A Knititng Diary

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New finished objects! April 28, 2009

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Over the weekend I finished up the Monkey Socks and a platypus from “World of Knitted Toys”.  I love how the socks turned out and have already worn them.  It isn’t unprobable that I will knit them again in a new color.  From my toy book I found it not that bad to knit animals flat and then seam them up.  The wombat I am now working on does seem to be bigger than it should be, but it does measure a little over 7 inches, which is what the pattern approximated it at.  Unfortunately I ran out of black yarn so the wombat is put on hold ’til further notice.  But since I bought a handful of yarn I simply cast on for a kangaroo and will focus on knitting that ’til I can pick up more black yarn.

Monkey Socks
Platypus

My mind is just brimming with ideas of what I want to knit next. Since “World of Knitted Toys” is divided into sections and humans to go with each set of animals I really want to knit each ‘section’ to decorate the baby’s room. I think my favorite human knit toy is the Eskimo which is labeled as ‘challenging’ because of the cardigan jacket and hood, but I don’t think it will be that bad. Not only that but I’ve decided that with the remainder of bamboo yarn I have to find an easy baby sleeping gown pattern and knit up a few of those (or at least 2; one for us and one for my aunt). With the remainder of my sock yarn I’ll make a couple of baby hats and I think I’ll throw in some cables for fun. Not only all of this, but I still want to buy some of the organic cotton yarn from KnitPicks and see how that knits up.

Fun fun fun! Pictures to come of my wombat and kangaroo in progress!

 

Birthday Yarn! April 14, 2009

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For my birthday last week I requested a skein of green yarn to knit socks.  My mom did not fail to deliver!  She bought me a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy Sock Yarn in Spring Tickle.  It’s gorgeous and I’ve already c/o for socks.  Yesterday it was between “Monkey” and “Baudelaire” by Cookie (you can find them both at Knitty).  The deciding factor?  Mostly the fact that my yarn was closer to what was required for “Monkey” than “Baudelaire”; but I am determined to have knit both in the future!

I’ve never done a twisted rib before and was worried for the first 2 rounds that I was doing it wrong; but of course as with all things it take a little while for the pattern to emerge and for you to quit doubting yourself.  🙂  Last night I only knit the cuff for sock 1 but tonight I plan on starting the lace pattern.  Pictures to come soon!

 

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

 

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.  🙂

 

Moving with the speed of a turtle December 6, 2008

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I can and can’t believe that it’s taking me this long to knit a pair of silly socks!  Yesterday afternoon I finished up sock #1 and cast on for the second sock.  It isn’t like I’m doing a crazy pattern or anything, they’re very quite simple.  But for some reason, I’m just slow going.  What I think it is, is 1) I was sick and didn’t feel like doing much and 2) I’ve been spreading my creative interest around.

Do you ever feel that knitting can kind of take over all of your other interests?  After a quick trip to the local scrapbook store, I went to work on a ‘brag book’ for myself and made some small note cards.  I can’t believe how useful those notecards became!  What happened is that I cut up a few pieces of cardstock paper and my son and I used all of my different stamps on them.  I couldn’t figure out what to do with them once I had done it, so they sat on my table for a few days.  When I was putting together my Secret Santa gift, my husband actually came up with a great idea!  I used a few of them as recipe cards and put them in a cookie tin with peanut butter cookies.  The day after that, I couldn’t find my piano paper, so I used them as homework cards for my students, and then just recently, as a notecard for my MIL.  So making more of them is definitely in the future!

I’ve been bouncing back and forth on what to do with my knitting.  As I’ve said before, I’m very interested in opening an Etsy shop.  What I’m worried about (and have read as a legit concern amongst other SAHM knitters) is getting burned out on being a for profit knitter.  I have been asked by my uncle to knit him a hat from qiviut (I’ve found the perfect stuff & a pattern to base my design on) and I’ve sent out a few tentative emails out about being up for any commissions family may have.  But I really have no idea how that will pan out.  So, as it stands, I’m still in the dark as what I want to do.

There are so many things on my knitting to do list!  I want to get to them all right away, but I know I need to take my time on one project and then go to the next.  Shame on me for *still* having a baby blanket on the needles from earlier this summer.  And double shame on me for having my nightie still on my needles from a few weeks ago.  I was really gung-ho when I started it and felt excited about doing something so different (which, when you think about it, it’s really a glorified tank top); and now I’m all out of exertion.  Maybe I’m bored because I’m doing it all in st st?  Who knows.  And I’m still very super tempted to just bind off where I’m at and finish it off with lots of fluffy material.

I am very excited that later today I’m going to meet up with my knitting group over some coffee and relax and knit!  It’s been a few weeks since we last got together and I can’t wait to show them what new yarn I’ve gotten and see what new things they’re working on.

Ever since one of the small businesses went out of business (I couldn’t think of a better way to put that, sorry for the awkwardness!), I keep thinking that it would make an ideal place to put a yarn shop!  So, anyone living in the Jamestown area should look into that!