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FOs and Blogs and The Real World, Oh My!

6 Jul

Yesterday, I finished two of the WIPs on my list:

Jen Buttoned, and also Fancy Mitts a little bit

Pattern: Jen by Kim Hargreaves
Time Span: 17 June to 5 July 2011 (see previous post for explanation as to why it took me more than a minute to knit this)
Materials: 504 yards of The Sanguine Gryphon Traveller (1.8 balls), and 9 buttons from Iron Horse in Natick
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/jen

Behold, a Cardigan! I am absolutely in love with it; it can be dressed up or down, worn buttoned or not, plus I just found out that the yarn is superwash, because apparently I pay attention to that sort of thing. There was a bit of an Adventure at the end, where I picked up the 191 stitches for the top ribbing, knit half a row, decided I didn’t like how it looked, ripped it out and redid it, plus I established the ribbing wrong for about 50 stitches and since I didn’t want to rip it out again, I individually dropped each of those stitches down two rows, and now it is perfect. Yes, doing these things turned an hour long project into a three hour long project, but it was worth it.

Jen Unbuttoned

Here she is unbuttoned. I’m a little sad I couldn’t get a decent picture of her with this dress, because they go together beautifully, but such is life. I also didn’t manage a picture of me and my sister wearing our cardigans together, but that’s because by the time I finished sewing the buttons on it was eleven o’clock at night and I wanted to head home before I passed out on her couch, and she was still weaving in her ends, which I totally did too because I would never ever just tie the yarn together a bajillion times and then trim it because that would be super irresponsible which I had finished. Sisterly photo shoot to follow.

I need to take a minute to talk about the yarn. The Sanguine Gryphon caught my eye last summer, specifically their sock yarn Bugga!. At the time, I did not have All of the Money (when do I ever, but still), so I bought a point mutation, instead of the regular. It is some of the most gorgeous yarn I have ever seen in the whole entire world, and I turned it into some cloudy day by tiny owl knits (one of my favorite designers, expect to hear more about her). It was The Best Ever. Since, I have been trying to make excuses to buy more, but hand-dyed yarn is expensive, especially when I have to order it online because it doesn’t come close to home.

THEN.

Then I realized I could make Jen out of Traveller, and I became Unreasonably Attached to this idea. There were some tears composed conversations, and my mom ended up splitting the cost with me. I do not have words for how beautiful this yarn is. It comes in All of the Colors, and I ended up going with a variegated, summer-y yellow that was exactly right. It is soft and warm and smooshy and superwash, plus I have more than a skein leftover (so did Robin, the yardage for this pattern was off by a bunch in at least two sizes). I know this bothers some knitters, but I’m just excited to have enough to make matching somethings. I absolutely, 100% recommend Traveller, Bugga! and all other Sanguine Gryphon yarns.

They are Fancy O.o

Fancy Mitts

Pattern:  Fishtail wristwarmers by Alexandra Brinck
Time Span: 15 June to 5 July 2011 (stupid second wristwarmer syndrome, plus too many WIPs)
Materials: 183.1 yards of Bristol Yarn Gallery Buckingham (.84 balls)
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/fishtail-wristwarmers

I’m going to start by talking about the things I love about these mitts. I love the finished project, I love the yarn, and I love the lace pattern. However. This was not the best written pattern I have ever come across, and was in fact the first I knit that I made the same “mistake” on both gloves that I still don’t know what it is. I have made a bajillion fingerless gloves, and I can do thumb gussets in my sleep. I can also follow lace patterns like a pro (note how there are no mistakes in the body of the gloves). But for whatever reason, the instructions did not line up with my knitting, and in the same way both gloves. If it was just one, I’d take the blame, because of course I am not perfect, but if I came across the same bout of wieuhfawiehfwieuhf both times, then I am inclined to think it’s the pattern, and not me. I ended up kind of just fudging which stitches to put on a holder for the thumb and how many to cast on again, and while it worked, I wish the instructions had been clearer/correct.

Also, I accidentally completely on purpose did one less repeat of the lace pattern after the thumb. I am entirely okay with this, because I wear rings every day and so it’s nice to be able to have toasty, stylish hands and still show them off. And speaking of toasty…This yarn is a 80% alpaca, 20% silk blend I got from Webs in a grab bag, and it is absolutely fantastic. It’s much warmer than I was expecting, but that’s good because I go to college in The Land of the Freezing Winters (Wisconsin), so it’ll be good to have a fancier pair of Warm Hands. Unfortunately, it means I can’t wear them in the 90 degree heat that’s been suffocating Massachusetts the past few weeks. But they are so soft and gorgeous, they’ll give me something to look forward to when I have to get out of bed and drag myself to class when it’s -36 out*.

Obligatory artsy knitting shot

I also have a whole second skein of this left in addition to what I didn’t finish of the first, so expect a matching hat/kerchief soon. I have been itching to knit a kerchief lately, so patterns ahoy! But enough of this self-congratulating business. I have other, non FO-related things to talk about!

Knitting To Stay Sane is the knitting blog that inspired me to make my own knitting blog (and also the creative use of the strikethrough feature, and if she ever reads my blog, I hope she doesn’t think I’m copying her but just inspired), and it is the best ever. I just just just finished reading through all of her posts for the past five years because I am a little crazy, but it was the best. She’s smart and funny and creates beautiful FOs and has a lot of excellent things to say about knitting. She has also made me intensely jealous that I don’t live in Toronto because the knitting community there seems absolutely incredible. Also, reading through all of her old posts has made me realize just how wonderful it is to have Ravelry in my life. I couldn’t survive with out it. ::hugs Ravelry::

But since I have finished reading through All of the Archives, I am in search of New Knitting Blogs. What say you, knitting-blog-reading internet?

As for the Real World, tonight I’ll be going to my very first Knitting Group. I’ve been wanting to join one for ages but I wasn’t quite sure how, and then I was inspired by my Boy to look on MeetUp.com, which was a fantastic idea. I’m a little nervous, but hopefully I’ll make new friends, learn new techniques, and have a few hours a week where I can talk incessantly about knitting without getting weird looks.

And finally, proof that cats can be near/on knitting without obscuring the directions/dismantling the project:

In retrospect, she may have just been plotting her next move. That stare looks awfully intense...

*this actually happens, it’s kind of terrifying and exciting all at once.

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A Week of Finishing, Or: Hello, Blogging World!

4 Jul

This week, I am going to Be Productive.

Big words, I know. But I have come to a point with my WIPs where it is no longer reasonable to start anything new ever again, and that is not a place I like to be in. In order to actually finish these things, rather than just talk about how grand it will be when I’m done, I have Formulated a List of Organization, and it is as follows:

Fancy Mitts

First, I am going to finish my Fancy Mitts. Today. I finished the first weeks ago, and have been staring woefully at the size 2s since. I don’t actually mind knitting on them at all, it’s just somehow casting on 48 sts on size 2 dpns is scary difficult obnoxious creates a field of procrastination around the project. Once I actually did the casting on, which was not very hard at all, they’ve been fairly flying along.

A terrible picture for no good reason other than my camera doesn't understand the concept of yellow.

KAL Jen

This is Jen. She is a cropped cardigan by one of my favorite designers, Kim Hargreaves. My sister Robin and I decided to do a KAL of her together last month, and while the knitting flewflewflew (done in a week exactly), the finishing has been languishing. This is partly because I had to wait for blocking materials to arrive in the mail, and then because I had to get buttons, but most recently it’s because I don’t have size 3 circulars, so I can’t knit the top edging until I can borrow said sister’s needles. Plus, since we casted on together, we’re also sewing on buttons together. This will be happening tomorrow, so I will have a completed summer-y cardigan in no more than 28 hours!

Only the sleeve got photographed because it is the sleeve's fault I haven't finished yet (sort of).

Billie's Cursed Sleeve

Billie. Billie, Billie, Billie, Billie, Billie. Even though it’s so much fun to blame you for my current predicament, it is actually entirely my fault. I got a gift certificate to Webs for my birthday at the end of April, and one of the big purchases I made was to get yarn for Billie. I ended up with 25 skeins of Valley Yarns Sugarloaf in BRIGHT IN YOUR FACE ORANGE (this didn’t translate well to picture sad face), which was how much I needed.

Or so I thought.

While I did loose a skein or two on the train, even if I hadn’t I would still have been short. This wouldn’t have been that big a deal, since I got the yarn on sale for $2 a ball, but it’s discontinued, and during the month it took me to knit the rest of the cardigan (it is a big cardigan, I swear), they sold out. I’ve been begging on Ravelry with varying results, but it’s been a sad, depressing process, and I still don’t have enough yarn to finish.

But, as you can see from the picture, I do have another ball. So. I will knit what I have, and then go from there. I’m thinking my next step is to bring the whole thing to Webs and try to find yarn close enough to finish the shoulder. I will have this done by Wednesday, since I’m hoping to get out to Northampton then anyways to get yarn for my next sweater.

Scaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarf. Miles of scaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarf.

Hufflepuff Scarf

This is my “Winter Hufflepuff Scarf”, name in quotations because it is July and I haven’t finished it yet. Miles of stockinette tubing on size 13s can wear on your hands. Plus, it got to be big enough that it was no longer portable. However, I suppoooooooooose if I’m finishing all my other WIPs, I should get to this one, especially since I am so almost done it’s not even funny. If you’ll note, there is a teeny tiny bit of yellow left before starting the next ball. My plan is to knit until I’m done with that, then CO and add tassels. This will not actually take any time at all if I actually do it. So, I will have this done by Friday.

Pile of sweater!

Rose

This is Rose. She started out as an, “Oh hey, I have the perfect yarn for this sweater, so I guess I’ll knit it, and then I’ll have a cosy pullover for lying in bed studying”, only then she turned into the Softest, Bestest Sweater Ever. I’ve been absolutely zooming through her, and I only have one sleeve left before finishing (which includes knitting the back collar but that doesn’t count). Will be done by Sunday.

So there you have it, Knitting World! Projects. They will be conquered. And then I can cast on new things, like my first pair of socks and my next sweater adventure. Remember, friends, if you keep your hands full of yarn, you will be happy.