Sunday, April 23, 2006

Yesterday I went to the Downtown Knit Collective's Knitter's Frolic. I bought:

  • 5 balls of Briggs and Little 1 ply in color Jade
  • 1 ball of Opal in a yellow-and-blue mix which calls itself Magic but as I'm not really a sock afficionado, I don't know what it means
  • Brittany size 2 DPNs
  • Addi Turbo 36" size 4 circular
  • "Heirloom Knitting" by Sharon Miller
  • "Inspired Cable Knits" by Fiona Ellis

Parking was hellish and looked hopeless, so after driving around for maybe five minutes I gave up, went home and rode my bike down even though it was about 7 degrees Celcius and raining. Besides the parking advantage of a bicycle, it also kept me from buying more than I could carry.

It was interesting. Venders I was surprised not to see there included Fiddlesticks Knitting (though her patterns were somewhat ubiquitous) and She Ewe Knits. I saw Robin Melanson at the Needle Arts Bookshop booth.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

this isn't what I meant to write about but whatever

I didn't finish Sigyn. I didn't finish the pirate socks. The Jade hat is still in time-out. I didn't even work on Sahara to Selbu (or the other way around), though I did think about whether I should try to do something about the length error I made on the sleeve.

There's no way I'm going to reknit the whole sleeve for a half-inch error just above the cuff. Maybe I could snip it and remove the cuff, then rework it down, removing the affronting four rows. I think I will do the body the way it's written, then attach the sleeve, and make my decision at that point. It's just that the sweater's dimensions are already on the large side. I'm doing the smaller of two sizes, and it's supposed to come out 24 inches long. I have often shortened sweaters designed for that length to be closer to 20 inches, because I'm only 5'3". It's hard to tell from the "artistic" (Ed referred to it as Allanah Myles-like, but I bet the Norse photographer doesn't remember her) pose of the photo how long the sweater is.

I'll probably be more enthusiastic about finishing it when it's September and I can envision wearing it. Which means that I'll probably finish it in the spring of 2007, when I need to finish something to get a "finishing point" so I can buy more yarn.

Speaking of buying more yarn, I'm thinking I shouldn't. I was going to go on a yarn diet (did I ever mention I have yarn bulimia? No offense to people or people with friends with food bulimia) until I finished 19 projects. But that strikes me as wholly unrealistic. So I made a compromise: I won't buy yarn until I finish 7 projects, then I will buy one project. Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat again.

So, 21 projects out, three in.

I started the Prairie Tunic from IK Spring 2006. Fathom just abandoned it, but I'm doing well. Apparently there's an error, though I didn't find it when I read the pattern. I think I don't notice errors that other people are stymied b y because I'm not sure I follow the pattern. However, I am lost without a good picture.

I'm using Tocatta in Cyclamen that I bought from Elann last month. Part of a March-long yarn binge. Ugh.

That will be one... then the socks and Sigyn... and four more, and I can buy more yarn!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

My April Post?

I finished the Victoria tank by Veronik Avery from IK Summer '04. I'm quite happy with how it turned out. It fits properly even though I didn't use the suggested yarn, didn't do a swatch, and was having a panic near the end that it was going to come out too big. Mine is about an inch more around than the schematic suggests, and I think it looks fine on me.

Victoria tank finished Posted by Picasa

And with that done, I decided that it was time to finish the sleeve of Selbu to Sahara (or the other way around).

Sleeve Sahara to Selbu Posted by Picasa

And I started the body. This was mostly so I could have a project to carry around last weekend. With the Jade hat in time-out still, I needed something portable.

Start of Body Posted by Picasa

I'm making the small/medium, and I noticed as I started the alternating color stripes on the body that I made a mistake on the sleeves. I did medium/large length, but small/medium width. So I'm replicating the error on the body. You can't tell in the picture (because I took it before I got to rows 5-8 of the chart, where the error lies).

I finally finished reading "Lost Girls" by Andrew Pyper. It picked up for me about 130 pages from the end, when the main character, Barth, stopped doing so much coke. My mother gave me this book in January because the author was born in the same year as me. I always wonder what she's trying to say when she does things like that.

And I started reading "Piratica" by Tanith Lee, which made me think that my next small project should be a pair of pirate socks, like is making. I might start them this weekend. I only have three projects on the needles right now, after all.