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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

One for the thumb! (and some knitting)

Please indulge me in some gratuitous Steelers happiness.

I can only vaguely recall the last Steelers Superbowl victory and all the hoopla that surrounded it. And I clearly remember when the team was quite dreadful and there was a local song that actually began, "We are the fans with the bags on our heads -- we watch the Pittsburgh Steelers!" So I know how satisfying this is for so, so many people across the country who once called the area home.
In this article, a fellow former (and current) Pittsburgher describes the victory's importance very succinctly and beautifully.

Anyway. Seeing as I promised that this blog would be narcissism free, I feel uncomfortable posting yet another photo of myself. But so many of you gave me advice on how to fix tubey that I feel compelled to show you the results of my toiling. (Thank you all so much! I needed the support!) So here she is, tubey part deux:

As several of you suggested, I decided to simply toss this baby in the dryer and hope for the best. This was not as easy as it sounds. There are giant dryers that require $1.25 in my building's basement. So this means I needed to amass five quarters. (I almost picked two off the floor of my gym, but that seemed desperate.) Then I get down there, and the gal that I always see smoking outside is looking at me like I'm nuts for throwing ONE sweater in the dryer. So I start feeling guilty for using up a precious dryer and took it out too soon. To avoid further embarrassment, I took the sweater to the laundromat around the corner, where more people stared at me for drying only one item. But I think it was worth it and, while not perfect, looks pretty good. There's a little pilling, but it looks more comfy than crappy.

As a recap, I used the Luxury Aran Cashmere from AC Moore and my trusty clover circs, #6 because I'm a loose knitter.

And in preparation for my way too ambitious project for the Knitting Olympics, I decided to try my hand at a little lace knitting. I was also itching to use the Anderson Cooper colorway of lace weight yarn that I dyed when Marie hosted the Spiders last weekend.

I looked at lace patterns for ages and ages online, and settled on this simple shell and wave shawl. And here we are so far, after much ripping back, reknitting and more counting than I've done since 11th grade pre-calc.


Blogger Vanessa said...

Tubey looks great!
Congratulations on the Steelers victory.

1:08 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

It does look much better. Every time I've tried that trick...doesn't work. I am glad you like it now!

1:14 AM  
Anonymous Purly Whites said...

Tubey looks so much better!

Mmmm. Anderson Cooper. He's so hot.

1:22 AM  
Blogger yahaira said...

yay! not frumpy!!

ella will be a piece of cake

1:31 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Tubey looks great! What a difference a little shrinking can make. The shell and wave shall is turning out very pretty too. I love the colorway.
Congrats on the win!

2:42 AM  
Blogger laurie in maine said...

Exploring E blogs with 'Knitting Olympics'in the search bar. Your mention of thumbs (which I HATE knitting!) and Anderson Cooper colorways drew me in! A penny on the floor is an Angel trying to get your attention (Pennies from Heaven ;)
AND you're leaving quarters on the gym floor? lol Someone's really trying to get your attention!! Pick 'em up and smile a secret smile upward next time!

(p.s. I'm really not all that religous but my silly word/secret code sign-in in order to post was "godwys" ...woooooo ;)
Go Team DPN!!

5:04 AM  
Anonymous Vida said...

Hey, well done on the superbowl, I am also gloating over Ireland's somewhat less spectacular win in rugby on Saturday... meanwhile just to say yay on your tubey save - it looks so nice on your - fab colour!

6:59 AM  
Blogger amandamonkey said...

Tubey looks really so much better. You're a really brave woman - I don't think I ever could've thrown something I knit into the dryer!

Anderson Cooper is looking great, too!

7:48 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I think Tubey looks like a much better fit - the most important thing is that you are happier with it. I love the color of it - and that yarn is quite nice to work with.

Yea Steelers! ;)

7:55 AM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

Tubey looks totally tubular, and Anderson Cooper never looked so attractive!

8:40 AM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

Tubey looks much better. It was wise to not take my rash advice and shrink rather thank rip. But yes, I can totally see a difference, especially around the sleeve openings. It looks lovely!

And I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who thinks that Anderson Cooper (the yarn and the man) is a total dish!

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Carrie said...

It looks amazing! yay for dryers. totally worth $1.25.

8:43 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

tubey looks great! ah the happiness of wool :) good prep work for the olympics! i, of course, have done no training. boo hoo on me.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous lisa said...

Tubey looks fantastic! Nice job!!

9:29 AM  
Blogger Megann said...

I think your Tubey came out great. So brave!

9:36 AM  
Blogger KnittenKnots said...

It looks great - that was a much better plan than reknitting - woohoo! I love it when things work out... I'm knitting a lace scarf/shawl also although I haven't joined the Olympics (wishing I had though). Anyway, I thought I was going to literally run over it with my car at one point but we've made our peace now and things are moving along - good luck!!

9:39 AM  
Blogger Biglug said...

THat seemed to really do the trick. It looks like a much better fit.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

Wow tubey looks awesome now! It's a much better fit for you!

I had such a crush on Anderson Cooper in highschool. It made homeroom so much better when he was on Channel one! Ah, those were the days!

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Skylar said...

Oh I just love that Tubey. I think it's the color. Great choice!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Tubey is looking quite lovely! The dryer really set her straight.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Brooklyn Handspun said...

Tuby looks teriffic and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the shawl - the colors came out so nice.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Mayarn said...

tubey looks great! You are brave to throw it in the dryer. ;-)

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Virginia said...

Rock ON! Nice save on the sweater, looks much better....thanks for the link. As soon as I can I'm posting pics of mine.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

Anderson Cooper looks lovely in a feather and fan pattern. He he..
I cannot believe you had the knitting cojones to throw your carefully knitted sweater in a dryer, no wait, 2 dryers!

12:01 PM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

What a great save for your Tubey - it looks fantastic! (And hooray for the steelers!)

12:25 PM  
Blogger amandamonkey said...

re: your comment on my blog, I also find TBL to be inspirational. and lame.


12:32 PM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Looks much better! I'm glad that dryer technique worked out despite the funny looks!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

yay steelers and yay for a better fitting sweater!

sure as heck is a lot easier to just dry the thing than haul out the sewing machine like I suggested. *hiding*

12:39 PM  
Blogger Julsey said...

screw those laundromat people! You're paying $1.25 to keep your stuff in the dryer as long as it will run...imagine if your socks were too big...ummm...

nice work on the lace! Mr. Cooper is looking really lacey :)

2:12 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Hey Carrie,

That yarn I'm using is actually a dark navy and it's Endless Summer Lara from My only complaint about it would be that it's a little splitty. But it has a lovely sheen. Thanks for checking it out!

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Iraida said...

TUBEEEEEY! She looks great!

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Maman said...

WHERE did you get that great Steeler shirt???? "The Bus left town".

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

You go Tubey! I wouldn't have had the gumption to toss that sweater in the dryer. Brave girl! And your bravery is well rewarded.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

great job! i'm so happy that you were able to save it with such a simple solution! it fits you so much nicer now!

9:46 PM  
Blogger Scrap Happy said...

I am a Steeler fan as well, and have been teased for knitting during the playoff games! In the extremely long 2 weeks leading up to the super bowl, I was very glad that I had just learned to knit because it's a good stress reliever!
My friend, Carrie, taught me during a Steeler's game!

10:20 PM  
Anonymous frecklegirl said...

Oh good! Frumpy no longer!

Love that color too- I gotta make something in that color asap. Maybe a tubey!

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Tubey looks like she's fitting much better. That color is gorgeous on you.

1:16 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Your Tubey looks fantastic! I've been wanting to knit Tubey in a solid color, so I'm so glad to see yours. I know you weren't entirely happy with the fit, but I think it looks wonderful on you. Your shell and wave shawl is beautiful, too. Love the colors! :-)

8:29 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

nice...the amount of quarters you spent on the dryers was well spent :) saves you the cost of ripping back and reknitting! tubey looks mighty fine!!! yay!
and yeah...that brooks farm link you posted not too long ago? that's going to be the death of my credit card right there. *drool* i confess...i broke down and bought some four play. (hehe...i just had a thought: if i ever get caught saying that last sentence out loud and out of context, i'd be in a lot of trouble.) that wool silk stuff is LURRRRVLEEEEE :) can't wait to see your ella, though it may just enable me to buy more. yikes.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

tubey looks fantastic! and yay steelers!

can't wait to see more pics of that shawl. very, very nice, carrie.

10:47 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Teabag said...

Your Tubey looks perfect on you! :)

2:07 PM  

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