Queen of green


Admittedly, I should be working on studying for my final, or the big ‘ol research project (which really isn’t that bad), or typing up my case report for my final presentation of a counseling session. Yep, I’m procrastinating as usual. I was just moving things around in the living room and was struck by the number of green knitted items I have been working on or wearing lately. From left to right they are the Opera Scarf in Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino which definitely rivals Malabrigo Worsted in softness. It’s a Christmas present for my mom. I cast on 3 fewer stitches and I’m doubling the yarn on size 9 Addis to give the lace pattern more meat.

The second green item is the completed sleeve from my Treeline Striped Cardigan. I have more details on an earlier post. I’m about halfway up to the armpits on the body. This project has been pushed to the size somewhat as I’ve been concentrating on gift knitting.

Next comes the February Lady. I “finished” this back in September, I think, but I’ve never been quite satisfied with the length and I haven’t sewn on buttons. I’m going to rip back about 2-3 inches in length on the body and about 1 1/2 inches on the sleeves to make it more like the look on the original pattern. I did not account for how much this baby grows when wet. That could also be the alpaca blend yarn having its way.

The Give A Hoot mittens are really fun and cute. I think there might be a slight number error on the right mitten when you get to the decreases. This mitten came out smaller than I intended. I think I will finish it and try to block it to size before I rip it out. It’s for a gift exchange and there are likely to be girls there with smaller hands than me. I may just need to extent the length by a couple of rows before the final decreases. More details on these mittens in an earlier post.

EDITED TO ADD: I got a message from Kate and she said anyone that downloaded the pattern before Thanksgiving would have this error, but it has since been corrected. Thanks Kate.

Last is the Mrs. Darcy Cardigan. I did this one last winter. It was my first seamed sweater. Beware the numbers in the pattern. This one ends up being pretty cute though. If I made it again I would make the garter edge around the collar wider since it tends to curl under sometimes. I would also make it out of softer yarn. Lamb’s Pride Worsted get’s itchy after awhile.

I suppose that’s it for now. I really should be doing homework. Boo.

February Lady, I’m not in love with thee.

Ha, bloody, ha
Lady February post blocking, originally uploaded by casystotyle.

Grrr. This picture is a little blurry, but I’m lazy and angry at the moment. Of course I didn’t block a swatch of the lace or anything. That would have been the responsible thing to do. This ended up a bit longer than I wanted. I wanted it about 2 inches shorter on the body and the arms. I’m happy with the width. I’m going to sew on the buttons and think about it. I will either rip back or convince myself that I like it. I’m not sure which.

I wanted the sleeves a bit shorter so that I could potentially wear long sleeves under it occasionally, but at the length they are it looks a bit silly. I normally love long sweaters, but I was thinking this one should hit more at the top of the pants as the original does. I don’t love the creases at the armpit, but I don’t think that can be avoided as they seem to be present even in the original pattern. I don’t think that will bug me so much later. I wanted this to be done. Oh well. At least it won’t be that hard to fix.

Lady February Doth Grow

Lady February doth grow, originally uploaded by casystotyle.

Yep. Too lazy to clean the mirror. This is closer to the actual color. It’s not as yellow as it looks in the first picture. It’s going pretty well at the smaller gauge. I think it will block the way I want it. I bought a blocking board from WEBS and I can’t wait to use it.

I am being fairly monogamous with this project. I started those socks last week but haven’t knitted a stitch on them since the picture below. I thought the socks would be good for the portability factor, but I’ve been knitting solely at home watching trashy ol’ episodes of America’s Next Top Model online. I love the drama and the bitchiness. Drew and I have been watching Sopranos off and on a bit too. I get why everyone loves it now. I hated the very first episode, but it definitely grew on me after that one.

In other news…I’ve been buying all kinds of cute clothes for my counseling internship, including two very professional lady j.crew suits. I love love love them. I had to shorten the pants about an inch and a half. I’m hopeless with sewing, so I sent them away to someone who knows better. Today I’m extremely excited because I found out next week I get to start doing intake sessions with REAL clients. I’ve been observing others’ sessions for the past couple of weeks and all last semester. Now I will be unleashed. I’m not as nervous as I was a few weeks ago when thinking about it. Everybody’s got to start somewhere… I’ll let you know how it goes.

Lady February, How I Love The

Here is my February Lady. I just want to call her Lady February because it sounds so regal. I thought about a semi-solid yarn, but then found this Berroco Ultra Alpaca, liked the feel and the price and off I go. It’s been breezy so far, with one minor irk about evenly placing the eyelet increases around the body. I don’t like it when things don’t divide evenly and I’m easily frustrated. I eventually started reading the Ravelry February Lady KAL discussion about this pattern and someone provided a link to this wonderful site that does the math exactly for you. I’m doing this on a size six needle instead of the eight. I’m a fairly loose knitter, and I also wanted this to be a bit smaller than the 35″ bustline. We’ll see if it bites me in the ass or not.

Striped Shibui socks, originally uploaded by casystotyle.

Unfortunately, I’m not capable of knitting monogamy right now. I started a pair of socks with Shibui solid and variegated yarns. I’m just going to alternate them every five or six rows or so. I hope they turn out like i want. I’m going to roll with the plain stockinette because I want something mindless for work breaks and reading.

I broke down today and bought some Hunter Wellington boots. I’ve been oogling them forever and just decided to go for it. I got them in chocolate brown. I think that or navy would be most versatile with my closet, but brown appeals to me more. I ordered them from Zappos this morning and within an hour and a half they had shipped, and upgraded my shipping for free. I’m so excited!