Except in thtis case, where everything is just new. Like my sparkly new backround. And the fact that my pattern ‘Dystopia’ (which you can purchase by clicking the button on the sidebar) is now for sale for ONLY $1!
Yeahp. That’s all I got for now. So there ya go.
I finished a damn hat.
Then, I finished a pair of cabled socks, that, by the time I was done with them, had invaded my sleep.
Then, I did some spinning. This is some beautiful alpaca that I’m in love with.
Then, the new year happened. So I knitted another sock and a half, before screwing up the chart so thoroughly I had to rip out the second sock and try it again…
And then, I distracted myself from my sock problems by knitting a shawl. A beautiful, fantastic lace shawl.
Then, I knit the first of a pair of socks, worried about running out of yarn on the second sock, got drunk, and listened to music from my best friend’s band (the link to their website is over there ont he sidebar, btw, click it when your done here.)
Then, with alot of praying, I finished those socks.
And most recently, I started in on a sweater…
And then, I lost my internet and was forced to use the library, which means that I can actually update now.
Also, I’m working on a new sock pattern. Look for it soon!
Have you ever had one of those runs where you just…can’t make what you want to make?
Yeah, I had one of those recently.
It’s no big secret that every year, I knit daddy (who is my enabler) a new hat. He usually wears them thin, or loses them, or they get gasoline on them, or damnit, maybe I just to want to knit him a new one! You might remember them from years past – there was the green basketweave one (red heart), the blue cabled one (Bernat chunky), the Niagara falls cabled one (wool ease), and last year was the “tree rings” one (wool ease).
Well, each year I’ve used slightly better yarn, according to what I had in stash at the time. This year, I had three lovely skeins of Frog Tree Alpaca Worsted, in chocolate brown. It’s 100% alpaca, spun in singles, with a slight halo around it. Daddy found a whole bunch (read as: 14 skeins of various colors) of this, along with a whole bunch of Frog Tree Merino at goodwill, for $1/skein.
So, the three skeins of chocolate brown were calling to me, and I had a reasonable conversation with myself. It went something along the lines of; “Hey, Daddy loves you and buys you all this wonderful yarn. You have lots of wool things, and he’s had wool gloves, but never a nice animal fiber hat. Use the chocolate alpaca, since you don’t know what to do with it anyway, and make him a hat.”
So, I went through my large binder of printed off Internet patterns, and there it was. The Caramel Cabled Hat. Now, you all know that I LOVE cables, in their many forms, and this was worsted knitted on size 4s. Alpaca worsted, knitted on size 4s. If anything should be able to tolerate the cold winter that is on it’s way, it should be WORSTED ALPACA KNITTED ON SIZE 4 NEEDLES. That shit should be damn near bulletproof, amiright? Daddy should be able to survive being shot in the ear with ice bullets with something like that.
“Perfect!” said my brain, and off I went to find my needles.
So, one late night, after daddy had gone to bed, I made myself some coffee, put The Devils Rejects in the dvd player (because, apparently, the bloodier and gorier the movie, the better I knit.), and cast on. And that’s when I noticed something was kind of wrong.
“Cast on 126 sts.” One hundred and twenty six stitches. Who the hell knits a hat on 126 stitches?!
But, being the faithful pattern follower (please hold your laughter) that I am, I cast on the 126 stitches, and knitted the first 10 rounds of the pattern. Then I looked at the big ass loop of ribbing, and noticed that it looked a little..big. I checked my gauge. It was too big by 2 stitches to the inch. No big deal, I say, rip it out, start over. Grab a size 3 needle, cast on, and try again. Now it’s looking too small. Okay, now the knitting fates are just fucking with me. I try decreasing the amount of stitches, using smaller needles, using larger needles, for a total of SIX CAST ONS.
At this point, daddy has figured out that I’m trying to knit him a hat, and has refused to by me any more yarn ‘till I get it knitted. At this point, I said fuck it, this pattern is OBVIOUSLY flawed.
At this point, I returned to work on a sock that had already been established, just to remind myself that I am good at this, and I DO enjoy it. I also might have hit the whiskey pretty hard, too.
Then, last night, I said I was going to try it one more time, with NO pattern. Grabbed the size 4 needles (because I like the idea of bulletproof knitwear), cast on 100 stitches, knit in ribbing… And VOILA.
I do enjoy this, and I am good at it. This is my mantra now. Also, FUCK YOU, KNITTING FATES. I AM MASTER OF MY OWN KNITWEAR, BITCHES.
Also, who wants the pattern when I’m done?
It is fall. That much is clear. Today, I’d like to share with you what fall ‘is’, to this knitter.
I will also be doing this without photos, because my camera is currently being a stupid stupid head, and I need to treat it with the utmost of care.
Scientifically speaking, fall is created by the earth as it spins in endless rotations around the sun, and because we move in an oblong shaped orbit, we are heading towards the farthest point of the orbit for the year.
However, for knitters, crocheters, and various other types of crafters, fall is the time of opportunity.
To start with, fall is sweater weather. Now, I have not knitted myself a sweater in a couple of years, and I don’t know that I’m about to now – mostly because my love of hats, mittens, socks, and other small things keeps me pretty busy. But sweater weather it is, none the less, and I enjoy wearing them. Especially when said sweater is the perfect cherry red color, 100% cashmere, and you only paid $2 for at a half off sale at a thrift store.
Fall is fireplace weather, too. Now, I don’t have an actual ‘fireplace’, but I have a woodstove. And it’s a tiny woodstove, it doesn’t get incredibly hot – but hot enough to keep our one room underground cabin very nice and toasty warm. There’s nothing I love better than sitting in my glider rocker, in front of the woodstove.
Fall is hot coffee on the woodstove. We don’t have a drip coffee maker, we have one of the old fashioned blue speckle percolators, typically used for camping. True, this means you can’t swallow the dregs at the bottom of the cup, but it does have a very backwoods homey feeling to it.
It’s wool socks worn for hiking on leaf filled trails. And wool hats, pulled snugly over ears while trying to make coffee over a camp stove in the pre-dawn early morning.
It’s apple and pumpkin everything with heaping amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg and whipped cream.
It’s Halloween, horror movies, popcorn, and massive heart attack inducing amounts of candy.
The smell of sunshine on fallen oak and maple leaves.
The color of the Sassafras leaves turning before anything else, followed by the oaks, maples, aspens, and finally the greening out of the holly tree in preparation for winter.
Mostly though, it’s knitting in my glider rocker while wearing wool socks and sipping coffee, next to a nice warm fire, watching a movie or TV show with my family while the outside temperature dips from ‘sweater worthy’ to ‘it’s time to drag out the arctic military parka’.
Yes, I’m posting. Be shocked and amazed. Blame my friend Carin, who said I was not posting regularly. Blame my friend Aoibhe, who said I should be designing more. Blame my friend Sarah, who is an excellent and most knitworthy person who I love knitting for.
Just don’t blame me. Because even though I’m the one sitting behind the computer, typing, etc, I don’t want to take the blame for not updating, and then updating.
I’m not going to bother to tell you all that I’ve knitted in the last 8 months, becuase its not been much ( pair of socks, a hat, a cowl.). I’m not going to tell you how I spent 6 months running from goergia to tn to va to pa, and only visited 3 yarn shops in that time frame.
nope, I’m going to tell you how I’m designing a couple of somethings, and knitting some things for friends and how I missed being at home.
I’m going to tell you how nice it is to sit by the little wood stove in the living room, in my glider rocker, an knit knit knit knit all day, when I’m not talking to friends on facebok. Or how I’m knitting while cuddling my pet rats. Or how I’ve ripped the same hat that I was nitting for dad 3 times so far.
Yup, I’m going to tell you all the good things, and maybe next time I’ll even post pictures of it.
Happy fall, ya’ll.
You know, if I could remember to save my drafts in word, it would be A LOT less painful to update this blog.
It was all going so well. Thursday night I went ahead and searched for my pattern for Free Pattern Friday, and I had everything neatly organized on my desktop.
And then a thunderstorm came through, and I shut down the computer and neglected to save any of my work.
So now I have to go through and redo everything I did.
First, I did some questioning about this:
Which is some 100% virgin wool. I’m debating dyeing it, but not sure how.
Then I did some blah blah-ing about heading up northeast in the middle of February, and wanting to knit a hat for it. Then I featured a pattern for a nice hat.
But since I forgot to save shit, I don’t have the link to that pattern.
So here’s pics of some yarn I just bought, to appease you until next week. Because I’m NOT doing the whole ‘search for hours to find an awesome pattern’ dance again ‘till next Friday. Deal with it.
This is a cotton/acrylic blend. I also bought a full bag of it, for $4 at the thrift store. I have NO idea what to do with it, but I’m thinking a stole is in order.
This is a dusky purple Rayon/Acrylic blend. I bought a whole bag of it for $4 at the thrift store. It’s DK weight, and I’m not sure what to do with it.
Also, they released the first clue for the February Mystery 220 – ‘m doing the #4 mystery (there are 3 others…)
Here is the 1st clue:
PSYCHE! I caaaan’t shoowwww you! XD
As a side note, the hat I mentioned in the last post? Yeah it didn’t sort itself out in the end. Apparently I suffer from delusions of grandeur.
So, do you guys remember this little quickie?
Yeah, me too.
It’s a cheaters moebius, made by knitting a strip then putting a twist in before sewing it up. It never lays right. It fights me, and it looks horrible. So the moebius and me had a litttttle talk over a strawberry daiquiri.
It went something like this:
Moebius: I never wanted to be a cowl, bitch.
Me: Well, tough titties. You are.
Moebius: I wanted to be a hat.
Me: – raised eyebrow- A hat?
Moebius: Yeah, A hat. And you have the pattern on your fancy thingamabobby that holds all your PDF patterns.
Me: Oh! Dude your so getting frogged now.
Moebius: Uhh…wait..no need for a rash decision….
Me: Nope, too late.. RIPIT!
And so now, that orange ball of beautiful bulky alpaca and wool is now going to become a Russian Princess in Exile. I’ve been eyeballing this pattern for years, just never got up the gumption (or yarn) to knit it. So, here is a picture of what it looks like right now – And that’s after ripping the first 7 rows because My befuddled coffee-deprived brain decided that B was F, and that F was B – which resulted in cabled crossings being done the wrong direction.
So after throwing it against the wall (hint: It’s more satisfying to throw a bulky weight project against the wall, than it is to throw a cobweb weight project against the wall.), ripping it out, and starting again, I’m doing a little better.
Not much better, because now I can’t tell that I did any cables at all.. And by the way.. Who’s bloody idea was it to START OFF WITH CABLES ON THE ROW DIRECTLY AFTER THE CAST ON?!?!?!
Screw it man, I’m doin’ it anyway. Maybe it will sort it itself out in the end. I hope. The yarn is pretty epic, so even if it’s doesn’t come out like I want it to, it’ll still be warm. (FYI – it’s still Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky, and it only cost me $0.50/hank, at goodwill. )
They released the needle & yarn requirements for the Mystery 220 for February. There are 4 mysteries running this coming month, I’ve chosen Mystery # 4. It’s done in worsted yarn, on size 8 needles.
Apparently, I will need a set of straights, and a set of DPNs. I’m guessing it will be a hat, but only time will tell. (As a side note, I guessed early on that last month’s mystery would be a curly scarf. I was right.) So here’s the yarn I’ve selected – I’ve had it in my stash for ages.
It’s a wool/mohair/acrylic blend with a slow secondary color change.
For those of you who are interested, the group is called Mystery 220 (on ravelry), and it is AWESOME. And now I have to go fight with this bulky yarn some more. *whipcrack*
Well, the mystery is revealed!
Yup, it’s a super-duper curly awesome scarf. Basically, you cast on an amount of stitches to equal the length of the scarf, and then double them every 4-6 rows.
The yarn is Hot Socks Print, 75% wool / 25% nylon. I’ll get some better pics in the daytime..at some point. I kind of wish we would get some snow so I could get good pics of my knitwear.
That was the mystery for the month of January. I’m still tryign to pick my yarn for February’s mystery…and which mystery to knit! I’m thinking mystery #4…but I don’t know for sure! These things are so so so exciting!
And now, back to your regularly scheduled free pattern Friday.
January 23 is Chinese new year! And this year is The Year of the Dragon – my year!
So, this weeks free pattern is the Year of the Dragon Dishcloth. I suggest making it in a bright red yarn (which is exactly what I’m going to do, if I get around to it. )
And also, here is a typo for your weekend. How exactly does one renew a vowel?
(psst – shameless plug, again, for my ‘Dystopia’ hat pattern, found directly to the right hand side of your screen.
Also, be sure to check out Radio Cult – An awesome band that is guaranteed to play some kind of music you enjoy. )
Well, since it’s a New Year, I’m going to try to update at least once a week, so I’m doing that with Free Pattern Friday. Every week I’ll feature a few (or one, who knows?) patterns that are available for free, so you can enjoy them.
I have a funny story about this ‘pattern’ – which is actually more of a tutorial. A good friend of mine is the lead singer for a band that I love, and she ALWAYS has killer hair accessories. Like these:
Just before Horror Weekend 2011, I went shopping for like a week to try and find some. I went to at least 17 stores looking for ANYTHING like what she normally wears. Finally, I got fed up and just asked her “Hey, where the frak do you find those?”
“I make em!”
To which my head proceeded to meet my desk repeatedly, which looked something like this when I was done:
(that last bit is where I just laid there and cried softly.)
Because I had spent a week of my life looking for something that wasn’t mass-produced.
So, I did a quick google search, and this great website came up. The following is a link to my favorite tutorial:
Which I’m going to try this week at some point, as soon as I get a hot glue gun..
Because for all my craftiness, I don’t own one. WTF is up with that?
Anyway, if they come out well, I intend on making several sets (Bambi, I have my eye on some ribbon that I saw with cats on it!), just because I frakkin’ can!
So, there ya go, That’s all the free patterns I’m giving you for today. Enjoy them, and don’t forget to visit the two new websites I’ve banner-linked on the right hand side of this page.
(Also, my new pattern is still for sale. It’s not going anywhere. It’ sonly $2, and the money will go to getting my ass to ConNooga. Spare some change for the poor nerdy chick?)
(Also also, I’ve put up some new links on the right hand side of your screen – Please be sure to visit them as they are all awesome, I promise!)
Now begins the year of ME.
ME ME ME ME ME ME ME MEE MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
I’m not knitting for you. Or your sister. Or your brother, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, son, daughter, or one eyed one horned purple people eater.
I’m not even knitting for your cat.
And maybe those I want to knit for.
But that’s all, I swear!
I want to devote myself to learning new techniques, making things for the fair and just enjoying knitting in general again.
So, I joined two groups on ravelry.
The first is a Designers Challenge. Each month they give you what you have to make, what you are to be inspired by, and a technique to use. I’m not doing it this month because I’m still sore. But watch out in the future- I see this year holding lots new patterns for all you folks to knit and enjoy.
The other group is called “Mystery 220″. Each month has 2-3 mysteries that you can knit, using 220 yards of yarn or less. I love it, because I tend to only buy 1-2 skeins at a time.
The current ones I’m participating in for this month is a fingering weight (195 yards – 1 skein of sock yarn.), and a super bulky weight (which starts on Friday the 13th.
The best part is: You don’t even KNOW what you knitting, unlike those mystery sock or shawl KALs, where you know what the end result will be.
And the only pic I can give you is this one:
Because I’m not allowed to expose what the mystery might be. The Mystery police might arrest me and take my DPNs away.
NOT THE DPNS! NOOOOOO!
Aside from that, still working on the skittles socks. And that’s it.
So, is anyone else thinking about this years Knitting Olympics yet? What about you’re local county fair?
(Dontcha hate me for bringing it up now?)