A Stitch in Time

A stitch in time may save nine, but I'd rather show off the things I've made or had made for me.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Argosy guarded by Horus and inspected by Bear

I haven't worked much on the Argosy scarf from knitty.com. I've been tracking time and I've only spent 4.25 hours total on it. I have almost eleven repeats of Section 2.

I tried to take indoor update photos, but, as always, Horus had to sit guard over the item and this time Bear had to come inspect it as well. Horus is very firmly sitting in place, but you can just barely make out Bear sneaking up on the ball of yarn just in case it is EVIL and willing to attack an unsuspecting cat.

Argosy scarf update photo with cats

I took an "unposed" snap of the scarf being held in front of my bedroom door as I was taking it back to safety. This one doesn't have any cats in it but it does show up the color mix.

A section of the Argosy scarf showing up the purples, greens, and other colors of the yarn

Now playing: Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Argosy Scarf

Work in progress photo of the argosy scarf

I didn't have much opportunity to work on the scarf this week. I only managed about half an hour on Tuesday, so this isn't much as far as weekly updates go. I still haven't decided who the recipient of this will be.

Knitting time: 1.5 hours

Now playing: Bob Dylan - Knockin' on Heaven's Door

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Would you believe knitting content?

Yes, after all this time there really is honest to goodness knitting content on my blog. I can hardly believe it myself. This is about an hour's worth of work on the Argosy scarf from knitty.com. I started it at work on Wednesday during lunch. Let me tell you that it's really hard keeping count when you sit with a bunch of friends in the lunchroom at work and gossip. It took three tries to get it started without making a mistake. I'm not sure who I'm making this for yet.

Knitting project draped artistically over the shrubs in my front yard

It doesn't look like much, but it does pretty up the further along I get. I know this because I actually started the scarf last year before the finger business put a kibosh on my life and I had it about a quarter done. After the surgery and before the arthritis came along, when I thought I was fit enough to knit, I added a couple of pattern repeats only to realize I'd made a serious boo-boo. There was no way I could keep going with the pattern mistake I'd made so I finally frogged it on Tuesday and started over again. I intend for this to be my lunchtime project until I finish it.

And speaking of the finger business, here's a shot of me holding the yarn after I snapped the picture above. Doesn't really look much better, does it? I still can't straighten the finger, but I can use it for typing and knitting and holding things so that's progress at least.

Me holding a skein of yarn to show off the finger I had surgery on

And, yes, my had is a bit swollen. I'm back on blood pressure meds. The one I'm on now is a diuretic since I'm retaining over 20 pounds of water weight that I've put on in the last two months. That's apparently when the blood pressure went out of whack again. Oh, well. At least I can knit again.

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

It's done!

I've just finished the scarf (which will be for the Best Friend, but don't tell her that) using the Missy Lace pattern from the LSSK KAL. I felt like knitting today so that's what I worked on. I think it turned out much better than I thought it would look when I first started. I'm not generally a fan of garter stitch.

As you can see from the last picture, I was also enjoying Stargate SG-1 during my knit fest. I'm watching the 5th DVD of the 5th season.

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Falling Leaves Scarf

Begun Sunday, March 5, 2006, and completed Sunday, March 26, 2006. The intended recipient is my former mother-in-law. It will be this year's Christmas gift.

Yarn: Hand painted 100% merino wool in various shades of mauve from Kindred Spirit Yarn, fingering weight, approximately 440 yards

Needles: Size 7 US

Gauge: Don't know, don't care

Size: Don't know, still can't find my measuring tape

Pattern: If I give an instruction that is incomprehensible, post a comment and I'll try to clear things up.

k# - knit specified number of stitches
p# - purl specified number of stitches
sl2tog - slip two stitches simultaneously as if to knit
p2sso - pass the two slipped stitches over
yo - yarn over
ssk - slip two stitches individually as if to knit then knit the two together thru the back loop
k2tog - knit two together

NOTE: The pattern is worked over 10 + 6 stitches (the 10 stitch repeat is worked twice) plus 5 stitches on each end for the garter stitch edges for a total of 36 stitches across. The scarf begins and ends with 10 rows of garter stitch. Listed below are the pattern stitches only. The garter stitch edges are not included.

Row 1: k1, yo, k3, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, k2tog

Row 2: p

Row 3: k2, yo, k2, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, k2tog

Row 4: p

Row 5: k3, yo, k1, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, k2tog

Row 6: p

Row 7: k4, yo, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, yo, k7, yo, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, yo, k7, yo, k2tog

Row 8: p

Row 9: ssk, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, k3, yo, k1

Row 10: p

Row 11: ssk, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, k2, yo, k2

Row 12: p

Row 13: ssk, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, k1, yo, k3

Row 14: p

Row 15: ssk, yo, k7, yo, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, yo, k7, yo, sl2tog, k1, p2sso, yo, k4

Row 16: p

Note: I still have to weave in the ends and block it. The garter stitch rib tends to curl under.

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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Dragon Scales Scarf

Begun Saturday, March 4, 2006, and completed Sunday, March 5, 2006. The intended recipient is my sister-in-law.

I made a slight modification to the original pattern. I changed the garter stitch edges to seed stitch.

Yarn: Hand painted 100% merino wool in blues, purples, and pinks from Kindred Spirit Yarn, fingering weight, approximately 440 yards

Needles: Size 7 US

Gauge: Don't know, don't care

Size: Don't know, can't find my measuring tape

Updated March 7, 2006: The scarf isn't completely done yet. I still need to weave in the ends and block it. When it is finished, it will be a Christmas gift this year.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Another one bites the dust


I've finished the scarf for my stepdaughter.

Completed scarf


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Monday, April 25, 2005

XFIL scarf final update

It's done! Fourteen iterations of the cable pattern. I probably should have done another iteration or two, but I'm bored with it so it will just have to do.

Knitted scarf for my formet father-in-law
Knitted scarf for my formet father-in-law

I have almost an entire skein of yarn left. I think I will turn it into dish clothes.


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Friday, April 22, 2005

The XFIL's scarf

I worked on the scarf last night. It's up to 11 iterations. This is a picture of my six foot tall Prodigal Son holding the scarf up to get a perspective on how long it is.

My son holding the scarf I am knitting

And as a special treat for all those people who wonder what I look like, I've included a snap of me holding the scarf.

Bad photo of me holding the scarf

~ giggle ~

That photo was an accident. The Prodigal Son handed me the scarf and the skein of yarn while I was holding the camera and I snapped accidentally.

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Friday, April 08, 2005

XFIL scarf update

I've worked at bit on the scarf this week. I have it up to seven iterations of the cable pattern although I took the photos below while it only had six. I'm limiting myself to one complete iteration per knitting session. I still can't get a decent picture at the right angle to show off the cable pattern.

Photo of the scarf I'm knitting

Another photo of the scarf

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Saturday, April 02, 2005

Scarf for the XFIL

I've tried to get a good shot of the cable pattern I'm using for the scarf, but the pattern is really difficult to see even in real life. I've completed three iterations of the pattern and it is working up really quickly.

Knitted cable pattern scarf

I am using Coats & Clark Red Heart Fiesta yarn in 6661 Meadow. I'm using US number 6 needles but I think they might be too small.

Knitted cable pattern scarf

The cable pattern runs over 20 rows and 22 stitches. I'm using two side by side repeats of the pattern for a total of 48 stitches. The extra four stitches are the first and last stitch, which my mother taught me never count, and two stitches at the end of the row to mimic the first two stitches of the pattern.

Knitted cable pattern scarf

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Friday, April 01, 2005

Completed scarf

Knitted scarf

Knitted scarf

This scarf is definitely for my XMIL for Christmas. It's not quite as long as I would have made it for myself and it doesn't have as much fringe as I would use, but I'm happy with the way it turned out.

It needs to be washed and shaped and boxed up in tissue for Christmas. Washing and shaping I can do, but I don't have any boxes or tissue paper so that will have to wait a bit till I make it to the store.

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Monday, March 28, 2005


Knitted scarf

This is a scarf I am knitting for my former mother-in-law as a Christmas gift for 2005. The pattern has no name and no instructions since this is one my mother taught me when I learned to knit 41 years ago. I have been using variations of this for years to make scarves in all widths and lengths.

Knitted scarf

I am using Lion Brand Micro-Spun yarn in color number 98 - French Vanilla and US #5 needles. The gauge on the yarn calls for US #4 needles, but I'm not particularly worried about gauge on this project.


Cast on 70.

Knit 5 rows.

On the 6th row, knit 1, * wrap yarn 3 times around needle, knit 1. * Repeat to end.

On the 7th row, knit 1, * drop wrapped yarn, knit 1. * Repeat to end. Pull to tighten stitches as you go along.

Knit 4 rows.

Repeat pattern starting with the 6th row until the scarf is as long as you'd like.

To finish, end with knit 4 rows. Use the next row to bind off.

Add a fringe.

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