Friday, December 23, 2005

Wow...I actually finished something...

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So, I managed to finish these armwarmers for Miranda. They're the 'Hurry Up Spring' ones from Stich 'n Bitch Nation. It's a pretty fun pattern and actually knits up pretty quickly when you put your mind to it. I was a little annoyed with the fact that it took just over one skein of Noro Kureyon to finish it. I was too lazy to pick the right part in the yarn to get the identical striping pattern, but now that I look at them side by side it's a little unfortunate that I didn't. Oh well. I guess that's why they tell you to get two skeins.

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This shot is supposed to be a close-up of the leaf and branch pattern on them. I don't know if I made mistakes reading the chart or not, but there were definitely places in it that didn't seem to work out properly. And they really should have explained the whole reversing of the pattern part for the left-hand armwarmer way better than they did. They just said to read the chart from the left to right instead of right to left, and it's NOT THAT SIMPLE!! They don't explain that you have to reverse the entire pattern, and that caused me a little confusion.

All in all, this was a fun knit, though I wish there weren't so many mistakes in the pattern. You can't just mindlessly follow it, otherwise you'll run into trouble. The part where they tell you to make the thumb gusset it totally messed up if you don't start your 2x2 ribbing with p1 k2, instead of the k2 that most people would do, right from the start. And they don't tell you that little detail either. So, I just ignored what they said and just made the thumb gusset following the rib pattern and it turned out fine.

Now to put these in the mail, and hopefully they'll get to her some time before winter in Tokyo ends! HA HA!!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Why I wish I could spend my days knitting instead of working...

This is bad...I have found SO many projects that I want to do, instead of finding projects to use up my stash with. I really, really want to make the Peacock Feathers Shawl from Fiddlesticks Knitting. I just called up Lettuce Knit and they have the I asked them to hold it for me. Isn't that awful? I think I have enough yarn to make it, but the question is if I want to use it for that. It's not really the nicest stuff and I have no idea how it'll drape. I feel like a yarn snob. But can I just say that I love knitting lace stuff? I want to knit myself Cozy from Knitty as well....

Plus I have so many unfinished projects going right now. I still have to felt and sew up another cat toy that I made, finish that baby sweater from the class (I didn't make it to the second class, but more about that another time), then there's the wristwarmers from Stich 'n Bitch Nation, and the ever present Clapotis that is taking me FOREVER AND A DAY to knit...oh, and as always there is Kyoto still hanging around waiting for me to finish. *sigh* I suck...I need more of that 'must complete everything I start' energy....though I think the fact that I absolutely hate finishing kinda puts a damper on things.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

I actually have been knitting...

I know it seems like it's been a long time since I was doing any knitting. I mean, I've admited already that I'm not knitting anything for Christmas presents this year, and my last post was in October! But I finally have photos to show! Hooray! Bear with me...this is going to be a bit of a long post. Maybe I should split it up and write it over several days so it looks like I've been doing lots. HA HA!!

Let's back up a little I signed up for that baby sweater knitting course and needed to pick up my materials for it. So, Elaine and I headed to Lettuce Knit. In addition to the stuff I needed for the course (which I'll show a little later), we found these bags of merino ends or rovings, or whatever they call them. They were packaged by weight. And of course we couldn't resist getting some. The whole bag was only $40. It's a sport weight (I think...I'm so bad with the weights), and Elaine and I swapped some our colours. So, here's what I got in the bag.
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Now to come up with a project for it....any ideas?

So, the baby sweater class started this week. It's only a 2 week class because the sweater is pretty tiny. I actually finished my homework the day after the class since I was practically done after the 2 hours in the store. So, here's a picture of the pattern.
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It's knit pretty much in one piece in the round starting from the neck down. It's got raglan sleeves too, which I happen to like. The idea that I don't have to seam anything is SOOOO appealing.
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So, that's what I've got so far and you can see what other colours I picked. I wanted to do a stripped sweater. The part that I've stopped at is where we split things to make the sleeves. I think I'm going to want to switch colors here otherwise it'll be a pain to keep track of how many rows of blue I need on each sleeve. And I actually didn't know that it was going to be knit neck down when I chose the colour. Not that blue is so bad, but I originally wanted to put it on the bottom. In retrospect, I probably should have chosen a variagated yarn instead of trying stripes because there's so much blue now that the next stripe will probably take up, like, the rest of the sweater if I want to keep the stripe the same width. Or maybe I'll frog some of what I've done and re-do it in another colour...I dunno. Maybe I'll go back to the store for some advice, but I don't know if I'll be able to before the next class on Thursday.

Lastly (yup...told you this was a long post), I finished my first felted project! I made a toy mouse with the pattern and yarn that Carolyn and Elaine gave me. Felting is really fun! I was kinda scared at first, and got even more worried when nothing seemed to be happening. But the results were pretty good.
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The funny thing about the 'face' is that you have to sew the eyes on before you felt, so after I felted it, the shape of the eye changed shape. So, I stuffed it with some scrap yarn and a little catnip and let the cats have it.
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I think the toys are going to go over pretty well...or maybe it's the catnip!

Mission Falls is coming back!

So, I went to my knitting class the other day (more on that in another post) and was lamenting the fact that I was really going to miss the Mission Falls stuff now that it's been discontinued and found out from the person in the store that it's actually going to be coming back! Someone bought the company from the lady who used to own/run it. I don't know if this means that the product will be a little different, or what, but I was very excited at the news.

In other news, I finally got to touch some Malabrigo. They have it at Lettuce Knit now, the cotton stuff too. It's SOOOO soft. I kinda wanted to get some just to have it. But I resisted the urge.

Well, Jamie and I are off to buy him a laptop. When I come back, I'll put up some pictures of some of the stuff that I've been working on.