Monday, August 27, 2007

*stares* So close, so close..... *runs off to take pictures of stash*

Monday, August 13, 2007

I'm so fickle. I wasn't in the mood for any of my zillion WIPs the other night, so I cast on for a Dream Swatch.

I'm using a partial skein of sock yarn someone so graciously sent me, and even labeled all of the sock yarn scraps, but the tag is upstairs. Its really beautiful though. After the first pattern repeat I changed to 4 yarnovers so the pattern looks more like the pictures. I already have plans for about five more of these, so it had better look good on me!

I'm almost done the Llama socks. Just one more toe and I'm done. *cannot wait* I really hate knitting under pressure. That's not to say I mind knitting these, because I don't, and I'm getting free yarn from a really nice person in exchange, I just kind of like to knit where the yarn sends me, you know? I flit from project to project and never end up casting on the project I think I'm going to next.

Here's a close up of some of my SWS grannies. I had to crack into another colorway, but at least I had another in shades of pink, so I think it'll blend well. I love the way it looks. It promises to be a well-worn scarf this winter.

I'm almost done my Monkeys, which I just added to the sidebar because I had forgotten that I hadn't finished them.

And I'll leave you with a very pretty cake of yarn. My own hand dyed sock yarn, in a colorway I call "Bloody Mary". A bunch of the family is getting together on Saturday, many of whom I haven't seen in a long time, so I want to have a sock cast on to knit while I visit, out of my own dyed yarn. Yes, I like to show off. :) I'll post pics of that sock as soon as its on its way.

Grr! I don't know why my flickr thingy isn't working!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Hey look, another post! I just couldn't bring myself to make the one with the pictures any longer. I only listed the WIPs I'm actually planning on finishing in the next couple weeks.

The Llama socks are a commission from someone I met who raises Llamas. (I have a ton of pictures of when I met them, but that will have to wait for another post) All the yarn is naturally colored, and she gave me a couple skeins of a dark color, which comes from a father and daughter, and then a single skein of a light color, which was the mother. I was going to do a cabled pattern I had seen but in the end I decided do something classic. 1x1 twisted rib, plain stockinette for the rest. Its coming out better than I thought, I was worried the yarn wouldn't be suited well for socks, but it looks good. Plus the llama fiber has this really neat texture, it almost feels damp to me if that makes sense.

Winding up the skeins was quite an adventure. I spent about an hour and a half Monday night doing just two of the skeins. I went to put them on my swift, and they were about a foot and a half too long. My mom was in bed (or so I thought) and I really needed to get started on them b/c they have to be finished in two weeks so I tried gently laying the skeins on the table and using the ball winder.

Next time, I'll wake my mom up.

I wound up with a horrible mess of knots, and it took me forever to do it. I should have taken pictures, it was horrible and there was Llama fur flying everywhere.

The Short Sleeved Ribbed Cardigan was the first project I started from Fitted Knits, and it has been sitting around for over a month because I ran out of yarn. I was trying to stashbust, so I used a strand of black and a strand of red Simply Soft because a couple skeins each lying around (plus I frogged my alien illusion scarf, I was never going to finish and I decided I HATE illusion knitting, if you look I wrote about it in one of my first blog posts, that's how old it was). Anyway, I refused to buy more yarn just for the sleeves, so I was waiting around to do some trades and wound up with a partial skein of each thanks to the people who responded to my plea. Anyway, it doesn't fit me anyway, the ribbing is too tight, so I haven't been worried about finishing it. Whenever I do get around to it it'll go to my sister until I lose enough weight for it to fit me. Note to self: NEVER do ribbing in a smaller needle. Your body is just too pear shaped for it to EVER work out properly.

I've literally only done one row of the Puff Sleeved Cardigan. Its my 'I Can't Stand Knitting the Llama Socks any Longer' project. It'll probably get a lot more work done on it if I don't get some more exciting television to watch while doing stockinette. Anyway, I'm using 'old' Cotton Ease in Cherry Red. I just used that yarn to complete yet another project from Fitted Knits, the Coquette Lace Tube Top. I just need to sew on the ribbing I bought for straps and there will be pictures.

The SWS Granny Square Scarf is my living room knitting (er, crocheting). I'm addicted to granny squares, and I really wanted some black SWS. Did you know they have black SWS? Dude, the new solid colors of SWS are so stunning. If I could have thought of a reason I needed a sweaters worth, I would have bought it. I decided to grab one ball of black and use the pink verigated I already have to make a granny square scarf. I love SWS.

Anyway, I think I've rambled on enough already. Maybe if I actually blog daily my two readers won't have to deal with super long rambly posts. :)
Finally, a decent FO post with pictures! For fun I'm going to add as many of the zillion WIPs I have to the sidebar, as many as I can remember anyway, lol.

First up, my latest (that I have pictures of) Coachella:

I knit this in about four days using SWTC Bamboo in Electric Blue, double stranded. It only used just over two balls! I really do love it, I just wish I'd skipped the short rows so it wasn't so indecent. At some point I'm going to knit a matching piece of lace or something so I don't have to wear a tank underneath. I would have ripped it out except I really wanted to wear it to the Hanson concert I was taking my nephew to that weekend. (He's nine and it was his first concert. We had a ball! He made his shirt too!)

Next up, my self designed cable raglan tank (I really need a better name) :

I cast on with an idea and winged it. I've had a little interest for the pattern, so I'm trying to write one up that makes sense. I used about 3 1/2 balls of Cotton Ease in Popsicle Blue (I believe).

Last, a simple striped raglan out of leftover yarn, some Bubblegum Pink Cotton Ease and some Classic Elite yarn with 80% 20% wool, (Cambridge I think) which gives it a kind of entertaining texture (super soft vs slightly stiff) but I love it anyway.

Let me know what you think! I'll have been knitting for two years in October... Smiley And for the record all but Coachella was knit a few months ago, it just took me two months to take pictures and two months to POST the pictures.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Sure enough, the camera was in a VERY obvious place. Want to know where it was? (You'll die, I swear.

It was in its cute little camera cozy, tucked in the folds of my unfinished Central Park Hoodie.

I felt like such an idiot. But in brighter news, I finished that long time UFO, and my sister in now in possession of her very own Central Park Hoodie. Because of course the sleeves were too tight for me. And that was the moment I regretted using acrylic, lol. I do now have 12 balls of a very pretty blue wool I got at WEBS for my own though. When I recover I'll try again. :)

Lots and lots of FO's... no pictures. I swear, I'll do that soon, because nobody wants to look at a boring blog with no pictures. I have pictures on the camera of all my loot from WEBS (oh man, I went crazy... and actually I resisted buying quite a few things....) but I don't have time to post all that right now.

I do have pictures of one FO....

Pattern: a version of sorts of the Buttony Sweater.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (double stranded) in Turquoise and Brown.
Mods: Added stripes, made it short-sleeved.
Details: I really wanted to make this sweater, and out of a cotton blend, so I could wear it this summer. Neither color I wanted in the Cotton Fleece had more than 3 skeins , so I decided on stripes. 600 yards would be enough, right?

Not quite. I wasn't planning on looooong sleeves, but they ended up being shorter than planned. After I split for the body I realized there was less yarn than I thought, so I finished off the sleeves first, then literally knit until I ran out of yarn (which explains the shorter brown stripe at the bottom).

I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned out, however, and I'm in love with my buttons. I don't know if you can really see them even in the close ups, but they're all shiny and pretty.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

*screams* I still can't find my camera!! Grr... and I actually have pretty stuffs to show!!!

I'm almost done my Wicked (woot!). I'd still be knitting but I've been at it all day and my hands were starting to shake. Sheesh, at 22 I'm becoming such an old woman, lol. I'm actually going to the doctor next week to see if I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have a cousin only a couple years older than me who has it, so there's a distinct possibility.

I'm actually lucky, my pain doesn't affect my knitting. Actually, I hurt more when I stop knitting. If I don't knit for a few days, I'm more sore than when I knit for 7-8 hours in a row. Weird, huh?

I'll go since I don't have any photographs. I swear, that camera must have just gotten up and walked off...

*whispers* Watch, when I DO find the stupid thing, it will be in a really obvious place. After all, I am a natural blonde.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Spindle Socks

Pattern: Spindle Socks
Yarn: DB Baby Cashmerino
Needles: #2 US
Adjustments: I messed up on the cable twists my first round, so I decided to just make one sock twist the first way, and the second sock twist the second way. I think I might like it better anyway.

Well, one sock is done anyway. I'm so proud to have finally completed a sock that I'm proud of and actually plan on wearing. By this point, when I've finally stopped knitting long enough to update the blog, I'm halfway through sock #2.

And look at that pretty kitchenered toe! I have to say, the instructions for grafting in my big Vogue Knitting reference, completely messed up my last sock. I couldn't figure it out, and I knew it was too hard, since I'd seen it done on Knitty Gritty. I finally found decent instructions in my Scarf Style book. Nothing like a scarf book for good sock finishing techniques, huh?

And, while I do have 3 balls of the Cashmerino, I wasn't worried about running out despite my size 10 feet, but it still amused me to see what was left of my first ball after my first sock:

The sock looks really bizzare not on my foot. It's longer in the foot than in the ankle. Makes me feel like I have giant feet. Well, makes me feel like they're more giant than they actually are, because my feet are kind of huge. Can't wait to get started on my new jaywalkers, using those very pretty "bigger jaywalker" instructions. Glad I'm not the only one who couldn't get the sock over my heel.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Hi! *waves* Yes, I still exist. I finally have a camera I can leave connected to my laptop, so I'll be more inclined to update. After all, what's the point of a knitting blog without pictures? .... I thought so.

First off, my first Jaywalker.

It was so much fun to make, however, it should be filed under the 'so ugly only a mother could love' catagory. Not bad yarn for a two dollar ball, but I ran out and had to use some blue wool someone gave me, which was slightly lighter in weight. But by that point I realized that I'd knit the ankle far too tight to get it over my giant feet, and had kind of given up. I'm more of a 'gauge doesn't matter, it'll fit someone' kind of knitter. Oh well, at least I'll know to use #2's for my next pair. And hey, my mom was impressed. *shrugs*

Latest FO: Danica from Knitty

(I'll get a better picture of me wearing it soon). I was inspired by someone on craftster who used Paton's SWS to make this scarf, so naturally I had to run out and buy some. (in two colorways, because the yarn is just too yummy). I worked nonstop on it since Monday night when I got home with the yarn and I got to wear it out tonight. I got a bunch of compliments, and since I had so much fun doing entrelac (perfect tv knitting, I don't get bored and I don't forget what I'm doing and mess up) that I'll probably make another one in the natural pink colorway I bought. I used about 3 1/2 balls, because I like my scarves to be 'Doctor Who' scarves. :) The longer, the better.

But, instead of casting on another Danica, I cast on a pair of Spindle Socks instead:

I've already a couple mistakes (first row of ribbing is off, but no one will notice that) and I accidentally made all my cables lean the same way. Whoops! I think I'll leave them as is and reverse them for the second sock. That should look cool, right? *crickets chirp*

I'll leave you with a couple stash shots. First, the Memories sock yarn I ordered from knitpicks in Pansy, as well as my pretty pretty color cards. Second, a brief glimpse into one of my yarn-filled storage ottomans. It contains about 1/6 of my stash, bwahaha.