Archive for August, 2010

August 16, 2010

Socks on Chicks and Chicks on Fox*

*From the song “Socks On” by MC Frontalot — Seuss-inspired nerdcore rap, you gotta hear it)

I finished the first sock, complete with having Grace try it on (so I’m definitely not being sneaky anymore, but she was nice and pretended to be surprised they’re for her), and weaving in the ends.

I put the last 16 stitches on a couple safety pins before she tried it on, so if need be, I could rip out the toe and make it longer or shorter. It fit fine as-is, but when I put the stitches back on the needles to graft them, I apparently put a needle through the yarn, instead of through a stitch. I figured this out when I tried to tighten up the grafting. I wound up ripping out six rows before I got to a point where I could knit it back up.

I don’t think the yarn (KnitPicks Stroll) is really particularly splitty, but since I started working on this sock back in . . . February? And I pulled that skein from the center, the outside of the skein got a little abused. I noticed a lot of problems with splittiness towards the end. I have the skein for the other sock on my wrist-yarn-ball-holder-thingy, and am taking the yarn from the outside. That way the yarn on the outside of the skein should never get too abused, because it’s getting knit into the sock. At least, I hope it works that way.

In other news, it’s been too damned hot to do any hand-felting, which is all I have left to do on the dice bag. It’s nicer out today, so maybe tonight I can take a little time and finally get that DONE. I also need to draw a diagram for the pattern, because I cannot take a picture that shows what I want. I can’t draw, but I think I can handle this. I hope.

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August 16, 2010

This is not the ‘blog you are looking for

I think it’s really funny that the search term(s) that seem to generate the most hits on this ‘blog is a line from The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and variations thereof.

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August 13, 2010

Being sneaky

Except that I’m not, really. I’m making Grace a pair of Clandestine socks, and I haven’t told her I’m doing it, but since I’ve worked on them in front of her, and recently asked her to measure her foot, I don’t see how she can not know they’re for her.

Anyway.

I’m almost done with the first one. I have very little left of the first skein of KnitPicks Stroll that I’m using. I’m pretty sure there’s more than enough to finish the sock. (If there isn’t, I’m going to be really annoyed if I have to add on a new skein at the tip of the toe!) This means I should have two skeins leftover. I think Gracie will be getting a second pair of socks at some point (quite possibly Twisted). Good thing she likes this color!

I really like this pattern. (I have said all of this before, but I repeat myself sometimes. It’s a character flaw an amusing character trait of mine.) It’s not my style to wear, but I’ve really enjoyed knitting it. It’s quirky and different, and pretty fun. I think the instructions are easy to follow, although I really don’t think you need to put in the stitch markers (as mentioned in the post linked above). It may look a little intimidating, but I don’t think it really is.

Another note worth making (besides the stuff about the stitch markers) is that this is definitely better suited to using 4 dpns than circulars, at least in the leg. You repeat the pattern three times around the leg, and because of the nature of it, it’s really just best to have all the stitches for each repeat on the same needle.

I did misread the instructions for the toe, but I don’t think it’s going to be an issue (and it was my fault for misreading, not a problem with the instructions). After you move stitches a little to change the beginning of the round, you’re supposed to just knit a row, then do a row with the decreases. I missed the part about knitting one row plain. Instead, I knit the second row plain, then continued by following the directions (knitting the odd rows plain and doing decreases on the even rows). I’m sure Grace will never notice, even if I forget and do the second sock the way it’s supposed to be done.

August 6, 2010

A change is gonna come.

I was looking at PDXKnitterati‘s ‘blog and saw that she has pages set up for each of her patterns. I don’t know why I never thought of that, except that I’ve only got the one pattern so far. Anyway, I decided that’s an excellent idea, and I’d rather start it now when I do only have the one.

So, here is a list of patterns I have available.

August 5, 2010

I have a little list. It’s a very little list.

Give me a shove and I’ll stand up straighter. I know, I’m really funny.

I had a longer list here, and the only things left from it are:

A skirt for me
A skirt pattern I came up with the other day that may or may not work (although I don’t even have fabric for this, so it probably shouldn’t be listed here) (and now I don’t remember what it was)
Finish the super secret felting project (needs I-cord still) and figure out what the heck I’m doing with it

So, now I’ll start a new list.

A skirt for me
Finish the dice bag, get the pattern prettied up and published
Socks for Grace
Blanket for Baby F
Shetland Shorty with long sleeves for me
Shirt for Thing Two (made with fabric I bought at least twenty years ago)
Lounge pants for Grace
Lounge pants for me
Decide whether to try salvaging “She’s Purple,” maybe making another sample
Look over fabric bought years ago for Thing One and see if I can still make her anything with it
Pyjamas for the kids?
Take pictures of finished projects to post on Ravelry
Figure out Hallowe’en costumes for the kids (Thing One wants to be a bride, Thing Two wants to be a dragonfly, Little Cat Z might fit in Thing One’s old witch costume this year)

Hmm, maybe that isn’t really a shorter list than the last one. We’ll see if I can get it all done before next summer.

August 3, 2010

Bootstraps, Pulling up by

I have been knitting more. I’ve gotten to the point where I no longer cringe when I think about it. I’m even interested in it, although I still feel guilty when my good spouse sees me knitting or working on my patterns (I’ve decided to go ahead with the dice bag, and I’m reworking the .pdf for the can cozy).

See, the problem started because he told me, during a fight several months ago, that all I ever did was knit, or talk about knitting, and he was sick of it. He hated it. We’d go to my mom’s house, and he’d have to sit there and listen to us talk about knitting. This was not the first time he’d expressed some resentment about my knitting, either.

So I stopped knitting at home. Then I started leaving my knitting bag in the car instead of even bringing it in the house. Then I started leaving it at work. Eventually, I took it home and left it there, untouched, for two months.

Finally, I decided that I couldn’t leave the projects still on the needles unfinished. The dice bag was the closest to being done, and is a potential money maker, so I started working on that one when he wasn’t around. Of course, now I’ve decided that I might need to change something in the design, but at least it’s something in the last part of the work, so I don’t have to start completely over (this time).

I’m working on the socks I started months ago, too. I’m almost finished with the first one. It’s going very quickly, which is good, because I want to finish them before I pick up the baby blanket again.

I’ve even been working on both these projects when he’s around. He hasn’t complained, although sometimes I think he seems annoyed. Maybe he isn’t. Maybe it was just something he said during a fight, and being pregnant (and just being me) I took it too hard, and I’ve been angry and upset about it for nothing. Even so, I’m not going to start taking my knitting with me in the car when we go anywhere, and I’m not going to talk to him about it, and I’ll try to keep my at-home-knitting to when he’s otherwise occupied. But, I’m not ready to give up something I’ve been doing for three quarters of my life over a stupid fight.