Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rae Beginnings and Sweater #2 Sneak Peek

Last night at Firefly Fiber's Knit Night I cast on for the January/February Knit-a-long project, Rae. It's a simple garter stitch triangular scarf made with sock yarn. For my project, I picked out a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy in the colorway "Into the Mystic". It's a gorgeous combination of light blues, purples, and browns. I got a good start last night; this is my progress so far:


I plan on only working on my Rae at Knit Night so I don't have to haul in my sweater every week. Speaking of sweaters, I just wound up the yarn to make my second one and I'm going to be swatching tonight.


I'm using Cascade 220 to make He's Not an Extra, a pattern by Julia Vesper from the book Knitting It Old School. I received this book last year for my birthday from my sister and I like a lot of patterns in it. It's loosely divided into sections by decade or theme and this one is from the "Sci-Fiber" section.

This pattern is based off the uniforms worn in Star Trek: The Next Generation (specifically in the first two seasons), and it's going to be for my boyfriend. This sweater is special for us because one of the first dates we went on together was to see the new Star Trek movie that came out in 2009.  

Over the last couple of months I've been watching Star Trek while knitting thanks to Netflix which has every episode available to stream. I've watched all of The Next Generation and Voyager (my favorite!) and I'm just starting to watch Deep Space Nine, so I'm getting to be a fan too. I'm planning on knitting She's Not an Extra for myself in the future, too. Then we can go to Star Trek conventions in our matching sweaters! Just kidding, I'm not that big of a geek.   Yet.

16 comments:

  1. What a nice colorway for your Rae! Perfect for knit nights!

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  2. Oh man! I love Star Trek! Haha. This is one of those things that makes me want to learn how to knit! I'm right there with you sitting in front of the tv crocheting, watching Star Trek on Netflix. I'm going through Next Generation right now...its my favorite. I love Patrick Stewart. I can't wait to see this finished!

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  3. LOL! I loveee geeky knits! Great choice, I can't wait to see how it is knitting up! =]

    LeeAnn

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  4. Those sweaters are awesome! I have to admit, I don't watch a lot of Star Trek, but I can still appreciate a great sweater! I did love the new Star Trek movie. I just haven't seen a lot of the episodes. Perhaps a netflix marathon is in order!

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    1. If you're going to watch the tv episodes, start with The Next Generation! I tried to watch the original but I didn't really care for them. I had to turn it off when Sulu pulled out some post-its to take notes on during a staff meeting.

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  5. that into the mystic colorway is so beautiful!! I love knitting with Netflix, I didn't know they have Star Trek, I'll have to check that out! I haven't seen it since I was a kid.

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  6. I'm waiting fro my first hank of Dream in Color Smooshy to arrive, I have never worked with it before and now that I see it in the picture, i can't wait for it to arrive. :) Mine is in Bubble Haze colourway.

    And I LOVE Star trek, I saw a few models on ravelry and they're really cool.

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  7. Oh my gosh, that sweater is awesome! I'm excited to see how it turns out! I love Deep Space Nine - I watched way too much of it on Netflix instant streaming this summer :)

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  8. I think you should let your geek flag fly and knit matching sweaters! Love the colors on your Rae.

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  9. Rae looks lovely. Looking forward to seeing it finished. And don't worry about Star Trek. Hubby and I discovered both Dr. Who and Stargate Atlantis this year. It's a lot of knitting time :)

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  10. I think we might be twins separated at birth. I almost joined a Rae KAL a few months ago (had too many other projects to knit so didn't), I adore Cascade 220 (as you know), I'm about to cast on a new sweater (although not Star Trek inspired), and I just signed up for Netflix (to get more knitting done, right?). I love the pattern book you got for your birthday ... I'll have to check it out!

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  11. I love a yarn with a great colorway name.

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  12. I've become a big Star Trek fan during the last year, too! That sweater looks like a lot of fun to knit.

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  13. You made me laugh! Great writing. Very funny.

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  14. Hah, hubby and I have been watching Star Trek on Netflix too, but the original series! He called himself a geek but had never seen an episode... I told him that wasn't acceptable.

    Kind of freaked me out, though--they computer-enhanced a bunch of the effects! I kept telling hubby, "Just wait, you can see the string when the Enterprise goes by..." and then it looked really good. Funny :-)

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