Monday, January 30, 2006

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Entry 16 - Still a Knitting Newbie - *sigh*

If you remember on an earlier blog post, I had mentioned I was trying to knit the Starburst Shawl from Modular Knits in Artyarns SuperMerino #110. Well, dear readers, I've learned a difficult lesson today. You see I had bought initally three hanks of yarn, intending to just knit a Diamond Blossom Scarf. Then the Starburst shawl caught my eye and I thought I'll knit that. But I realized I would run out of yarn so I went to Stash in Berkeley to buy some more #110. In the back of my mind, while I was looking at it, I thought it might have been a lighter color than normal, but I just shrugged and bought it anyway.

Well, I returned home and realized how dramatically different a #110 colorway can be. No wonder those knitting books always advise you to buy the same dye lot! Sheesh. Look at the above picture! Bah! *sighs and hangs head in shame* So, forget the Starburst shawl project. I frogged the entire thing. Fortunately, I had only advanced one hank of yarn, so I didn't really advance really far.

Also, fortunately, there is another project in the Modular Knits book that would be good for 3 hanks of one color and 3 hanks of a different color. The Cozy Diamond Wrap! I've had multiple false starts though due to my inexperience with knowing where to place the stitch markers and not using the stitch markers in the first place to guide my repeats and "knitting logic."

Beware, if you are knitting this pattern, too. There is some errata for this pattern on Step 6 that is on the Artyarns website. I may have found another error, too. You see, I was trying to knit Steps 1-4 of this pattern and my diamonds were all "creeping" up to the sides of the lower triangles when they should all be resting (knitted?) nicely flush against their darker pink triangle cousins. I frogged the entire wrap and started again. THIS time, I used stitch markers to keep track of where the triangles and diamonds ends. It has helped immensely, because now I suspect I was supposed to knit 8 stitches after I finish a diamond rather than knit 7. I haven't completed Step 4 though, so I'll post my findings if I find it to be true. You can see a close up of one of the diamonds here. The lighting is bad, I know.

Last, but not least... I signed up for another Knitalong. A Newbie Sweater Knitalong! I need the motivation... hee hee.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006 - The End of the Scarf Exchange

Yay, for pictures! Finally! Although, sorry for the grainy look of the photo, but my camera phone isn't too fancy. 640 x 480 resolution with no ability to zoom, unfortunately. I posted a close up photo, too:

As you can see in this picture, the details are a little better.
This scarf was garter stitch triangles with short row multidirectional turning, based off a free pattern you receive if you join the Yahoo! groups Multidirectional knitting group. The scarf was really easy to make, but still took me two weeks to knit it. Mostly because of false starts while I learned the technique. Like I said in previous posts, it was knit with Artyarns Supermerino #123 - 3 hanks of it. A vareigated yarn with blues, purples, greens. I used the Artyarns Silk Ribbon #123 for the fringe, and I've really liked how it turned out.

This is going to my Secret Scarf Exchange pal, most likely. I thought about sending this to someone else, but I'm worried that if I try to knit another scarf now, I won't make the deadline for the end of the exchange.

I initally had made it as long as the pattern specified, with just two hanks of yarn. However, it knit up to just 45-ish inches which seems short for a scarf to my eye and the scarf was kind of skinny to me. I tried wearing it and thought what if my pal wanted to wrap around herself twice around the neck? So, I bought another hank and knitted some more to a total of around 60 inches. I am much happier with the results and the fringe was a lot of fun to make, even if it is probably unnecessary. I can wrap this around my neck twice and it looks a lot better. I hope she likes it. Likely will go today or tomorrow in the mail.

I wonder if I should try investing in a digital camera? I think my pictures are showing up too dark and dreary. The problem is I really don't take many pictures. However, I've looked at some of these cameras on the market and they look very tempting.

I haven't received my own scarf yet, but I'm looking forward to the day when that happens. I'm so excited that it's almost over. It seems time just flew by so fast! My next knitalong, I'm thinking about joining the Knitting Olympics. Sounds like fun! This is hosted by Yarn Harlot. I wonder what I could knit in two weeks though without frustrating myself? Hmm.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Sunday Review (Year in Review) - Much needed Update

Well, the holidays are come and gone and still no pictures. I do have some finished objects though, so as soon as I can figure out this silly camera phone, I'll post some pictures. In the meantime, here's a list of my knitting adventures I completed in my short knitting life: (begun in Oct '05!)

1) An Everyday Bag from Knitting for Dummies by Pam Allen (done in Plymouth Encore (one Skein) - 200 yds

2) A multidirectional scarf from Modular Knits in ArtYarns Supermerino #123 (took three hanks of 100 yds each abouts). I also added a fringe in Silk Ribbon #123. So pretty is the finished project! I am torn between giving this to one of my family members or using it as an ISE gift. I can always knit another one, but this is my first FO I'm really excited about. Hmm. (Pictures coming)

3) A Patchwork Eyeglass Case from Modular Knits in ArtYarns Silk Ribbon #123 (I had so much excess Silk Ribbon and I spent HOURS untangling it, it needed to be used up (otherwise it will tangle in the future). I made one case, but I still haven't used up the hank. Ho well. Takes about 50-65 yards maybe to make?

4) Various knitted swatches of yarns I've used. I stockinette swatched the Plymouth yarn for future reference as well as the Supermerino (didn't have too much of that left).

5) Various Crocheted swatches of practice crochet stitches. I have Sc, Dc, Treble crochet, Hdc, and Double Treble crochet. I used Caron Simply Soft which is kind of splitty, but nice. It has the annoying tendency to have knots in the hank. Doesn't unravel very easily. Texture wise though, quite soft. Sc swatch, though feels somewhat stiff.

Works in Progress:

1) Starburst Shawl in ArtYarns Supermerino #110 on Fiddlesticks Bamboo #8 needles.

2) Crocheted or Knitted Chemo cap? (something simple for my first hat. I'm thinking of making a brim hat. Something unique.)

Yes, I seem to be knitting a lot of things out of MK book. Yes, I am somewhat a sucker for promotions. But the items are turning out beautiful, so I don't mind so much. Plus, I like how simple the patterns are, once I get the hang of them. Eventually, I'll move on to something truly wearable and tailored. I've got the yarn for my Honeymoon Cami still sitting around. :P