Archive for June, 2007

A picture free post.

I was listening to some back issues of the Knit Picks podcast this morning before I headed to work, and a few of the topics got me thinking. In episode 8 (I think), Kelley discussed knitting in public, and how some knitters don’t feel that they can knit in public. She also mentioned how helpful it is to have a nice looking, functional bag to carry around your knitting when in public. I was astounded! I love knitting in public, but I have never even thought about buying a separate bag to hold it in. I shlep my socks (usually what I knit on in public) around in a ziploc bag, which I don’t find overly useful for anything except holding all my stuff. It doesn’t have a handle, it’s slippery, and they are filled with puncture wounds by the end of the excursion. It’s as if a whole new world opened up to me: I must buy one of these knitting bag things, and soon. Not that I need more things to buy.

In another segment, she mentioned that she is a “process knitter,” which means (I think) that the process of knitting is reinforcing for her moreso than the finished product. I have always found that interesting, because I am solidly a product knitter. I see something I want, and I will make it, because I want to wear it or give it to someone who will wear it. Sure, I enjoy knitting, but I really like the thrill of wearing something that I made, or giving other socks that they enjoy. I think part of the reason I’ve gained so many skills as a knitter is because the difficulty of the pattern I want to knit isn’t important to me. If I want it, I will make it, if it kills me. The few deficits that remain in my general knitting skills (colorwork is the main one) is because I haven’t really seen anything I like that require those skills. Despite the fact that I’m a product knitter, I’m not going to be making patterns anytime soon, though. I’m lazy.

Twisted flower socks – details



I took more pictures in the light of day.  The second picture shows the color better.  I’m pleased with how they turned out, overall, although I’m a little worried that the yarn obscures the pattern.

Pattern: Twisted Flower Pattern by Cookie A
Yarn:  Fleece Artist Sea Wool,  1 skein, moss
Size: Women’s size 9ish (sock pal sized)
Mods: I only did one repeat on the leg, for shorter socks.  That was pretty much it.

I enjoyed using this pattern, and I’ve really begun to appreciate  cabling more.  I don’t think I hate it as much as I used to.

This is the last of my deadling projects, and I’m feeling so much lighter!  Now I’m free to fart around with the other projects I have going.  I’m going to work on the apricot jacket right now.  Who knows?  Maybe I’ll cast on for some more socks…

Twisted flower socks – Sockapalooza socks are finshed!


Woot.  They are finished.  See how productive I can be?  I started the second sock on Thursday, and completed it on Sunday afternoon.  Then, I ripped out the too-short sock number 1 and made it longer.  Now they are both done, and I can work on my little surprise present for my sock pal.  🙂  More non-lit-by-computer-monitor pictures tomorrow.

Gothic Leaf Stole – Wedding shawl

It’s finished! I grafted it together (successfully) last night, and blocked it this morning.


Pattern: Gothic Leaf Stole, by Sivia Harding
Yarn: Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 2 ply, two skeins, slate blue
Mods: None.
Started: April 2007
Finished: June 2007

This wouldn’t have taken as long as it did, but I was distracted with Juno and a few pairs of socks. It is a very well-written pattern, and is very easy to follow. I’m very pleased with the results! It is very light and airy, and softer than a kitten. Ask me how I know. 🙂

Overconfidence is my weakness.

The shawl must have read my blog post from yesterday, where I breezily commented about how easy grafting was and how I was the grafting master. Yeah. It may not be completely clear from the picture, but I didn’t do a good job of lining up the pattern, because the grafted portion is off. You can see that the stem portion at the top of the photo (closest to my hand) is off. This means that I get to pick out all I’ve done so far, line it up again, probably pin/clip it, and then start carefully grafting again. Ugh. I put the stole in time out, and worked on my second sockapalooza sock. It seems to be coming along well, and I’m confident that I will have it done soon. My reward will be the apricot jacket (I hope).

Blame it on the rain

I’m not really a Prince fan, but it really is a fitting title.  Many of the people I know today are listless/unmotivated (including me), and a few are even having Bad Days. I think I’m feeling especially unmotivated today because I know I am mere hour(s) away from finishing my wedding shawl.  I have one and 1/4 repeat left, and then all I have left to do is graft it together and block it.  Many people would find some way to get around doing Kitchener stitch on 105 stitches of laceweight cashmere, but I really enjoy doing it.  I like the magical way sock toes become one unit, and how it really looks like you actually knitted it.  Of course, I’ve only ever grafted socks, so this is a new experience for me.  I’m hopeful that it will work out.  If it doesn’t, I can always blame it on the humidity.

It’s really not my fault.

Allergies, they are the bad. After spending an entire weekend out in “the wild” without my allergy medicine (I forgot it), I have once again become acquainted with my horrible allergies. When we got home from the game and let the kitten out of his room, he was overjoyed to see us and spent the remainder of the evening running around and being a pest. When it came time for us to go to bed, he ramped up his level of pest and decided to go to bed with us. Of course, his definition of “going to bed” is “I’m going to sit up by your head even though you’re allergic and purr and attack your hair and run away after I get sprayed with the squirt bottle then come back and attack your foot and get sprayed again and oh my god what’s that noise…” These antics continued until I got fed up and moved him back to the computer room, where he could no longer pester us. I’m a mean cat mommy, I know. I’m allergic to cats, and no cat is allowed to sit on my pillow for any reason.

Earlier in the evening, while he was being a pest, he unearthed one of my early sweaters that I’d been trying to deny for about a year. It was my second sweater ever, Grannie Smith, made from Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Drab, a beige color. I was all excited about it, and it was looking very nice, when I sewed together the shoulder and side seams and tried it on. It was then that I discovered that mohair is not a fiber that works for me. It was so itchy. This discovery was interesting, because I’m okay with wool and other “itchy” fibers, so I figured it was a fluke. I stuffed it, half finished, in the bottom of my knitting bag, where it was unearthed by the kitten last night. Of course, I can’t ever frog said sweater, because it is, that’s right, mohair, the grabbiest fiber in the world. So I have a sweater that I can never wear, made of expensive yarn that I can never recover.

Today I joined the new destash blog, destashforcash, for the express purpose of getting rid of the two skeins of Rowan Kidsilk Haze that I have left. I’ll be posting it tomorrow. Please buy it, someone, so I can be rid of my disgrace. As for the sweater, well… It may be destined for the great sweater bin in the sky, unless anyone comes up with a better idea.

Waxing poetic.

So, an FYI for the 3 people who regularly read this blog 🙂 : There will be a marked lack of knitting content in the below entry. Sorry.

Basically, it all boils down to one statement: Where there are people, there is conflict. I work in the mental health/healthcare field (and a patient, at times), and I see quite a lot of conflict between clients and their disorders and between staff members. As a result, I have a much lower threshold for conflict in my personal life, because I see so much of it at work already. Of course, people, as a group, often do not get along. It doesn’t matter to them how much I hate interpersonal conflict: it is our nature to come together, be emotional, work it out, or not work it out. Often, longstanding issues never really go away. That is part of the reason that I enjoy knitting so much, because if you have an issue with something you’re knitting, you can just frog it, and it will disappear. I’m sure I’m not alone in my wish that everyone be happy. That wish has caused me to be disillusioned with humanity in general, at times.

All this has come up because this weekend is a LARP weekend, and we all know that the larger a group of people, the more likely conflict will occur. I’m a pessimist at heart, truthfully, and it’s more than likely that nothing bad will happen. That’s another reason why I like knitting: you can think your project will turn out horrible, but, faced with beautiful results, there is no choice but to acknowledge that a few things actually do turn out well.

As pure as the driven snow.



I stopped at Loop this morning, and picked up the yarn for my Apricot Jacket. Check out the bag I got with it! It’s blue meshy type fabric. I’m enthused. Yarnwise, I took the plunge and went for pure white. We’ll see how long it stays white. I was a little nervous working with this yarn, because this is my first all cotton yarn, but, after knitting a swatch, I can say that it is awesome! Despite the yarn awesomeness, I’m still motivated to finish the deadline projects (the sockapalooza socks and wedding shawl), which makes me pleased. As pure as the white yarn, my work ethic remains focused on the projects I need to get done, not the projects I want to do.

We’ll see how long that lasts.

Digging out of the WIP hole

A 10 hour D&D session really helps a person feel productive, knitting-wise. I have completed the stated 12 repeats, and have a little of the first skein left over, so I’m going to do a few more. It is looking quite nice, and is now the softest thing I own (even softer than the kitten!). I’m also going shopping on Thursday at Loop for the appropriate Apricot Jacket yarn. I have decided to put Juno on hold for the moment, partially because it’s wool, and I won’t be able to wear it for many months, and partially because I’m lazy and not in the cabling mood.

I’m already excited for yarn shopping, and I have to wait a few days still. Ugh!

June 2007

Am I a joiner?

In the maw

Venezia Sweater
Seeded Cables Cardigan

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