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Swimming in yarn

Posted by Andi on July 31, 2007

I was hoping to have Coachella ready by tomorrow night so I could wear it to Lollapalooza one day this weekend.  That will not happen. 

I got up to the point where you rejoin to knit in the round after making the arm holes, and knit 10 rounds, and the pattern says to try it on.  Holy crap.  I was totally swimming in it.  The front was so low that my chest would have totally fallen out of it.  There is nothing I can do to salvage it.  I will have to frog it and start over, making it a size smaller.

It’s always nice to know I need a size smaller.  It’s a bit of an ego boost.  It just means more work now.  I have a 38″ chest.  The pattern says that a small fits at 36″ chest, and a medium fits a 40″ chest.  I figured I should go with  the medium so it wouldn’t be too small.  I guess I was wrong.

 This is the second time in two days I overestimated what size I needed.  Last night I went to look at shorts at Target.  I was looking in the junior section.  I like Target’s junior section because they carry sizes 15 – 19, where many stores don’t carry above a 13.  I was actually wearing jeans I got at Target last night that were a size 17, and while they fit me like a glove when I got them, they are now a bit loose.  Not a lot loose, just a bit.  I went to try on shorts made by the same brand, and I tried on a 15 and a 17.  The 17 was too big, and the 15 was just fine.  Yay!  I think I am about 9 pounds lighter now than I was when I bought those size 17 jeans.  The last time I was happy with my size I was a size 13 in juniors, 10 in misses.  Right now I’m a 12.  My goal is to get back to a 10. 

One of the benefits of this reduction in size is that, if I can maintain it, it means I can buy less yarn when I knit things for myself!  Yay!


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Oh, Interweave Knits, how I love you.

Posted by Andi on July 26, 2007

The Fall preview is up!!!

So many pretty patterns. Look at all of the socks!!! I love them all! I hope I still love them after I make my first pair of socks (especially since I’ve been buying lots of sock yarn).

The projects I really want to make are:

Placed Cable Aran
Dickinson Pullover
Tangled Yoke Cardigan
Tyrolean Stockings
Tilted Duster
Counerpane Pullover
Bryant’s Slipover
And, you know, the socks.

I wonder if Tim would like the Cobblestone PulloverEDIT – He does!

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Works in (actual) progress

Posted by Andi on July 25, 2007

I had to restart the Montego Bay scarf yet again, even after I started respecting the pattern.  *headdesk*  Am I ever going to get this one right?  I sort of put it ahead of other projects since it’s a summer scarf, and I thought it would be nice to be able to wear it while it’s still summer.  I’m beginning to rethink that.  Perhaps I’m best served by putting it aside for a while and letting it clear my head.  I don’t know. 

 Coachella has moved to the front of the queue.  I really like how the Berroco Zodiac is knitting up.  It’s really pretty.  Once I make some more progress I will put up some pics.  For the first time ever in my knitting in the round experience I had to start over because I twisted it.  Oops!  Luckily I didn’t do too much before I realized it. 

 Right now I’m debating whether I want to do the optional bust shaping.  I don’t have the biggest chest on the planet, but I’m certainly not flat.  The few pics I’ve seen online of people modelling it appear to not have the bust shaping, but those women are also significantly smaller than I am.  The designer recommends putting the stitches on scrap yarn and trying the top on to make sure it fits properly before finishing the whole piece, so perhaps I will do the bust shaping and hope that when I try it on it will work.  I guess I would rather do the shaping and then find I didn’t need to than to try it on and have to rip back because I didn’t do needed shaping.  I don’t know why.  It can’t hurt to try. 

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Look at the pretty!

Posted by Andi on July 23, 2007

And now, some yarn pr0n.

First, the yarn I’m using to make the Montego Bay scarf.

Lana Grossa Rotonda Print
Lana Grossa Rotonda Print. It’s a microfiber yarn. I bought this yarn several months ago when I went to a LYS that was going out of business. I saw this yarn and thought it was beautiful. I’m not sure why. There’s a lot of pink in this yarn, and generally I’m not much of a pink girl, at least not this kind of pink. But I love purple, and I love peach, so I guess that’s why I loved it. There were 3 full balls with ball bands, and one ball that lost it’s ball band and was coming apart a bit. It looked like a full ball, but I guess I can’t be sure really. Anyway, I bought them out of it. For months I was wondering what I could possibly make with this yarn, then I saw the pattern for the Montego Bay scarf, and there we go.

On Saturday I was a very, very bad girl. I know I’m on a yarn diet. I know I keep cheating on my diet. But, I bought more yarn. But before you scold me (okay, what knitter is going to scold me for buying yarn?!?!) you should know that the store was having a sale: 70% off some yarns!!! How could I pass that up? So here’s what I got:

ONline Supersocke 100
ONline Supersocke 100 in Sierra. I was looking at this yarn the other day when I bought the Brown Sheep sock yarn. This was the last skein. I’m glad it was still there.

Cascade 220 Superwash
Cascade 220 Superwash in Dark Aqua. I have 660 yards of this stuff. It’s my first Cascade yarn! I’m not sure what I will make with it yet. This is a good color for my mom, so maybe I will make something for her.

Berroco Zodiac
Berroco Zodiac in Arcadia. I bought this with an actual project in mind: Coachella. I was thinking the Suede yarn might be too hot, so I was hoping this cotton/nylon blend would be better. I’ve already done my gauge swatch, and I’m good to go when I get home from work tonight. I’m hoping to finish this in time to wear it to Lollapalooza. I have just over 2 weeks in which to get it done. Wish me luck!

And last but not least:

Regia Silk
Regia Silk sock yarn. This pic is a bit bad. It’s white, black, and brown.

I got all of this yarn for only $34!!!! I saved over $70!!! How could I pass that up? How? Obviously I could not.

I was talking to the girl who rang me up and explained to her that I was supposed to be on a yarn diet, and in speaking with her I came up with a new theory about the yarn diet. You know how in all of those stories, articles, etc., about food diets they always talk about how any diet you go on should be accompanied by exercise? Well, I believe a yarn diet should be accompanied by exercise as well. Not only should I try to reduce my yarn purchasing, but clearly I should be knitting way more as well!

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Another knitting lesson learned

Posted by Andi on July 22, 2007

Over the past week I learned a valuable knitting lesson, one I should have known already given that I have been knitting for four years, but better late than never, right?  That lesson is:

 Always respect the pattern, no matter how simple it should be to knit.

For the past week I have been struggling with the Montego Bay scarf from the Summer 2007 issue of Interweave Knits.  I must have started the darn thing at least 10 times, and I never get more than about five or six inches knit before I have to frog it yet again.  At first I thought I was using a cursed ball of yarn.  I am using stash yarn for this project (yay!), and I have four balls, so I decided to cut the fringe first and then use the rest of the yarn to knit the scarf.  I am hoping this will give me a nice long scarf.  I thought perhaps that first ball was angry with me for being used as fringe and thus decided not to cooperate, but no, this is all my fault.

This scarf has a 4-row repeat, where the only rows that should require thought are the even-numbered rows.  The first few times I started this scarf I thought I would know which row I needed to do by eyeballing what I have done so far.  That didn’t work too well.  Then I started counting even-numbered rows only.  That started out a bit better, but ultimately ended in failure.  Finally I decided to count every row.  1,2,3,4; 1,2,3,4; and so on and so on.  That was working well for a while, and I got maybe 8 or 9 inches done before I finally messed up and had to frog again.

 So I’m back at square one, but I am determined.  I have leared that I can’t take what should be a simple pattern for granted.  This pattern really isn’t all that simple in the sense that, because of all of the yarnovers, if I drop a stitch I have no idea how to get it back.  Stockinette, garter, whatever, I’m cool, but in this pattern if I drop a stitch I’m screwed.  The use of slippery microfiber yarn isn’t helping my cause, either.  But this is how I become a better knitter, so I’m determined to make this work. 

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Waiting and waiting and waiting

Posted by Andi on July 16, 2007

For those of you, like myself, who waited way to long to try to get a Ravelry account, you can now look up your place in line.  Here is where I am:

  • You signed up on June 12, 2007
  • You are #8477 on the list.
  • 2732 people are ahead of you in line.
  • 8611 people are behind you in line.
  • 32% of the list has been invited so far
  • Why, why, why didn’t I sign up sooner?  I knew about it sooner.  I think I feared it would be a time sucker, which I’m sure it will be.  I’m not blaming the process, I’m blaming myself for not being quick on the uptake.

    Although, in the grand scheme of things, this is nothing.  I’m #42,763 in line for Chicago Cubs season tickets, and that number has not gone down since I got on the list.  Not even by one.  I’m going to be waiting a lot longer for that.  Perhaps by the time I am retired and have time to go to all of those day games I will finally be at the front of the line.  I wonder, if I die, can I leave my place in line in my will so someone in my family will benefit from my waiting?  I have a feeling the answer to that question is no.

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    I was right

    Posted by Andi on July 16, 2007

    I did only work on one project while I was in Indiana.  While I figured it would be the socks, it turned out I worked on the Montego Bay scarf.  I spent much of Saturday evening cutting the fringe.  I should be much further along than I am.  For a scarf with a 4-row repeat, where two of those rows are purl rows, you would think I wouldn’t mess up nearly as much as I have.  I frogged it three times already!  But I think I have a system now, and it’s going much better.  I may start the socks tomorrow.  We’ll see.

     I decided to work on the scarf first because it’s a summer scarf, so I can actually wear it right when I finish it.  The socks are non-shoe socks: They will be made of worsted weight yarn and will be too fat to wear with shoes.  I will only wear them around the house, and I don’t see that happening over the summer. 

    I am going out three times this week, so I feared I would get no knitting done.  Tonight I’m going to a concert, tomorrow night I’m going to a movie in Grant Park, and Wednesday night I’m going to a concert in Millennium Park.  I think I can manage to knit on Tuesday and Wednesday, so maybe I will get that scarf finished.  Or a sock.  I’m hoping to be productive!

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    Clearly I’m Insane

    Posted by Andi on July 14, 2007

    I’m only going to be gone for one night.  Why do I feel the need to bring two knitting projects?  Obviously I’m not going to work on both of them.  I know.  It’s because one will take more cognitive resources than the other, so I can decide at the time which I want to do depending on how much I want to think. 

    This is a habit I didn’t want to get into: Carrying around more knitting than I need to.  But it’s started.  *sigh* 

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    Well doesn’t that just figure

    Posted by Andi on July 13, 2007

    Tomorrow Tim and I are going to spend the night at his parents’ house in Indiana. I spent all day trying to decide which project to bring. Do I stitch up Poinsettia? Or do I start the right front of Lys? We are only spending one night, and so I didn’t feel like dragging and entire sweater to sew up, nor did I feel like brining the many balls of yarn required for the different colors in Lys.

    Even though I vowed to only have two projects on needles at a time, I decided that a third project was in order. Enter the Bee’s Knees socks from the Winter 2006/07 issue of knit.1:

    The pattern requres size 6 and 8 DPNs. I have sizes 5, 7, and 9, but no 6 or 8. Figures, doesn’t it? I thought the fact that I already had the required yarn in my stash meant that I wouldn’t have to spend any money on this project. Oh how wrong I was. At least it is a stash-busting project.

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    …but I never said anything about not buying patterns

    Posted by Andi on July 10, 2007

    I finally ordered the Norah Gaughan Vol. 1 today. Oh, how I can’t wait to wear this and this and this.

    But that’s not all.

    Yesterday I discovered Berroco’s #266 Jasper booklet. I ordered this predominantly for two patterns:


    and Josepha

    How am I supposed to make all of these lovely garments when I’m not allowed to buy yarn? I guess I’m going to have to start knitting my fingers off to reduce the stash and not feel guilty about buying new yarn.

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