Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Falling Waters scarf continues. I have 6 repeats, and other than my inexplicable inability to count while people are talking, it's going fairly well. I went and hung out with a crochet class last night and knit. That isn't the oddest place I've knit (a graveyard), but it's certainly up there. People kept asking me if I knew how to crochet. (I do)

I also learned how to use a ball winder and swift last night, and discovered that one of the local yarn shops has a finishing class. That's now on my list to take. Learning how to block properly might be a good idea, given that I'm knitting all this lace. Also, I like the teacher.

The bluejeans shawl is having a nice time-out to think about what it's done. I left out a yarnover, went on for a couple of rows, then noticed it and had to go back. That should teach me to use lifelines more often, but it probably won't. Part of the problem is that the Falling Waters scarf has a clear lace pattern, and I can see within 6 stitches if I've made a mistake. With the shawl, it's generally two rows of a ton of stitches before I notice. Grr.

I'm still debating the Tiger-eye scarf. Redoing the chart's a pain, to say the least. Either way, I think once I finish the Falling Waters scarf, I'll try my hand at the Viennese Shrug. It's lace with worsted-weight yarn, and a practical garment for me. Or, depending on what the Beginning Lace KAL chooses for the July pattern, I may do that.

Oh, and I figured out how to turn on comment notification. Go me. Now I can reply to comments within a decent amount of time. And there may be lace pictures tonight, if I find batteries for the camera, and am not frantically running around trying to get ready for Mom's surgery.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Well, I now have a new cure for stressed out and hormonal. Yarn. I finally went to Cast On Cottage in Roswell and they had many soft pretty things. I saw the non-laceweight malabrigo for the first time, and wow, that stuff is just as soft and pretty as the laceweight. Remind me when I become a millionaire to make myself some sweaters out of it. OMG, soft. And I bought sock yarn, using the argument that it could easily be made into lace, and it seems a shame to hide pretty yarn on feet.

That's my favourite color of it, made into a scarf. My first scarf ever, actually.

In other news, I frogged

that last night, and did a bunch of gauge swatches for the lace I want to knit. The blue yarn in that picture is an alpaca laceweight. I plan on using it for the blue jeans shawl. We'll see how that goes.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Victory is MINE!

After frogging, redoing, having the same problem, frogging again, and then actually bothering to count the number of stitches in my heel flap and finding out I was way off (I had 46 and thought I had 52), I managed to do a centered heel flap. And then I managed to pick up stitches for the gusset decreases with only a couple of holes. I DID IT! I DID IT! Of course now I have a ton of stitches to decrease, and I kinda made things up as I went along there (book was confusing), so this sock may end up with a gusset decrease that's half the foot. Oh well.

In other knitting-related news, I am signing up for Seasons of Lace. This may end up being a complete disaster, since I haven't really done any lace except the sock yarn scarf. But nothing ventured, nothing gained, and plus, it's only yarn. Frogging is my friend. Off to find my first project (I'm leaning towards the Wine and Roses fingerless mitts). But then again I have some lovely alpaca that I need to do something with, and it's perfect for lace. So, we shall see.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

So far, it's been a quiet weekend. I started making a tank top here's a picture. Obviously that's not mine, but it's a good picture of the pattern. I'm a) not at the right gauge (so I'm doing math to adjust the pattern) and b) doing short rows for only the second time ever, so I am prepared to fail if needed. Heck, that's what frogging's for, right? But I love love love Rowan Calmer, so I am a happy person. (Rowan Calmer is a cotton/polyester blend that is insanely soft and just a pleasure to work with, and also, really pretty purple. Expect pic-spam later once I have more than an inch.)

Finished sock scarf, gave sock scarf to kissmythistle, who likes it. Yay.

I'm going to go back to knitting now, my brain hurts again.

Edited: Um, so I failed a bit and the tank is frogged. Moebius strips are good for scarfs, not so much for tanks. Oh well. Maybe I should take this as a sign that I should make a lovely sample (perhaps doing so in the continental style) and wash it to see how the yarn acts. After all, I have more yardage than I need, so I can afford to do so.