Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I'd like to thank the Academy...

Kathy, who goes to (and now works at!) my LYS has given me an "I Love Your Blog Award"!

Isn't that lovely of her? And she's a really good knitter, too, go check out her blog.

The rules for receiving this award are:

  1. Post this award on your blog.
  2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
  3. Nominate at least 4 other bloggers, and add their links as well.
  4. Leave a comment at the new recipients' blogs, so they can pass it on.

And so, I give you:

Yep, not a whole lotta knitting content in there, but they are certainly blogs that I love. I am, however, too shy to do #4 on the list. To distract you from my failure to follow the rules, I present...much knitting progress!

Anouk for baby Mendez
Done! And IloveitIloveitIloveit, it's really sweet. I especially like how all the pastel colours work together.

Double-faced bib
This is also finished and it looks amazing, if I do say so myself. Alas, that's all I can tell you. I'm hoping to publish the pattern, so you won't get a picture; and the mother-to-be reads this blog, so you won't get details on who she is or what the bib looks like or much of anything else, either. Sorry. I know, I know, the secrecy thing blows.

Stretchy socks for Mom
I finally got the cast-on done properly and got going. I'm almost finished sock #1, but the foot seems way too small. I'm not sure how this happened, because the toe looks like it turned out as long as it was supposed to be, and, accordingly, I started the toe when the foot was as long as it was supposed to be, given how long the toe was supposed to be, and yet somehow the two lengths didn't work out to a nine-inch foot. I've lost count of how many times I've checked that my math was right (7 5/8 inches of pre-toe foot plus 1 3/8 inches of toe should equal 9 total inches of foot), so that's not the problem.

At this point I am studiously avoiding trying to find out what the problem is, because I'm sure the solution is going to be ripping back and knitting more foot. Or snipping the foot open and adding more length before grafting the foot back together. Either way, grumbling will be involved and I'm not ready to go there yet.

St. Brigid wrap for moi
This project right here pretty much sums up me as a knitter.

About two weeks ago, the chill of autumn began making its way into the weather, and I was completely unprepared because I haven't got a transitional (read: spring/autumn) jacket. In the interests of saving money, and because I am trying to snazz up my wardrobe wherever possible, I decided that knitting myself a wrap was in order, using the shape of the Chunky Highland Wool Wrap but something else for the actual pattern.

I've been drooling for some time over the cables in the St. Brigid sweater pattern by a certain Outer Hebridean designer whose name dare not cross my keyboard. :) So I redacted them, put 'em together in such a way as I thought would give me an 18-inch width, and got going, using some royal purple Emu Superwash DK that I had 7 balls of in my stash thanks to a Knitters Attic sale last year.

Unfortunately, once the first ball ran out I only had about five inches done...

(It's actually much more purple than this in real life.)

...and since the wrap as I planned it would require a total of 94 inches, it was pretty clear that my remaining six balls weren't going to cut it.

So I went looking for something else in the stash that I had enough of.

Enter my 19 balls of blue Angora Extra, which I had acquired during a ridiculously good online sale at the studio. This is supposed to be an Aran-weight yarn, although when you feel it it seems like fingering or sport. However, the label says 4 stitches per inch, and I got the distinct impression from reading other people's projects with it on Ravelry that it would "bloom" like crazy...so I assumed it would be Aran-weight, and removed two cabled braids from the pattern I'd worked out.

And oh...my...GAWD. This yarn is AMAAAAZING. It's sooo soft. You know that scene in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, where Ford and Zaphod are admiring the black ship? The dialogue goes something like this:

Ford: And feel this surface!
Zaphod: Yeah...hey, you can't!
Ford: I know, it's just totally frictionless!

That is exactly how it feels when you touch this stuff. It's absolutely gorgeous, I'm completely in love with it. The cables looked awesome knitting with it, too, not too fuzzy at all.

Once I'd knit through the first ball, though, the logic centre of my brain was telling me that I should really confirm that it would indeed bloom as expected. So I did up a swatch and soaked it in Eucalan for about half an hour.

No bloom.

Like, maybe a little bit of horizontal expansion that was really just the cables relaxing out, but the yarn itself bulking up? Nada.

Cursing viciously, I ripped out the whole thing (alas, I did not take a picture before doing this) and re-cast on with enough stitches to put the two missing cable braids back in. I finished two rows, went to bed, and didn't get a chance to work on it for a few days.

During that time, I discovered a spring/autumn jacket in my closet.

It's a gorgeous jacket that I'd forgotten all about...one of my dad's cousins visited us this summer and had bought this jacket for herself as part of her trip (which included some sightseeing in Alaska, I believe). She no longer wanted the jacket and didn't want to haul it back to Australia with her, and so she gave it to me. It's gorgeous, warm, classy, and fits me perfectly, and I love it.

Unfortunately, I'd also forgotten all about it. Had I remembered it, I could have avoided this whole wrap fiasco entirely. However, I am clearly an idiot, and an knitting-enthusastic one at that, and so we have the saga that you have just finished reading.

I don't quite know what I'm going to do with the yarn now. I love it desperately and absolutely want to make something with it (something for me, dammit), but don't know now what it should be.

I guess I'll just have to wait and see what comes to me.

Log Cabin blanket
This is proceeding very nicely indeed and I really like how my little variation on the Log Cabin theme is working out.

Turquoise socks for DD1
Well, with the wrap project scrapped; the Log Cabin project too big to transport (the blanket itself could probably be shoved into my bag, but the balls of yarn are enormous); two other projects finished; and two other projects being assiduously avoided; I needed something else to do. So why not make some socks for my older daughter.

I had some fingering weight acrylic in a greenish turquoise kicking about, probably enough for two pairs, so I started with that. It's going pretty well. I'm using my new sock pattern which I can't wait to have published so that I can link it up to all these damn sock projects I've been doing lately in my Ravelry notebook, and to show you some actual pictures of the socks.

Log Cabin for baby Miller
My parents were over at my place last night (happy birthday, Dad!) and told me the news that one of my second cousins is expecting her first baby. This is extremely good because she has MS, the symptoms of which apparently go away when you're pregnant, which is certainly good news for her right now. She's due in November.

After they left I started thinking about what I could make for her, and - despite having a long list of baby stuff in my queue - I settled on doing another Log Cabin blanket. I'm not sure why...but I'm quite happy with the decision and I like the way it's going so far. I'm using some Patons Knit 'n' Save bulky yarn in my stash. I'm not sure I have enough to make this blanket (I think there's more in the basement, although I haven't found it yet), but as per my usual style, I'm blithely forging on ahead regardless of potential consequences. This should be good for a laugh or two...

1 comment:

Carrie K said...

You can never go wrong with a Log Cabin project.

That baby dress is adorable!!

And I'm getting quite a kick out of your St Brigid wrap woes. Oh well. Sometimes the Knitting Goddesses just want us to swatch fruitlessly.