Yesterday I took a sick day, I maybe should have taken today as well, but I’m pretty much ah ‘I’m fine, it’s just a flesh wound’ kind of gal. Or I should say I was told I was taking a sick day, no reason to argue with the boss I suppose. The fact that I actually did no knitting and spent most of the day curled up in bed or on the couch with the cat likely shows that I was actually sick.
Also I missed a cable cross about 20 rows back in two sections of Vivian and I’m trying to decide if I should frog the twenty rows or do what I did with the Seed Stitch error and just frog the section down.
I would be less worried if I wasn’t concerned about putting the cable crossings in the wrong place and having to do it on two sides and keep the symmetry. I think I will frog down the section, and see how it goes. If it fails miserably I shall just have to rip back to 20 rows and knit again.
In the meanwhile I have started knitting on A Pretty Thing by the Yarn Harlot, in the Qiviut I picked up at Vogue Knitting Live back in January.
I’ve done a few rows but it seems like a good project to make a few of and throw at people for the holidays. For Socktober, I think I will make mini stockings with all my left over yarn and throw them in Christmas cards for everyone. As I mailed out over 30 cards last year, that would be a lot of stockings. But it would be fun and I know I can pump out a few in a couple hours.
Vivian has been trucking along, and after my adventure in ripping back and knitting back up.
You can see the finished piece on the top and the K1 P1 error on the bottom half. After that fun evening I resumed knitting an created a spreadsheet for the pattern.
And after that initial fun moment I don’t seem to have had any more problems with the pattern.
Over the weekend I headed to a friend’s housewarming and decided to try my hand at the SnapDragon Mits once again.
I made a hand at Dragon*Con during panels and it was much too big for me and not really in a universal color. These done in sock weight instead of DK seem to be coming out pretty well, and I’m about 30 rows in.
Eventually I will start Christmas Knitting. Until then…well I have a Zoe from Firefly costume to put together for Halloween.
So I started knitting on Vivian and have been doing a lot of knitting on the bus as traffic has been a nightmare in New Jersey lately. So I have been moving along pretty quickly and started wondering if I would finish the sweater in a couple of week instead of the month I had mentally assumed.
It was going well. Except for those two spots. Why was that spot not seed stitch? Looks at picture of Sweater. Hmm I can’t see that bit, continues. This morning I sat and stared at the section of the pattern I had kept wondering about. A section of 8 stitches that was k1, p1 ribbing on both sides of the sweater.
That just doesn’t seem right. Goes back to chart. Reads slowly. Reads again. Right, I forgot that whole, K on RS, P on WS, and that the markings alternated. So do I frog 25 rows of perfectly fine kitting for 16 stitches? Once upon a time I may have, if it was lace I would have had to. This time?
Instead I took a deep breath, put away the pattern, and ripped out two rows. Using the DPNs I had in my bag for gloves, I started slowly knitting back up as the bus rocked it way to my office. I had to pull back a few times as I sometimes skipped a row on one stitch leaving yarn dangling.
While it may be a bit of slow going its not nearly as slow as knitting the whole thing from scratch. And I’m sure once I get to the other side I’ll be an old pro.
Yesterday I blocked two shawls. Shawls 10 and 11 of my 11 shawls in 2011 which brings another knitting adventure to an end.
Trousseau came out really well. I blocked it and it dried pretty quickly, I know I had folded down the sofa to block it around five and was able to unpin, just before 9 so we could watch True Blood.
And shawl 11 was another Summer Mystery shawl.
This one in a blue as opposed to the first I knit in an orange-ish color. I forgot how fast a knit this was, likely because I tended to get a clue, ignore it, and knit it all in a rush on Thursday before the next clue.
So after knitting 11 shawls in 9 or so months (I started late January) what have I learned?
- I like shawls – there are way MORE that I want to make.
- Charts do make sense, I can read them, but I will still default to written instructions because, I tend to triple guess myself when knitting from a chart, slowing myself down.
- I have something to do with all that sock yarn I bought with no intention of making socks (did I mention I tend to wear thigh highs and have a 35″ inseam?)
So now? A small shawl break, thought he next few have yarn and patterns chosen out. Right now I am working on my first sweater again. Vivian . I am knitting it in a red Eco Wool. Yes I cast on this project last year on Christmas day, but it got put aside and finally frogged as things went wrong. I’m on row three, after knitting this morning on the bus and making notes, and so far none of the same Mistakes have returned to haunt me. Crossing the cables at cable crossings is usually handy. As is keeping left and right straight when you do remember to cross.
Back from Dragon*Con and its cold and rainy in the city after spending the last few days in 90 – 95 degree weather it was a slap. I took yesterday off and mostly played sloth, even though I woke at 9am.
The Convention was great fun. The Cyberwonan costume was a hit and makes me want to work some adjustments and wear it again next year. Which would mean getting a dress form. But this fellow (Gareth David Lloyd aka Ianto Jones) below, was quite lovely. And highly amused to see my cyber woman the night before.
Also yes I am wearing a Dalek Print Corset dress.
It was a great five days, Kilts were blown, engagements made, booze drunk, and new friends made. I’m inspired to make tons more costumes and can’t wait to go back next year. Io9 has posted a bunch of shots from the weekend and I’m even in one of them near the bottom. Are you my mummy?
I even had a few couple hours to make the Ravelry meetup where I met a bunch of lovely knitters. And plots to make a knit track. On Dragon*Con knitting, I finished a glove that is much too large for me at least, and also finished most of one of the shawls, with the binding off, happening today.
Likely by the time this post goes live, I will be on my way to LGA or somewhere in the Delta Terminal, possibly explaining why I need 3 flasks. But I am leaving my Etsy Store open. This does mean anything purchased Thursday will not go out until Tuesday.
To make up for the shipping delay and because I shall be going to Dragon Con once again and it is the Conventions 25th year, everything in the shop is 25% off, simply use the code DCON25 when you check out for the discount. The sale will go on from 9/1 – 9/5. It is on everything. And there are some new items I haven’t mentioned on the blog.
Golden Snitch Pendant:
And restocking of the Tardis, Severus Snape, and Golden Snitch Earrings.