Monday, October 29, 2007

weekend update: sloth & gluttony

I didn't get any knitting done this weekend. I mostly sinned and napped. Dynamite combination. I would definitely get more knitting (and studying) done if I gave up the sinnin'. I'll look into that.. I an apocalyptic world, it's probably best not to be a sinner. Then if I survive the apocalypse, I can knit. (see previous post)

I'm terribly bummed out that I'm not going to finish my socks in time to get my O for the Do Something New KAL.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Lookie, Lookie!

Uh oh - what's going on here? Would that be a SOCK?! Boo yeah!! (Someone has not been studying...)
But really, in a post apocalyptic world, would you rather know how to knit a sock or know how to deduct lobbying expenses from your tax return? Uh huh. That's what I thought. Building skills for our bleak futures, friends.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

A tip on not screwing up....

Here is a helpful excerpt from today's Knitting Daily on not making stupid mistakes following your pattern:
Lesson Number One: Prepare for bouts of brain-out-the-window knitting ahead of time. Read through the instructions before you begin knitting, and HIGHLIGHT anything you are likely to miss whilst in the throes of knitting ecstasy, such as switching needle sizes. (Of course, then you do have to actually LOOK at the instructions now and then.)
This is pretty timely, seeing as I almost screwed up my socks last night because I didn't read ahead. It turns out she had a special "note" on the next page regarding the section of the pattern on the previous page. Now, I just think that's bad editing. Luckily, it turns out I did it right in the first place. But, I think highlighting will save me a lot of anxiety in the future.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Weekend Wrap Up

I did a little work on my sock(s) this weekend - but very little. I'm basically finished with the leg of the sock - next time I work on it I'll start the heel! AH! That's where the anxiety kicks in.

Other than that - I did nothing productive this weekend - on my knitting or much anything else. (Oh, and did I mention I made it a four day weekend? Naughty!) It was a weekend of excesses for me, but that didn't include knitting, because I was in the mood for sin.

I have to get bluebell and Sheldina off my needles! If I don't get an FO this month I may die.

-Pepper

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Russian Join

So, I just learned about the Russian join this morning. How has this escaped my attention all these years?? I can't wait to try it!!! Weaving in ends is literally my knitting nemesis. (I have even gone out of my way to knit with wool just so I could spit splice. Now I am free to use the yarn of my choice!! Cotton - I'm coming back to you, my love!!)

Friday, October 19, 2007

A thought on crochet...

When I learned to knit, the first thing I did was make a garter stitch scarf on size 11 needles. My second project was a garter stitch dishcloth using increasing and decreasing and a little eyelet border using YO (knitting closely supervised by my grandmother). Then I took on a ribbed project, knitting in the round, and so on... It was three years before I tried my first sweater, or even intarsia.

When I learned to crochet, I downloaded the instructions online - knit up a little single crochet swatch, called it a potholder - and immediately began projects involving lace, crocheting in the round, all sorts of fancy stitches in the round... well you see where I'm going. The projects either led to imperfect FOs born from endless frustration or utter disasters that couldn't even be frogged because of all the terrible knots in them. (Most of which I have kept secret.) And now, I'm wondering if my problem with crochet is that I don't actually really know how to crochet.

So, I am going to condemn myself to at least one more project of flat, single crochet - no matter how boring it sounds. Then I will work up from there. In fact, I inherited a half-finished single crochet afghan from my aunt (with the million balls of white yarn, aforementioned in this blog), but I promptly tucked it away because I thought a whole afghan of single crochet sounded boring. The sad truth is, I actually had to post pictures of it on Craftster to figure out what the stitch pattern was. Imagine my embarrassment at my own ignorance when it turned out to be single crochet. Yet, I still scorned it.

I thought maybe at some point I'd bind it off, call it a baby afghan, and gift it somewhere. (It just feels wrong to frog someone else's hard work.) Anyway, now I realize - the best thing for me to do is to finish it. It's the perfect opportunity to work on a large project to practice my basic crochet skills - like pulling a loop through the needle without splitting the yarn and getting a real grasp on what the hell that turning chain is all about. Ha ha. (Brianna, if you are reading this, I'm sure you are laughing at me!)

ppppppppppppl,k <-- Roxy's contribution to this blog entry.

So, in conclusion. Pepper is not a quitter. I will become a crochet goddess if it's the last thing I do!!!

(Why such a long post? I am obviously avoiding working on my note.)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Update on $5 in Prague

I wanted to wear my $5 in Prague sweater today, but when I put it on the neckline was super stretched out and it looked hideous!! I think it was okay when I put it on last time - so I don't know if it stretched or if it just always looked like that. It's acrylic, so I feel like it shouldn't change shape! I guess I'll try washing it and see what happens. Sort of disappointing.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I'm a Bad Girl!

So, I've been feeling like a pretty bad knitter lately. I need to be whipped into shape..... by a DOMIKNITRIX!

Yup. I bought the book. It has a sexy black vinyl cover and just flipping through it, I've already seen a ton of stuff that I didn't know before.

p.s. This was another Lexis-Nexis swag item - I'm sure you all think I'm lucky with my free knitting books, but law school really, really sucks. It's not worth it. Ha ha.

Monday, October 15, 2007

second sleeve syndrome

I don't think I'm ever going to finish bluebell. I can't seem to muster up the energy to knit that second sleeve. It's getting colder outside so maybe that will give me an incentive to finish, since I will actually be wearing it. I had no idea this project was going to take so long. I expected to have it finished around the end of August. I'm feeling really disappointed that I haven't gotten much knitting done recently, the bluebell sleeve is just a microcosm of my overall knitting slump. It's all because of stupid school. I work and work and never catch up - especially on my knits :(

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Socks!!

OK, I know I have way too many WIPs and projects on the waiting list, but I couldn't wait to get started on my very first pair of socks.

This is the starter stockinette sock from Knit Socks, I'm about finished with the ribbing on the cuff. I did this last night instead of studying or sleeping:


I'm working with Wool-Ease so I will able able to machine wash the socks when I'm finished with them. Plus, if I screw up, I won't really care so much because it's just Wool-Ease. The color is called "blue mist" and it's one of my favorite colors in this yarn. I first bought a skein of it years ago to knit my mom a hat, then I used it to make the zeeby bag (sp?) from S&B - which was a total disaster and has been sitting in the frog pile ever since. So, I picked up another skein in this color for my socks and since I think I will run out - I plan to finally frog the hideous monstrosity and put it to good use. (Dye lots be damned!) I'm going to make the heel and toe a different color - "natural heather" - leftover from the handle of Scott's Bag. That makes this sock practically knit out of stash yarn, right?

Monday, October 8, 2007

Roxy v. Yarn

I don't know why I let her do this. It's just cute!

Trip to SLC

I lugged the supplies for Sheldino all the way across the country and back and never got a chance to cast on. Stupid homework taking up all my sweet plane time.

But, the trip to SLC wasn't totally fruitless on the knitting front. I went to Jo-ann and stocked up on a few necessaries. I got some pretty plum SWS for my upcoming entrelac scarf, probably from Knitty's Danica. Then I stocked up on a few balls of Sugar 'n Creme for dishcloths, and I bought one skein of Wool-Ease to supplement stash yarn to make my very first pair of socks. See, I'm mostly sticking to my rule of knitting from stash only. The problem is, this yarn is really only available at chain stores and I don't have access to any here, so I really had to stock up. I totally stuck to the minimal amount of yarn purchases as possible! I swear! I only bought yarn with a destined project in mind.

Oh, and I picked up some DPNs for my socks!! I'm so excited to get started on those.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Crochet for Roxy!

I was browsing some featured projects on Craftster while I was in evidence yesterday and I thought the girl next to me was going to bust something when this gem came up:


"That cat does not look happy" - she says.
"I wonder if I can crochet that for Roxy?" - I think...

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Choice, Choices....

What should I do this afternoon? Study Family Law, knit some socks, or play with Roxy?

update: I took a nap.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Inspiration: Cherie Amore

I want to knit this sweater from the new knitty with my bling bling yarn I've had lying around for months. I'll need to do some math to see if I'll have enough of the yarn, but I hope I do! (It is so depressing to be stuck to stashbusting and not get to knit any of the fun new patterns I see...)

update 10/3:
I still haven't checked out to see if I have enough of the bling yarn to knit this, but I am a little concerned about the weight. Technically the bling yarn is worsted, but I think it looks way thicker than that, so I figured I could get away with it as a bulky yarn for purposes of this pattern. But the more I look at the pattern, it seems to me those stitches are pretty big. I don't know if a heavy worsted is going to cut it. I'm a little disappointed because I really wanted to use that yarn for something awesome.

Thinking back to my stash I think the only bulky yarn I have that would be appropriate is either Lion Brand Landscapes or Moda Dea Cache. I also have some ribbon yarn, which might be interesting. I'll have to swatch it up.

I definitely have enough of the cache, but I'm a little worried that the colors and the metallic thread will be a bit obnoxious as a sweater. (Confession: I also think it is the prettiest yarn in the world and I almost don't want to use it because I like it too much... make sense? ha ha)

I think the landscapes would be beautiful, but I'm not sure if I have enough. I'll have to check. It's kind of a slubby yarn and I don't know how that would look in the lace part of this sweater.

Man, I hate being limited to stash yarn! It's torture! Ha ha. I want to buy some pretty hand dyed yarn for this project! :(