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Monday, March 30, 2009

Realistic goal setting and the Sasha skirt

Every so often I need a reality check on my goal setting. The perfect example is my beleif that I was going to crank out the Sasha skirt in one week. Well, yes I was able to do the underskirt and ruffle in one week...while on vacation. Maybe I could have even gotten further but....my hands got sore from too many hours of continuous knitting. I had to take a break and put it down sometimes. The funniest part is that I actually just cranked out the stockinette skirt part of it and thought I was just about done....the reality hit when I was doing the willowy, drapey ruffle part...you continuosly increase to create those ruffles....and my oh my I do love those ruffles but....you can NOT crank them out....they go on and on and on and then you bind off. The bind off is where you find out why it is called the sasha skirt. After you have bound off the endless amount of stitches and try the skirt on.....the ruffles just want to make you sashay down a dance floor.....or rumba or waltz or something like that. This underskirt is a beaut of a piece all by itself. Once I have the whole ruffley skirt done I intend to knit myself a plain old naked underskirt and live in it! I have posted a picture of my underskirt....I guess it is blurry because I kept on moving those damn ruffles(just couldn't help myself) during the picture taking! Please recognize it is not yet blocked or finished... just a fitting to make sure the skirt fits......but I love it just the way it is! I guess I am just a simple girl.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

my cast, my sasha skirt and my flow top
o.k., sometimes i have to go away from everything to make myself sit down. this vacation is good for me....it is forcing me to just sit and put my cast up...i am hoping it is healing time and that miraculous things are happening within my tendon... time will tell.
i am cranking away on my louet linen sasha skirt....and thank goodness for ravelry because there have been a number of times that i questioned whether i was following the directions correctly....everytime that happenend i just raveled the skirt and looked at all the wonderful entries that are available....studied the pictures and confirmed that everything was o.k.
for the record because my memory is sooooo bad....
1. i changed the waistband....i followed the directions that go with the indigo ripple skirt...we will have to wait to see how that works out....i didnt like the bulk of the casing.
2. i used size 2 u.s. needles for the underskirt......that is what worked with the gauge for me.....

i am working on the skirt ruffle and hope to get that finished toda.

Flow top made out of Seduce....oh my I am absolutely in love with the fabric that is resulting out of this yarn. The Yarn Harlot blogged about this top last year and I always liked the way it looked.....I needed some good mindless knitting along with my
Sasha so I brought it along.....oooh laa laa I want to wear it badly because I am sure it will feel good on my skin......
I need to knit.....we will be back home soon and then the idea of actually finishing something becomes alot less realistic....
I´ll be back with pictures of both projects once I get home!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cha Cha Yarn Keyhole Scarf Pattern

Here we go....this is a quickie and such a great look! The way the yarn curls up it has the look of a persian lamb scarf....great for us vegetarians!

You need:
1 hank of Trendsetter Cha Cha Yarn(you could easily get two scarves out of one hank)
Size 15 needles

Cast on 6 stitches
knit for 5 inches
knit 2 stitches, then bind off 2 stitches and knit the 2 remaining stitches
knit 2 sitches, cast on 2 stitches using the e wrap method, knit the last 2 stitches.
Knit until the scarf measures 26inches(you will want to make this longer....beware...it will stretch with time!).
bind off.
work in the loose ends of the ribbon.