31 March 2007

Bostonian Yarn Crawl (day whatever)

I've been on holiday in Boston for the past week and a half, and while I'm sure I could have seen many typical Bostonian places, I went shopping for yarn.

Photos will be forthcoming.

From Windsor Button: 2 skeins of Handmaiden's Seasilk, Mountain Colors Barefoot in Ruby River, and Cherry Tree Hill potluck in Blues/Greens

From Woolcott: 6 skeins of Cascade Fixation (3 colorways), Rowan Tapestry, and other sock yarns.

From Mind's Eye: 3 skeins of Lucy's hand dyed yarn (omg, yum) and 8 ounces of green merino/tencel roving for spinning.

What I have waiting for me when I get home:

Swift (omg, FINALLY!)
SWS (for Danica and a felted bag, possibly another Clapotis)
3 new T-shirt Hell t-shirts

In other Boston area news... I did meet up with the coffee guy. We did go out for dinner, and later, coffee. It was good to see him again. And no, I wouldn't consider it a date, but I did wear the sweater, and he commented on it. I'm utterly confused, but that's life. Point of amusement: I've done so much walking because of being in Boston and using the T that I need to seriously rethink a remake of the coffee sweater/SKB because I lost enough weight that I may need to knit up the size down. (I also need to get a bicycle soon... I'm loving this exercise with a purpose thing.)

I also got another pair of Jaywalkers done this trip. Will post photos upon my return to the place where my stuff is.

I also DESPERATELY need to organize my yarn in a different manner - by weight rather than color.

Upon my return, I will be working on Clessidra. Unless I decide it's time to get cracking on the Endpaper Mitts. Or something else. But I'm really jonesing for some knee high socks. Plus, I have that yummy white with blue flecks Bamboo/Wool sock yarn that really, desperately needs to be turned into knee socks.

Oh. And remember the Knitty Halfdome hat that I knit for coffee guy? I've got his mailing address (no, I'm not sharing it, as the situation is confusing, not irksome, so no doing bad things to other people's homes) so that will be going off to him upon my return. Maybe getting that sent off and out of my house (aka: the place where all my stuff is) will help to clear my mind. I don't think I'll be in love with DB Cashmerino again for a while.

Other news: While I was in Boston, I got my nose pierced (yay! Been wanting that for years!) and my tongue repierced. It's funny. After I had my tongue pierced the second time, I missed it when I took it out. I didn't realize how much until I had this one done. As for my nostril piercing, I'm very happy with it. I went to high school with a bunch of people that had all kinds of piercings (septum, labret, eyebrow, etc.) and they never bothered me, but I was never that attracted to them at the time. Now? I'd love to have my eyebrow done, but I doubt I will because of that pesky job thing.

When I get my ink done... I think I'm really going to start feeling like myself. (Oh, and my dad is going to shit over my nose. I'd hate to think what he'll do about the tattoo... But I'm over 21 and doing my own thing.)

26 March 2007

Boston Yarn Crawl - day 1

Today I went to Windsor Buttons near Part Street.

I got two skeins of SeaSilk (omg), a skein of Mountain Colors Bearfoot, and a skein of Cherry Tree Hill Potluck in Blues/Greens (more blues than greens).

Wednesday or Thursday will be the trip out to Mind's Eye Yarns. I went today but was silly and didn't realize that the shop was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.


17 March 2007

Socks that Rock Lover's Leap

Socks That Rock came in! The colorway, Lover's Leap, is really pink. The color in the photo is a little brighter than it looks to my eye on the skein, but yay! I'm not sure if these are going to become Clessidra's or if they're going to turn into a different knee high sock (one from CookieA, perhaps?), but they'll be pretty.

In other yarn-related news, I'm kool-aid dyeing in my crock pot for another two skeins of socks to make knee high socks out of, thanks to KnitPicks Bare in 100% merino. Of course, I just realized that I may have started dyeing enough for two pair of knee-high socks. If it turns out well, I'll be happy. If it doesn't, then it's a lesson learned, and it's not like I took tussah silk hankies and lit them on fire.

Which reminds me... it's time to check on the crock pot.

13 March 2007

Lewtz! (Well, on order)

I ordered a bag of SWS in three different colorways.
Finally JoAnn's had a 50% off coupon, so I ordered a swift.
And the sock yarn that I'm eagerly awaiting from STR.

I'm looking forward to the mail again.

09 March 2007

My socks are not rocked

Third time I've had to rip out socks in the last week. I didn't like the first ones, so I ripped those out. I started in on a pair of Jaywalkers on size 2 needles... too big. Started in on a different pair of Jaywalkers... too small.

Forget porridge, Goldilocks was talking about knitting socks.

So, I've decided to start on the next size up for the Jaywalkers, on size 1 needles. The irony? I'm pretty sure my first pair of Jaywalkers I did this exact same thing for - now it's noted.

At least they're a quick knit. I can usually finish a single Jaywalker in two to three days.

So, for the record: Cast on 84 on size 3 needles, then switch to size 1 for ribbing and pattern.

08 March 2007

Sexy Sock Yarn Ordered!

(Socks that Rock - Lightweight. In colorway: Lover's Leap)

Will become...

clessidra socks - knitty
(Clessidra Stockings)

I can't wait!

07 March 2007

Modeled SKB

SKB Modeled

Modeled photo. No, no smile. Not today. I'm tired. But there's the goods!

05 March 2007

Thanks ... And tonight's activities!

Thanks to those that have left kind comments about my SKB. I was hoping to have a modeled photo tonight, but the lacework still isn't dry. I'm hoping tomorrow.

To Susan:
Actually, the family legend attributes this white girl having an ass to being part Italian. The boobalicious is because I'm equally part German.

But hey, I'd rather have boobs and butt than be a stick.

Onto tonight's activities:

I swatched for the grey SKB and discovered that what I thought was worsted is actually light DK to heavy sport weight yarn... So I'll have to do some math to figure out how I need to alter the pattern. I suspect I can knit the larger size and make some modifications to the row repeats and be fine.

I also swatched for the Mermaid Jacket. Not having the 3mm needles it called for, I tried on size 2. Too dense. Swatched on size 3. Still too tight. Swatched on size 4... Looking promising. I need to keep working on that swatch for another two or three inches to make sure that my row gauge is right (since for this pattern, it's critical - it's worked in garter stitch across the jacket, the opposite of standard knitting).

So what am I going to work on next? Still haven't a clue. I'm leaning towards the grey SKB, but I need to also figure out how much yarn it's going to take as the yarn I have for it is in limited supply, but I think it would turn out nicely in this yarn. It's French or German. Haven't a clue. I'll play with it more later.

Anyone out there good at math? The SKB gauge is 20 stitches/24 rows, and I'm coming up with 26 stitches/30 rows. The body of the previous SKB (at gauge) was 210 stitches. I figure if I can determine what the closest thing would be given those numbers, I can reverse-engineer what other size I need to knit at for the starting stitches.

Decisions, decisions...

I think I'm going to rip out the Somewhat Cowl I've been working on... The color isn't working for me.

Since I'm in a holding pattern on Tubey (waiting on tools), and the socks are just making me want to tear my hair out right now, I'm trying to decide on what to knit next.

So, do I make another SKB (this time in fuzzy grey)? Do I work on Eunny Jang's Deep-V Argyle Vest? I think I'll go make another SKB, and maybe get some of this residual stuff out of my head.

04 March 2007

Simple Knitted Bodice (Fin!)

I started this sweater about a month and a half ago. It was started because I thought I had a coffee date for my upcoming trip to Boston, but that was canceled (against my wishes, but meh). So, I put it down for a bit while I was sorting out if I even wanted to finish it considering the reason I was knitting it went *poof* - and after some deliberation, I decided to finish it. Sometimes knitting really is therapy.

The pattern calls for worsted weight, I knit it in DK weight. It's a little translucent, but I knew I'd have to wear something under it, and I'm okay with that.

Pattern: Simple Knitted Bodice from StitchDiva.com, size L

Lana Grossa Feeling (Merino/Silk/Cashmere blend), Ivory, 7 skeins
SRK Irise, Oyster, 2+ skeins

Needles (Knitpicks Options):
Size 7 for body
Size 4 for lacework

I extended the length of the sleeves by quite a bit (partially because of the gauge difference for DK weight, partially because I like my sleeves to come past my wrists a bit). I also lengthened the body above the lacework and after the increases on the front. Like a number of other people, I also decreased the number of purl ridges on the collar to match the number on the hems. Instead of using the CC for the hems and collar, I went with the MC - my reasoning behind this was because the CC has quite a bit of sparkle in it and I felt it would have been too much. Had I done something like what was called for in the pattern (lacework color matches body, but has sequins/beads), I think I may have done it as per pattern.

If I were to knit this again, I'd...
* Alter the pattern to suit my gauge, not my gauge to suit the pattern (especially if I'm using a lighter weight yarn). I suspect if I'd done that for this one, I'd have ended up short on yarn, and I bought the yarn on sale (9 skeins for $12).
* Include short row bust shaping. (I'm a bit boobalicious.)
* Suck it up and do Zimmerman's sewn bind-off for the bottom hem. I'm still a bit tight on a knitted bind off, even after moving up to size 9 needles. (But man, is that a lot of yarn when doing a hem. Yowza!)
* Try to get the lace panels to match up in location so when my arms are down (which they rarely are... I'm part Italian, after all) they line up nicely.
* Lengthen the body so it lined up with the length of the arms when worn. I'm a little strange like that.

Onto the photos!
Cream and Beige Yarn

This is what it started out as... Just some innocuous yarn running about in plastic bags. Oh, sweet little yarn, you don't know what pain you're in for!

SKB In Progress

It turned into this... Slowly working it's way... But wait! I hated the location of the lace panel in the body, and the length of the body... Rippit, rippit, rippit.

SKB Blocking

So, I extended, fixed, widened, and otherwise forced it to bend to my will.

SKB Lace Detail

A somewhat bad close up of the lacework. At least here you can see how sparkly the SRK Irise is.

This is my first finished sweater. I got to play with sleeves, as well as picking up stitches around the neckline for a decorative collar. I'm very pleased with my work. There were a few places where I went "oh, I screwed up" but only me and another knitter would ever notice, and I'm not feeling that anal about this project.

Simple Knitted Bodice (part IV)

And she's blocking. Yay!

Yarn used
Main Color: Lana Grossa Feeling in Ivory (7 skeins)
Contrasting Color: SRK Irise in Oyster (2+ skeins)

Lana Grossa Feeling is DK weight yarn I got close to gauge (close enough to not have to do substantial modifications to the pattern) and the sweater turned out nice, but a wee bit translucent since it calls for worsted weight yarn. I'm not overly concerned, as I like it and I was planning on wearing something under it anyway.

Next iteration I make of this will be worsted weight, or close to. I have a yummy silvery mohair yarn that's been begging to be turned into something... At first I thought it would be a Kiri shawl (nope), then a simple fuzzy sweater (pass), and after seeing how this pattern knits up, I figured that it might be a good move to use the silver on this pattern. I probably won't start it for a few projects (*sigh* so many projects... so little motivation), as I have a list a mile long that I want to work on... Next is probably going to be the Mermaid blazer.

Pictures will be forthcoming when the the sweater dries. I think it looks very sweet on, so I'd rather show it off on me than laying flat on a blocking board... But, it does look very nice. I think when I do Sahara (DK weight yarn, worsted called for in pattern), I'm going to alter the pattern to suit my gauge, not the other way 'round.

Simple Knitted Bodice (part III)

Sleeve two was completed tonight... All that's left is the collar and blocking, and my first full sweater is DONE. I can hardly wait!