Monday, January 31, 2005

To Frog or Not to Frog

I made a mistake on my first afghan square.

To give some perspective: the square as a whole will be 75 rows.

I am on row 48.

The mistake is on row 44.

That would mean frogging four rows. Of cables. Which get totally messy when frogging.

So I think I'm going to not frog. DH pointed out that I can use this square as a 'test' square, and that I can do another square once I finish the whole afghan shebang. And he also pointed out that in the scheme of the entire afghan, it isn't going to be a big deal.

I was so exhausted yesterday I thought the world was over, but in the cold hard light of day I'm dealing with it.

**Update** The good news is that I've figured out how I made a mistake. That was what was driving me the most crazy...I couldn't figure out what went wrong. Well, now that I've slept, it became clear. The pattern features two charts worked side by side, and each chart is repeated *about* 2 1/2 times. The challenge is: chart one is 30 rows, chart two is 28. So on the second repeat, when I'm row 10 of the first chart, I need to be on row 12 of the second.

Well, yesterday, in my tired state, I would do row 10 of the first chart, but row 8 of the second. I can see how it happened. Anyway...now it just will look like a muddle in the middle section but it should end up OK.

Like I said, the figuring out the error is the key thing. Now I can move on.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

My Cool Students

I got home an hour or so ago from putting on a two-day workshop for some of the great students in the advertising sequence at the U of O. This morning, eight teams of students gave presentations, and while they were presenting to a panel of guests their presentations were broadcast into another room in our building. I was hanging with the non-presenting students watching the presentations, and I brought a mindless scarf (silk sari yarn drop stitch scarf) to play with while they were presenting.

My students are so great. Everyone came by to see what I was knitting. One of the guys, Tanner, told me he just learned to knit and was knitting a scarf for his girlfriend. Katie came up to me and asked me what I would charge to make her a towel for her bowling ball! I told her nothing, and I'm thrilled to knit up a cotton washcloth for her as a gift.

I love my students. Well, most of them. They think I'm cool because I knit. I think they're cool because they think its cool. I'm a happy gal right now.

I didn't get far on the scarf, instead yakked it up with the kids most of the time, but that's ok.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Poem

Two socks are done
A scarf's begun.
Now I must run...
Not having fun!

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The Speed of Socks

I'd post a picture of sock #2 but trust me, it looks just like sock #1. I finished #1 Friday night and cast on for #2 at the same time. As of last night, I'm about 4 inches away from completing #2. It has gone very fast, compared to the first pair of socks that I did, which took a month at least. I love the two circ method. Anyway, I've also done a bit more work on the first afghan square, maybe eight rows, but I'll hold off on posting that 'til its done.

I promised myself I could start something new when I finished the sock, and I've recently b ought some beautiful handpainted yarn, so I think I'm going to do a scarf or a shawl from that. I also might start the Irish Hiking Scarf for my brother for christmas. I also want to make a bag out of recycled sari silk, there is a great pattern in the Bags book...and a colleague had a beautiful scarf made from that which is very very soft, I have some in la stash and so maybe I'll whip out a scarf of that and wash it to soften it up. It is quite stiff in the skein.

Oh, the decisions.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

KIPing the WIPS


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I finished the first sock yesterday during a faculty meeting. The oddest thing happened. One of my colleagues looked at the sock and said "oh, is that just for wearing around the house?" Now what does that mean? It is a normal looking sock, the yarn looks a bit rag-wooly but I don't know exactly what she meant by that comment. I would have asked her, but the meeting started. She's not a bad person, she's actually someone I consider a friend. I need to just ...let....it....go..... I'm sure she was saying it to be nice. It was just an odd thing to say. Anyway. The sock is done, and I cast on for its buddy.

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This first square of the afghan is about a third done. I can only do about four rows a day since the knitting requires thinking. :-) Here is something I can't figure out: even though I've probably done about 50 or 60 2/1 RPCs AND 2/1 LPCs I still have to look at the directions for each one I do. A bit frustrating.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Frodo's a Boy!


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We just found out our friends Steve and Jen's baby-on-the-way (AKA Frodo) is a boy. Thus, the Frodo jacket is going to be a good fit for him. Even if Frodo had been a girl we'd still go ahead with the jacket, but now I'm a bit relieved.

Oh, and Steve, if you're reading this, act surprised when you get the jacket. And don't tell Frodo!

Coming Up Rosey

I finished the front of the rosey sweater...man, that sweater is uninspiring. I'm not sure why. Probably because it doesn't look a thing like the picture. And I'm guessing it will end up being too small for me to wear.

Anyway, I now will be entering the SLEEVE VORTEX, a place where I am stuck knitting sleeves while the world continues to spin around me. Life will move on, and I will be knitting sleeves.

I'm enjoying the Aran Afghan square, although I can't imagine how long it will take to do an entire afghan.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Dreaming of Knitting

I had a weird knitting dream last night. I had knit a scarf, and I was working on an embellishment at the ends. I was having trouble knitting the embellishment, and I woke up and went back into the dream about four different times. As the dream progressed, it appeared I was trying to knit a seahorse on the scarf.

Hmmm.

I had been reading "Scarf Style' before I went to bed and was pretty amazed at some of the intricate patterns, but I wonder if it would have affected me sooo strongly?

Monday, January 17, 2005

IC WIPs


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JAlthough nothing is too far along, and nothing really has that much interest that comes across in a photograph, I thought I'd go ahead and share my wips with you. Thanks to all for visiting and for commenting, it is great to hear from everyone!

Just turned the heel on the sock, made in Paton's Kroy 'houndstooth' which is a misnamed yarn. It is much more like a ragg wool look rather than a houndstooth. Oh well. I like the look anyway.

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Behold the start of the first square of the Aran Afghan. I'm knitting it on a circ so right now it looks like a collar, but trust me, it will end up as a square. This is much more 'pay attention knitting' than I've ever done, but it is a good project to work on during football games etc.

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The Rosey Cable sweater is progressing slowly, although I am working on the upper part of the front. If you look closely you can see the cables that are part of the design.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Decisions, decisions!

The Plymouth Encore arrived yesterday, so I cast on for the first square of the "Great American Aran Afghan". I'm going to start on the 'easier' ones in the book and then see what happens. I'll post the progress as it happens.

I'm turning the heel on the first sock, and have even made it halfway up the front of the rosey sweater. But I want to start other things! I checked out "Knitters Stash" from the Library yesterday, and haven't looked at this book since this past summer. So now, of course, there is so much I feel I am capable of doing. I'm thinking of buying some yarn for the lace shawl they have in the book (is it the Morning Flowers shawl, maybe?) and doing that as my first big lace project. I think that might make me a bit more comfortable with the more complex lace stuff.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

The Waiting Game

I started a sock yesterday: patons yarn that is a black and white twist. I'm doing sort of a simple mindless sock from "Socks soar". School is so crazeee right now I need some simple stuff.

Also, I'm waiting for two things. One, the yarn for the afghan to arrive. It is on its way hooray! And should be here by the end of the week. Also, I'm waiting for the long weekend, when Tim will be at work (boo), where I can start on a shawl (yay).

I need peace, quiet and time to get in a shawl frame of mind.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

New Orleans Scarf


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For whatever reason, I'm calling this the New Orleans scarf. It is made of this incredible yarn that RoseM sent me for the KR gift exchange: Fleece Artist Slubby and Rapunzel (a boucle). The yarn comes with a scarf pattern but I did one on my own: basically:

Cast on 17
Knit two rows with A
Knit two rows with B
Knit one row with A as follows: * knit one, wrap yarn twice around needle* end knit one.
Knit one row with A and drop wrapped yarns off.
Knit two rows with B
Knit two rows with A.
Knit one row with B as follows: * knit one, wrap yarn twice around needle* end knit one.
Knit one row with B and drop wrapped yarns off.

Repeat til scarf is about 6-7 feet long, end with two rows knit wtih A.

Why do I think of this as the New Orleans scarf? THe rich colors? The fun boucle texture? The shots of color mixed in with really deep dark colors, reminding me of Bourbon Street at night. The fact that this yarn feels sooooo good.

I whipped this scarf up in about four hours, and am salivating to make more things with this yarn.

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A close up shows the incredible texture and color of this yarn. I really love it and would love to find an online source to get more of this great yarn. If you know of one, let me know!

Monday, January 10, 2005

Felting is Amazing!


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I've felted several things, but this one takes the cake.

You probably thought I was exaggerating over the size of the bag, unfelted, but just LOOK at the picture. It is huge huge huge. I finished knitting it Sat night and then did the handles on Sunday morning, and felted it Sunday afternoon. Believe me, I was worried.

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After about an hour and a half in the washer (it's a front loader, ymmv) the bag shrunk down to a great size...big, big enough for my spindle, hand carders, and some roving, and with room for a purse too. It is the perfect size. I think I'll shave it down a bit but I am thrilled to pieces with the result.

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Here is a view of the bottom of the bag, so you can see the cool pattern made when the triangles are pulled together to make the bottom of the bag. No blocking was needed on this, which is amazing too.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

All Tier-y Eyed

I've been knitting like a crazy girl on the entrelac bag, and now have only two (2! 2!) tiers left. And these are little tiers, so hopefully I'll be done tomorrow.

The bag, unfelted, will be 40 inches in circumphrence (sp???) and about the same in length. Please, felting goddess, hear my prayer and felt this to a normal size!

Friday, January 07, 2005

Kno Knitting

I've done no knitting for a few days. Family problems mean lots of long distance phone calls to Flagstaff (home of my mom and brother...mom is currently recovering from having an appendectomy) and last night was the Return of the Dreaded Migraine. I think it is now time to talk to a doctor about this.

In other news, I did order some yarn...a HUGE SPLURGE for me, Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb to make a clapotis. I bought the yarn from Discount yarn Sale (6-8 weeks to ship, aiyeee) so I will lplan that for a fall 2005 scarf. By that time the clapotis craze will be gone and I'll be yet another year behind the knitting trends.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

No pictures because...

...I don't even think it will fit in the camera viewfinder.

The entrelac bag is a huge blob of knitting. It has to shrink down about a gazillion percent. I can't stop it from growing beause the tiers have to get smaller and smaller until I can pull the final tier together into the bottom. Does that make sense?

if you have any thoughts on how I can handle this unweildy (sp??) beast let me know.

I'm back to work this week, and teach MW at 8:30, TTH at 2 and Fri at 9. It is a bit fractured but I'm trying to get a research paper completed...and then, of course trying to keep it al together with the knitting. I always feel a bit nobbly wobbly at the start of the term but it should settle down soon.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Entrelac Progress



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My entrelac bag is growing by leaps and bounds, and will be about the size of a sleeping bag when I finish it. I have seven more rows to go, and it is already about 15 inches long and 40 inches wide. I'm anticipating (hoping, praying) that the felting will result in a good-sized bag.


If you look closely, you can see a stitch holder with a row counter on it. That should give you some idea of the oversized-ness of this bag!

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Happy New Year!

May 2005 bring us peace on earth.

Many, though, are starting the new year in absolute devastation. The news from India and Sri Lanka just gets worse. If you can, please donate something, anything to the relief effort. DH and I made a donation to Doctors Without Borders in honor of our friend Kumi from Sri Lanka.

I am fortunate to have so much.