Monthly Archives: August 2009

In Which I Limit the Colors Available to Brunettes

I have this idea, that probably stems from reading Seventeen magazine for too many years, that green is a color that looks better on blondes.  I am very much not blond.  And yet, somehow, a recent trip to my yarn lady resulted in my possessing a green skein of Classic Elite Yarns Silky Alpaca Lace. 

Oh.  Okay.

My mother’s best friend, who happens to be blond, came up from Florida this month to visit.  I jumped on the opportunity and made this within a matter of a week:

I am well aware of the awfulness that is this picture.  I finished it with 10 minutes to spare before I gifted it, no one to take a picture, and zero self-timer skills.

I am well aware of the awfulness that is this picture. I finished it with 10 minutes to spare before I gifted it, no one to take a picture, and zero self-timer skills.

Pattern: Flit ‘n Float by Birdy Evans
Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Silky Alpaca Lace
Mods: None
Final Thoughts: The yarn is ridiculously soft.  As for the pattern, it’s nice, but I wouldn’t like it for me personally.  My mother’s friend, however, was very enthusiastic about it, which is really all that counts.

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It went extremely quickly for a lace scarf, but this might have something to do with the fact that my time was limited so I made an effort to fly through it.  Going so fast, though, meant that by the time I was done with it, my wrist was sore and making a pretty impressive popping sound.  I decided to take a week off from knitting.  Um… whoops!

I spent the time that I would have been knitting looking at patterns online, wishing I was making them.  During this time I discovered Craftster.

Here’s the thing about Craftster: I’ve always known that it exists, but I made careful and deliberate efforts to avoid it because I knew that I would pick up about twelve new crafts that I didn’t need.  Yet somehow, there I was, ogling Tree of Life pendants.  Seriously.  Stay away from Craftster unless you’re sufficiently prepared.

By the time I forced myself to quit, I had serious ambitions to start: a) sewing; b) jewelry making; c) mosaic table making (I’m serious.  I can’t stop thinking about them).

Sewing can’t happen right now.  I don’t have the time to learn, and I definitely don’t have the money.  Mosaic tables are, obviously, not going to happen either.  But jewelry making is something I figured I could do.  I read about beading and wire wrapping online, then decided to try it.

It’s seriously overwhelming.  There’s so much stuff to look at and think about.  But maybe that’s how I felt about knitting when I first started, and now I can’t imagine not knitting.  So I waited until Michael’s had a summer madness sale, brought my coupon, and spent a decent amount of time staring at all of the materials, trying to make heads or tails of it all. 

Once I thought I had it figured out, I brought it all home and practiced making simple loops with eye pins.  Not as easy as it looks, as it turns out.  After some pretty sorry looking loops, I finally figured out how to move my wrist, and my loops were of a satisfactory quality.

Then I made this:

Screw this place, I'm bouncing.

Screw this place, I'm bouncing.

SO MUCH GOODNESS!!!

Super fun spirals!

Super fun spirals!

 

The toggle might be my favorite part, even though I didn't make it.

The toggle might be my favorite part, even though I didn't make it.

 It’s based on this bracelet.

The thing I loved the most about it is that I only took me a few hours.  So different from knitting, which is great for a change of pace.  Ultimately though, the lesson I learned is to stay far far away from Craftster.

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In Which I Make Up My Own Definition of Polygamy

Once upon a time I was a self-proclaimed monogamous knitter.  As in, research patterns, pick a project, buy the yarn, knit, repeat.  There was no straying.  There was no making more than one project at a time, no buying yarn on a whim that I had no plan for.  One WIP on the needles at a time.  That was how I liked it.  I thought that I would never finish anything if I had more than one thing going.

This is a logical and rational course of action.  Now I don’t know what happened to it.

I think it has something to do with last year being the first year that I knit almost all of my gifts for Christmas.  My current project had to spend some time on the back burner while I made six thousand slouchy hats.  Or maybe it was because I had to switch LYSs when I went to college, and the new one carries Malabrigo, something I had only heard about until then.  Honestly, the first time I touched Malabrigo, I bought it right away and everything else was put on hold until I knit a hat with it.  It was a little pathetic how in love with it I was. 

But mostly I blame these:

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Two of my friends at college love Dr. Who, and were telling me that people sell Dr. Who scarves for upwards of $100.  I felt that this was a ridiculous amount of money, and told them I could make them for them for just the price of the yarn.

Little did I know…

Having never watched Dr. Who, I didn’t know that he wears scarves that are 12-feet long.  Somehow, I remained oblivious to the fact that I was knitting 12 square feet of garter stitch until I was already a foot in.  Plus, I’m knitting them both at the same time, because I thought it would be nice if they were both done at the same time.  It was a good idea in retrospect because I now know that I would never go back to knit the second one once I realized how long the first one would take.  But they are HEAVY.

And, for the record, I do not knit continental style.

(For my non-knitting readers, there are two ways of knitting: English and Continental.  English is significantly slower than Continental, and is my preferred method.  Of course.)

I don’t mind knitting them, but it makes being a monogamous knitter near-impossible.  Can you imagine knitting nothing but garter stitch for that long?  I would lose my mind.

Here is a list of my current extra-marital strayings:

1. Cable Gloves

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Please excuse the atrocity of a photograph.  It was taken many months ago in my poorly-lit dorm.

This pattern consists of pages and pages of cable charts.  In other words, I LOVE IT.  I worked on it during the winter while I watched Boy Meets World reruns.  My second semester was much busier, though, and I didn’t have either the time to watch Boy Meets World, or the attention span that is needed to work on them.  I still have about three quarters of the second glove left.

2.  Lace Roses Scarf

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I won’t be able to get a good picture of it until it is finished and blocked, but this should give an idea of the great color.  Malabrigo Lace is essentially the best thing in the world. 

I like this scarf a lot.  It is portable, the chart is easy to memorize, and it doesn’t require a lot of attention.  This is, however, also its downfall.  It’s easy to put off because I know I’ll always be able to find the time to finish it.  I believe it is equivalent to the “nice guys always finish last” scenario.

3. Baby Clothes

My boss’s wife is having a baby, and I jump on any opportunity to make baby clothes.

4. Christmas Gifts

I decided on mittens this year.  I’m not ready to think about it yet.

5. Crochet Granny Square Afghan

I really really really do not enjoy crocheting.  But I really really really wanted an afghan to match my bed spread, and I am not about to knit one on top of the Dr. Who scarves.  That would just be poor planning.  Crocheting is much faster.

The good news is that I just finished a lace scarf, which is now crossed off of my overwhelming list.  It seems as though as soon as I gave up my monogamous ways, two simultaneous projects escalated into three thousand.  Jeepers.