Somebody won't get any Greenies this week.
I'm feeling the need to come clean with all the WIPs I have on the go right now. I swear I haven't had an FO for what seems like months. It's kind of frustrating. While I am for the most part a process knitter, I have a need to see some good, solid production every once and a while. When all your projects are on smaller needles, progress can seem quite slow.
1. Orangina. I've finished up the front and I'll take a little break from it to gear up for the back.
3. Amelia-June beaded scarf. Mum and I went to Knitopia in White Rock (just outside of Vancouver) and we each picked up a kit for this scarf. There was a shop sample hanging near the till that I kept going back to fondle. I'm not 100% keen on the red, it's quite orange-y, but we'll see. I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy the brown one instead.
4. Wavy. I'd been meaning to cast on for another version of this scarf using the yarn that Kristin sent ages ago. I started it last night and have already buzzed through almost 2 pattern repeats. Just the progress that I needed to see.
phew. I don't think I've ever had this many projects all on the needles at one time. I kinda like it! and oh! I just remembered my hooray for me gloves.
I'd been feeling a little guilty about using my stash Silk Garden to knit that baby sweater last week. I know, why should I feel guilty when I used stash yarn to knit a gift for a good friend's new baby? But see, it was *supposed* to be a Wavy scarf for my sister in law's birthday which was almost 5 months ago. So really, I guess the guilt wasn't that I'd used the yarn for another project, but that I'd totally slacked and hadn't knit the gift for the SIL in the first place.
On Saturday the SnB splinter group girls and I took a trip out to Bluebonnet Yarns, the new LYS in town (well, north of town - it's a 25 minute drive). Everybody found something to buy except me. I looked at the Silk Garden and knew that I really needed to replace what I'd used and get going on knitting the SIL's scarf. I dug through the piles of SG they had on hand, but I wasn't wowed by any of the colours. I left the store without any Noro for the scarf and feeling kinda guilty. I dropped the girls off, drove home and wallowed in my non-knitting guilt (how's that for twisted - I felt guilty for NOT buying yarn.) As I pulled into the driveway, I checked the mail and wowzers if there wasn't a little priority mail box with the magic RAOK letters on it. Kirstin from Spinning Athena had sent me two absolutely luscious skeins of Noro Shinano in the perfect colours for the SIL's scarf. How serendipitous is that? Thanks doll!
It's chilly here in Austin. Temps are hovering around freezing believe it or not. Rumours abound that we may even have a white Christmas! There hasn't been a white christmas in Austin since before they started keeping records in 1926. As I've mentioned before, Austinites don't really know how to deal with the cooler weather, so signs like these are popping up everywhere. I think it's cute.
No better time than now to finish the Knitty Wavy scarf. I finished it up just after SnB Tuesday night and I wore it out on the town yesterday. The Silk Garden is scratchy, but I know it'll soften up with a bath. If I knit it again, I'll decrease the number of cast on stitches by 12, but that's just me. I like a skinnier scarf, although I love that this one hides the double chin that magically appears in all my photos. All in all it took 2.5 skeins of #84. A little expensive, but totally worth it.
The inlaws arrived the other night and we're on our way to the airport to pick up Mum right now. Hope y'all have a great holiday!
Wavy is growing and growing. It's cute. I really like the look of it with the Silk Garden colour changes. Thanks for all the great comments! I cast on 6 fewer stitches than the pattern calls for but I think I should have done about 12 fewer. I can't stand really wide scarves. As it is right now, it's about 6 inches across. I've got 3 pattern repeats out of one skein of SG, so I'm guessing that it will take about 2.5 skeins when it's done. I also put together a cheat sheet in Excel that I can check off a little more easily than the way it's laid out in the pattern. If anybody wants it, just ask, I'll email it to you.
ETA: It isn't some sort of weird copyright infringement to reformat the layout of how the pattern is written and then email it, is it? If it is, I won't send you the cheat sheet. Anybody have any idea how that works?
Who can resist the call of a new knitty?
Apparently not me. I cast on for Wavy this morning. I'm using Silk Garden #84 which just happens to be my current favourite. I'm justifying this by calling it Christmas knitting. It still counts as Christmas knitting even if the present is for me, right?
Don't tell me if the answer is no.
I had a great weekend off. Plenty of couch time, plenty of restful time, plenty of sewing time and unfortunately, plenty of ugly knitting time. This weekend was the culmination of a few weeks of pitiful knitting.
1st up: I've had a skein and a half of Araucania Nature Cotton lounging in the stash for a few months now (leftovers from the 70's Shag Boat Neck). I LOVE this yarn. It's so soft to work with and it's great to wear. The 70's shag has been worn a few times, but it's been a challenge to find the right temperature for it. It's too hot to wear on regular days, but too cold to wear it when it's chilly because it is without sleeves. I thought I would use the leftovers to knit up a really quick scarf to match to take care of the temperature regulating problem. There's only one way to say it. U G L Y. I think this one is destined for the frog pond.
2nd: Remember a while back when I knit another Sophie out of Kureyon? I showed the before felting pictures and then quietly ignored the result? Here's why. I cobbled together some bits and pieces for the bottom desperately hoping that they would felt at a similar rate. No I didn't swatch. I didn't have enough yarn to swatch, it was all scraps, remember? No shocker here, they didn't really work out well together. The Cascade and the Kureyon worked really well together, the Silk Garden? Not so much. What's killing me is that I had that stupid second skein of Kureyon that would have finished the bottom anyway. I'll run it through the wash one more time and most likely send it to one of the nieces as a play purse.
3rd: I was using some Koigu scraps to knit up some Barbie clothes for the nieces for Christmas. I used the cover pattern from Knits for Barbie in a lovely purple (because one of the girls is in her purple stage). This one also turned out U G L Y. I think it looks like a housecoat. The arms are too short, there's too much bulk through the body and worst of all it's a pain in the ass to put on. I knit it exactly to pattern specs but I hate it. Oh sure, I'll sew the pockets on and have it put under the tree anyway, but I just want it said that I don't like it.
Here's hoping that this week yields better knitting results.
I have another finished project to add to the Week of Finished Objects. It's a scarf of Crystal Palace Squiggle and Fizz. Simple garter stitch knit on US size 15 needles with one strand of each held together. I think it took about 45 minutes to complete. 45 minutes with plenty of breaks to drink coffee and watch MST3K, that is. This one will be for one of my nieces for Christmas. I have 3 nieces, all under the age of 10, all 3 go mental for anything pink. Seems to me that usually shifts to purple at some point, right? I seem to remember going through a huge purple phase somewhere before I turned 10.
Today's WIP Feature Quilt:
the Hyper-Girlie Flower Quilt
This quilt is made up of 2 inch squares. No sashing or borders, just square after square after square. It was inspired by a postage stamp quilt I saw on the Antiques Roadshow. The finished size will be about 88" x 88"; about big enough to be a queen sized bed quilt. 52 different flower fabrics. I'll save you the math. That's 1936 individual squares. There are no intentional fabric repeats within a 12 inch square. I'm not even strip quilting it, (sewing together long strips of fabric and then cutting out squares from those strips) I'm hand selecting where each square will go. Intentionally random. The squares are all cut out, but I haven't sat down to piece them yet. It's no wonder this crazy thing isn't finished yet!
It would seem I'm a pioneer. Folks aren't pleased with the American election results and have been flooding Canadian immigration with inquiries. Marry an American takes the cake though. I laughed and laughed. I've already found my American and married him, we just chose to live in the wrong country (for now). Ah well, What better way to change the system than to reside in the belly of the beast.
"May you live in exciting times."
These exciting times have made for good knitting time as well. Continuing the 'Week of Finished Objects,' may I present two more multidirectional scarfs. One in Noro Silk Garden #201, One in Koigu. I wasn't so keen on the silk garden this go-round. The colours in 201 are actually quite boring. See how the blue didn't repeat in the 2nd skein? This was going to be my personal scarf, but it's a total snoozer. I think I'll have to find some more #84 and make one for myself out of that.
The BonBon scarf for my niece is finished. It's so soft, I can't stop petting it. I almost want one for myself (you won't catch me in pastels like this though, it would have to be red, pink and black.) I'm pretty sure it's perfect for a little girl turning 5. The little tufts of pink and purple knit up so that they look like flowers. I didn't use the whole ball, I still have about 1/3 left. I'll have to see what else I can put together with it. The little poufs weren't as annoying as I'd originally anticipated. I tried to just forget about them while knitting, otherwise I'd have driven myself insane. Occasionally I had to pick them out from underneath a stitch or two, but overall it wasn't too bad.
I decided that I need a scarf for myself, even though I don't really have much call for wearing one in Austin. I'm more likely to wear a scarf here in lieu of taking a coat. Let's hear it for warmer winters! This weekend I started another Multidirectional scarf, this time in Noro Kureyon #124. I LOVE the colours but I don't like how it's knitting up. The fabric is a bit too stiff. I'm going to rip it and try it on a larger needle size and see if it's any better. If not, I'll have to find a similar colourway in the Silk Garden.
There's a whole lotta scarf knitting going on around here lately. I'm making decent progress on Bad Baby Brown Penny, a few rows here and there, slow but steady. November and December are rife with birthdays and anniversaries in my family, so I've started my niece's birthday scarf. This one is in Filatura di Crosa Baby Bon Bon. It's incredibly soft. The little flower-like baubles are a minor pain, but they're also what makes it fun. I'm thinking it should be done by the time tonight's Sox game is over.
Seeing as I haven't fixed my problem with Bad Belle yet, I might as well start something new, right? Of course! I've officially cast on for Bad Penny in Takhi Cotton Classic. In an effort to keep my knitting interesting, I'm knitting in dark brown instead of black. That counts as a colour, right? If not, then you'll count the trim as a colour, it'll be baby blue. My first shirt knit top down, it's cruising along nicely. That Glampyre's a clever girl. There's a few stitches missing in the pattern, but nothing that I didn't figure out by reading through it first.
I also finished up that multidirectional scarf in Noro Silk Garden 86. Actually, I finished up three. I know, I know, it's a problem. I can't stop knitting the freaking things. So here they are. Two human sized and one just a little bit smaller.
Doesn't your Barbie have a silk scarf?
I've started ANOTHER multidirectional scarf. This time in Noro Silk Garden #86. It's mostly browns with pink, yellow and blue tones thrown in. I really love this yarn. I can't explain it. I love the way the colours blend, the thick/thin bits and I don't even mind getting poked by the odd stick or straw or whatever that stuff is. I'd originally only bought 3 skeins because there was no way that I could afford 10 to knit Klaralund or any of the other delightful patterns using it. Now I'm what, 6 skeins into it? I'm half way to a sweater already. It's ok though, this way instead of a jumper for myself, I've produced a few gift scarves that have already gone to their new homes. I suppose at some point I should make one for myself, but it's still 31 degrees in Texas (87 F). Not exactly scarf weather yet.
I was cruising along on Belle on Friday. I made some great progress. As I started a knit row about 10 pattern repeats in, I started thinking that I should weave in a lifeline soon. I mean, I'd hate to mess up that deep in and not be able to frog back comfortably if I needed too. At that EXACT second I realized that I'd missed a decrease at the start of the row about 15 stitches back. No problem! I'll just tink back and fix it!
Oh. My. God. I Completely messed up tinking the first stitch and now I have a horrible mess on my hands. As soon as I moved it back to the left needle and removed the knit stitch wrap I knew if felt wrong. It looked wrong. I tried to put it back the way it was, but in some sort of weird brain fart I had NO IDEA what I'd just done. I've tinked back before, how could I mess it up? How could something so familiar suddenly be done so wrong? Muscle memory failed me!
I'm right pissed about this. I can't seem to fix it. I super suck at frogging too. I'm really not all that comfortable doing it. ARGH! After I stopped crying (actually there was really only a LOT of swearing) I worked on some other stuff in an effort to calm down. I sewed the buttons on Haiku, I sewed my new labels(!) on my scarves. I worked on Kitty Pi. I made new scrabble tile stitch markers. Anything to avoid Belle.
I've gone back to look at Belle a few times this weekend, but I'm really at a loss. I thought I would spend some more time on her this morning, but last night I had a nightmare about frogging. Something vague about ripping one row, but all the stitches falling away from it and it ended up in thousands of tiny pieces and then there was a hobo laughing at me because I couldn't figure out why it was crumbling and then I was going to miss the bus and it went on and on and on. Damn!
Black Belle Star has begun! So far so good. I love the Tahki Cotton Classic, it's great stuff (big shocker - I'm knitting something in black!). I might be cutting my yardage a bit close though. I'm using leftovers from my first ChicKami. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll have enough. If I have to buy more, I'm not too fussed about it, a girl can never have too much black cotton yarn, right? Or is that diamonds? hmm. My grandmother used to say, "screw the diamonds, a girl can never have too much fleece." Can you tell she grew up in a cold weather place?
I also finished up the last skein of Silk Garden to complete the second multidirectional scarf. See that teeny little end there? That's it. That's all there was left when I was finished. I was working on one of the last triangles before the decreasing repeat and I got brave. "I bet I can squeeze another repeat out of this teeny amount of remaining yarn." I was right, I could and did. Then I said it to myself again. "Hmm, maybe ONE more." By the last 6 stitches I was using a crochet hook to pull the little end through. It even got to the point where I was cursing myself for leaving longer ends on my new ball joins 7 repeats back. Oh well, talk about eyeballing it well. I'm a lucky, lucky girl.