Saturday, January 29, 2005

On the Needles: Knitty's SX3

So I've been working on Knitty's Sx3. Ever since, well, yesterday.

Crefeld (School) has a knitting activity, two hours every friday. Yesterday was the second meeting, and it was a field trip to the yarn store. The LOCAL yarn store, The Tangled Web, where one of the teachers (Stacey) happens to work part time. Unfortunately, I didn't get to go, as during activities period, I have to meet with my shrink. It's necessary, I guess.

Although, I did get a friend (Hazel) to buy me some yarn. I didn't tell her what exactly, I just said fuzzy and pretty. She brought back the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen.

Two skeins of Lana Grossa Basics yarn. In fuzzy eyelash. So I combined that with some Carron SuperSoft in Heather Gray, and ended up with (so far):

I've got done one earphone cover, and part of the stereo cover. This is just so fun to knit with.

Also, on the needles, I have Stitch and Bitch's Skully, but modified. I'm thinking I'll call it "The Grim Reaper"'ll see why, once I give it its own post, I'm sure. I'm not sure how far I want to take the modifications yet, so as soon as I figure it out, that will be going up as well. Also, as soon as I take some pictures. Whoo!

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

On the Needles: Purple wool WWI Socks

Dear god. These are the socks from hell. HELL! They look so warm, and so comfy, and I want to wear them so badly right now. Because my feet are cold.

But this presents a minor problem. A couple minor problems. The fact that my hands are raw and chapped. This wool is tougher than I thought, and it's biting into my skin. The fact that, the top calf part is far too tiny. This could be solved in blocking, maybe, if I'm lucky, but more likely I'll be unravelling from the top and reknitting it to be wider. Also, when I picked up stitches for the heel, I missed a couple. So there are some fairly inconspicuous (I can never spell that for the life of me) holes in my heel.

So, I finished sock one today. I may set it aside until I figure out what to do with it, whether to attempt blocking it, or unravel the calf and start over again (my best bet). I didn't count on the wool being so biting. But it is. So I'm kind of sick of working with it right now.

I finished on the van this morning, on the way to school. Because Eli doesn't know how to shovel his street, which is a side street, so all the plow runoff gets shoved there. We were stuck for an hour, so while everyone else WASN'T taking my suggestions (put pine branches behind the wheels for traction, which they eventually did), I was knitting away on this sock.

Monday, January 24, 2005

On the Needles: Purple wool WWI socks

YARRGHH!! #*^$M)&^!!!!!!!! Jeebus. This sock thing is harder than I thought. I'm attempting These socks, from the original World War I pattern. Originally, I wasn't sure which sock pattern I wanted to use, so I just kind of winged it. Bad idea. Rip rip rip.

Three tries later, the above product is what I came out with thus far.

Since I wasn't using sport weight yarn, but a really really bulky recycled thrift yarn in lovely purple wool, I figured I'd cut the number of stitches called for in half.

Bad idea. I'm pretty sure it's coming out too small. Not only that, but the math involved is a nightmare. Sure, it's just division and percentages...but have mercy!

The finished result, I'm sure, will look nothing like a sock. I think I need an easier, beginners sock pattern. Would something toe-up be easier???

Finished Project: Take on Zeeby's/Manhattan Beach Bag

What?: "Manhattan Beach" bag
Source: Many many alterations to Zeeby's bag from Stitch and Bitch, edited/compiled by Debbie Stoller. It started off as Zeeby's, but took on a life of its own.
Materials: Recycled thrift varigated yarn, lion brand wool-ease in "wheat"
Technical Specs: Knit on size 8 needles.
Notes: What a pain in the ass.

This took a lot longer than supposed by this blog. I'd kept putting it off, but now that it's finished, I'm glad. Shown above empty on my floor (excuse the mess, letters from colleges and a guest cameo by my combat boots), and holding something (my younger brother's literature book).

Closeup of the inside pocket:

I had such an amazing sense of happiness and relief when this was done. It was christened "Manhattan Beach" by my mother, who thought it looked like an overly sophistocated beach bag. This project was a breeze, compared to what I am currently undertaking.....

Thursday, January 20, 2005

On the Needles: Take on Zeeby's Bag (SnB)

I had originally set off to make a bag for a friend, in exchange for a lovely handblown glass piggy bank (with a coin slot in it's ass. What could be better?). I looked all over for a suitable pattern, and finally ended up slightly altering the Zeeby's Bag pattern from Debbie Stoller's Stitch And Bitch.

The main color (MC) yarn I'm using is a pinky reddy purply violety whitey variegated yarn from a salvaged thrift store sweater. The contrasting color (CC) is Lion Brand Wool-Ease in the color "Wheat". My grandmother gave me a whole bunch of jumbo skiens of it, and I've got so much I don't know what to do with. But that's okay. It's a pretty color.

In Zeeby's pattern, the main panels are knit almost entirely in Stockinette Stitch. This, my friends, drove me up a wall. Somewhere along the way I knit a purl row, and ended up with a fluke in the fabric. So I went with it. I've also made my panels a little wider than called for in the original pattern.
Then, deciding to take some more liberties, I decided to make the fluke rows a contrasting color to add some flair. The piece seen above would now be the back panel of the bag. The piece below, the front. I think it looks pretty damn good, although it's impossible to capture this variegated color on camera, for some reason.

Then, following with the motif I'd set forward with the fluke rows, I knit up the inside pocket in the same manner.

Currently on the needles is the gusset, which I'm making a bit skinnier than called for by Zeeby's. 39 inches of garter stitch lay ahead of me. Tedium. But in a good way.

Still to do: Straps, Block, Assemble.

I'd say it should be done by Monday at the latest. Then the pig is mine!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Finished Project 1/12/05: One Hour Baby Booties (SnB)

What?: One Hour Booties
Source: "Stitch and Bitch Nation" edited/compiled by Debbie Stoller
Materials: Red Heart Super Soft (acrylic) in Red
Technical Specs: Knit on size 9 needles.
Notes: Never, ever, never, try fitting your project on your cat.

These were knit for a friend's baby, although I highly doubt I'll see friend in question before said baby outgrows the little things. They'll probably end up being donated to the local hospital, or some such.

Taking on these was an incredibly daunting task to mount. For one thing, I couldn't find a source to tell me what the direction "turn" in a pattern meant. Of course, it's self explanitory, but I wanted to be certain. I hate frogging my work. Even more than that, I hate swallowing my "perverse sense of pride" (as someone once called it) to ask my grandmother for help. It's not that I mind asking for help...oh, wait, yes I do.

So once I figured out that "turn" meant...well...TURN, I was sailing through these. But because of my apprehension, the first bootie took 2 days. The second? less than an hour. Adorkable.

Finished Project 1/4/05: Ribbed Wrist Condom

What?: "Ribbed Wrist Condom" Wristlet
Materials: Recycled purple thrift store yarn. 100% wool, completely feltable.
Technical Specs: No pattern, knit in the round on size 3 double pointed needles.
Notes: This is a picture pre-felting. I don't have any pictures of the wristlet after felting, although once I can find it again, I'm sure I will. (el gato has made off with it).

One day, whilst walking through the aisles of the local thrift store, I thought i would peruse a much thought of idea: scrapping a sweater for yarn. Through trial and error, I figured out what a bitch this is...and the result is yard upon yard upon yard of lovely bulky purple wool, which cost a mere $3.99. This is my first project working with wool.

Finished Project 12/16/2004: Stripey Legwarmers

What?: Legwarmers
Materials: Red Heart SuperSaver (acrylic) in Purple and Sugar n' Cream cotton in Lilac.
Technical Specs: No pattern, knit in the round on size 3 double pointed kneedles. Completely done in stockinette stitch. 18" long.
Notes: Next legwarmer set I think I'll add ribbing to the top, as they slid slightly the more they stretched over a person's calves.

Made for my ballet teacher Emily as a Chirstmas gift. My first completed project in years. My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 7. I stopped for a while, and didn't pick it up again until this year.

Incredibly enough, I waited until the last possible minute to finish these legwarmers, and miraculosly got them finished in just enough time to present them to my teacher the day before christmas break.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

First post. Nothing substantial. This is the place that will eventually house my knitting projects and rants.