Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

Curio cabinet is back, and new dollie sweater……

August 22, 2006

My curio cabinet fell off the wall right after I got back from the doll convention–several casualties, but the vast majority of the small bisques inside are A-OK. 🙂 Good news–my dad fixed the curio and hung it back up for me. See below:

Next, I’ll share the latest of my dollie sweaters–handknitted and designed by me. This one fits my 16″ Mini Super Dollfie by Volks of Japan. Pants and shoes by Volks, wig by Charles Josef (great wig), tank top by Groovy Girls (you know, those rag dolls at educational toy stores and Target?).

The yarn is fingering weight 100% merino by Claudia Handpainted Yarns ( in color Carousel. Best part is, just enough yarn left in the skein to make another. 🙂


I know I’ve been a horrible blogger lately….

June 11, 2006

But I'm making up for it with *pictures*!

First, a photo of my darling little Madeleine (Raikes' Bobette) wearing her brand-new sweater, handknitted by myself. 🙂 She had a great time at the mini doll convention I attended in WV. The outfit is by Dollmasters, and the little purple hat was a convention activity.

Next, a quick shot of my Charlotte's Web shawl, which was finally done, just in time to attend a doll function and the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. This is a Koigu pattern, knitted with five colors of KPPPM, their fingering-weight variegated merino.

Also, one of my latest finds is a peg wooden that had been a House of the Seven Gables souvenir. She's lovely, and we're bonding well.

She's in my almost-all-glass Ikea display case, with the other small woodens and chinas, on the shelf above my 15" 50s fashion dolls.

Better Late than Never?

March 24, 2006

Well, I finally finished my Knitting Olympics hat.

The astute among you will realize that the (real) Olympics ended about a month ago.  So this hat has taken me about six weeks.

*However*, I think it was too ambitious a project for a two-week period when I was recovering from jet-lag and working full time.

But I accomplished the intention in regard to stretching my abilities, etc.  This is my first real fair-isle project.  (Note:  It hasn’t been blocked yet–it’ll be a little less lumpy after blocking…..)

So, without further delay:


I need to get someone to take a pic of me in it–I have one, but it’s more me, and less the hat.  🙂

Now–I’m off to design a pair of matching mittens.  So excited about how this turned out!

FLAK baby cable ‘issues’

March 8, 2006

This is sort of a ‘help me, please’ message for those of you doing the FLAK knitalong…..

My baby cables look weird.  I’m prepared to continue them the way they are for the duration of the back, but would like them to look….better?….on the front.  Any chance you guys have thoughts on this?

The first picture is my baby cables (on either side of a horseshoe).  I have one right-leaning and one left-leaning.

The second picture is my honeycomb cables–made the same way.

You can click on the pics to enlarge them…..

I can’t figure out why they turn out differently, when I’m working them the same way?  The baby cables don’t *look* like cables, while the honeycombs do.

I’m working without a cable needle–right-twists are done by knitting the second stitch, then the first, while left-twists are done by knitting the second stitch from the back, and then the first.

Any ideas?


Thanks in advance.  🙂

Knitting Olympics update……

February 28, 2006

Okay, so I didn’t make it.

However…..I did learn and become proficient at a new technique, and I am 2/3 of the way done with the hat.  *Plus*, I did sit out a week ‘injured’ in the middle where my wrists hurt (guess I should’ve done some strength training before attempting this much two-handed fair isle knitting?).  So I don’t feel *so* bad…….

Meanwhile, here’s a pic:


knitting project pictures…..

February 17, 2006

Okay, here are the pictures:

First, Clapotis:  (since yesterday I’ve done the first three ‘drops’, as well–when I took the pic you couldn’t see much, ‘cept the pooling of the Noro Cotton Iroha I got in Japan)

Then, the Fair Isle Sampler Hat (so far I’ve only used nine of the fourteen required Jamieson & Smith colors):

And, finally, the FLAK sweater:  (for those of you not playing along with the FLAK group, this is the shoulder ‘saddles’ and the beginning of the back–and I’m using KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Snickerdoodle–I’m only on the third skein)

Sorry about the lighting–I was trying to catch the last bit of natural light, and the camera flash worked against me.  🙂  These are positioned on the railing of my back deck.  Since these photos were taken I managed to get ahold of some adequate needles for the Fair Isle hat–I was using a Boye interchangeable, and it kept coming unscrewed and catching the yarn–fair isle yarn is ‘sticky’ by definition, so it really slowed me down and was quite frustrating.  I’m still a lesson behind on the FLAK sweater, but I’m working on catching up.  And the hat has to be done by the end of the Olympics……the Clapotis has no deadline, but is my brainless knitting of the moment.  🙂

More Japan pics coming soon, I promise.  🙂


February 14, 2006

For those of you waiting eagerly for the next installment (hahaha….), know that I’m home, and de-jet-lagging.  I got to my house around noon on Saturday, Maryland time, and slept most of the day.  Yesterday was transitional, and I took today off ’cause my dad had foot surgery (he’s doing really well, etc….).

I will be finishing my Japan updates with pictures shortly, and updating on my non-back-burner knitting projects–the FLAK knitalong, the Knitting Olympic Challenge from the Yarn Harlot (I’m doing the Fair Isle Sampler Hat, from Interweave Knits, Winter 2004), and a Clapotis shawl (which was my relaxation knitting on the plane–I’ve worked a little over one skein of Noro Iroha, which I found, on sale, at Okadaya in Tokyo).

Photos to follow.  🙂

*slightly* too much sake…..

February 9, 2006

Went out tonight with the fellows I trained on the system, and the guys I worked with while I was here tonight.  I had a *little* to much sake.  🙂  But it was a lot of fun…..I enjoyed it.  Except for the fact that I smell all smoky now.  😦  The food was interesting–we had something called nabe, which is more a style of food.  The main part of our dinner cooked in an iron pot on a portable gas stove for most of our meal.  Veggies and meats and tofu cooked in it for awhile, and then we dished some out into little bowls containing egg and some kind of sauce.  Aside from that there was tofu, and sashimi, and noodles, and salad, and even french fries and deep-fried oysters (that plate looked like chicken nuggets and fries to me for awhile….).  Everything was quite good.  🙂  And, despite the language barrier (only two of the guys with us were very proficient in English, two more are okay with it, and the rest knew very little) we had a lot of fun.  🙂  I do have pictures, but at the moment I’m feeling a little lazy so I won’t hook up the digital camera till tomorrow.  🙂

I have the TV on in the room and I think I’ve been watching the Japanese equivalent of the Carol Duvall show.  I just watched a lady make very realistic-looking baskets using magazine pages and wire–the papers were wrapped around something to make little tubes, and the tubes were put over wire, and used to make baskets.  Once they were painted, you had no idea they were just magazines……

The bulk of our work here is done, and it went quite well.  I’m pretty happy with it.  Glad to have things come together, but sorry to go home so soon.  I could spend another week sightseeing and still not have enough time.

Now I’m starting in on repacking the suitcases…..I’m a terrible overpacker to begin with, so this is always a struggle for me…..

I’ve been watching much too much CNN–mostly because it is in English……usually in the evening there’s an American/English-language movie on one of the channels here–tonight it’s something that maybe could be Laurence of Arabia?  It looks like it could be, anyway.  I watched most of Casablanca the other night.  But sometimes the movies are dubbed, rather than subtitled in Japanese, and that isn’t good for me.  I think I’ve increased my 12 words to 25 or 30, but still it’s not enough to enjoy a movie in the language. Just enough to torment me when I watch Japanese cartoons over here.  😦

I’m going to work some more on my FLAK sweater before I go to sleep–hopefully the sake won’t cause *too* many mistakes…..  🙂  I made a bit of progress while at the Tokyo Stitch-n-Bitch Tuesday night (which was *great*!  Lots of fun!).

More later, with some pictures–I figure those of you who are reading are over-pictured at this point, anyway.  🙂

FLAK Update (Follow the Leader Aran Knitalong)

January 29, 2006

This is my first posted progress pic of the sweater I’m knitting, with the FLAK knitalong.  I’ve got the shoulder saddles done, and about 10 rows of the back.  I’m using KnitPicks’ Wool of the Andes in Snickerdoodle.


I really need to get a longer circular size 8 Clover….this 16″ one is a bit crunched. 🙂

the Hat….

January 24, 2006

Pic of my dad modeling the hat I knitted for my BIL in the Marines.  I used the helmetliner pattern from the web, with a few modifications.  Yarn is the *highly* recommended Merino Style from KnitPicks