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I’m going to go a bit backwards from the title of my post, so please bear with me…

 

First off, I have to post this…an update from Ravelry:

Found you!

  • You signed up on August 3, 2007
  • You are #22905 on the list.
  • 4793 people are ahead of you in line.
  • 13430 people are behind you in line.
  • 49% of the list has been invited so far

It seriously feels like just last month I was back 11,000 peeps…they must be adding a s**t load of people daily! I made myself hold back in checking on a somewhat daily basis, so I was surprised to see I was so much closer. Come on Ravelry!

 

I have been so busy lately, with work and other personal stuff. I went to Austin City Limits on September 14-16, and had a blast. Here are some pics:

 

My friend Sarah and I (I’m on the right):

 

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One of the few good pics I got of a band close-up…This is M.I.A.; she had a ton of people come up on stage with her, which was soooo kick ass:

 

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During The Arcade Fire…it was HOT, and Arcade Fire rocked as usual:

 

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It took me two full days to recover from 3 days of music, vodka, sweat, and sun. And I’ll do it all over again!

I have to post this funny pic of my cat Jacks. I found him laid up under a blanket taking a nap, he woke up right before I took the picture:

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Now onto knitting…

 

I am still working on several projects. Lelah has been frogged back and I’m just starting to knit the top portion back up and will be adding short rows in the bust. I’m also working on the Brea Bag – I’ve got both the front and back knit up, and almost finished with the gussett but I ran out of yarn! :-/ So I need to head over to my LYS to purchase another hank. I followed the pattern to a tee and my gauge was spot on, so I’m a bit irritated that I ran out of yarn. I thought the pattern would have given a bit more leeway as far as yardage is concerned, or called for 3 hanks instead of 2. Anyway, I digress…

 

I also started knitting the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. This is my first cardigan so this is a learning experience for me. So far so good:

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There is one FO to post about! I finished my Stripped Bamboo Handle Bag…I’m very happy with it!

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Pattern: Striped Bamboo Circular Bag – Adapted from Chinese Charm Bag in Stitch ‘N Bitch by Debbie Stoller
Needles: Addi Turbo Size 10 1/2US 24″ Circulars
Yarn: Sensations BeautifulYarn, 1 ball each in Light Blue, Fuschia, and Green
Finished Size: 12″ high x 13″ wide

Here’s the problem with it:

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Agh!!! I’m thinking I might switch out the handles…they are a bit big aren’t they? I mean I know its a great security measure to have where no one else but me can get into the bag, but that is a bit overboard!

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So I’ve been knitting, but I’ve been so busy with work travel and labor day weekend lakehouse bash…and there’s more travel to come! I love my job but sometimes its hard to be away from home for several days at a time. I will definitely take my knitting with me next week – along with a few books! 🙂

Ok, so here’s what I’ve been up to with my knitting. I finished Lelah, but I’ve got issues with it…

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I love, love, love the top, but here are my issues: The pattern calls for a a set of decreases right after finishing up the lace pattern. I opted not to do them fearing that the bust would not be large enough, and instead added decreases in after I knitted up to the fullness of the bust. This actually turned out ok, however I’m not completely happy with the waist line – I feel like I may have to sinch the waist with the ribbon that goes through the eyelets and that it will look funny. The other problem I’m having is this: there is too much knitted in the back. I have ample bosom, so without shaping there is just too much fabric riding up in the back. Soooo my plan in to frog back all the way to right after the lace, knit the decrease round, then add short rows to the top portion. I’ve never knit short rows before, but I have found several tutorials that were very helpful. I think I’m going to use the Japanese sort row method, and since I’m knitting in the round it will be a bit of a challenge….I think. If anyone has suggestions I’m open to them!

I am very close to finishing the Brea Bag. I’ve knit and blocked both the front and back panels, and am currently knitting the gusset. This was my first cable project, so I learned a new technique in addition to surgery on fixing boo boos on cabled stitches. That was fun let me tell you! I also picked up a leather strap and a button from one of my LYS’s PassionKnit. I love the strap, but will be returning the button – it just doesn’t look right.

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We’ll see how the crochet portion of this goes – I’m pretty new to it, but I have my trusty Happy Hooker as a reference!

I also started swatching for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. I didn’t get the needed gauge with US 3 circs, so I’m gonna swatch today with 4’s to see how close I am. I have the yarn (Knit Picks Swish DK in Moss) and am ready to go!!

Ok, so I know I said I would only buy yarn for one project per pay period, but how could I NOT attend my LYS’s sale??!! I picked up some awesome yarn to add to my stash from The Shabby Sheep, and have projects for almost all of the yarn I purchased. Here are some sneak peaks:

For Sizzle I picked up Debbie Bliss Cathay in a navy hue at 40% off:

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For a cotton version of Lelah, I picked up some Rowan Calmer in pink, again at 40% off:

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I also picked up some Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran in Black – approximately 750 yards but I’m not sure what I’m gonna do with it. I couldn’t pass it up – it was 60% off and there was enough to make a good sized top (I’m thinking something short sleeved or a tank, maybe Lotus Blossom). I also couldn’t leave without buying some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky in plum and magenta – they were only $3 a ball! I’m thinking I’ll use them to make several Convertible Mittens found in the new Knit.1 magazine as Christmas gifts.

And last but not least, I also found Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora at PassionKnit – and picked up 14 balls which I think I’ll use to make the Minimalist Cardigan or Slanted Knit Pullover.

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AND OMG I almost forgot about the Lorna Laces Shepard’s Wool Sock Yarn I purchased from Jimmy Bean’s Wool website. It’s their limited edition color for September – Cherries Jubilee. Look how purty:

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That’s it for today…Knit on!!

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