Archive for the 'knitting' Category

Around in circles

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I’m currently working on a tiny sweater. It is, apparently, easier to knit tiny things because they progress so much faster (leading to less frustration and more self-esteem) and also because they involve much less yarn.

More interestingly, this is my first real attempt at circular knitting, which started off annoying and has now progressed to the point that straight needles feel strange and unnatural. This is aided somewhat by the fact that I have been working exclusively in stockinette stitch, and stockinette stitch is even easier using circular needles as it’s the same thing all the time. Furthermore, I’m getting serious help with the sleeves (thanks, mom!) as they each require the use of four double-pointed needles, and that’s a skill I just don’t have.

So I guess it’s more accurate to say I’m currently working on the body — the vest portion, if you will — of a tiny sweater.

In other good news, I’ve found two other patterns I plan to start moving on once the sweater is done. Exciting.

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Lace FAIL

I gave up on the wrap. If I don’t knit something successfully soon, I will be horribly discouraged. Or possibly just sleepy.

Next up: tiny items of clothing.

And blogging more often.

Luddite

People react to the fact that I knit the same way they react to the fact that I have a landline.

“But aren’t you young and, you know, high-tech and stuff?”

Also interesting is that I’m not advanced enough at knitting to be considered cool for it, yet not remedial enough to qualify for serious help/pity from the cool, advanced knitters. Every so often, I encounter something that makes me wish I could crochet and only half-jokingly vow to learn, but it never happens. Or, at least, it hasn’t happened yet. The resolve continues to exist.

But I do enjoy telling people who ask whether I crochet that I’m not a hooker. (Zing.)

I’m up to seven knitting books now, including three stitch dictionaries. I’m still not very good. It’s a problem.

In unrelated news, how long can somebody last before dealing in death and destruction for a living starts to get to her?

It feels so much like stealing

The “very simple eyelet” (yo, k2tog, k6, repeat) is probably not really “lace” per se, but it appears in the “lace” section of the Stitchionary, and the Stitchionary never lies. (It’s also in the Lace and Eyelet Harmony Guide, but that seems to differentiate between proper lace and eyelets. I digress.)

The point is that I should probably not be tagging posts about the simple eyelet pattern with “lace,” but it’s too late now.

This needs to be finished by early summer. Contrast this with another project that, ideally, should be done by next week and almost certainly won’t be. Prioritization fail.

The shame of it

Yes, I have yet another new layout and yes, I should blog more. And I will. The bad news is that much of it will be about knitting because I am overwhelmingly lame commited to improving.

I am moving beyond scarves — slowly. I need longer needles. I also need more yarn. Pictures will follow, though most of the things I’m planning are intended as gifts. I finished a handful of scarves just before Christmas and have no photos to share. I’m attempting to learn lace. It’s infuriating.