design features

You know how if you make one mistake, it’s a mistake? But if you keep making it, you can call it a design feature? These started out as dashing, but since I didn’t have a printer, I just jotted some notes. It was just about where the cabling starts on the second mitt that I realized I’d screwed up done something different.

dashing2 dashingon

But I think they are ok. You can see that I did the cabling in the same spot rather than in two areas like in the pattern, and that I only did it once per cable round. Otherwise I pretty much followed the pattern… a couple extra rounds before cabling, a couple fewer between end of cabling and thumb. I did them in Ultra Alpaca, on size 4 needles, and knit the smaller size in the pattern.

Here’s the finished blue baby sweater,
blueswtrdone2

With little shell heart buttons,
blueswtrdonebut

Couldn’t find the glass ones, but I think these suit it better.

I’m thinking about adapting the Blue Hills hat pattern to a sport weight yarn. Intending two of these as xmas gifts. And at a minimum two other hats. I think this is do-able.

Spring isn’t the only mud season… right now the ground is not nicely grassed, but it isn’t totally frozen, and certainly not yet snow covered. So there’s a lot of mud dust in the house. This is a fuzzy pic, but take a look at that paw (and the other dog has hairier and bigger feet!).
graciemudft

Here’s a better pic of Gracie, and lolling about like she’s on the beach is Zuzu.
gracie zuzuinsunglasses

Sid’s doing fine. He thumps around in his splint, which is like a little cast. The very worst case is that he’ll end up with a painless, mechanical limp… but we’ll all hope for better!

I avoided the urge to go into work over the weekend… I wanted to hang some xmas lights in my new office. And take better pics of the transom art so I can finish up a picture key of what they all are (in time for the department xmas party). I am finding myself somewhat more stressed than usual with this new, full time job. One of my first big tasks is one where the instruction ‘memo’ is 25 pages of instruction! This task is supposed to take about a week… and that’s not counting doing all the other things.

I realized my last week’s posts were kind of whiny…sorry! But thanks for all your input.

18 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    November 25, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

    I think the sorta dashings look great! And that sweater is really, really lovely.

    Hey, we all need to vent sometimes! You’re going through a big change.

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    kmkat said,

    November 25, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

    The only way your Dashings are wrong is if one holds them next to the Knitty photos. Since that is not likely to happen in real life, I think yours are great!

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    Cathy-Cate said,

    November 25, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

    Ditto! The pseudo-Dashings are great; and bet they’re really soft. Who are they for?

    And just look at those beautiful centered double decreases on that lovely baby sweater!
    ;-)

    What’s a blog for if you can’t whine a little? (I was just thinking the last week is kind of a downer at my blog; but you know, part of why I have a blog is self-expression. And I really felt the need to express myself.)

    Love the dogs. I think Zuzu’s saying “No photos, please!”

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    Mel said,

    November 26, 2007 @ 1:59 am

    I like those better than Dashing, actually. I don’t think the original works as well as Fetching does.

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    Sara said,

    November 26, 2007 @ 9:33 am

    The handwarmers and the sweater are wonderful!

    Hmm… I need to start decorating for the holidays in my cubicle here at the office… I did it in Happy Feet last year, but have no clue what to draw this year.

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    keri said,

    November 26, 2007 @ 9:43 am

    Your fingerless mitts look pretty – I like the twist on dashing better than the original! =)

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    Julie said,

    November 26, 2007 @ 11:00 am

    OMG, that baby sweater is to die for! Soooo sweeeet!

    Zuzu is just too cool :-)

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    Emily said,

    November 26, 2007 @ 11:04 am

    Good FO’s!

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    Lucia said,

    November 26, 2007 @ 12:27 pm

    I love the semi-dashings! Very simple, yet with a twist. (Or six.) And the blue sweater is splendid.

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    November 26, 2007 @ 9:35 pm

    I LOOOVE the blue sweater – kid-sized, or adult? I forgot.

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    mollybee said,

    November 27, 2007 @ 10:46 am

    Oh my Gawd, Deah! Love Love LOVE the blue sweater! Was it your own pattern!
    We don’t have snow here either. We had some, but Bentley ate it all. It’s
    his new favorite hobby. Sheesh!

  12. 12

    beth said,

    November 27, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    Your dashings are stupendious! I love them!

    Your sweater is gorgeous, I love it!

  13. 13

    beth said,

    November 27, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    Did I spell stupendious right?

    ;-)

    I am not a gifted speller…..

  14. 14

    Kate said,

    November 27, 2007 @ 5:01 pm

    The blue sweater is adorable, such a beautiful colour.And I liked the handwarmes too..

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    Debby said,

    November 27, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

    The baby sweater is beautiful, and I didn’t see anything wrong with your Dashings.

    I hope that you have a better couple of weeks. Just caught up on your posts, and you have had your plate full indeed. I’m glad Sid is better. Please keep us posted.

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    Olga said,

    November 28, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

    wow. Everything so wonderful! I love the little touch of grey(?) on the cuff of the gloves.

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    Ellen said,

    November 29, 2007 @ 7:41 am

    Girl – You’ve been BUSY! Your projects look great! And W/R/T the email from that math teacher, I understand that the teacher is a MATH teacher and not an ENGLISH teacher, but the errors in that email are absolutely APALLLLLLLLING!

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    linedragon :-: Harriet said,

    December 3, 2007 @ 8:35 am

    Love the blue sweater, it’s perfectly lovely! And I like your Dashings. : )

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