Saturday, March 31, 2007

Knit-aholic

This weekend has been great for knitting. Last night I babysat for a friend and her son had missed his nap that afternoon, so he was asleep by 6:30! So from then until almost midnight, I watched 6 espisodes of Sex and the City (season 2), last nights episode of Six Degrees and an old Frasier rerun...and I knit 6 inches of 1x1 ribbing on the cropped cardi. I am so excited about this - I've been spending a lot of time on it, but it's going incredibly fast. I didn't have any problems separating the sleeves, which I had been nervous about.

Today Kristen and I met for lunch at Panera, and then hung out on their patio and worked on our respective projects for a while. I finished the body of the cardi and picked up the left sleeve stitches. I tried it on and it looks great - I think I need to decrease for the sleeves a little bit, but it seems almost perfect. It's so much fun to know more knitters my age - it was so nice to just hang out and enjoy the sunshine, good food, knitting and friends.

The blue and green Broadripples I started are turning out to be much smaller than I bargained for - which actually great, because they'll fit Katie (a girl I babysit for) perfectly. She's been asking for a pair of socks, and she's thrilled with them. I'm ready to do the toe on the first one. I'll probably finish it over the weekend, and wait to start the other one next week, so I can have her try it on and make sure it fits. I'm having a hard time getting the colors to show up well on the camera.

I've decided to start Green Gable next. I was out and about yesterday afternoon and picked up some Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Cherry Moon at Common Threads in Hight Point. I usually don't like short sleeve "sweaters" but this one keeps calling my name. I may swatch for it tonight while I babysit.




Thursday, March 29, 2007

new project

Well, I've moved the fitted tank to the finished list, but I may pull it back out and redo the neck finishing. I ended up crocheting around the neck, but it doesn't look fabulous. I just left the armholes as they are for now. I haven't gotten a good picture of it on yet, so maybe tomorrow.

So, since that's done I could cast on for the
Blue Sky Cropped Cardigan. I didn't want to start anything new until I was done with the tank, because I was afraid I'd just toss it in my knitting basket and leave it there. So, at Knit Night last night I got started on the cardi, which I already love. It's going super fast - since it's knit double stranded on size 11's. The recommended yarn is the Blue Sky sportweight alpaca, but I wanted this to be a little more lightweight. I'm using the new Berroco Bonsai in raku brown. It's a bamboo yarn, sort of ribbony, and incredibly soft. It's knitting up with great drape - I think this is my new favorite yarn.

I worked on it for about 2 hours at Knit Night, then came home and watched 2 episodes of Top Design and kept going. I did a few more rows this morning. I'm almost ready to place the sleeves on holders to work the body. I've got some homework I should be doing this evening, so after that I'm going to sit down with my knitting, a glass of wine and watch October Road. Sounds like a great evening to me. :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Progress

I'm almost done with the fitted tank! I had planned to have it seamed and finished on Sunday, but multiple events and a healthy dose of procrastination left it for today. I finally got it all seamed up this evening. I still need to finish off the neckline and armholes. I think I may crochet around them instead of picking up and purling off - I think I can manipulate the stitches a little easier that way.


Last night Carey and I checked out the Stitch and Bitch that meets at Krankie's Coffee on Monday nights from 7-9. It's a great coffee shop inside the Werehouse downtown. Any knitters in the Winston area should check it out. It was a small group, but lots of fun. I worked another repeat on my LR square and worked on a new sock. I started another Broadripple sock in lime green/blue fixation yesterday afternoon, and I worked on it this afternoon outside in the sunshine. I'm about halfway through the heel flap. I'm doing this one on size 2's and I think it'll fit a little better.
The sock will probably be my project for at work (bonus for being a nanny - knitting during naps and tv shows). When I'm finished with the tank, I'm going to cast on for the Blue Sky Cropped Cardi...can't wait. I might take that to Knit Nite tomorrow night and get started.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Weekend Knitting


Well, first things first, I finished my Broadripple Socks on Wednesday afternoon and promptly put them on to wear to Knit Night at the LYS. They came out so great! I love them. (I would've posted sooner, but I had tons of schoolwork this week - and I suck at taking photos.)

This isn't a great photo, but I can't seem to get any that show the colors very well. I used the recommended Cascade Fixation, which was great to work with. I will definitely be using it again. I will probably make them again in another colorway - they are great spring socks! I used a size 3 needle, and had the recommended gauge from the pattern, but if/when I make them again I think I'll go down to a 2. They are a little slouchy on my leg, which is surprising, usually my socks are a little too tight. I did make the leg/cuff a few inches shorter, because I don't like my socks to be too tall.

Today was a great day for knitting! I took a short-row workshop at Knit Picky this morning. We learned how to do the wrap & turns, and picking up wraps, etc. It was a lot of fun, and the time flew by. This got us started on squares for the Lizard Ridge blanket from Knitty. I'm not sure I'll make a whole afghan, but maybe a pillow. The technique wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Once I got it down, it went pretty quickly. But I forgot to do my color change after row 6...for some reason, I thought it was meant to go after row 12 (where you also change.) Later on (after I'd been home), I decided to rip out the rows in the wrong color, and make the change from the outside to the inside of the ball. My colors were almost the same, so it hardly makes a difference, but my little inner perfectionist feels better anyway. I also figured out that I was picking up my wraps backwards, and was able to avoid some of the ugly bumps in the first 6 rows. I'm considering trying out a sock with short row heels next, now that I understand the concept better.


After class, I had lunch with my new friend Carey, and we went to my house and watched Sherrybaby and knit some more. How fun to have a knitting buddy! Many of my friends are not knitters, and don't understand all my quirks. She worked on some socks and her Lizard Ridge Square, and I trucked along on my fitted tank. I've finished the armhole decreases and only have about 5 inches or so left to go on the back. I'm so close, and I'm getting tired of working on it. My goal for the rest of the evening is to finish the back, and maybe do some blocking, which will leave me with the seaming and finishing for tomorrow.


The weather is abolutely beautiful today. I sat on the roof outside my bedroom this evening (we don't really have a good porch) while I reworked my LR rows. It's too dark to do that now, so instead I'm going to leave the window open and sit by my window while I knit. Sounds like a perfect night to me!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Pictures!

Last night I wrote a long post, complete with pictures (!) that disappeared somehow when I clicked on something I shouldn't have and ended up on a new page. And I was too tired and frustrated to do it again. But I have located my camera, so I thought I'd show off a few things before bed tonight.

First things first, check out my fabulous new Namaste bag! Knit Picky had a St. Patrick's Day sale on Saturday, and I picked up this great pink bag, some fun bamboo yarn for a cropped cardi, sock yarn and some patterns. As a girl who is always looking for the perfect bag, I am very pleased with this - I've had to stop myself from taking it everywhere I go...it would've looked a little silly while grocery shopping in my sweats on Sunday afternoon.

I didn't get too much done on my tank this weekend, but last night I worked a few more inches of ribbing on the back. This picture isn't very accurate to the color - in real life it's a little more grassy. I'm using Blue Sky Dyed Cotton in pickle. Also, it's not really lopsided like that! I just started it a week ago, so it's a pretty quick knit - I'd like to get it done by this weekend. I wasn't thrilled with the way the neckline is written. I started it a little lower than the pattern directed, and I think I'm going to play a little with the way I bind off along the neckline, to make it flow a little more smoothly. If I can get what I want, I may frog back the front to adjust. I'm not normally very adventurous when it comes to straying from a pattern, but I figure this is a good one to learn on.

I'm getting close on my Broadripple Socks. I love the pattern, and it works perfectly with the yarn - Cascade fixation. All my other socks have been a simple worsted weight rib pattern, so these are so fun and exciting - I love the way they're striping up. I hoped to finish them tonight, but I'm not quite there yet. Maybe tomorrow. I've knit a little further down the foot since this picture was taken, but I still have a few inches before the toe. These are going to be great spring socks - I can't wait to wear them! (I don't really have little midget feet, as the photo may suggest - I wear a size 7 show, which is pretty normal, I think...and the finished sock fits me perfectly.)


I am thinking there will not be much time for knitting tomorrow, as I have a large(ly unfinished) project due on Wednesday. But I will carry that sock everywhere I go, in hopes of completion.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Rainy Friday

Ahh, North Carolina in the spring...warm and sunny yesterday, cold and rainy today. I have the afternoon off today, and I'm going to huddle down on the couch in a little bit with some tea, season 3 of Scrubs (hooray for tv on dvd) and some knitting. Before that, I'm going to do a little housecleaning, and hopefully my digital camera will show up in the process! I think this blogging thing will be a lot more fun when I can show off pictures of my progress.

Last night I knit my way right through The Office, Grey's Anatomy, and the premiere of October Road...the joys of Thursday TV night! I finished the front of my Fitted Tank. Several other girls from the group at Knit Picky are working on one as well. I'm not really that in love with it so far - yesterday I had a moment of panic where I was afraid it would be too long, and I'm not sure it's going to be that flattering on me. But I won't know until it's done, so I cast on for the back before I went to bed so that I wouldn't be tempted to just shove it in my bag and hide it away. It has been a fun and easy knit though.

Progress Pictures coming soon.....hopefully!

Friday, March 9, 2007

Everybody's Doing It...

I've been slow about jumping onto the knit blog bandwagon, but decided to hop on today. I love to read other blogs, so I thought I'd try one out. And if no one reads it, at least I'll have a place to keep track of my projects.

This will be primarily a knitting blog, which is my current obsession. I'll probaby throw in the occasional sewn clothing and maybe a little crochet (my first love). So to get started, here's a little knitting survey so you can get to know me...


What’s your worst habit relating to your knitting? I'm not well organized - needles, yarn and half finished projects all over the place.
In what specific ways does your knitting make you a better person? It helps me to de-stress
How might you or your life be different if you were suddenly unable to knit? Well, I'd be quite sad...also, I'd watch less TV, which is what I do while knitting at home/at night.
If money were no object, what one yarn, and what one tool or gadget would you run out and buy first? Hmm...I'd probably buy alpaca/silk yarn and Addi Turbos or Lantern Moon circs...due to the budget, I'm only replacing my Susan Bates and Clover needles when neccessary...although I'm usually very happy with my clovers
What knitting technique or project type are you most afraid of (if any)? What, specifically, do you fear will happen when you try it? I'm intimidated by colorwork..I've done stripes, but beyond that I'm afraid of ending up with a tangled mess.
Do you consider knitting, for you personally, a mostly social activity, or a mostly solitary activity? It’s both, I knit alone often, but I love my knit nites at our LYS
Is there a particular regional tradition in knitting that you feel strongly drawn toward (e.g., Fair Isle, Scandinavian, Celtic, Orenburg lace)? Nothing in particular...I like classic looks
Some statistics:
(a) How many years have passed since you FIRST learned to knit? I was probably around 9 or 10, so about 13 years ago? (But I put down the needles when my Aunt Sue went back home, so I'm really a new knitter.)
(b) How many total years have you been actively, regularly knitting (i.e., they don’t have to have been in a row)? About 1.
(c) how many people have you taught to knit? None, but I did teach my sister to crochet.
(d) Roughly what percentage of your FOs do you give away (to anyone besides yourself, i.e., including your immediate family) Probably about 30%.
How often do you KIP (knit in public)? i.e., once a week, once a month, etc. Where do you do it? Almost every day, at school between class (even during class, when we're watching videos...depending on the professor... ;) ) I always have a sock in my purse for whenever I have an empty moment.
If a genie granted you one hour to stitch-n-bitch with any one knitter, living or dead, who would you choose and why? Hmm...I'd love to hang with Crazy Aunt Purl - (I'd never have learned to knit in the round without her blog!)
What aspect or task in knitting makes you most impatient? binding off!
What is it about knitting that never lets you get bored with it? the many things that can be done with it!
Describe how and where you most often do your knitting - where do you sit, what is going on around you, what tools do you use and how are they (dis)organized? I do most of my knitting on the couch..I try to keep all the supplies I need for that project in a tote bag.
Which one person is the recipient of more of your knitting than any other? Me :)
What’s the oddest thing about your knitting, or yourself as a knitter? I knit sort of awkardly, with little tension..but it works for me!
If you were allowed to own only one knitting-related book, which would it be? (you’d be free to browse others, but you couldn’t keep them) Ooh, I dont' know...I need some time to research
Is knitting the new yoga? Why or why not? It works for me!
What important thing are you trying to put off doing whenever you knit? Schoolwork.
Are you a Knit-Geek? Of course!