Tuesday, October 24, 2006

I hate blocking

Honestly. All those pins... and tricots... and twisty thread... and sprayed goo (a very scientific term):

But it does look pretty nice when all done! (Except the ugly yellow towel. Ignore that! It is only used for blocking "may come in contact with goo" purposes!)

Monday, October 16, 2006

Nothing new here

Which is why I haven't posted in a bit. I am very much stalled out on my Under the Hoodie sweater. Just too much repitition for me right now! I have crocheted several snowflakes, but they are unblocked and I would rather show the finished product. Hoping to kick start my knit drive, I started an eyelet lace scarf for myself over the weekend. It is in a nice cream laceweight and I have high hopes for it. If I make decent progress, I can at least show a WIP photo later this week.

And that is about it on the craft front. My mom asked if I was still scrapbooking (my wedding scrapbook)(from a year-and-a-half ago)(I have a grand total of 5 pages done). After my hysterical laughter died down, I thought to myself that maybe I should try and get oh... I don't know... maybe a page or two done before the end of the year. :-) So maybe I'll have a pic of some progress there soon. But don't hold your breath.

I can't even regale you all with a list of books read! I have only read two in the last month (Are You Somebody? and The Winter Queen... Thumbs up on the first and a so-so on the second). What have I been doing?! Hmmm... watching this, this, and this, maybe?

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Thursday Thirteen + Yarn

Thirteen yarnish projects that I would like to make!

Of course, the chances of making all of these is slim to none. Not enough time... unless I quit my job and devote myself to all things yarny... oh that sounds nice!

1. Socks, socks, and more socks!
2. Snowflake Afghan (So Christmasy!)
3. Garterlac Dishcloth (Ok, this one is more likely than the others. Short and sweet.)
4. Ribby Cardi (If I ever become the world’s fastest knitter... maybe.)
5. Sizzle (Too quote Paris Hilton, “Hott!”)
6. Irish Hiking Scarf (My hubby would love this.)
7. Ivy (Why do I like wrap sweaters? Just do.)
8. Market Squares Bag (Because you can never have too many bags.)
9. More crocheted snowflakes (I have been working on these throughout the year, so it isn’t a total pipe dream.)
10. Something from Cool Crochet (I own the book. I should at least make one pattern from it!)
11. An Aran sweater for my hubby (completely dreaming on this one!)
12. A pair of these mitts for me instead of a gift for somebody else!
And this isn’t really yarn, but so cool! I must have!
13. Sublime stitching kits

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Monday, October 02, 2006


Let’s say you have a large, square-ish knit item, like the front of a sweater. Let’s say that it is 86 stitches across. Let’s also say that this sweater is supposed to be a hoodie. (Noting that a prime component of a hoodie, besides the hood, is a pocket on the front.) Now, if the pattern instructs you to knit the entire bottom portion, and then go back and pick up 60 stitches in order to start your pocket, you would assume this is possible, correct?

You would be wrong.

Because I am here to tell you that it is almost impossible to pick up 60 stitches in a straight line when a) the bottom is performing the stockinette curl and b) the top is slightly puckered from a stitch holder.


Having spent many, many, MANY hours this weekend trying this maneuver, I am here to tell you that you should skip the picking up stitches nonsense and merely knit the pocket separately and attach it later.

Because the picking up stitches in a straight line? It will drive you mad!