January 31, 2006

January Wrap-Up/February Goals

Let's review my January goals;

1. Finish Jaywalkers - DONE
2. Finish 1st Norwegian Stocking, cast on for second - DONE
3. If I really get itching to start something new, cast on for 2nd Nordic Mitten. It's been long enough it should feel new. - DONE, in that I didn't cast on anything new.
4. Get back on track with Rogue - DONE
5. Work on Peacock Feathers - DONE, barely. I knit 4 rows today.
6. Only purchase yarn for SFC-along - not done. I bought 2 hanks of Artyarns Supermerino and a hank of Baby Alpaca Grande.

Well, I'm either getting better at sticking to my goals or better at creating realistic goals. I'm not too torn up over the small purchases either - nothing that's going to break my budget.

February goals;

1. Finish Rogue sleeves
2. Finish Norwegian Stockings
3. Start new socks (must always have a pair of socks going)
4. Start Faroe Vest (easy goal. I love starting things!)
5. Knit at least 10 rows on Peacock Feathers
6. Knit my Baby Alpaca Grande scarf
7. Go through stash and weed out yarn to swap/sell
8. No yarn purchases (well, maybe something really good at Wildfiber...)

January 30, 2006

SFCKAL swatch

Most of my knitting time the past week has been spent swatching for the Faroe Vest. Three swatches in, I'm finally getting 8 stitches/inch.

SFCKAL swatch

I've also finished the chart on the Rogue sleeves, so it's onto the plain stockinette bits for those. As long as I knit a row or two on Peacock Feathers tonight or tomorrow I just might meet my goals for the month. yay!

January 24, 2006

Urge to Kill Fading*

SFCKAL Yarn

Yay! Yarn for the SFCKAL. If you click the picture, it will take you to the Flickr page with notes on the color names. I was having a crummy day yesterday**, but when I got home the box from SHP was on my doorstep. I hugged the box for about 5 minutes before opening it, then hugged the yarn some more. I love you yarn! I was going to hold off on swatching, but hell, I'm the boss of my knitting. If I want to swatch, I'm gonna swatch. Besides, swatching isn't starting a new project. Those are the rules, that I just invented, right now.

*Anyone know which Simpsons THoH this is from? I know it's the one with the Shining, but which number?
**Crummy day due to tweaking my back somehow. I'm feeling a bit better today, but going up and down the stairs is still not fun. I'm blaming it on my Con Law book.

January 23, 2006

Rogue Progress and Weekend Fun

Rogue is finally back on track.

Rogue Sleeves

Halfway through the cable chart! I think I may actually meet all my goals this month, as long as I manage to knit a couple rows of Peacock Feathers. I'm still liking Rogue.

Most of the knitting on it this weekend was actually done on a mini yarn crawl with Spaaz and Crissy. We started out meeting up with Nancy in Oceanside for a knitting and spinning demo at the library. Then parted ways with Nancy and hit up Noble Knits, Black Sheep, Common Threads, and Knitting by the Beach. I had only been to Common Threads before (and they've made some big changes since the last time I was there) so it was great fun. I was pretty good - bought some Supermerino at Noble Knits, nothing at Black Sheep (oof, the mark-up there!), a Dale booklet at Common Threads, and some bulky baby alpaca at Knitting by the Beach. So that's one goal shot, but whatever. It's a hobby, it's supposed to be fun.

Oh, and Becki, the shoes from the Jaywalker post are from ALDO, although I know what Kenneth Cole ones you're talking about. Tried those on too!

January 17, 2006

Norwegian Stockings Update

Norwegian Stocking I

Stocking #1 is finished! It needs a good blocking, as it's a bit snug around the foot, but otherwise, it's great. I even cast on for stocking #2.

Norwegian Stocking II

Pictured together so you know I'm not just showing an old picture of the first one. I'm already 1/2 of the way through my goals for this month! Yay!

I also got through to SHP to purchase the kit for the Faroe-Patterned Vest. It's going to be hard not to cast on for that immediately ;)

January 16, 2006

Finished Jaywalkers!

Jaywalkers

I'm really liking these pictures and my use of the self timer. The only problem is the self timer on my camera is finicky about what it decides to focus on. It took about a dozen pictures to get two in focus ones. Here's the other one.

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Pattern Statistics.

Pattern: Jaywalker Socks, by Grumerina
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shephard Sock in Sand Ridge
Needles: Addi Turbos 40" size 1 (2.5mm) and 32" size 1 (2.5mm)
Modifications: I knit them pretty much to pattern specifications, for the larger size, two at once. I decreased the non-patterned stitches on the sole of the foot to 36 stitches, half the amount I use for plain socks on this needle size.
Start Date: December 25, 2005
Finish Date: January 14, 2005
Impressions: I got a slow start on these socks. The pattern is easy, but it didn't really click with me for the first few inches. Once I was about 3" in, they sped up quite a bit. I liked the two socks at once. It decreased portability, but didn't really feel like it took much longer than a single sock, and when I was done I was really done.

January 13, 2006

Mostly for my reference

This is my short list of sweaters to knit, hopefully this year. I reserve the right to alter this list or completely deviate from it if I feel like it.

1. Faroe-Patterned Vest: Pattern book purchased, attempting to purchase yarn
2. Roge: Pattern and yarn purchased, cast on.
3. Eris: Appropriate yarn in my stash
4. Salina: Pattern book purchased

January 12, 2006

Meme

Instructions: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot.

making
Step Into My Thimble
Absinthe Knits
Bird's Nest Knits
Jessimuhka Knits

Select 5 people to tag (suckers!): No really, I know these things are akin to chain letters and they take some time, but there's nothing like direct questions to learn more about folks.

Hmm, who to punish tag. Krys, Rebekkah, Becki, and Kit.

What were you doing 10 years ago?

Let's see, 1996. I was about to graduate from 8th grade and move on to public school. (Yay! Public school!) Yeah, I'm young.

What were you doing 1 year ago?

Starting my second semester of law school and living in Clairemont Mesa. I miss the fact that that apartment had two bathrooms.

What were you doing one hour ago?

Watching figure skating and knitting Jaywalkers.

List five creative things you want to achieve this year:

Knit through most of my stash, read more (suggestions anyone? I usually go for historical fiction), learn to dye yarn with real dyes, improve photography, design more of my own patterns.

List five snacks you enjoy:

Humus, TJ's Peanut Butter Cups, Hard Cider, Sushi, Dark Chocolate

List five things you would do if money were no object:

Goodbye Student Loans!, buy a house where I can smell the ocean and have doggies, knit lots of fancy things, hire a personal chef, take care of my family.

List five bad habits:

Thinking I'm smarter than everyone, procrastinating, overspending, being messy, talking too much.

List five things you like doing:

Knitting, going out with friends, staying in with friends, reading, sleeping.

List five favorite gadgets:

Powerbook, iPod, Nintendo DS, camera, cell phone (What can I say, I'm a gadgets gal.)

Name one thing you like about yourself:

I'm a good friend.

January 11, 2006

First SFC post

I've decided what sweater to knit for the SFC KAL, Elizabeth Zimmermann's Faroe-Patterned Vest.

Faroe-Patterned Vest by Elizabeth Zimmermann

I'll be knitting the version pictured, with the ribbed edging. There is also a version with hemmed edging. The book is full of beautiful vests and sweaters, so I think I'll be knitting more than one eventually. I decided on this one for my first, as I think it's one of the most classic designs in the book. I've also always wanted to knit a pattern by EZ, I <3 her.

Next step is to send an email to Schoolhouse Press and order a kit. I need to size it up a bit, with the EZ percentage system, so I'm hoping they'll be able to recommend how much extra yarn to purchase. I'm going with SP instead of direct from the manufacturer because they allow unlimited returns on extra full balls, so I don't have to be too concerned about ordering extras. This is also a less color intensive sweater, making it one of the cheaper ones. I'm so excited to knit this sweater. (Ok, I'm a dork.)

Tomorrow: Nancy tagged me for a meme.

January 10, 2006

We have Gussets!

Gusset Complete

The Jaywalkers are coming along nicely. The gussets felt like they took forever working both socks at once, but now that they're done, they're done. Just 4" of straight pattern until the toes, maybe I'll manage to finish them this week.

Once these are done, I plan on picking the Norwegian Stocking back up for my sock project. I think it is my only other current sock WIP. I also still need to get back on track with Rogue, maybe over the long weekend.

In Knit Along news, I joined the Sweaters From Camp along and ordered my book over the weekend. It shipped yesterday and should show up tomorrow. I really want to hold off on starting anything new until I swatch for one of those sweaters, so I'm staying strong.

January 09, 2006

Twisted Stitches

Rebekkah and I were discussing the effect twisted stitches have on finished items this morning and I decided to upload pictures of an extremely biased hat I knit with twisted purl stitches.

Hat for Andrew - right side

This is the right side, it's modeled off an Old Navy hat Andrew saw and liked. I used Rowan Wool-Cotton and US 3 needles. All the purl stitches are twisted, resulting in the slant.

Hat for Andrew - wrong side

Here's the wrong side, where it's easier to see the twisted stitches. (Photos can be clicked to make bigger) While there's nothing wrong with the hat, it's not the effect I was looking for, and if I was doing color work or something similar the bias could cause unpleasant distortion. I think it's important to know what you're doing with your knitting. Now I can use twisted stitches when I want them for a certain effect, and get a non twisted result the rest of the time. What was causing my twisted purls was wrapping the purls the wrong way.

Edit: I forgot to add that I knit this hat in June 2004, when I'd been knitting about 4 months. I think it was my last FO with twisted purl stitches.

January 08, 2006

Other finished socks

My SP5 sent me a great sock kit from Fleece Artist. I got three quarters of the way through them and then set them aside for some reason. Here they are finally finished.

Fleece Artist Socks

This is a heavier weight yarn, so I knit the socks on US 3s (the pattern called for 4s). They're kind of similar to Jaywalkers in the chevron styling, but I like the way the Jaywalker pattern is written better. These are soft and comfortable. I swapped out the pattern's heels and toes for garter stitch short row heels and toes a la Lucy Neatby. I like the heels a lot, but the toes feel a bit weird.

In Jaywalker news, I've finished one heel. Once I get the second heel completed it will be easier to get a picture, so that will be coming soon.

January 06, 2006

New Year, not so new knitting

It's probably about time I reported on December goals and set some up for January.

I didn't meet my goal of finishing the second Rogue sleeve, as I discovered I'd used the wrong size needles for both sleeves and need to rip and start again.

I have a couple over arching goals for the year.

1. Get WIPs down to a more reasonable number. For me, a reasonable number is one sweater, once lace project, two pairs of socks, and something fun/entertaining/overly complicated.

2. Knit from my stash. I'll be purchasing yarn for the Sweaters From Camp knit along, but other than that I really want to avoid buying more yarn.

In order to meet these goals, I'm making this month another WIP only month. I'd like to:
1. Finish Jaywalkers
2. Finish 1st Norwegian Stocking, cast on for second
3. If I really get itching to start something new, cast on for 2nd Nordic Mitten. It's been long enough it should feel new.
4. Get back on track with Rogue
5. Work on Peacock Feathers
6. Only purchase yarn for SFC-along

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