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Archive for October, 2008

Pondering My Options

Posted by Andi on October 30, 2008

Now that I’ve decided I’m going to make a sweater (or other such garment) for myself in the future I’ve been thinking about what I want to make with my bulky yarn. I went through my Ravelry queue this evening, and here are the options I came up with:

* Big Sack Sweater
* Alpine
* Little Blue Sweater (only mine won’t be blue)
* Burnished Tunic
* Provincial Waistcoat

I don’t really have to make a decision until I have the time to knit it, but of course I’m thinking about it a lot. You know, instead of working on the hat I need to start. Whatever.

Since I want to make the Aleita Shell and Kaino soon, I’m thinking of staying away from anything vesty. I’m not sure if I will stay away from anything short sleeved as well or not. If I have enough yarn to make a long-sleeved sweater, I may as well do that, right?

I didn’t have a pattern in mind when I bought the yarn, but when I got home and started going through patters I immediately decided I wanted to use it to make the Big Sack Sweater. I’ve been wanting to make that sweater since I started knitting. Right now, however, I’m leaning towards the Burnished Tunic. I think it would be more flattering on me. I don’t know.

Any opinions?


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The tide is turning

Posted by Andi on October 29, 2008

If you look at my finished objects for the year, you will notice that, for the most part, they were small, quick projects.  Hats, socks, scarves and the like.  I’ve really been adverse to knitting things that take a lot of commitment.  This is odd, because generally I’m a patient person, and I never had a problem knitting labor-intensive projects before.

It started with Poinsettia, which I started over a year and a half ago.  All of the pieces have been knit up for well over a year, yet I can’t bring myself to seam it up.  Besides the fact that I just hate seaming, I think it was because I had no enthusiasm for the project.  It was a pure stash busting project.  I knit it because I had the yarn to make it.  I didn’t purchase that yarn to make that sweater, but it worked so I made it.  I think I just lost interest.  Once every couple of months or so I get this itch and think, “I’m going to sew up Poinsettia this weekend.”  Yeah, right.

Then I started Lys.  I was really excited about this project, and bought the yarn specifically for it.  As it was coming together, however, I wasn’t really feeling it anymore.  While I liked the pictures with the pattern, I wasn’t nearly as impressed with what was on my needles.  I saw an FO on Ravelry, and it didn’t look that great either.   The yarn was expensive, and I don’t think the cardigan will turn into something I want to wear, so I am going to frog it eventually.  Why waste the awesome yarn I bought for it?  Strike two.

The last sweater I started (and ultimately DID fiinish) was Cobblestone.  This was not without its own issues.  First, I planned for it to be my boyfriend’s birthday present, but I was nowhere near done with it in time.  Thus, it became a Christmas present.  I did finish it in time, but it was cumbersome.  We live together, and I had to work on it when he wasn’t around if it was to stay a surprise.  Instead of being able to casually sit back, watch some television, and work on Cobblestone to my heart’s content I had to knit as quickly as possible when my boyfriend wasn’t home or when I could manage to smuggle out of the house without his noticing.  Because of that I didn’t enjoy the process of knitting Cobblestone at all.

It wasn’t until the past couple of weeks that I’ve been in the mood to start a sweater again.  I offered to make my boyfriend another sweater this Christmas, one that he would know about so that I could work on it leisurely in front of him.  I offered to make a sweater for one of my co-workers who just moved here from Florida and only has one wool sweater.  And I’ve been looking more closely at sweater patterns for myself.  A while ago I bought a sweater’s worth of bulky yarn on sale, and I think that after I finish my Christmas gifts and the Double Cap for my friend I’m going to use it to finally make another sweater.  I truly feel that this is a good step.  The sweater should knit up quickly with the bulky yarn, so hopefully I won’t lose interest.

In the future I am going to have to be more critical of the garments I choose to make.  If I’m knitting for myself, I’m only going to knit something I really want to have.  And I’m never going to hide a sweater from my boyfriend again.  That was too rough.

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Slight drought

Posted by Andi on October 28, 2008

While I was at knit group on Sunday I realized that it had been a full week since I had knit anything.  The Sunday before last I knit on my way too and from the movies, and then didn’t knit again until knit group.

I thought about knitting a lot during that time.  I thought about bringing the one project I have on the needles right now with me one morning, but I was going to a building with tight security that day and didn’t want to risk bringing the knitting needles.  I listened to knitting podcasts.  I spent a lot (as much as “a lot” is these days, which is way less than before) time on Ravelry.  But there was no actual knitting.

I even contemplated starting on the hat I’m supposed to be making for a friend of mine.  I thought about it many times.  I picked up the yarn, and then always put it back down.  I still haven’t started it.

Since Sunday, however, I have been motivated to work on my one WIP (which is a gift so I don’t want to discuss what it is).   I was sort of concerned about how the yarn would knit up, especially with the pattern, but my mind was put at ease when several of my fellow knitters commented on how nice the project was turning out.  If the gift recipient acts the same way I should be in good shape!

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The holidays are just around the corner

Posted by Andi on October 18, 2008

I started my holiday knitting this week. I don’t think I will be posting about the projects I’m making as gifts out of fear that the people I’m making them for will see. I will say that I will be knitting two gifts this year, at least so far. I’m fairly confident in my ability to finish both before Christmas.

Although it’s not a holiday gift, I am making a third thing for someone. A friend of mine who lives out of state saw a picture of my double cap on my flickr page, and asked me to make one for her in green. I bought the yarn yesterday, and I hope to get started on it tomorrow. I’m hoping that when it’s finished she will model a picture of it for me to post here, otherwise it will be me.

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FO: The most boring hand-knit socks ever

Posted by Andi on October 14, 2008

The most boring hand-knit socks ever

They are finally done! And finished two days early! My boyfriend seems happy with them.

And as much as I hate to admit it, I really didn’t mind making these. I thought they would be deadly boring to knit, and while they weren’t exciting, they were easy and allowed me to knit and chat, or knit and watch something complex on TV.

Don’t tell him this, but I wouldn’t mind making similar socks again. However, he said that maybe next time I can make him some more interesting socks 🙂

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FO: Ondine

Posted by Andi on October 12, 2008


Pattern: Ondine: Sleeves for a Mermaid by Erssie Major
Needles: US 8
Yarn: 2.5 balls of Ella Rae Palermo in colorway 8

I think these sleeves will be the perfect thing to carry in my bag this time of year. It’s warm in the afternoon, but cool in the morning and evening. Just whip these out, and you can still be in short sleeves! These will also be great for those over-air conditioned restaurants in the summer.

Perhaps I’m biased because I was watching an episode of Primeval while knitting these, but they sort of remind me of Rex.

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I’m a good girl

Posted by Andi on October 9, 2008

I was very good at Yarn Con this year. I went in with a budget, and I stayed under my limit. It was only by $1, but still, it was under my limit.

I looked at every table before buying anything. I bought two things. First, I got about 1000 yards of black shiny yarn that was recycled from an old sweater. I can’t tell exactly what weight the yarn is. I think I will have to make a swatch and see. I have a few projects in mind for it already, but I’m not ready to talk about that yet.

The second thing I got was some sock yarn from Yarn Hollow in the plush colorway. I can’t really describe the color. I will have to post a picture. I probably won’t be able to take any pictures until at least Saturday. You know, I’ve bought a lot of yarn that I haven’t posted pictures of yet.

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