Knitting Like A Sailor

Monday, January 10, 2005

The Weirdness that is me.

I was going to scan in the progress on the shawl, but when I got to blogger and looked at the previous picture, I realized i only have about ten rows to show. Hardly worth the effort, really. I've been working on it religiously, but today I had to rip waaaaay back because somehow or other a yo had been bungled and wound up with a strand bisecting it. I waited to rip it until I was parked in line to get the eldest from school, and oddly enough while I was unpicking it I found myself humming along to the radio, kicked back in the cool breeze of the car vent, and actually enjoying it. It was relaxing. Huh? most of the time ripping is accompanied by curse this and foul that, but today i was just too happy to be bothered by it.

Other projects I'm working on?
Not the By The Sea sweater. The eldest and I discussed it and we both agreed it wasn't working, so he looked through my books and picked a sweater from the copy of the celtic collection that i won last year from a contest on KBTH. He's chosen the Galway children's sweater (link from, click on celtic collection at the top and it's in the list there) in a deep teal green generic acrylic i have. Yeah, it'll probably pill, but i doubt that it'll fit him long enough to be too annoying, and as it was a mill end from a big bin at a local craft store, the price was more than reasonable. unfortunately the eldest is at the age where he's too big for a sweater that isn't a major investment in time and fiber, and too careless for me to be willing to make that investment. He's learning though.

Of course, it probably won't be done until next Christmas, so I've cast on with some handspun superwash and am working up a hat for him too. Most days I thank my lucky stars that I have the stash to see me through the lean times. Some days I wish that I had more than just handspun yarn or unspun fibers awaiting the caress of my fiber tools. It is a good way to keep startititus at bay though, kind of hard to cast on for ten different projects if you have to spin all the yarn first, although i do often wind up changing my mind and ripping out what i've been working on to start something else with the same yarn.

Strangely enough, the girl child is very careful with her clothes and greatly appreciates anything I make for her. She's also small enough that 300 yards or aran weight will cover her and then some. I whipped up a little vest for her from a bag of mixed breed meat type sheep that i spun and space dyed in funky colors. Lots of orange, blue, fuschia, it's very pretty. It'll probably only fit her this season, so when it gets too warm for it i'm going to rip it out and make some socks with it. It's a wee tad too girly colored for me to be allowed to put it on the wee-est one, although the sparkling gold princess costume he insisted on borrowing from the girl child's dress up box this morning didn't phase anyone. Odd, isn't it? he was adorable though...

It's been in the high 70's to low 80's during the day here, our camilla bushes are blooming, the pansies are flowering their little green hearts out, one of the azealea bushes is gearing up for it's third burst of floral display, the grass is still brown so it doesn't need mowed yet, and we have broccoli that we'll be picking this weekend. what's a few rows of ripped knitting in the face all of that false spring-ness? And, we had company this evening. Loverboy's father and grandmother. This is a regular thing, we have spaghetti nights on mondays. Family is a good thing, and I am greatful how welcoming Loverboys has been. Speaking of, I'm shuffling off to veg on the couch with Loverboy and see how many rows I can knit tonight that I'll have to rip out tomorrow.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Got this much back

At least you get to see the crapscan, but the color is way off. irl it's a heathered blend of blue green red with a few white flecks, on the scanner it's pewter grey apparently.

The fiber is silk and merino spun on my schacht dt, the pattern is the snowdrop shawl via the yarn harlot. It's my first more or less successful lace project. I've tried lace before and wound up ravelling it and re-stashing the yarn because i was making waaaay too many mistakes, and couldn't for the life of me figure out where they were or what the problem was. this is a down and dirty pattern, politely straight forward without a lot of handholding. I like handholding. Well, for the first few dates at least. That's why I'm so surprised that I'm actually able to knit this one. I've ripped it to hell and back, by my row count of rippage I should have a shawl and a half sitting here. I think what's prevented me from tossing it back into the stash is the fact that i was able to read the problem with what i had done. Ripping back isn't the happiest thing i do with my knitting, but ripping back because you KNOW there's a problem but you can't figure out what it is, or even see the problem, even after placing it in a bag and marinating for a week, is particularly frustrating.

Some Things I've Discovered About My Knitting

  • i was taught to wrap yo's the wrong way. previously my yo's were not much bigger than the stitches around them.
  • if you wrap yo's properly, it's MUCH easier to see them.
  • Yo's are slippery little buggers, and when the shawl is all soft and limp quite often they masquerade as a dropped or missed stitch.
  • I've learned that while I *can* drop down and fix a problem with the lace, it's not a good idea for me yet, especially when it may be as far as four rows down.
  • i really need to unpick the stitches, whipping the needle out and ravelling means i'm going to be ravelling to the cast on stitch because with all the increases, decreases and other fancy yarn tricks, putting the stitches back on the needles is far more frustrating than re-knitting six inches of lace.
  • I'm thinking about changing the i-cord edging she has around the long edge of the shawl. Stephanie (I hope she doesn't mind if I call her Stephanie, she and my son have a one-sided thing going, ever since she emailed him earlier this week he turns bright red when I mention her name or he sees her blog on my puter) Ahem anyway, she recommends using a needle a size larger for the i-cord, to make sure it fits the edge. Kim Salazar talks about her experiments with i-cord on her daughters poncho and mentioned making a few rounds between live stitch pick-ups. I think Kim's method would be rounder, and i like the idea of a rounder i-cord. my yarn is a heavy lace weight that i tried to spin elastically, but other than the soft matte wool texture the silk seems to be wearing the pants and i'm pretty sure it will stretch and grow. stretched out i-cord doesn't appeal. we'll see, i may decide to crochet one of the lace edgings in some elderly books I have, the ones for lingerie are small and dainty, and don't look neck irritating. Eh, we'll see.
    As usual, opinions welcome.

    Pissy now.

    I had a whole nice post about what I'm doing, why i haven't blogged, and even PICTURES (okay, picture, and it really isn't a picture, it's a crappy scan but still...) of my current wip, and a review of the pattern i'm using that i find useful for myself, (after all, I'm the only one who reads this anyway, aren't i?) and blogger ate it. lock stock and crapscan.