Archive | January, 2012

A New Plan and a Very Old FO

27 Jan

First off, this is what my knitting looked like not last night but the night before:

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It did that for a long, long time. And that was from a cake. Aaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Anyways.

I have too many sweaters on the needles. And I’ve been feeling guilty about it and guilt leads to stress and stress leads to panic and panic leads to panic attacks so something had to be done. And that was a set of New Rules:

  • Look at all the sweaters I have cast on.
  • Pick one.
  • Finish it.
  • Repeat.
  • And, so I don’t go crazy, when I need to work on something else, small projects are totally cool. Like gloves (because somehow I don’t have a pair of gloves) or hats or maaaaaybe socks but we’ll have to see about that last one. Probably not.

So far, these New Rules are going great! I picked Kenobi, because that’s the one I want to wear the most right now and will be the most practical (oversized sweatshirt, I love you, but you just aren’t knitted). Here’s some progress:

Yay! Progress!

It goes pretty fast since it’s on size 10s and my rows are only 88 stitches long. Right now I’m in Cont.-As-Established-For-19-In. Land, but because the pattern is all varied and whosits it doesn’t feel boring or obnoxious. It’s fun and feels like Progress and Way Less Stress and Varied (only a better word so I don’t use the same word twice only I can’t think of one because I have a cold) and, most importantly, Fun. So yay for good choices!

I’m also going to cast on with this yarn when I’m done with this post (or possibly when my cold goes away because small needles + cold may or may not = horrible mistake):

Such sproingy, smooshy goodness!

That right there is the Shibui Sock from earlier this week only in a color better suited for this pattern. I am not so much interested in the vampire-y part of it as much as the really pretty gloves bit. The color is a little brighter than this picture, turning it into a really lovely, rich mulberry-raspberry type of deliciousness. I am quite excited.

And then you know what I found lurking on my memory card, hidden between scores of pictures I had already put on my computer?

whooooooosh

A Ghostly Bunny Nugget!

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This little guy was meant as part of a swap package from way back in last summer, only his package got lost in the mail.

whoosh.

Now  he haunts the Post Office that lost him making mischief; moving packages from one pile to another, unrolling entire rolls of packing tape, popping all the bubble wrap. Little do they know they have a bunny nugget on their hands!

And with that, my friends, I shall retire to tissues and hot tea and naps and eventually knitting one day.

 

Sweater Guilt

23 Jan

I’m starting to have some pretty serious sweater guilt, given that I promised myself only two on the needles and I’ve currently got four going. But, when one of them looks like this:

And this:

Not to mention this:

And the whole thing in general is doing this:

It’s hard to feel too bad.

But still, definitely some serious sweater guilt going on. Here’s the plan:

  • knit to waist band on Unicorn Tides (i.e. 5.25 inches from Turning Row)
  • finish the current Snuggleupagus sleeve
  • finish the goddamned yoke on Cria
  • work on Kenobi as the mood strikes
  • back to Unicorn Tides up to the armholes (and remember to drop the waist band to my natural waist)
  • and then just generally work on all four evenly, though possibly paying special favor to Unicorn Tides, seeing as it is a super special gift to myself.

I’m baaaaack!

21 Jan

So I wasn’t allowed to do any knitting while I was away, but I still have oodles of things to show you, mostly-all of which I am super excited about.

Irresponsibility at its finest.

Meet Kenobi. I’m knitting it out of a lovely burgundy color of Valley Yarns Northampton that I originally got to make Tinder by Jared Flood but got repurposed. Kenobi just looks so warm and cosy and the perfect thing to snuggle up in at night. It’ll take a bit, I imagine, but it’ll be worth it. The caption is because it may or may not be the third sweater I have on needles after expressly promising myself only two at once.

Speaking of…

Not quite as exciting.

Meet Cria. I started this as a KAL with Robin, only she’s already finished hers and I’m not even done with the yoke yet. These rows are just killing me; they get up to 300-something before dividing for the sleeves, and I haven’t been able to get past it. Which is silly, because the yarn is Henry’s Attic Prime Alpaca, which is the softest, loveliest, drape-y-iest stuff ever, and it’ll be so great when it’s done. Which may or may not be never.

But on a lighter note…

Arms!!

Meet Snuggleupagus! It’s a Central Park Hoodie knit out of Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Brush, which is sooooooooooo soft and smooshy it’s kind of ridiculous. I’ve already got the back done, and I’m partway through the first sleeve. I really, really want to finish this, I just keep getting distracted. Which is really, really easy. Because knitting is the best and I want to knit ALL THE THINGS. Like Lilac Mocha (no more pictures, I promise).

And also…

Swatch o'clock!

Meet Unicorn Tides! It’s made out of the Unicorn Parade colorway of Lorna’s Laces Honor, which results in super soft and drape-y fabric, especially when knit a size up. The swatch you see is on 6s, which was way off gauge, but I got it perfectish on 7s, as long as I block it. Which I will, so it’s fine. And since it’s supposed to be drape-y and also with negative ease, so if I’m off by half a stitch, I can always block it out and have a snug fit, which is perfect! The only reason I’m allowed to do this is because that week I was away was kind of awful and scary, so this is my reward. I’m going to cast on for real now 😀

Oh, but real quick…

Bright and shiny!

I got a skein of Shibui Sock in Sky, just for funsies. I’m gonna go back and get a second skein to make probably gloves but maybe socks. Or I’ll just keep the one I have and make fingerless gloves or some such thing.

And now, casting on ho!

away

13 Jan

I’m going to be away for an unknown period of time, but I promise I’m not leaving you all forever. In the mean time, have some pictures I was saving for a more coherent post:

Yet another picture of Lilac Mocha because she's just so cute.

 

A sneak peak of yarn I've balled and casted on a new project for because I am super irresponsible and breaking my number-of-sweaters-on-the-needles rule already. Note the giant tangle in the middle. It Would Not Stop Doing That.

Frogged it! Why? You'll just have to wait and see!!

Frogged this too! Why? Because I needed the stitch markers!!! (also, other more real reasons. but not mostly)

And there you have it, Blogging World. There may or may not be knitting time where I am going, but I promise I’ll post when I get back no matter what, if only to fill you in on the details of above pictures until I have something more real to show you.

FO: Lilac Mocha (1/12)

10 Jan

I finished my Lilac Mocha!

It went so fast and so smoothly, I couldn’t have asked for a better project.

And the results are so good; it’s incredibly practical and cosy and cute and just all around a great project.

I could definitely see knitting this again as a gift; no yards + no time = excellent gifting.

And it’s my first finished sweater for 12sweaters2012!!

Pattern: #294 Summer Open Cardigan by Diane Soucy
Time Span: 7 January 2012 to 10 January
Materials: Louet Riverstone in Lilac and Sachet
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/-294-summer-open-cardigan

Agnes, post-blocking.

7 Jan

ETA: Now with two different pictures, rather than two of the same! Because I am super coordinated and would never do anything stupid like that!

Ahahaha. Haha. Ha. Oops.

Doesn’t she look great?? No more weird stomach bulges, no more awkwardly pulling her over my head. Blocking fixed everything. I am ridiculously happy about this.

Weekend Knits

7 Jan

Today was a day of knitting, mostly. First it was a day of trying to fix this:

Sad Fancy Mitts 😦

I ended up just reknitting the thumb, which was annoying and boring but possible, and now I have happy Fancy Mitts again:

All's good! It always is with Taylor Swift in the background.

I learned a few things from this. That part of the thumb of fingerless gloves is prone to wearing, it’s not thaaaaat hard to reknit a thumb, and everything is less odious when watching the Speak Now concert DVD.

So then, then I decided to cast on Snapdragon Flip-Tops, which seemed like a fun and challenging but completely doable project, and I decided to do it in this yarn, which was bought for this express purpose. Only then it turned out using a single-ply wasn’t the best idea, and it was a little dark, and a little fuzzy, and the pattern (which was difficult enough to want to be able to easily show off proudly) wasn’t quite showing up as well as I’d like. Plus then it turned out I made a mistake somewhere here:

Somewhere, there is a mistake. Somewhere.

I ended up frogging them, and casting on my Lilac Mocha, which was a spectacular idea. I’m using Louet Riverstone in Lilac and Sachet that I got for 50% off from Stitch House Dorchester, and they are so pretty together and the perfect amount of wooly but not scratchy:

Omnomnom yarn 😀

And then I wound them with my fancy new swift and ball winder I got for Christmas:

Artsy yarn balling shot! Yay!!

And then there was casting on and now I am taking a quick break to display the loveliness:

I'm this far! (*holds arms apart that wide*)

I’m going to do a bunch more work on it tonight, but I wanted to get a post up before it got too late. It was a bit hard to get a color-accurate picture, so here’s another one:

A bit lighter than this, a bit darker than the other.

I’m going to get as much work as possible done on this over the weekend, but given the need to fix my Fancy Mitts and the failed Snapdragon attempt, depending on where I’m at by Monday, I’ll probably just keep going until it’s done. I know, I know, I’m already breaking rules, but I am in desperate need of easy, super cute stockinette. There’s nothing quite like stockinette as a cure for the anxieties!