Archive for August, 2007

Damn Straight

In a bastardous turn of events, I have been struck with a cold. A nasty sinus cold. Mere days — nay, HOURS, before I’m scheduled to be at Stitches.

My nose is runny (but also stuffed up!), my throat is scratchy and sore, and I’m thirsty as hell. As you may have suspected, I am also not very happy.

I’m still going to go to Stitches Midwest (I didn’t knit those cotton washcloths for nothing, nosirreebob), and see Femiknitter and have a totally awesome time, but I’m bummed because I don’t know if I’ll have the energy to run around the marketplace like I’ve never seen yarn before and dive into huge piles of yarn and just roll around in them. I’m sure the vendors will be disappointed.

So I’m grumbling to Nick today over email about my symptoms and whatnot (there’s a lot of “whatnot” when you’re whining about being sick).

Me: *grumble grumble* lightheaded, groggy, my face feels inflated *grumble grumble*
Nick: I hope Stitches won’t be ruined for you. I’m sure that you’ll be able to go, no matter how bad you feel. The knitter in you is stronger than any cold could be.

How can I not rally after hearing that?

P.S. I finished the 11th Kureyon block! Pictures soon.

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Last week sometime, or perhaps before that (I don’t really know, and I shall blame this not-knowing on the heat and humidity we’ve been having), Femiknitter and I formed a pact to make sure we finished up some stalled projects. Because she’s coming into Chicago this Saturday (!!!) and we’re going to Stitches Midwest together, we decided to force ourselves to finish whatever projects seemed challenging by this coming Friday night (the 10th). If we do that, we get a bonus on our Stitches budget (if my budget is X, finishing my project(s) earns me X+50) (my budget is looking freakishly algebraic).

After being intimidated by my headband for far too long, I finished it in about 90 minutes. And after puttering around on my warshrag for, again, far too long, I finished that in a day. (Read the specs) (It’s amazing the amount of knitting that gets done when you actually knit, instead of whingeing about it not being done.) And those were my Stitches goals. Those were the projects that were supposed to earn me another fifty dollars. These two projects that took two days total to complete. I didn’t feel like I earned anything.

So I set myself another goal: Knit four more washrags by Friday, August 10th.

And I did.

Test Pattern
I finished the black&white one last night

Technicolor Warshrags

I worked almost exclusively on these 100% cotton washcloths, and now my hands are insisting that I be done with them for a while. Nick’s been rubbing my hands for me after each evening’s knitting for the past week or so (huzzah!), but they’re still a little sore. Strong, though. I feel like I could crimp like a champ at this point. But I won’t.

In between working on the headband and the cotton, I finished block #10 of the (mercifully wooly and elastic) Noro Kureyon log cabin blanket.

Kureyon 157
Kureyon 157, a pretty dark picture… sorry!

And I’m working on the eleventh

Kureyon 3
Kureyon 3, from Kimberly

I think I can finish it by Friday. Bonus!

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I’m hard at work on my Bonus Stitches Goal (more on that later), so I give you a lolcat quiz to distract you from my lack of content. Heather, you are required to take this quiz. Anyone else can choose to play or not. But tell me in the comments what manner of lolcat you are.

Your Score: Lion Warning Cat

81% Affectionate, 63% Excitable, 28% Hungry

You are the good Samaritan of the lolcat world. Protecting others from danger by shouting observations and guidance in cases of imminent threat, you believe in the well-being of everyone.

To see all possible results, checka dis.

Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test written by GumOtaku on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Found on Stumbling Over Chaos.

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Today is special. Today, I have things to show you.

[bounces up and down with the happiness]

I have finished objects to show you.

I finished the headband!

Curly Tail

In Action

Pattern: Molly’s Headband (.pdf) by Pam Allen, from Interweave Knits Summer 2006.
Yarn: South West Trading Company Twize (100% bamboo, 110m to 100g) in colorway Twing. A stash yarn, I’m proud to say. And I used about half of it.
Needles: 4.0mm (US 6) aluminum 24″ circular. With a blunt tip.
Time Spent: I don’t know. A lot? I started this maybe in February…? And I finished it this past Monday (July 30) morning at 7:30am. I woke up at 5:45, couldn’t get back to sleep and decided that knitting was better than worrying about it, and I just finished it. Had ends woven in, soaked and blocking by the time I had to get ready for work.
What I Learned This was my first project with any amount of lace in it, and I learned several methods of throwing my knitting across the room in a fit of pique, as well as many creative ways of swearing at it. (It’s not the pattern; the pattern is very well written, the chart is perfectly clear. It was operator error that caused all the problems.) I did learn that lace — even small, simple, 4-row lace — must be done at home without distractions. I also learned that k3tog really doesn’t work on blunt needles, but that a right-leaning double decrease exists out there that is not quite such a bastard. It is this: k2tog, sl resulting st back to L needle, sl second-in-line st over the new st. I found it in an archived newsletter by Sally Melville (scroll down a bit). I learned that lace, while frustrating when one doesn’t pay proper attention, is beautiful, rewarding, and not really that hard at all.
Thoughts: Like I said, the pattern is great and I recommend it to anyone wanting to try lace on a bigger scale, or wanting a small project for summer. The Twize is beautiful — shiny, colorful, drapey. It does split easily, and there are several points along my headband that have a stray ply sticking up somewhere. Knitting it on more pointy needles would probably help (KnitPicks Options, Addi lace), but I’m okay with the way it is. I also happened to make the headband exactly the right length (entirely by accident) — when I wear it tied around my head the pointy ends are actually touching. If I made this again I would make it a smidge shorter, but it’s perfect as it is.

And there’s also this…


another angle

Pattern: Ballband Dishcloth from Mason-Dixon Knitting
Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream (100% cotton) in white and pink/orange/yellow multi
Needles: 4.5mm (US 7) aluminum straights
Time Spent: I really need to be aware of this. I know I started it this month, but don’t have the date written down. A few weeks.
What I Learned: Slip-stitch patterns are way fun. Making your own washcloths is way fun. Pink, orange and yellow are clearly my favorite colors. Small cotton squares are ideal in the summer.
Thoughts: Love!

I got motivated to finish these projects after a conversation with Femiknitter which came about after my lament about my overwhelming WIPs. We decided to allow ourselves more money at Stitches if we reached certain knitting goals. These two are the beginning. I have one more that I have to tackle by August 10th, and I’ll write more about it later. This post is huge. If you made it this far, you’re a champ.

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