Sunday, March 29, 2009

Update

I haven't been blogging a whole lot lately, I haven't been kitting too much either, I guess. I've been kind of bummed out and playing video games instead. Anyway, I have made some progress:

I turned the heel on my classy socks and started the gusset. There is a hole forming at the top of the heel, which I'm not super psyched about, but I think I'll just go back later and reinforce it rather than rip it all out. For some reason, all the stitches I picked up for the gusset were insanely tight! So, I don't want to do it again.

I've also been working on Tess. It's taking a long time because I'm knitting it all in one piece so the rows are really long. I'm a little weirded out because after you knit the ribbing on the hem it has you increasing stitches for several inches, which seems counter intuitive, but I'm blindly following their instructions, so hopefully it will be okay. Anyway, this had been a pretty thought intensive process because I've had to work these increases into the one-piece, since I can't tuck them on the edges like I would have with three separate pieces. I've been hiding them with eyelets and I think it looks okay. Here's a pic of what I have so far:

Finally, I worked on the neckband on my hexacomb cardigan over spring break (2 weeks ago! it's been a long time since I've posted!) After about 10 hours of work I had picked up and ripped out stitches so many times that they started to look a little wonky, so I blocked it and I'm hoping the stitches set back into place a bit. Now I'm scared to work on it because I'm afraid I'll just botch it again. The problem is that I kept getting holes on the corners, but I'm starting to wonder if that has more to do with the way I knit the body than the way I am adding the neckband. I want it to look perfect, but I don't know if I want it bad enough to actually unseam the shoulders and unravel a huge portion of the body. Whatever I do, I need to do it soon because spring is almost here and it's a spring cardigan.

Oh, and here's my cool knitting case/bag that I'm using for Tess. Cute!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

It's a good thing she's cute...

I left my classy socks knitting out and Roxy chewed up one of my bamboo sock needles. Damn.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

knot fun

I spent the whole morning working a massive knot out of my yarn for Tess. Today is just one of those days. All I want to do is go to sleep and wake up when I'm thirty or something.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

FO: Kick Pillow II

Roxy loved her first kick pillow so much that I decided to make her another one - this time with some funky fringe. On the last pillow I used the ugliest yarn in my stash, but this time I picked out the prettiest yarn! I wish it wasn't a scratchy acrylic or I would totally make myself some socks out of it! Roxy doesn't seem to notice a difference...
it's good for biting:and good for kicking:
yarn details
Red Heart Super Saver in Williamsburg Print
worsted weight
100% acrylic
141 grams/244 yds

Lion Brand Fun Fur Solid in Olive
bulky weight
100% polyester
50 grams/64 yards @ $3.00

findings

polyfill
catnip
nylons

project details

pattern: loosely based on the kick pillow by Karen Mortensen in 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders
needles: size 5 dpns
finished size: apprx. 6.5'' x 3''
duration: from January 2 - March 8, 2009 (though really only a few hours of work)
yarn used: very little
total cost: maybe $1-ish

notes1. CO 58 stitches and worked in the round until it looked pillow-sized, then I cast off. I whip-stitched the seams after stuffing.

2. I put the catnip in the toe of an old nylon and then stuffed that in the pillow along with polyfill. (If you just let the catnip run loose on the inside, it works its way out while kitty plays and then it looks like you have illicit substances spilled all over your floor).

3. I used a crochet hook to attach the fun fur around the edges after it was all stuffed and ready to go. For some reason, this process took me three hours!! Stupid crochet!! Arg!

4. Here is an artsy video of Roxy demolishing this toy.

FO: Penguin of Love

On the day before Valentine's Day I was inexplicably overcome with the urge to crochet a penguin.

yarn details
worsted weight acrylics:
Lion Brand Wool-Ease in gold and black
Green Oak Acrylic in white


findings

9 mm safety eyes

project details

pattern: Amigurimi Penguin by Lion Brand (free)hook: size F
finished size: 3'' tall with a 4'' "wingspan"
duration: an evening and a morning, Feb 13-14, 2009
yarn used:hardly any
total cost: negligible

notes

1. This time I actually remembered to make my turning chains! I still hate crochet, but this makes it somewhat more bearable.

2. On all of the pieces except the eyes I used the directions for making a small/invisible hole using a loop of yarn from Happy Hooker on pg. 52.

3. And here are my notes on body part placement:
  • eyes: inside edges are 6 st apart on black/white line, bottom of eye covers 1 row of the white; 9 mm safety eyes
  • wings: edge of wing is about 2.5 st from the outside edge of eye on black/white line; top of wing is about 2.5-3 rows of black
  • beak: spans the 6 stitches b/w the eyes
  • feet: about 3 rows up from bottom, about 0.5 st apart, stuffed with polypellets
... after I finished this little guy he was so freakin' cute that I knew I had to send him to my friend Erica. He practically begged for it. He wanted me to spread the love. He's the penguin of love.

Voila!

In case this was bugging anyone else but me: I finally fixed my little drop-down list of FOs so it is alphabetized and current. I certainly hope other people are doing something more exciting for Spring Break...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Another Roxy Video...

I finished knitting Roxy's second catnip kick pillow today. I took this video for y'all, but then I got a little carried away at the editing stage. Hey - if I can't waste time at the beach over Spring Break, at least I can waste time making silent films.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tess

I finally started working on Tess last weekend. Tess is the slayer of Cressida. That is, I'm frogging what I have of Cressida to harvest enough yarn for Tess. I just decided that Cressida was maybe a little too funky and I'd get more use out of Tess. Also, I obviously haven't cared enough about her to pick her up in the past year.

So, here is Tess. The beauty who graces the cover of Martin Storey's Classic Woman.

Martin says I should knit three pieces: two fronts and a back. I say: Nay! I am knitting it in one piece! I will not make a sacrifice to the finishing gods today!

Monday, March 2, 2009

The truth about Scott's hat

So, I have owed my brother a rasta-style hat for at least two years now, I think it might actually be closer to three. I was really truly going to knit it this December/January, but you may recall that I had serious hat size/gauge/pattern clarity problems, so it never happened. I've been thinking I need to start it again, but it suddenly occurred to me that I don't have nearly enough yarn to make this puppy!!

I remember now that last Spring I ordered two different colors of main line from knit picks as samples to see which one he liked. (By the way, he never responded, so he is also partially responsible for the delay). Now he has chosen the dark brown color (cocoa) so I'm going to have to get more. Which brings me to my dilemma: if I place an order with knit picks, I can't just order two balls of yarn. I just know that I'm going to want something else, then I'm going to end up adding things until I get the free shipping and I'm going to be out $50. The truth is that I would like to buy some lacey yarn to make that Zickzack Tunic in the new issue of Interweave. And I haven't bought any yarn in 58 days, so maybe I deserve some? My other option is to go to the yarn store and pick out a different yarn for him. That's going to be more expensive yarn than knit picks, so I might already be into it like $12, so..... On the other hand, I'm totally broke and the chances that my brother will actually wear this hat are probably slim to none. Reality bites.