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tennessee tricoter: October 2006

tennessee tricoter

this blog is designed for me to share my knitting experiences with you.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

a very happy star wars halloween to you

Thanks to, my Halloween was awesome.

Don't let this cool expression fool you, my dear readers, for this hat has the stealthy ammenity of a coiled heat trap placed over each ear. Seriously, this is the warmest hat I have ever worn, and I do fully intend to wear this if we ever get a snow day. It is also the perfect hat to wear to a concert. It provides a fashionable alternative to earplugs while blocking eardrum-damaging sound levels. In fact, I had to occasionally remove the hat to hear what people were saying to me at the Halloween party. But what fun! So, rock on, ski on, party on.

And here's the lovely couple. Of course, Luke and Leia don't know that they are brother and sister in the first movie, so it worked out just fine!

Happy Halloween!



ca fait bien longtemps!

Well, here I am FINALLY posting the promised pictures. Knitted love from me to you. Enjoy.

Here is the famous Blackberry sweater from I used the recommended Rowan Chunky Print in Temper. It was a super fast knit -- I was done in just a little over three days! I know some people don't like the bulk created by this type of sweater, and I'll have to admit that I wouldn't want this ALL the time, but it's lovely. I hope to retire jackets soon. Sweaters all the way.

Yes, I know I look stunned in this pic. I had no idea that my face was going to be in this photo!

This was also my first attempt at bobbles. I'm in love.

Well, it surely has been a long time since I promised I would post pictures of some finished objects. The thing is, I had begun a long, detailed post, and then blogger decided to have issues, and I lost the post. Here we are, though, making up for lost time with a post chock full o' photos and knitted love from me to you.

Monday, October 23, 2006

knitting nerd

OK, so I'm a knitting NERD. This past weekend, while being home with sick kids and sick husband (I feel ok so far...) I was able to finish blackberry. I used the recommended yarn, Rowan Chunky Print in Temper. I used regular stockinette instead of the reverse stockinette, and I added about 1" to the ribbing all the way around the sweater. It took almost 6 full balls of this yarn to make it work.

And, here's the nerdy part... I finished casting off right before bed last night. BUT I'M WEARING THE SWEATER TODAY. Yes, that's right, I have the loose ends I haven't gotten around to weaving in tied up so they don't hang out of the sweater. One of the sleeve seams' leftover yarn is hanging out when I don't push it back in up the sleeve... But I have a study hall and I am planning on finishing the sweater up during that. Of course, it could use some blocking, but that will have to happen when I know we're going to have four or so days of very warm weather. Besides, I know that it will take a few days to dry properly. Or maybe I'll get sick of wearing it and blocking will be a nice forced break from it. We'll see.

But we're done. :) Pictures later.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

moving quickly along

I have finished the umbilical cord baby hat for the boy. He'll get to wear it this year, but, although I tried my best to knit it more chunky, this will be the last year. He looks adorable in it, though! I'll try to get some pics on here soon!

I also cast on for my halloween surprise. Too bad I had to go in on the acrylic for this... Oh well. It's a costume item. It's not too big of a loss.

I am also contemplating the possibility of knitting blackberry from The only concern I have is that it will add so much bulk to me that I may feel heavy wearing it. On the other hand, it should be so warm that it may replace a coat. I have the suggested yarn, and since I can't knit the boy's sweater out of it, I may as well use it for something for myself.

The blue cabled sweater is again going very slowly. I am having to do a lot of math and wait on a lot of questions to be answered as it is a test pattern. It's so cool, but I'm beginning to wonder if I'll even have it to wear this winter. There's always next year, I guess.

Maybe I need to slow the knitting down, but there's always something to deal with. It seems like the more stressed out I get, the more I find time to knit. I shouldn't have this kind of time. And I don't. But I have to deal somehow. Of course, it's not like I am dealing that well with things, but I am pretty sure it's better than when I don't knit. In fact, I'm definitely sure. It is at least reminding me to stay quiet about some things before I say too much and can't take it back.

Knit while the day is still young.


Saturday, October 14, 2006

stash! oh, and i'm FAMOUS

So my yarn stash has seriously increased! I got some yarn budget for my birthday, and I just now got around to spending it. Turns out, our friends at Rowan have decided to discontinue Yorkshire Tweed Aran and DK as well as Chunky Print. I got a bag (10 balls) of Chunky Print in Temper, some Chunky Print in Native, some Yorkshire Tweed Aran in Maze, some Yorkshire Tweed DK in Slosh, one ball of Yorkshire Tweed DK in Revel, Lamb's Pride Bulky in Brown and Heather (not official names), and some Misti Alpaca in black and white.

I already made almost one whole scarf for B (Chunky Print -- Native) and an entire scarf for myself out of the alpaca. It's so soft and beautiful.

I've swatched up some Chunky Print for a vintage pattern for the baby boy. It's kinda a coat with a cap that matches and toggle buttons, etc.

I also got a sock pattern and a glove/mitten pattern. Looks like I may be pretty set.

I'll post pics as I am able. I'm a knitting fool this weekend!

Also, I'm FAMOUS! I'm on the Angel Hair website modeling my kimono sweater... Look here. I'm pretty pleased!

Bon week-end!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


This is a sweater I made for my niece-to-be-born in December. She will really NEED sweaters! This is the SnB Nation "Baby's First Tattoo" sweater pattern, but I failed the Tattoo section of this sweater and opted for an I-cord tie instead. I like it, though. It is out of Shepherd baby wool -- 100% superwash merino. Perfect for a baby!

This is a sweater I made for my niece who recently turned 2 and is getting ready to be a Big Sister. It's out of Rowan handknit cotton DK and is a Garter Cardi from Minnowknits. I opted to not use the button holes and went with toggles and crocheted loops instead. I think it's awesome for her!

Now I need to knit some sweaters for my babies, too!

Monday, October 09, 2006

I have been so busy and just now getting around to sharing...

These are some quick armwarmers I whipped up last weekend in Monteagle. I seamed them this morning so I could wear them in my Arctic classroom whilst teaching. I am IN LOVE with Patons SWS. So soft, so lovely. It's a single yarn, which is cool, because it does show off the ribbing so nicely. I am pretty excited about these because it will help me to wear short sleeves longer this fall/winter. Or teach and write on the board as well as keep from freezing to death.

Now, this is SUPPOSED to be "collar me" from MagKnits (September 2005), but it seems that I made it a tad too large to be a collar. So, what I have is something between a collar and a shawl and a coat and a blanket and a capelet... But I think it works. And I wish I had used a much better yarn because I can forsee that I will wear it. It's like a poncho that doesn't add too much bulk to the human form.

And, as you can plainly see, it looks a lot like and exaggerated Texas when laid out flat on the table. Seriously, no wonder I had a hard time with the border. According to the pattern, I was supposed to pick up 55 sts along the sharp border. I think I may have picked up close to twice that based on the size alone. Ha! Still, I think it works.

This is a hat I made for a friend's baby shower this coming weekend. It is made from Paton's Soy Wool Stripes (SWS), and it feels just wonderful.

And, as you can see, it looks precious even on a really big seven-month-old head! Mister was a great model. He was happy as could be as soon as we tried this on him. It's like he didn't even realize I made the hat for a girl!

Here is a headband that I made from Molly's headband (from Interweave Knits). It was the first lace chart that I followed, and I am pretty pleased with the results. I started and finished on a Saturday night while watching tv...

And I can assure you that I did, in fact, knit two kid sweaters (one for my niece who is still in utero and the other for my 2-year-old big kid neice). I already gifted them, however, along with a pair of booties, and I am yet to get the pics. I was down to the wire on the sweaters, so I am simply happy that I was able to finish!

There was also a hat in there for a friend's birthday. And a scarf for my baby girl. I can't wait to start on a sweater for her. Can't wait. I got a gift certificate to the LYS and some money for yarn for my birthday. I am so excited to be churning out things I can use!

I promise I won't let it go this long again.

bonne nuit, a la prochaine!