Category Archives: Knitting

Full Disclosure

I am a yarn ho.  In real life I am completely monogamous, but put me near malabrigo or handpainted sock yarn and I can’t be held responsible for my actions.  I don’t even have all my WIP’s in Ravlery, because I’m a little embarrassed about all the projects I’m working on.  I finally decided that the first step toward recovery acceptance is to come clean, and admit all the projects I’m working on. 

1. Monkey Socks: Cherry Tree Hill Yarn, US 2 needles.  One sock is done already.

2. Handspun Mini-Monkey Socks: Handspun merino wool, US 2 needles.  Halfway through the first sock.

3. Big Fat Pink Scarf: Improvised 2×2 rib scarf with big soft pink yarn.  Work project.

4. Toe-Up Socks: Sockotta yarn, US 1 needles, plain toe-up socks.  Halfway up the leg on the first sock.

5. Telemark Ski Sweater: Yes, this one is back from the dead.  I have three inches of the main body of the sweater done so far, and I need a new US 3 needle since I broke TWO knitpicks circulars on it last night.

6. Wicked the Second: Actually working on this tonight at work.  Calmer yarn, US 8 needles, should be finished in the next few shifts.

7. Bridal Knot Shawl: I’ve been agonizing over what to do with this.  Last night I cast off, so the center section is finished.  Unblocked it’s already 4.5 feet across, so I’m sure that blocked it’ll be close to six feet.  I think I’m going to find a border I like and knit it on, and be done with it.  I just can’t bring myself to tear out that center panel!

 Only seven…you’re saying to yourself, “That’s not so bad.”  I also finished the Thalia tank top last night, so it came off the list at the last minute 🙂

I have probably at least another dozen projects lined up, and all that’s keeping me from casting on is the guilt of all the projects already on the needles.  That, and I’m running out of needles.  So, I’ve decided that for each project I finish, I can start another.  I won’t be cutting down on my number of WIP’s, but at least I’ll be finishing things.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so motivated all at the same time, so I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts.  And I’m going to update the sidebar, just to keep myself honest.

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Finding my inner computer geek

I apologize in advance, I’m tweaking my blog and changing a bunch of things around, trying to figure out whether I’m satisfied with what I can do with my wordpress.com blog or whether to take the big switch to my own domain name and a “real” website. 

A lot of it is coming down to deciding what I want from my blog.  Do I want a website too?  How much bandwidth do I think I’ll need?    Do I want to seriously get into designing knitting patterns, and if so do I want to sell them or offer them for free?  Am I going to keep my blog directed mainly towards family and friends, or do I want to try to get more blog traffic?  I like the way I have things now.  I use my blog largely for general updates about my life and what I’m up to down here in Florida, as a way for family and friends back home to know what I’m up to.  Sometimes, I just post to vent or just to write, and I don’t expect anyone to read it or have any interest.

I also like the knit-blog thing too.  I enjoy posting updates to my projects and (occasionally) hearing from other people who have either made the same thing or saw it on Ravelry.  Ravelry has been great, and I really enjoy the community there.  I would like to get more into the knitting aspect of the blog and post more regularly.  As I said before, I also want to start designing and offering patterns on my blog, and I would like my blog to be more “knit-friendly” for people who aren’t intersted in reading about the minutiae of my personal life.  (I would also like to still be able to post things about my life without worrying about stalkers.)

I’m trying .mac, but I’m not sure it’s what I’m looking for.  I’m pretty HTML/CSS-illiterate, but I would like to learn more and design a blog/webpage that is unique to me, rather than a template.  The price for domain hosting would be about the same as .mac, so it’ll probably come down to which will allow me to do what I want to do, without being too complicated.

I’ve got lots to ponder.  For now, I’ve started putting my posts into categories, so people who only want to read about knitting, or gardening, or life in general can skim by category.  Any ideas/imput/suggestions?

Sparkly

More beads! Sparkly! Addicting 🙂

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Startitis Strikes Again!

(In my head I hear the blog title said in a deep voice, followed by an evil laugh – mwahahaha!)

I’ve recently finished a lot of smaller/quick projects, as well as a couple more long-term projects.  I still have several projects on the needles that i’m kind of ambivalent about, but nothing that is calling out to me to come back to.  Sooooo…. lots of other things are calling my name. 

1. I’m signed up to test-knit a beautful cowl-neck tank top, and had to order some yarn.  I’d like to knit it in DK weight Jaggerspun wool-silk, but that yarn is a little out of my budget.  Instead, I went to knitpicks and decided to order some CotLin – I’ve been wanting to try it for a while, and I think the cotton/linen blend will be better for a florida tank top.  Of course, that yarn only cost $18, and if I order $45 I get free shipping!  So I also got….

2. More CotLin for Sizzle.  I’ve been drooling over this since it was released, and its time has finally come.

2a. In case I don’t like the CotLin for garments, I can make hand towels and washcloths.  Gotta have a backup plan!

3. Anemoi Mittens.  Beautiful colorwork in a small, portable (meaning I can knit it at work) package. 

4, 5, 6…. I went through Victorian Lace Today and copied charts for six different patterns that are now on my “to-do” list.  I’m sure after all this tank top and mitten knitting, I’m going to be itching for lace – and I have a ton of it in the stash.

Secret Squirrel Project: The designing itch is back as well.  Keri asked me a few months ago to make something for her based on a photo she found, and based on how it turns out I want to release a formal pattern.  No idea yet if it will be free, submitted somewhere, or just offered here and on ravelry, but I’m excited!  I tried for ages to find a pattern and I can’t find anything out there like this.  Yay!

I think my plate is full.  Working nights in dispatch has been good for me in many ways – after midnight, call volume drops off and it’s knitting time! 

Oh yeah – I have the next four days off while Adam’s dad visits, and tomorow is for yard/garden/housecleaning work.  Look for some updated pictures of the yard and house!

48 Hours

In 48 hours, I made this:

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Pattern: Monkeys

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill

Needles: US Size 2

This Cherry Tree Hill yarn has been knit and frogged at least three times, but once I found the right pattern it flew by.  The Monkey pattern is easy to  memorize, but it’s not very elastic and the sock came out a leeeetle big.  Next time I think I’ll try it on US 1 needles instead of US 2’s.

My first week of school is now over, and it went very well.  My online class (Intro to Psychology) looks like it’ll be interesting…maybe not fun, but it shouldn’t be too much of a pain.  I was really nervous about my Chemistry class after my instructor made a big deal about how difficult the class would be, but she gave an “assessment” test on the first day of class and I did okay.  I went back and figured out what I missed and what I need to study, so I should be OK.  It’ll mean some extra studying (especially early on), but I REALLY want (and need) to do well in this class so hopefully the extra motivation will help.  Lab sounds like fun, and I was really relieved to find out that we don’t have to write full lab reports.  I may have a little knitting time this semester after all!

The mystery is over

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Mystery Stole 3

Yarn: Jaggerspun Zephyr Wool-Silk, approx. 600 yards

Final Measurements: 16″ wide by 65″ long

The stole is growing on me.  I love the final knitted fabric – I will absolutely use this yarn again.  In fact, I have about another 600 yards left over that are calling out to be made into something lacy and yummy.  I still don’t know how I feel about the wing while the stole is flat, but when I’m wearing it the seam falls on my arm and I can’t see it.   The stole is just the right size to cover my shoulders in a cool restaurant (I tested it tonight) and I can fold it up and put it in my purse if I get warm.

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All in all, a great experience.  I was really motivated to keep up with the clues, which meant I finished the stole in a reasonable amount of time instead of shoving it onto a back burner like I do with a lot of other projects.  Thanks Melanie for a great experience!

It’s done!

My Mystery Stole is finished and blocking!  I’m pretty pleased with how it looks while blocking, the join between the two sections is not as bad as I thought it would be.  I’ll have to wear it a bit to make a final decision.  Pictures tomorrow!