April 14th, 2006

Blogging as Solace.

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The word 'solace' always makes me think of that Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode in which Anya and Spike get drunk and squelchy on the big round table in Giles's magic shop.

Since my day hasn't been all that great so far, I'm thinking I need some solace. But, you know... I'm pretty much resourceless in the solace department just now. No Spike, no whisky (never before noon, darlings!), no magic shop, no big round table. So I'm going to post some knitting photos instead.

First, I'd like you to have a look at the Lara Sweater.

Well, no, that's a big lie. First I'd like you to look at my blog layout and tell me what you think (is it looking better? What else does it need? Any CSS/Layout advice or help for me?)

Secondly, the Lara Sweater. It is supposed, when finished, to look somewhat like this. The last time I posted about it, it was... well, it was a sleeve. Unfortunately, as Lara grew from sleeve to sweater, I found that I disliked knitting it rather a lot. The rows got to be so lonnnnnng! Plus, it got bulky really fast, the was therefore not portable enough carry around with me (I've been spoiled by a major sock-knitting phase, remember).

Now, however, I am actually beginning to believe that I'm going to finish the damned sweater, and -- dare I say it? -- soon! Behold...

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The color's pretty accurate, but the wrong side (er, the inside of the sweater, for my non-knitting LJ friends who humor me by reading this ♥) is showing. Don't even ask; it made sense at the time. Something to do with seeing how I did one sleeve in the round and I'm doing the other one flat.

Weird general construction, isn't it? But never fear, when I'm done knitting it'll fold over and start looking like a sweater. Sort of like this...

[Click as per usual.]

...but, I hope, not *exactly* like. Oh, and that big hole between the back and the collar? That'll be sewn up. Maybe. At the moment, looking at it strikes fear into my heart.

[Again with the clicking.]

Yeah. I have to sew the 2x2 ribbing to the sideways stockinette and make it look good. I have a feeling I may end up bringing it to knitting group and whingeing about it. Tellen, who is queen of all seaming, may be receiving a text-messaged cry for help.

But, silver lining? I've been wanting to knit it for such a long time, and now I'm nearly done! If it turns out to be wearable, all the angst will have been worth it. Hurrah!

Next up: Many photos of socks.

April 12th, 2006

My Sockapal3za Socks!

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These are the socks I'll soon be sending to my Sockapal3za sock pal...

...but I'm still trying to figure out what I should send *along* with the socks. Help! I'm thinking a little bottle of wool wash, the leftover Fleece Artist 'Amethyst' sock yarn for mending purposes, and... what? What else? I have no idea!

Possibly I will go lurk through the Sockapal3za update page on Alison's blog and see if anyone else has decided what to send.

April 10th, 2006


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I have a banner! And some buttons in the sidebar! Both things need more work (must figure out how to make the banner continue to the right in a matching color, in case the browser windows are wider than the image, etc.), and I want to figure out how to put more module-things into the sidebar. Oh, and I wish the 'leave a comment' stuff were at the *bottom* of each post instead of at the top underneath the title... but otherwise I am getting to be very happy with my little knitting blog.

Now all it needs is some content!

April 8th, 2006

Layout Progress!

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Lookit! I've made some progress with the Layout! I'm using a Style System 2 style called 'Typable Move' (you can find instructions here), with a stylesheet copied from Movable Type's 'Plain Jane' style.

It's not perfect AT ALL yet, and I need a banner and some of the links sort of... link to the wrong pages still, but I shall keep reading my CSS book and fix all that. I hope!

No knitting today, alas. Not feeling so great, and slept away almost all of my Saturday.

But... CSS! Progress! ~pleased~

Tiny Sock Update.

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Tonight I have for you a photo of the sock I am currently knitting...

Sock; Trekking XXL, Color 76.

I like it so far, *and* it's sort of different from the other Trekking socks I've made -- very subtle, small stripes. And it's burgundy-ish! ♥ burgundy.

In other knitting news, I am almost done with the body of the Lara Sweater! I hate knitting it, but I can't wait to wear it so I force myself to continue.

End of Tiny Sock Update.

April 5th, 2006

TRYING to Sleep.

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So, I got two new knitting books today -- Mason Dixon Knitting and Knitting Rules: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks.

I love them both. They are keeping me awake; Mason Dixon Knitting is just so pretty, and I love the Victorian special friends feel of the Mason Dixon Knitting blog anyway, so I was *going* to say that it's my favorite knitting book this year...

But then I read the Yarn Harlot's story about Emma, a woman who had a 'gauge accident' and ended up knitting a sweater so huge that two people could fit into it... and I had to put the book down and laugh for quite some time. So maybe I have two favorite knitting books this year. So far.

Unless I write one myself. I could title it Knitting Angst or similar and cater to the grumpy knitters of the world. And all the patterns would be in burgundy and named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Oh yes, I will take over the world with my moody knitting and mediocre writing skills, hurrah!

Back to bed I go.

March 31st, 2006

Jaywalker Goodness.

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Still can't find my camera cord, but the new computer has a built in webcam (which I am CONVINCED is secretly broadcasting my washed-out face all over the Internet), so I have used it to photograph my progress on a Jaywalker Sock...

(Not the best quality, I know. Shhh.)

I'm really liking this pattern, and it goes very quickly. Plus, I LOVE the yarn (Schaefer Anne in a gorgeous wonderful dark red). So, I am a happy girl.

More sock-photos soon. Especially if I find my camera cord. :)

March 19th, 2006

Finished Sockapaloooza Sock(s)!

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Very late update on the Sockapal3za socks, but I'm finished with the pair of them, joy of joys!

Here is a picture of one of them...

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...modeled by me, so they look a bit overstretched--Sockpal and I do not have the same size feet, and I suspect she does not have my, um, sturdy calf/shin-measurements either.

Anyway, done! Hurrah! Now must remember to email my sock sister and tell her so she won't panic and think I haven't started yet!

February 23rd, 2006

Sockapal3za and Olympics Progress.

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Since chiquitadequeso (her knitting blog is here) hasn't had time to update on her sock progress for a couple of days, here are some photos featuring *both* of our Sockapal3za sock projects. The blue sock is chiquitadequeso's, and the purply-burgundy one is mine.

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More photos behind this cut...Collapse )

More photos soon, when I'm finished with the second OMG FIDDLY AND DIFFICULT sock cuff. :)

Oh, but here's the sock cuff a few hours ago, with us at L&L...

Back I go to knitting and re-binge-watching LOST!

February 20th, 2006

Knitting Olympics: More 'Progress'

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Well, here's how far I am on the first Traveler's Stocking...

Not spectacular progress, really, but I still think I can finish both socks by the end of the Knitting Olympics.

Or... well. I could if I had enough yarn. And...

...I don't have enough yarn.

I've ordered another hank of the same Fleece Artist yarn (which may not match perfectly, but whatever. It's Fleece Artist; matching perfectly doesn't matter), but I doubt it'll arrive in time for me to finish. I *think* I have a little oddment of this yarn somewhere in the stash, so I'll rip that apart tonight looking for it, and then just knit as much as I can with the yarn I've got, and see what happens.

And, see, it's incredibly stupid of me because I don't really care if I finish for *me*, but... ~whisper~ I really want Team Wales to do well, because I have my whole Welsh-heritage pride thing going on, and... ~sigh~

Oh well! Mustn't worry. Must knit. Especially since knitting is the only thing keeping my mind off of a certain phonecall from a certain Boy from My Past.

February 17th, 2006

Mustn't Let the Side Down!

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Have been working diligently upon Knitting Olympics Project / Sockapal3za Socks!

I'm all excited about the Knitting Olympics again!

However, it took me TWELVE HOURS to do this...

I know it's blurry, but... that makes me feel better about the fact that the pattern chart is in the photo. I mean, I have NO PROBLEM with knitters exchanging copyrighted patterns, but I don't want to get in trouble for posting someone else's pattern on the Internets.

You *can* still see that the lower portion of the pattern is INSANELY COMPLEX AND FIDDLY (for me, anyway, because I'm not particularly good at the weird travelly twisted stiches thing), and doing ONE repeat of it? Was what took me twelve hours.

Another sock photo is behind this cut...Collapse )

No matter what, though, finishing THIS PAIR of socks = my Knitting Olympics Project, and I WILL FINISH.

See, I even have a Team Wales knitting bag!

~cough~ Well, *really* it's my old bookbag from when I lived in England (it had a Powerpuff Girls patch on it then, because OMG there was no way I was going to have a Wales patch on my bookbag in England; I got enough crap for being American. Also I didn't actually own this patch then), but it's very convenient as a knitting bag. Yay!

Right. That's all. Must go collapse. Very tired, and not just from the twelve hours of knitting.

February 16th, 2006

Knitting Olympics Progress.

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So, I'm a bit behind with the whole Knitting Olympics thing... in the end I decided to do my Sockapal3za socks for my project, but recently I realized that the socks I'd started to knit were totally wrong.

I've now started over and am quite content with my pattern and yarn choices, hurrah! And since it really *will* be a challenge to finish these socks before the Olympics are over? They so still count for the Knitting Olympics. In my mind, anyway. :)

I'm knitting the Traveler's Stockings from Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road:

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I *love* this sock pattern, but I never knitted it for myself because I thought it would be too much bother to stick with. I always *want* long, fancy socks like these, but will I knit them for myself? Oh no. It's all plain ankle socks for me, or *one* fancy sock and the other one never gets finished. Argh.

Anyway, the harder they are to knit, and the better I like them, the more virtuous and totally smug I will feel when I send them to somebody I don't know. Huzzah!

Here's my super-impressive progress so far...

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That's Cherry Tree Hill superwash merino yarn, by the way. I have no idea what the color is called, because I several months ago I apparently thought it would be a really good idea for me to lose the label that came with the yarn. This worries me a bit, especially since I'm not quite sure I'm going to have enough... but I have some subtly-variegated Cherry Tree Hill that will just about match it, so I think I can get away with doing the heels and toes in that. Maybe. ~cringe~

So... yeah. TOTALLY manageable 10-day project, right? Not a problem at all.

I'm so not going to finish.

February 9th, 2006

Projects and Pre-Knitting-Olympics Angst.

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Here, darlings, are photos of the sweater project I have been working on...

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Left front panel & back panel,
Lightning Cardigan from Rowan's Plaid Collection book,
Rowan Plaid in 'Sea Thistle' (I think).

Aaaaand here's the bit I worked on, and ripped out, and worked on some more, and ripped out some more, tonight at knitting group...

Right front panel (wonky).

I'm beginning to think that finishing this sweater should've been my Knitting Olympics project, but I think you have to knit something completely new. And... the Knitting Olympics start tomorrow, and I don't have ANY inclination to do either one of the projects I signed up to do (Birch shawl OR Rogue sweater). I may switch and do my Sock Pal's socks instead, because frankly those socks are going to be a HUGE CHALLENGE to do and I really would like to get them done ASAP so I don't have to angst about them until the May deadline.

~thinks~ Yes. Yes, that is what I will do. I will invent a sock pattern (maybe) and knit my Sockapalthreeza socks for the Knitting Olympics.

In case you're curious (why would you be?) about the sock yarn I'm going to use for my Sockapalthreeza socks, here is a photo of it for your viewing enjoyment...

Hot Foot Superwash Merino Wool,
from Village Spinning and Weaving (my favorite LYS), Solvang, CA.

And, finally, here is a terrible photo of me, wearing a beret I INVENTED. Or, a beret for which I made up the pattern m'self...

[Click if you MUST.]

Beret What I Invented,
Rowan Plaid in 'Hearty.'

That's all for now!

January 23rd, 2006


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No pictures from me today (though I am knitting an exciting new sweater, and shall post photos soon I PROMISE OMG); just a small reminder for the knitting-types...

Today's the day to sign up for BlueBlog Alison's Sockapalthreeza sock exchange (the signup page is here, btw)!

Just, you know, in case you wanted to sign up but forgot, or something. She's keeping the sign-up page open until 9PM PST Tuesday.

January 14th, 2006

Christmas Socks.

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At last, a quite bad photo of the Christmas socks!

Oh, how I slaved over them, with their long leg portions and fair-isle decorative bands...

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in new window.)

When I took this picture, Dad was really busy doing important Pottering About (note the hiked-up Pottering About Sweatpants), so I had to just drag him outside and take a quick photo... hence the weird perspective.

I am ridiculously proud of these socks, and Dad is actually a little bit respectful of my knitting now, because he luuuuurves his blue Christmas socks. The pattern (which I changed to have patterny toes as well as cuffs) is from Nancy Bush's Folk Socks, and I used Shelridge Farms Soft Touch Heather yarn (Highland Mist & Gunmetal Blue for Dad's; Sand and Cajun Spice for mine) and size US 0 & 1 needles. They took ages.

Still, I enjoyed knitting them SO MUCH MORE than I am enjoying knitting the stupid damn Lara sweater. I sometimes have to put the Lara sweater on the floor and step on it a bit out of spite, and I think it is driving me to drink.

Hence, today I am knitting a beret. I think. I am trying to make up a beret, because Cassandra wears a beret to keep her hair back when she washes her face in I Capture the Castle (film), and I thought that would be useful and clever.

My beret (which might actually be very small and only useful as a fruit-cosy or similar) is made out of Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Chunky. It is a discontinued yarn, and although it is both tweedy and named after Yorkshire, I am not sure I like it. It feels... foody. Like maybe if I touch the beret-in-progress too much it will all just crumble into tiny felty chunks.

But it's discontinued so it was cheaper and I will feel thrifty when I wear my crumbly hat and wash my face. :)

[ Edit : I think the Yorkshire Tweed Chunky is *not* discontinued, actually. Oops. Not quite sure why I thought it was.

But, the beret worked out quite nicely, so I will feel *clever* when I wear my crumbly hat and wash my face, and clever is possibly better than or equal to thrifty. ]