Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Take Away My Needles

I shouldn't be allowed to knit. Here's the CPH Saga.

1. Cast on for bust 36" even though I know that I should do 40" for the roomy fit.
2. "I'll just block it out" was not received well by fellow knitters.
3. Frogged 2x to fix stupid mistakes but continued my 36" attempt.
4. FINE! I'll CO for 40" so on I casted.
5. Starting pattern ... but I ... don't have ... enough STITCHES!



Is the CPH doomed? I'm not posting any pics. The only thing I have going for me is the yummiest yarn... ever. Lorna's Laces worsted. mmm.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Mistake or Wabi-Sabi?

Last night, I embarked on the Central Park Hoodie, my first real true "lots of yarn so you better like it" sweater. And it's for me. All for me. So, four inches later, I have the ribbing for the back.

But upon closer examination, I realized that there are a few "purl not knit" stitches. No, there wasn't excessive drinking involved but dimmer light, friendly conversation with friends and a "it's just 2-by-2 rib so I don't need to pay attention" mindset.

Do I frog it or just harness the Wabi-Sabi that Allena talks so much about and say that these aren't imperfections but what makes this handknit? Decisions, decisions. Thankfully I have the Chevron Scarf and the Monkey socks to keep my hands occupied.

Speaking of Monkeys, here's sock number 1.

Thankfully after realizing that these will never fit my dear friend Joey [her feet are not terribly wide or long!], I picked lovely Dad for these earthy socks. Strange though - the heel was not a sl1, k1 heel. And, even though my ball band "claimed" that I had the same gauge as the pattern, I ended up with a sock big enough to be pants. Hmm...

And then, last but terribly not least, is my baby afghan. All done! My lovely coworker "Rebecca the seamstress in her former life" helped me with sewing a flannel backing on the blanket to finish it off. Thanks Rebecca! I am so proud!

Friday, August 17, 2007

My Dad is a Monkey

Back from Florida. Enjoying the less humid weather here in lovely New York - who knew I would ever say that! Made lots of progress with the Chevron Scarf and learned something hilarious about the Monkey Socks. The gauge for the Monkeys is the same as on the ball band of my STR - so I began knitting away, realizing they were a little... big. Oh, how big they are! They will never fit the birthday girl so instead... Daddy Socks!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Let's Go Mets... I mean Knitters!

Wow! Stitch-n-Pitch was amazing. Hundreds of knitters and crocheters in Mets regalia. It was a sight to be seen, and I can't wait to go next year. Check out the photostream. Some highlights:

- Debbie Stoller handing our knitting goodie bags
- Lily Chin proudly displaying her complete Mets uniform, mitt, ball and hat
- Knitted Mets hats and banners
- My mom's rally hat
- Moises Alou's game-winning homerun

Newly cast on is the Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I needed to bring something to the game that doesn't require me to read a pattern. I'm using up some Knitpicks Gossamer yarn in Rose Garden - leftovers from my first attempt at the clapotis; second attempt soon. I'm using two strands at once and it's pooling rather nicely. A snapshot pre-Mets game.

The Monkey socks [for Joey's bday] hit a snag last weekend. I knit the sock according to pattern but the heel flap looking absurdly huge. So I frogged it and made it more like a rectangle. Here's a pic to make you laugh.

Off to Florida this weekend. Should I buy yarn?

Friday, August 3, 2007

dry Dry DRY!

Ah, blocking. Not my favorite part of the knitting process. My almost-dry cache-coeur bergamo is almost dry. I blocked it rather large since when I first tried it on, it was VERY "form-fitting" so out came the pins and stretched the knitting went.

And my cardigan. I am NOT happy the way this knitting looked upon it getting wet. Hopefully it'll dry nicely. And thanks to Penelope for the wonderful bobble idea. I love the way they came out! Next step is tacking a backing to the baby blanket. Fleece maybe? Make it nice and soft.

Just recently cast on are my first Monkey socks in Socks that Rock Monsoon. That's right, I finally am using my Rockin Sock Club yarn. Man, I'm slow. These yummies are for lovely Joey's bday at the end of the month. I'm rather confident they will be done by then.

P.S. Don't tell Joey I'm making these! Surprise her I will!