A Knititng Diary

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Not now honey, I’m counting! June 30, 2008

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I guess I can also count this as a knitting confession.  But it really irritates me when my husband sees that I’m concentrating on my knitting and then proceeds to ask me a question that requires more than a grunt response.  Instead of asking “Do you want chicken or fish” he says “What do you want for dinner?”  Or he’ll saunter in and say “What’d you do today?”  More often than not he’ll ask about what my plans are or what do I think about such and such.  Really?  Come on, you know that I’m busy and probably having trouble keeping track of how many stitches I’ve knit so far, so why do you insist on conversing with me?!

I’m working on Sally the Eco Fairy (found here at Knitty) but with a few tweaks.  Originally I wanted to knit the Woodins, but it requires more dpn’s than I currently own.  So I decided to knit this doll.  But since I bought white and brown yarn yesterday and don’t want to buy yet another skein of yarn, I’m knitting the doll brown and will use crazy yarn my MIL gave me for hair and instead of knitting clothes, I think I will sew some for her.  If all turns out well, I will knit one for my cousin’s birthday around Christmas.

Well, in knitting the head, I discovered that attempting to knit in the round with a stuffed head is difficult.  Everything turned out okay, but it took me a bit to gather my senses about it.  I plan on knitting the doll in parts.  Obviously you have to knit her in parts, but I’m going to try and do only one part/day.  That way I don’t burn myself out.  There’s nothing worse to me than having to leave my knitting on dpn’s.  I always come back confused about where I was and what I was doing.  The head is all finished so I think I will knit the ears and maybe the hair and call it a day.

 

What’s New June 29, 2008

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knit lobster I found this awesome guy online!  It took me roughly a full day to knit and was lots of fun!  This project tested my newfound sense of handling double point needles and taught me a few things about knitting in the round.

Bag Side 2

Bag Side 1

These are the 3 sides of my purses.  Front, back and inside.  The front has ribbing in 4 different areas, the back had to be split into two different colors, and then I whipped together a liner with pocket and handles from scrap fabric I had laying around.  Looking at my purse now, there are several things I would do differently if I were to knit it again.  When I started I thought that I would knit and then felt a handle.  But then I ran out of yarn and thought that denim would be an awesome substitute.  When I tried to remedy my planned knit handles that were sitting on stitch holders, I made it look messy.  You probably can’t tell from the photos, but I know it’s there.  Another thing is that the bag is really wide.  My first purse called for 75 cast on stitches and so I felt that adding 25 stitches would make it the right size.  Somehow this bag wound up being twice the size of the other one.  I’m not sure how that works.  They were both knit with the same size needles and wound up being about the same height…..anyhow.  That’s what I just finished and I’m super excited to show off my purse to everyone tomorrow.

Bag Liner

 

Knitting Confessions

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Confession #1

I am so addicted to knitting and completing projects, it’s not even funny.  Proof?  Tonight (well, last night) was the second time I chose to knit instead of going out dancing with my guy friends.  Tonight is the second time I’ve stayed up ’til after 3 knitting/completing a knitting project.

Confession #2

I really hate seaming.  Mostly because I haven’t gotten the hang of mattress seaming.

Confession #3

I really need to find different needles or a different technique so I don’t have to hand sew my liners and handles onto my knitted projects.  Tonight I spent 2 hours hand sewing my liner and handles.  😦  Not fun.  But I hesitate to use my sewing machine because the last few times I tried to seam anything that was thicker than sweatpants, my needles exploded.  I have gone through 5 needles because of this, so I’m beyond wary of using my machine on my knitting.

Confession #4

Sometimes I hate what I’m knitting until it’s completed.  The bag I completed tonight I was so not in love with as much while putting the parts together.  But now that it’s done, I am impressed with myself and love it.

Well, I should probably bag some zzzz’s before starting a whole new day.

 

Oh yarn June 28, 2008

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I don’t know why this keeps happening to me!  But I’m cruising along on a project and towards the end, I find myself with barely enough yarn to complete anything!  For instance yesterday I was knitting a lobster (pattern here) and due to a) several mishaps with the claws and b) having used some of the yarn before for small swatches of this and that, I found myself with not enough to finish it in red.  So I had to dig around my yarn stash and make the decision of either using white or a mixed color skein.  The conservative side of me said “white!  white!” because it would look less silly.  But then I thought again to something I heard/read that if you run out of a particular color, you should use something so contrasting to make it pop and more interesting.  I’m glad that I did choose the crazy yarn because the parts I ended up using blended in wonderfully and the bright yellow at the tip of one claw looks cool.

Anyhow, back to my dilemma.  I’ve been knitting a messenger bag.  I had barely started into a super saver skein of Red Heart.  Now I’m about 1/4 of the way into the second side of my bag and very little yarn left.  This morning I already made a trip to Wal-Mart to buy some brown and white yarn (to make the little Woodins found here at Knitty).  But I really really don’t want to go back to buy a huge skein of yarn I don’t need that much of.  I know that if I buy it, I’ll use what I need of it and then the rest of it will sit in my bag forever.  Since knitting with it this past week, I’ve decided that I do not like Red Heart.  The yarn is scratchy and just not my cup of tea.  But back to my point.  I’m really stuck in deciding between buying a whole new skein or using something crazy from my stash.

What exactly am I going to use the bag for?  Mostly to cart around while I run errands and to put my son’s stuff in when we go out.  So on the one hand I want it to look cool and uniform all over, but on the other, I guess it doesn’t need to be all fancy.  Good thing I’m hungover today so I don’t really need to contemplate it that hard, I can wait ’til tomorrow to worry.

 

Side 1 June 26, 2008

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I didn’t pin this down so that’s why the bottom is all curly. You can see I did 4 sets of ribbing and then stockinette stitch in between. It is 21″ wide and 12 1/2″ tall. The fabric you see behind it is what I plan to use as a liner. I also have this beautiful dark blue fabric with light blue stars on it that I am thinking about making pockets with to go on the liner. What’s up for debate now is if I plan on using it for toting around my son’s stuff or for my knitting. And to be honest, it could be used for both. Or I could just make another one for my knitting stuff! Hopefully by tomorrow I will have this finished so I can bring it to the Air Show on Saturday. I’m only a few inches into the back half of the purse though.

I decided to do the back in straight up st st because 1) I’m lazy and 2) so I know which side is the front. As far as the straps go, I was playing with the idea of doing bright white in a k/p rib, but it depends on if I have enough blue yarn left or if break down and buy another skein. I really don’t want to because I’ve had this white yarn in my house for at least 2 years. Something needs to be done with it.

KnitPicks e-mailed me and let me know that all of my things should be here anywhere from 5-14 days. I really hope it comes soon so I have something new to work on! I’m excited to knit together the shawl I found at Vogue Knitting and I really want to have it finished for when we go camping in a few weeks. If my yarn doesn’t come soon, I think I will buy a light colored yarn and crochet a floppy hat I also found online at Vogue Knitting. Anyhow, it’s back to the grind for me!

 

Now we’re truckin’ June 24, 2008

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Long at last I’m knitting my way through a purse.  I casted on 100 sts and am working knit/purl ribbing across 10 stitches, knitting 20, rib 10, knit 20, rib 10, knit 20, and rib 10.  Thusfar I have about 2 1/2″ knitted and it’s turning out pretty good.  I want it to be a big messenger bag and then I’m going to find some funky fabric to make a liner.

Today I placed another order with KnitPicks.  But it wasn’t yarn, so that makes it okay.  😉  I bought a knit & purl stitch book, safety pin stitch markers (I saw them on a video online and thought they looked pretty cool), and a cable needle.  I’m sick and tired of knitting cables without one!  So hopefully that makes a big difference.  If anything, make it easier.

Once I get a bit further on my knitting I’ll take some pics and post ’em!

 

Knitting ADD June 23, 2008

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These past few days it may seem as if I have knitting ADD.  And I may have to agree.  This happens to me when I haven’t settled and committed to a project entirely.  Or when I’m coming off a failed project.  I have a tendency to flit about from pattern to pattern until I find one I’m completely satisfied with.

Another thing, is that I have a tendency to be attracted to the patterns that are beyond my level of knitting.  I am still a wet behind the ears knitter.  Sure I can do a few fancy things (read 4LC/RC cables) but that’s without using a cable knitting needle.  Anymore than that and I’m more likely to hurt myself.

I think I said this before, that I’ve ordered yarn from KnitPicks.  A beautiful green linen yarn and a silk blend raisin color yarn.  With the green yarn I have earmarked a lace shawl from Vogue Knitting and for the raisin color, I’m going to whip up my own blanket.  Now hear me out on this.  I think it’s a good idea for me because I plan on knitting it in sections.  The tiny herringbone is a bitch to knit.  Or at least with the yarn I was using it was a bitch.  But then again, I was trying to knit this pattern over 100+ stitches.  Not the smartest idea when I’m trying to see if I can even knit the darn thing.  So my new project idea is this.  I will knit small squares, probably 5″x5″ alternating the herringbone pattern and probably a stockinette stitch.  So I think the easiest way to do this is to knit the alternating pattern as a scarf and then do as many as I have enough yarn for and then stitch it together using Kitchener stitch.  That is my plan and hopefully it works out.

Another thing that has been on my mind is joining a knitting group.  I’ve heard of several that are on Ravelry or Yahoo.  I just haven’t had a chance to check any of them out.  But I think that joining one would help alleviate this manic mode I get myself into.  Plus, I attempted to crochet in the round yesterday to make these zombie like figures.  For awhile I was all impressed with myself.  I came bounding into the kitchen going “I knit a half circle!”  But when it came time to crochet the other half, I ended up with a strange oblong looking thing.  So there went my belief in crocheting in the round.  At least I figured out how to do the magic circle thing.

Ah, I also want to say I love bubble baths.  What does this have to do with anything?  Whenever I feel myself snapping at my knitting/crocheting, I leave the baby with my husband and fill up my tub with suuuuuper hot water and some kind of bubble bath from Bath & Body Works.  After 20-30 minutes of soaking (when it’s hot outside, a hot bath diminishes in comfort….but I stick it out), I emerge with a clear head and find that most things tend to click better afterwards.

 

Start over from scratch June 22, 2008

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I was listening to a podcast yesterday (sorry I can’t remember the name!) and she asked what kind of knitter are you.  Well, I guess I am the kind of knitter who has a large tendency to scrap things.

I’ve been diligently working on a sweater from the domiKNITrix book over the past week.  There were a couple of tiny mistakes that were too far down the line for me to bother fixing.  Plus I figured this was my trial sweater, so it wasn’t a big deal, right?  I got to the body shaping part where you do 2 LLI and 2 RRI.  I worked out the numbers on how to evenly decrease 13 stitches and then wrote out the numbers to follow my increases and purl and knit stitches.  Two rounds into last part, I discover that I have completely misread the instructions and everything was off.  When I did my decrease, I wound up only doing 12, but I didn’t worry too much about it since I ended up with the same amount of stitches I was supposed to.  But I misread the numbers and started off with 110 stitches on my needles instead of 106.  With 106 I would be able to get to 128 with 5 more repeats.  Using the 110, I’d get to 126 after 4 and would need to knit 2 extra the last time.  I’m not sure how terrible that woudl look, but I re-evaluated my knitting and to my chagrin, that tiny mistake I made early on did make a big difference.  I began to tear out my knitting and not even upset.  I wanted to fix it.  But as I started ripping it out and rerolling it back on to my skein, I felt overwhelmed by how much I would have to rip out and how much I didn’t want to do that.  So instead I cut the strands and let it go.

My intention was to start again, but I don’t have enough yarn of the same color to attempt another go at it.  Plus I’m on strike from yarn at Wal-Mart, but I think I just may have to sneak over there and buy some.  😦  To make myself feel better, I did buy some beautiful yarn from KnitPicks yesterday.

I know I posted that I was going to knit a purse yesterday.  Nothing has come to fruitation.  Mostly because I get so far into it and feel like it looks terrible and scrap it.  I’ve just been feeling finicky and picky and uninspired by everything I see.  If the library is open today, I should really swing by and see if they have any knitting books.  I keep waiting for the perfectly awesome pattern to appear before my eyes and then I’ll work it into a purse.  Or if the current lime green yarn I have now wasn’t so crappy I’d knit a blanket.

The yarn is another reason I’ve been having trouble sticking to anything.  Most of what I’ve got is this itchy scratchy crappy cheap Red Heart yarn that, in a word, just sucks.  So attempting to create anything beautiful out of it has been trying on my imagination.  Plus since I scrapped the one thing that was semi going right for me, I’m finding it hard to jump back on the horse.

 

I lied June 21, 2008

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Mostly about what pattern I was going to use on my new purse.  And that was only because our printer decided it didn’t want to work and I didn’t feel like writing it down.  Then I thought I could do a basic knit/purl ribbing for a purse.  But then I was bored.  So I decided to tackle the basic tiny herringbone pattern found at Vogue Knitting.

Now while it isn’t necessarily kicking my ass, my fingers hurt and I don’t know if I want to do it anymore.  Yes, I know I sound like a quitter, but I like my knitting enjoyable and fun!  Not harsh and beastly.  I think I will give it a few more rows before I decide to scrap it or not.  Plus hopefully with some more rows I will become more adept at doing the right and left twist.

Today I feels like it’ll be one of those evenings where all I want to do is pop in a movie and knit.  But I’m not so sure that’ll happen.  People will probably come over to play games and drink beers and no knitting will get done.  But first we’ll eat and then we’ll see.

 

Another project

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While I’m enjoying knitting my first sweater, I’ve decided to start another project to keep me occupied while sitting out on the deck in this 80 degree weather.  I don’t know about you, but knitting a sweater in the beginning of summer on a hotter than hell day, just isn’t my cup of tea.  So I’m going to sip on an ice cold beer and knit another purse for myself.  It isn’t that I don’t love the first purse I knitted, but this second one is going to be bigger and in a different stitch.  The stitch is something very simple and can be found here at Vogue Knitting. I’m going to use up this soft gray yarn I have to knit up the purse.  The needles will probably be US 4 or 6, depending on which ones I pick up first.  Then maybe tomorrow if the boy go golfing I may go back to work on my sweater.