Monthly Archives: September 2007

Whole lot of nuthin

Well, I’m posting this photo of gratuitous cuteness* because I can’t seem to access all the photos I recently took of projects I’ve completed and am working on this month. This photo and another one of me scowling on the cliff above Waipea bay from two years ago (I need to verify this location actually) were the only ones I found and felt like posting. I think lately, I’ve been a little anti-web sharing… I have a Flickr account, but I use it for work. To tell the truth… I’m a bad photographer, and I don’t want to subject you to most of the blurry and out of focus pictures I take. Plus the idea of documenting my life in pictures and words as if it were the output of a tourist book has been less than palatable. It suddenly, occurred to me… this whole blogging thing, it’s a little weird isn’t it. Why would other people care about what I’m saying… why do I care about what I’m writing? Why should I share it? You know what I’m talking about right? I’m not dissing the whole blogging thing… just questioning briefly why I’m doing it, why we’re all doing it.

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I did finally complete the Dr. Who Scarf in time for our anniversary. Okay, here’s the thing with me and Dr. Who Scarves… I usually start off knitting them adhering religiously to the pattern striping, counting my rows and matching my colors to the pattern. About half way through I get lazy and then start making up my own color combinations and strip patterns. It usually works out in the long run. Also, I think I truly had to stop about 2/3 a way into the pattern. I had a really bad visual of my poor hubby getting the scarf stuck in the bus or Max doors. It’s one of those cartoon funny visions that would have very untidy and unpleasant consequences in real life. So for safety purposes I kept the scarf at a ‘reasonable’ length (about 14-15 feet). He’s tall, okay.

Though, honestly, I probably won’t knit another one of these for at least three years. That was enough garter stitch to give me a carpal tunnel injury. I wonder if you could actually do a community Dr. Who Scarf project where you have a bunch of knitters working on the scarf and just pass on the scarf, yarn and pattern as it was completed.

One more thing on the Dr. Who Scarf. I’ve been sewing my ends back into the scarf, but I was knotting them at the end. Bob, who taught my sock class at the Naked Sheep told me that I could easily sew my ends in in an “S” shaped curve and that would help keep the ends nice and neat. Okay, I’ve been knitting for how many years and I didn’t know about this. Just goes to show you can never stop learning things. Though I’m sure most (knitter) people who might be reading this are thinking… Duh! didn’t you know about that?

I am nearly finished with my Sonnet sweater experiment using Plymouth Bella Colour (teal). I just need to sew on the button band and one more arm. Yes, I guess it’s been the summer of garter stitch projects. But somehow, I’ve been really liking the look of things that are knit sideways. I like the striping and the way the rows end up forming neat ribbing. One thing, I didn’t realize how heavy Bella Color knits up, it feels heavier than wool. Though it did occur to me that this density and weight might be due to the natural concentration of mass that occurs when you knit in garter stitch. I do kind of like the way it hangs.

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*Please note: my dog has since outgrown his need to wear a comfort band in the house. This was just a sort of dog potty training thing we put him on early on.

Addendum… photos were finally found (actually, E hadn’t transfered them over from his desktop to the network).

Sonnet sweater in progress (probably wasn’t such a great idea to take pictures of a teal blue sweater against a teal blue couch… sorry)

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Socks I’m knitting for a friend… (Using Knitpicks Essential – Meadow). Since I took this picture I ripped out the gusset and heel/turn. I found better ways to make this sock since my nifty class at the Naked Sheep.

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Finally here’s the detail of the photo I took of my Wedding Shawl.

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Wedding Shawl

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Materials:

  • 10 skeins of “Sari” by Lana Grossa in White
  • US size 19 needles (Plastic not wood)
  • Large tapestry needle (plastic)

The pattern is simple:
Alternate segments of rows of garter stitch (2, 3, 4 rows) with a row of yarnovers (yo 3 and yo 4). Vary your garter stitch row numbers and yarn over numbers randomly. Finish up all of your yarn. Sew in the ends with the tapestry needle. You’re done.

I’m actually tempted to make this stole again in brown, but this time string those little mermaid scale hanging round sequins (in both contrasting and complementary colors) on the yarn before I knit. I really wish that this yarn came in a pale aqua blue.

There were times when using the large, large needles really bothered me because they were so clunky. I actually had to rest my hands and wrists between periods of knitting this piece because the exaggerated motions required when using these large tools really wore me down.

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We had to take our wedding pictures before the ceremony… breaking with tradition, but that’s okay… we’re that kind of family. By the way… that bouquet was just a bunch of flowers I picked on the side of the road. Stop the Car!” I cried when I spotted them. The photographer said that it was the nicest bouquet she’d seen in a long time.

I broke down and took the actual shawl out of storage so I could take a photo of it in detail. I’ll post these later today. Holding the stole and touching my wedding dress brought back very nice-nice memories of our wedding and as our 1st year anniversary is around the bend it was sort of a nice memory sparker. Our wedding was happily stress free and just want we wanted… a happy time on the beach with friends and family, and there were tons of flowers. I did invest in the flowers because to me strangely they were more important than the dress. I made sure there was plenty of Pikake (jasmine), maile leaves and lots of tuberoses and plumeria ordering leis for the wedding party and our guests. If you ever want to get married on the Big Island in Hawaii I do suggest that you call “Lani’s Floral” she did an absolutely fabulous job preparing my flowers, and she’s a wonderfully nice lady too.

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Brother in law, Sister in law, Husband and Me

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Sunset on the beach before we went to chow down at our reception

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