FO: Rogue Hooded Cardigan

Rogue

I have finished my Rogue. I’m thrilled! It’s beautiful, and cozy, and very impressive. It’s lovely. I sewed in the zipper two nights ago, and tried to take pictures before this afternoon, but just couldn’t. The batteries for the camera refused to charge, etc., etc. Anyway.

Rogue

Cast on: The earliest date that this went on the needles is September 29th, 2007. I knit a sleeve as a swatch, finished the whole sleeve, and decided it was too small. I eventually ripped it out, then knit another sleeve, then ripped that out and knit two more sleeves at the same time, finally at the right size and length (and gauge, thing). So I probably started working on the real sweater pieces in late October/early November. I originally hoped to be finished by my birthday, but I simply didn’t have time. Over winter break, though, I got a ton of knitting time done. Perfect!
Finished: February 26th, 2008 (officially). I finished knitting this baby early February, but wore it around until I got my zipper. The zipper showed up and I sewed it in with the help of the zipper-sewing-in tutorial from Chic Knits. Splendid!
Pattern: Rogue Hooded Pullover by Girl From Auntie.
Needles: US size 5 (hems) and US size 7 (body, etc)
Yarn: Malabrigo worsted in “Verde Adriana,” 9 skeins (I totally missed gauge).
Modifications:
First, I knit this as a cardigan. The pattern is originally a pullover, but I wanted a cardigan, so I knit me a cardigan. I double-knit the pockets at the same time as the body, and lengthened the body excessively (because of my fucked up gauge). When I got to the shoulders, I finished up the arms to the sleeve cap shaping, and stuck them on the body and knit the whole shoulder apparatus together as one. It was awesome. This means the only seams I have are under the arms, above the arms, and at the shoulders. It’s very cool and smooth and neat.

Rogue
Full length of the sweater.

Rogue
The hood cables. Mmm. I wish the hood were a little longer (again, a gauge problem), but I’m happy with it.

Rogue zipper
Observe my zipper installation!

Rogue
Zeke says “hi” (and “let me down!”).

Yaay!

Rogue!

4:30 PM – I got my zipper!

9:30 PM – I sewed it in!  Rogue is finished!

I’ll get pretty pictures tomorrow in real sunlight.  Squee!

Another snow day

We had off school today. It was pretty cool, except that I wasn’t impressed at how quickly school was intimidated by the threatened ice (we like to brag [and bitch] that Park never, ever closes). So I spent the day puttering: cleaning and knitting and watching a movie and napping. I had some crazy dream about hotels and elevators and robots. Johnny Depp was in it. It was great, but I can’t really remember what the point was. Like dreams do. ^_^

I’ve finished the Zodiac sleep sack for Maisie, and I’m working on finishing Elefante for Liam. He’s got one ear!

Since I finished Zodiac, I cast on for Eunny’s Endpaper Mitts, and they are beautiful. I’m using Katia Merino 100% and Katia Alpaca Andes, both of which I got in Spain at Lanas Sixto in Madrid. I’m knitting them on US 3s, and so far they’re perfect. I’ve finished one repeat, and I’m enchanted. With all the sock knitting happening lately, my hands have been getting cold!

Endpaper mitts

I also bought yarn yesterday for a hat:
Araucania

Three balls of Araucania Copihue, which is a chunky alpaca dyed to look like a Chilean flower. It’s lovely and soft. I need a new hat: I only have that one with the braid and the purple top. I need a new hat.

The Firestarters have made it past the heel. The Monkies are nearing the toe. Icarus is another repeat larger (or nearly) and is beautiful. I think the yarn is turning pink, which is cool.

I’m feeling good. Things are better. They’re not awesome yet, but they’re definitely better.

show time again

I can’t really say what my knitting level has been recently. I knit a bunch (I think…) this long weekend, but I’ve also spent a lot of time at long dress rehearsals for the new show coming up, so it’s hard to gauge. I’m working on three things currently: Icarus, Monkey socks, and Firestarters. The Firestarters have seen the most action recently, because I feel like I’m making real progress on them.

Firestarter

Firestarter

I’ve since nearly finished the gusset increases, which are very cool and pretty.

Icarus
Icarus is bigger too. I’m into the second repeat of the adding-on-branches part, and it comes out of the bag when I have light to see by.

Rogue is more or less finished. It needs a zipper, but I’ve been wearing it all week without. It’s really nice and cozy, and the Malabrigo isn’t itchy at all. It’s awesome. People are also still impressed with it. It makes me feel good and comfy and safe. I’ll get pictures once I get a zipper, I think.

Things are okay. I’m stressed from the play, which makes me more tired and cranky and bleh, but knitting is fun, and class is good, and today I came home at 1 and went for a run and read with my kitties before I went back for rehearsal. It was nice.

FO: Thelonious

This evening, while watching “A Fistful of Dollars” — which is an exact duplicate of “Yojimbo,” a samurai movie, just FYI — I finished both toes of my Thelonious socks. You can see more pictures (and details, I suppose) at the Ravelry page.

Thelonious

They’re lovely! They’re soft and squishy and beautiful. I wish I’d finished them in time to put them in the show, but I think I’d prefer wearing them.

Thelonious

The pattern got a lot of compliments as I knit them. KD (the ex’s dad, we’re tight) asked if it was a drag to knit the second sock, and I told him about the Second Sock Syndrome. He was highly amused (he’s a doctor). But these are simply lovely.

Thelonious

Another thing done. ^_^ Once I get the two gifts off my plate (Zodiac, Elefante) I can cast on for Icarus. Until then, I will be casting on Bayerische next for the Sockdown! February knit along.

Details
Pattern: Thelonious — I knit the smallest size, because the yarn was heavier.
Yarn: Sundara Yarn Sport Merino, “Denim over Hyacinth”
Cast on: January 28th
Kitchenered: February 8th

I love these socks.

Senior Show

I have my knitting art in a Senior Show! My name’s on the wall and everything! I’m getting lots of compliments, and it’s very good for the ego. ^_^

Senior Show

The pictures hung are all pictures you could find in my Flickr, or on the blog probably. The sweater is my Dollar and a Half, and the hat is the Swell hat I knit for my dad. Two pairs of socks there are mine (Tye-Dye Goth and Embossed Leaves), and one is my mom’s pair (Diamante).

I’m thrilled! It’s great. I feel awesome having my show up. I’m an artist.