8 days left.

8 working days left. WHEEEE! These are the longest days in existance. Especially since the past two days have been my late days and the time change has made it very dark when I leave. At least I only have two more late days left before I am out of there.

I worked on Jayne some last night. A little over halfway done with the top color. But then I had to quit to set up my new friend. My new friend being the CPAP machine I have to sleep with every night now. I took the mask off midway thru the night so I could roll over on my stomach. At least, I think that’s why it came off. Who knows! I was asleep.

Hopefully I will finish up Jayne tonight, or at least be ready to move on to the ear flaps.

EDIT: I want to make klaralund but 1. I don’t have the book (yet) and 2. My chest is bigger than what the largest measurement is. For anyone that has made it… how hard would it be to adjust it?


Back to the Specialist again today. Okay, really, back to his lab upstairs. But it means I have to get up earlier and can’t really hit snooze as much as I would like to. Hooray for CPAP machines… or something.

I didn’t get much knitting done last night. Ok, not a bit. But I did manage to squeeze some in at work while waiting on a software burn that needs to be mailed out first thing this morning. Lord, I hate burning our software. It’s tedious to set it up, and even more tedious to make sure you did it right. And then you have to burn it, and then you have to check the burn to make sure it didn’t crap itself or leave out any files for some reason. It’s fabulous, believe you me.

Regardless, here is Jayne, with about a row since color change, and on sz 10 DPNs. I was told the intended victim for this hat has a really really big head so I am making the larger size. But the boy better have a mongoloid sized head if this hat’s gonna fit. That’s why I bumped down to the sz 10s. Not that it’s a huge difference off from sz 10.5s but it IS smaller.

I hate Mondays.

Due to doing various things with my aunt yesterday I pretty much got nothing done that I had planned. I did however make her 3 containers of Emulisfied Body Scrub. I used brown sugar this time so the color was a bit different. It threw her off and made her thing I had messed up the recipe. I made her test it with me before I scented and bottled it however, and it works just fine. One was scented with a copy of Givenchy Pi and the other two were scented with a copy of B&BW Stress Relief. I kept the odd end of the batch for me. Yay for scrub!

I only got two more repeats of my feather and fan done, sadly. I just couldn’t make my brain or fingers get into it last night. I started the Jayne hat instead.

I have five more rows of the orange left before I swap to the yellow. It’s going rather quickly I must say.

This is the first time I have used Lamb’s Pride Bulky and I like it a lot. It’s soft, it feels nice to my hands, and it knits up quickly despite the fact that I hate my cheap ass walmart circulars.

I recently bought the Bulky Cabled Cardi pattern from Glampyre’s site because I liked the neckline on that sweater a lot. Perhaps I will use the lamb’s pride bulky for it when I get around to making it.

Off to the doctor so I can get my “Darth Vader” mask and air machine. I have sleep apnea and they (the medical powers that be) have decided that wearing a stupid mask with a stupid machine going all night to force air down my nose/mouth is the best thing for me. I would beg to differ, but I am tired of waking up at night when I have stopped breathing. I’ll just chase shmoo around with the mask on screaming, “LUKE! I AM YOUR FATHER!”

Problem solved.

Shmoo’s mom will be knitting him a sweater. She said there is no mother/son sweater curse so she will make him one. Speaking of shmoo’s mom, today is her birthday, Happy Birthday to her!

On to the shrug! I have changed plans. I am not doing 12 inches of ribbing. I am doing 8. This is not because I am totally sick of ribbing and I don’t want to order more of the darker blue yarn. While both of those things are true, I would have persevered. Truth is I got worried. I think that 12 inches of ribbing will somehow screw with the way the shrug is supposed to go together. And I didn’t want a really big collar either, which the ribbing seems to totally become at the neck. So I stopped at 8.

Then I began my feather and fan in the light blue. I was very doubtful about this once I actually started it. I was worried about it looking like crap. I thought, “oh noes! I am going to have to rip it all out in it’s entirety and just make something else!!!” But now, taking a couple of pics and looking at it from a distance, I think it just might be ok.

And here’s a close up.

Also, for those of you who have made the shrug or are in the process I made some other mods as well. I didn’t add 4 inches to my shoulder measurement. I only added two. I did this because I want to add sleeves. Also I didn’t k2tog p2tog for a row. I just k2tog. Since I wasn’t doing the mock rib, I was able to make my decrease row also serve as my first pattern row, so that’s what I did.

I don’t think I will make huge amounts of progress today as I am packing some stuff up and helping my aunt do some things, but one can always hope!

The Boyfriend Sweater?

Shmoo wants a sweater. He KNOWS about the boyfriend sweater curse and still wants a sweater. Nevermind that I haven’t done a sweater before either, so his would be my first one and could therefore suck really badly, he wants a sweater. So now I want to make him a sweater. Well, I did before but I was resisting the urge pretty well. I have already told him he can’t have a boyfriend sweater, but that he can have a husband sweater.. one day, AFTER we get married. But it’s hard to resist. He appreciates that I make stuff. Whether that is soap, or lip balm, or lotion or a knit hat. (OK, he doesn’t USE the lip balm and lotion, but he appreciates that I can and do make it. He didn’t make fun of the amount of bath and body product making supplies I have, nor the mock the numerous bits of soap I have in the shower from testing different recipes.) It’s harder to resist a plea to make something for someone you love when they appreciate it.

So… what’s the verdict? Is the boyfriend sweater really cursed? I await your opinions (while I look at men’s sweater patterns).

Tag! I’m it. Meme.

Eunny tagged me! When I grow up (as a knitter), I want to be just like Eunny.
As a fairly newb knitter, my scope is a bit limited, and thus, my answers will be also. It will be interesting for me to come back a year from now and look at these answers and see if/how much they have changed.

What is your all time favorite yarn to knit with?
So far, besides really cheap acrylic, I have used some handspun, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Brown Sheep Co. Prairie Silks, and some random stuff from a yarn store that I have no idea what it is but it alternates bulky and thin, almost Lopi style. Oh! Lopi! I am using some for that Jayne hat I am making next month. So far my favorite has been the Prairie Silk. I know that Noro (of any kind most likely) will certainly be a favorite one day. I just have to try it.

Your favorite needles?
I have acquired a rather modest range of needles. I have some boyle’s and susan bates, I think all beginning knitters do. I don’t really like them much, but I like Susan Bates better than boyle. I have some quicksilvers, both circs and dpns, and they are ok. I have a pair of Britanny Birch needles and I like them, a little more than I like my bamboo needles. Mostly I really like my Addi Turbo circs and my Lion Brand plastic dpns. They Addi’s for their smoothness and the cable that is ever so fabulous, and the lion dpns for their flex and give that doesn’t stress my hands as much.

The worst thing you’ve ever knit?
Well I am still a beginner so, my early swatches still come to mind. The problem with knowing what good fiber work should look like means that when you start a new one, you know exactly how crappy your efforts are. Give me time and I am sure I will hate something else more.

Your most favorite knit pattern? (maybe you don’t like wearing it…but it was the most fun to knit)
Right now I really like the SNBN cabled hat. I feel good when I finish one. It looks like it’s supposed to, and if my head were not shaped like a melon I would surely wear one myself. Instead I will just keep making them for other people.

Most valuable knitting technique?
So far the coolest thing has been the way you can splice and semi felt wool skein ends together so you don’t have to have loose ends, and then you don’t have to weave them in. That’s pretty neat. Yay wool!

Best knit book or magazine?
So far, The Knitter’s Bible. I am a book person and as nifty as it is to find things online, I like the tangible feel of a book. I also like that this covers most of the basics I need to do things.

Your favorite knit-a-long?
My ONLY kal so far has been the Mystery Shawl 2 KAL. It was my first lace knitting, and I did it with cheap red heart acrylic. I got midway thru clue 2 before I took it off the needles because I needed them to start my craftster shrug. I plan on restarting it with the lace weight Shadow from Knitpicks in Lost lake some time after I move.

Your favorite knitblogs?
Well, See Eunny Knit of course. I paste the link to her blog to shmoo so much he has come to expect it. I also like to read Whispering Pine, Marnie MacLean, and Fig and Plum. I read others but not regularly. Mostly I just click links to the blogs that come up in the commentary of these main blogs and if I like it, I try to add it to my links here so that I can find it later.

Your favorite knitwear designer?
I really like a lot of the things Teva Durham designs. Unfortunately, she knits for skinny people. Or at least for non-short, non-fat, non-big-boobed people. I am ok with this. It just means I won’t knit her designs.

The knit item you wear the most?
(how about a picture of it!)Well.. I wear nothing I have knit.. yet! I am sure I will wear my craftster shrug a lot, and when I make socks, (especially those Geisha ones, so I can wear my flip-flops year round! year round I say! Ok maybe just in the house but… YEAR ROUND!) I will wear those too. Mostly I just make stuff for other people.

I have no idea whom to tag with this next. If you wish to be tagged, please do let me know!

Dog, Interrupted

Ok, so THIS! is why I didn’t get as much knitting done last night as I wanted. It’s often the reason I don’t progress as much as I would like to. It’s name is Daisy. She likes to get in your lap when you are doing things. Then she likes to insist you give her blankets to burrow under and gets mad when you wake her up to reposition her because she is on your yarn. It’s like having a cat, that barks a lot.

I only got an inch of ribbing done last night. 5 down, 7+12 to go.

And my brother was nice enough to send me a picture of him in his latest hat. He said it was perfect. While I know better, I am glad he liked it.

And finally, it occurs to me that because I do know how to crochet, rather well, I should start using the crocheted chain cast on method, but I haven’t found pictures of it I understand yet. If anyone has a link to good instructions on it, I would really love that.

1 inch, 2 inch…

3 inch, 4. 4 inches! I have knit 4 inches!!! Muahahaahahahahaa! (Done in the Sesame Street Count’s voice.)

I have made it to 4 inches on the ribbing. It took one skein of the wool of the andes to do it. This means I will need to order more of the dark blue for the cables I want to do on the sleeves. I worry a bit about not having enough light blue now as well for the center. Perhaps it will be fine.


I do think that wool is way stretchier than acrylic and it’s nice to work with, so that’s a plus. Also, I did my first join between skeins tonight. That was pretty nifty as well. I hate weaving ends.

Also, after conferring with another knitting friend today, we decided I am a slow knitter because I knit English style, and wrap the yarn around instead of knitting continental. But I have to knit that way, if I hold the yarn in my left hand, then my brain thinks crochet. If I hold it in the right and wrap then my brain understands I want to knit. If I hold the yarn in my left hand and try to knit, my motor skills rebel immediately. It’s not a pretty thing.

I am guessing I will just have to be a slow knitter.

OH! and my Jayne Hat kit came today! Thanks Heather, you put together an awesome package!!!

Slow and steady?

It occurs to me that I am a rather slow knitter. I realize this could be because I haven’t been doing it that long, but regardless…. SLOW. It takes me a approximately 15 minutes to complete a row on the ribbing part of my shrug. There are 6 rows to an inch and I am doing 12 inches on each side. So that’s 72 rows per end. 1080 minutes for each side. Which comes to 18 hours. Just for one side of ribbing. So I will have about 36 hours of knitting in just the ribbing. I have no idea how long the feather and fan section will take. It’s less stitches but I have to pay attention to the pattern. I don’t think I will have this finished before I move. Nowhere close.

And I realized the other day that I was doing the YO on my purl stitches backwards. It doesn’t make a difference in how it looks, but it does make a difference in how it sits on the needles. So now I have to concentrate on wrapping counter clockwise. It’s getting easier. Bit by bit.

Shrug it off.

So my wool came in. All Knit Picks of course. This is my first time ordering from them but I like the yarn. Shadow lace yarn in Lost lake. Wool of the Andes in Hyacinth and Chambray. The wool of the Andes will become my craftster shrug.

So then I finally got home and did a baby swatch on my size 8’s. It came out to just a touch over 5 stitches per inch. I decided to do the measurements as if it were 5 exactly.

So then I did the planning and used my meager math skills. My drawing skills really aren’t that hot either, but you get the gist.

And then I cast on. I started out with straight size 8s and after casting on and setting up the first two rows I switched to my size 7 addis, for both ease of use and to trim down my gauge a tiny bit.

The great white north (OK, Maryland) will NOT defeat me! I will be warm in my craftster shrug!