A Knititng Diary

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I need to knit a new bag August 1, 2008

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As much as I love my original knit bag, my knitting obsession has outgrown it.  Or, more accurately, the awesome huge knitting book I have is too large and heavy to be carried around in my svelte bag.  Oh darn, I’ll just have to knit a bigger and better one!

The gameplan is this.  Finish up my skein of yarn for the flying birds blanket and then pick out fabulous new yarn to cast on a lovely bag.  So I’m totally stoked because in a few more rows, my skein will probably be out and I’ll be like a giddy kid in a candy store!  The dilemma then will be this.  Order it from KnitPicks or wait ’til our next trip to town and buy it at either Prairie Yarn Store or Boucle Yarn?  Decisions decisions.  While it will be more fiscally responsible to order it from KnitPicks, I’ll be able to soft all the yarn I want at either of the LYS’s.

And just where am I on my two longest projects ever to knit?  I’m coming up fast on finishing my fifth repeat on the flying birds.  It still isn’t that big, but the more I look at it, the more I’m thinking I’m glad I only ordered the 2 skeins of yarn because now I can transform it into a color change blanket.  If it works out (I still to have to look at the colors available), I want it to start with the base green color and gradually lighten it to white.  Or, if this doesn’t work out, I’m just going to crazy with random rainbow colors.  My pointelle shawl is still sitting at approximately 12″ (maybe a bit longer or shorter; I haven’t measured it for awhile).  Shame on me.  😦  Maybe sometime this weekend I’ll be able to steal a couple hours to get something done with it.

All summer long I’ve wanted to knit a big floppy hat.  Yesterday I cast on for a cloche hat and an hour into the project read that it was a project to be felted.  I’m not working with feltable yarn.  *sigh*  I’m sure it could still look cool, but my yearning to do anything productive is at a terrible standstill.  But persevere I must, right?  On the flipside of this, the other Brittany dpn’s I have are fabulous.  They’re size 3 and wooden and amazing.  They don’t feel as flimsy as the other ones and I can only guess it’s because they’re a bigger size and longer.  Makes sense, right?  Sure it does.

Well, I better busy myself with something to do while the little terror of the high seas is at peace.  😀


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.