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yarn weakness

oh boy.  I went to buy a set of knitting needles and ended up buying so much yarn!  Malabrigo, my favorite.  I seriously cannot resist.  It is terrible…but not so terrible!

October 7, 2008 at 11:59 pm 1 comment

glow in the dark yarn??

Oh goodness!!  I just found out about Glow in the Dark yarn and am now obsessed with trying to get some in time for Halloween.  Bernat has great pastel colors and Nightlights Glow in the Dark is white but glows green.  The Bernat yarn glows for only 20 minutes while the Nightlights lasts for an unbelievable 4 hours!  Both sound so cool but I do tend to have that “need it right away” urge and if I can’t get it, then I sorta lose interest.  Hope to get my hands on some soon!

September 10, 2008 at 8:46 pm 1 comment

sunday market shawl completed!

sunday market shawl completed!

Originally uploaded by Jurassic2008

I finished this last night. This was my third or fourth try because I loved the way this sunday market shawl looked. Twice I used other yarns (Malabrigo and Caron’s Super Saver) and they didn’t seem to work out. So I invested in the yarn that was designated in the original pattern (Noro Cash Iroha). In the first try, I knitted it way too loose and it had no structure whatsoever. This was the second Noro try and it turned out great.

The final measurements of the shawl was 20″ by 54.” I probably would have liked it to be a little longer personally but it was exactly 2 skeins. I cast on 26 which was 24 stitches plus two for the edging. I didn’t count the number of rows but it was 198 yards of yarn. Before I ripped out the dropped stitches, it was 16″ by 50″ so the stretching wasn’t so much. I also didn’t really block it because I’m lazy and I don’t think it really needs it. It is not very curly and the length is just about right.
sunday market shawl

I’m very happy with the way it looks but I have to say that this yarn is a bit scratchy on the back of my neck. I have another two skeins that I purchased to make another sunday market shawl which I think I will still do. This shawl didn’t take much time and it was a nice way to alternate between another project which was done on smaller needles and needed me to count stitches. This stockinette pattern was a no-brainer project which looks terrific! And I liked ripping out the dropped stitch at the end to see the great final look.
sunday market shawl completed!
I do recommend this pattern and it’s free!  It’s a very satisfying knit.  But if anyone knows of a better yarn to use, I’d love to hear about it.

September 7, 2008 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

scarf and shawl lessons

wavy scarf with two repeats

Originally uploaded by Jurassic2008

I’ve been doing a lot of knitting lately and here is my favorite work in progress. The Malabrigo yarn is just so very soft and the difference is noticeable! It will make a wonderful scarf. As for the scarf pattern, it’s from and it looks harder than it really is. In fact, it’s simply done with purl and knits.

I do like to learn with every project and what I’m learning and practicing here is a bit of patience and working with a pattern and stitch counter. You can see the stitch counter on the circular needles. I’ve already mixed up about four rows (you can see two at the bottom which are “off” and there are another two up top which i skipped) but so far, I’ve really enjoyed it.

My other active project is almost the opposite in that it’s the product and not the process which I’m coveting. It’s the Sunday Market shawl (pattern link here) and it’s a straight stockinette stitch (knit one row and purl the next row) until the end when you tear out some stitches and viola! something special shows up. So it’s doesn’t need much mindfulness and is easy. But the landmark that this shawl helped me achieve is this–I knitted standing up on Bart! I gave up my seat for a family and while there were plenty of seats, I just stood near the doors and knitted standing up. Something new for me!

September 1, 2008 at 5:58 pm 2 comments

wavy scarf

wavy scarf

Originally uploaded by Jurassic2008

I always have a LOT of works in progress (WIP’s) but this is one of the most active ones right now. The Malabrigo yarn is so soft and I can feel the difference now. This pattern is dramatic and show off the yarn quite well.  You can find the pattern here.

August 28, 2008 at 11:02 pm 4 comments

New LYS–hooray!

Mary Jane’s Attic, a friend of mine, is opening up a new local yarn shop in san francisco, just a couple blocks from my work. I am so excited! I’m going to host a little opening welcome for her one evening and bring together all the folks I know who like to knit, crochet and papercraft. Visit her website I now have a guilt-free venue for my shopping urges. (I bought more yarn this weekend despite my attempts to stop!)

Funny because when we worked together, I wasn’t into all of these crafty activities. So I think it’s amazing how quickly I’ve become addicted to mixed media collage, altered books, knitting, and crocheting. I’m sure there will some more crafts to add to that list soon!

August 18, 2008 at 8:04 pm 2 comments

I’m back…

I’m back to my blog again!

what have I been up to?

-taking classes with Diane B. (

-knitting a felted purse from a kit I bought at Stitches 2008 from Pick up Sticks

-took a stash busting knitting workshop from Knit One One in Berkeley where I learned several new techniques (including one which enabled me to get past a hurdle in the purse listed above!)

-completed a couple projects for Mother’s Day

The other thing which happened recently is that my grandmother passed away.  Although not a huge crafter, she knitted, crocheted, cut out paper designs, and painted–a little bit of everything and that sounds like me.  I have her yarns, nice double pointed needles, and a couple items whe made.  One–a crocheted bag made from shredded plastic bags–reminds me that she was way ahead of her time.  She was 93.

May 18, 2008 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

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