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Knitting Standstill

I have so many projects in the works and they are all having problems! Did I unravel someone’s knitting in a past life? I dunno. Here’s the lineup:

  • Central Park Hoodie– It appears to be too small because the cables and ribbing make it squinch up (squinch being the technical term). I have to figure out if the resulting piece will be squinched or not.
  • Child’s Fairisle–The back looks great but I started the front piece and there is a mistake in the colorwork so I have to figure out what went wrong and undo it.
  • Seamingly Simple Vest–I have to untangle the second skein of yarn before continuing. Dh usually helps.
  • Chevron Scarf–zzzzzzzzzzz. Just bored.
  • Tess–OMG, I wanted badly to make this. I swatched, etc. Now, it just looks terrible. It is hard to tell if it will continue to look terrible or not. I don’t want to waste a lot of time if it will still look terrible. Ya know?
  • Shawl Collar Sweater–Got so bored with it I put it away. Will probably frog and make something for Amelia.
  • Cobblestone–I have to figure out why it got so darned huge and then restart it. Oy.
  • Spring Pearls Afghan–Was going along fine, but now I am one bobble short and have to squeeze one in there unless I want to undo the entire panel.

The plan:

Work on the vest until my brain recovers, then perhaps do a small project for FCS3 pal and then reassess.

At least the blog looks good! Knitting

Beautiful and Artistic? Or a Fugly Mess–You Be the Judge

For a long time, I have wanted to devise a good way to use up those “scraps” of yarn; partial skeins that can’t be used on their own. I have tried doing sweaters, shawls and the like, only to find I hate the project mid-way through and frogging it. This time, I think I may have arrived at a more “legitimate” way to use those scraps. I started crocheting a scarf long-ways using a single crochet stitch. I used one color for each row, creating random stripes.

I go back and forth. Sometimes I think it is very cool and funky, other times I hear “yarn vomit” in my head. It has been kind of fun to make, so that’s positive. It’s a good use of what would otherwise be trash, so it’s recycling.

At any rate, it is one of a kind.

Happy Holidays!

Almost Year-End Wrap Up

Last December, I made New Year’s Knitalutions. Looking at them now, I did pretty well. Let’s review:

1. Finish UFOs (a good attempt)

There were some failed projects, but they got frogged if I didn’t finish them. The exception is my one Inside-Out sock. I have very bad SSS.

2. Take time to use good finishing

I am getting much better at this, because I realized that I can knit pieces perfectly, only to finish them into something that looks like doo-doo. I tried to take a finishing class at a LYS, but it was a terrible bust. Not sure if I will try again at another LYS, or just continue on myself.

3. Frog and redo, when necessary

Yes. Getting much better at this, realizing that, if I go to the trouble of buying expensive yarn and many hours knitting something, I might as well redo parts if they aren’t the way they should be.

4. Start xmas presents earlier

I am not doing as many this year, which helps. However, I did start earlier.

5. Make one thing with lace

I made Camelia, by Stefanie Japel. I love the way it turned out.

6. Make one thing with cables

I am making Mr. Greenjeans out of Malabrigo worsted in a lovely teal green color. It is going so well, I vow to make many more things with cables in the near future.

7. Make one thing with intarsia

Nope. I tried the Heart Hoodie from Knit Picks and the gauge was just off, so I will try again later. I also want to start some fair isle projects.

8. Make Jaywalkers!

My attempt just failed miserably. I just can’t seem to get the right gauge and don’t have the patience to play with it. So I am the only knitter in the universe who is Jaywalker-less. Maybe I’ll try Monkeys next.

9. Make a vest

Yes, did Sloane. I love wearing it, although I need to take in the side seams. I have two more vest patterns to try, one for me and one for dh.

10. Make the Yarnplay sweater!

Did it!

11. Make a shawl

Again, I tried, but lost interest in the scrap shawl idea. I have a shawl pattern from WEBS that I want to start, but haven’t found the right yarn yet. That will probably be my first shawl.

12. Use circular needles whenever possible.

I think I have used circs almost all the time. What has made that easier is that I have made a bunch of things in the round from the top down. I also bought the Harmony needle set from Knit Picks, the pretty, colorful, wooden ones, and I LOVE them.

So that is my wrap up! I think I did pretty well, and it has been a good knitting year. Now that I’m on Ravelry, I am more organized and have increased access to LOADS of information and inspiration. I also started going occasionally to a knitting group that meets weekly (I don’t go every week). I learn a lot from being around other knitters.

This year I also got up the nerve and submitted several items to the local county fair and won 3 ribbons!

My secret wish is to meet a fellow knitter with whom I really connect (locally or on the net) and develop a close friendship. Maybe in 2008!

How was your knit-year? What do you hope to do in the next one?

I’m Somebody!

The new phone book is here! (What movie is that, film fans?)

I’m on Ravelry!!

My screen name: Yarnmaniac. It will take me awhile to get the lay of the land and put all my stuff in there, but I’ve already joined groups (I’m a joiner, at least online).

Check it out, if you are among the fortunate. I am excited!

Report From the County Fair

I’m very surprised–I won three ribbons! One of each. The sweater that I really thought might win had too much competition in that category and didn’t win any ribbons.

Some of us rode lots of rides! LOTS of rides.

A good time was had by all!

What a Girl

Amelia found a crochet hook–size G, I think, in the car. “What is this, Mommy?” She asked. “It’s a crochet hook,” I said, matter-of-factly. She held it up and declared, “I’m a pirate!!!”