Wednesday, May 31, 2006

weekend knitting

I hate my computer. I've said it before & I'll say it again!

Fun & busy weekend. I'll be posting some photos in a bit. I brought two projects with me for the weekend, finished one, and ended up starting a 3rd project while I was in the car coming home from NH. Even though I could still knit socks, I had to start another project. I'm insane.

One of the things on my to-do list is to list all of my WIPS, complete with photos & starting dates, if known, and list them all here on my blog. Will I ever? Well, I've taken some photos at least, but that's as far as I've gotten.

There's Renee's socks, the boatneck sleeveless sweater I started in NH that'll be forever called the NH sweater or the NH top, socks, socks, socks, more socks, more socks, and then more socks. The lace top for the Great Lace; the chenille top for the Summer of Stash. Various scrap afghans. More various scrap afghans. I'm not addicted. Say it with me: I'm not addicted!

Finished up socks for my sock swap partner, and already have another sock swap partner. And I joined the cotton sock swap, even though I have hardly any cotton yarn here. I shouldn't have joined, since I can't buy more yarn. But, this means I'll use stash. If, my partner hates the available yarn I have, then I'll have to add an exception to my Summer of Stash pledge, and say that I can buy yarn for my partner's socks.

So, Memorial Day: we went yard saling on Sat & had a bonfire with my parents that night; Sunday we went to NH with my parents, and Monday we had a quiet day before we met up with them again & had a bonfire for a couple of hours before coming home. Lots of hiking & sightseeing. My favorite part was the Tram up to Cannon Mountain; Jon called his parents at the top to wish them a Happy Memorial Day, though they weren't home.

Friday, May 26, 2006

one more WIP

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my sweater. Knit in the round ala Elizabeth Zimmerman. The body is knit, the sleeves are crocheted, and the neckline is crocheted with the same shell stitch. If I have enough of the brownish tan, I'm planning on doing lace on the bottom as well.Free Image Hosting at

Renee's socks

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Renee's socks. Renee, a distant cousin, is a dear sweet friend, not just a relative. I'm making her these socks because she was very sweet to me for my birthday, and because she's going through hard times. She lives in Texas, so these are cotton/wool socks. She has large-ish feet, so I bought 3 balls & it should be plenty. I'm going to make the legs maybe 6" - long enough to be comfortable, but not really hot in the heat, either.


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That's my baby!

Amazing Lace Challenge #1

Free Image Hosting at <a href=Hi! My name is Anastacia. I'm a knitter and crocheter. I've been crocheting for 20 years and knitting for 3.5 years. I learned to knit to make socks, and almost immediately started making basic lacey socks, like cloverleaf, broadripple, and nice, easy, 4 round patterns. Later on, I knitted a pi shawl using all sorts of various types of lace, it was a lace sampler of sorts. Of course, my beloved Zorro claimed it almost immediately as a kitty shawl...

So being no stranger to lace, I struggled to find a teammate. Joining a little late in the game, I didn't want to spend a month finding just the right partner. Since it's gearing up for summer season, I decided upon a top. I just finished a pair of lace & ribbed socks for my mom for Mother's Day, after all, and since I already have another short sleeved sweater on the needles, I might as well cast on for another one? I mean, after all, I am one of those that loves to start projects, find the right needle, I even love to knit gauge swatches... I love the process.

Back in March for my 30th birthday, I bought some yarn from Knit Picks. I'm crocheting a lace weight shawl out of the alpaca/silk lace yarn, bought some wool for CIC knitting & a felted purse, but also bought some cotton. 7 skeins of purple, and 2 balls of 2 different shades of blue. I have some leftover pink of the same yarn, so my goal was to make a boatneck sleeveless stripey top using all of the colors. But, when I heard about the Amazing Lace, I decided to change my mind & use the balls of purple to make a purple lacey top.
I'm knitting in the round, up to the armpits, and I'm thinking along the lines of a V neck and sleeveless, but this may change. I'm using a simple yo over pattern for the bottom 4-5 inches or so, and plain st st for the rest. If I decide to add sleeves, I'll probably add lace to that. If I change the neckline, I may add lace to that. We shall see. Free Image Hosting at
My other partner in this team is my beloved furrbaby, Zorro. I couldn't knit without him laying on my yarn, on my pattern, sitting on my needles, climbing into the middle of a circular needle while knitting and head butting the needle until all the stitches fall out. I couldn't take any photos without him climbing up my leg. I couldn't participate without him by my side, crying pathetically because I stopped patting him!

My relationship with Zorro began before I got married, and my partnership with my top began only a few short days ago, but as a team we will succeed and win! We will knit faithfully on this top and take it on many adventures, and we will love and cherish it. We will not cuss if the yarn splits, we will not cuss if we drop stitches, and we will prevail! For we are the champions!


I really hate computers sometimes. Really I do. Argh. Just call me a pirate.

Jon was sick all yesterday, he ended up with 101.7 fever.

Zorro had his yearly checkup on Wednesday. He has problems with shots, and as usual, he has a lot of muscle stiffness. He's still walking around OK, but he's limping on one leg. It's an issue because if it gets bad, he can't get up to get something to drink, go to the bathroom, etc. We had to take him back one year because he was dehydrated. Scary when we have plans this weekend, but if he's not better by tomorrow morning, we'll switch plans around a bit so he's not left home alone too much.

I finished the scrap brown socks yesterday, so I could cross that off my list. I cast on for my "great lace" project - that's all I did, though. I don't want to get carried away. I cast on for a stash busting project as well - another top knit in the round, out of very, very, very old cotton chenille, bought a few years before I got married. It was pretty old stuff when I bought it, and had been languishing in a yarn store for several years before the LYSO put the stuff on clearance. It then languished some more before I finally took it home. It's pretty stiff and I'm not having fun knitting with it.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

CIC photos

Some of the various CIC stuff going into today's box. I've been making this stuff since the last box I mailed off ages ago. 6 crocheted vests, 6 knitted vests (some with short sleeves), and 5 pairs of socks, along with some assorted toys & one odd toothbrush.

Socks are 6sock current sock. Vests are based upon What's in My Pocket vest.


Children in Common - - a charity support kids living in Eastern European orphanges. These poor kids get nothing from their governments - no heat, no toys, no toothpaste or toilet paper, for crying out loud! Please consider making just one pair of socks - toddler sized would be great, out of at least 50% wool (100% is better). No worries about superwash, as everything gets washed in cold water (there isn't hot water for baths, let alone laundry). Feel free to use up all your scraps!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

summer v neck sweater pattern


Circular Bottom-Up Regular length Fitted Waist Pullover Raglan shoulder Sleeveless with Ribbing

V front neck and Flat back neck with Single Band collar



Gauge st st: 16.0 sts by 22.0 rows.

Body knit by hand on # 6 US circular needles

Ribbing knit by hand on # 3.5 US circular needles

FINISHED DIMENSIONS: (ins): ... with Tight fit - for ladies size 38 bust

Chest: 39.1 Armhole: 16.6 Top Neck Opening: 6.5

Waist: 33.5 Hem Width: 16.7 Front Neck Width: 1.0

Hip: 36.5 Front Neck Depth: 8.3

Hem Length: 0.5

Body Length: 22.0 Collar Length: 1.0

Back Waist Length: 17.5

yo  lace

Worked on a multiple of 2 plus 0 sts.

Rnd 1-3: knit

Rnd 4: k2tog, yo, repeat across row

Note: Read ALL these instructions thoroughly BEFORE starting to knit. There may be sections where there are two shapings to work at the same time (such as necklines or waist shaping).


1.  Cast on 152 sts on size 6 circular needle. Join the circle, taking care not to twist the stitches. Mark the side 'seams' at the beginning and at the halfway point (76 sts). Work two rounds knit.

2. Work in yo lace pattern for first 4-5" of pattern, while at the same time work waist shaping

3. Waist Shaping. Dec 1 st at both sides of both seam markers (4 sts per round) on next round , then every following 4th round 4 times to 132 sts. Work even for 0.9 ins (5 rounds). Inc 1 st at both sides of both seam markers (4 sts per round) on next round , then every following 7th round 5 times to 156 sts. Work even for 1.8 ins (10 rounds) to total 13.1 ins.

4. Divide for amhole. Transfer the just completed 78 sts between seam markers to a holder for the front. You can now switch to straight needles if you wish. From this point on, work on back section only, with right side facing to start.

5. Armhole shaping. Cast off 6 sts at beginning of next 2 rows.

6. Raglan shaping. Dec 1 st at armhole end(s) of every 3rd row 7 times, then dec 1 st at armhole end(s) of every 2nd row 13 times.

7. Total 121 rows with 26 sts remaining for back of neck. Place sts on holder.


1. Transfer body front sts from holder to needle, with right side facing. Join yarn. Dec for armhole at both ends, as for back. Continue until armhole measures 0.5 ins (3 rows), with 66 sts remaining.

2. Divide for neck. Work both sides at the same time. Work 31 sts. With a second ball of yarn, cast off next 4 sts and work remaining 31 sts. Continue armhole shaping.

3. Shape neck. Dec 1 st at neck edge of next row, then every 5th row 7 times, then every 6th row once.

4. Work even at neck edge, continuing armhole decreases to last 2 sts. Cast off.


1. Sew sleeves to fronts and back, along raglan armhole seams.


1. Transfer yoke sts to size 3.5 circular needle, then pick up and work (starting at bottom of front neck) 34 sts from right front neck edge and 13 sts from back neck edge to center (2 extra sts from holder should be incorporated into shoulder seam or doubled). Total 47 sts.

2. Work 1.0 ins (7 rows) in K1P1 ribbing.

3. Cast off loosely.

4. Work the left side the same way as the right, picking up the back neck sts first.


1. Sew any remaining seams.

2. Darn/weave/sew in all loose ends.


I'm using Knit Picks Crayon, bought for my 30th birthday :). It'll count as a stash project, and for the summer of lace as well. I'd recommend 7 balls, but you might get away with less. As I start knitting, I'll add notes & photos!


I joined some KALs today. I can't wait to get started. I'm going to have fun with them, I hope, and hopefully get back into posting semi-regularly again.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

being on a finishing roll

Of course, I finished my mom's Mother's Day socks for her before Mother's Day.  And sockapalooza socks were only mailed ONE DAY LATE!
Yesterday I was a good doobie and finished up some projects that have been languishing. Finished up a small lap sized afghan for a nursing home, finished a second and almost finished the third. One of these I started fairly recently but the others have been languishing for a while. I finished up a basic crocheted wool shawl out of vintage wool scraps - somethign I can wear around the bonfire and not worry about getting damaged or too dirty. It's been washed twice, and it's just now starting to not smell musty.
I finished another CIC vest yesteday, though I was bad and started another almost instantly. I added short sleeeves to one of my previously finished vests. I even took photos of the sockapalooza socks I made and a pair of socks made out of recycled merino yarn for me me me.
Wow. I don't know what to do with myself now. Now if only I actually uploaded photos.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


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These are the socks I knitted for my sockapalooza pal. They fit!

Monday, May 15, 2006

sock yarn swap

I set up a sock yarn swap at swap-bot today. Swap your leftover sock scraps!

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

number & size of squares needed to make an afghan

Afghan Sizes and Squares Needed

Item and Actual Size in Inches  Afghan Measurements in Inches  Number of 6x6
in (15x15cm) Squares Needed

Number of 8x8 in (20x20cm) Squares Needed  Number of 12x12 in (30x30cm)
Squares Needed

Preemie / Pet:  15-24 squares :
9 (3x3) squares, 16 (4x4) squares, 8 (2x2) squares, 9 (3x3)squares,   4
(2x2)  squares

Isolette (Hospital) / Large Pet: 36 squares
  36 (6x6) squares, 25 (5x5) squares,  9 (3x3)  squares

14x33 or 16 x 36:  18 (3x6)squares,  10 (2x5)  squares

18x36 or 20 x 36:  24 (4x6)squares,  15 (3x5)squares,  6 (2x3)squares

27x52 or 30 x 54:  45 (5x9)squares,  28 (4x7)squares,  15 (3x5)  squares

Toddler / Lapghan (Wheelchair)
36 x 48:  48 (6x8)squares,  30 (5x6)squares, 12 (3x4)  squares

42 x 48 : 56 (7x8)squares,  36 (6x6)squares,  16 (4x4)  squares

Twin Bed / Adult
39x75 or 48 x 78:  104 (8x13) squares, 60 (6x10) squares, 28 (4x7)  squares

Long Twin Bed
39x80 or 48 x 84:  112 (8x14)squares,  66 (6x11)squares,  28 (4x7)  squares

3/4 Size Bed:
48x75 or  54 x 78 : 117 (9x13) squares, 70 (7x10) squares, 35 (5x7)  squares

Double Bed / Large Adult
54x75 or 60 x 78 : 130 (10x13) squares, 80 (8x10)squares,  35 (5x7)  squares

Long Double Bed
54x80 or  60 x 84:  140 (10x14)squares,  88 (8x11) squares, 35 (5x7) 

Queen Bed
60x80 or 66 x 84:  154 (11x14)squares,  99 (9x11)squares,  42 (6x7) squares

King Bed
76x80 or 80 x 84:  196 (14x14)squares, 110 (10x11)squares,  49 (7x7) 

If finished size of your squares does not quite work out, you can adjust the
overall finished size of the afghan by

adding / selecting an appropriate border, or by changing the method used to
join the squares together.

Monday, May 08, 2006

sockapalooza socks

Sockapalooza is alive and well here in Dudley! I was so excited when I realized the package had arrived. I forgot all about checking mail on Saturday, so I am not sure if they arrived then or today, but they are here! Cass sent me absolutely gorgeous blue & purple Lorna lace's Shepherd Sock socks in a ribby pattern, and they fit absolutely perfect! As soon as the batteries get charged up, I'll be posting a ton of pics of them on my feet! :) Thanks Cass! Have you been reading my blog??