Saturday, March 26, 2005

there, that's much better

This is mostly just a test, to see how flickr works. So far I've gotta say it seems much much nicer than going through each picture individually, resizing them, uploading them in 2 different sizes, and adding them to my posts by typing out the image URLs by hand. Here it's just upload and go! The test image is a picture of a scarf I made for my sister earlier this year. Okay, here goes nothing...

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

dry faster!

So while I'm sitting here impatiently waiting for Tempting to dry, I thought I'd post some pictures. I finally finished it last night, and threw it in the wash this morning. I thought it would never get done! Binding off took foreeever, and then I was almost finished (about 20 stitches left) when I realized I didn't have enough yarn! So I had to tink the 180 stitches I had already bound off, then I undid another 20 stitches, and started binding off right there even though it was the middle of the row. This time, with maybe 5 or 6 stitches to go, I just could not make the yarn go any farther. Frustrated at the idea of undoing the entire bound-off row again, I instead weaved in all my ends and joined the sleeves at the underarm because some of my ends were pretty long. Then I took all the ends that were more than 6", attached them all together using a slightly-improvised Russian Join, and used that to bind off the last few stitches. The edge is not the neatest thing ever, but I figure I'll just call that the back and wear my hair down and no one will notice.

As a warning to anyone else attempting this pattern: buy extra yarn! The small calls for 5 balls, and I did use a different yarn but it had exactly the same yardage... I made the yoke 4" before the eyelet holes instead of 5", and could only complete 2 rows afterwards instead of 5, and I also had to frog my swatch to use the yarn! Here's the entirety of what I had leftover at the end:

not a lot of yarn...

Grand total of less than a yard. And I do realize that the twists I made in the lower half of the body probably used up extra yarn, but not enough to compensate for over an inch of knitting around 200 stitches! So I don't really know if it's a problem with me, or the yarn, or the pattern, but if you're planning on making the small I'd definitely recommend extra yardage.

Here's a picture of the finished sweater before washing (and also still ribbonless):


For some reason I really enjoyed finishing the underarm seams, maybe it's similar to the way I like mattress stitch and weaving in ends, which is that I don't actually enjoy them but I love watching the project inch its way toward the finish line! Check out my first-ever 3 needle bind off:

3-needle bind off for underarm seam

The color is also best in that last picture, at least on my computer.

So let's see, what else have I been knitting? Well, I finished my scelt and have already worn it as both a scarf and a belt. Both ways, I couldn't stop playing with it!

finished scelt

I wish I had made the fringe a little thicker, but I cut the pieces beforehand so by the time I got around to attaching them it was too late to do anything about it.

I've also started a needle roll loosely based on this pattern, except I'm doing the entire thing in garter stitch and I only have one color in the middle. My main reason for making it (well, besides needing somewhere to put my needles) is that I wanted a simple project to try and learn/practice knitting continental. Also, the border gives me a chance to try intarsia... I've already messed up the twisting a few times, but it's just a needle roll, so who cares? Anyway knitting continental is taking me SO LONG... I know that it's supposed to be faster overall but I don't know if I even have the patience to get to that point! Agh! And it might be easier with a nicer yarn, but I'm using Red Heart Super Saver acrylic since my grandmother gave me a ton and it just sits in my stash feeling neglected. It's awfully fuzzy and snaggy which is slowing me down even more, I think.

needle roll

And because I wanted something small to work on after Tempting, I'm trying a sock:

few rows of sock

Found the pattern by joining the First Time Sockknitters KAL, I'm using wool-ease in a variegated colorway (lighter than it shows up in my picture, but darker than it shows up here). Obviously I haven't gotten far enough to comment on how hard or easy sock knitting is, but I can say that 1) I am SO SICK of 2x2 ribbing, and 2) I am loving these metal Inox dpns so much more than the wood Brittany dpns I used on the sleeves of Tempting... much easier and smoother to knit with (and I kind of like the clinky sound they make as I knit!).

Ack, gotta run to go watch Gilmore Girls! And stare at Tempting a little longer so I can will it to dry with my eyes! (Well it's worth a try, right?)

Friday, March 04, 2005

i can breathe!

Whew! It's been such a crazy, hectic week that I've hardly had time to breathe, let alone sleep, let alone knit, let alone post about it! I did charge my camera battery overnight, so expect some pictures later today. Last weekend I finished my scelt and at some point I joined the sleeves on Tempting, then got about 1" past the join. All very exciting. :) It's almost time to figure out what my next project will be, out of the many I have yarn for already, haha.

Also - I am so mad I missed it!!! (Nevermind, the recaplet went away, so here are some excerpts: "Did you miss it? Aw, man. You're gonna be so mad you missed it." Then, later: "Lorelai calls the night off (but she did get dolled up, which is good to remember in a few sentences -- oh, man, are you going to be mad you missed it!)." I AM SOOOOOO MAD!!!!!

Okay, time to clean my mess of a room, I'll post pics later. :)

(Geez, we are having some of the strangest weather I've ever seen... since I woke up this morning, it's alternated every 10 minutes or so between beautiful sunshine with blue sky and torrential downpours... what on earth is going on??)