Monday, September 04, 2006

Sometimes ya just gotta say WTF (even if it isn't Wednesday!)

So, WTF, I'm posting even tho I'm still getting weird error messages cause I miss you guys!!

In case you were wondering, here's a brief summary of "The Tales Of Gateway or How My Computer Ate My Brain!"

This is my THIRD new computer in 18 months, my third new hard drive and my second new fan....and I'm now getting "Fatal Error - fan malfunction" messages again! Also this will be my FOURTH letter to the CEO! The good news is everytime I write Mr. CEO I get an upgrade so my current "Media Center" laptop has a ginormous hard drive, a 4 year total replacement/accident warranty, tons of memory and a 17 inch sony monitor that I could use as my TV! But what good is a kickass computer that doesn't work for more than a week? *sigh* So I'm waiting for a senior technician to call me back yet again, and see where we go from here *sigh redux* My geriatric but trusty other laptop also bit the dust recently but it simply needed a new hard drive....it's my third for that one too, except that one is six years old!! I suppose I should be grateful nothing has burst into flames yet! So the saga continues.....

On to more interesting subjects....

Pumpkin says thanks for reading all about him and he hopes you enjoyed his quirks...See? All that typing tired him out!



After much ado, I bring you my latest FO....

The Adrienne Vittadini Cabled Shell

The money shot...


And a close up of all those neverending beautiful cables...

Specs:

Cabled Shell from Adrienne Vittadini Spring/Summer 2006

11 Skeins Rowan All Seasons Cotton in Framboise

Addi Turbo US #6 (4 mm)

Mods: I was unable to get gauge substituting the ASC for the recommended yarn so I actually knit the medium size to achieve the 48" finished measurement of the 1X size. I added 1.5 inches to the suggested length and used short rows and a 3 needle bind off for the shoulders.

This was my first time using the "cabling without a cable needle" technique and I love it! I had played around with the technique before but it never "took". With every other stitch being cabled every 4th row on this shell I figured I'd give it another try and I'm sure glad I did! If I had to use a cable needle I'm sure I would still be knitting this! Once I started I had that AH HA! moment and off I went and I never dropped a stitch! For anyone planning to make this shell I strongly suggest you learn to cable without a cable needle too!

I'm really happy with the finished product....it was fun to knit and the fit is great! The pattern, like most AV patterns is kind of "do it yourself" in that they give you the basic pattern repeats and you work out the incorporation of the decreases while keeping the cables twisting as they should. For that reason I wouldn't recommend it to a beginning knitter. I also would knit this in a light cotton/microfiber blend like All Seasons Cotton because with all the cabling this could be one HEAVY shell without the microfiber to lighten it up.

Of course what would FKD be without some socks to show off?



Specs:

Lovely Lace socks - Interweave Knits Spring 2006

US #1 (2.25 mm) Aero Teflon DPNs

Louet Gems Pearl in Fern

These were a fast, fun knit....I especially love the dainty picot edge altho I did mine with a provisional cast on rather than the sewn method suggested in the pattern. I also changed the heel to my standard yo short row with mini gusset. The yarn is wonderful to work with and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this color! As an aside, a commenter asked what needles I used for the Pomatomus socks from an earlier post....I've been told that the Cherry Tree Hill I used for my Pomatomus socks starts its life as undyed Gems Pearl so I use a #1 (2.25 mm) for both the Pearl and the CTH.

From the ridiculous to the sublime....from teenie #1 needle to ginormous #13's for these beauties....

These are the Felted Clogs from Fiber Trends for Mom and Dad

Pumpkin even agreed to wake up from his nap to give you some perspective on the size of these pre felted whoppers....


Dontcha love this pic? The P-Man looks so regimental :)

I had a lot of catching up to do so this was a lengthy entry! Next post I'll share the slippers post felting, my current socks OTN and a new project which brings me to the last bit of exciting news....

September is my birthday month so to celebrate I'm holding my first contest!! So stay tuned for info because it involves my new project and a nice yarny prize for MY birthday!

It's good to "see" you all again....the P-Man and I have really been missing you!

Knit lots everyone!

36 comments:

janine said...

ooh another September baby, me too! :-)
Lovely shell - all those cables!
P-man is looking lovely as always, Hope you get your computer problems fixed soon

Terri said...

Your cabled shell really came out great - good job! P-man looks adorable as always. Have a great holiday. What are you going to use for the bottom of the felted clogs?

Pearls Mother said...

yay, welcome back.
love the top and of course love the P-man
Lindy

Carole said...

Geez, you have been knitting and keeping busy without us. I love the cabled shell and the socks. Hope the computer issues are *finally* resolved this time.

jessie said...

Obviously the lack of a working computer has allowed you some extra knitting time! I love that vest.

Stupid question, but it couldn't be an electrical problem in your house that is frying your computers? Probably just bad luck; I had a run of that myself when my new laptop crashed fatally 5 times in 18 months and so did my desktop, wiping out two years of business records for my husband's business. The backup disk was corrupted (talk about a sinking feeling when I confidently stuck it in and expected instant restoration of files and got nothing!), so I had to reenter 2 years of transactions using bank statement and a 4-inch stack of xeroxed checks from the bank.

I feel your pain.

jody said...

it's great to see you and the p-man. we've missed ya both!

i love the AV tank. it came out beautifully. it's funny -- i had the same experience as you with cabling without a needle. i didn't like it the first couple times i tried it and then somehow it just clicked.

good luck sorting out the computer issues!

mf said...

Beautiful top and those socks, and the clogs are great colors too! ;o) You've been a mighty busy woman!

AmyP said...

Purdy tank top. I love how the cables seem to shimmer across the fabric!

Catherine said...

Gorgeous stuff! I love that tank!

Susanne said...

Wow those are some kinda computer problems. I should think the CEO would be calling you personally at this point.
"Boots" would like to post a pic (if his Mom get off her rump) so that Mr.P can see what she looks like (ahem)~
L.O.V.E. your new sweater. just gorgeous and you should be very proud. I have yet to have that "ahah" moment with the cabling w/o the needle thing but I am sure I will as I embark on a sweater with many, many cables as well!
nice to have you back.

Norma said...

Frickin' computers. Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.

But Deb!!!! The shell!!! The socks!!! WoW. I can't get over the shell -- all those cables, and yet still looks sleek -- and the color of both -- Yummmmmmm!

La Cabeza Grande said...

All verrry beautiful work, we expect nothing less from you, Ms. Debi! So diggin' the green of those socks. And rilly, my dear, ALL those cables sans needle?

BTW, keep it up with the CEO! You'll have an entire (functioning?) server farm after a while.

Teresa said...

Wow, that shell is amazing! Pman is so cute ;-)

Marguerite said...

Sympathy again on your computer problems. Sounds like you're up to the challenge, though. I've always wondered how the people manage who don't have a clue?

The shell is gorgeous. Hope you're admiring it often. It's a work of art - and I mean WORK with all those cables. Even without a cable needle. WOW.

caroline said...

Beautiful shell and socks and clogs and... jeez, girl, you're setting the land speed record for knitting in the rain, hehe. But seriously, that shell is beyond gorgeous. Where did you get the AV 2006 book? I have trouble locating AV books in Florida.

Tiphanie said...

gorgeous shell!

Sharlene said...

We miss you! :) Beautiful work. Tell the CEO to just stop all the parts switching and just give you a new fricking laptop already. 'Nuff is enough.

Alison said...

Beautiful shell! All I can say is WOW!

I continue to hope that the computer woes will soon be at an end:)

Kate/Massachusetts said...

Hi Deb! We have an awful time in our home with power surges...fried our tvX3/a computer/and our heating system thermometer X4! Electric company claims it's not happening...won't go there! Anyhow, all our computers are on battery back up systems from APC - www.apc.com and we have had no further problems. Also, if you are on a surge protector and it fries, it doesn't necessarily tell you and you go merrily on without any protection. Anyhoo...APC is an excellent product and well-worth the money. NAYY. Snuggles to P-man! Kate/Massachusetts

Dorothy said...

So glad you're back! You have to know that your name came up on a several occasions at this weekend's getaway with Lorette & Kris. You would have made a great addition to our party! I've tried the cabling without a needle with less than stellar success. Maybe I just need to try again. The shell is to die for and now I'm going to go pull out my Interweaves to look for that sock pattern. You enabler, you!

Norah said...

Hope you get your computer problems fixed soon---dayum, that must be frustrating! Your cabled shell is absolutely gorgeous. You should be very proud. I'll have to try that yarn sometime--I like cotton yarn even in the winter, but it is awfully heavy, especially since I usually crochet instead of knit.

And P-Man is such a cutie!

Angie said...

Welcome back Debi, I missed you, read your blog FIRST when I see you have posted. Beautiful Shell, awesome socks. P-Man is a STUD!

hillary said...

I really love that shell. I can't imagine making it with a cable needle though.

Jess said...

Nice work! I hope you get a functional computer out of all this b.s. soon!

Carol said...

Gawjus top! Great coloway too! Nice socks too! Just in tiome for (winter) ;)

KnitNana said...

WELCOME BACK!!! The tank is gorgeous...but my favorites are the socks...and P-Man of course!!! I really agree - forget all the "fixes" give her a NEW COMPUTER - what is it with customer "service" these days...? Pathetic that they want to send you parts...I'm getting ready to start my first pair of CTH socks, and I can't wait!
(((hugs)))

Rebecca said...

WOW! What a computer story you poor dear! I love, love, love your cabled tank - the color, the cables, everything! The socks are pretty too and have given me a little prompt to knit them as I've had them on my list of sock patterns since the magazine arrived on my doorstep. Nice to hear from you again!

Leslie said...

As usual your work is gorgeous, Deb. And the P-Man -- well, what else would he be but handsome?

It's nice to have you back

Agnes said...

Hey there, very happy to see you again. But the problem is with me this time ... I've been trying to adapt to the new environment. It is just funny how the change of that would disrupt the whole daily routine! I'm still to find out how to incorporate regular blogging into my daily life now.
But the vest is BEAUTIFUL! Nice job.
See you around.

Kathleen said...

Cabled vest is just gorgeous. P.S. I am doing the simply lacy socks from IK too at the mo. Yours look lovely finished.

Diane said...

The vest is beautiful!

Jes said...

That shell is gorgeous! I love it. I'm so glad you managed to finish it and not run out of yarn. You sure are brave to attack all those cables.
And those socks are awesome. The color is really nice. Green, no wonder you like it ;)
The clogs make me giggle. And as always, the p-man is adorable. =)

alltangledup said...

so good that you're back. My, you've been productive. the top is gorgeous.. so many cables!

I've also heard that CTH starts it's life as the Pearl, but CTH I can find easily, the Pearl is more elusive.

thanks for all the inspirational photos.

ck said...

Lovely projects...especially the shell!

Sorry to hear about your computer problems. Mine has been being finicky lately and I have been debating when/what brand to go with for a new one. I have been devoted to Dell for years, but I am sick of calling in (not often, but still a pain) and getting someone I can't understand.

gail said...

Thank you for your good health wishes on my blog!! I am doing better, but sleeping a lot! I learned that the brain heals when you sleep, and my brain has been doing a lot of healing.
I am so happy to find your blog. The cabled shell you made is fabulous. I will put that on my list of future projects!
I've put your blog on my bookmark list and will visit often.

minijaxter said...

ugh ok i hope this doesnt post twice - i switched over to beta.blogger.

I was wondering if your laptop was a dell. I had a similar problem with my friends pc and replacing the motherboard and flashing the bios seemed to solve her problem.
turns out she also had a problem with her power port.
just some suggestions for your "senior" tech.
(i do pc support for a living)
i like the shell btw its awesome