Saturday, April 28, 2007

I f*cked up!

I f*cked up!
Originally uploaded by Filipina Sakura.

This morning I woke up thinking about the progress I'm making and that this sweater hasn't given me any trouble. I wanted to do some more rounds before I have to get ready to go out.

A few minutes ago I came to the sad realization 45 rounds into the pattern that I missed the M1 stitch before the lace pattern. I frickin' effing f*cking messed up sooooooo bad. It's not so bad just looking at it but knowing me it'll bug me forever if I keep going.

I'm trying to not go running through the house screaming. Instead I want to cry.

Back to the start...


I DID go run through the house screaming. Then I flopped on my bed and had a temper tantrum like a teenaged girl who had her cell phone taken away. The cotton fleece is all ripped out. Bah.

*Update No. 2*

After reading the SKC blog, I found out I was wrong about where that M1 stitch is supposed to go. It actually goes somewhere else. I'm such a knitting rookie and so thankful for the tips I've found in KALs.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Rusted Root Beginnings

Knitting with cotton takes a little getting used to. Don't get me wrong, it is soft and it helps that there's a bit of merino wool blended in. Still, it's a bit rope-ish. Other than that I'm not screwing this sweater up too much. The lace in the pattern can be a little challenging. Last time I tried knitting a lace scarf was months ago and I gave up. It's my only UFO waiting to be finished.

I had one mistake so far, but I'm hoping my quick fix worked or it may haunt me later. So far so good. The color is growing on me.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Rusted Root

I'm attempting my second sweater, Rusted Root. I'm using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Dusty Sage. I've had this yarn for weeks and have been wanting to get started but needed to wait for my new interchangeable needle set in the mail.
I thought that this would be a nice warm season color. I didn't really have many color choices at the LYS that carried this yarn.
I'm a good litle knitter and made a swatch. To my surprise I actually got gauge with the needle size that the pattern calls for. WOO! I'm all ready to go.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Calorimetry...better than a beanie!

I whipped up this Knitty headscarf in a few hours while watching the A's/Rangers game and part of the Red Sox/Yankees game (4 consecutive home runs by Boston!! I'd be embarrassed to be a Yankee!). I like this more than the beanie because you can wear your hair up:

More info:

Yarn - Noro Silk Garden colorway? (same as my clapotis...see archives. too lazy to look.)
Needles - Size 7 circular addis
Pattern adjustments:
- Cast on 100 stitches
- 14 Row 5 repeats (instead of 15)
- Repeated Row 7 until 2 stitches left on both sides of the headscarf

I had to re-knit it once because there were holes resulting from I don't know what. After I frogged it I re-read the instructions and DUH...the holes are supposed to be there. UGH. Using a smaller needles size than called for made the holes smaller.

Here it is off my head...

Pony tail side...
Closer look up top...
What is this now? Instant gratification project #3? I really love cute small projects. I like the fact that my stash of yarn is getting smaller too. Unfortunately I didn't finish the entire skein of Noro...even worse, it's not enough to make a second Calorimetry. =(

Friday, April 20, 2007

Beanie or Not to Beanie

Unfortunately the answer is NOT to beanie. I thought I had enough Noro Silk Garden left but I don't. =( I thought of making a smaller kid version, but since the yarn is somewhat itchy, I don't think a kid would last more than 5 minutes wearing it. So, now what? I think it's turning into Calorimetry from Knitty. Gawd...I hope I have enough Noro or I give up on what to do with this. I'm stash busting the best I can.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Giddy for Snail Mail

Letters? In my knitting blog? Sure, why not. Besides, I'm not working on my next project until my new interchangeable circular needle set comes in. =)

Domesticat is a wonderful knitting blog and her knits are amazing. She organized a letter swap, which she calls a Knitterly Letter Swap (KLS). I thought the idea was kind of cool and I joined in. I haven't written or received a handwritten letter in a long time. A friend of mine moved to Chicago in 7th grade and we wrote each other letters until our first years of college. Email became common and that ended the letter writing.

Domesticat assigned each of us a pen pal. In the end I should be receiving two letters - the letter reply back from the person I was assigned to and the person who was assigned my address . I was sent an address from New York, NY. I wrote my letter as soon as I got it and sent it out the next day. Hopefully she was able to read my chicken scratch writing. I haven't gotten a reply back yet.

Last week I received a letter in the mail from the other pen pal. I was so excited because the letter was a small manila envelope with a return address from South Carolina. I opened it up and here's what I found:
It put the letter that I wrote to shame. By the way...Hello Kay! You'll be getting a letter from me soon. =)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Pocket Book Slippers

I love small projects. So much accomplished in so little time. I think I spent 5 or so hours working on this pair of slippers.
Don't mind my hobbit feet!
I used gray worsted yarn I bought a year ago from Michael's when I was still learning to knit. Definitely not quality yarn and it felt like I was knitting with wire. I used left over Manos from a previous project for the flowers. This project was a great way to use up stash yarn. Regardless of the crap yarn I still think these turned out pretty cute.

Two more pairs to go! I promised I'd make one for Bubba's aunt. My mom's birthday is coming up too so I may make another pair to add to her gift.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Fetching Gloves

I finished a pair of these "Fetching" fingerless gloves from I used 1 ball (and a little of a 2nd ball) of Berocco's Pure Merino and size 7 dpn's. Can't wait to wear them for A's Opening Day. It was a very quick knitting project with satisfying results. =) Yippee!