March 31, 2004
March 30, 2004
I was making good progress on the Shapely Tank when I just realized I had misread the pattern. There are so many sizes on there. I did the armhole shaping for the one size smaller than mine. I need to rip out eight rows. A loss of an hour of knitting vs. a week of knitting like last time. I can live with it.
Check out Chris's Shapely Tank progress to see one that moving along without any major mishaps.
I got a package from Ram Wools today. It's my Mission Falls wool that I ordered for Rogue. I don't know when I'll start working on it. It's a very complex pattern (for me) and you all can see how much trouble I seem to be having lately following even a very simple pattern. It's a beautiful color--Thyme.
March 29, 2004
I met the Purlygirls tonight and we had 25 (that's twenty-five) knitters tonight. It was wonderful. I worked on my can-knit-without-looking-or-thinking GE Cardi. I'm on one of the front sides now. There were scarves, socks, felted bags, Rowan sweaters, Manos, Baby Cashmerino and ribbon yarn as far as the eye could see.
Now that I'm back home I'm working on my Shapely Tank. I've just started the bust short rows. This means I've almost caught up to where I was before I had to frog the whole flippin' thing. Here's a progress picture.
Here's the cardigan front too.
Word to the wise: Don't order yarn after midnight. I ordered some lovely Noro Lily around 1 am from Patternworks. It arrived today. I ordered less than half of what I needed and the yarn is now gone since it was a sale item. What was I thinking? My only thought was that I saw grams in the pattern suggested yarn and thought it said yards? Ah, who the hell knows. Now I have to come up with a new project for approximately 300 yards of lovely burgundy-red silk/cotton yarn. Any ideas?
The horse is also puzzled.
How the horses ended up living on my desk. They were mine when I was little and I've been letting my boys play with them. My oldest decided he didn't want to play with them anymore and kept handing them to me while I was online. I put them down and they've been here ever since. At least they don't shed or yak on the floor like some of the animals I share my office with
March 28, 2004
There Shouldn't Be News
After shopping we stopped for lunch then headed to Acorn Street for more yarn shopping! I picked up three balls of plain cotton yarn from the clearance shelf for afghan squares. They were only $.99 each.
I also thumbed through the most recent Knit 'N Style magazine. Can just ask, "What the hell are they thinking?"
This is "Artful Off Shoulder Elegance." What? And the design from the cover?
What the hell are they thinking?
I was looking at the Grammar Avengers' ring and found Knitting Goddess #9 with a link to this button maker. As Christina said, now I can have buttons just like every other blog out there. What the heck. It was fun.
Oh, go check out the sale at Patternworks. Hello, Koigu at 45% off! Manos at 40% off!
March 26, 2004
More Tank Clarifications
Every other row? I am confused! If anyone has done this and can explain it to me I would be so grateful!! Just email me, thanks Lisa in Oregon
Joan very kindly answered my question. I understood it when she wrote:
"Perhaps it should read,
" Dec 1 st at each end of needle every other row X times.."
What you're doing is with the right side of the work facing you, decrease a stitch at the beginning of the row and then again at the end of the row. Now do your purl row with no decreases. The next right side row, you'll decrease at the beginning and end as before, and so on."
Thank you to Joan and Lisa.
There are some Shapelys shaping up out there. Caryn has made some progress in pink. Kristi has conquered short rows. Chris has cast on. There's more progress out there I'm sure. Let me know how you're doing.
And check me out! A mention on the Interweave site.
March 25, 2004
Shapely, Take Two
I signed up for a class with Nancy Bush at a local yarn shop. I may also sign up for a spinning class! Baby steps...baby steps.
March 24, 2004
The Silver Lining
What went wrong the last time? Well, it almost too embarrassing to say because pretty much everything went wrong. 1) My short rows were kind of sucky. 2) I didn't do enough short rows on the bottom which made it curl. 3) I miss read "work evenly for 11/2 inches" as work evenly for 11 1/2 inches instead of 1 1/2 inches. 4) I jumped forward in the pattern and didn't notice. All in all, the tank was a disaster. It looked okay but it was just wrong on every front. I now think I've read it all correctly and will be making great progress. I had a friend over (she brought me my Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora pattern book!) for a little while this afternoon and we had some tea and did some knitting. It's moving very quickly this time. If I'm feeling frisky I'll post a picture of the tank later tonight.
If you haven't seen it yet go check out Alison's adorable fluffy tank. Not only did she create a great little top but she took the time to write out the pattern and share it with us.
Worse Than I Thought
March 23, 2004
Stupid, Stupid, Stupid
On a more positive note, I finished the back to the GE Cardi. I won't show you a picture because...zzzz.... I started the first front side.
I'm off to start ripping. Stupid!!!
March 21, 2004
I pinned down my Shapely Tank front and GE Cardi back to measure them so I snapped a few pictures.
Just more and more stockinette. Maybe that's why my mind is wondering to new projects. The Classic Elite Premiere I'm using for the tank is just so soft. I really love it.
This makes me want to learn how to spin. I don't know if I actually like these yarns but they are certainly interesting to look at. They would be an adventure to knit with.
I've been watching the first season of The Office the last few nights while knitting. This show is excruciatingly funny. It's so deadpan. It makes me very happy that I don't have a job.
March 20, 2004
We grabbed lunch at a nearby Mexican restaurant and then went back to Churchmouse to sit around and knit. They have one large worktable in the front of the shop. We all settled in to work and they brought us little cups of tea and cookies! We took the ferry home. Sadly I had to go right home because we were babysitting for friends tonight. Some Purlygirls got to go out to my favorite tea house and knit and talk some more.
My Shapely Tank is progressing nicely. I have about a foot done of the front. Unfortunately I realized that in my whole short row/wrap/frog angst I only did three short row wraps on each side instead of six. Oh well, I'm not frogging this whole thing for a little more shaping along the bottom.
March 18, 2004
More Great Help on the Shapely Tank
Add some in the lower area after the short row shaping but before the side seam decreases. Then add some in the waist, and lastly, some in the area after the side seam increases but before the bust short rows.
I hope this helps,
I completed about three inches on my tank last night. I need to start another afghan square for the Mason-Dixon Knitting Afghanalong for Afghans. The two projects I'm working on right now--the GE cardi and the Shapely Tank--are both pretty small gauge for me. I need to pull out some big needles! I was thinking about trying some cables.
And in other news...
My inner child is sixteen years old!
Life's not fair! It's never been fair, but while
adults might just accept that, I know
something's gotta change. And it's gonna
change, just as soon as I become an adult and
get some power of my own.
How Old is Your Inner Child?
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March 17, 2004
Thank Goodness for Purlwise
Here's the little trouble-maker now.
March 16, 2004
How'd I Do?
Wes and I had fun restaging this ridiculous photo. That was the most uncomfortable position to stand in.
So the pants are warm and snuggly. The seams feel a little bulky to me. I'm sure it's partly the yarn and partly my lack of talent in the seaming department. They (*updated* by "they" I meant the pants not the seams. I shouldn't post after midnight) certainly add more bulk in the thigh, tummy, butt area than I'd like but it's not like I'm going to wear them out to dinner. I made them because, like Everest, they were there.
My 5 year old asked me what I was knitting a few days ago.
I said, "I'm making pants."
"Pants? But that will take a hundred and two years!"
Tomorrow I cast on my Shapely Tank. The knitalong keeps growing. I'm very excited.
March 15, 2004
So Close, Yet So Far
I thought I had a really good shot at winning Wendy's limerick contest. Turns out, I didn't! I still like my entry a lot.
The young knitter's wits were unfurling
As her cardigan sweater kept curling.
Her plaintive voice cracked
As her forehead she smacked,
"I'm knitting when I should be purling!"
Wes and I also made up a really bad, goofy one.
While sitting around on my duff-a,
I realized I'd had quite enough-a.
The sweater I knit
Refuses to fit.
I wish I could knit more like Fluffa!
Okay, the furnace guys is here. The kids are building a pillow fort. Back to my pants.
March 13, 2004
Life's a Picknit
The No-Sweats are creeping toward completion. I have stitched up the outside seams and have joined the legs. I'm about 4 inches up the body. Sewing up these seams is so dull. It feels like miles of sewing. The two legs that I knit together were a snap to stitch though. They matched up perfectly and the seam looks great. The other leg...well, it's not as good. I'm going to be out for the entire day and evening tomorrow and this project isn't that portable at this point. I hope I'll finish it tomorrow but there's no guarantee.
Then it's time to cast on for some spring knitting!
March 12, 2004
The No-Sweats are coming along well too. I have just a few more inches left on the second leg.
I thought I would finish it last night but I got caught up with the cardi. And this.
Some friends should be having a new baby any day now. I gave them a hat that I made months ago--it was my first hat--but it kind of sucks. So I decided to make them a new one that would suck less. I hope.
I think Zasu would like a cat bed. By the way, she gives the No-Sweats (pictured here under her butt) a big thumbs up.
March 11, 2004
Shapely Tank Update
Amy had a question for the tank designer, Joan McGowan-Michael. She sent me Joan's response.
"This is from Joan in response to my email asking what size to make if my hips and chest are different sizes."
Amy, the short rows won't add extra width to the hips or to the bust. They add extra length to the interior of a fabric without changing the length of the side seams. That is what gives the U shape to the hem of the Shapely tank, and boob room with the bust short rows.
You must add more stitches if you want more width or the reverse if you want less.
In any event, the tank top won't come down below your high hip, so that is the measurement you need be concerned with. Take a tape measure and measure your hips at a point about 3 1/2-4" below your natural waist. I'm betting that will be smaller than your booty measurement, which most people think of when they think "hip".
Also, please remember that when choosing what size to make, the measurements on the Shapely pattern are the finished bust measurement. For example if your bust is 38" you would not make a 38" top unless you want it to be fairly snug. 40" would still be close fitting, and 42" would be a relaxed fit.
In direct response to your question, if you still find a huge discrepancy in the measurement of your high hip and bust, you'd be better off going with the bust measurement, and casting on more stitches at the bottom, decreasing them away at spaced intervals as you knit up toward the bust.
Please go ahead and share this info with the folks in your Knitalong, as I'm sure this question will show up more than once.
Thank you so much to Joan and Amy for all this useful information.
A few people have asked if it's okay to make the Shapely Tee instead of the tank. Absolutely! I still might add sleeves to mine. I haven't decided. I can't wait to see all the yarn that you will be using. Keep us posted on your progress.
March 10, 2004
I'm still working away on my No-Sweats. I have 20 inches done on the front and back of the second leg. I should be joining it all up in a day or two.
I just ordered the new Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora pattern book. I crave this sweater.
"You know you want me."
I had a knitting group on Monday night, last night and another one tonight! I'm a lucky girl. I get to hang out, chat and knit. On Monday I got to see all the cool projects from the Purlygirls. There were Knitty and Stitch 'N Bitch projects galore. There was a Kyoto, Postmodern Legwarmers, Meema's Marsupial Tote, a French Market Tote. At my Tuesday night group I got to see Helen's Lace that my friend got when she visited Threadbear. It's very pretty and she's making a very delicate shawl from it.
I plan on casting on for my Shapely Tank by March 15th. However, the knitalong will not officially begin until Monday, March 22nd. Hopefully everyone will have enough time to get their yarn. We have four whole participants so far. Woohoo!
March 8, 2004
You're not seeing double. After completing the front and back of the first leg of the sweats and spending a lot of time worrying that I was making them the same length, I decided to knit the front and back of the second leg simultaneously. It's going quickly and I've managed not to get too confused. I think I will do this for all sleeves (and possibly socks) from now on. It will help prevent Second Sleeve (or Sock) Syndrome.
I decided to join Alison's . I will cast on for two spring projects, most likely the Shapely Tank and a Bottoms Up! BOC in Mission Falls Cotton, by March 15. That should give me more than enough time to finish my No-Sweats and make some real headway on the GE Cardi.
March 7, 2004
I reorganized my stash.
I got some more done on my No-Sweats.
I even got some work done on the GE Cardi. I won't bore you with a photo of a dark brown rectangle.
So all in all, nothing very exciting happening knit-wise. Just chugging along.
March 5, 2004
Let's begin with the No-Sweat Pants. I have completed one leg front and have just started a second.
I was going to take a picture of the GE Cardi but I left it in the car. Just close your eyes and picture about 6 inches of dark brown stockinette. Okay, now wake up! Makes you sleepy, huh?
Here is my yarn for the Shapely Tank. I will announce an official knitalong soon.
It is so soft, silky and light. I love it. It does produce a lot of light fluff (from the Tencel?) which wafts around while you knit. I suspect this will grow annoying as I proceed but it's so pretty I don't care right now. I love the little plaits it comes in. I'm sure all the spinners out there know the actual name for it. It just makes it feel so special to me. What can I say, I'm a yarn dork.
Yesterday, my office mate documented my work in Photoshop. He also got a photo of my other office mate.
He also took another 5 or 6 photos of his feet which I won't share with you (unless specifically requested). It reminds me of the line Scarlett Johansson has in Lost in Translation about how every girl goes through a photography phase.
Good news for us all and proof that artists can make a difference.
BBC NEWS | UK | McDonald's to scrap 'supersizing'
March 4, 2004
Was Photoshop Designed by Mutant Alien Freaks on Crack?
Okay, shake it off.
Here is the fruit of my labor (with lots of cursing!).
For a more vintage flair I made this one.
I see now that the font is hard to read and the buttons are two different sizes. Back to the drawing board. Perhaps in a week or year or something I will wring out a banner for my blog. Perhaps not.
I worked a few rows on the GE cardi while waiting for my husband at a restaurant tonight. I drew quite a lot of stares. You'd think I'd pulled out a wheel and started spinning. Sheesh. I did see something a little alarming as I sat, knitting and waiting. My table was next to the window facing Market Street in Ballard (for those of you who have never visited Seattle, please use your imagination). I thought I saw a cat go by which I thought was a little odd on such a busy street. Then I realized that what I saw was a huge raccoon limping down the sidewalk! It paused and considered making a dash across the street but then thought the better of it and continued it's wounded way down the street. I thought that was downright strange.
I worked a tiny bit on the No-Sweats. I've got about 29" done on the first front. I also finally ordered yarn for Rogue. I decided on Mission Falls Wool in Thyme.
Dee Dee is making hers in Pistachio. It looks awesome.
Okay, I'm beat. If this makes absolutely no sense blame Photoshop.
March 2, 2004
Poor Predictable Jessica...
So Much to Do
After making my pattern choice I spent two days in net-surfing hell trying to find the perfect yarn for next to nothing. I swear, it's like I think some day I'll find the website where they just give yarn away. Anyway, I was eyeing Classic Elite Miracle. I grope it whenever I see it and just love the colors. But then I saw that Classic Elite Premiere is similarly gropable but a Pima cotton/Tencel blend instead of alpaca/Tencel. It seemed more summery. I went to my LYS tonight and they had it. It feels wonderful. I found my very favorite shade of raspberry (#5299). I bought all I needed for the tank but only wound off one skein at the store. I just swatched it. I washed it and have it pinned to my board. I'll check the gauge again when it's dry but it looks like it should work. I'll take a picture of it tomorrow. It's so pretty and sooooooooooooooooooooft!
The No-Sweats are moving along. I've got about 22 inches done on the first leg. Great TV knitting. I've also managed to squeeze in some rows on the GE cardi--at the book store, on the playground. I'm about 35 rows into it and haven't fallen asleep while knitting it recently. I'm also trying to figure out bpt once again. As much as the pattern frustrated me I feel worse now for having just quit on it. I know I can knit it. I just need to understand it.
So I've gone from feeling like I had nothing to do to feeling like I have to much to do!
March 1, 2004
Straight to Elle
Step 1: Locate the sewing machine. I went straight to the closet with the shelf height set specifically to accommodate my sewing machine and stared into it, dazed and bewildered, before I remembered that my sewing machine was still in the attic.
Step 2: Set up the sewing machine.
Step 3: Attach straps. So far, so good.
Step 4: Pin in zipper. Zipper was too big. I trimmed it and tacked the end. Still good.
Step 5: Sew in zipper.
What? No mishaps, no dramas, no horrible mistakes. How can this be?
Step 6: Admire bag in amazement.
Thanks so much to Brooks for offering this great pattern!
I've written before that I've been helping a friend out with her first project, a Booga Bag. (Hi Eileen!) Well, we felted together on Friday night, her Booga and my Elle. Today she sent me a picture of her completed Booga. Her first knitting project ever. Ever!
Isn't it adorable? Don't tell her but it looks better than mine. Shhh...
Wes heard this great story on NPR today about a contest to create trailers for classic movies that change the genre. The winning entry was for The Sound of Music as a horror film. It's brilliant. You can listen to it here.