Monday, September 22, 2008


Yep, I finished a project! I just finished seaming up my very own Ribbed Lace Bolero. It took much longer than it should have, due to me being a complete scatterbrain. The first mistake I made [while drunk] cost me a good three inches of knitting. But then I just kept making mistakes. Or rather, I kept making the same mistake over and over and over.... See, I tend to knit while I watch tv or movies, and if I get too caught up in the show I'm watching *coughcoughTerminatorcough* then my knitting switches over to autopilot. Anyhow, I kept putting in yarn overs where there shouldn't be, and then not catching it for several rows. But now it's over and done with, and it came out cute! So yay!

Now the startitis bug is again nipping at me, and I'm just itching to start something new. I'm resisting, at least until next week. I'm forcing myself to actually work on the Christmas Blanket for the future in-laws. Because, see, I know myself. I'll put it off and put it off, and put it off some more until it's mid-december and I panic because holy crap! I have to crochet an entire blanket by Christmas!! So I'm going to give that my exclusive yarn-crafting attention until this coming Friday. I think I can finish off the first skein of each color, which will put me at a third of the way through the project. We'll see how that goes... *crosses fingers*

Already the naughty corner of my brain who doesn't give a flying cupcake about deadlines and only lives to have me start a dozen projects at once is whispering "but gauge swatches don't count! you're not starting anything, go on, just one little tiny swatch..." NO BAD BRAIN! I WILL NOT FALL FOR YOUR DIRTY, DIRTY SNEAKY TRICKS!!

So, blanket it is. Until Friday. Then I'm going to start probably two more projects. I absolutely need a Herringbone Neckwarmer to match my Calorimetry. Also, I've finally settled on a pattern for socks for my Mom. I think that Salto is just the thing. It's still not horribly complicated, it'll give me a chance to practice my cabling, and they're pretty. ^^

Friday, September 12, 2008

friends don't let friends knit drunk!

Seriously, you'd think I'd learn. Every. single. time. I try to do any sort of yarny crafting while under the influence, it turns out horribly. There was the heel flap and heel turn I did on a pair of sock that I completely fucked up due to a lack of reading comprehension even more astounding than that which I normally exhibit, probably because of the half bottle of wine I'd consumed while I did it. There was the unfortunate attempt at cabling on my Twisted Maiden Fingerless gloves I did, also after about half a bottle of wine. My latest is on my Ribbed Lace Bolero, where I had to frog half of the lace section because I insisted on knitting after two beers.

As with my other drunken knitting mishaps, I have absolutley no idea what the hell I did, nor how I was able to knit on, oblivious to it, for another three inches. I blame the negative ease of the fabric so far. At least the lace part goes faster than the ribbing...

Monday, September 8, 2008

knit + croceht = win!

Today I made a very very very awesome discovery. Or, rather, I made a very very very awesome observation. I've been equally eager lately to work on Jason's Binary Scarf, and the future in-law's Christmas blanket. So I've been switching between them. As in, will switch from one to the other and back again in a single tv episode. And what did I notice?

My hands don't hurt!

That's right, apparently by switching between knitting and crocheting, I'm able to play with yarn for far longer pain-free than I am by simply doing one or the other!! Finally, my impatience has done something good!

Now if only I could stop starting things... I'm resisting starting my Ribbed Lace Bolero, but only just...

Saturday, September 6, 2008

yarn dieting

Okay, very very quick update here.

First off, my needles got here!!! Oh. my. god. I am in love. It's like knitting with sunshine and rainbows and kittens. They are absolutely amazing and I want to knit all freakin' day with these things. All of them. At once.

Secondly, though much less enthusiastically, I have put myself on a very VERY strict yarn diet. No yarn, nada, not even one teensy little skein on sale for pennies even until after Christmas.

Thirdly, and the reason for the secondly, I bought more yarn. Yes, more. On sale. I picked up another skein of black for Jason's Binary Scarf. While there, I also picked up:
  • - 2 skeins of Lion Wool-Ease in Blue Mist. Love the color. It reminds me of oil with all the rainbowy prettiness. I think it'll be great for my second attempt at the Twisted Maiden Fingerless Gloves.
  • - 2 skeins of Patons Classic Wool Merino in Cognac Heather. And I've got just the project for this! I should be casting on for my very own Ribbed Lace Bolero in the next day or so.
  • - 3 skeins of Bernat Berella 4 Ombres in Terra Cotta Mist. The name is pretty stupid, but the colors are nice. They reminded me of fall, and for a dollar a skein, well, who could resist? I don't have a project in mind for it, other than the vague idea of maybe a hat and scarf set. Who knows...
Thirdly, and most recently, I just finished my Calorimetry. It was a fairly fast knit. I started it and knit most of it during last night's D&D session, which was fairly slow and more devoted to figuring out puzzles and riddles than actual combat and/or roleplaying. Finished the last quarter or so of it today during a couple episodes of Firefly. The button is my absolute favorite part of it...

Isn't he just adorable??? ^__^

I can't wait until it gets chilly enough to wear it. I've also got plans for a matching neckwarmer. I think that this Herringbone Neckwarmer pattern may be just the thing.