knitxcore.: September 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007

It's the Great Pumpkin!

Scary Pumpkin (FO)

It's eighty-five degrees here in South Jersey today but I'm still pretty excited to show off my first official fall FO. I tried to take a really artistic picture, complete with faux tealights, if you want a full color no frills affair, just scroll down.

Pattern Particulars
Pattern Source:
Pumpkins by Jordana Paige for Knitty, Fall '05.
Needles: Clover Takumi Straight Needles US sz. 10.5 and Clover Takumi DPN'S sz US 11

Materials: 1 Skein each of Lamb's Pride Worsted in Oatmeal and Rust
Time: Maybe 3 hours???

Loved: Instant Gratification!!!! This really is a one night/weekend sorta deal. I sorta love the vine, too :-)
Hated: Sewing all the wedges together

Mods: I was not about to sew the top on, after sewing all the other pieces together. I got out my trusty felting needle (from a YarnPunk Kit), and just felted the crap out of it. I also used the needle to define the wedges a lil' more, because I noticed a few on Ravelry were kinda shapeless.

Lonely Pumpkin (FO)

Even though I'm roasting here in NJ, I'm sure most of you are starting to experience fall. What better way to start it out than dusting off a gem like this:

Charlie Brown

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

there's way more than 8 weird things about me.

stylemob 2

I have been tagged by Crafty Andy:

OK, here are the rules: Once tagged, you must link to the person who tagged you. Then post the rules before your list, and list 8 random things about yourself. At the end of the post, you must tag and link to 8 other people, visit their sites, and leave a comment letting them know they've been tagged.

Eight Things about me:

1. I'm quite a fan of how old people dress. The whole thing; house shoes, cardigans, thick glasses. If you're over sixty, you've possibly inspired my wardrobe. Which leads to my number 2:

2. I'm probably the biggest fan of Mama's Family ever! There's something about the innocence of 80's sitcoms, before you could say "bitch" on TV or spend hours googling your own name, that seems to be missing in modern society.

3. I love Jazz & Folk music. Not the modern weirdo Kenny G. crap (no offense to any fans!), but real soulful jazz. Think Nina Simone, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Vashti Bunyan.

4. My name is French as are my great grandparents, but my obsession goes far beyond that. I can't speak a word, but I love to watch french movies, listen to french music and drink wayyy more coffee than I should at times. I know sometimes, it gets on Dave's nerves but the culture is just amazing to me. When no one else is home, you'll definitely find listening to music I don't understand or watching a movie very closely so I won't miss the subtitles whizzing by.

5. Sometimes, when I talk I think people are just waiting for their turn to say something.

6. I have quite a big collection of records but, no record player.

7. I have a secret love affair... with my crock pot.

8. I pretty much need a routine or a list, otherwise i would just walk into walls, babbling incoherently all day.

I can't remember which of you have already done this, so if you haven't consider yourselves TAGGED!!!



Sunday, September 16, 2007

FO: Baby Surprise Jacket!


It's finally finished!!!
Pattern Particulars
Pattern Source: Baby Surprise Jacket from Spun Out #1-B by Elizabeth Zimmermann.
Needles: Addi Turbo US sz 6 24" circular.
Materials: 3 skeins of Woolbearer's Hand Dyed Kona Superwash.
Time: just a lil' here and there, over a week.
Loved: that I had no clue where the seams would be until row 80. modular knitting is awesome.
Hated: absolutely nothing, this was a fun, no nonsense knit.

BSJ sideways

This came out wayyyyy better than I ever could have hoped!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The BSJ is done... sort of.


Believe it or not, in the next few days this amorphous chunk of knitting will become a cuddly new baby jacket. I'll save all the details for the final FO post. I just wanted to let everyone know I'm alive and knitting.

P.S.- Has everyone seen the new Here are 4 reasons why we'll be eating microwave burritos for dinner @ casa de KnitXcorE for the next few weeks.

why is awesome.

(clockwise from top) 1. Urchin by Ysolda Teague, 2. Woodins by Anna Hrachovec, 3. PPR (my personal fave) by Nathan Plante, and 4. Diamond Waffle Socks by Danny Ouellette



Sunday, September 09, 2007

Roller Skating is awesome.


Everyone knows I've lost it, I'm completely obsessed with the past. Today, I got to revel in nostalgia @ the Roller Rink. That's right, KnitXcorE on roller skates! The rinks haven't changed much since I was 10. Everything is a puke-tastic shade of neon, it smells like feet and burnt pizza and you still do the hokey pokey. AMAZING! It was like being in the most ridiculous time warp ever. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera and had to snap a quick one with my phone.

The Baby Surprise Jacket is coming along nicely, I'm on row 60, out of about 110 (a lil' more than half-way). I'm using a hand dyed yarn, so I'm using alternating balls of yarn to keep the colors from pooling. I can't wait to finish it! Once it's finished I can pick my sock back up, b/c I'm out of row counters :-( I'm too paranoid to just count the rows myself, so that's not even an option.

And to all of you that don't think roller skating is cool, I have one word... XANADU!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

You Spin Me Right Round...


I'm halfway through my first RPM sock and just about to start the short-row heel flap. It's also my first time doing the magic loop method, which I love! I got kind of nervous and cast on for the baby surprise jacket instead of finishing the sock. It's not that I can't do it, but I've already frogged the thing once and that's not common around casa de knitXcore. I think I'll finish the jacket and revisit the sock when I'm done. I really love the Socks that Rock colorway (thanx MP!), and the pattern is actually a fun knit but i refuse to screw it up again.

If anyone has done the short row heel or has any pointers, shoot me an e-mail?

Without further adieu, I leave you with this post's namesake as interpreted by KIDS Incorporated.

I really miss the eighties.



Monday, September 03, 2007

A Not-So-LYS Adventure.

Woolbearers in Mt. Holly, NJ

Yesterday, MidnightPurls and I stopped by WaWa for some delicious iced coffee and hit the road. The not so LYS was having a sale and we pretty much needed to go. With my RPM sock in hand, we made the hour trip to lovely, HISTORIC (every sign on the way said "historic") Mt. Holly. Woolbearers was the first yarn shop either of us had ever been in, and after knitting for few years, has moved twice. The new location is bright and overwhelming, it even has a real store front! I had all intentions of buying enough Rowan Wool Cotton to do the Sesame Sweater from Magknits, but by the time we got there it was completely sold out. So, after ten different choices of project and yarns, I decided on some of Woolbearers own Hand Dyed Superwash Kona to finally make the Baby Surprise jacket. I'm sure you've all noticed I have a thing for green, and there's a certain shade of green that's considered "robbie green" in my household. I wanted to make sure the jacket was feminine (it is for a girl) but, I also wanted to make sure that there is no doubt in anyone's mind that it had come from me. The "I'm Falling" colorway was exactly what I needed!

I'm Falling

I'm so happy we decided to go, and that MP was cool with driving to come get me and then driving all the way there. Thanks to MidnightPurls and Woolbearers!

A Coy KnitXcorE @ Woolbearers

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Salad Sweater!!!!!!

seamless raglan FO

It's finally finished! I'm sooooooo excited! This is the first sweater I've knit that I won't have to hide.

Maybe it was Elizabeth Zimmermann's "pithy" instructions, or the tasty Malabrigo named after food but something clicked this time.

Pattern Particulars
Pattern Source: Seamless Raglan from Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Needles: Clover Takumi 32" Circulars US sz. 8, Addi Natura 16" circulars US sz. 8

Materials: 5 skeins of Malabrigo Worsted Merino in Lettuce (from Misocrafty's de-stash) and one in Glazed Carrot (from Webs).
Time: I didn't actually time this project but I did start it in June.
Loved: the ease of the pattern and the perfect fit. Because EZ pretty much forces you to pay attention to the gauge, you shouldn't expect anything less.
Hated: nothing. I want to knit like, 300 sweaters now.

Even Jesse Spano is excited, see?