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New Blog! Go There! September 18, 2009

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We’ve Moved!

New blog here, including knitting updates and food and other stuff that is fun.

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I’m Like A Sockoholic, But For Hats January 26, 2009

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I am really enjoying my romp through Boutique Knits, which I received as a surprising, most excellent and well-thought-out birthday present. The book contains lots of interesting “dressmaker detail” tutorials, lovely photos, and six hats. So far I’ve knit two of the hats in two weeks, which, if not a world record, is pretty impressive given how many other things I’m supposed — nay, required by law — to be doing with my hands.
The hat pictured above is the Side Slip Cloche, certainly the prettiest little hat I have ever knit for myself. My stoic picture really doesn’t do it justice — it rocks a great Clara Bow vibe. I’ve already gotten a request to knit it up in green (since completing it this afternoon), which sounds basically awesome. Yarn is, of course, Malabrigo, in Burgundy. Tragically, I am finally running out of the stash of Malabrigo worsted and chunky I bought for my birthday last year. Stupid global financial crisis: what won’t you ruin?

I also knit Irwin’s Fawn Earflap Hat while I was at it:
People Shooting Hat

Why am I knitting hats? Simple, really: hats are portable; hats can be knit in chunky yarn, which makes them fast; I have other knitting I should be doing but can’t get the materials for yet (see: Global Financial Crisis).

Also, hats are fun, and everyone likes to see an interesting hat and make much over it.

So there is that.

Next on the agenda: Chuppah II: Electric Hora, aka Bride of Chuppah, aka I need to start swatching for an October chuppah really, really soon.

First I need some sort of yarn bailout plan.


Law & Order: Malabrigo Edition August 15, 2008

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Back Panel

Originally uploaded by marcelory

Raise my children, or knit?

The choice is obvious.

Televised police procedural shows do an excellent job of raising children. From the flagship Law & Order they learn their place in a just society. From Law & Order: SVU they learn that every stranger is a homicidal maniac.

From Law & Order: CI they learn that Bobby Goren can smell the crushing childhood trauma behind their despicable crimes.

While my children, both under nine, learn how to identify whether an unidentified murder victim has recently eaten spaghetti, I continue to knit this pretty sweater. I can’t get over how fun knitting with this yarn is.

I plan to cast on the first sleeve during !gymnastics and Chicago-style deep dish pizza! tonight.

Apparently if I spent every free moment knitting I would get a lot more knitting done.


I Want To Take This Sweater Back Behind the Middle School August 13, 2008

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Originally uploaded by marcelory

I love this sweater so much, I love Malabrigo Chunky so much, it is a lucky thing this sweater is not human or the sanctity of my marriage might be in danger.

My fingers don’t hurt (yet), but I’m really hoping to finish the second and third cable patterns tonight, if I can stop falling asleep during the Olympics. The Games are riveting, but the three-year-old is keeping farm hours these days. Someone please tell him no one in the City needs to get up at 5 AM unless they have a JOB.


I Got Blisters On Me Fingers August 12, 2008

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Originally uploaded by marcelory

Yes, I am participating in the Knitting Olympics. Yes, I am already behind. Yes, I am moderately stressed about it. Hobbies are so fun!

The pattern is “Hooded Pullover” from Vogue Knitting Fall ’08. It seems to have been published not-in-English before, I’ll research its provenance at some point.

It’s really fun, because it’s a pretty cable suspended in the middle of mindless stockinette. So traditional Stockinette Malaise isn’t setting in. I am knitting it, of course, in Malabrigo Chunky because it is my love. I LOVE it. It loves me too.

I’m in this to win this! I can do it.


Nobody Knows the Gauges I’ve Seen June 16, 2008

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I have knit my third Fierce Baby Hat, and I think it is the best yet:

Best Hat

In my journey to Hat #3, I learned so many things.

Did you Know?

  • Gauge matters.

    The blue hat and the orange hat were both knit in Malabrigo Chunky. Difference: Blue Hat was knit on size 11 needles at about 3.25 stitches to the inch; Orange Hat was knit on size 10.5 needles at 3.75 stitches to the inch. Orange Hat is the perfect miscellaneous baby-size; Blue Hat fits my ridiculously large head and is even too big for my 8-year-old.

    • Yarn matters.

    The green hat is knit from ShiBui Knits Highland Wool Alpaca, a single-ply alpaca. The orange hat is Malabrigo Chunky, a three-ply merino. The hats both stretched to a similar size. Orange Hat’s stockinette portion is more elastic, “bouncing back” better after being stretched. Orange Hat’s cables are also better-defined, and hold their shape better. It’s not a value judgment — the hats just look different. As a matter of taste, I prefer Orange Hat. For hat #4 (!) I’ll use more Malabrigo Chunky.

    As someone who tends to snap up a skein of Malabrigo Chunky at a time, hoarding the individual colors just because they are pretty, this pattern is a FAT stashbuster. I had forgotten I had this much m.Chunky.

    I need to get back to my regularly-scheduled knitting, but I have been enjoying these 48-hour projects. There are more babies out there who (will eventually) need hats, so I’ll probably make two more Fierce Hats before taking a sweater break.


    Chuppah Complida! June 10, 2008

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    Chuppah Complida!

    Originally uploaded by marcelory

    My sister got married. Everybody cried. Yay!