Saturday, July 07, 2007

Just one of the good things about Ravelry is that it motivates me to take pictures of my projects. Here, finally, are my Wyvern socks, finished quite awhile ago, although I left them sitting on the desk with the ends needing woven in for a month or so. I do that all the time. I have an entire baby sweater in the stash trunk that just needs seaming up. Its original intended recipient is far too big for it now. There's a scarf in there too that just needs some beads sewn on the ends. It's been in that state for nearly two years. (Does this make me a process knitter, or just lazy? I'll go with process knitter, thanks.)

Pattern: Wyvern, by Marnie Maclean
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug, Marble, 1 skein
Needles: KA Bamboo dpns, sizes US 1 and 2

I didn't realize I had my camera on some weird setting that made the background black. It was actually bright in the room, but I liked how it looked this way. You can see the pattern better.

I don't have any other recent knitting FO's to show you, although I've brought a lot of older projects out of storage to take Ravelry photos. Mina's tiny baby sweaters and hats made me so nostalgic, until I saw all my beginner mistakes in them. Why is it that mistakes show up so much better in pictures?

I knitted this two years ago, during the summer I was pregnant. It was one of my first finished projects. Look at that horrendous ribbing! I couldn't figure out how to do the buttonholes, so I just sort of shoved the buttons through the ribbing where the buttonholes should have been. And that sleeve folded over like that? It's hiding an entire row of twisted stitches that looked so embarrassing I didn't want them to be seen! I think I was getting bored with the stockinette and tried to switch to continental for a bit, which used to make me twist stitches. I vaguely remember that. Why I didn't fix the twisted stitches I have no idea. And I put this on Mina all the time! She wore it everywhere and got tons of compliments. Ha ha ha ha ha! Yeah, funny.

So, yesterday I think I had a moment of insanity - I signed up for Mystery Stole 3. You know, deadline pressure, if I didn't do it rightnow then I'd miss out and have to wait a whole year, everyone else is doing it, yada yada. So, I signed up. I knew I had four skeins of Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in pale gray (Mist?) in the stash trunk and a pretty good bead stash, so I figured it would be fine since I wouldn't have to buy anything. I swatched last night on 2's and my swatch looks like vomit. It's awful. I know lace must be blocked. But still. So I took it with me to the LYS that is closing to ask their opinion, dig around for any other suitable laceweight (their supplies are dwindling what with everything 25% off, but the alpaca is just so slippery it drives me crazy) and to grab some Addi lace needles that just came in and they so kindly emailed me about yesterday. There were only bright colors of Jaggerspun Zephyr left, and nothing else that called to me. I did bring home sizes 1 and 2 47" Addi Lace needles (yay!) and the last seven balls of some dark teal Cascade Pima Tencel (Sahara, perhaps?). The lady working thought my swatch was fine on 2's but I might go down to the 1 anyway - I think the stockinette portions look weird. I was swatching on the only size 2 straights I have, which are Inox and so they're slippery. My gauge may change on the new Addis. So I dug through the bead stash and the color I was thinking of is far too small, but I have clear and clear with silver centers in the right size. Only one more problem - I don't have a crochet hook small enough! I have a size 7 steel hook, which looks like it should work, but it won't fit through the beads. And the beads look almost too big for the yarn to me; I'd go down a bead size if I could. How small do steel hooks come? (Why did I sign up to do this again?)

I need to find my kitty so I can relax and knit for the rest of the night. She goes outside once it begins to get dark - she's too scared during the day for some reason - and when it is warm I typically leave the door open until she comes back inside. We live in a relatively small town (around 90,000 people) in what has always seemed like a nice neighborhood. We had a scare last night though. I was sleeping and J was sitting here in the living room after work (he works until about 1:00 a.m. at the newspaper), and some random guy walked up onto our front porch and tried the door. Thank goodness it was locked, or he would have just walked right in! I woke up to J's voice, loud, and footsteps leaving. I came down to see what was going on, and J explained what had happened and said the guy asked to use the phone. J told him (through the closed door, which is all glass unfortunately) to walk the seven blocks to the grocery store and use theirs. Hopefully that was just an isolated case, some guy who'd had too much to drink (or something). Our next door neighbors had their house burglarized while they were sleeping a couple of months ago, though, so it creeps me out. And my kitty isn't sitting at the edge of the front porch like she usually does. I think MS3 is not a good knit for tonight, since I'll keep jumping up to look for her through the closed and locked door.

1 comment:

monica said...

OOH, I love your Wyverns! I'm worried about running out of yarn because of the low yardage of the Jitterbug. Did you have lots leftover?