The long wait for yarn.

Updated Wed Jan 31, 2007, 13:01 PM

After much searching and swatching, I have finally settled on the yarn combination to use for recreating the sweater the dry cleaners ruined.

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Aran vest

Updated Sun Jan 28, 2007, 13:39 PM

I am calling this done. The first thing you may notice is the skirt, or bottom ribbing, is much longer than in previous photos. The sad story is I neglected to measure my vertical gauge and make appropriate adjustments for the yarn shrinking up as well as in. The result was a vest that was a few inches too short.

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Kids, don't repeat my mistakes.

Updated Sat Jan 13, 2007, 18:15 PM

I finally finished E’s new aran vest. I washed it and laid it out to dry on drying racks, also known as kitty hammocks.

After the sweater was dry I had E try it on. It was inches short!

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Stalking the elusive yarn.

Updated Sat Jan 13, 2007, 17:07 PM

After kung fu class today I went in search of yarn to reknit my magnificient aran cardigan that the drycleaners ruined. I have visited nearly ever yarn store in the metropolitan area in vain.

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Waiting for yarn.

Updated Tue Jan 02, 2007, 08:40 AM

Months ago the dry cleaners ruined on of my favorite sweaters, a drapey Aran cardigan knit in a silk-cotton-linen-rayon blend that I picked up at a sale years previous.

I spent a couple days wandering through our many LYSes looking for something comparable with which to reknit, but found nothing to my liking. So I turned to the internet.

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Purple-Teal Shawl-Scarf

Updated Wed Dec 27, 2006, 18:35 PM

There wasn’t time for an in-between picture, so here’s the final. It has wonderful drape and just enough sparkle. I decided to leave the fringes plain instead of doing fancy knotting. A good decision considering I was finishing this stole Christmas eve.

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Gauge gauge gauge.

Updated Mon Dec 04, 2006, 16:31 PM

In real estate, it’s location location location. In knitting, it’s gauge gauge gauge.

Gauge is what you get when you knit. Recommended needle size? Bah! That’s just a starting point. Do you knit tighter or more loosely than some mythical proto-knitter?

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Frankenstein socks

Updated Wed Nov 15, 2006, 20:33 PM

Outside the wind is blowing the rain nearly sideways. It is wool sock weather. I pull out my thick wool socks and inspect them for wear.

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More baby bootees

Updated Sun Sep 24, 2006, 17:52 PM

However you want to spell it, I don’t care.

I’ve been experimenting with overall patterns on my baby boots. The pair on the right …

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Pie R Square shawl

Updated Wed Aug 09, 2006, 23:58 PM

Actually this damn thing has been done for weeks. I just haven’t gotten around to putting up these glorious photos.

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