Saturday, October 6, 2007
Started: Sometime in august....
Finished: October 3rd
Yarn: About 4 1/2 skeins of cascade 220 in a pretty green color
Thoughts?: It turned out great! I learned a lot about seaming and i know my next project will have even better seams. The sleeves are a little long, like everyone has been saying. I really like it!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Bold = have already tried this
Italicized = Plan or want to try this
Unemphasized = Have no desire to try this
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun
Graffiti knitting (what?)
Continental knitting (yours truly is a continental knitter)
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Publishing a knitting book (this is a major want)
Teaching a child to knit
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair (weird... not for me)
Knitting in public
Sunday, September 2, 2007
...And i've started some new projects. The minimalist cardigan is chugging along, i'm a little more than half way done with the right (or left...) front. I started this so it can be the 'un-official' first sweater. Seeing as school starts soon (i'm oh so sad) Progress is either going to slow or speed up. I haven't been spending too much time on it seeing as yesterday chico was dropped off at college and i've been wanting to spend lots of time with him. luckily he chose a local college before we started dating and is only thirty minutes away. but seeing as instead of a 5 minute drive on residential streets, it's a 30 minute drive on city freeways (i shouldn't complain, i'm a VERY lucky girl. he was very close to going to a college 4 hours away.) It should go by quickly
I've also got a blanket started. It's going to be for me and chico, it's pink and grey, and i'm about 20 squares in (of 100)
and also a secret project.... i've knit it before. are you clever enough to figure out what it is?
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
There are two types of knitters in the world: product and process. There are shades of grey in everyone, but when it boils down to it, there are only two. I've found myself in the first category. I knit things because i want them. I don't look at something and think "oh, i wanna knit that." i see it and say "oh, i need that!" and then a few days (or weeks, sometimes months, i know some of you have reached years) i have it in my hot little hands. I am a process knitter when it comes to mittens. I think it's because they're why i started knitting. I used to think that process knitters just did it to knit. They didn't really care what they had when it was finished so long as they were knitting. I recently learned that this is not true. Grumperina said that she was no longer going to knit sweaters. I was a little sad because the stuff she comes up with is always perfect. It turns out that process knitters get bored! Some process knitters don't like knitting sweaters! I thought that process knitters were the sweaters knitters because sweaters have a lot of process involved. I guess it's up to us product girls (and guys) to knit the sweaters. I can see it. In the sweater process, unless it's intricate, it's miles of stockinette (if you were to knit a large sweater, you really could knit a mile of stockinette. isn't that cool to think? knitting a mile...) it's just something to think about
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
So what' i've been up to has been sporadic. After giving all (and i mean all.) my attention to wheat ear for about 10 days, it's mayhem. So far I've knit a pair of gloves, have a fair isle mitten OTN, a new sweater, a crochet blanket that's going to be 100 squares of scrap yarn (i know that there will not be enough, but i keep on truckin' anyway), i have wheat ear un-seamed and half unraveled, and a whole bunch of other projects in mind. Like some socks. And i'm also getting a ball winder and swift for my birthday. And i'm getting a work project soon. Once i get that, it's back to project monagomy.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
There will be no picture because i'm mad at the sweater.
Up next i'm going to knit the minimalist cardigan in the fall IWK. i'm going to again use cascade but i'm going to use green. I've noticed that i have a problem with pink. Expect to be seeing pictures and a KAL button soon.
Also, i'm knitting some more Ken Gloves!!! I'm knitting another pair for chico. This is such a clever pattern! I love the increase for the thumb gusset, i think i'm going to work it into my next design.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Project monogamy is starting to get to me. It's been over a week since i started and i haven't touched anything else. I felt like i was cheating if i opened a book! But i have so many projects in mind now.
Projects My Cheatin' Heart Has Been Flirting With:
- A Raspberry Beret, inspired by the Prince Song, in various colors including Romantic Raspberry, Cool Green, and Sophisticated Black
- Swedish Mittens of my own design in hand dyed wool
- Swedish Mittens of a pattern i've had in 'Sour Apple' green and the pink from the cabled mittens
- Entrelac Hat in Cashsoft DK (be still, my beating heart)
- The sweater i saw and fell in love with when i was winding the balls for the Wheat Ear sweater....
That and i owe my chico some gloves and i need to start working on christmas stuff!!!!!!! I think i'll have enough left over from my sweater to knit my cousin a sophie bag.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
See how far i've gotten?
The real life color is lighter, this wasn't taken in natural light.
and this much.
Did i fool you?
this sweater thing is going pretty quickly. but then again i knit all. day. long. (bet you wish you could be me).
i want to have the front done by either tomorrow or saturday. wish me luck!!!!
Now go treat yourself to a cupcake in my honor.
P.S. I feel a little bit more connected to EZ because we both knit continental and a while ago i had to wonder when the last time i cast off was because i was mostly doing projects on DPN's. That and she lived in Wisconsin. I live in Minnesota. Small World.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Finished: Mittens (No picture now, they're blocking and need their ends woven in)
Pattern: My own, really simple.
Yarn: Cascade 220
Start: Thursday, August 2nd
Finish: Sunday, August 5th
Thoughts? This pattern is an old stand by. I started it while waiting for my boss at the yarn store. I bought a set of needles and some yarn, did a swatch, and got going. I absolutely LOVE the needles i used for this. I bought a set of Brittany birch needles. Wow. The whole time i was knitting them i said to my chico "FEEL these needles!!! they're so light, yet sturdy! And look, NO LADDERS!!!!" He wasn't as enthusiastic as i was.
I also did a simple scarf out of Moda Dea Ticker Tape. I've wanted to try the yarn forever, but seeing as it was about 7 dollars for one little 67 yard ball, and it was something from Joann fabrics, i just couldn't buy it. But i saw it for 97 cents a ball and i bought 2!
Another project is a Fiber Trends Squirrel. Right now it's the shape of a peanut, but it's going to turn out so cute!
Remember the yarn next to my harry potter book? It's 4 inches of a hat right now. I want to finish it before i start any new projects, and seeing as i recently bought yarn like it was going out of style, and thoughts of a sweater dancing around in my head, it'll be done and sent of to some one in need soon.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Thanks for your time. Keep Minneapolis in your heart.
Monday, July 30, 2007
It is the B-4 Bag. I'm knitting it for work. I would not recomend SWTC's karoke for knitting it... the yarn rips easily, the color repeats are not even... it's just frustrating to knit well with. I'm on a bead row but i can't find my F crochet hook. luckily i've found that twisting the stitch between my fingers makes it easy to put the bead on. I'm using glass pony beads. I'm knitting this for work, so i won't get to felt it myself, but the job has a felting machine.
also, i finished the socks!!! i had a job last week that i could just knit away at it, and i finished it! it went from about 7 rows of ribbing to a finished socks in 5 days! wow! my first pair of socks took months, and so did the second. turns out that KNITTING THE PROJECT makes it go FASTER! who could have thunkit?
Finished: Self Striping Socks
I also went here over the weekened and got some lurvely treats. i bought some malabrigo worsted weight yarn which i'm using to do a variation of the basic cable from stitch and bitch nation. It's deliciously soft. I was tempting to buy the lace weight malabrigo. i don't knit lace. i. want. it. (who's got a birthday coming up? oh yea... ME!) and some plymouth encore dk to knit these. I just need to find my threes and maybe get another pack of size 4 needles. Finally i got some Nashua superwash in a grey for gloves for my chico. He felted his last pair and i want him to be warm and stylin' (but not too stylin', still masculine) well now i'm off to dream about malabrigo.... so soft
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
But in knitting news, i finished the big surprise (lots of st. st. ...) and i started the hat with the yarn i showed you. it's for the Charmed Knits KAL. I feel bad because it has no wool in it, but i know it'll keep some one a little warm. I'm also glad i found the yarn because it's the University of Minnesota's colors... and i want to go there. Also, i'm getting back to my sock! i finished the first AGES ago and started the second but i got distracted.
(there was a picture... the computer ate it. i'll find it for the next post)
Thursday, July 12, 2007
also, the hat tuturial requires pictures, so it will be up soon, i hope...
Sunday, July 8, 2007
sorry for the ramble, i promise pictures soon!!!!
Monday, July 2, 2007
Pattern: Yarn Harlot's sock recipe, slightly modified
Yarn: Cascade Fixation (1 ball!!!!!!!)
Modifications: I didn't knit a leg, i just did a few rows of ribbing and then went right to the heel
Start: Some time in march?
Finish: June 21st
This was my second pair of socks, the first i gave to my grandma!!! i really like them, i think i'm going to do some socks again sometime soon (what's that lassie, you say there's already some wool on my size one DPN's? it's italian you say? and self striping?)
another finish, three dishcloths a la ann and kay. sorry, no pictures i already gave them away, but i knit 2 ballbands and a ninepatch. i quite like the nine patch. it uses very little yarn, but i've had to rip out quite a few mitered corners...
And the time has come to discuss christmas knitting. first i want to decide who gets what, what i'm going to knit it out of, and how i'm going to pay for it...
my chico: a maroon and gold blanket, crocheted
sister: a hat, knit out of acrylic (she loses stuff easy), but ornate
chico's mom: cabled mittens in some fuzzy, white wool. maybe a simple wool with a fuzzy lace weight to add a bit of a haze...ooo.
chico's sister: the basic cable from stitch and bitch in a red wool
grandma: that's a tough one. i should crochet her a blanket because i made one for my other grandma. i'll have to tell that story another day
cousin k: i'm going to knit her a sophie bag in cascade 220 quatro in a yellow color. she's the one who moved out to AZ. i might knit her a hat, too
cousin c: last christmas i tried to knit the alligator mittens for her from stitch 'n bitch but they came out huge and i had to give them to an eccentric friend. i'm going to give them another try. that along with maybe a basic cable hat (i <3 that hat)
aunty S: maybe some jaywalkers?
aunty N: she's a knitter, so i'm getting her Knitting Rules! by this lovely lady and maybe some trekking xxl or another sock yarn and some #1 (u.s.) DPN's. louet gems maybe? ooo.
me? what do i want for christmas? oh, a few things...
Monday, June 25, 2007
But on the knitting front, there is much to share
i knit and finished a hat (but gave it away already, so no pictures, sorry!!!!)
here's the pattern:
EDIT: I have decided to remove the pattern for reasons. If you really want your own, designing hats is easy peasy, take a crack at it!
there are probably going to be some questions about the hat, if anyone finds any problems with the pattern, let me know. i just knit a swatch and did the math and viola! a hat! it took me an evening and part of the following morning to knit this hat. it's really simple and I'm thinking for v 2.o i might add cables. i love cabled hats.
have a question? check here first:
what kind of yarn is Patons decor?
Patons Decor is a wool/acrylic blend that i bought kind of cheap at Joann fabric (i couldn't make it to the LYS and i had a 40% off coupon). The yarn incredibly soft and is just as soft knitted up, but i found it a little itchy against my forehead, but my head has always been a little sensitive to wool. It's a chunky yarn and for mine i used a dark grey color, but the stitches were hard to see in the swatch. If i were to design a hat again with the yarn, i might use a lighter color.
if it's a chunky yarn why did you use size 8's?
I knit this hat for my boyfriend who is going off to college and won't be having a car. He's going to the university of Minnesota, and living here and knowing the weather, it gets cold. I wanted the hat to have a tight gauge so it would trap heat and keep out the cold wind. i don't want my boy freezing to death!
Can i substitute yarn?
of course! i used big box craft store yarn because I'm young, poor, and didn't want my boyfriend to accidentally felt something again (yes, i still love him! wool accidents happen to everyone). I've only knit this hat once with the one yarn, but other chunky yarns that knit up to a similar gauge would work fine! one thing that held me back as a beginner was the thought that a pattern could only be knit with the yarn specified!!! i was a little shocked when people substituted. now i rarely use the yarn called for!
What a great pattern! Can I publish this on my site/sell hats from this pattern at craft shows/claim it as my own?
I'd rather you not. I designed Chico in about 30 minutes. I made a small swatch, took my gauge, and then multiplied the number of stitches per in by the number of inches i wanted my hat. Designing your own stuff is really easy, try it!
enough about the hat, what else are you up to?
good question! right now i have a Ball Band Dishrag in my lap on the needles. my cousin and future cousin in law are moving out of state and i wanted to do something for her before she left. what else could a 20-something moving to a new apartment out of state use? wash cloths! I'm going to try to knit her 2 ball bands and a 9 patch out of just 2 balls of sugar n' cream yarn (super size, yo!) and then go on from there.
also, i finished the socks!!! i had a bout of insomnia one night and just finished them!!! who knew that i could do it!!!! i want to get some koigu and make jaywalkers next. i love Grumperina's blog so much, she's such a perfectionist, so her pattern must be spotless!!!
up next: planning for christmas (in almost july)
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
i actually started this ages and ages ago but recently dug it up. it's a modification of The Yarn Harlot's sock recipe. instead of doing a long cuff and a leg, i just did five rows of ribbing, a plain round, and then went into the heel flap.
I'm also working on these. These are amazing gloves, i think the thumb is so clever! I'm onto the thumb on the second one. My one complaint is that i'm using a different yarn than specified and it's really slippery on the fingers and thumbs. My goal is to finish these today so maybe a write up tomorrow?
and possibly a stash enhancement picture?
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
They're in need of a severe blocking, though.
I made a few simple accessories
also, although i can't post any pictures, i did a few rounds on the thrummed mittens (which i'm thinking of ripping out, sadly), i'm almost done with the first glove, i made a sweet little crocheted dodo, and i've got a few ideas for a sweater. my first!
Friday, June 8, 2007
maybe some patterns?
it'll be all around fun.
see you all later!
Sunday, June 3, 2007
2. Finish these: http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/ken/ken.html
3. Finish the thrummed mittens... poor forgotten soul
4. Knit more for work
5. Find out about the new project spectrum colors
6. Get on Christmas knitting (if you're new to knitting, these may seem blasphemous until december 23rd)
7. Buy sun screen and touch of sun so i can sit outside and knit. Why not knit, get a tan, and get cheap highlights?
8. Do homework.
9. Go to zillions of graduation parties
10. Start to enjoy summer by hoping for the new knitty. i love knitty.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
i've been working on a few things for the job (which never calls and i never get money for...) and i've got more ideas. i think i almost have the beginner projects done for awhile, and maybe a few advanced beginner projects. so far for beginners i've got a swatch, a simple garter stitch wash cloth, a ribbed scarf, and i'm going to design a hat. for the stockinette stitch project i decided on a hat. they can handle simple shaping and seaming. i believe in them. i think for the advanced beginners i'm going to start them with shaping and stockinette for those not familiar with it with either a ribbed hat or a simple stockinette hat. and then mittens, maybe some pattern reading. i think with my group i'll have to assign homework (nothing like do 35 inches in garter stitch... in one color. unless they want to make a short simple scarf) i have no clue what to do for intermediate. the line between intermediate and advanced is a very fine one. my idea is that if you can read a pattern you can do anything. i'd also really like the advanced group to be more of a KAL. i hope the ladies at the store want to go along with my ideas. they're more focused on the business aspect, i'm really focusing on the projects now, and getting the sample patterns knit up, considering i have to knit everything twice, maybe even three times...
in other news: projects!!! the cabled mittens turned out BEAUTIFULLY... that is until i reached the grafting. i hate it when designers use grafting in a pattern because everything turns out square. i do not have square hands. i think when i make these mittens again i'll use my own shaping. grafting is for socks that are going to be heavily blocked and worn...
progress on the thrummed mittens is... slow. but then again i won't need them for quite awhile.
the second ribbed scarf has come to a screeeeeching halt. i cannot find the other needle. any one seen a pink plastic size 13 needle?
i got some cream colored yarn that i hope to use to design a simple hat. part of me wants to whip out the circs but the other part knows that it's for beginners... i'm planning on using knitting in the round for intermediates... maybe advanced beginners
i also need to design another pair of mittens and maybe some fair isle wrist warmers? i already have a pattern for that, i just need to knit a pair with the fair isle i designed (i'm going to design everything for my 'class' because i don't want to deal with copyright laws and all that junk...)
well now i'm just rambling...
i'm off to look for my camera
Saturday, May 19, 2007
it's also hard to find out what to do with all my little balls of scrap yarn. i'm thinking striped hat? striped mittens? the ribbed scarf used up a whole ball of yarn i didn't really like. i like the finished product, though. i think i might use the other ball i have to make a pair of mittens to match for the intermediate group.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
back to the thrummed mittens: they look interesting... very interesting...
I have some vacation coming up followed by a very big vacation with a boyfriend who has a full time job...
bring on the knitting
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
want a closer look?
See the butterfly?
the most frustrating thing is that i keep screwing up at the BEGINNING of the rows, and since this is a gift and lace, i have to rip back and fix it!!!! grrr!
but it's a score for me because
1) i'm using up yarn that i have
2) it's another project spectrum color (i still need yellow!!!!)
3) i'm learning more lace!!!!
I should probably check up on when the next phase of project spectrum starts... i think the next set has metallics in there. how is one going to find metallic yarn? (a metallic bead purse project??? i could make a cool bag with black yarn and metallic pony beads (lack of money, woe is me!!!)) i can see it now....
for the other wash cloth i'm thinking a multi colored ball band warsh rag... i don't want to buy more yarn, but it gets harder and harder every day not to...
do needles count?
Sunday, May 6, 2007
I don't really like how they're basically two different mittens, but i was just doing them for work (!!!) and just did as i was told. I'll offer to knit another pair so that there will be two matching pairs instead of one mismatched pair. I really like the right hand one, though.
For mother's day, i've decided to knit my mom, grandmas, and aunt wash clothes!!! i know i'm cutting it close seeing that mothers day is in a week and i have about 7 ladies to knit for... but i can do it!! i might have to crochet some... 8 if i knit one for my boyfriend's.... what's a girl to do...
Right now i'm working on the 'Butterfly Lace Dish Cloth' from the knit list. I really hope that i have it finished by this evening....
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
In other news: the carrot bag is Finished!!! i'll report on that tomorrow, though
Monday, April 30, 2007
Springtime clutch http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/60030.html
Started April 29
Finished April 30 (another quick one)
Materials: Patons Astra (light pink) Red Heart Sport (dark pink and white) Some DK weight... I think it might have been rowan? (green)
I really liked this little purse. I knit it because i needed something more for my interview (i really hope i get the job but i know i might not!) that was more compicated and crocheted. I have a lot of knitting, but not a lot of crochet ( i swear i knit more).
Crochet this clutch!!!!
*pssst* while typing up this post i replaced the light pink bobble
Because the clutch will be pink, i think i'll join project spectrum and count it for that project. But considering that The others colors are orange and yellow ( i don't really remember to correct me if i'm wrong) i'll still make something for those ('carrot purse' any one? maybe a nice yellow cotton something or other? some one said something to me about cotton the other day... so much yarn, so little time...)
well this is taking away from my valuable crochet time...
in other news, i still need to do another strap for the 'carrot' purse. I did the first one using the cabling with out a cable needle method (it's sweet) and i just need to do a three needle bind off with the other side of the first strap and then i'll start on the other. i think that i'll have just enough yarn to finish the purse.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
In other news, I'm feeling like designing some fair isle. I've dabbled before, but one i finish the bag i think that i'm actually going to try out the pattern. I also think i need to go on a yarn buying hiatus. I know i have some ways to go before i have an actual stash, right now mine could probably be added to some of yours and you wouldn't even know. Also, having only been knitting for about 3 years and being young and not having a lot of money to blow on nice yarns, my stuff is mostly from joann fabric, or left overs from single balls of basic yarn. I did apply for a job at a yarn shop and if (that's a big if, i applied over a week ago and no call yet, I even went in again to see what was up!) i do work there, the yarn diet is possibly off... How can i work there and make money only to be surrounded by stuff that i want, need, have to have! so as of today i won't buy yarn until i have saved up enough money that i deem necessary. I have never, ever saved money in my life. What am i going to do with that money? I'm going to buy something worth while... I think of something expensive that i want.