Central Park Hoodie

central park hoodie

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On a much deserved day off I have not taking this beautiful and happily warm hoodie off.   My whole weekend had been filled with happenings here and there.  My Saturday was filled with school events and Sunday I enjoyed myself at Patricia’s Superbowl sale before heading to my BF’s house for the game.

I seamed this up while watching the SB. I love how no one gave me any flack for seaming while watching the game.  I did partake in a few party events (read: beer pong) in between the sleeve caps – it’s a wonder how they all came together sans sobriety.  This sweater is so comfortably warm and delicious and with the weather at a high of 19 degrees it was finished just in time.  I still need to get some buttons for it and will hopefully do that this week. 

I had been worried that this sweater was going to be scratchy.  It was started right after finishing Andrew’s scarf so going from beautiful Sundara silky merino to straight wool was a bit tough.  I cannot lie that at first I wasn’t really into it because of the roughness.  After a nice bath in the soak though I was not disappointed.

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Specs:
Pattern: Central Park Hoodie from Fall 06 Knit Scene
Yarn: 10 – 11 balls of Classic Elite Skye Tweed
Needles: Size  6 and 8 circular needles

I didn’t make any modifications to this sweater but if I were to knit this again I might make the body a tinge bit longer and the sleeves shorter.  The pattern was very well written and only had a few minor mistakes that were easy to pick up.  I promise to get some better pics, I was pretty much in bed all day (hence the very serious face above!) today only getting off my toosh to take these pics… but anyway, the first sweater of the year is Done and Done!

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You didn’t think I would waste any time while this hoodie was blocking, did you?

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is it the fumes

Or did I finish the hood of my CPH with no more than one ball and change.  I now can breathe easier that there will be enough to CO.  I cannot contain myself… I’m soooo close!  I plan on working on the button bands tonight and hopefully finishing them so I can seam on the weekend.

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I have been following along Cara’s scary nightmare turned deliriously happy ending with my fingers and toes crossed.  It’s so easy to knit along on this top and not stop to check if the cables are being turned the right way.  I found with my sleeves that I would easily go on to the next row without having turned a cable on one of the sleeves.   I’m so happy she found the fix and has shared it with the rest of us cable happy knitwits!

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Question for my CPHers out there, how did you bind off your hood?  I was thinking of doing a 3 needle one from the inside but then just decided to bind off since I had to pick up the stitches anyway for the button bands.  An invisible seam should work right? Or do you think I should get this thing inside out and seamed? 

Random Rant: I came home to my apartment today to find it reeking of paint.  I live in a two unit building which is being sold (my lease wasn’t renewed and thus a new home is in the works of being found) and it seems in an effort to spruce the place up to buyers they painted the downstairs studio.  The smell from all the painting has infiltrated my apartment (a duplex) which finds me confined to my bedroom on the top floor still getting hints of the noxious paint smell from the ground.  Granted I’m quite happy to be lounging in bed tonight as I’m beat tired, but I’m catching whiffs of it and it’s starting to give me a headache. (Sorry for the venting!)  It just better not infringe on my peaceful, destressing knitting tonight.

Rant Over.

Besides finishing CPH and impatiently awaiting the start of my Leaf Lace.  I’ve seen another top that’s caught my eye.  I of course am a huge fan of the Zephyr ladies as shown by Rusted Root and now with Carrie’s finished Glee and what I’m sure will be a gorgeous Lolly creation, it’s got me itching to try it out as well. (Yes, one sweater at a time! I just get so excited!)  I bought the pattern and may switch up the yarn used to the Blue Sky Alpaca Silk.    I promise not to get too ahead of myself… (yeah, Ok.)

I have two school events tomorrow and Wed, plus a huge day on Saturday and then the Superbowl.  I have taken Monday off (woo!) to reset the batteries and probably recover from any hangover I predict I will have.  I’m sure before then more and more knitting patterns will catch my eye to drool over and share.  Until then, I’m all button bands.

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Well Rested

It feels so great to finally sleep in and have a day where I don’t have to be anywhere!  Yesterday I woke up at 7:30am (an ungodly hour for a Saturday) to be at my school by 8:30 to proctor a scholarship test.  Granted I was home by 12 and took a little ‘noozer, it still doesn’t feel as good as sleeping in.

CHP sleeve done!

I finished my CPH sleeves!  If you were to ask the BF what I was doing on Friday night it was knitting like a mad woman on these sleeves.  I got to a point where I just wanted to get them done and nothing – not dinner, not sleep or a few glasses of wine were going to get in my way.    I casted off right before we went out to dinner last night.  They’re a little on the bigger side but figure that’s good since I’ve read on the internets that the sleeves run a bit tight.

I did have a minor panic attack on whether or not I would have enough yarn left.  Correct me if I’m wrong but let’s say you get gauge for a certain pattern and it says you need x amount of balls.  It shouldn’t matter what yarn you use because if you get gauge you’ll still need to order X amount and hypothetically no more.  Of course that is the theory but not the reality.  I’ve come to realize in my short stint as a sweater knitter you probably could need more or less yarn in any situation to get gauge… Thus the rule of thumb – buy more than what you think you need. (Sure, must remember that for Leaf Lace)

Classic Elite Skye Tweed

While working on the sleeeves I had 5 balls left and was starting another ball for my left sleeve.  In my mind  I am guessitmating I will need at least two for the hood and one for the trim plus seams.  I was in deep panic mode until I casted off the sleeves last night and have 3 completely unused balls and two somewhat used.  I should be fine, right?

I ‘ve already used about half of the slightly used ball from above and have about 4 inches done on the hood.  I should get another two inches out of that which means that one more  full ball would be enough for the hood.  This may not be as bad as a nail biter as I thought it was going to be.  I cannot wait to get this done!

I hope everyone else enjoys this nice sunny Sunday.  My 2nd week of hellish work begins tomorrow so I’m enjoying this while I can.
 

Central Park Hoodie

Devastated Excitement

This week has been one of my busiest at work.  It’s a time when parents are either overly excited or devastated with the decision that was made with their daughter’s admission.  There is no in between.  It’s either the highest high or the lowest low.  Normally I’m an in between teetering to a higher emotion all the time personality.  But the vibes from both kinds of families are putting me out of whack.

CPH Sleeves

Excited: The CPH Hoodie is getting there.  The sleeves are coming along.  It’s slow going with two sleeves at once but I’m pushing along.  I am doing the double duty of counting 10 rows between cable turns and 8 rows between increases.  I’ve thankfully begun to notice how the stitches lie so that I can pick it up and count them without worry on what row I am.

Devastated:  I want to keep knitting them but have so much going on with school that they’re being neglected.  Plus, knitting a sweater is a long commitment and frankly I’m about ready to get this puppy
done.

Black Water Abby

Excited: I got my wonderful package of free color cards from Black Water Abby after seeing them on Fricknits.  Beautiful! I am scheming to do the Seamless Hybrid for my BF.  I was going to connect that to the Project Spectrum by making him a blue sweater with grey hems.  Just don’t tell me about that myth, Ok?

Devastated:  Who knows when I’ll be able to buy the yarn and I must finish some of my other needle projects first.  And maybe I’m worried about that myth just a little bit… (a wee bit).

Excited: I’m seeing two of my friends tonight for a wine tasting/cooking class event.  I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to being with them. It’s so nice to just be with the girls and to have the freedom to do this.

Devastated: Reading a Salon.com article about Darfur.  It seriously breaks my heart it’s so sad.  So utterly sad.  I truly hope that we can help end genocide everywhere.  Why do people do this!? 

Excited: My mom left yesterday to go pick up my grandmother who is moving back to New Jersey.  I am so happy to have her close.

Devastated: My grandmother is suffering from Alzheimer’s and therefore does not think I have graduated HS let alone know who I am. 

Excited: That you all are out there who listen and read and make me want to be a better knitter, person, thinker, writer, me.

There’s definitely no devastation to that.

Central Park Hoodie, Socks

hand me a banana

January weather has arrived. It is currently 29 degrees outside. There apparently was a flurry last night but I didn’t see it.  Despite the fact that the warm weather made me nervous about global warming and NYC going underwater because of the ice caps melting, I kinda loved having that warmer weather.  But now that it’s colder I can now enjoy knitting inside without feeling guity I’m not taking advantage of our Indian Winter.

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My CP is now to large to lug around with me. The fronts and back are done and now it’s all about the sleeves.  Brilliant Cara is planning on doing hers in one piece.  A great move that I didn’t consider. It will be good seaming practice for me but if I make another I will so combine them.  With my quick progress on CP I found myself without a transportable knit on the needles… what was I do to but to cast on some Socks!

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(I took the pics inside around 5ish so the lighting is a bit dark.) These are the Monkey pattern from the current issue of Knitty.  The yarn is STR in Prove it All Night.  I’m using size 1 addis (the pattern called for size 2s) and I might be moving it down to 0s.  So far I love how it’s coming out! It may be a tad on the bigger side but I can’t really decide since it’s just two repeats in.  The pattern is pretty simple and memorizeable once you get it going.

I’m also loving the color of this yarn!  It’s got subtle color change from the pinks, reds to greys… not to mention how I have that song stuck in my head as I knit with it. I know I’ll be swinging from the trees when these are done.

I was showing my knit group last night and a bunch of them hadn’t knit socks yet.  What’s exciting about that is I might be teaching a sock class at the shop!  It amazes me how far I’ve come as a knitter.  From back in the winter of ’03 sitting patiently with my Stitch N’ Bitch book to now being a potential bonafide teacher of the craft.  Who freakin’ knew?

Central Park Hoodie

margaux-lutions

Why is it that I always make these wonderful promises to myself that begin on Monday?  Alas the "margaux makeover":

– Ahh I shouldn’t eat that brownie sunday… will start eating right Monday.
– Nap or work out? Ahh Nap… will work out on Monday.
– I’ll just buy this one cute top now… saving will start on Monday

Well here you are, Monday, and it’s rainy and sad out and there is no motivation in your weather today!  But there are some signs of hope that I will at least TRY to make these "resolutions" work… I finally woke up this morning feeling refreshed rather than groggy like I did all last week.  I didn’t buy coffee this morning and feel pretty awake, surprisingly. Plus, I’ve taken on a new attitude at work.  I will not worry about the things I cannot change, only of the things I can. (AA much?) And if all else fails throw in a few knit rows here and there and feel a bit better!

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At the moment I’m watching the rain fall from my office window and doing a little work on CP.  I finished the left front last night and started the right front during the Giants game.  I had to rip out the right front 3 times while watching Tiki’s last game. I’d say it’s Bye Bye to Coughlin and I really am hoping Eli comes around and shows a little more heart/emotion next year (i mean take some from Shockey, will ya?)… at least I have my knitting…

I found a KAL yesterday with some other goregous Central Park Hoodies! Have you seen Aquaknits!?  I may need to make another just with Cascade 220!  So far it has truly been a quick knit.  I plan on doing the sleeves at the same time.. but of course the seaming is the toughest part for me. So I still have a ways to go.

In the meantime as a part of this "margaux makeover", I’m excited about participating in the 365 photo project. I’ve been reading about this on many blogs and finally checked it out.   It’s quite a huge challenge but I feel excited about the idea of taking a photo a day.  I don’t plan on Posting one everyday but I’ve already set up a flickr set and will probably do a "week in review" every here and there.  I took several classes on photography in college and it always helps when you have an assignment vs just freelancing it. One of my professors took (or stlil takes) a picture of himself every morning.  He’s been doing it for at least 10 years – it’s Amazing when you see them all together. I digress.  I’m gonna put a little button the the sidebar eventually so you can check out my progress, too, if you want… 

I should probably go back to focusing on the job that allows me to buy all my yarn.  Maybe just one more row…

Central Park Hoodie

nothing a little advil can’t fix

If the way I spent my last 2 days of 06 has any indication of how 07 is going to be then this is going to be one soul train moving, beer pong playing, girlfriends dancing, boyfriend kissing year!

The wedding was fabulous.  My college friend got married in gorgeous Assumption church in St. Paul, MN.  It was a night wedding which gave it that Christmas Midnight mass feeling.  Afterwards we were happily entertained at the reception with great music, all you can drink wine and beer, and or course the beautiful bride and husband.  There was much dancing too!

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What wedding is complete without a hilarious session of Soul Train. Complete with bowlers, robots and booty shakers?

New Years Eve was spent partying "college" style at my generous friend Emily’s house.

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We played rounds of Flip Cup (aka Tippy Cup for all you midwesterners) and Beer Pong.  We watched the clock as most of us Eastcoasters celebrated two "ball drops".  One spent on various mobile phones with boyfriends making wishes of love and "wish you were here" sentiments.  The other hugging and kissing each other and jumping about.

Woven into this weekend was knitting CP.  It sat with me waiting for my flight at the aiport.  On my plane (which on both flights I was stopped by the airline attendant and asked about it!  One even was working on a sock herself and brought it out to me because she had a question!), waiting in the hotel room for everyone to get ready,  laying low on Sunday before the big New Years eve party, and again on my flight home.

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I am happy to be home taking this personal day before heading to work tomorrow. I got to spend last night enjoying the 1st day of the year with my boyfriend.  Lazily in bed we watched Bowl Games (Go Boise State Crocheter!!) and a bit of the Heroes marathon.

I have many resolutions for 07, mostly to be happy with who I am and what I do. (yes, eating right and working out are in there too). 

Cheers to a new year of knitting, blogging, making friends and new wonderful memories!