Archive for February, 2009

We have progress!

Progess is good, right?!

Well, the first UFO of the bunch has been completed. Tree Pose Yoga Mat bag is now finished, and I *love* it!!! It was a first for me in a couple of cases. I had never before made any icord, and it was a breeze, though time consuming. I was right though, doing it in front of the tv was a good idea. Many shows on HGTV, Food Network, and W Network were watched while I slaved away at the icord. It was also the first project where I made a round bottom.


It was really ingenious the way you made it. You started with about 14 stitches, and made short rows to make little triangles, then turned or didn’t turn, and started your next triangle off the edge of the next. It was fast too, took a little over an hour to make the bottom once I got the hang of it.

Sewing the whole piece together was finicky of course, especially when trying to ease the bottom in, but I took some time to make sure it was done right. The icord though, oi! There was a lot of it. 3 26 inch cords braided together for the handle, and then 1 40 inch cord for the top. It is perfect though, and I’m really glad I went with the Shine Sport from Knit Picks. It had some give, but not too much, and I was able to stick to the natural fibers for it too. The pattern called for a wool blend to allow for some felting, but I simply adjusted my gauge and skipped this stop altogether.


All in all, I’m very happy. It’s well made, strong enough to hold my mat for an extended period of time, and it was interesting. I thought about yoga and my body and keeping it healthy the whole time, and I’m hoping to unroll the matt tonight and do a few empowering poses.

Also, Monday morning I finished a quick drawstring bag I whipped up for my boyfriend to keep his snowboarding goggles in.


It also was a quick knit, and he loves it. There was supposed to be icord as the string closure, but we chose instead to use elastic cord and a plastic push-stop closure (like you find on ski jackets to tighten the bottom) which he purchased at Wal Mart. I also used acrylic (ugh!) for the bag, for two simple reasons. First, I wanted to make sure it would be durable, able to stand up to a beating, go into the washing machine, etc, and second, because it meant I could use yarn I already had, and wouldn’t have to buy any. I used Caron Simply Soft, and it only used probably a 1/3 of the ball, maybe a little more or less.

I’m going to tackle the Traveling Fern scarf next, and then probably the Twisted Tulip Socks and Icarus simaltaneously. Progress is VERY good!


Getting Behind

I think every knitter has those days when she looks at her current projects and goes "Whoa. I have way too many UFO’s here." and gets the wide eyes and feels overwhelmed and doesn’t know what to do. Tonight, I was looking at my new yarn (which I’ll show you further into the post), and going "I can’t wait to start on it! I just have to clear a couple…projects…hmmm." And you know that scene from Aladdin where Genie starts counting the fingers for the rules of what a Genie can do, and he keeps growing finger after finger? That’s what I felt like I when went over my UFO’s in my mind. Currently, I have:

1. Tree Pose yoga mat bag, which only needs the top finished, and the i-cord for the tie and handle. I can devote some time to the top for an hour or so, and then whip out the i-cord during my tv time this week.

2. Twisted Tulip socks, I’m part way through the gusset on the first one. These are complicated socks though, and they need my full attention, which is why I think they’ve fallen to the wayside with all the stuff going on in my personal life right now.

3. Travelling Fern scarf. Well, I’m a little bit upset about this one. I had joined in my second ball, and a few rows in, the ends got tangled with the working yarn and knotted around it. I tried very, very hard to make sure I didn’t cut the working yarn, but of course, I did. I put it away until I could calm down enough to go and find the next color streak the same in the variagation. I think I can pick it back up now.

4. Icarus. I got up to the end of the repeats for the body, only to find I had to work a number of rows more before I could move onto the next chart, and got mad at myself for not reading the directions. I think it’s time I got over it and picked it back up.

5. New England socks. These are still hibernating due to my discovery that I would not be able to finish out a full diamond pattern repeat across the top of the foot with out a) cutting it off mind pattern to do the toe or b) having to work the toe decreases and continue the pattern, but not have it end all pretty like in the picture. I was mad when I discovered this, but I think I’m sufficiently over it now that once I’m done Twisted Tulip, I’ll finish them.

6. Auburn Camp Shirt. Well, this project has only one piece completed, the back. And I’m really confused as to why I even put it down in the first place. I really liked the pattern, the weight of the yarn, the needles, everything. I think now the only reason I haven’t picked it back up is because it’s been so long. Maybe finishing some of these smaller UFO’s will get me motivated enough to pick it up.

7. A pair of plain fingerless gloves for a coworker. I wanted to put this commissionary piece off for a bit, but I know that if I didn’t accept it now and do it, I wouldn’t get the money for it. I am even using yarn I got for free and was kind of dreading finding a use for too, so now I have an excuse to use it! They will be in a navy blue Knit Picks Gloss fingering weight yarn. I’m using the same yarn for Auburn Camp in Sage Green, but this blue just didn’t quite do it for me. Maybe it’s because it’s the same shade of blue that covers 90% of the surfaces at my work. Heh. I am going to cast them on tomorrow and get them started. These are very quick knits, and if I’m devoted, I can finish them before my shift on Friday morning.

I think for the next couple of days, it’s UFO’s for me! Dragging them each out, one by one to work on the, even if for just a bit. Progress is progress after all!

Now, for the new yarn, which I think a lot of you are dying to see. I ordered from Oceanwind Knits, my mom used to work with the lovely lady who dyes these yarns, and I have a small shawl-scarf knit out of Rainforest in fingering weight, and I love it. So, I bought 2 skeins of her Merino sock yarn:

And also a skein of lace weight, since Travelling Fern and Icarus have really wet my appetite for lace weight:

All I know is I want to make socks with the fingering weight, and some sort of shawl with the lace weight. I thought about a scar for Splash first, but then reconsidered for socks. I’m not sure yet, I can’t decide! I’m sure I’ll figure it out by the time I get some UFO’s out of the way though! Well, I’m off, I’m going to wind the yarn for the gloves tonight and get the pattern out. Aren’t I a good girl?