knitpicking

Saturday, February 26, 2005

updates

Well, Tempting did not get done in time for the interview. I had a lot of homework to do over the weekend and as hard as I tried, I just could not squeeze in enough knitting time. (Any more knitting would have been at the expense of sleep, and I only got 4 hours Monday night, so sleep took priority! ;)) I just got back from Stanford, it looks like I have a good shot at getting a fellowship for next year, which would be amazing!! It seems like exactly what I'm looking for, which I guess is not surprising since it is the #1 mechanical engineering grad school in the country!

I took some knitting stuff with me, but didn't have time to work on anything, so here are some pics I took just before I left:

tempting

On the left is the almost-completed body (right now it's about 12", needs to be 13") and on the right is a finished sleeve, a half-finished sleeve, and a ball of yarn with an extra dpn stuck in it. When I went to buy dpn's for the sleeves, all the store had was wood and bamboo, but the bamboo ones were about twice as expensive so I went with the wood Brittany needles. It took a long time for me to get used to them, since they're much rougher and "grabbier" than the plastic Denise's or aluminum needles (which are the only other kinds I've used).

Anyway, I started working on the sleeves because I thought I needed a break from the body, but it turns out I needed a break from the project in general, so I started this:

start of ribbon scelt

It's a drop stitch scarf/belt - I don't know what I'll use it for, but I think I'll call it a scelt because that sounds much nicer than the alternative. ;) It's made with some ladder ribbon yarn that I bought just to play around with, and I tried it in about 10 different things before finally settling on this. The colors are really pretty, and I like how the patches are arranged in just the right way so that one patch ends up in the middle of each dropped section. Here's a closeup:

closeup of ribbon scelt

So now I'm working on both of these, and I already have yarn waiting for the raglan tansy tee from Cast On magazine and for a glitzy purse, but somehow I just found the pattern for Candy and it is taking tremendous amounts of willpower to avoid buying gray and pink yarn to make it! Agh... I will resist... I will resist...

Thursday, February 17, 2005

i hate the rain.

Arrrgh, so here I am waiting patiently for the weather to get hot again so I can wear Cleo, and it seems Mother Nature is against me. It was in fact quite warm and sunny this morning, and I thought that if it stayed like that tomorrow I would wear the shirt (probably with a somewhat sheer white button-down over it) since I don't have any classes. Even with a shirt over it, I think it's still a little revealing to wear to class. ;)

But, I emerged from a lab in the basement after being down there for 2 hours, and the beautiful warm sunny day had transformed into a dreary, rainy one! I had to walk home in the rain and now I'm wearing sweats while my jeans are drying on a hanger. So I'm guessing this means no Cleo-wearing for me yet... ah well.

Tempting is still coming along nicely, I'm still worried about running out of yarn but I think I'll get another 4" out of the second ball so maybe I'll be okay. I can always unravel my swatch and use that yarn, too. Right now I'm about 6.5" into the body... I swapped the needles for plastic caps and tried it on last night (love my Denise set ;)) and it is so soft and feels so nice! I was getting a little sick of all that ribbing, but after seeing it on (even just covering my torso) I was inspired to keep going.

In non-knitting news, me and Lauren booked our hotel room up near Stanford for next week! We were originally going to fly, but it's so expensive, so we're just going to drive instead. It should be about 5 hours each way, which is kind of a lot since we're only staying 2 nights, but I haven't been on a road trip in a long time so I'm looking forward to it. :D

Anyway, I think I'm going to go downstairs and watch TV and knit, since it's still raining and I hate going outside in the rain. I may or may not watch the Gilmore Girls rerun at 5... that's usually the time I set aside for myself (and for knitting!) each day, but after the new episode this past Tuesday night, I worry that watching the show will only upset me. Seriously, I was depressed the rest of the night and much of Wednesday after Luke and Lorelai broke up. (Yeah, I'm a big dork... that's nothing new though. :))

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

cleo is finally done!

Check it out!!

finished cleo!

I'm so excited, this is the first non-winter-accessory I've made. And I love the way it turned out! There was a lot of hair-pulling along the way (largely gauge-related, even though I made and washed/blocked two swatches) but overall I think it knit up pretty quickly. Once I realized I would have to sew elastic in after all, I went to Michael's looking for 10mm (~1/2") elastic, but I couldn't find any, so I got 1/4" instead... luckily the fabric was stretchy enough on its own that just one band of 1/4" elastic was able to hold it up.

The slightly more exciting pics (i.e. the ones with me in them ;)):

front shot (attempted) back shot

(note: the actual color is more similar to the first pic, maybe slightly bluer but not as blue-ish as it looks in these two)

Discovery of the day: I am really, really bad at taking pictures of myself. You don't want to know how many I had to take just to get 2 decent ones out of it. However, I did get a lot of nice shots of the walls, my hair, the ceiling, and my fingers.

And because I'm very excited about finally having pictures, here's my Tempting in progress:

tempting

Goal is to finish by next Thursday, when I have my fellowship interview at Stanford... eeeee I'm so excited!! About both the interview and the sweater. ;)

and by "soon", i meant...

... in a week and a half, apparently. I've taken lots of pics recently but it turns out that I am very lazy and procrastination is my specialty, so I haven't even gotten them onto my computer yet, let alone uploaded them. I kept telling myself that I didn't want to really start this blog until I could post my full gallery of FOs, but who knows when that's going to happen... so I'm just diving right in now instead. (Besides, posting pics of the FOs shouldn't take too long, since I've only been knitting since November... all I've got are 3 scarves, 2 hats, and a pair of mittens.)

So, the current projects... well, Cleo is mostly done! I made it in Cascade Fixation, hoping that the elastic in the yarn would be enough to hold it up. And if I wear it with a strapless bra, it is, but the bra also sticks out a bit on the sides... so I think I may just have to forego the bra (not too big a deal for me, really ;)) and sew in elastic instead. Hopefully that will get done this afternoon!

I'm also making progress on Tempting, got about 4.5" done. I'm a little worried though - the yarn I'm using (Rowan all-seasons cotton, which is wonderful) has the same yardage as the recommended yarn, and I got it off of eBay where the seller had exactly 5 skeins left. I'm making the smallest size, and I did make a small swatch first, but the first skein of yarn only got me through about 3"! If I keep going at that rate, I'm going to run out really quickly, probably right after joining the sleeves to the body... I'm kind of dreading it. I got the yarn super cheap because the color is being discontinued, so I have no idea whether I'd be able to find more... sigh, I'll just try not to think about it until I get close. I'm doing a little 2-stitch cable twist running up every other rib in the waist area (inspired by an older sweater I own) and it is so cute! I'll definitely post pics of that later today because I just love the way it is turning out.

Okay, time for lunch, and some homework, then I'm going to finish Cleo! Woohoo, first real project!!

Saturday, February 05, 2005

here goes nothing

I've never used blogger/blogspot before, but I thought I'd give this a try, since it's free, so here we go! I took a lot of pictures of my FOs and WIPs earlier today so hopefully I'll be able to post them soon, assuming blogger isn't too hard to customize and configure. But first I should probably study for midterms a little... sigh. More later!