Hulda Holly: Back to it.

Back in December 2010, I first blogged about knitting a lace weight sweater.  The pattern is called “Hulda”, and it’s from a book called Northern Knits.  I am making it for my sister-in-law Holly so that’s the why of Hulda Holly. I thought about it for awhile because I knew I was going to have to knit it with size 2 needles.  I couldn’t resist trying it though because I was fascinated by the stripes and how the colors were going to be blended.


The stripes are a blend of 3 shades of red, 5 shades of gray, and black.

I started knitting it in 2011.  I know this because I checked ravelry this morning to see if I’d put the details of the project up there.  Sure enough I had – back in October 2011.

I have decided to buckle down and get this thing done.  I am hopeful that it will be “wearable” when I am finished.  I have a few worries.  First, I am hoping I have the gauge right so that it will fit my sister-in-law.  Second, I am hoping she will not want to run when she sees it.  Third, the yarn is not soft.  It’s the opposite of soft, but it’s supposed to soften up when I wash it.  We shall see.

My assistant helped me try to take a couple of pictures of my progress.


Another concern I have about this sweater is the reason I needed Davey to help me take the pictures.  He had to hold down the bottom of the sweater which is really wanting to roll up.  I am hopeful that when I block this I will be able to get the bottom to lie flat.  I will figure out something one way or the other.  Maybe some small fishing weights if necessary – that’d be comfortable.

One final thing – I didn’t have the sense to weave in ends as I was going.


This yarn should weave in nicely though.  It’s almost sticky, and I’d hate to have to try to frog it.  I need to get started on those ends.  I will do better on the sleeves and weave in as I go.

This is a fun project.  The lace weight yarn makes me feel like I am really creating “fabric”.  I love how the colors blend.  It’s all stockinette, but the stripes involve using two different colors on every other row.  I knit one strand with my right hand, and I hold the other strand continental style with my left hand.

I am knitting the first sleeve now and am able to use my favorite Signature dpns which is another plus.

We shall see how it goes.


Tuesday Mish Mash: A little knitting and a little cleaning and Pinterest

Tuesday morning.  Davey is watching Sesame Street.  We just finished breakfast.

It is a “loki” morning.

I am working on my test knit mittens.  I am on mitten number two.  They involve this Latvian loopy fringe.  When I started mitten number two, I had no memory of how I did the fringe on mitten number one.  I had had to restart it about 8 times too.  That must have been good for me because as I began, it all started coming back to me, and I was able to do a decent loopy fringe in one try. *Knock on wood* that I won’t find a big ole problem when I get the mitten back out.

I am also starting some Podster gloves.  These are fingerless gloves with a flap that comes over like a mitten.  I am making these with the some beautiful yarn.  It is a superwash merino by Shibui.  It has the nicest feel to it, and the color is really rich.

I’ve not gotten too far because I am trying to finish the mittens and then I am also working on Hulda Holly.  I have a long ways to go on Hulda Holly, so I am going to have to find other things to say about it besides the fact that the laceweight makes for beautiful small stitches, but it is slow going.  That’s the last time I am going to say that (no one believes that for a second. not even me).

I also keep posting pictures of Hulda which look exactly the same.

So that’s knitting.

I’m trying a new recipe for dinner compliments of Pinterest.  It looks pretty healthy and hopefully will be good.  It’s orzo with chicken and lemon.  I love lemon in everything.

I have a bit of a pinterest problem.  One of the most valuable things though to come out of pinterest so far is that I’m learning about making my own cleaning products.  I learned that a  combination of Dawn and hydrogen peroxide is supposed to be a great cleaner.  Pinterest also inspired me the other day to learn how awesome baking soda is for cleaning.

An entire container of blackberry freezer jam had tumped over in the back of the refrigerator, and it had trickled all the way down the back wall of the fridge.  It was a mess.  Reading about all the non-toxic cleaning possibilities on Pinterest inspired me to come up with a natural solution as this was the fridge and I didn’t want a bunch of chemicals in there.

So I made a baking soda and water paste.  It was incredible.  Prior to application of the paste, I had scrubbed and scrubbed with warm soapy water and it was not budging.  I was thinking I was going to have to somehow contort myself into the fridge to scrape the jelly off.  Instead, I put the paste on jelly, and I let it sit for a few minutes.  I then scrubbed it off.  It came off really easily.  Amazing.


Monster, Hexi-puffs and Hulda Holly

I made a monster the other day.  I love Rebecca Danger’s monster patterns.  The pattern for this monster was in the latest edition of Knit Simple.  I had so much fun, that I checked out her knitting book yesterday from the library.  It’s her Big Book of Knitted Monsters.  Davey and I have great fun with these monsters.

I’m also making a hexi-puff here and there.

I’m also now moving along nicely with the beginning of Hulda Holly.  No moebius this time around (I hope!).

There is a red stripe at the bottom of the sweater, and it is a blend of 3 different reds.

It’s hard to tell, and I’m not done with the reds yet, but it’s fun to see how these fairly similar colors blend.

So that’s knitting at the moment.

Davey wanted to help me take pictures the other day, when I was trying to get a picture of the monster.   His monster impression: