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Archive for January, 2009

WIP – Chevron scarf

Posted by Andi on January 27, 2009

The yarn I’m using for the Big Sack Sweater is beige and white.

The yarn I’m using for my Jaywalker socks is white, beige, and rust.

I needed to work with some color.

WIP - Chevron scarf

So instead of being productive on my other WIPs, I started a Chevron scarf. I’m making it out of 2 colorways of Mirasol Hacho, and I’m way to lazy right now to look up what they are.

WIP - Chevron scarf

As you can see, it’s quite colorful. I’m wondering if it’s too colorful for me. I mean, I don’t wear a lot of bright colors, and I own a lot of black clothing. I don’t know. This might end up being a gift. Or maybe it will grow on me.

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WIP – Jaywalker, let’s try it again

Posted by Andi on January 20, 2009

WIP - Jaywalker

Isn’t that much better than this? Notice there is only a picture of one side. Why? Because it the same on both sides! Yay! The color in this picture is off, it looks more like the pic below.

WIP - Jaywalker

Although it’s still not great. There will be pictures taken with better light once the socks are done.

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WIP – Big Sack Sweater

Posted by Andi on January 18, 2009

I finally have something interesting to show:

WIP - Big sack sweater

I am *so* close to being done with this sweater. It’s a raglan, and I’ve sewn the sleeves to the body and completed the neck band. Now all I have to do is sew the side and sleeve seams. The sweater has been in its current state for about a week now, with no progress made.

I’m a little bit angry at myself, because it really wouldn’t take all that much effort or time to finish the darn thing. I hate seaming, and I know that’s part of why I’m stalling.

Why do I hate seaming so much? Because I’m bad at it. In order to make a nice seam I have to have a lot of time and no distractions. And my brain must be functioning. To be fair, there hasn’t been a time in the past week where the conditions were right for seaming. I’ve either been tired or working or had something I wanted to watch on television. I will need a couple of hours where I am alert, awake, and not distracted. I think I will have to wait until next weekend for that time.

My goal is to have this sweater done exactly one week from today. It’s 5:49 PM on Sunday night. Next Sunday night this thing better be done.

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An error in judgment works in my favor

Posted by Andi on January 16, 2009

Doublke knit piano scarf

When I first completed my double knit piano scarf I was happy with it, or at least I was happy with how it looked. I realized that perhaps using worsted weight yarn was a mistake. The scarf was too wide, and being double knit, it was really thick. I thought it would be too big and heavy to really use it. After all of that work I was a bit disappointed that I wouldn’t get to wear it that much.

Until this morning. The temperature was still below zero when I left for work. I decided today would be a good day to wear the double knit piano scarf. And you know what? It was awesome. It was thick enough to warm my neck AND cover my mouth and nose. My eyeballs hurt, but my neck and the rest of my face was warm. Yay for handknits!

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What is the color of winter? I know what isn’t.

Posted by Andi on January 15, 2009

Caution Falling Ice

Every morning, on my way to work, I walk past a women’s clothing store. This week I noticed a change as to what was in the window and the front of the store. All of a sudden there were bright colors and lighter fabrics. It just looked weird. There I was, walking in cold and snow, seeing people in dark parkas and wool coats, and there in the window was green, yellow, and orange where last week there was black and white, and maybe some jewel tones. It just didn’t fit. That so didn’t make sense in my world that morning.

Tuesday night we decided to clean off and move the car before the deep freeze later this week (which started today). We ran some errands. After spending a half hour trying to get my stuck car into a parking space when I got home – which finally happened due to the kindness of a stranger who helped my boyfriend push my car – I went online to look at some new spring yarns. It just wasn’t working for me. I saw beautiful colors, but I just could not relate to them, even the beautiful green yarns.

After I frogged my Jaywalker I was considering what to do next. Did I want to try another pair of Jaywalkers with different yarn? Did I want to step away and work on a completely different sock pattern? I started to ponder the sock yarns I had, and which I wanted to work with. I considered working with some Noro sock yarn, since I’ve been wanting to for months. I then considered working with the skein of TOFUtsies that I have, since I’ve been wanting to work with that too. Then I looked at it, lime green in color, nestled among less brightly colored yarns in my armoire. I just couldn’t work with it right now.

It occurred to me that my environment really seems to affect the colors I like and want to knit with. In the early autumn I was annoyed that I was working with a really neutral colored yarn because I wanted to work with some beautiful autumn colors. Right now, even though this winter has been more extreme than normal so far, instead of seeking comfort in bright colors, I can only related to colors that seem to fit the current climate.

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Rip it, rip it

Posted by Andi on January 12, 2009

I finished the leg, did the heel flap, turned the heel, finished the gusset, and started on the foot. Then I looked at my boyfriend and said, “This is a really ugly sock, isn’t it?”

“Yes,” he said.

So they are frogged. I like the colors in this yarn, but I don’t like the unevenness, and I didn’t like how it was looking. I’m debating whether I want to use this yarn again. I could just make a plain ribbed sock and leave it at that. Maybe that will be better. The change in stitches might change how the colors knit up.

ETA: Frogging this sock was *such* the right choice! I started with a new yarn, and after just a few rows it’s already so much better. The width of the stripes isn’t always constant, but at least they go all the way around so the sock looks symmetrical. Pics to come once I’ve knitted a few more inches.

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WIP – Jaywalker

Posted by Andi on January 10, 2009

WIP - Jaywalker

I started these on January 1, and I haven’t picked them up since. I brought them with me on my trip this week, but I had no time to work on them. At home I’ve been working on the Big Sack Sweater (which I will probably finish this weekend), so I don’t see myself working on these much until next week.

WIP - Jaywalker

The colors don’t stripe evenly, which is okay, but I’m not sure how I like them yet. I think this is nicer than if I had just made a plain ribbed or stockinette sock, but I’m not sure what I think so far. At first the unevenness was bothering me, but now I kind of like that the striping is different from every angle. We’ll see.

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WIP – Big Sack Sweater

Posted by Andi on January 4, 2009

It’s amazing how quickly one can knit a long-sleeved pullover sweater with bulky yarn and a little motivation. I started the Big Sack Sweater almost 2 weeks ago. I’ve finished both sleeves and the back. This afternoon I did the first few rows of the front. Honestly, if I weren’t going to be out of town most of the week, I know I would finish all of the knitting, if not all of the finishing as well, by the end of next weekend. If I can be really productive I can get the front finished by the end of next weekend, but we’ll see.

I really like how the yarn is knitting up. I’m using Needful Yarns Woodstock in a beige and white colorway. It’s really natural looking. I apologize for not having any photos, but at this point I have only knit in stockinette stitch, so they wouldn’t be particularly exciting photos. I have yet to start the cable down the middle of the front. At the rate I’m knitting it, by the time I’m motivated to take some photos the sweater will be complete!

I wish it wasn’t so gosh darn big. I am really excited and motivated to knit this sweater, but I just can’t see myself brining the front with me on my trip. It will take up too much room. It’s a good thing I started a pair of Jaywalkers on New Year’s Day. I will tuck that away in the front pocket of my suitcase.

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Knitting in 2009 – Resolutions

Posted by Andi on January 3, 2009

I think, for me, 2008 was the Year of the Sock. I made my first pair of socks this year. And my seventh. That will probably continue in 2009. I cast on my first pair of socks, Jaywalkers, on New Year’s Day. And now that my stash has many, many skeins of sock yarn, well, I think I will always have a pair of socks in the making for the foreseeable future.

But there are other Things Knitting I wish I had done. Those are my resolutions for 2009.

1. Make at least two sweaters. I made no sweaters in 2008. I don’t know why, but I didn’t have the motivation to do something like that. I have already started one of the two sweaters – the Big Sack Sweater. Both sleeves are finished, and I started on the back last night. I don’t know what my second sweater will be. There is a vest I want to make, but I don’t know if I will count that or not.

2. Frog Lys. I’ve already decided I’m going to do so, but it’s still sitting in pieces in a disintegrating bag in my bedroom. I’ve gone through Ravelry looking for some patterns for the yarn, but I guess I had enough other things to keep my busy. The yarn is more likely to be knit into something else if it is actually available to me.

3. Do something with Poinsettia. Poinsettia has been sitting in my bedroom, in pieces, for 2 years. I look at the pattern now, and I really don’t think I’m going to wear it. I don’t think the sweater will flatter me. I only made it because I had the yarn to do so, and I wanted to destash it, not because I actually wanted that sweater in black and fuchsia. Part of me thinks I should sew it up and then decide, given that the pieces are finished. I don’t know, though, I think that’s a waste of time. But by New Year’s Eve I will have done something with it.

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