Knit Lit

Where I accept imperfection and begin my training

Things are going better with the Lady February.  I am still making mistakes, even with the markers.  I am still coming up a couple of stitches short now and again.  I know this is because I am forgetting the yarn overs, but I am not going to frog any more.  I refuse to do it.  It is too hard to put back on the needles.  I’ll just keep adding stitches until the count is right.  If I don’t accept these mistakes as character or design elements, I will never finish it.  I love the color, but I am not sure how I am liking the yarn.  The lace is not knitting up very open.  I may have to break down and block this one.  Then again, it may be good to have it less lace like.  I will be able to wear it longer into the fall.  Also, I have two sweaters that are missing buttons, because I hate sewing on buttons.  The Lady February only has three.  I can do three buttons.  Also, apparently I like working on projects named Lady Something or Other.

In other news, I have joined the Ravelympics 2008!

I am only entering one event, the Gift Knits Pentathlon.  This one is a good event for me.  First, it will give me great things to blog about.  Mainly, how I am going to finish.  Second, these are gifts, but they are expected gifts.  So, even if the recipients read the blog, it will not ruin the surprise.  At this point, the surprise is if the item will fit.  Third, since this is the year I declared I am only knitting for myself and I have already broken that promise a couple of times, participating will give me ample time to make up for it.  I have approximately 60 projects currently on my to-be-knit list.  I have yarn for about 70% of them.  It is about time for me to make a dent.

In even more news, Franklin’s 1,000 Knitter Project is coming to Huntsville.  I have already signed my model release form, and it is galloping towards Meg as I write via Pony Express.   I sincerely hope it will make it it time for me to be added to the list.  I think this is such a neat thing!  At the same time I was learning about Franklin, I also discovered SAFF.  It is in Hendersonville, NC.  That is not far from where I live.  It is doable.  To add sprinkles on the ice cream, I have family there.  I’m not going to have to pay for lodging.  More money for yarn! Yeah!

July 30, 2008 Posted by | Events, Holiday, Knitters, Knitting | Leave a comment

I thought I could, I thought I could…

I thought I could count. Really, I did. I mean, my 9-year-old son can do it. I am 29 years old. I even graduated from college. You would think that is enough to be able to master the art of 1, 2, 3. Nope. Not even close.

Let me start at the beginning. I was looking around Ravelry one day when I discovered the Lady February Sweater. It is an adaptation of an Elizabeth Zimmerman baby sweater pattern. Currently there are 986 sweaters listed. This tells me that it is a well written and lovely pattern, so I cast on. I had no trouble, 83 stitches cast on the first time. I knit in garter stitch, again easy for an experienced knitter. I worked my increases like marked. Everything was fine, right? Wrong. When it was time to work the pretty lace pattern, I had one less stitch that I need. I am determined to do the pattern right. I go back and find a missed increase about halfway back. Halfway is not all the way, so I ripped it back and started over. I continued all happy-like down to the lace part again. Again, I am one stitch short. Faced with another frogging session, I added a stitch and called it a night.

Now, ripping back once would be frustrating enough, but it continues. Once I finished the “easy” garter knitting, I worked the first row of the lace pattern. It is a 7 stitch repeat. This should not be a problem. There are 266 stitches with a 7 pattern repeat. That means I will be working the lace pattern 38 times across the sweater. No problem. Except that the 38th repeat only had 6 stitches, not 7. Back off the needles the sweater, all 282 sts, went into a big pile on the floor. I will save you all a longer story by just saying that this happened eight times more for the next two days. Sometimes I was missing 1 stitch, sometimes I was 2 stitches over. Finally I took my own advice which I am constantly telling my son. If you get frustrated by something, take a break and come back to it later.

I picked up the Lady last night and started the lace all over again. It is a good thing, too. I was working Row 1, then Row 2, Row 4 and Row 3. No, I did not type that wrong. I was reversing Rows 3 and 4. It is going along swimmingly now. I had to have help, though. Since I obviously can not keep up with 7 stitches at one time and can not seem to read a pattern correctly, I placed markers every 7 stitches to help me keep track of where I am.

It seems to be working thus far. I have made it past the first two rows of the pattern. If I can make it past the next two, I think I will be okay. Maybe I should write a new pattern and post it: Lady’s February Sweater for Dummies

July 28, 2008 Posted by | Knitting | 2 Comments

Finished 1, 2, and 3

Finished #1:

This is the very first Spring Cardigan I made.  I misplaced it and have not photographed until tonight.  I still have not added buttons.  I can not find any I think go with it.

It is knit out of Ella Rae Shibu.  It is 90% silk and a lovely purple gray color.

Finished #2: My beloved Lady Eleanor.

Finished #3: Natalya Gloves

The observant of you will notice the rings.  I knit one round before the bind off.  This allows me to wear my rings without them getting snagged on the glove.  That is the reason I do not readily wear them, gloves that is. Now, my hands can be warm this winter.

July 23, 2008 Posted by | Finished, Knitting | 1 Comment

I am so mad I could spit!

I was going to post my finished pictures of my Natalya gloves, because, yes, I did finish. I may have even posted photos of my Lady February sweater, which I have already had to frog 2 inches of because I can not count. I can not bring my self to do either because of the email I received before I left the office.

The following is taken from Wikipedia.

It was about Irena Sendler. She was a Polish Catholic social worker in World War II who helped save 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto by providing them with false documents and sheltering them in individual and group children’s homes outside the Ghetto. She organized the smuggling of Jewish children from the Ghetto, carrying them out in boxes, suitcases and trolleys. She hid lists of their names in jars, in order to keep track of their original and new identities so that, when the war was over, they must be returned to Jewish relatives. In 1943, Sendler was arrested by the Gestapo, severely tortured, and sentenced to death. Żegota saved her by bribing German guards on the way to her execution. She was left in the woods, unconscious and with broken arms and legs. She was listed on public bulletin boards as among those executed. For the remainder of the war, she lived in hiding, but continued her work for the Jewish children. After the war, she dug up the jars containing the children’s identities and began an attempt to find the children and return them to living parents.

Now, the reason I am mad:

In 2007, Sendler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The 2007 award, however, was presented to Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for for “efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”

This is a serious injustice. This is a bunch of hooie! The Nobel Peace Prize may be awarded to persons or organizations that are in the process of resolving a conflict or creating peace. Now, it is well documented that there are varying opinions whether “man-made climate change” is valid. I will not go into this topic. But the fact is there is debate. I will give it a pass on the whole resolving a conflict thing; however, I would not define this research is peace creating.

I find it hard to believe that anyone would dispute the fact that Sendler’s efforts were in fact an effort. She had her legs broken and was sentenced to death for those efforts. They were definitely conflict resolving and peace creating. So why would any one choose Al Gore (Mr.-I-invented-the-Internet) over Irena Sendler?  What has he sacrificed for conflict resolution and peace?

July 22, 2008 Posted by | Random | 1 Comment

Two down, and one more to go

I finished the Lady Eleanore Wrap on Thursday.  There is no one available to take the finished pictures.  Also, I’m not 100% sure I will not block it.  Besides it looks like the last photo, only it is bigger.

Since I finished the Lady E (oh, I miss her so!), I needed a new project for my Lunch time knitting yesterday.  I started the Natalya Gloves by Savannahchik Knits.  I am using Berocco Jasper.  I am really liking this yarn.  It is super soft.

I am finished with the first one.

I know why people stick with mittens and fingerless gloves.  Knitting all those tiny tiny fingers is a pain in the hinney!  Now, don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t hard, just cumbersome.  I know I will appreciate it in, oh, five months, so I am going to stick with it for glove number two.

July 19, 2008 Posted by | Finished, Knitting | 1 Comment

Friday Fill-in

1.  The last good thing that came in the mail was Noro Kureyon .

2.  This week I’m grateful for the lovely knitters who keep me sane at Knit Nouveau.

3.  My Boy Child is the most delicious thing ever.

4.  Nature (particularly the colors of fall) inspires me.

5.  I’m most happy when I have my family together, talking and me, of cours, knitting.

6.  And all the roads we have to walk along are leading us to who we need to become and what we need to do.

7.  And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching a movie with the hubby, tomorrow my plans include cleaning out the closets I could not finish last weekend and Sunday, I want to do nothing!

July 18, 2008 Posted by | Friday Fill-in | Leave a comment

disappointment and discovery

Okay. I was a little disappointed by the new season of Project Runway last night.  I expect that all the designers have seen the show before. This is the 5th season.  So, I am curious as to why almost all of them acted like they were completely surprised with the concept of the show.  The whole point of the show is to make your design creative and stand out from others.  If this is your goal, why, oh why, would you start of the competition not only taking the easy way out, but not making anything remarkable?  There were two (out of 16) who stood out and made me want to see more.  Their challenge was to purchase materials from a grocery store and create a garment using only these items.  Again, if you know this is the first chance to wow the judges (hello! First impressions are very important!), why would you choose items that are basically fabric?  Yes! Almost all of the contestants purchased tablecloths.  That is too easy!  The dresses did not even look that good.  If this is what I have to look forward to, it is going to be a very boring season!  I hope they will become more interesting as the show continues, or I will have to drop it from my TV watching schedule.  Stay tuned for more.

Oh, one guy made a dress completely out of plastic cups! It was not very attractive in my opinion, but it was pretty cool!

(Thanks Bravo for the use of the photo.)

I have also discovered a couple of things recently.  The first is the Hannah Swensen mysteries written by Joanne Fluke.  I purchased one of these books on a whim.  I was prepared not to like it, but I was pleasantly surprised.  I found it very well written.  It was interesting.  It also surprised me.  That was the biggest thing. I was surprised by the ending.  Another thing it has are desert recipes.  The main character owns a cookie and desert shop.  Some of the items she bakes are included in the book.  While this is cool, the publisher distributes them throughout the book.  It is really quite distracting.  I think they would have been better served at the end.  I stopped off at the library on the way home and picked up every book they had on the shelf.

My second discovery is bamboo knitting needles.  When I purchased the yarn for my greatest love in the whole wide world the Lady E, I also got the requisite needles in bamboo.  I love them! They are so much lighter than the aluminum ones I have been using.  They are soft, and from everything I have read will only become softer the more I use them.  That is so cool.  I think that anyone who has not tried them out really should.  They are grand.  Michaels has 40% off coupons often.  Take advantage and try it.  I think you will like it.

July 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More Lady E

I am still loving the Lady E.  I know everyone is going to get very tired of me saying this, but it is true!

I absolutely adore the colors and watching how they play against each other.

I love feeling the yarn run through my fingers.  I know with every square I knit, I am creating something that I will love and wear forever.

I think I have also decided not to put any fringe,  I think I will wear it more often without it.  That is what I am aiming for, something that I can wear all the time.  With the range of colors, it will go with almost everything in my closet.  oh, I love it!

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Project Runway Season 5 starts tonight.  This is another show I really enjoy.  Jay McCarroll, the season 1 winner, is one of the big reasons I like this show.  In his final runway for the show, he did a lot of hand knits that I would love to knit myself.

How beautiful! I am still watching, though, no other designer that I can recall has used knits, much less hand knits in their design.  It is still entertaining, and I find myself looking at the designs I like the most to see if I can adapt them to knits.  Alas, I have not been able to just yet, but there is a brand new season about to start!

July 16, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Lady E for Everything I have been looking for in a project

I think Lady E is going to be my most favorite project ever!  I am now 8 skeins into it, and I am already dreading completing this one. I love it even more than I love watching The Closer!  It is a fairly simple pattern once you get a few repeats into it.  This makes it the perfect pattern to be able to pick up and put down in between boring necessary tasks like work, laundry and eating.

I am also loving the Noro Kureyon! I know it is not the softest yarn I have ever knit with, but the way the colors are knitting up allows me to forgive a little scratch. Besides, everyone says it will soften up when it gets washed. Now, I will give it a good wash; however, I don’t think I am going to block it.  I like the rustic look.  I’m also a little scared that it will change too much if I block.

I know I promised photos.  I have been working for the last hour to get WordPress to upload them, but it just won’t do it.  Grrrr! I hope it will get some rest tonight and let me post tomorrow.

July 15, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I Confess …

I love, love, love The Closer! The new season starts tonight. I am so excited I think I may tinkle in my pants very soon. I can not say enough about this show. If you have never seen it, you have to check it out.

I am ahead of schedule on the Lady E.  I am about to finish up the sixth ball.  I can not take time to post photos, because I still have to make dinner for the Boy Child and Hubby.  And, The Closer comes on tonight! Yeah!  So, just imagine this like 3 skeins bigger:

I promise updated pictures tomorrow.  Go watch The Closer.


July 14, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments