Saturday, November 29, 2008

Big Cozy Day

I finished my right cashmere arm cozy tonight and earlier today I finally sewed the face on my DS piggy cozy. He's so cute!! I've got pics up on Ravelry, I'll post them here ASAP.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A nose

I went to Windsor button today and bought a nose for my piggy DS cozy. I'm not super happy with it. I would have liked a larger button, but this will do for now. Maybe someday I will find the perfect one.

Friday, November 14, 2008

All Thumbs

Last night I got up to the thumb gusset on my cashmere arm cozy! Unfortunately, there have been problems... I am converting the pattern from being knitted flat into knitting in the round. This is the first time I have done this and I have had many, many, many problems. It's definitely been a learning process.

Anyhow, in the original pattern there is a selvage stitch on both sides, which I eliminated for knitting in the round. I also spaced out my wrist decreases into a gusset-like decrease instead of having all the decreased rib columns converge in the center. This completely messed up my counting for where to start the thumb gusset. I correctly did the math to compensate for the decreases but I neglected to factor in the missing selvage stitch! D'oh! The pattern says to start the gusset 18 stitches into the row. I figured out it needed to be 28 stitches in with my mods. That has me starting the gusset in the middle of a rib, but I was watching DS9 and didn't put the thought into it that I should have. So, I knitted along until my gusset had expanded from two stitches to 8 stitches when I realized something funky was going on and that I needed to shift the whole thing so that it started at 27 stitches in, between ribs. I didn't want to frog back 16 rows, so I decided to just drop all of the stitches in that portion and draw them up with a crochet hook. (BTW, recreating a K F&B with a crochet hook is a challenge I was very proud to conquer!) This fix probably took me longer to do that it would have if I had just frogged back, but it's always hard to predict that kind of thing in advance.

So, I knitted along until I had 13 stitches in my gusset. Frak. It's supposed to be an even number. I scanned down and saw clear as day that I had randomly knit into the front and back of the stitch in the middle of the gusset! Something really exciting must have been happening on the TV for me to make such a stupid mistake! So... not learning my lesson from the previous evening, I again dropped the offending stitches and pulled them up with the crochet hook. Unfortunately, taking that extra stitch just left too much slack and the stitches were way too loose. Part of me was tempted to just say "good enough" and forge on, but I always get mad at myself when I do that and end up with a FO has such an obvious flaw in it. This time I just frogged back the whole damn thing to the start of the gusset and started over. So, after probably 5 hours of messing with everything, I'm now back to right where I started. C'est la vie, I suppose. Just think what a breeze the left cozy is going to be now that I've made every possible mistake on the right one!

I've been making a lot of really dumb mistakes in my knitting the past several months. I think every project I've got on the needles right now has involved massive frogging at least twice. I've been an emotional wreck since July, I guess it's not surprising I can't focus. Maybe if I make more of an effort to really focus on my knitting it will rub off onto other areas of my life? My professors sure would appreciate that. It's settled. I must knit excessively in order to improve my studies. What a lovely epiphany!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Magic Loop...

Don't you hate it when you know you read something somewhere on the internet but when it comes time to use it, you can never remember where it is? Anyway, Sarah posted a really good review of the best needles to use for magic loop on her blog ages ago and I decided I wanted to put the link here so I will have it in the future if I ever want to try magic loop and I can access it just by clicking "magic loop" in my little tag clous. I've thought about doing magic loop before and fiddled with it a few times, but I just feel more comfortable with dpns. Someday I will probably bite the bullet and try it for real. So, here is the link, for posterity:

http://knittingarchaeologist.blogspot.com/2008/09/needles-for-magic-loop-review.html

Thanks Sarah!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Getting an armful!

I am finished with the wrist decreases on my right arm cozy. Now to bed.

p.s. No matter how hard I try, I just can't pull off graceful hands in photos. Tyra would be pissed.

Hrmph!

The lace ribbon scarf spent the weekend scrunched up in the bottom of my backpack and now needs to be reblocked. Lame. I think I'll try steaming it and hopefully I won't have to pin it out again.

I still need to post FO pics of it. The silly excuse is that I'm really broken out and I don't want to take a close-up of my face to show off the scarf... I know, I'm vain. When I get a chance, I guess I'll take the pic and then photoshop out all my shameful marks. :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Wake Up Arm Cosies!

I took my cashmere arm cosies out of hibernation this weekend. I forgot how wonderful this yarn is! It's so soft - a pleasure to knit with.

I spent hours and hours frogging and reknitting a lot of the stuff I did last year to make the wrist decreases work for knitting in the round. I'll post all the nasty details later.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Blocking Fun

I finished up my lace ribbon scarf yesterday. My bind offs are usually pretty tight, so here I tried an SSK bind off, which I've never done before. It looks pretty nice, though it's almost a bit too loose. The scarf is on the blocking board right now -- I've got it all pinned out to 10'' by 60'' and I think the lace looks really nice.

My board wasn't quite long enough, so my friendly bath towel stepped in to help. Hopefully it won't leave a funny bump in the last foot of the scarf.