WIPs, FOs, & Plans.

May 7, 2008

It was inadvertently brought to my attention last night that I haven’t really been blogging about my WIPs or FOs. Partly this is because I’m scatterbrained lately, and partly that I haven’t been working on anything worth yapping about. Last month I did a couple Christmas presents, and have the rest somewhat sorted out in my head, though most of them require yarn I don’t have. Other than that I made snuggles. I’m still making snuggles. I’m on the 5th, and I think the last I’ll do for a little bit, since I’m out of charity yarn after this one. I’m finding that the Cat Mat (Rav link) pattern by Kris Percival from Speed Knitting is a really nice snuggle pattern. It’s interesting to look at, quick, requires enough attention that it doesn’t lead to deadly boredom, but not so distracting that I can’t knit it while reading.

For a non-secret FO, I finished the million-triangle kitty crescent. Which the cats actually use, amazingly. At first Vree would just lay next to it, but after a week I’ve seen both snuggled up sleeping away on it. Of course, the camera is never handy at the time, so maybe this falls under “screenshot or it didn’t happen.” Either way, it completely emptied my scrap bags — both the “for stuffing” bag and the “maybe big enough for something itty” ball bag. I also chopped up the horrid Lion Homespun I’ve had up on Ravelry for trade since I’ve been there and used that to complete the stuffing. All the yarn scraps are wrapped up in one of Shawn’s old, stained t-shirts so the little yarn bits don’t escape.

This past week, though, I’ve mostly been knitting away at grocery bags. I’ve knit two different patterns so far, and have several left to try, before I pick out the elements I prefer.

Also on the needles right now are my Wicked Spirogyra for the WoW Knitters KAL. I picked up the yarn (Cascade Sassy Stripes, which so far is really nice to work with, if not as mindblowingly pretty as handpainted stuff) for these at Sip ‘N Knit in Maitland after seeing Wicked. Everything about them is about friendship.

And there’s Shawn’s (Easter – snort) socks that I’m only working on when I’m out, which isn’t often enough to make any great progress. I’m finally to the heel flap of the first one. I bet it’ll be until Summer of Socks starts that I really settle in and finish them.

So that’s 3 things on the needles (4 if you count the Pi that is still in need-yarn limbo), one that I’ll finish today or tomorrow (the snuggle), and two that have specific times dedicated to working on them. Next thing up is finally, finally starting the Ribs and Lace Tank (Rav link) with my KP Shine Worsted, hopefully to be finished in time, and come out well enough, to wear it to the Stitch ‘N Pitch.

Maybe I’ll even remember to blog about it.

For now I’m going to go find a skein of sock yarn to buy with our incentive check.

Just one.

I swear.

(Wish me luck.)

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.