Every year at work I look forward to the autumn because my schedule goes back to normal and I can take some time off after summer unpleasantness. This year, there has been no slackening of the frenetic work pace. I’m still (over)working and suspect this will not ease unless I transfer to another base. I am considering it, believe you me but a 6 hour plane ride before and after every trip isn’t fabulous.
This is a long explanation as to why I don’t have time to make all the things, or even some of the things, I’d like to make. This is also why a pair of socks for a friend’s birthday is two weeks late. ARGH! This doesn’t stop me from having ideas, whims and fancies. Maybe if I share I’ll actually remember I had such fancies.
Shibui Knits Peak Hat by Susan Lawrence and I love it!
On the knitting front I’m working on birthday socks (belated) and a cardigan for me. The socks are 70% done and the cardigan consists of 3/4 of a sleeve that’s been completely ripped out twice. Why would I be looking at knitting patterns on ravelry with projects in progress. Clearly I’m ambitious, or just deluded. Whatevs. I really like Susan Lawrence’s pattern Peak Hat. It’s cute, clever and very wearable. It’s two strands of fingering held together which is about sport weight, isn’t it? I’d love the Shibui Pebble yarn but that would be a bit more dosh than I’d spend on a hat.
My plan is to finish the BELATED birthday socks and then run to the yarn shop to find a bit of yummy to make this hat with. Look! A little charted moutain section and a handle at the top! I promise not to download the pattern until the socks are done. I promise not to download the pattern until the socks are done. I promise not to download the pattern until the socks are done.
Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen
Sewingwise, I’d love to make a skirt from some dotted rayon that I bought for something else and changed my mind on (what’s new there?) The skirt I want to make is this one. It’s Megan Nielsen’s Kelly Skirt and it’s super cute. So what’s the hold up? The skirt pattern is only available as a pdf which means printing, cutting, taping and ideally tracing off. I just hate doing all that. I really try to avoid pdf patterns and let’s face it – I could draft this pattern myself. I have a degree in this after all. It just takes forever. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to g**gle around to try to find a copy of the paper pattern. Or maybe I’ll get off my arse and draft a skirt along these lines and see what happens.
Okay, back to browsing a bread baking book from the library. Wait, that’s not on the to do list?! Umm, just look away people.
All wonky laying on the kitchen table. The color is pretty good here, but brighter in real life btw.
A cute detail of the Shellseeker pattern is the split shirttail hem. I did suspect that my yarn would flip that ribbing over and no amount of blocking could prevent that from happening when wearing this sweater. I think a more drapey yarn would work fine, and there are numerous examples that don’t seem to being indulging in the circus antics my front hem seems to favor.
Knowing all that, I gave it a try anyway while watching an episode The Killing (the Danish one of course) last night. I’m a little bit sick and have taken up residence in my bed for the next few days and am taking quantities of Chinese herbs and tinctures to stave off further sickness. That is good news for knitting progress so I had the time to try the cute hem.
I’m ripping it out and planning on about 2″ of regular old 2×2 ribbing then starting sleeves. The neck edge is still rolling like a mother f-er but I did find another knitter picked up those neck stitches and did a 3 stitch i-cord bind off that solved the problem well and attractively. I shall give that a try too! Home stretch knitting approaching! Good news since I ALREADY bought my next sweater’s worth of yarn…top down set in sleeve experiment for those interested in that.
Too bad half shirts are out of fashion because I’d be done now!
I’ve been working on Shellseeker in the little bits of time I’ve been home from work these past couple of weeks and have made progress. I’ve got the pocket done and will add about 6″ more body length to get this to the length I envision before beginning the split hem. My row gauge is a bit off (as it always is) so I’ve been taking the pattern row gauge and figuring out what “knit 7 more rows” would be in inches and then doing that in my gauge. I just wish patterns would give me specs like that. For instance “knit until body measures X inches” is much clearer to my pea brain than knit Y rows. Does anyone get row gauge? Is it just me that has to fiddle? I’m guessing not.
Now I see I could have made the pocket a tad lower but it’s destined to only ever hold my cell phone as I get out of the car and it’s fine and not too weird looking where it is. I mean, it’s over my tummy so that seems a reasonable spot for pockets.
And because it’s New Year’s Eve – I’ll wish you all a wonderful and healthy New Year! Sorry, I’m too lazy for nice year end round ups and I suspect it’s not too impressive a list this year…that’s ok though since I’m happy with my desultory output.
P.S. Hey knitters, I almost forgot, the other day over at lovely Cookie‘s she pointed out that Tin Can Knits is giving a free pattern away until TODAY (I think) so head over there and check out the patterns and Share the Love.
There is something so sad about seeing flags at half mast on such a beautiful day.
So rosy and pretty!
My travel project at present is socks. I bought some Crazy Zauberball in pinks the other day and just love this yarn! The colors change slowly but steadily and the pink is so vibrant and happy. I’m just knitting up 60 stitches in 2×2 rib for the cuff and will change to stockinette and plan shortrow heels and toes. Nothing challenging but that is the best wearing sock for me.
So happy socks and two more days until I get a day off! Yay!
New sweater and haircut!
I’ve decided to use the yarn from my EZ V-neck for a Shellseeker top down pullover. I used my failed pullover as a giant swatch and I think the little bit I’ve knit so far fits fine. I want a loose, comfy fit and that appears to be what I’ve got. I added stripes just to make sure I’ve got enough yarn. I’m pretty sure I do since I did find that stray ball of yarn AND still know where it is.
The Shellseeker stripes are supposed 2 by 2 and I’m doing mine as 4 by 2 in order to get a more French sailor shirt look. The only thing I’m not loving on this sweater so far is the neck edge, it’s super rolly and I don’t know how much blocking will help. I will have to figure something out when I get that far.
And guess who’s got the shortest hair of her life? Me! I like it and am glad I ditched the long hair. I feel sassy so watch out.
Apparently all that frog pj sewing put me in a green mood. I’m currently knitting one green cardigan and just bought wool for a green pullover. Considering that I’m restricting my knitting time as to not exacerbate my tendonitis, I think I’m being a bit optimistic here.
Oh well it’s on!
First up is my green version of Something Silver. You may have noticed I have a fondness for Veera’s patterns so it’s not shocking I’ve got one on needles. I’m almost halfway to the point where I go back into garter stitch even though my knitting time has been curtailed. Good project for tv watching, but interesting enough to keep me going.
My next green project is the Set-in Sleeve Seamless Sweater with V-Neck by Elizabeth Zimmerman. I’ve had this copy of Spun Out #21 for ages and just didn’t get around to trying this steeked V-neck technique. V-necks are my fave to wear so I’m intrigued by the steeking. I found a bag of Peruvian Highland Wool at Elann for a great price thinking that this yarn will be “sticky” enough to steek. Plus it’s a fresh new leaf green color that I adore. I may add a hint of pink to the sweater if I’ve got a nice pink stashed. So far I’m just in the mulling over stage.
My intention is to get a bit further along with the green cardigan before starting a pullover. I must admit, the leafy green yarn is calling from it’s bag across the room. I shall be strong.
Today I’m pondering various degree of project fail. We all know about epic fail, the absolute disaster that even you can no longer squint at and say “it’ll come out with blocking”. This fail is a mild “it’s just not working” kind of fail.
What’s wrong with said mitt? Nothing other than it won’t work for intended recipient. My friend wears dress shirts with french cuffs to work, so putting these mitts on with the long pretty cuffs won’t work without taking out cufflinks. Considering I’m thinking these mitts are for cold mornings on the long commute, undressing to wear mitts is dumb.
What’s the plan? I can rip these and make shorter cuffed mitts or use a completely different yarn that’s slightly softer with more elasticity. I’m opting to root around the stash for some softer yarn in a smaller gauge and making shorter mitts. Luckily these are NOT Christmas gifts, rather birthday gifts. We do NOT shortchange the December birthdays around these parts!
What is not a fail in this picture is that I finally put the ornaments on the tree. I’d set up the wee fake tree (it’s 4.5 feet, so not too wee) and plugged it in and happily left it twinkling sans decorations for a week. The boxes of decorations were sitting right next to the tree, but it took a week to give it that half hour of attention. Still, it’s cute and I’m happy. Except about mitts.
Everywhere I went last week, I seemed to be following around a tropical storm like a besotted rock groupie. OMG! Why do people live in tropical storm places? Gray rain, flooded and hot. How can that be?! My hair is still mad at me.
Oh well, enough about me, here’s more about me.
Here we have my active WIPs. We will not discuss the semi-active projects hanging out with me.
Upper left is the rolled up pattern (sans seam allowances and planned design changes) waiting for next week when I’ve got a big ol’ chunk of time off to work on my Burda Raspberry coat. I think of you constantly my love!
Upper right is the almost completed Red Scarf for this year’s scarf drive for Foster Care to Success (FCS).
Lower left is the much neglected, but much-loved Different Lines Scarf for MEEEE! I actually carry this project around in my suitcase but never work on it because I’m always exhausted at work. I’m trying to work on it on my off days because it’s gorgeous. The first Stripe Study I made was given to its intended recipient and it’s much-loved and worn. Because I get jealous since I don’t have one, I’m making the next one for me. Hah!
Lower right is my dinner and it’s freaking delish. When I travel (well, when anyone travels) the food choices are awful and usually fried. When I get home I CRAVE vegetables! This was my dinner, Weeknight Curry from Super Natural Every Day - it’s a Thai red curry with veg! Yumm! I used zucchini, summer squash, baby yukon gold potatoes, Japanese eggplant and Chinese broccoli in this one. With chicken, of course. I drank the broth. Shexy…
In an inadvertant effort to produce the most random post ever, I give you the below collage:
The upper left is one of a pair of completed Summer of Socks 2011, Medallion Lace in the Crapshoot colorway from Periwinkle Sheep. I thought I’d use the heel flap called for in the pattern and while it’s fine, I still like my short row heel and toes better. Live and learn.
Upper right is the line drawing of Burda Style 11-2008-116 coat that I’ve begun tracing off for use for the Raspberry Coat. I thought I’d shorten it about 18″ for a mid thigh length. I am currently 1/3 of the way through tracing off the pattern from the most irritating Burda pattern sheet ever. Hey Burda, I’d pay $20/year more if you put LESS stuff on each pattern sheet. You are a bunch of crazy bitches over there in Germany.
And the giant picture of my big toe is my totally unprofessional pedicure (self administered) using the crackle nail polish I’d been hankering after. I used Sally Hansen Brisk Blue with Ink Splatter Crackle over top. Love it!
September is red scarf time!
I noticed Norma had a post on the Red Scarf/Fund drive for The Orphan Foundation. The group has recently been renamed Foster Care to Success, and they provide assistance and support to kids who’ve aged out of the foster care system at the as they continue their education. Now that’s a freaking great thing. You simply knit a red scarf for a kid as part of their Valentine’s Day surprise. Some years I make a scarf and sometimes I don’t have time and just make a donation. Either way, the cause is good.
You can make a red unisex scarf for submission between 1 September through 15 December and all the information is here.
My scarf above is made from some hand spun purloined from my sister’s fiber hoard the other day. She had three skeins of this heavy aran-ish weight and she certainly won’t use it, having no knitting drive at the moment. She has no recollection what/where/how about this fiber but it’s a soft wool and is a pretty red.
I chose the Autobahn Scarf pattern from the newest edition of Twist Collective. Unfortunately I started and ripped this scarf about four times before I realized it’s not me, it’s you. Yup, tiny pattern error (which is now fixed) caused me to almost give up on this pattern. But luckily it was all figured out and things are going well. This scarf has a cable moving back and forth across it and is totally reversible. Love that. I’m using a size 8 needle and 46 stitches to make a 7″ wide scarf. It’s going quickly and I can get back to a neglected sock in my travel bag.