Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
The Letter Have It bag has problems, of my own making. I'm using up stash yarn for this, so where the pattern calls for two balls of Cascade 220, I'm using one ball of Paton's Classic Wool (leftover from my Mariah). I expected to run out, and prioritized the knitting order. Back, front, center panel, handles. I made it through the center panel all right, but this is all the yarn I have left:
That's not enough for the handles. But, once again, I have a plan (as often as I say that, it should be my blog title). While I don't have enough Paton's Wool for the handles, I do have these:
That's Lamb's Pride Worsted in Onyx (which all my contrast is in) and Red Baron. Which isn't an exact match for the Paton's, but it is a bright red. I'm going to try a striping thing. We'll see how it goes.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
Pattern: We Call Them Pirate Mittens
Yarn: Knitpicks Telemark in Black and Cream
Needles: Size 3 (3.25 mm)
Comments: Well, my first successful fair-isle, but I don't think there will be a pair of these. I don't wear mittens, as a general rule, and they're still a bit snug. I may try the next mitten one needle size up, or I may just toss this into a drawer as proof that I can do fair-isle.
What did surprise me is that, usually, the one start-to-finish project takes care of everything, and I'm back to knitting on my WIPs. This time, I finished the mitten and still didn't want to knit on anything. So I cast on another thing. The Letter Have it Bag from Stitch 'n' Bitch Nation. I started on the back so I can use it for a gauge swatch, then use Knitter's Graph paper to chart out an ankh for the front of the bag. 'Cause I'm rockin' like that.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Pattern: Fools Rush, by Cassie.
Yarn: Knitpicks Essential in Petunia
Needles: Size one
Modifications: Subbed in a short-row heel (I hate gussets), and added a slipped stitch down the side of the foot, next to the lace pattern. I kept looking at the picture, and it bothered me that the lace just stopped for no reason. If I had done the gusset, than the decreases would have created that line, but with short rows, there's only, like, six rows of decreases (where I picked up stitches to avoid a hole), so something else had to be done.
Things I'd change: When the author of a pattern suggests going down a needle size to compensate for a looser lace/rib pattern, listen. These don't stay up as well as I would like.
All in all, I still like these socks. They're not replacing my Jaywalkers as my current favorite, but I like them. And, when I'm walking, and I look down and see a flash of pink on my feet, it just makes me smile.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
We talked for a little bit, then the next class, she asked me a question about knitting in the round (she's figured out DPNs, but wants to know about knitting hats on circulars.) So I gave her my phone number and told her to call me. Hopefully, she will.
Very exciting. For me, anyway, especially since I have shyness issues that mean making friends is hard. And she says her friends are not in Boise, they're her high school friends, so this'll be good for both of us.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
And it's not perfect, but really, very little of what I do ever is. And it's just a sock. No one is going to be looking at my socks.
Friday, February 9, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
The first Fools Rush sock is done. Every girl needs a pretty pink sock. When the other sock is finished, I'll post all my modifications and stats.
Saturday, February 3, 2007
1. I will never be a bonefide lace knitter.
It's not that I can't knit lace. I've never really had any problem with the knitting. I just have such an intense dislike of frogging that mistakes are likely never to be corrected. Case in point: my wedding veil. I know, if you're going to obsess about the perfection of anything, it should be the wedding veil. But somewhere down the line, it looks like I forgot some increases at the end, so the edges of the veil aren't as symmetrical as originally planned. As long as it keeps working out, though, I'll keep knitting.
2. Never bring hand knit accessories on a night out. My favorite pair of gloves, my Broadstreet mitts, were forgotten after a few drinks at a strip club. Sad, really. I'll order some yarn for a new pair soon.
3. My boyfriend approaches my knitting like he views the wedding planning. Smile and nod, Rhiannon will figure it all out.
I thought this list was longer, but it'll have to do.
Friday, February 2, 2007
Thursday, February 1, 2007
I was going to wait until these were done before posting a picture (how many partially completed socks does the blogworld need, anyway), but, without the veil, I got nothin' else.
The cuff, and about five rows, on my Fools Rush socks. I like 'em.