Tuesday, February 24, 2009

While I'm Posting Photos of Myself. . .

Phenomenauts Officer's Jacket, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

I got a Phenomenauts officer's jacket as a Valentine's Day present to myself.

FO: Lizard Ridge!

FO: Lizard Ridge, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Obligatory lawn shot. I started this right after I moved to California and took it a skein at a time until recently. The last 2 or 3 panels were all done since January. Modifications: knit in strips, 5 columns instead of 4, 6 pattern repeats per skein instead of 4, 5 skeins per column instead of 6. Result: huge and wonderful! Details about colors used on Ravelry.

FO: Dream in Color Shrug

Dream in Color Shrug, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

It stopped raining today! Yay!
This is the Dream in Color Shrug in Dusky Aurora. This is the 2nd one I've knit. The 1st one was lost at the hospital when Bryan had his jaw surgery last summer. For this one, I shortened the ribbing for a single-thickness cuff. I did all the ribbing on a smaller needle. This wasn't part of the pattern, but it's probably pretty important for superwash yarn.

FO: Mermaid Jacket

FO: Mermaid Jacket, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Here you go! This is the Hanne Falkenberg Mermaid kit in color #10. Kit #10 comes with both pink and mustard for the contrast yarn. This is (obviously) the pink. I did a few modifications, mostly in construction. I did all the same modifications as this person.

I did a provisional cast on after the collar tab section so the collar and icord bind off would be done all in one piece at the end. I think having a seam in the collar and icord at the center back in the original is a huge design flaw. It was probably done that way to keep the difficulty level down. I never pass up the chance to use a provisional cast on! I did one for the sleeves as well, so the sleeve seam would be a true 3-needle bind off, instead of a weird hybrid in the original pattern. I cast on 10 fewer sleeve stitches than called for to shorten them. I also did a provisional cast on for the icord trim on the cuffs. Grafting that icord was one of the most frustrating things I've had to do for a long time!

I love this jacket so much! Falkenberg's designs are stunning. Her patterns are a lot easier to follow if you jot down the stitch counts and color changes for each ridge. This is pretty much mandatory for designs like this one, where the directions for the 2nd half are "reverse everything." I love the yarn too. It's thin enough to be flattering and comfortable, but crisp enough to hold its shape well.

Cats Love Lizard Ridge!

Cats Love Lizard Ridge!, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

It's not raining, so I may take some real photos today!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

FO: Mermaid by Hanne Falkenberg

2 Sleeves!, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Look, 2 sleeves! Modeled photos soon.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Project Roundup: Mermaid, Lizard Ridge, Cat Toys & More!

WIP: Mermaid Sleeve Done!, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

The first Mermaid sleeve is finished and set in, and the second is being washed! If you want to see it (and me, lolz) in person, come by the Yarndogs booth at Stitches on Saturday the 28th.

I thought I had finished all the knitting on Lizard Ridge, but I decided to add a 5th strip. The shop had exactly 5 usable colorways that I hadn't used yet! The kitties helped me wash the strips and set them out flat to dry. I'm going to use a light teal shade of Cascade 220 Heathers for the crochet edging.

I finished the felted cat toys from the Tigger Toys kit by Knitwhits. Tina is a local designer. We just got a ton of her kits at Yarndogs. Her designs are so cute! I almost want to have a baby right now just so I can make the Flore hat. (And matching bloomers!!!) The cats fought over the mouse for a minute, then lost interest. The cats are becoming very interesting. Rocky got over his initial shyness and is now constantly trying to get into laps. Ziva demands for us to play with her, but she isn't interested in being petted or sitting with us, unless she's pretty tired. I did wake up this morning with her on my butt. Ziva is supposed to be a lap cat, according to her foster mom. We'll just have to wait and see. They've only been with us for 2 weeks. The weirdest thing about the cats is the amount of noise they make when they chase each other around. I'd always heard that cats don't meow at each other, just at people. Not these cats. Update- since I wrote this draft, we went out and got the brand of treats that Ziva likes. In just a day or two, we've turned her into a bit of a lap cat. Last night Ziva burrowed into the blankets on the couch and hung out in her little cave for a long time while Rocky sat on Bryan.

This is my Knitspiration Guild t-shirt. Spinnity designed it, and I taught a guild workshop on how to do the actual stenciling. I'm pretty tardy in blogging this. Pics of other guild members' shirts (including several with very cute use of paint colors) can be found on their blogs and flickr- Spinnity, Lynne, Janice, and Jasmine.

In completely unrelated news, remember my close encounter with mice on the Caltrain platform in Mountain View? Well, a HUGE rat with a bunch of trash in its mouth walked towards me when we were crossing the street to get to the Phenomenauts show at Slim's a few weeks ago. I think somehow the rodents found out I don't cut their heads off anymore.