Thursday, January 31, 2008
Here, I had two going.
Then we began a craft that Heidi developed. It's simple and Green: ironing plastic bags so they become these sheets of well, plastic. They end up thick, thin, colorful, holey, or whatever you can come up with. Then you can make these sheets into bookcovers, bags, wallets, whatever. It was a challenge for me because I often follow patterns and directions, using my own creativity when the directions tell me to (e.g. picking yarn colors). Heidi and Amy take more risks in crafting (maybe elsewhere, I don't know. jk). They design. They sit down with needles and yarn and sometimes blank paper and make things up as they go. It was a nice challenge for me. Metaphorically speaking, when Heidi was making the fondue cheese, I hovered over her uncomfortably watching her make the "recipe." "How much garlic did you just put in?" "I don't know, I just put some in." Here are some pics of us:
Me, Heidi, and Tanya, sorting through some bags and designing.
Me, ironing a CVS bag.
Heidi, revealing her creation (we used vellum paper)
Amy's wallet, made from a green produce bag fused on top of a black shopping bag, the kind you get from the liquor store.
Here, I had transferred an image from a clear bag onto some other bags.
My CVS bag. I don't know how I'll use this one yet.
Next craft night I might be showing everyone how to crochet rugs out of fabric...stay tuned!
p.s. ISO 1 US2 5" Brittany double-pointed needle that I left on the metro. It's probably near one of the forward-facing seats. in the middle of the car. Yes I know I can knit with only 4 needles, but it's the principle of the thing. Who am I kidding, someone is probably using it as a toothpick right now. "Ooh, what a nice toothpick! So smooth." grrr.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I hope that made sense.
So we really had fun that night. I ended up staying until midnight with making a sock with the new Noro Kureyon sock yarn and having great conversation. We were so tired and contemplated just dumping the walls of yarn onto the floor and using it as a giant, squishy, colorful mattress. I called the Malabrigo (which I really need to buy and knit with one of these days) as my pillow. But then we realized that the store's employees might be mad. Jennifer allegedly spent a good part of Tuesday tidying up the yarn before we dug through it like a dog in a trash can looking for a pizza slice crust on Friday. Sorry, Jen.
So this week I will most likely finish up at least the bottom edge of the Jeanie shawl, the bathmat, and at least one pair of the fingerless mitts I started while sorting my clean laundry (I was sitting right next to my knitting books and quickly lost interest in folding and sorting clothes. They are still just sitting there as I write this). I'll also work on my new swirly scarf in my Tuesday knitting group and my Noro socks on the metro. (I also got one set each of Brittany size 0, 1, and 2 sock DPN's [in above pic] that night. They are fab! So much lighter and shorter than my $1.99 Boye metal ones. Great for the purse.)
I will also frequently fondle and gaze at the Araucania yarn. Who needs a boyfriend when I have this? (Amy don't get worried I'm not serious)
p.s. If a Baja Fresh employee is reading this, my apologies, I really do like your quesadillas and pico de gallo.
Monday, January 21, 2008
My Coachella is finished, although I'm terrified of blocking it because it might stretch out. It fits perfectly now (that little shadow on the bottom is not a miskate, but a fat roll).
I turned the cowl into a hat. It was tricky decreasing with 2x2 ribs, but I figured out a way:
decrease row 1: K2, P2, K2, P2TOG
2, 4, 6, 8, 10: K the K's and P the P's
3: K2, P2, K1, SSK
Rotate so first stitch is last stitch, after knitting it
5: K1, P2, K1, K2TOG
7: K1, P2, K2TOG
9: K1, P2TOG, K1
11: K1, K2TOG
This creates an effect of one rib staying still while everything else kind of feeds into it.
I probably didn't invent it, but hey, at least i figured it out all by myself!
My washcloths are finished, although I ran out of yarn in the last 2 inches on the blue one, so it's on pause, but officially finished. The blue one says, "Live to Knit" now that I've knitted it almost all the way.
My sparkly camisole that I started a 57 years ago is finished (and itchy). I frogged the triangle shawl with the yarn of death (I hate this yarn), but then started the Absorba bathmat from Mason Dixon knitting since the yarn is all cotton, and am almost done!I knit a lot since this picture. Yay four skeins outta here, and it looks great.
Most importantly, I am progressing nicely on the Jeanie shawl. I have paused (and restarted and paused and restarted and paused) the regular part to work on the bottom edge prematurely, where you are supposed to work a reversible cable sideways whilst attaching it to the shawl's bottom au meme temps. Sorry the French just slips out sometimes.
p.s. the Jeanie Knit-a-Long group on Ravelry has really come in handy!
p.p.s. check out my new knitting box. I had this box from Ikea with removable walls just lying around with nothing to do with it. It ended up being a great box for knitting supplies! And it's like $5 or something.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
% done does not correspond to amount of time need to finish. For example, I could finish the last 50% of the cowl faster than the last 20% of the socks. Jeanie is going to be finished probably months from now.
This long weekend I plan on finishing at least Coachella, the cowl, the washcloths, and the camisole. I will update you shortly. I tried on Coachella and realized I have matured a bit as a knitter: The pattern says, "knit it stockinette until 19.25" or until desired length minus .75"" 19.25" was branded into my brain. I then tried it on when about an inch away from being done, putting my finger at the projected end and thought, yeah, that length will be ok. I can't wait to be done. Then I thought, wait, I KNOW I like my shirts on the longer side. I want to like this. The top fits perfectly, so this top has the potential of being an oft-worn garment. I don't need the instant gratification of being done. I'm only done once, I'll have this shirt for a while. So, I decided to knit (gasp!) four more inches. It's stst in the round, please, I'll be finished in an hour (I'm an idealist at times).
p.s. I JUST found out (thank you Stephanie Paerl-McPhee) that whenever I hear someone talking about EZ's pi shawl, they are not saying pie shawl. I had reasoned before that hey, a pie is round, maybe that's what she meant. Yeah I can be slow, like when I had realized much later than others that the frappucino meant 'frozen cappucino.'
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
1/7 Noon Ok, I haven’t actually started it. To be frank, I am terrified of this pattern. Eek! I swear I’ll start it today.
1/7 4:00 Started with figure-eight-like provisional cast on. this cast on is easy!
1/7 6:00 Finished second row. This sucks. Way loose. I’m taking it all out, then going to the mailbox to see if my stephanie pearl-mcphee books have come in. (they didn’t)
1/7 6:10 Did crochet-chain-pickup-in-backloop provisional cast on. :-)
1/7 8:30 Finished row 4. Seriously. Switched to project with more instant gratification while persuading myself that this shawl will be a process rather than product knitting project, because I’ll be working of this for a long while…Then, I got the comment:
Don’t give up - once you get into the pattern a bit it’s really quite straight forward, and can even be fast knitting. This is just ribbing, with a regular pattern of inserting and dropping stitches, just to keep it interesting. I do strongly recommend using at least two kinds of stitch markers to identify the different chart sections, and to identify which stitches inside the chart get dropped. Hope you have fun!
It was so nice. Thinking it was just another knitter who had recently finished the project, I clicked on her name to see her profile, and it was the pattern's designer! I was like, Wow, she is so cool for not only looking to see who is making the shawl, but offering help and reassurance. I thanked her and kinda felt bad for showing my struggle with the pattern. I hadn't included the fact that I loved the pattern so much that I immediately ordered the yarn online minutes after seeing it the day that that Knitty issue came out. So I responded:
hey–i’ve gotten to the first two rows of cable and then the first drop stitch round–you’re right–it’s a lot easier than it looks (which is good when showing it off). I can’t believe this is your first pattern! it is so detailed for a first pattern. good job!
And she wrote back:
Thanks! I hope you continue to have fun with it. There’s only 6 rows between each cable, and each cable is an inch, so it does actually grow quite quickly, even if sometimes it might look as if i there is a long way still to go. Keep having fun! :-)
It really is a good pattern, and I will enjoy knitting it. Here is the pattern if you want to make it too! http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTjeanie.html
p.s. my SPM books came in!
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I will finish the stuffed octopus, the multidirectional scarf,and the cat bed by tomorrow (Friday) night. It is good that I have just decided to adjust the cat bed's measurements to substantially smaller.
Then this weekend, I will be a sock knitter. Then I will be wip free. Ahh, a blank slate...
By that time I will probably have received my social work licensing exam study guide. :-/