Cherie update

November 20, 2007

Well, I got to the point where I ripped it out, and the other 15 rounds of ribbing the pattern calls for. After trying it on, for it to hit me properly (ie, not at the widest part of me), I’ll have to have another 30 rows of ribbing. Ack and… bleah. The ribbing does look better this time, though, only a little. I really might as well have kept going the first time through, as I think I did a better job with the lace last time anyway. Oh, well.

So, back to ribbing, I go. Hopefully it lengthens my torso, what with all the vertical striping, instead of just looking like a lot of amateur ribbing going on for miles.

10 days to go. Oof. Oh, well. I didn’t win my first NaNoWriMo either.

Knitter’s rosary

November 16, 2007

The idea of a knitter’s rosary came to me one day as I was typing “.” into notepad to keep track of my row count. I looked to see if there was an easy way to make one online and found only a single entry about someone making one, but no instructions and the picture wasn’t very clear. Then I checked to see if anyone on Etsy had some, and there were several, but none I liked. Then I pondered commissioning Wyrding Studios to make me one, but I really don’t have the funds for that. So that left making my own on the fly.

I had originally planned just having a single strand of beads and a lobster clasp and moving the clasp each knitted row to let a bead drop. Instead, I pilfered a couple ideas from Etsy of having two separate strands of beads, one for single digits, one for double, and using an elastic beaded band to separate the counted beads (only I used two separate elastic bands so I could physically separate the two rows of beads). I think, after doing it, my original idea might have been more ideal for me, and I may resort it back that way when I some matching ribbon and a lobster clasp. Still, I’m pretty in love with it.

I’ve never done any wire work, and I haven’t done anything with beads since I was a kid. I didn’t want to invest in tools, when, as Shawn said, we can’t afford the hobby I already have, so adding another right now isn’t the best idea. So, I’m surprised it turned out as well as it did, even as obviously inexpert as it is.

I am thrilled that I spent less than I would’ve on one from Etsy and I got something that I loved. Jo-Ann’s collection of Swarovski Crystals was 50% off, and I had a 10% off everything coupon, so the whole thing was $10.

In other knitting news, the finished Winter’s scarf and mitts. Even after blocking I wasn’t thrilled, but it looks alright. I’m back up to the ribbing on the Cherie, but only on the second row. Still, there’s two more weeks in November so hopefully I’m not too far off track to finish NaKniSweMo. I cast on Shawn’s hat, but not gotten very far in. I really want to be working on it but not really letting myself knowing that I need to concentrate on the Cherie.

I needed about another month of warm weather and didn’t get it. I’m in desperate need of a pair of socks and a lapghan – it’s cold here! (Okay, I know, it’s in the 40’s-70’s, but I’m a popsicle.)

Okie, er, so…

November 9, 2007

I spent two days recasting and ripping the Cherie. I finally tossed it aside in frustration. Something about ripping to the beginning had to have cursed this thing for me, as I had no problems other than gauge issues the first go around. I got my new, pretty stitch markers in the mail today so maybe having a freaking stitch marker every other lace repeat (rather than every third one) will foil the knitting goblins who won’t stop making stitches disappear between one row and the next with no visible drops (seriously, it’s crazy here). Hopefully restarting that tomorrow, giving me 20 days to do NaKniSweMo from scratch. Still, if the curse is gone and the gauge works this time, it should be okay. I’m going to swatch the rib first to see if I don’t need two-sizes smaller needles which I don’t even have. Yay for still having funds on my birthday Jo-Ann’s gift card. Luckily I ♥ Clover needles.

Anyway, in the meantime I’ve been working on Winter’s project, which is now almost done. I finished the mitts today and re-ripped the scarf and put it back on the needles because I still don’t like how it turned out. This pattern is just… so… full of fail. I should’ve known when I saw the pattern number was 60666. I mean, that has to mean something, right?

I did the mitts originally by pattern with the yarn over increases the pattern suggests — and I just couldn’t live with them, so I tore it back to the gussets and redid it with kfb increases. Holes in gloves — wtf is the point of that? Not to mention they seemed to be missing a row at the beginning (as you don’t end off and reattach the cashmere blend before/after the ruffles row, so no flipping before going on the dpns), which caused the things to be knit inside out, so, knitting instead of purling for the gusset.

The scarf I’ve redone a gazillion times and it’s just not worked yet. That ruffles row is just a horror for some reason. I think the problem is the first row is preceded by stockinette, which nicely rolls over and covers the line of black sticking through, whereas the ending row is supposed to be followed by just a row of knit, which doesn’t roll over and looks like crap. So, tomorrow, when finishing it (or attempting to), I’m going to try to reverse stockinette it and see if it will roll over nicely.

By the way? Weaving in ruffles is a nightmare. There’s basically no way to do it that hides it. Which is fine on the mitts, but disturbing on the scarf.

On the upside, the wristers are soft and warm and look halfway decent which is the main goal, and hopefully I’ll be able to get the scarf in the same decent-looking category. And hopefully she likes it. I can always make her something nicer down the road either way. And, well, I got to knit something on dpns which is my not-so secret crazy love.

Bad ribbing, bad!

November 5, 2007

Okay so the ribbing looks awful. Ripping and trying it with smaller needles. Oof. At least with the ribbing it doesn’t appear that I’ll be swimming in it anymore, and with the smaller circs it should be even better.

Photo evidence:

eta: I just frogged the whole thing. I hate putting things back on needles (taking a class to try to fix that in December, but it doesn’t help me now). I’m going to try the skirt on needles a size down as well. Think I’m going to add a few lace rows, though, because I like where it was hitting me in length on the larger needles. Crossing fingers I don’t have to start over again.

Of course.

November 5, 2007

Throughout the first 33 rows of lace on the Cherie Amour I fretted that it would be too small. But I kept working making myself go until the needle change point, knowing if I let myself I’d have it off the needles and around my hips every freaking round. So tonight I got to the needle change and tried it on. And it’s way, way too big. Of course. Reminds me of high school where every time I thought I was going to fail I came back with a 100% and the extra credit right.

But, you know, I’m keeping on going. Insanely, I’d rather get all the way through it and see everything wrong and then go back and redo it than go back at this point and then have to go back to fix something else later. Or maybe just have a really baggy sweater if I like how it looks.

So, yeah, I’ll quite probably be knitting this twice and I’m no longer worried about the stitch count for NaKniSweMo.