A Knititng Diary

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Rebate money = new yarn and projects! January 21, 2009

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Yesterday I received my rebate card from Verizon.  They always get me on the fine print when I go to order a new phone!  The story in a nutshell is basically my lovely Chocolate phone I got the last time we were up for an upgrade somehow found its way into a drunken bath and died.  In its stead I bought a used phone off of Ebay which slowly worked its way to the junkyard (not my fault).  So this year I was overjoyed when I discovered that I could get a brand new phone with a huge discounted price!  Yay for me!  I can’t exactly say I’m a tech junkie, but if I can get a LG Dare for $30, I’m doing it!  Here’s where the fine print comes into play.  It’s $30 after a $50 mail-in rebate.  Doh!  But I sucked it up and bought the phone and have had it for a couple of months without any mishaps.  Yesterday I actually received my rebate card (it’s really cool; they put it on a Visa cash card).

I spent all day yesterday and most of my evening last night contemplating what I wanted to do with my new $50.  Should I splurge on one big item that I’d never in a million years buy?  No matter how many websites I checked and rechecked, I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to part my money with for.  I should have known all along that it would end like this.  Why did I bother to fight it?

I searched through Ravelry and tried making my search as detailed as possible without ending up with the same 2 results (or none at all).  It isn’t that I’m *that* picky; it’s that I like something simple and not too short or super long.  Okay, maybe I am that picky.  Either way it took me over 300 pages of looking to find the one.  From Stitch Diva Studios I paid for the Silken Scabbard sweater pattern.  It’s gorgeous!!!!  From there I picked yarn from KnitPicks (of course!) and bought some new needles!

With this sweater it’ll be my first chance working with interchangeable circular needles.  I know that fundamentally it won’t be different, but I’m kind of excited because now I won’t have to buy the full thing anymore; I can hopefully just buy the tips!  The pattern suggested using Elegance yarn, but I fell absolutely in love with Storm from the Merino Style Yarn.  Isn’t it beautiful?!

Needless to say with the help of a DQ pitstop last night and my splurge at KnitPicks, I now have to figure out what to do with the leftover 30 cents on my card 🙂

Socks for my dad are going great.  After a marathon weekend of knitting the first sock, my hand was feeling crampy so I took off a day or two from it.  Last night I knit a few rounds but was distracted and today I tried to pick it up again until my mom called.  Hopefully tonight I’ll get more done and then on Friday I hope to finish!

My uncle contacted me to let me know that he still wants me to knit a hat for him and he’s just working on buying the yarn.  We picked a nice blend of merino wool and qiviut and I can’t wait to see how that works out when it comes!  It looks like my plate will be full for awhile; my schedule looks like this:

1. finish socks for dad

2. start on purse(s) for Etsy

3. knit hat for uncle (if yarn is here) or

4. knit sweater for me

Not only that, but I want to look into baby rompers for my aunt who is pregnant!  They are going to have a July baby (just like mine!) and I think that some cool clothes are in order.  Literally!

 

Socks for Grandpa January 20, 2009

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I started knitting socks for my dad on Friday after attempting a toe-up construction.  For the toe-up I really do need accurate measurements; going on guesstimates was just making me too nervous that it wouldn’t come close to fitting.  The sock is knitted in K4 P2 ribbing from top to bottom with the exception of the underside.  I finished sock 1 yesterday afternoon and had my husband try it on to make sure it fit.  Since my dad’s foot is a bit bigger than my husband’s, I wasn’t worried when he said that it was a little big in the heel.  Now I can go forward with the second sock confident in what I’m doing 🙂

I did manage to knit the whole sock using up almost all of my 1 skein of yarn.  It’s hard to tell how much exactly is left, but I’m sure it would be enough to tack on at least an inch of extra ribbing if I wished.  I’m thinking that when I’m done with both socks I might make a small bowl or something silly to put in my son’s room.  🙂  I love how the colors turned out in the sock; there isn’t any gross pooling and my husband says that they’re nice and soft and warm.

A funny thing my dad said when I told him that the socks are going to be handwash only is “I’m not used to pampering my socks!”  hehe

 

Item 4 January 17, 2009

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Today I was surprised by the quick delivery of my fabric from ReproDepot. Immediately after lunch I went to work lining my purse and making the finishing touches. I’m very pleased with how everything turned out and you can see it here!

 

Grandpa’s Socks are OTN January 16, 2009

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Yesterday I cast on fora generic toe up formula.  But, since the only measurement I had for my dad’s foot is that he wears a 9 1/2 shoe, I had to guesstimate.  I tried measuring one of my husband’s socks and taking it from there, but about 20 rows in I didn’t feel confident that it was working.  So I ripped it out and decided to do a basic top down sock since that’s what I’m most comfortable with.  I was thinking, why can’t you just take the measurements from a top down and do it in reverse?  But I suppose there is a certain deftness of fingers you need to contemplate a pattern in reverse.  And if you know me, I probably don’t have it.

I have to say that I love how soft the Imagination sock yarn is and that it’s knitting up very nicely.  It doesn’t seem to be pooling very badly yet.  My dad isn’t real picky about his socks and is in fact really lowkey.  Instead of picking a pattern with crazy cables or anything I’m doing a simple K4 P2 ribbing that will go all the way down to the toes (except for the underside).

The weather is still pretty freezing so I’ll probably get lots more knitting done today and then later on tonight with my knitting group!

 

its here its here its here!!!!!!! January 15, 2009

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My yarn *finally* arrived today in the mail!  I’m so excited!  Last night my friend was telling me that one of the reasons KnitPicks has been backed up is because their new catalogue went out earlier than it was scheduled to and therefore a lot of the orders they received were for things they didn’t quite have yet.  Anyhow, with that in mind, I wasn’t so annoyed by how long it took my yarn to get here.  I’ve already wound up my two hanks of Imagination yarn and have decided to start on some socks once the little guty goes down for a nap.

The one thing that surprised me is that I thought that my Palette yarn would be a bit thicker.  They suggest needle size 1-3, which I don’t have in circulars.  So I’m either going to double up the contrasting colors of yarn and knit with size 6 and then felt or I may knit flat.  I really don’t want to knit flat so….I don’t know quite yet.  I mean, it isn’t as if the world will fall apart if I don’t use size 1-3 needles.  But we will see; maybe I’ll break down and buy a small size circular needle.  🙂

 

Purse Lining January 14, 2009

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Due to the intense cold and bulk of snow, I have yet to venture outside and go to the local fabric store.  Instead I decided to order some fabric off of ReproDepot.  They always have really fun fabric.  This morning I spent a long time perusing the different styles and comparing it against the purse I’m knitting.  Finally I made a decision on this and expect it to be here within a week or so.  Tonight when my friend comes over I plan to work on the strap.

I won’t seam the bottom together until after I’ve put in the lining.  Last time I put lining into a purse I disocvered what a pain it is to do when you’ve already seamed the bottom together!  This time I’ll sew the lining in a circle appropriate to the size of the purse and then seam it to the purse itself.  Only after then when I’m sure it fits will I seam the bottom up.  I may put the zipper in too before I seam the bottom.  That seems like it’ll work best also.

I checked the status of my order from KnitPicks and it should be here in two days!  That will be perfect timing so I can cast on something new with my knitting group!  I definitely want to felt it, but I’m wondering if maybe I won’t do the stripes (especially since I did stripes with this purse) but instead played with a design that felted together.  It’s something I definitely will have to look into more once I get the yarn.  Or, if I’m feeling a little burnt out on purses, I’ll c/o the socks for my dad!

 

I’m surprised January 13, 2009

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I started knitting on Sunday and am surprised at how far I actually am!  Originally when I was in the yarn store I was thinking back to my last purse I knit.  I bought 200 some yards of yarn and it knit up only about 5″ high; so this time I thought that I’d need at least 600 yards for a decent size (I’ve been thinking messenger bag size).  Well, like I said in my last post, Prairie Yarns is sending me a second skein when it arrives, but the more I look at my knitting, the more I know that I won’t be using that second skein on this particular project.  The flirtation cable always makes my hands cramp up a bit (the whole 2 rows where it’s constant 5RPC/5LPC/5RPC and then 5LPC/5RPC/5LPC), so I try to do only a couple of repeats at a time.  Well, as of this afternoon, I’ve knitted 9 inches!  My plan of action is to knit 2 more repeats of the cable pattern and then 1 inch of straight st st so I can stitch the bottom together.  After this is done (probably tomorrow) I will start looking into what kind of fun fabric to use as lining.  I’ve always loved the fabric at ReproDepot and think that they will have something perfect.

It has been snowing and our entire state has been under weather advisories/blizzard warnings since Sunday.  I am so relieved that I can just sit in the house and knit or snuggle my kitties.  The only bad thing is that this bad weather is making me not so excited to wait for it to warm  up so I can go skiing or take the little guy sledding; I’m kind of just wanting spring/summer to be here already!