Chronicles of Knitterly Misadventures

Drive By Posting
January 7, 2009, 9:47 am
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A new FO:

More when I get around to taking better photos of it. Oh, and happy new year!


Good things and bad things
December 13, 2008, 8:52 am
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I miss my babies:

I’m now on the East Coast visiting family over the holidays after a harrowing experience with “severe turbulence” (lesson learned: when the pilot gets on the loudspeaker forty minutes before descent and warns you about “moderate to severe turbulence” . . . he isn’t kidding) and being diverted to Baltimore in the middle of the night, when the airport was completely shut down save for two policemen and a maintenance worker on premises. Literally. They had to wake up a supervisor and ground crew from DC, 45 minutes away, to come rescue us. But you know what? I don’t even care about all that. I’m just glad to be alive.

Next up is a Lucky Star bus ride to Boston to visit my cousins and some college friends, and of course, to catch up on some knitting. Why do I always think of Boston as such a fibery city? I don’t know. Maybe it’s New England as a whole? I can’t wait to visit my second, no wait third, home.

December 8, 2008, 3:58 pm
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If there’s anything I’m more obsessed with than color choices, it’s texture.

Shown here is a progress shot of the Minimalist Cardigan from the Fall 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. I loved Parikha’s version in Felted Tweed, outrageous color and all, but didn’t think I could pull off that particular shade of gryellow. Days later I realized I had a stash of the Felted Tweed hidden away, intended for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan, but in the perfect yardage for the Minimalist Cardi. The rest, as they say, is history.

This project has only reaffirmed my love for Rowan’s Felted Tweed. It’s certainly not the softest yarn in the world, and many have commented that they don’t care for the colorways, but the little flecks of color scattered throughout the skein really make any pattern pop, even simple stockinette, and especially double moss stitch, as used in the Cardi. I’ve already knit two Salinas from the yarn, and both sweaters have stood up to the test of time admirably, so I have no worries about this cardigan holding up. Unfortunately, as Felted Tweed is a lighter weight yarn and not very dense, the ultimate garment will be something more appropriate for cool Fall, Spring, or early Summer evenings rather than the harsh cold of New England winters. For that, I’d be better off with the Beaverslide Worsted I used in the Albatross hoodie (So not looking forward to Boston. I need to finish the Central Park Hoodie, stat).

So far the pattern itself seems pretty straightforward- very, if you will, minimalist in nature. The body is knit straight in double moss stitch in pieces which are then seamed together. The only modification I made was knitting the body in one piece, as I absolutely abhor seaming, especially with Felted Tweed (it’s nubbly, and splits). I just hope that doesn’t leave me with a cardigan that resembles a burlap sac.

At Last
November 30, 2008, 10:00 pm
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Now that I have Cindi Lauper in your head, here’s some brand spankin’ new knitting to show you:

That, my friends, is a pair of Merletto Mitts (Ravelry link) knit from one skein of Sundara Sock Yarn as received through the Seasons Yarn Subscription. It was my second time knitting with Sundara, my first since she became so popular with my fellow knitters. I don’t understand the fascination; yes, the yarn practically glows in the skein. Yes, it’s wonderfully squooshy and soft and delightful to knit with and wear, but honestly? It’s yarn. There are millions of skeins out there just as beautifully dyed, just as beautifully squooshy. I think I’ll pass on the Sundara safari, thanks.

These mitts though? Perfect for chilly days, of which there are many out here on the West Coast. I love them already, and can’t wait for the chance to wear them, which should come soon.

I decided to put the Central Park Hoodie into hibernation for the time being and focus on other things. Next in line is a pair of Maine Morning Mitts knit from a skein of Classic Elite’s Stormy in a particularly ugly shade of orange and the Estes Vest from this fall’s Interweave Knits.

November 5, 2008, 6:59 pm
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No matter what side you were pulling for, it is undeniable that this is a most momentous time to be living in America.

168 hours in a week
October 28, 2008, 4:02 pm
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And I’ll be either working or in school for 55 of them, but I do have knitting to show you.

Yes, that is a Habitat. I am unashamed. It was a glorious knit, although I doubted it at first; it has been a long time since I knit cables on DPN’s and I had blocked out the two attempts I’d made at Hermione’s Cable & Bobble hat (that pattern still arouses feelings of animosity within me, sad to say).

At the beginning, I also exalted the Jo Sharp Aran Tweed I used, thinking that I had finally found my bread and butter yarn. (You know what I’m talking about. For some knitters it’s Rowan’s Calmer, for others it’s Koigu, Lorna’s Laces, or Malabrigo) After seeing the effects of wet blocking, however, I’m a little worried about how well it will hold up, as it is already quite fuzzy. It was wonderful to knit with, however; it boasts a texture similar to that of Beaverslide Dry Good’s Worsted Weight except superior in that it is much softer, the plies don’t split nearly as often, and you won’t stumble across knots in your skein as you knit.

The pattern itself, as I think I’ve mentioned earlier, is a good one; it’s intuitive, as far as cable (and lace) patterns go, and results in a landscape of texture which I suppose Jared became famous for. I think it’d be a great classic accessory during colder days. At this moment, though? I just can’t wait to try it on.

My Albatross
October 10, 2008, 6:19 pm
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This is what I’ve been plugging away at all these weeks:

This is quickly becoming my very own albatross. The first time I made it all the way to completing half a sleeve before burying it somewhere in my room to be excavated thousands of years later, and I haven’t knit a stitch on this updated version in the last 48 hours, which is very unusual for me. I’m hoping to find the self-discipline necessary to see this project through to the end, but it might just be time to put it to bed for a while.