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*
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....
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?
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
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!