Sunday, March 22, 2009

Stealing this one from Patience

I finally figured out how to follow people on Blogger, so now I finally have a friends list, something I'd always felt Blogger was lacking and made it inferior. Wow, Blogger. Welcome to something Livejournal figured out 10 years ago.

I'm supposed to bold the things I've tried. This will either be very empowering or very depressing.

American/English knitting

Baby items
Cable stitch patterns
Charity Knitting

Combination knitting
Continental knitting
Cuffs/fingerless mits/arm-warmers
Designing knitted garments

Domino knitting (what the hell is that?)
Drop Stitch Patterns
Dyeing Spinning Fibre
Dyeing with plant colors
Dyeing Yarn
Fair Isle knitting

Free-form knitting
Garter stitch

Graffiti knitting
Hair accessories (headbands count, right?)
Hats: Cuff-up
Hats: Top down
Holiday related knitting
Household Items

Kitchener stitch

Knitted flowers
Knitting a gift
Knitting a pattern from an on-line knitting magazine

Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting art
Knitting for a living
Knitting for pets
Knitting for Preemies
Knitting in public
Knitting Items for Weddings
Knitting on a loom
Knitting smocking
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circulars
Knitting to make money

Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with alpaca
Knitting with bamboo yarn

Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Knitting with beads
Knitting with Camel Yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with cotton

Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting with dpns
Knitting with Linen
Knitting with metal Wire
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
Knitting with silk
Knitting with someone else's hand-spun yarn
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Knitting with wool

Knitting with your own hand-spun yarn
Lace patterns
Long Tail CO

Machine knitting
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Moebius band knitting
Norwegian knitting
Participate in an exchange
Participating in a KAL

Publishing a knitting book
Short rows
Slip stitch patterns
Socks: toe-up
Socks: top-down

Stockinette stitch
Stuffed toys

Teaching a child to knit
Teaching a Male how to knit
Textured knitting

Thrummed knitting
Toy/doll clothing
Tubular CO
Twisted stitch patterns
Two end knitting (that sounds kinky)
Writing a pattern

Apparently I'm fucking awesome.

What's kind of in progress

Man, I keep starting posts and then absolutely nothing happens. I had a whole paragraph, which was probably about nothing, last week, but then my internet went down and I pretty much gave up. I like to feel like I have something to say, but then I attempt to write it down and I just feel like a big dweeb.

I'm working on a Coraline right now. I saw the movie, I read the book, then I made the unrelated sweater. I had bought the yarn for the Silk Cocoon Cardigan originally, since I kept falling in love with that style of sweater. But I look at lots of FOs, and I see that they're not terribly flattering. I don't want to have to wear something underneath it. Maybe the women I'm looking at just aren't wrapping it enough. Either way, I decided to hold off until I can actually try on something in that style, because it would suck ass to have a complete style fail after spending a month on it. I also want to see more FOs of the SCC, to see how it *really* comes out. I have the magazine, but it won't go to waste if I don't make that sweater. I'm also madly in love with the Whisper Cardigan, and a few other things in there. I'm doing Coraline on 3s, so I should be emotionally ready for a sweater using lace yarn. It would also probably be an excuse to buy some more Malabrigo Lace. I have some that I haven't cracked into yet as a knitalong for a show which is long over, which is also just me and one other person who already finished hers. I am awesome.

One of my knitting group friends suggested bringing in her ball winder and swift to end my suffering with the ten hanks I have to wind for my sweater. If that actually happens, I'll definitely bring in those two lace hanks. Fortunately, they're "only" 450 yards each, not like the 1450 I was originally coveting online when I was first scouting out WEBS (why is it in all caps? Does it stand for something?) before my trip there. I didn't end up buying that, which my sanity thanks me for. But the Malabrigo lace is super soft. If I did have to pass that through my fingers for an hour, attempting to hand wind it, I wouldn't really be suffering.

I really need to make socks. I have way too much sock yarn. It's bordering on obscene. Granted, I'm not like some of the super stashers I see on Rav, but I'm still a little embarrassed by the size of my stash page. I'd like to try to keep the "in stash" section under 100. Right now it's at 109, but even if I use all 10 hanks for this sweater, that would only bring it to 108. So I have some serious work to do. Granted, any socks I make will still result in leftovers, which will therefore still be on the page. My grandmother is highly in favor of me making a blanket from leftover sock yarn, though. I just don't need a blanket. I make blankets from worsted and give them away, which is why I have so many hoarded worsted leftovers, but a sock yarn blanket I'd end up wanting to keep for myself. Also, instead of a yarn stash, I'd end up with a mitred square stash until it was done. I'm not sure that's an adequate solution to this problem.

What I really need is to let. it. go. and do some more RAKing. I could see if anyone else on LSG RAK is making that blanket. I just have some serious issues with mailing out stuff I paid for that there's still a very usable quantity of. Since I made one pair of Monstersocks, I feel justified in hoarding leftovers in case I do it again. But that doesn't take into account how much unused sock yarn I have/continue to acquire. So basically, I'm screwed. I need to quit both jobs and just knit socks.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Using Spa/Webs yarn

I've been working on two projects - when I'm at home, I'm doing a teeny tiny bit on my Lacunae hat with sock yarn from The Woolen Rabbit, and when I'm at work, I'm making socks with some Knitpicks Essential Multi. I'm just doing a stockinette foot so it's much easier to just pack in a bag and get a little done during my short break. The sock yarn is nice for the hat. I've never made anything with sock yarn other than socks before, so it's nice to get a little more creative. Every time I bring home sock yarn, my grandmother asks what it's for, and I tell her, "socks. Always socks." I'd rather not be an obsessive.

I'm enjoying the yarn I bought from The Woolen Rabbit at Spin, Knit, and Spa. It's a shaded solid, like Blue Moon Fiber Arts sells, so it's kind of black and white without being plied or really variegated. The booth was very nice - and exceptionally crowded. I think it took me 20 minutes just to move a foot over to see the pattern stand. Definitely worth the wait, though.

I think I'm going to do Coraline instead of the Silk Cocoon Cardigan. I see a lot of fugly wrap sweaters when I look at FOs (sorry!) for patterns I think would be sexy on me, and I really don't want to have to wear a shirt underneath it, but I don't want to look like a whore. Well, I don't when I'm teaching. Maybe it's just the way some people close them up. I don't know. I think I should at least try on a shirt in that style before I make one. I was thinking about Coraline in purple, which I don't have the yarn for, but I just remembered, the exact shade of purple I'm craving is the one I own in Malabrigo to make the Duchess Raglan. I can't wait to wind my first tiny fuschia hank. Also, fuschia is a horrible, horrible word, and whoever invented it should be killed.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Ok, seriously?

No yarn until April, aside from if the 3 hanks I need to finish my Sprout come in. I have bought a ridiculous amount the past two Saturdays because of events. So if the economy is failing, don't blame me.

I haven't photographed the new stash from Spin, Knit, and Spa, but I did dive right in to using it. I'm working with some Mostly Merino Sport Singles to make mittens. I sort of designed a fair isle pattern for them. I'm kinda following the stripe pattern from Furrow, but not quite... you'll see.

On the needles:

* Brocade diamonds socks with KNITPICKS!!!! Essential Multi
* Mittens
* Sprout (in hibernation until more yarn comes in)


* At least 10 pairs of socks. *facepalm* I have an addiction.
* Team Fabio scarf for me and Megi's crotchatar KAL
* Duchess Raglan
* Coraline or Silk Cocoon Cardigan