After two weeks of frantic wrapping and sliding, the sweater back (and one Peace Pal) are complete. While this is roughly what I expected to get done, and faster than I’ve ever done a back before, I still wish that I could have gotten closer to my Ravellenics goal. But hey – it’s better than nothing. I’m casting on for the left front in a couple of hours, when we depart on our five-hour car trip.
A felicitous discovery August 1, 2012
I don’t think I mentioned this, but I am vacationing at the Chautauqua Institution in New York for two weeks (well, a week and a half at this point). We are staying with some family friends, who have bravely invited us back this year. Imagine my surprise when one of our hosts told me that Chautauqua now has a yarn shop!
I made a trip down to St. Elmo Fiber, expecting… I don’t know. A few skeins of Plymouth Encore, maybe. After all, Chautauqua is fairly small, and only gets substantial shopping traffic in the summers. Instead, I found a wide range of beautiful, striking yarns, from Cascade to Noro. Oh joy! Oh rapture!
I have yet to buy anything, though, as I left my wallet at the house on purpose. I intend to buy a cast-iron teapot and warmer for my dorm room when I return home, so I’m trying to limit my purchases between then and now.
Make sure to drop by if you are in Chautauqua – it’s located in the basement of the St. Elmo building. Just follow the pretty colors and the sheen of sari ribbon.
Ravellenics 2012: It’s on. And off. And on again. July 30, 2012
I went to a cast-on party at Knitter’s Mercantile, my LYS, but was so busy packing for vacation that I didn’t have a chance to post about it right away. How lovely to meet the people on my team! I’m attacking my sweater back with a renewed sense of purpose.
By the end of the hour-and-a-half that I spent at the cast-on party, I had 16 rows done, mostly ribbing. During yesterday’s drive, I worked a good two inches of stockinette – but had to rip it all out. I had started the wrong size.
Yes, it was silly of me. But, to be fair, I am in between sizes on this one, and thought that the larger size was the way to go. Apparently not. So I started up again today (I didn’t have the heart to work on it much after the ripping action), and am almost to the end of the ribbing. Phew! But I lost way too much time to remain competitive.
Oh, well. In the competition I will stay.
Darn it. July 26, 2012
I ran out of the Berrocco. After working three rows in some black wool sock yarn that sort of matched, I ran out of that as well. I have switched over to the Debbie Bliss to finish the back – pictures later!
I thought a solid black pillowcase backing was boring, anyway.
Wild Domain pillow = Argh. July 24, 2012
I’m thisclose to being done with my Wild Domain pillow (see my Ravelry page for details), only to find that I might run out of Berrocco! Nooo!
I will finish this before the Ravellenics. I will, I will, I will.
Ravellenics 2012 July 21, 2012
It’s official! I’ve created my project page, joined a team, wound my yarn, and RSVPed to the cast-on party. Ravellenics 2012, here I come.
I’ve chosen to attempt the Boyfriend Jacket from the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Debbie Bliss magazine. The Ravelry page for this project can be found at http://www.ravelry.com/projects/truthinjest/boyfriend-jacket.
This is my first ever project with a Rowan yarn. I’ve been telling myself for years that I will not knit with Rowan until I can afford it. I have a summer job, and will be twenty miles from the nearest yarn store in college, so I felt that I could buy some yarn (this once!) that is a tad outside my budget. I like to think of projects like this as “investments” in stylish warmth. And a reason to love cedar-lined chests.
Two weeks of sweater madness, here I come.
WIP Update September 8, 2011
Aside from the whole Beowulf thing, I was actually pretty darn productive last weekend. I finished off the Vernazza sleep set (project name ‘titania’ on Ravelry) and the Buttoned Muffler. I came really close to finishing my Winter Dreams shirt, but the stupid button band (see my previous post) interfered with that. I’m also nearly done with my dad’s birthday scarf… a full month in advance! I think that’s a record for gift-knitting timeliness for me.
Hopefully, I can finish the shirt this week and wear it to school next Monday… fingers crossed!