A Knititng Diary

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Who doesn’t love a pinwheel? May 18, 2009

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Yesterday I cast on for a pinwheel blanket (found here) My ability to understand simple directions was a little off yesterday (I blame lack of sleep) so instead of simply increasing 1 st every time before doing the yo, I started all the way over from K1, yo etc… That made it ….excitingly wrong. Thankfully I realized this not too far into the blanket and was easily able to rip it out and begin anew. And now that I’ve got it down pat, the blanket is now actually resembling a pinwheel! With a few exceptions of course. Somewhere along the way I lost a st and when I thought I corrected it properly, it actually threw off the first few repeats of the pinwheel holes….but the rest of the blanket is fine. It’s just weird but hopefully nobody will notice but me. And of course anyone who reads this blog! 🙂

For this blanket I’m using the Schulana Sojabama bamboo yarn in celery green. It’s nice and soft and turning out just lovely. I’m hoping that this blanket will use up the rest of what my MIL gave me. Also since the blanket doesn’t have any instructions on what to do as far as edging (besides just c/o) I’m thinking of maybe doing a crocheted frill edge. I started on size 3 DPN’s and once the blanket got a little ‘big’ for the DPN’s I shifted onto size 6 circular needles. At first I was worried that it would be too big of a difference and it would show really badly in the blanket; but so far I can’t tell where exactly I transitioned and it’s been working fabulously.

Yesterday we stopped by Barnes & Noble before heading home. I picked up the latest Vogue Knitting and have dog eared practically every other page in it! The things I want to knit in it for sure are….

Nicky Epstein’s Tuscan Sun Scarf. I think my MIL would looove it!
Star Camisole
Botanica Medalliion cardigan (so so so so pretty)
Laced Tank
A few other generically named tank tops that are sweet looking.

What excites me the most is that all of the tank tops that I love now I know I’ll love next summer for when I’m not sporting a baby bump. So I can mark them now and save them for later! The other thing I’ve been thinking about is buying some of the super bulky yarn to knit a deep baby tote and line it with something funky. We will see what I pick up on Saturday when I’m in town next!

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Gathering inspiration from Victoria’s Secret October 9, 2008

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I got the ‘Winter Casual’ catalogue from VS today and I am in LOVE with the sweaters.  Luckily for me, being a knitter, that means I can sit here and say “Hey, instead of paying $100 for that, I could *knit it* for half the price!”  But then again, being still a relatively new knitter, I can also say “Hey, that means I need to learn to knit with circular needles and work with constructing my own sweater!”  As you can see, I have lots of inner dialogue to work with 🙂

So far I really like this crewneck sweater that has 3 buttons on the left shoulder.  It looks really comfy and so sweet.  And while it doesn’t seem terribly sensible, I think the Crochet Turtleneck on the back is just adorable.  Although instead of wearing a sexy Ipex bra under it, I’m sure a long sleeved t would be warmer.  I’m also beginning to think that I will invest in some turtleneck sweaters.  They are warm and look super cozy in the pictures.

As you may or may not know, I picked up a Vogue Knitting book from the library and started writing down notes on how to put together a sweater of my own creation.  I’ve already started on some preliminary things, but am thinking I might look for a program to install on my computer.  If there’s an easier way to do the math, I’m totally taking it.  But the book has some good insights on what works best for certain types of sweaters (like how to do armhole shaping, shoulder shaping, etc.) and I don’t think I could get that from a program.

Now that it’s cooler outside, I want to start getting into the sweater making business so I can stay warm at home!

 

Sock Woes September 25, 2008

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The sock yarn I ordered from KnitPicks feels too soft and thin to be used for the Williams Street Socks and honestly, after whipping together my mittens with 2 different cable patterns, I wanted to try out a different pattern with socks.  I settled on the horseshoe crab pattern from Vogue Knitting because I thought it’d look lovely in the dark wine color yarn.  First I tried it with size 3 needles.  I got about 4 inches or so into the sock and decided that the pattern looked messy and wasn’t as tightly knit as the picture looks.  So I ripped it all apart and cast on again with size 2 needles.  I’m only two inches into it and I like how this is turning out even less.

Before I get much further, I think I am going to toss out the whole idea of knitting with the horseshoe crab pattern and do the flirtation cable instead.  The flirtation cable is thin and pretty and I think the yarn will complement the pattern well.  But we will see!

 

Wheeeee!!!!! September 7, 2008

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This weekend I got a little excited at the yarn store.  😀  I found my issue of Vogue Knitting at Barnes & Noble and picked up needles & yarn at Prairie Yarns down south.  I’m knitting the Yellow Harvest mittens with Nashua Handknits in a pale blue color.  It is sooooo soft and so far is knitting beautifully.  I’m excited to see how my mittens turn out and so far it seems to be going along quite well.  On a complete indulgence, I also bought a skein of Jitterbug which is washable Merino.  The color is Fruit Coulis, which is like all shades of purple, pink, fushia and darker plum wrapped togethr.  It’s gorgeous and I intend to knit socks with it.  Pictures to come soon, we just got back from out of town and I’m eager to keep trucking on my mittens!

 

Yarn Order! August 30, 2008

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I’m excited!  Since I’ve had to wait and wait and wait ever so anxiously to find Vogue Knitting and something I really really want to knit, I decided to take matters into my own hands.  I’ve found a really cute cable pattern at Vogue Knitting (flirtation) and a pretty generic pattern for mittens.  So my plan is to take generic mitten pattern and add the flirtaiton cables.  Voila!  Something fun & pretty!  Then I also chose a few cable sock patterns via Ravelry.  I found some warm fuzzy yarn, ordered it, and now all I have to do is wait.  But this is a good waiting because it’s paid for, just need it to come in.

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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!

 

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.