Knitstant Gratification

The crafting adventures of a knitter, music lover, and hockey fan.

Archive for January, 2008

The perfect man?

Posted by Andi on January 31, 2008

If you saw this post (which you should have because it’s right below this one) you would know that I love music. Love it.

And, as I’m sure you’ve already gleaned, I love knitting.

So I was listening to the Bryant Park Project online today, and they did a piece on extreme knitting. You can listen to the piece here.

On the Bryant Park Project blog there was a video of a man who plays the drums and knits at the same time! This guy is doing 2 of my favorite things at the same time! WordPress won’t let me embed videos, so you can see him performing here.


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Not knitting related, but…

Posted by Andi on January 31, 2008

Anyone who knows me knows that if there’s anything I love more than knitting it’s music.

My friend Lucy has a wonderful blog, it’s one of my favorites, and I was flattered when she asked me to contribute a mix to it. I did, and you can find it here.

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It is here!

Posted by Andi on January 30, 2008

The yarn I ordered for the phiaro scarf arrived!

SWTC Oasis

The color looks a little different than how I expected it to look, but I’m still happy with it. Actually, it’s probably better. It is taking every ounce of self control I have to keep me from casting on right now. I figure that this piece will be simple enough to knit that I will take it to knitting group, and will probably be a traveling project. As simple as the piano scarf is to knit, carrying around two balls of yarn to work with at all times, as well as keeping them untangled and paying attention to where I am on the chart, it can sometimes be a pain int he butt. So maybe from now on I will keep that one at home.

This is where I start to feel a little bit guilty. Both of my “active” projects, as well as the phiaro scarf, are being made out of yarn bought specifically for those projects. The yarn for two of these projects has been purchased within the past month. What happened to the stash busting I’m supposed to be doing? Maybe next project.

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A little reward for myself

Posted by Andi on January 26, 2008

I completed the first draft of my dissertation yesterday. It still needs work, but “fixing my dissertation” is nowhere near as daunting as “writing my dissertation”.

As a reward to myself I decided to buy some yarn for a project I really want to make. No skimping, no substituting, just ordering the yarn the pattern uses. So this morning I ordered 3 balls of South West Trading Company Oasis in the Bistro colorway in order to make a phiaro scarf. I love this scarf, and I can totally see myself making it in tons of colors.

It’s my own little pat on the back.

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I think I have startitis.

Posted by Andi on January 19, 2008

Even though I still have plenty to do on Lys, I decided to start the piano scarf.

Even though I still have plenty to do on the piano scarf, I want to start the sweatpea socks. This would mean doing a gauge swatch before getting started, and having four projects going on instead of actually finishing something.

I think there are two reasons for this.

1. I want a distraction from my dissertation, and newer distractions are more fun.

2. Because there is so much of my focus going into my dissertation, I don’t really want to focus on any on thing in particular. I’m doing very little reading of anything else. I can’t really watch a movie. Sports works, but not movies. Since I’ve been knitting mainly on the piano scarf lately I feel like the only things I’m thinking about are my dissertation or the piano scarf. This is not working for me.

In order to keep my sanity I have decided to start the socks. I that I will start the socks later tonight. I will work on my gauge swatch and cast on and be done with it. Then, right before knitting group tomorrow, I will decide which project to take with me. I will work on whatever I feel like, and I won’t feel bad about it.

But I do feel bad. I was so excited to get started on Lys, and now I’m at the point where it will be too warm to wear it by the time I’m finished. I was so excited to get started on the piano scarf, but given that it’s double knit and will take forever (and be very warm) it will probably be too warm to wear it by the time I finish it. And I want to wear it now!!!! I should just work on that. Why make socks? I can wear socks whenever. Socks are great to knit in the summer when it’s hot. Why shouldn’t I just finish my cold-weather projects?

Because my brain is mush right now, that’s why.

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WIP – double knit piano scarf

Posted by Andi on January 13, 2008

I recently saw a picture of one of the members of The Horrors wearing a double knit piano scarf, and I liked it so much that I decided I needed one. Double knitting is on of the techniques I wanted to learn this year, so I figured a double knit piano scarf was a necessary creation. I found a piano intarsia chart online, and decided to use that for my scarf.

I got started yesterday, and here’s how it’s coming so far. First, the right side:

Double knit piano scarf - right side

And now, the wrong side:

Double knit piano scarf - wrong side

As you can see, there were some places where I was having tension difficulty towards the bottom. I think I’ve fixed that. I think I was knitting way too loosely at first. It took a while to get a rhythm down, what with knitting with two strands like that. As it gets toward the top I think it looks better. It’s a bit more obvious where the white is showing than where the black is showing. I thought about starting over now that I got the hang of it a bit better, but I don’t think I’m going to bother. So it’s not perfect. So what? It’s for me. If it were a gift perhaps I would start over, but it’s not. I might be able to fix some of it while blocking, and if I can’t, oh well.

I think I will have to buy more yarn, though. I bought 4 hanks of Cascade 220, two per color. I based this on a pattern for another double knit scarf I saw, but I think this one is wider, and I think I want it to be longer. I think I will see how far one hank of each color gets me, and then decide whether or not I need more. I would like to get back to the yarn store is quickly as possible if I want to get more so that I can still get the same dye lot. Given that I have a ton of school work to do, that might not be possible for a couple of weeks. So keep your fingers crossed for me. 🙂

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FO: My First Socks

Posted by Andi on January 11, 2008

My first socks - complete!
Pattern: 6 stitches per inch socks from Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd
Yarn: Fleece Artist Sea Wool
Needles: US 3 DPNs

I am very, very, very happy with how these turned out. I can’t wait to make more socks!!!

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What I did on my lunch break

Posted by Andi on January 5, 2008

Yesterday, during my lunch break, I left work and took the train down to one of my LYSs. Normally I wouldn’t go so far away during my lunch break, but I really didn’t feel like going after work.

My purchase? My first set of sock blockers. Why? Because I knew that last night I would finish my first ever sock!

My first sock

All I had to do last night was decrease at the toe and graft it shut. I haven’t washed it yet, so it’s not really blocking yet. Here is a picture that shows the colors better:

My first sock - close up

The yarn is by Fleece Artist, and I received it in a swap for one of my Ravelry groups.

I didn’t take long at all. And since I can’t wait to wear my socks, I cast on of the second one immediately after finishing the first. I don’t really understand second sock syndrome, can someone explain it to me? I mean, having just one sock is useless. Why would one knit a sock and then not knit the second one? What does one do with one sock? It makes no sense to me.

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