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In Which I Knit Something for Real

As promised, I really did finish something:

Wool gloves in August. My neighbors probably think I'm nuts.

These are another pair of my Mrs. Buchanan Gloves, made for my friend’s sister.  Initially, they were promised to him back in March, but then other projects (like college, etc.) kept getting in the way, and next thing I knew, it was July and they were still sitting around waiting to be sent out.  So, sorry Jeremy and Anna.  Usually I’m better at being a functioning human being.  I don’t know what happened this time.

I made these with longer wrists than I wrote in the pattern, which was unintentional.  My measuring skills apparently leave something to be desired.  But because I didn’t have to swatch for this pair (same yarn, same needles, ideally same gauge), they only used up one skein of Palette yarn (which comes in 100 different colors!).

I love buttons. And coffee mugs. But this is about buttons.

It’s about to get all shameless self-promotion up in here, but it’ll be brief, and also it’s my blog so it’s allowed.  The Mrs. Buchanan Gloves pattern is available from Knit Picks for just $1.99, and they knit up quickly, so they’re great to make for gifts (because it’s never too early to start thinking about holiday knitting!).  The pattern will work with any solid colored fingering weight yarn, but I recommend Palette yarn, which you can order at the same time you order the pattern.  Not to mention, it’s only $1.99 a ball.  The pattern calls for 2 balls, but it appears, according to this pair, that if you have small hands and unravel your swatch, it can be done with just one.

Happy Friday everyone!

In Which the Excitement is Palpable

I am very excited to announce that my Mrs. Buchanan glove pattern went online today!!!!  It is for sale for $1.99 as part of Knit Picks Independent Designer Program.  Check it out here.

This is my very first design.  I’ve always wanted to give designing a try, but it just seemed too daunting whenever I tried.  Then Knit Picks announced this new program, and I decided to give it a shot.  The guidelines are simple, you can still sell the pattern on Ravelry or on your own blog, and it’s great for knitters because they can buy affordable yarn and patterns all in the same place.

I’m so excited about this pattern that I’ve already started on a few more designs.  As if I needed a new hobby.  But, I have to pay for college somehow. 😉

In Which the Friday Night is Lonely, But the Gloves are Super!

I believe, for those who read this blog, that an important thing to note is when I promise to blog over spring break, as I did in my last post, I am obviously a filthy liar. I’m not really sure why I didn’t post in the week I had off, but the fact remains that it did not happen.

Tonight, despite it being a Friday night, I am in my dorm all alone, listening to Regina Spektor and Elvis Costello, because all of my friends are so dedicated to their arts that they’re off doing school related activities. Since I already mopped the shower (we keep it simple. Our only two cleaning products are Clorox wipes and a Swiffer Wet Jet. The shower is a little too daunting for a little Clorox wipe), and it is back to its original color (both exciting and horrifying), here I am!

To start, here’s a hat I made for my mother:

This is not my mom.  This is me.  On a crazy hair day.

This is not my mom. This is me. On a crazy hair day.

Pattern: Grace Lace Beret by Elizabeth Eisenstein
Yarn: 2 skeins of Debbie Bliss Rialto (love it love it love it!)
Mods: I think I added another lace repeat because it was too small, but now I can’t remember if I added one because I originally left one out? I don’t know. Numbers are hard.
Final Thoughts: A nice little hat. My mother says she wears it frequently, so mission accomplished!

So, that’s all well and good, but THIS is what I’ve really been working on:

Pattern: MY OWN!!! Mrs. Buchanan Gloves
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette

I’m very excited about designing my first pattern, and had so much fun that I will definitely be working on more. This pattern is almost ready to be sent out, once I get a day when it’s sunny out and my fancy camera roommate is available, so we can take pictures to put in the pattern.

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.