Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WIPW v.15, And... We Have a Winnah!

It's Wednesday again, and that means two things.  First (like I'd make y'all wait any longer...), we have a winner for the yarn giveaway!  To keep things ultra-fair and super-scientific-like, I went to's Random Number Generator, and entered numbers between 1 and 18.  It thought for a nanosecond, then coughed up this:  6.  Comment #6 was left by the lucky Noreen.  Congratulations, Noreen!

Unfortunately, Noreen didn't leave any contact information, and her blogger profile is set to "private", so I don't have any way to get in touch.  Noreen, please zip me a quick email with your mailing address to KnitandSeek at gmail dot com.  I'll give Noreen until Saturday morning to claim her yummy yarn prize, and then we'll choose another random number, if necessary.  Thanks to everyone who entered, this was really fun to do.  So much fun, in fact, that we'll do it again for sure.

And now on to Work In Progress Wednesday #15.  I'm still knitting away on the Cabled Lace Vest that I started last week, and while I've made a fair amount of progress, I'm still at that point where it doesn't look very interesting.   The lace pattern is super simple, but with 236 stitches in a row, I'm about ready for something new.  You'd think after having knit 3 months of straight stockinette, I'd have a little more patience with 58 rows of lace, wouldn't you?  Here's what I've got so far...

8 rows to go, and then we start the short rows.  That should be interesting, as I've never done the whole "wrap and turn" thing before.  I sense some knitting videos in my future.

In other news, Avast blocked beautifully.  I was pretty worried, as it stunk to high heaven when I pulled it from the sink.  Blech.  Fortunately, the smell faded as it dried and now it doesn't smell much at all.  Also, the zipperstop zipper arrived and looks fantastic.  I'm really happy with it, apart from the fact that I must've measured wrong and it's about 4" too short.  Oops.  We've worked it out that it'll start about 1/2" from the bottom, and will end just before the collar, and it should be okay.

Now we're in a bit of a bind since I don't sew and have no idea how to install this thing.  I'm thinking a visit to my next door neighbor is in order tonight.  Hopefully, she'll give me some direction and lend me her sewing skills.  No pictures for you, though.  I don't want to spoil my FO Friday post.  Also, I'm having a really hard time getting Mr. Right to take the thing off.  LOVE that guy.

I was really hoping to start working on an Elijah this week, but when I found my size 3 dpns, I discovered that I have 2 of them.  Where are the rest?  No idea.  And really, I'm not that kind of girl.  Usually it's a place for everything and everything in its place and all that.  So this is extra frustrating.  For now, here's what I have of Elijah...

I can't tell you how much I wish there was a set of dpns in that picture. Sigh.   Hopefully we'll have a bit more accomplished next week.

Oh, also, some housekeeping stuff:  First, look at this awesome WIPW button that Stacey made! 

We're so official-looking now!  Just as soon as I figure out how to make it work (any minute now, I'm sure), I'll be stashing it in the sidebar over there ----------->

Also, you might've noticed the little thumbnails along the bottom of each post.  On the sage advice of The Crafty Cripple, I installed Link Within.  I'm not sure exactly what algorithm they use (beyond labels) to determine related posts, but some of the connections they make are kinda funny.  Anyway, I think it's pretty cool.  More sprucing up to come as I get smarter about all this. 

What sorts of widgets and gadgets do you use that you'd recommend?  Leave 'em in the comments.  I'd love to hear!


  1. It sounds like your Avast is a total winner. The lace vest will be too!

    If you find my size 4 dpns while looking for your dpns, please let me know:-)

  2. Love linkwithin! How do you put it on your blog? I'd love to add it to mine.

    Regarding the widget for WIPW, just as it as a picture in your design part of blogger and then you can just paste the link into where it says "link" within the options of it (if that makes ANY sense). :) If not let me know and I can describe it better.

  3. That cable lace vest is going to be gorgeous! And I can't wait to see Avast on Friday. How handy to have a neighbor with sewing skills!

  4. Beautiful color choice for that cable lace vest. I'm so happy that your Avast blocked out to your liking. I'm new to blogging, so I am still learning about gadgets and widgets and such, too. I like the link within feature. I see some people with those ravelry WIP progress bars on their blogs. You can read about them in the ravelry wiki.

  5. "Elijah" is going to be adorable - can't wait to see it!

  6. Congrats to Noreen. I love the purple yarn you are using.

    Could it be your avast stretched a bit in length when you washed and blocked it? If you want to come down to Tucson, I have a sewing machine and I what to do with it.

    I believe there is a knitter in another dimension and she takes my dpns all the time, along with other things.

  7. I'd not seen that Cabled Lace Vest before. It's a lovely pattern. I'm looking forward to seeing Avast. I've been thinking about Elijah for a while. Let us know what the pattern is like to knit. And I'm glad you like the LinkWithin. I quite like the random nature of the links. It takes people to weird and wonderful posts they never would have found otherwise.

  8. elijah is something to look forward to seeing for next week :)

  9. I think there must be a secret DPN party that none of us knitters are invited to. I always end up loosing one. Which leaves you with 3, what use are 3 DNPS's, its almost insulting!

    Hope you find them soon, elijah is super cute :-)