Quadrillion for #MeMadeMay

Quadrillion for #MeMadeMay

I’ve finished my Quadrillion.


Actually, I finished it in early May, even managed a few pictures the day after, and then forgot to post anything about it to the wider world.  It seemed like I would barely get any wear out of it before the weather turned hot and sunny, but due to the mercurial nature of spring in the PNW (Pacific Northwest) I’ve actually gotten some good miles out of this one already.

The yarn, Happiness DK, came from stash, bought at a great discount from my local yarn shop, and I love the color, aptly named “Adobe Clay.”  Since it’s a hand-dyed yarn, I did my best to alternate skeins, but ultimately I couldn’t take knitting the sleeves two at a time and alternating as well, so those turned out a bit, um, off (much lighter than the body).  Luckily, this is a boxy, oversized sweater, and unless I specifically raise my arms and point out the color difference, it’s pretty insignificant.  Still, I may need a short break from the drama of trying to match skeins like this.  As a perfectionist, it can make me a little nuts.


The cable pattern on the front is amazing, and completely worth the craziness of the chart (I suggest investing in a set of colored highlighters).  I considered writing out the whole chart (since each cable panel has a different repeat length), but ultimately the old-school method of checking rows off as I went worked fine.

I deviated a bit from the pattern because I wanted more seams, and slimmer sleeves.  I knit the sleeves flat, bottom-up, so had to turn the chart upside down at the wrist, and add selvedge stitches (1 on each side).  Using a RTW sweater of a similar shape, I copied the dimensions of the sleeve onto a piece of tracing pattern and just eyeballed it to match.  It turned out great, width and length-wise, so I need to remember I have my sewing skills at my disposal when necessary.  Make shape, knit to match shape, easy peasy.

I also added short rows at the shoulders on both front and back pieces, and although it may not have been necessary, I thought it was a nice experiment that led me to discover German Short Rows.  I can certainly elaborate on that if it’s at all interesting to anyone, but I’ve tried to at least keep good notes in my project page.

Laughing as I tilt extremely to the left






Episode 12: Hitting a Lot of Walls

Episode 12: Hitting a Lot of Walls

(Book Talk starts at 42:06 )



Yarn it Forward! discussion thread is here.  Stitch Party Podcast Fans Ravelry Group is here. Donate your yarns through the month of December!

What I’ve donated so far:




Sweatshirt is almost done


My Owls sweater got a little love, until I lost interest in tubes.

Husband B-day Socks are progressing!

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New project from stash yarn!

Glitterful Taana with Berroco Glint Yarn


Pattern Booklet purchased from Kelly from the CelticCastOn blog.


Georgia is done!!

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One Secret Xmas Present done! (more details later)

On Deck

Ondawa by Michele Wang with some super-stash yarn: Patons Wool in Cognac Heather

Still Palmyre by Nadia Cretin-Lechenn, possibly using Grace yarn, 50% merino, 50% silk in a burgundy shade

Also checking out Nadia’s other pattern (recently released) Imelda

Cool new cardigan pattern by Isabell Kraemer called Criss Cross



Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

He’s Gone by Deb Caletti

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Currently Reading: 

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman

Waiting for:

Canada by Richard Ford

Decided not to read the new Louise Penny mystery



Homeland is soooo good!

Muppets: Most Wanted

20 Feet from Stardom



Rice Nog with Rum (recipe: pour the two together and enjoy!)


Coming Soon! My top 5 lists (books and knitting) for 2014.

Question for listeners: Would you prefer to be viewers?  Translation: Would you prefer a video podcast over an audio podcast?  Considering a possible format change for the New Year.  Make your opinion heard here at the Ravelry Group board.

Episode 10: Yarn it Forward!

Episode 10: Yarn it Forward!


(Book Talk starts at 45:54)


Visited Loopy Yarns in Chicago – they carry ALL the colors of Cascade 220!

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Awesome exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago




Cape Mod

Sweatshirt from a Pattern found at Jo-Ann Fabrics – a Butterick “See and Sew” Pattern B5907



Vanilla Socks for Me in Patons Kroy

Husband Birthday Socks in Crazy Zauberball Yarn, CO 64 stitches on a US 1

Georgia Cardi in Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love Sock, colorway Cayenne


Old Romance Cardigan by Joji Locatelli


On Deck

Hats, perhaps one from the Seasonless Book by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook

Shawl possibilities:

Whispering Pines by Molly from A Homespun House

Palmyre by Nadia Cretin-Lechenne

Baby Knits! for a very close friend who is due in April!



The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Going to read:

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Potential Future Read:

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton



Hot Toddy Recipe

8-12 oz hot water

1 shot bourbon whiskey

2 teaspoons honey

1 teaspoon lemon juice


Thank you to Erin of the Doubleknit Podcast for the shout out on Episode 98!

Yarn it Forward!

Find those skeins of yarn in your stash that are just not doing it for you anymore, and “yarn them forward” to another knitter who will breathe new life into these abandoned lovelies! Go to the Ravelry group discussion thread here to see what the project is all about!

Here’s what I’m planning to give away to a new home: 4 Skeins of Mission Falls 1824 Superwash Merino Wool.  My stash page is here.

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