Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Making progress.

Just an update on how things are going.

The blanket is coming along pretty nicely. I've got a couple of retarded messed up bits but you can only see them on the underside. So that's cool. I'm having a huge problem with the cables though. I don't know if maybe I'm doing it the wrong way or something? Just that when I'm knitting the stitches off of the cable needle they are SO tight. It is literally almost impossible to get them off. It takes me about four times as long to do that row because I am struggling with them so much. I am moving twelve stitches from one side of my work to the other, so I guess it makes sense that they would be tight but JEEZE. *huffs* It's pretty much intensive physical labor.

I also started this sock. The Simple Ginny Socks . Hopefully I have enough yarn to do two of them and maybe just maybe they will fit onto something remotely resembling a human foot. We shall see.
Also: I have not gone gaga for orange. The sock yarn was on sale. It's a bamboo wool mix I think.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Bucket list.

I have started a knitting bucket list. Things I must knit before I can die happily. Sooooo Here's what's on it:
The blanket I am knitting now. Mine is going to be a bit more dense than this one though. I am working on it and I have bought more yarn for it in a different color. Pictures will be posted in a few days I promise.

I am smitten with these.

Last but not least. Angler fish. Nuff said.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

World's Worst.

Okay, so I might be the world's worst blogger at this point. In my defense The reason I haven't been blogging is because I haven't been knitting. I have decided to put the crochet scarf away for a little while. Crochet really probably isn't my thing and it was starting to wear on me. I'm sure I'll get itchy fingers before too long and drag it back out to finish it though. Without the scarf I've had pretty much NO yarn to knit anything substantial with. Sad life of a college student.

Until now. A couple of amazing friends got me a hundred dollars worth of gift certificates to Michaels. I've been wanting to knit this blanket forever. Pretty much since I received my first free Lion Brand catalog in the mail. But I've never been able to put back enough money to buy all the yarn at once. This is proof that dreams really do come true:

Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Pumpkin

I originally planned to knit it in the green color, but there wasn't enough of it at the store and I think I like the orange more now. I'm also knitting it on a pair of size 8 needles so I'm having to double the stitch numbers to match the gauge. [Which I have never done before] So far the rows seem to be the right length without any adjustments. [If my brainmath serves me well] I'm afraid that since I've cast on twice as many stitches though, I'll need a lot more yarn. Does anyone have any experince with this? I'm thinking I may need to make the hour and a half drive back to Michaels tomorrow and try to get the rest of this dye lot before its all gone. Or maybe just wait and see if I have enough? I could always just do a panel or two in a brown or green [It's knit in five long panels] if I run out and cant find any more from this dye lot I suppose. Not sure how that would look. I just don't want to end up with a random patch of a different orange color in one corner of the blanket or something. The actual color of the yarn isn'te as bright as it looks in the picture.

This is my first time knitting cables and so far I've only done the first switch. [Don't know the proper term for that] But it seems to be fairly simple once you get it figured out. I thought I would have a problem with all of the stitch counting especially since I've changed the numbers around, but It's a lot easier to see where the stitches should go than I thought it would be. The rows are harder, because I don't have a row counter, but I've been trying to keep a tally on a piece of paper. I love the way the cable looks so far. I couldn't be more proud.

I also got these:

I'm going to get some sock yarn the next time I buy. And knit up a real nice pair of socks. [Hopefully] Pretty exciting right!? RIGHT!?

Sorry for not being a stable blogger. Swear I'll try to do better. :]
Happy Knitting!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Kitty hat:

Reasons to get better at crocheting:

I really really like this hat and would love to have the skills to make it. Too bad my crocheting is still sooooo crooked :p Oh well. Does anyone have any other cute kitty hat patterns? Maybe knittable ones? Is there anyone who has tried or would like to try this one? Let me know!
[I havn't mastered the seed stitch yet either]

Still working on that scarf.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Rip it for the thousandth time, or continue in its crookedness?

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Just and update.

This thing. Is kickin' my butt. Still.

Crocheting is hard stuff. Just sayin.
Tips are welcome.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Okay okay okay. I know I suck and haven't been posting. But that's gonna change :p
These are things that Have happened recently:
I got a job at Bruster's serving ice cream.
I became addicted to Dino sundaes.
I finished the cat bed.
I moved into my first apartment.
The internet was ded for a while.
It's fixed and I can breathe again.
And I cut my hair.

Heeeeere is rupert in his kitty bed watching the ceiling fan go round :3

Sorry guys. I promise to do better.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The knitting club

Well we're all moved in now! [for the most part anyway] It definitely feels like home to me. I finished the cat bed but am not supposed to get the cat until tomorrow in printmaking lab. I'll post pictures of it as soon as i get time to take them. :] In the meantime knitting club was Thursday, and we decided we wanted to spend it sitting in the sun. No one actually knit anything though. Brittany worked on an anklet.

Katie made some real progress on her cross stitching.

Here is my old roommate Laura crocheting.

And trying to teach me to crochet. [I'm terrible at it]

She can be a little creepy sometimes :p

Thursday, April 15, 2010


I have not fallen off of the face of the earth. I have just been working very very hard to get things in order before move-in day [tomorrow]. All of my blogging time has been spent knitting, trying to finish the catbed before the kitten gets here. I would hate for him not to have any thing cozy to sleep in. Soooo until I finish it, here is my crazy knitting face:

Friday, April 9, 2010

SUCESS! [sortof]

Okay, so this is not my kitty, and the catbed is far from finished. BUT I will be living with this kitty. [he belongs to my future roomate] I was just sitting on the couch and had my pile of finished catbed bits next to me while I was knitting. Nibbler came right up and layed down on top of it! So, at least I know someone will be enjoying it when it's finished. The only problem is that Nibbler is stil a kitten, and is already almost to big for it! [He's going to be massive.] Oh well. Hopefully my kitten will like it this much too. We move in Friday! We went today just to look around again, and the ladies were already there cleaning everything out for us. I still can't quite believe it's happening. My own place with my own cat. [+1boy and 2not quite mine cats] I like it. A lot.

In other news: I would really like to be able to make it to the top of the stairs in the cultural center without feeling half dead. Maybe it would help if I ate something besides cookies and tacos.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Rupert's Cat Bed.

I am supposed to be getting a new kitty on the sixteenth! I decided to use some of my tiny tiny stash to make a cat bed for him. The pattern is adapted yet again from Stitch n' Bitch The knitters handbook. I'm pretty excited about it. This is my first project using proper decreases, and my first project knitting with two yarns at once. This picture is of the beginning of the bottom section. [a large circle] The pink part is made from Lion Brand Homespun and some eyelash yarn I bought a few years ago. I had planned to make a scarf as a Christmas gift with it, but plans change :] I'm knitting it on double pointed needles but only because I didn't have the size I wanted in a regular set of needles. I thought that a chunkier knit would make for a more cushy bed. If he doesn't want to sleep in this when it is finished I will probably be very very sad.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cricket's Technicolor Technocozy

This is another old project of mine. I'd just gotten a new phone and was having problems with buttons getting pressed while it was in my bag. So I looked at the pattern for "Cricket's technicolor technocozy" in Stitch n' Bitch the knitters handbook and modified it a little bit to fit my own phone [and my own lazyness- this version is all one piece sewn together on the sides]. I made it a little bit wide so that the sides could be folded in for extra cushioning, to prevent button pressing. The yarn is just some cheap variegated leftover acrylic from Walmart. It was a good learning piece for me. It was the first piece I tried that involved sewing and the first pattern that I modified to fit my own needs. I also learned to make a button hole. :] I will probably do more of these at some point for various things. My Nintendo DS and my ipod need covers. Art majors can always use more pencil cases as well. In fact, the phone that I bought eventually stopped working, so my crayons now have a cozy little place to stay when the bottom of the box starts to fall out. :p

Monday, April 5, 2010

Garter Stitch Ravenclaw Scarf

I created this blog a long time ago and honestly just haven't been able to find the time or the motivation to get it started. Thinking of something to put into your first post on a blog turns out to be nearly impossible. Since I've come to school I've started knitting obsessively to keep my stress levels down, and I've even started a knitting club. Though no one has actually made anything substantial yet I thought this would be a nice place to document it when they do. And a place to brag about all of my gimpily finished projects.

I don't want to run out of things to post about too quickly, so I'm going to start off with a scarf that I finished this winter. I worked on this scarf on and off for about a year before I finally finished it. I started it with Ravenclaw's house colors in mind, thinking that it would be neat to have my very own Ravenclaw scarf. By the time I finished it I was a freshmen in college and the colors on the scarf turned out to be my actual school colors as well. I wasn't a very strong knitter when I started off, and I think the stripe sizes might have changed a few times along the way, but By the time I finished I was a master of the garter stitch had learned to change colors to make stripes, and had even learned to make my own tassles!