Confessions of a Left-Hand Knitter

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Day Late Tattoo Monday and Updates

Hey all,

I know I am a day late with Tattoo Monday. I was really busy yesterday. I also wanted to give an update of my latest projects and other knit-life things. With my shawl… it has been a long road. I have been procrastinating due to be so near the end. But I think I missed placed my pattern with all it’s notes. ¬†Luckily for Ravelry, I have some basic notes. My sweater… is coming along. I finish the body now working on the sleeves which I had to start over once and loss a lot of yarn (so sad). I was very very sad that I stop knitting for like two weeks and read a book! lol Anyhoo things are going well with the restart. Will have detailed notes for this sweater as well. In awesome news, my friends (inspired by me) decided to starting knitting again after a 10 year hiatus. We did a mini knitting tour and I enriched her of the world of awesome yarns and sales… oh the sales… and broke my yarn diet once again!!! ūüė¶ ūüôā It’s happy sad!!! But now I am on a strict yarn diet!!! Must avoid all yarn stores and new patterns. lol but SERIOUSLY!!!!

Hope you guys are having a good week!!! Here the tattoo of the week:

Yarn Cosmos

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Tattoo Monday!

California-Florida Knit

Tattoo Mondays!!

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Tattoo Late Monday!

Yeah I have been busy!! Sorry about the late delay but here is some Tattoo Love. Also ¬†I will provided an update of my projects as well my yarn diet cheat some time this week!!! (Shakes head). Anyhoo, hope everyone is safe and have a great week/weekend. ūüôā

Tattoo 5

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Tattoo Monday

Hey everybody, last week I forgot tattoo Mondays. To make it up I am going to give a double dose of inspiration.

Steampunk Tattoo

Lace tattoo

Hope everyone has a good Monday!!!!

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Yarn Hauls

Hey all just wanted to give a glimpse into my stash since March 2013… a lot of sales and a lot of yarn. Starting with the most recent:

5/25/13

Shop: Yarnphoria located at 1016 Pine Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Brand: Lamb’s Pride

Weight: Bulky

Content: 85% wool and 15% mohair

Color: M-115 Oatmeal

Price: $3

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Cascade Yarns

Magnum

100% Peruvian Highland Wool

Lime Green

Price: $23.50

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Manos Cotton Stria (Manos del Uruguay)

Worsted (?)

Lilac

Price: $10

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I also got buttons for my Jacqueline Sweater and a metal gauge plate.  This shop is amazing!! It just opened 5 months ago..  the owner is super nice and down the earth (very hippy chic). The shop has so much yarn it is ridicules (OMG). It also has bulky yarn and so much sale yarn, it is out the ying-yang. I will never have to shop online because of this shop. She is just starting to get her foot off the ground, as far as marketing, and for now she only has Facebook and a knit map mention. Here are the pictures of the buttons and gauge plate.

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5/18/13

Rosie’s Yarn Cellar Sidewalk Yarn Sale

Location: 2017 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Rosie's Yarn Cellar10 Skeins of Schulana Accordion

80% Schurwolle Merino and 20% Kid Mohair

Bulky

Greyish Blue

Price: $8 x 10= $80

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2 skeins of Mirasol Hasa

50% F.S. Alpaca, 40% Merino, and 10% Bonretta Silk

Bulky(?)

Sky Blue and Grey

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2 Skeins of Manos Rittenhouse

100% extra fine Merino

worsted

Color way: 599 purple-ish mixed

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2 skeins of Louisa Harding Kimono Angora

70% Angora, 25%Wool, and 5% Nylon

pale pink/peach

lace (?)

Price: $4×2 = $8

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5/4/13

Loop Location 1914 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

4 skeins of Sheep Shop Yarn Company

1Bulky and 3 worsted

Hand painted… colorway

Price: $6×4= $24

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I also got the cutest tape measure… eep!

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April 2013 Rosie’s Yarn Cellar

Manos Maxima

Worsted

Aqua

100% merino

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Knit Picks’ Wool of Andes

Dover and Heather Sage Bush

Kit

$24 (estimated)

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3 skeins of  Full Circle

Blue Moon

Worsted

$16 (estimated)

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March 2013 Rosie’s Yarn Cellar

Manos Wool Clasica

Worsted

100% Merino

Blue

$8

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 7 skeins of Manos Rittenhouse

Worsted

100% extra fine merino

Cinnamon

$8x 7= $56

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2 skeins of Manos Clasica

Rose

Worsted

$8×2=$16

1  Manos Maxima

silver

worsted

$14

1  Manos Silk Blend

30% silk and 70% Merino

DK

$8

All of this items were used in a hat and cowl here is a picture:

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Misc Yarn Haul

2 skeins Manos Clasica

Worsted

multi color (blues and golds)

$16 (estimated)

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As you can see it might be time for a yarn diet… time to starting knitting only from the stash got to get back down so I can rebuild…. muah hahahahahahahaahahahhahahahahaha (evil laugh)… what yarn hauls have you done lately? Have a great day!!!!

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Update on Shawl

Hey all,

I wanted to give an update on the shawl and what issues I have faced. So… Of course there were some issues. As you guys know, this shawl has been a pain in the ass. ¬†First, I brought two skeins of yarn (219 yards each) and through that was enough yarn, due to the pattern using 1.5 skeins of Caron Simply Soft (319 yards in one skein); however, what the patterns fails to mention is the gauge, it only states that the pattern took 250 stitches to complete. WTF does that mean? But I digress, I checked the yarn bible, Raverly for other suggestions and other results of the pattern. It seemed that every person has had some issues with this pattern (go figure). Another flaw in the pattern is the lack of dimension for the lace squares and the inches of the entire shawl. The author provides us with the knowledge that the main body is 55 inches (however, can be whatever length).

In the beginning, I was just mimicking the picture due to this oversight of the dimensions of the squares and made a mistake, which is easy to replicate when I get to the other end. After knitting for about 23.5 inches of the main body, I realized that this  shawl is going to be ridiculously long at 55 inches. This prompted me to re-think and re-structure the designed. I became a Knit Scientist!

I measured the distance of the lace border to the beginnings of the main body and determined that this was 9 inches. I determined that 15.5¬†stockinette stitches= 1 ball of yarn and 13-13.5 inches in lace pattern= 1 ball of yarn. I determined that the dimensions of the normal squares are 4.5 cm or 1 3/4 in x 5 cm or 2 in and my mistake¬†modified square is 7 cm or 3 in by 5.5 cm or 2 3/4 in. With all my¬†calculations¬†and the new measurements for the main body (47 in), it is going to take me five (estimated) balls to complete the entire shawl (1095 yards). Crazy right… I KNOW!!!!

This pattern was not meant for wool worsted weight yarn… it was probably for bulky… blah! But here are the pictures at 39 in¬†(estimated). Almost done! ūüėÄ

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Tattoo Monday

Here is a cute one that I am very much considering for my next tattoo. Enjoy and Happy Monday! ūüôā

Knuckle Tattoo

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Knitting Left Handed

I know it has been a long time since I have posted updates on my various project, but I wanted to focus on the process of knitting. This post will be about knitting left-handed and different ways of knitting. I will be updating on my various projects over the next couple days.

Last night, I was you-tubing and looking at knitting stuff, such as the Russian Join, which is awesome (if I can pull it off). Here is a video for the Russian Join technique, of connecting a new ball of yarn:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O5ZcSVWCMc

What lead me to look up left-handed knitting videos was the lady in the above video, seemed familiar with previous searches of left-hand knitting haters; however, it was not her, but then I stumbled across videos for knitting through the back loop or Ktbl and realized that not only do I knit left-handed but also I knit through the back loop (ARGH!!!!!) Seriously… I still get the same results, but now I am all types of backwards. Here is a video of the technique:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gkKVZ9hpnc

I find this humorist because I can do the reverse of what the video is¬†demonstrating¬†and get the same effects… but who wants to constantly think about these things… sometimes you just want to knit. ūüôā

According to his other videos I purl sorta the “correct” way; however, this the way I am “supposed” to be knitting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGeCzDkoXoA

I do plan to explore this technique of knitting, after completing my projects. I think I should learn this way due to easier translations of things like SSK and ktbl. However, the stubborn and rebellious side of my wants to develop my own style of knitting. But I will try it out… going to be re-learning to knit all over again. Hopefully it won’t be too bad!!

So this week, I will give updates on my projects, details of my various yarn hauls, and knitting books that I have recently brought and those I cherish. Have a great week everybody.¬† ūüôā

 

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Tattoo Mondays

Here is the back view of last week’s tattoo as well as an extra cute tattoo:

Tattoo 3 Tattoo 4

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Tattoo Mondays

Tattoo 2

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