See Jane Knit

Thursday, January 26, 2006

I need help, people. 

I think I may have some kind of knitter's version of ADD. I will say it again: I am sick and I need help. I am constantly seduced by a newer project and the newer yarn that goes with it. This has landed me with a total of 1 large shopping bag, 3.5 drawers and a closet shelf full of yarn in my dorm room, not to mention the sundry unfinished projects littered here and there. One might assume that now that I have admitted that I "have a problem," as they say in AA, I will be able to resist temptation and actually finish what I start. But if you assumed that, you'd be wrong.

Never let it be said that I am not, at the very least, a stubborn knitter. I may like to start new things, but if a project tries to get me down I'll do whatever it takes to beat my knitting at it's own game. Yes, I am attributing human emotions to my inanimate knitting; this is because I am more than a little bit crazy. You've been warned. Anyway, everyone knows how that old saying goes: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again! Now, normally I'm not much for happy-go-lucky words of wisdom, but I'd say that is a pilar of my knitting philosophy. And right now I'm feeling pretty darn optimistic, because the Cabled Bandeau is lookin' good! I don't really think I need to post a picture of it, since it looks pretty much the same as last time, except it's smaller. Like I was saying, it knocked me off its back, but I got right back on and showed it who's the boss around here. And it feels good to be back in the saddle, folks. The figurative, knitting saddle that is. I'm part way through the increases and sailing along just fine. I must say, Veronik Avery writes a good pattern. All her patterns are elegant, complex, and entertaining to knit. She lets form and function go hand in hand, instead of putting one ahead of the other like so many people do. I think I will have to track down more of her patterns. For whoever asked in the comments, I'm using Karabella Aurora 8.

Since persistance is a part of my knitting philosophy, what are the other parts, one might ask? And that brings us back to the whole knitting ADD thing, or "What the heck will Jane start next?" The obvious choice would be to finish one of the one hundred and one things I have started and not touched for weeks...or months. But that would be the responsible thing to do, so clearly I will do the exact opposite. There's nothing quite like the lure of a brand new project to really get you going. And I am a total sucker for the rose-colored thrill of something new. So, I bought some yarn. *blush* Yes, I have enough yarn to bathe in, all of which is poorly concealed in my afforementioned dorm room (most college guys don't find yarn as attractive as I do). No, I don't need more. So I bought some more. Which makes plenty of sense. Yessirreebob.

I'm hoping to use this yarn that I ordered to finally make the Lace Leaf Pullover from Loop-D-Loop. I've liked this sweater for a long time, and I was reminded of my desire to create one when I saw pictures of the YarnHarlot's version. You'll have to color me envious, because she used the yarn that the pattern calls for, which is both hard to find AND expensive. I'm going to attempt to get around purchasing 500+ yards of polar weight yarn (because that stuff tends to be on the pricey side) by doubling a heavy worsted weight yarn from in lettuce. I swatched with another yarn I have in my stash that ordinarily knits to 4 sts per inch, and got gauge with the yarn doubled without the slightest hitch. Hopefully, the yarn I ordered will be so obliging. Hopefully, doubling this yarn will create a more blended effect to mute the handpainted color changes. Emphasis on the word "hopefully."

And since we're on the topic of shirking one's responsibilities and starting an umpteenth new project, I give you the Noro Silk Garden...

Silk Garden

...which is being turned into a Clapotis by yours truly as we speak!

Silk Garden Clapotis (beginning)

Anyone who actually thought I was going to solve my terminal case of project-itis, go smack yourself. Everyone else, stay tuned.
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Monday, January 09, 2006

'Tis better to have knit and frogged... 

...then never to have knit at all. Or 'tis it? There are times when frogging, even when you know that it has to be done, just hurts like a bee-otch. Anyone who says they don't mind frogging is lying. Anyone who says they really enjoy frogging? Well, they can bite me.

Now that I've got that off my chest, I'll give you three guesses as to what prompted these musing on the nature of The Frog. The first two don't count, of course, because if you're smarter than a rock, you already know that I must have had to frog something. And I did. My Cabled Bandeau by Veronik Avery from the current issue of Interweave Knits is gone. This cable-y goodness here?

cabled bandeau close up

It's turned into this pasta-like, frog-tastic mess:


Yup. 400 yards in, and I had to frog. As the French would say, "Quel domage!" That, folks, is fran-cais (pronunciation guide: frahn-SAY!) and translates loosely to "what a crisis!"

However, I honestly can't really complain too much, because, truth be told, it was my own fault. I made a few very stupid mistakes. Now, there are a few people who frequent the Knittyboard who claim that stupid is a four letter word. They would like to banish the word stupid from our everyday lexicon. These are the kind of people who believe that there are no stupid questions.

Well, I respectfully beg to differ. I will say that many people call themselves stupid unnecessarily. Most questions aren't stupid: you don't know how to k2tog? Well two years back, neither did I! Welcome to the club! Many people should give themselves a little more credit for daring to learn and explore. HOWEVER, there are still some very stupid acts, and I myself have definitely perpetrated a few. For instance, I could have avoided frogging if I had done one of the following things:

1) More carefully measured my gauge.
2) Made a larger swatch.
3) Measured a similar knit top that I own to make sure I was knitting the right size.
4) Not tried to delude myself into thinking the top didn't look too big. (If it looks to big, you know what? It probably IS. *gasp!* Quel realization!)
5) Put it on waste yarn and tried it on earlier, if only to prove that it really wasn't as gargantuan as it looked. (See parenthetical remarks above. )

But I, in my infinite intelligence, did none of these things. Yes, that's right. I went on my merry way, assuming that I could somehow overcome my own shoddy and irresponsible planning. It just goes to show you, stupidity isn't about not knowing something; it's about knowing how to do something the right way, and doing it the wrong way. And how wrong I was! I'm going to go now, make an offering the Knitting Gods, and begin the bandeau anew with hopes for better results. Wish me luck.

Also, on a happier note, a picture from back in December of the first snow day of the year!

First Snow Day!

That's the view out my dorm room window. Unfortunately, the Weather Gods are also against me, as they are not offering up any more of this snowy, class-free goodness. Quel dissapointment.
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Friday, January 06, 2006

Crawling out from under my rock... 

A few words up front: No, I am not dead. Yes, I still knit. Yes, I still have a computer. I am just a big slacker.

That's about all I've got for excuses as to why I haven't updated in such a long, long time. I'm sure no one wants to hear any more grovelling, but suffice it to say, I have been rather busy. This is going to be a pretty perfunctory post, but atleast it's new. Now then, on to the knitting, yes?

I have almost finished my Christmas knitting. Dad's hat, long done, has been given to it's intended recipient, who seems very pleased with it. My sister's Mini-Sweater only need to be seamed and have a button sewn on, and then it will be done. My mom's scarf on the other hand, is taking a while. It is also a pain in the but, because what she wants changes by the moment. But I'm still knitting away on that.

Santa, on the other hand, was very good to me, so I have plenty of other things to knit. I recieved a set of Denise needles from my mom, and let me tell you, they are everything they are cracked up to be. I don't know how I survived without them for so long. After Christmas, I went to Oklahoma to visit my grandmother, and discovered a yarn store having a storewide 25%-off sale. Everything was 25% off, except for things that were marked. Those were 40% off. Yeah, I just about died after walking in the door.

So I bought a whole lotta yarn! And I mean alot. Not only at that store, but also at another store in Oklahoma, and a store in Hollywood. The total ran to: 7 balls Karabella Aurora 8 in deep copper, 3 balls Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in fuschia, 6 balls Noro Silk Garden in green-grey-blue-black, and 2 balls Rowan Spray in grey-blue-cream/yellow-sprayed-with-red. Oh, and a pair of sz 6 40" Addi Turbos. The Rowan has already become a simple seed-st scarf (that was on-the-plane knitting). I plan to use the Silk Garden for a Clapotis, because I might as well just swallow my pride and jump on the damn bandwagon. I think the DB might become some kind of scarf, but I'm not really sure. And the Karabella? Well, that's already becoming Veronik Avery's Cabled Bandeau from the current issue of Interweave Knits. I'll show some pictures of that later, as well as some of the stuff I've finished recently.

But for now I think I'm going to go and caress all my lovely yarn. Ohhh the yarn.... I'm almost all yarn-shopped out.

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