A nurse who knits…

May 30, 2005

3 FO’s this week!

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I managed to get the Lacy Kerchief Scarf, the Baby Albert, and a checkerboard scarf off the needles this week. They all came out great. On Wedesday last week I went to Knitting in La Jolla to look for some cute buttons for the Baby Albert and found some cute Scottie dog ones. I bought 5 for the jacket and scored some really nice Rowan Cork in a very pale blue. It was on sale for 50% off and I couldn’t leave the store without getting something for myself. I’m planning on making the Simply Marilyn sweater. You can get the pattern free from www.interweave.com. They made it in a really pretty pink but I think the color I got will look good too. The pattern yields a huge sweater so I am knitting Marilyn in a tighter gauge. The pattern calls for 3 st/in and I’m knitting it in 4 so that it will fit me.

Since I finished 3 FO’s, I have room for 3 more. I cast on for 3 more projects. I am knitting a really simple ribbed hat in some leftover blue yarn. I was going to make it for my boyfriend but he ridiculed the color saying that it was a “beat me up blue”. So it’s now for me. I’ll need it for those cold Michigan days. I also cast on for an Angelina Jacket from White Lies Designs. I bought the pattern and the yarn from Elann. Now I appreciate Joan’s mission to bring stylish knit patterns to larger women but the smallest size in the pattern was for a 40″ bust. It says 36″ but the fabric I knit on my gauge swatch was really stretchy. So I modified the pattern a bit. For the back, instead of casting 180 to get a 20″ back, I cast on 140 stitches to get a 16″ back. Hopefully, I’ll just have to modify the front and the back.

The last project is the Marilyn sweater. I have high hopes for this one. It is the nicest yarn and knits up quickly. I also tried the cable pattern in my gauge swatch and found out that cables aren’t as scary as I thought. By blindly following the directions about slipping stitches onto a cable needle and knitting the appropriate number of stitches then knitting the stitches off the cable needle, I made the cable for the sweater! It is always exciting to learn a new skill.

I’m posting the pics to my FO’s on photobucket right now. It is taking forever with my dialup connection. So I’ll post the link to my photobucket account after I figure out what it is. I have two albums, Finished Objects and On the Needles. Of course all my finished projects will be in Finished Objects. If you have comments about my projects, please let me know! No one in my family is a knitter so they all think that my knitting is great. But I’d appreaciate honest feedback.

PS: Here are the pictures of the projects I finished this week. I added a link in the side bar too. Enjoy!

—Gail

May 22, 2005

School’s done

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For the semester that is. I had finals last week and in this day of instant feedback, got my grades. In both religion classes that I took, I got A’s. I’m glad but I don’t even need these classes to enter MSU. I enrolled in them to get into Regis University. After I found out about MSU, I almost didn’t want to go to class anymore but I already paid and it was too late to withdraw. The A’s are just icing on the cake.

As for knitting, I’m still working on the same WIP’s. I’m at the decreasing portion of the Lacy Kerchief Scarf so I’m about halfway done. I’m really enjoying this pattern and I like the Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. I’ve never bought or worked with it before but it’s nice. It’s not as elastic as wool but it’s much more wearable in San Diego.

I have a sweater that I made from Manos De Uruaguay that I’m thinking of recycling into a Clapotis. I don’t wear the sweater mainly because of the bad job I did in seaming it. And I still have an extra skein of yarn. Maybe I’ll start the Clappy with the extra skein and if I enjoy the pattern I’ll continue with unravelling the sweater.

I had a few friends over for knitting last night. We had a great afternoon that stretched into the evening. My friends were stitching together an afghan that a grandmother had crocheted but never sewed into an afghan. I didn’t help because that’s what I hate the most about knitting/crocheting… putting the pieces together. I’m perfectly happy doing the knitting but hate seaming. That and putting fringe on. My mom wants me to fringe the Charlotte’s web I made her but I actually like it without the fringe. I put the crochet edging on it and think that fringe would be a little much.

I’m going to miss the sunny weather so much when I go away to school. My boyfriend and I walked around Sea Port Village today and had icecream at Ben & Jerry’s. We sat by the water and just enjoyed each other’s company. Then we drove over to Old Town and took a tour of the Whaley House. Supposedly it’s haunted but we didn’t see any ghosts today.

May 15, 2005

Good news

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I have great news to report. I got accepted to Michigan State University’s Accelerated BSN program and will start on August 29. So that means I have to move from sunny San Diego, CA where I’ve lived pretty much all my life and brace myself for East Lansings snowy winter weather. According to some friends, it actually gets below 0. Brrrr!!!! But I can’t wait to get started on my new career.

On the knitting front, I started the lacy kerchief scarf from the Interweaves 2005 summer edition. I bought some Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in wisteria from my LYS. I really love this pattern. Here’s a picture of it. It got cut off at the bottom and I am still trying to figure out what is wrong.
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For some reason, I’m having trouble downloading oictures of my projects into www.photobucket.com. Is there a better service for sharing pictures of my knitting???

I have read other people’s assessment of the Summer 2005 IK and I think that they are unfair. Many people think that their knitting designs for Summer are horrendous. I happen to like quite a few of them.

  • One Button Cardigan- I agree with many people, not everyone can pull this off. But it is an interesting design and will work well for women who are a little curvy.
  • Bed and Bath Duo- I like the pajamas. Not so sure about the bathrobe.
  • Two-Tie Striped Cardigan– I love this little sweater. Perfect for a cool summer night. And I love the colors. When I find some Reynolds Saucy Sport, I will make this one!
  • Lacy Kerchief Scarf- Obviously I love it.
  • Acorn Camisole- I likd this simple top. It looks simple but it’s probably a challenge to make. But I’m getting better at lace knitting.
  • Fiery Bolero- I’m not usually a fan of shrugs, but I like this simple top in the bold color.
  • Premiere Pullover- I love this sweater. And the last time I was at my LYS, I took a look at Classic Elite Premiere and fell in love with this fiber. It’s so soft.

May 8, 2005

Charlotte’s Web is Finished

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I’m so happy that this is finally done. I made this shawl in one color, I believe it’s the Strawberry Lemonade. I bought the yarn from Inspirations Yarn. (www.inspirationsyarn.com) about 6 months ago and finally made somthing with it. I’m really happy with the way it turned out and my mom loves it too. It drapes really well. Check out the second picture. The only think is I think I made it too small by miscalculating gauge. I think I got gauge with a size 4 needle but it came out about 20 inches narrower!!! So that’s a huge lesson for me. Pay attention to gauge. It’s a good thing it’s a shawl and fit doesn’t matter so much. Here are a few pictures of the shawl. I didn’t put the fringe on yet but I kind of like it without fringe.
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I’ve started a baby Einstein jacket from the Knit Stitch book. It looks to be a pretty simple pattern. You basically knit a scarf then pick up stitches to cread the sleeves and back. It will probably be a really quick knit.

May 6, 2005

Too many projects

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I went to my LYS yesterday and picked up some Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Wisteria to make the lace scarf in the Summer 2005 issue of Interweave Knitting. I also picked up some Plymouth Encore DK in Oatmeal to make a baby Einstein for a friends baby.

I happen to love my LYS. Actually, it’s not so local. Maybe 40-45 minutes away from my home. It’s called Common Threads and the owners are soooo sweet and helpful. If you are in San Diego, I definitely recommend a trip up there. They have many yarns and their prices are extremely reasonable. Other yarn stores in San Diego are way more expensive.

As I was putting my new yarn away, I realized that I have many projects in the planned and 3 currently on my needles. As soon as I figure out how to put a side bar in, I’ll list everything up.

May 1, 2005

First post!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 9:42 pm

I’m very excited to be posting for the first time. I hope to use this blog to record my knitting experiences as well as other things in my life.

I am a pre-nursing student who took up knitting a year ago. I used to be an industrial engineer but hated it. I am currently waiting to hear from two more nursing schools before making up my mind on where to go. Right now, I’m in San Diego but I applied to accelerated BSN programs out of the area. San Diego currently doesn’t have a school with the accelerated program. With this type of program, I can get my BSN in one year as opposed to three. My top two choices are Regis University and Michigan State University. I expect to hear from the last of the schools by next week. Hopefully, I have good news to report.

On the knitting front, I am finishing up a Charlotte’s Web Shawl for my mom. It’s her Mother’s Day present and I just have to finish the last row and block and fringe it. So I hope to be finished by next week. I made it in some laceweight wool that I got from Inspirations yarn. It’s the strawberry lemondade color. Bright I know, but its my mother’s favorite color. I’ll post a picture after it’s finished. I have some Koigu that I will be using to make my own shawl later.

I am also knitting the Ribbi Cardigan from Chic Knits. It can be found here. http://www.chicknits.com/catalog/ribbycardi.html I really like the pattern and I finished the back, and front but when I got to the sleeves and kind of just lost motivation to finish it. I just have the sleeves left and I know I just need to plug away so that I have something neat to wear in the fall. I made it in some dark blue Highland wool that I got from Elann.

While looking at the Chic Knits site, I noticed that Bonnie has a new pattern that I want to make. http://www.chicknits.com/catalog/scoop.html It’s called the Scoop du Jour and it uses Lionbrand CottonEase which I have tons of.

I was so sad to hear that Lionbrand is discontinuing CottonEase. I really liked that yarn. It knitted up beautifully and was priced right for a starving student. Now I’ll have to stalk Knitpicks and Elann to score some nice cotton yarns.