Archive for March, 2008

New Beginnings

Sometimes, change can be a good thing. For instance, I cut my hair a couple of weeks ago, and that change was one of the most freeing experiences of my life…cutting a tie to my ex-husband, it lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. This last week has been about new beginnings for me. I bought some clothes that I could wear when I’m on dates, and an outfit for when I have to appear in court. I can’t believe how good these clothes make me feel about myself, it’s a welcome new feeling indeed.

I’m making good progress on my Erica Alexander sock, I’m on the gusset, though I’ve hit a snag with the pattern. I may have to frog back a few rows and reconfigure the decreases, but no big deal. What I’m most happiest with though, is the new roving I bought when my mother and I went yarn shop hopping today. I bought a new go-knit pouch at the first store, with a Dragonfly shawl pattern, and some wool roving…oh my god is the roving gorgeous. A thing of beauty, is it not? Reds and browns and shades of both in between, it’s just stunning. The pouch is pretty cute too!

Auburn Camp shirt will soon be updated on this blog as well, after I finish doing the short rows for the shoulders…yes, that’s right. I’m at the shoulder seams. Pretty impressive, huh? Peacock sock #2 has been cast on, the ribbing finished, and a couple centimeters of the knitting finished.

Now, if only this head cold I’ve been dealing with will change into perfect health again…


Bad Things Come in 3’s

They say bad things come in 3’s, and if this is the case, my knitting troubles should be over now.

My first stumbling block was when I discovered that the sock I was knitting for the Sock Knitters Annoymous group knit along on Ravelry for March was a stitch short. It was the 6-stitch enlongated cable socks, one of the patterns from Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd, and I was really upset, and ripped them out and wound up the yarn and tossed it to the side. I planned to use the energy from the knit along to instead power me to finish the New England socks by Nancy Bush that I had going on.

But that’s where bad thing #2 comes in…I was knitting along just fine, following the pattern, all that good stuff, when I discovered that I wouldn’t be able to make all the diamonds fit on the foot before I had to do the decrease, my foot is too short. Now, some of you would say “Well, knit to 7 inches like you should, and then cut off the pattern and start the toe.” I say this: I would hate that. Cut it off in the middle of the last diamond? No way, I want that pretty point. Others may suggest continuing just the diamond in the middle while I decrease for the toe using a flat toe instead of a star like the pattern uses…but I say nay again. I love that lace that borders the diamond on either side, and I don’t want my toe “cleavage” to show through in the diamond lace on the top of the foot. It’s all about the details for me…and I can’t handle changing it. So, until I decide what to do, the New England sock and I are not on speaking terms. Our relationship is so broken, in fact, that I’ve asked it to move into a plastic bag and reside in my knitting bin until it’s ready to be good (or until I cave and make a decision).

To some of you, this may sound rather…well, rash. But let’s remember something here…knitting is supposed to be fun. My life right now? Not so fun. Divorce papers, bills, my ex being a jerk to me behind my back…my life is messy right now. I’m emotional, hung up on details that previously, I didn’t really care about. This detail with the sock was enough to make me almost pull out my hair last night…so until I’m calmer, the sock is banned from my presence.

Bad thing #3 though fixed now, almost had me in tears last night when I discovered it. It was midnight, I was mad at the New England sock, and I needed something to console me. So, I picked up Auburn Camp shirt, about 2 or 3 inches into straight pattern work after the armhole decreases, and discovered I’d moved the purl stitch on the right side over again… I put it down, tried to take a few deep breaths, and then, I lay awake fuming about it for about an hour before I finally passed out. Thankfully, my mother fixed it this morning, but I’m hoping now that my 3 bad things have happened, the fates will leave me and my knitting alone.

Good things have happened though, and I’d like to introduce you to my new blogging buddy, my model for blog and Ravelry photos….she’s splendid, very pretty, and all knitters will love her…
Everyone, I’d like you to meet Shirley the Sheep. She was purchased as a fund raiser for Children’s Hospital (which two companies I’ve worked for before supported, and of which I’ve been a patient before), but also to amuse me and the followers of this blog. The cool thing? her feet are magnetic…so she lives on the fridge when she’s not the focus of my photographic adventures….isn’t she cute???

And, to replace the hole in my heart when the New England socks and I decided to seperate, is Erica Alexander’s Cable Rib socks, from Interweave’s Favorite Socks.

Be still my heart, the cables are braided, and I only have to do them once in a 10 row-repeat, the rest is mindless K2, P1 ribbing…I think I can handle this….

Busy Little Bee

I’ve had a lot on my knitting plate recently, thanks to my mother giving me a bad case of Startitis. Yes, that’s right, I caught the bug, and the only thing I could was to give into it… My symptoms consisted of leafing through every Interweave and Vogue we had in the house, combing through pattern books, and scouring the internet’s free pattern database for projects that peaked my interest. The result? Not a lot accomplished, and a lot of projects laying around…

First up, is the baby hat that I finished. The sweater was made a long time ago, Baby Caftan I think was the name of the pattern, but the recipient never picked it up. Thus, it goes to a coworker who will be having a baby boy soon. I made the hat to go with it, and found out that 22 years ago, my mother knit me the same hat! Isn’t that funny how things work? Listen to this though…it will blow your minds away. I didn’t have any ribbon for the hat, so….I broke down, and I learned how to crochet…I fought with almost every stitch, the crocheted rope is all kinked in places, and it probably is an insult to crochet itself, but I learned enough of it to make that stupid cord. Never again people, never again.

Next up, is the progress report on my New England sock. I need four diamonds to move onto the heel flap, and as you can see, I’m partway through my third. The pattern is great, I love knitting it, and the yarn is still making me happy and giddy inside!
But my pride and joy, the project that makes me most happy, is this. Auburn Camp Shirt, designed by Chrissy Gardiner. Oh. My. God. I love it! From the use of fingering weight yarn to make a texture that is unbelievable, to the knitted hem at the bottom. The shaping is simple, but well thought out, and the color…oh..the color! Is it possible to be in love with an object? Cause I think I’ve fallen, hard and fast!

In other news, I’ve also joined Ravelry. My username (surprise) is wcknitwit. Feel free to look me up, add me as a friend, etc. I have really enjoyed the project section, and the queue…this way, I don’t forget what projects I really want to tackle in the future! My newest book obsession by the way? Knitting Lingerie Style…omg, I’ve got like 4 patterns from there lined up!