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.
Yarn Bombing! May 27, 2011
Just heard about this last week in the New York Times. It’s where you knit or crochet tags to fit public objects (statues, bike racks, railings), then go out and sew them on in the dead of night. Check out the original article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/19/fashion/creating-graffiti-with-yarn.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=yarnbombing&st=cse.
Just a note: it is technically illegal, so be careful!
Knitting Survey June 7, 2010
This is the knitting survey that’s been going the rounds of blogs lately. Bold the things you have done or are doing, italicize the things you plan to do, and leave the rest plain.
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Cardigan Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own hand-spun yarn
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Publishing a knitting book/magazine
Participate in an exchange
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s hand-spun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Entrelac Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Knitting a pattern from an on-line knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting in public
Lacey is done! June 1, 2010
I finally finished Lacey (Cecilia?)! Actually, I finished the second sock last week, but I’ve been so busy working on other things that I haven’t had a chance to post until now. Anyway, they fit perfectly, and I’m really pleased with the way the lace panels came out. I’m looking forward to finishing other projects! I went to my LYS yesterday, in hopes of buying some new yarn (silk or linen maybe? Something summery.), but they were closed for Memorial Day. Grrr. Maybe it’s just as well, since I had left my pattern book at home.