Monthly Archives: August 2009
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:
Pattern: Flit ‘n Float by Birdy Evans
Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Silky Alpaca Lace
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.
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:
SO MUCH GOODNESS!!!
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.
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:
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
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
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.