FO: Lizard Ridge Afghan

Pattern from Knitty Fall 2006

Started: January 2007 Finished August 2007

Pattern Notes/Mods: I love this pattern, and the afghan is gorgeous! One thing I did differently, though, was lay the blocks out so that they flow down instead of across, because the afghan is larger that way. Also, i did a garter stitch edging with mitered corners to make the edge a bit more frame like. I sewed tbe blocks together with mattress stitch (Techniques with Thersea)


What I really love about this pattern is that each block is separate and thus each tells a story. There’s one that I bought at my dad’s in the spring. Three that Mom and I bought before she left me back at school. There’s the one fro m my Secret Pal and the one I was knitting when my friends and I got coffee and knit.

On Ravelry, I have tons of blog entries devoted to this thing, because where ever I went a square went.

(complete yarn details here on Ravelry)

And now it’s done. What’s a girl to do with herself?

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Ravelry and other things

I’ve spent seriously the whole day on Ravelry, but I have all of my projects and stash up there. Go check out my page!

In uploading my projects, I reliaze how many of my blog posts mention Lizard Ridge. Before too long it’ll be over. Except, I’m thinking of backing it, which will take a little while, but the tutorial here is really good.

Interestingly, The Yarn Harlot‘s books aren’t in the Ravelry database yet, which amuses me.

I must be insane, by the way. I signed up for the Ravelry Summer Camp swap. The package goes out end of August, which is after my LJ swap is over. But still. I’m nuts.

Plane knitting will be two things from my LJ secret pal (in case of confiscation)

Either knitty’s toe-up sock pattern in this:

Or a headband in this:

I’ve changed my mind on what yarn to use for Wicked, since the cashmerino is pretty warm. I’m thinking now that I’ll use Malabrigo or Artyarns, even though they’re not machine washable. they’re just so pretty.

Anyway, packing and stuff must happen, so that’s about it until I hop across the pond.

Love you all!!

YAY!!!

Have Ravelry Invite!!!! Must sleep. Must resist temptation….. My username is Chelseyblair.

Lizard Ridge is seamed. Will pick up edging Monday once I get new needles, going to do mitered garter stitch.

Sleep…..

FO: Fingerless Mitts

Alas Lizard Ridge is not quite an FO yet. Two large seams, edging and the final blocking need to be done. It’s looking good though.

BUT! I did finish the Fingerless Mitts I started with the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran I started in between LR squares ages ago. (better pictures in the daytime tomorrow)

They’re self-designed, and I like them. The yarn is quite warm, but that will be nice in winter/my dorm room. If I could do it again, I’d do a thumb gusset instead of the Fetching-esque thumb, because that one skews the cables. I’d also look at doing a braided cable, and use a smaller gauge for that maybe.

Overall, I’m quite satisfied.

My mom really likes them, and she’s been after me to make her a pair of fingerless for a while, but these ones are a little small for her.

The thing is…. she can knit. Could make herself a pair, but she’s too wary of trying new techniques. It’s not that she even uses the perfectly valid ‘I don’t have enough time’ excuse. She just doesn’t seem to be comfortable with new techniques. For me, this is what knitting is about. I love taking a project and learning how to do things in the pattern. It’s part of the fun. And I like to teach myself, asking for help only when I’ve tried already.

I’m like this with pretty much everything. For instance, I just got a book I plan on using to re-teach myself how to swim. (my lessons were stalled, and thus I don’t breathe or move right). I’ve taught myself about many historical periods and how to hypnotize, do magic tricks, and best of all, knit.

So, because I know she can do it but won’t I’m hesitant to knit for her. Is this weird? Or is it the whole “give a man a fish, he eats once; teach a man to fish, he eats for the rest of his life” thing?

That’s about it, knit-wise. Lizard Ridge is nearly done! Still not on Ravelry, which probably means I’ll get the invite, like, the day I leave for Europe, but with my pictures on Flickr and my mom taking her laptop I can probably get set-up then anyway. :)

Lime and Violet

Blog and bookswap was mentioned on L&V

*dies ded*

PS. have people received their books?

Let me know. I’ll be in a corner seaming this afghan until I die

OFF THE NEEDLES!!!

Lizard Ridge is off of the needles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not an FO yet, but off of my needles!!!!!!

See? Last three squares to prove it:


Anyone who can give me an idea for the dregs is welcome….

Off for a day or two of end weaving, and then blocking and sewing :D

I Really DO Have a Camera and Other Things

There’s knitting in here, promise, but first of all, thanks to Google Analytics I found out that someone found my blog by searching “Can you swim with your nose pierced?”. The answer is yes. You need to wait a few weeks after it’s been done, and wash with antibiotic soap afterwards until it’s healed (2-3 months) and after that you’re fine. :D

Now then. I e-mailed Casey today, of Ravelry fame, to make sure I put my name on the list. I’m paranoid, okay? He said there are 2000 people ahead of me. TWO thousand. TWO THOUSAND! *Sigh*. That’s what I get for listening to Cast On a week late.

The Official Knitter’s Book Swap sign-ups end at 7:00 EDT tonight!

And guess what? I officially ordered the rest of my Kureyon from Yarnmarket. 102 and 207 are on their way! Debbie Bliss 300 is too, so that I can finish the fingerless mitts I started a few–

Actually, I lie. I literally had this revelation while writing this post: I actually need three more balls of Kureyon, not two. In addition to that, I accidentally ordered a skein I already had. Oops. So, I called Yarmarket’s customer service, but they’re closed. We’ll see what they say tomorrow. Hopefully they can cancel that order and I’ll send in a new one immediately. *crosses fingers*

Pictures of the Kureyon Squares I’ve done since last time I posted pictures!


Colorway 33, which reminds me of the Shrek Milkshake Lime and Violet were talking about

184:

215: 040:


183 (sent to me by my LJ Secret Pal:

I’m working on 194 now, have 180 in the stash and will hopefully have three more coming. Sigh. I thought I was so much closer to done :-/