sunburn, slice open the bottoms of both of his feet, and get a sinus infection all within four hours. Yes, I am currently in a recovering state from a great time.

I was lucky enough to get a last minute invite from a friend to go out on a boat and watch the races on Sunday. I, of course, quickly said yes and went without any proper “ocean day” equipment. I had on a button up shirt, khaki shorts, and leather shoes. The things I should have had were swim trunks, flip flops, and a pair of sunglasses.

I was smart enough to borrow a little sunscreen, but not smart enough to reapply it every hour. This lead to the horrible burn I sustained. I most certainly will be peeling out of this shell of skin, much like the cicada do when they emerge every thirteen to seventeen years. This will not be a pretty thing, and I can already imagine the looks of disgust Ryan will be giving me as I walk around leaving a trail everywhere I go.

I was also not smart enough to think about walking around barefoot on a gravel covered parking lot after we got off the boat to go home. After four hours of soaking in salt water your feet tend to be a little more fragile then they regularly are. Working in the field I do, I have been in a constant freak out mode about them getting one of the incurable infections leading to the loss of a limb.

The past few nights of sleep have also been a weird, almost torturous event. Side effects from sunburn aside (hot flashes, cold chills, pain when touched, and headache to be exact), I have been having the most stressful dreams. Monday night we had a horrible set of thunderstorms; I am fully blaming them for my war nightmare, in which I was running around trying not to get killed in a war type scenario where the bad people had far more advanced killing weapons than the absolute no weapons I had. Every clap of thunder was a bomb exploding or a ship flying by. Then, on Tuesday I can only sum up the dream as this: Someone smeared poop from a toilet onto my face just a few minutes before I had a job interview. I will spare you all of the details, you are welcome. (Ryan was not so lucky.)

So, as you can only imagine, I have not been knitting since Saturday. (I am not counting all of the mental knitting I have done, which was a lot.) That being said, Resurrection Tuesday was spent trying not to move or scratch because I am now at the just getting ready to peel stage where your skin begins itching non-stop and you can’t scratch it because if you do it will set off a wave of fiery pain that I am sure is used for torture in some old country.

But, I do have knitting to show you!!!!! If you remember from a couple of posts ago, I had knit a swatch in grey and purple.

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(I left my camera at a friends house, so the pictures will be crappier than normal until I go retrieve it.) Well, those balls have already begun forming what will hopefully become the cardigan named Kerouac. I will probably never be able to pronounce this pattern, or even remember the name. I have made some progress though.

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Put in my first ever pocket. I had a bit of a fit at this part though. The pattern says to knit until piece measures x inches. I knit and measured in my lap and got to where I needed to be. Then, I stretched the piece and pinned it to take note of the stripe pattern for the pocket liners. (I am a perfectionist and had to have the pocket stripes match the exterior stripes.) My length shrunk by a little over half an inch. (I knew how this made sense, but it did not stop me from using three different rulers to triple check that I did not indeed have an incorrect ruler.) Now I have only made my own patterns for my fitted garments, this way I knew exactly how many rows I needed to make before a change would occur. But I am following a pattern now, and it does not tell me this or if it needs to be x inches stretched out or relaxed. Needless to say, I was already for the pockets and I put them in, relaxed measurement will have to do be what it means.

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Apparently on Saturday I felt the Spring season hard. I cleaned almost the entire house and washed seven a few loads of laundry. I may have also started a swatch for a sock.

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It’s lime green and electric purple! It is also my first ever time knitting in fair isle. We shall see how it is supposed to go. The pattern is another extreme name, Yaacov. I can already say that I do not like knitting ribbing with two colors at one time.

I am going to try and ease my way back into some knitting tonight, we shall see how that goes. (It may or may not be something with purple in it.)

P.S. Sorry to those of you who have subscribed. I accidentally hit publish this afternoon when I was just jotting down a quick note as a reminder for my post tonight. Ignore that email if you haven’t already.

 

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