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Entries Tagged as 'Kauni 2'

Actual Crafting

December 22nd, 2012 · 3 Comments

Somewhat encouraged by my progress in taking on and finishing long-standing knitting projects, I pulled out my other Kauni sweater.  I found that I’d tucked it away a few rows short of binding off the first sleeve.  I finished that up and even started the second sleeve!

Nice huh?  I can live with the lack of mirror imaging in the color striping on the two sleeves.  It doesn’t bother me.  And I do love these three colors!  Last night I decided to see how far I’d progressed on the second sleeve and counted the bands.  Then I did this..

Ugh.  I picked up different number of stitches on the two sleeves!  I’m guessing I did 3 for 4 on the first and 2/3 on the second 🙁  Not doing so well on the knitting.  Oh well.

Doing much better on the spinning!  What with the fancy new wheels around here, you have to know I’ve been spinning a bit.  I spent Thursday night getting to know the new girl.  She spins as well as she looks!  Smooth is an understatement.  Quiet too! We filled up our first bobbin together.

Fiber is ITW BFL in the club color Fierce & Flawless.  Its not quite as bright in real life as it is in this iPhone shot.  Its really pretty though and spun effortlessly.

Yesterday after work and a trip to the Rec Center where I use the gym as the kids play in the game room, I made progress on the fiber for Party Mix on La Croce.  She too spins like butter!

Fiber is also ITW, but this time Merino/Silk blend in Children of Time colorway.  I’m going to n-ply.  I have about an ounce left and hoping to jam it all on this bobbin.

Craft on!

Tags: Kauni 2 · Spinning

New Year

September 7th, 2011 · Comments Off on New Year

Yesterday was the big day, one that made my retired parents happy.  The one where the kids who had been home for the last two weeks when camp ended finally go off and do something else during the day.  Yesiree it was the first day of school.   The monkeys are now second graders.

Kathryn actually was happy about the start of school.  She just wasn’t happy about standing next to her brother.  She gets like that sometimes.   Which explains the sourpuss on her.  It also goes to explain the happy face on her brother.  Nothing like getting points with mom for not being a pain AND getting under Kat’s skin.  At the same time!  Woo hoo.

Anyway… they are now in second grade.  We’re continuing the trend started last year where they are in separate classes.  It worked out very well.  This year, they reshuffled all the teachers at our elementary school.  One of the kindergarten teachers last year is now teaching first, a second grade teacher is teaching fifth.  As it turns out, Alex’s first grade teacher, Mrs. D has moved to second grade and yes, Alex is in her class again.  He liked her very much and was happy by the results.  Kat’s teacher last year has left the district.  Not sure where she went off to, but I do wish her the best.  Kat is upset that she won’t be able to say goodbye to Mrs. P.

They had their first bit of homework last night.  Decorating their writing folders with inspirational pictures, quotes, etc.  Mom must have spent 45 minutes sifting through pictures on her computer and printing them out on label paper so they could stick em to the folder.  They’ve both loaded up with family pictures from over the years.  No, no knitting or yarn pictures, though i would have put them on mine.

Speaking of which, here’s the status of Kauni 2.  I started the first sleeve while the Sox pounded the Jays last night, 14-0.  Always happy when that happens 🙂  Its moving along.


Craft on!

Tags: Adult · Family · Kauni 2

Sew ‘n Slash

September 6th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Labor Day I hit the nerve wracking stage of the Kauni sweater.  The time where I finished knitting the body stitches and the next step involves a sewing machine and scissors.

1. finish body

2. The Steek helper - Vintage Singer Featherweight

3. Sew

4. Take a deep breath - there's no going back...

5. Lay it out

6. Revel in the magic

Craft on!

Tags: Adult · Kauni 2 · Sewing

Sunday Check-in

August 7th, 2011 · 2 Comments

After a day spent on the boat in warm and humid weather, the kids are now in bed and I can sit and give a quick update of the goings on since last posting.

I cast on for the next socks as promised.  The yarn is Spunky Eclectic in Neapolitan colorway.  I’m using my standard pattern for the “heavier” yarns:  52st on a US1, toe up, short row heel.  Its coming along nicely I think.

I haven’t touched it since Friday morning on the train.  Friday was the company picnic and I brought the twins with me.  It was a long, hot, fun day which saw them commuting with me to the new office in Dumbo via Train to Path to Subway to get to the office.  We were there for about 90 minutes before it was time to head to the ferry to Governor’s Island for the picnic.  Another ferry to Pier 11 followed by yet another ferry from Pier 11 to Hoboken and then the train home.  Waiting on line to head to Hoboken a few folk behind us who do I find but Yarny Old Kim!  We had a lovely ride home on the upper deck of the ferry.  I napped on the train so there was no knitting.

Yesterday I did some shopping with Kat, who had a birthday party, while Alex went to the boat with the folks.  I had some returns to make (traded one bag for another at the Coach store and took advantage of a technology trade in program at Target to get the shiny that has been calling to me:  iPad 2 😉 )  There was face painting at the party..

There’s Hello Kitty on one cheek, a heart on the other.  A dolphin on her forehead and a paw print on the tip of her nose.  That face painting is very popular, isn’t it.

I didn’t make any further progress on the sock this weekend as I might have bought more yarn…

Yup.  Kauni.  This is the EH colorway.  The colors remind me of that sweet kitty that I had not too long ago, Baron.  Last night after getting Kat washed and off to bed, I cast on for the Kauni Rainbow Cardigan.  I know I haven’t finished the previous one.  But its too small and requires too much attention.  I checked it for gauge before casting this one on and found I was half a stitch an inch too tight in the gauge, which caused the darn thing to come out too small and with all that fair isle going, it isn’t blocking much larger.  Someday I’ll finish it. Maybe.  But in the meantime, I always liked the sweater, and while surfing through Ravelry, saw that someone used this colorway, which I totally love.  So I ordered from Webs 🙂

Between TV time last night and sitting on the boat today, I think I’ve made some pretty fair progress.  I spent some time with the four different skeins studying the color progressions and where the skein started with the deepest hope that I continue to get contrasts.  Thought right now I’m hoping the strand with the blue moves to the dark brown which is next before the light brown starts into the blue.  The progression is  Blue -> Dark Brow -> Med Brown -> Light Brown.  Rinse.  Repeat.  Knitting with the wool was probably not the smartest thing to do today in the humidity, but you know that early honeymoon period with any project where its all you want to do!  Not to mention its a long time, April I think, since I worked on a sweater.

I need to make a phone call and then I can settle back with the knitting and the Sox v. Yankees (go Sox!).

Craft on!

Tags: Adult · Kauni 2 · Socks