Saturday, September 20, 2014

sweater weather

so it looks like i need to admit that it's going to be fall pretty damn soon. (i don't have to like it..) i am need of a cozy sweater. not a pullover, but something with buttons. maybe i can start doing that knitting thing again, remember that? i do have a ravelry queue a mile and a half long, after all...

i do like the levenwick (and have been wanting to make something with shelter for ages!), but it's not quite the warm & cozy thing i'm looking for.. especially with the three-quarter sleeves.

funky grandpa
a funky grandpacardigan is definitely something i need in my life. not so sure about the big open v-neck at this point though. a coordinating scarf would be in order...

but a simultane! would have to lengthen the sleeves, probably the body too, for my purposes. getting warmer though (har).

i think the one i have finally decided on is sesame, which has been in my queue since it was published in magknits in 2005. yay for stripes! now the real question is, can i finish a dk-weight sweater before spring?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

the owlish sweater

hey peeps. sorry for the radio silence. it's been a rough couple of months, shall we say? moving on.

i've started knitting again. i had some purple 2-ply handspun waiting to be a sweater for some time, so i got started on a little something inspired by the lovely owls pullover. my yarn was of a thinner gauge, so much math has been going on (ugh).

purple knitting

the body went as planned, but after finishing the first sleeve discovered that the fit was just.. off. slightly too-fitted cuff, slightly too-loose upper arm. frogging and math (more math!) are not amongst my favorite parts of knitting, but here we are. it'll be a while yet before this thing is done. it's okay, seems like it's going to be winter forever in new england.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sunday, November 24, 2013

the sock conflict

i'm starting to think i'm the only knitter out there in internet-land who doesn't love knitting socks.

i mean, i like sock-knitting.. but it's not a love. but i keep wanting more, somehow, like i just want to have knit them and be done. i think it may be partly (or mostly) to do with the fact that i don't really like doing the same thing twice. recipes, paintings, day jobs apparently... so i do tend to prefer fraternal socks.


and yet, here i am with twenty-two sock patterns on my ravelry queue. some, since 2007. i need to get a grip on reality. why must the call of self-striping sock yarns be so strong?

end sock one.

i've been thinking of this lately because of these. i found some lovely coffee-colored yarn on etsy to make a little something for my lovely coffee-fiend boyfriend. i had intended to start & finish them in a couple weeks before his birthday this spring. that didn't happen. fine, i thought. plenty of time for a christmas gift. right? HAHA. here we are at the end of november, with less than half of a sock. that's it.

boyfriend socks

and it's getting sort of close now, so i keep making myself work on it, even if i'd rather be knitting something else. it's not exactly fun-knitting! so much as monotonous-knitting. blehhh. did i mention he's a size 13 1/2? yeah. so i guess what i need to do is stop beating myself up. stop burning myself out on repetitive projects. knit with more handspun.


(my one exception: will never tire of knitting handspun socks. um.. if it's worsted-weight.)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

knitting in november

so much to be done.

cascade 128 in apple green

every year (every. single. year.) i say that i will start gift knitting in july. this has never happened. this year, at least, i have about half a sock going for the boyfriend (but really this is only because i was trying for his birthday earlier in the year..). though now i am feeling drawn in to all these november knit-a-longs going on. could i do it all??

there's wovember of course, where you knit with nothing but 100% wool for the entire month. this sounds excellent, but i tend to use blends and machine-washable fibers when making stuff for other people. aww.

and then there's naknitswemo, in which, much like nanowrimo, you must knit a 50,000 stitch sweater within the month of november. this i could do! i have some handspun intended for a sweater, and a pattern lined up for it. however...

there's also the indie design gift-a-long, which would be great gift knitting encouragement. but can i do that and knit a sweater at the same time, all in a month? considering we're nearly a week in, decisions must be made.

in other news, thanks to a kindly ravelry person, i have acquired the last skein of cascade 128 needed for my skoodlet (see above!). i should be able to polish that off quickly before starting november's journey, whatever it may be.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

skoodlet in progress

hello october! my favorite month. (:

so at long last i have started the skoodlet. i'm a big fan of leethal's stuff - fun thinky knitting! i've only had this yarn balled up and ready to go for skoodlet since the summer. erm, of 2011. anyway. after a few false starts, it zoomed along until i realized that, tragically, i had underestimated the amount of yarn i would need. daaaaamn.

skoodlet in progress
good thing i waited two years to cast on so there's no way i'll be able to find some from a matching dyelot, right?? sigh. i actually only have part of the scarf bit left to go, so a single skein should do it. i found someone destashing some on ravelry, so i sent out a message to her today.. fingers crossed!

Friday, September 20, 2013

summer's end

the dreaded time of year.. the end of summer. bah. we did okay though...

instagram summer

1. outdoor concert at waterplace park in providence.
2. at the beach in matunuck, ri.
3. sunset.
4. the columbus theatre on broadway in providence.
5. the newport folk festival.
6. the zipper, at the washington county fair.
7. cape cod seashells.
8. gondola rides during waterfire.
9. the end.

im memory: an end of summer treasury.

summer's end etsy treasury

i'll get over it soon enough.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

on knitting with art yarn: a cowl recipe

so what i wanted was to knit with some handspun. i also wanted one of those scarf-type things that you wear around your neck like a cowl, and can pull up over your head like a hood. this did not end up to be one of those things. just means there's more knitting to do, is all. never a bad thing.

but i got to knit some handspun, and really, this is something that one just needs to do that every so often. there's something that feels more real and dirty about it, you know? in the best possible way. lumps and fluffs and lanolin, a bit of hay every so often. real life, real yarn.

handspun cowl in progress

i had a particular skein picked out. a big reason for it being that it has been in my stash for so so so long. embarrassingly long. years. i was never quite sure how to do it justice. now was the time.

after much swatching, i found that the best stitch pattern for this would be.. garter. just garter stitch. on big needles, for some nice drape. but it wouldn't really look, or stretch, quite right.. so sideways garter stitch it is. of course it would be much easier to calculate how many stitches around it should be, and then just knit in the rounduntil the yarn ran out, so it could be as long as possible. but if there's one thing i'm good at, it's making things more complicated. and i can now tell you that this stuff stands up to multiple froggings. nice!

handspun handknit cowl

here's what i came up with.

needles: size us 15 (10 mm)
gauge: 9 sts per 4 in (10 cm)

cast on 28 stitches. knit every row until you run out of yarn.
(once i started getting toward the end, i measured in inches how much yarn it took to knit one row. i kept going pretty much until i had just this much left, for a three needle bindoff.)

if i had extra yarn, i might just knit it with a button closure.. but buttons may have been a bit too busy for this yarn anyway. just something else to think about for the next one.

at this point, i took it off the needles, ran the remaining yarn through the live stitches like a lifeline, soaked and wet-blocked it. extra drapey-ness! then for the three needle bindoff. not the most elegant (or elastic) thing in the world, but it worked in this case. and while you're working from the inside, this would be a good time to poke any cool fluffy or loopy bits to the outside.

weave in your ends and it's done. this was all i had left.. used every last drop.

yarn ends

of course this sort of thing doesn't really look like anything until it's being worn, so.. enjoy this hastily edited mirror photo! (i don't really do selfies.)

fo: cowl scarf thing

finished dimensions were 12 inches high, and about 22 inches around. and it still smells like fresh sheep.

Friday, August 16, 2013

the style cure

a bit late the game (what else is new), but i'm in on apartment therapy's august style cure. our place is really just a hodge-podge of hand-me-downs and miscellaneous furniture bits that we've collected over the years.. really no style to speak of. maybe this will be a good first step...

for day two, i'm just going to share some favorites from my home design pinterest board. i am behind after all, and i think this will be more accurate than rushing about town with a camera anyway!

yay for bright color! can't wait.