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It's About Time

Posted on 2007.03.04 at 20:26
Current Mood: coldcold
Current Music: "Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis" by Brand New
So, it's been 2 months since I updated this, and that's bad. I've actually accomplished a few things. I still have not finished Petit Chou, unfortunately. I have no reason to be so lazy about it, because I'm approximately 20 rows from being done with the hipster part and the bra won't take too long. It's been hogging my knitting basket space, so my other projects are floating around on my furniture and floor. Perhaps because it's winter I do not feel compelled to finish them. Eventually, though, I'm sure the project will get done.

Right now I'm simultaneously working on a couple of items. The first is Corazon. I'm using Knitpicks' Merino Style in Vanilla and Dusk. They are a bit of a challenge because if I want to have any flow to the process I have to refine my Continental knitting skills, of which I have none. The constant switching of colors, however, makes it fairly necessary. No bother; I've been wanting to learn Continental for a long time, but have been to lazy to try. It is rather like learning to knit all over again. Luckily Corazon is knit in the round, so I never have to purl, which seems to be a tricky skill in Continental. My other project is Hello Yarn's Irish Hiking Scarf, which is my first cable project. It's an incredibly simple pattern, but it's coming out beautifully. I'm using Knitpick's Wool of the Andes in Fog. It's nice to be scarf knitting again. I hate when intermediate/advanced knitters look down their noses at scarf making because it is typically associated with beginning projects. However, I still love having a scarf to work on. They're quick and I get tons of use out of them. I bought a new cream colored spring jacket and I'm dying to make a bold colored 2x2 rib scarf to go with it. Or maybe a couple. A bright red and maybe a plum or dark purple. Hmmm. Well, I still have some time to think about it, considering I have a number of projects lined up: what will be my first sweater, Knitty's Thermal, another pair of Voodoo for Dad (can't believe I'm going to be doing yet another pair of fingerless gloves, but everyone wants them!), and maybe a couple of the stuffed animals from Last Minute Knitted Gifts as a stash busting project.

I recently finished this hat using Merino Style in Dusk, so it will make a nice set with Corazon. I haven't taken any photos of it yet, but I absolutely adore it. It fits very well and is warm enough unless it's really windy. I was even pleased with how my seam came out, which is the finishing step I most hate and try to avoid if at all possible. Hopefully I will have some pictures to put up of it someday. There are a few photos floating around of things I made but never posted. Look for them behind the cutCollapse )

Hopefully I will have more to report soon. For now I must go make myself a cup of tea, as I am freezing.

t. fünke

Knitting Outlook for 2007

Posted on 2007.01.03 at 15:12
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: "Not the Sun" by Brand New
My goal for the year is simple: make a sweater that is wearable and, of course, drop dead gorgeous. I will begin as soon as I finish the remaining two projects (Knitty's Calorimetry and Petit Chou) I have on the needles so I can have a clean slate and no other distraction. I'm pretty sure I will not be able to maintain project monogamy for long, but I will give it a try for the sweater.

I have a couple FO pics I need to post here, but can't right now as I'm in the lab and not at home. Perhaps I will motivate myself to post those tonight. I finished a pair of Knitty's Voodoo for my mom and the cashmere scarf (but not made of cashmere) for my dad, both as Christmas presents. I also finally finished the second Hooray For Me glove that I'd been neglecting because I dread making the individual fingers. My second one came out somehow smaller than the first one, and I'm not sure why. I must have done the thumb gusset differently, but I cannot imagine how. Oh well, no one but me will ever notice and I'm not bothered by it. I actually wore them today with my Clapotis. It was so matchy-matchy. I loved it.

My mother got me the Knitpicks Options needle set for Christmas and I am soooooo in love with it. The cables are fantastic. All of my other circular cables have an annoying tendency to curl, even after quite a bit of use, but these cables are much more well-behaved. Also, the needles are perfectly pointy. I think I may have to learn magic loop method so I can use them in place of dpns, but I enjoy dpns so maybe not.

Time to get back to the immuno text, but hopefully I will post with images later.


Remember When I Used to Have Free Time?

Posted on 2006.11.09 at 02:15
Current Music: "Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down" by Interpol
I have 3 projects on the needles. None of them are being finished with any celerity, as I have class, lab, a test on Monday, and I'm trying to keep my New Year's Res. and read 52 books this year. I'm on my 42nd. It's going to take a small miracle for it to happen!

I need come up with a way to be in more than one place at once.

One day I'll have FOs to update with again. Promise.


Better Late than Never: Lickety-Split (sort of) FO

Posted on 2006.10.06 at 20:16
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: "Sell My Soul" by OLP
I finished the pair. Finally. I think it's been almost a month since I finished the first, making it about 2 months for the entire pair. Damn grad school interfering with my fun. Ha. Well, onto the photographs.Collapse )

So just to sum it up:
The pattern was loosely based on Knitty's Lickety-Split, but simplified and shortened. I used Susan Bates aluminum dpns size 3 with Knitpick's Sock Garden (100% merino wool) in Starburst, I believe. It's a discontinued yarn. I had to learn a few new techniques, namely provisional cast on and a couple of new cast offs. The left sock was cast off with Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind off and I forget what I did for the right foot. Overall, I'm very happy with the product. There are a few techniques I really need to improve before I feel completely happy about my knitting. First, I'm having some problems with laddering on dpns. I have tried tightening up more on the stitches surrounding the needle switch, but it didn't help. I only had 4 dpns in this set, but the next time I make something using dpns that I have 5 per set of I will try the 4 dpn method. Also, when casting off on dpns, or in the round in general, I have to find a better way to prevent the last stitch from looking so wonky. It must assimilate better somehow. Maybe by knitting the last stitch to the first stitch before starting the cast off.

What will I make next? This is an issue. I want to make a hat, but I don't have any good worsted weight yarn. I will have to purchase some. I do have the right type of yarn to make the Hooray for Me Gloves. It's actually the same yarn I used for the Clapotis. Which would be so cute and perhaps excessively matchy-matchy. I'm not ashamed of it! I think I will start those and think about hat making. I would love to make Shedir (scroll down past the scarf to see it), but it would be my first experience with cabling. Which I think I am fully capable of, but this looks pretty intense. I'd think it would be beautiful in solid violet, and it would go beautifully with the clapotis. Additionally, I still strongly desire the making of Petit Chou. I think it's a doable project now and it is so sexy! If only I had the time.

Speaking of time, it's time to go study. Not looking forward to this test on Monday. I'd rather be knitting.


Just a Note

Posted on 2006.09.27 at 20:25
Current Mood: excruciatingly overbooked
Current Music: "Warning!" by Incubus
I WILL finish my 2nd sock by the end of the week. All I have to do is turn the heel and do a few rows of ribbing. How long could it take? I don't have the time to devote during the week, unfortunately. Expect a photo update on Sunday...


The Advent of Grad School

Posted on 2006.09.15 at 20:16
Current Mood: überbusy
Current Music: "Barbara H." by Fountains of Wayne
So far grad school has equalled no knitting time. It is a sad thing to sit through hours of lab safety when I could be using those hours to make my sockies. I have to start carrying my needles around with me because we've had a bunch of downtime that has just gone to waste.

t. fünke

Lickety-Split Halfway There!

Posted on 2006.09.09 at 16:15
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: "The Great Disappointment" by AFI
I finished my first sock yesterday! I love it.

drop dead gorgeousCollapse )

The only major problems I'm having are inexperience problems, especially with the short row shaping of the heels. I'm getting some little holes where I pick up the wrapped stitches. However, I found a website that shows how to avoid them, and my next sock will be even more perfect. Sock knitting is so fun and very rewarding. I'm sorry I waited so long to start.

the cheat

Lickety-Split WIP

Posted on 2006.08.26 at 21:08
Current Mood: triumphant
Current Music: "I'm Sorry I Love You" by the Magnetic Fields
I should probably not even call this project Lickety-Split because I'm stripping it down to its bare bones. It should be more like Decomposed Lickety-Split. Regardless, I am making good progress. I just joined the big toe cap with the rest-of-the-toes cap. It's very exciting!

It's certainly been a learning experience. So far I've had to learn two new techniques: provisional cast-on and three-needle bind-off. I actually learned crochet cast-on as well, because that's what the pattern called for, but it ended up not working nicely. I will have to tweak it later, but I rather like provisional cast on and can't think of any reason why I'd ever have to use crochet cast-on instead. My chain stitches are weird with this yarn, or maybe in general, and don't unravel well. I had some problem with the three-needle bind-off, which I would not have had if I had fully read the directions or was paying attention. When I bound the two stitches together, I neglected to leapfrog the previous stitch. Thus, I didn't bind-off, just decreased. Stupid, stupid, stupid. So then the second time I tried, now realizing that I needed to leapfrog, I must have bound the right side of one stitch to the wrong side of the other. You can imagine how that turned out. I should have taken a picture, because I'm sure if I wasn't so frazzled at the time it would have been hilarious. One toe cap was pointing up and the other was pointing down. A very impractical sock indeed. Third time's the charm, however, and my toes are all joined up.

ProgressCollapse )

I really like this project so far. It's nice to have a challenge. I know I will have to battle second-sock syndrome when it comes to it. I know there's a way to do both socks at once on two circs, but I love DPNs for some ungodly reason. They are interesting and kind of fun once you catch the hang of them. They're just a bit awkward at times. But, then again, so am I.


Belated FO, Good Reads, State of the Needles

Posted on 2006.08.23 at 20:21
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: "Why You'd Want to Live Here" by Death Cab for Cutie
I finished Knitty's Clapotis and the Skullholders (1st crochet project!) from The Happy Hooker a while ago but never put up photos because I'm lazy about this journal. And my other journal, for that matter. So here are some pics to make up for it.

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A copy of Mason Dixon Knitting came in on hold for me from the public library. It is everything a knitting book should be: hilarious, creative, and full of great ideas/patterns. I have sworn that I would never knit another blanket after the Great Afghan Catastrophe of 2003-2004. I may have changed my mind. They also have a pattern for the sweetest little nightgown & robe combo that I adore and must make when I have finished my current project. Which brings us to...

My current project is Knitty's Lickety-Split. I'm making it with Knitpicks' sock garden in Starburst. I think that's the name of it. Yes, I just made the clapotis with sock garden in a different colorway. Deal with it. I am modifying the pattern to its bare basics. I'm not doing that intarsia crap or adding buttons. I may add more ribbing on the cuff. I like the idea of having a different color for the heel and toe than for main part, but I think I'm just going to keep it simple, especially because I'm using a variegated yarn. So, basically, it's just going to be a split toe, toe-up sock. I'm happy with that. Anyway, my progres so far is negligible. I've done the cast on and 2 rows (yup!) for one sock. Yeah, I got called down to dinner then decided to do about a million things at once (update this thing, do some porting over of files to Aeneas, my newish Macbook, put my clothes into the dryer so I can wear socks tomorrow, take a shower, organize all my things...the list goes on. Moving is horrid.) so things haven't been going quickly. It's great to have a new project, though.


Laziness Update

Posted on 2006.07.24 at 21:27
Current Mood: lazy & a little ill
Current Music: Selected Shorts on NPR
I finished the clapotis last weekend. I began and finished the Skullholders from The Happy Hooker in the last week. I am just too lazy to take pictures of them. But it will give my faithful readers something to anticipate, I suppose.

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