I have a bad case of the black sweater blues. Shortly after Christmas I cast on for another top down, in the round, raglan. I'd just completed my first top down sweater and was anxious to get started on another and since I didn't own a simple black sweater, it seemed like the ideal project. UGH!
I'm soooooo tired of knitting black..black...black and nothing but black I could scream. I'll pick it up knit 5 or six rounds and then I have to put it down, it's utter boredom. You really can't see the stitches, it's just this massive black blob in your lap...and it seems like it's taking forever to knit the body of the sweater. I measure the damn thing 3 or 4 times a day and it never seems to get any longer. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! It's the knitters nightmare, a project that won't end.
I know after it's finished I'll be happy that I did it, but in the meantime, I feel like I've created a monster that won't die.
That's my whine for the day. Sorry.
First, thanks to everyone for their great suggestions for my next project and knitting bags. My next project is on hold for now because I just started my knitting class (3 Wed night sessions). So, I want to just keep practicing what my instructor wants to teach. He has shown me continental style. I really like it and want to get good at it but I am having some problems. First, my tension is a lot harder to control then with throwing (English?) style. I put the yarn between my pinky and ring finger and then wrap it twice around my index finger. I can control the yarn well that way but I can not seem to get new yarn to come up, so it is always very tight. My next problem is that I can't purl at all this way yet. I just can't seem to get the knack of getting the needle back out with the thread still on it. :) I think once I fix my tension problems that will go away though.
I also learned how to do the long tail cast on. I really like that. I like the look of it; the edge.
Just for fun I got a super huge pair of plastic needles, like #17 I think. I took two different yarns, a black soft one and colorful one, and am knitting them together at the same time. It looks really nice. Kind of like a nifty-knitter if you know those. Big holes. I love it because I can make so much progress on those big needles with thick thread. :)
Is it just my computer, or is there a problem with the chatroom? I have logged on several times lately; my name shows up on ths "online list", but I also see others that have joined in. When I type anything, the text doesn't show up, nor do I see others chatting. HHHhhhhhhmmmmm . . any others with the same problem?
My scarf is coming along nicely and my knitting is really improving. It was all of a sudden a night and day difference. My stitches are nice and even, and I'm having to tink a stitch very rarely now.
As I can only work on it for a couple of hours in the evening, it's naturally taking a while, but my knitting is getting a bit faster too. Right now the scarf is just a tad over 18" long and progressing.
While the first several inches show a lot of mistakes and uneven stitches, it suddenly changes from that to a nice even ribbing and even the edges are nice and even.
I think I'm starting to get the hang of it finally. I'm looking forward to learning other techniques now. I may try to cable on the next scarf. I have some nice light blue yarn and may try to make myself a matching hat and scarf with it. I'm thinking maybe something like a sailor's scarf.
Ah well, that's for later, right now I need to finish this one.
What a lame title.....nevertheless I thought that the best way to introduce myself to the other members of the site is to post an entry....and thus I've chosen to post a picture of my latest FO (from right before Christmas):
So, here's hello from me. ;-)
I am trying to source Reynolds Lite Lopi in the following colours: #005 Black Heather and #0054 Ash Heather. I have done multiple internet searches but to no avail. Does anyone know of a source for these colours? I cannot buy them in New Zealand. Cheers!
I just wanted to say "Hi" to everyone again. I decided to go back to school and it has kept me very busy. I wasn't doing much knitting or contributing to any blogs.
Now that I'm break between semesters I've been knitting and visiting my favorite websites- including this one!
TGIF. Started the week with a great New Year's party at friends' house in downtown DC. Took my knitting and sat and knit all evening, occassionally getting up to dance to various hits of the 70's and 80's (the big bonus was that the hostess, a woman from Iran, had The Very Best of Country Gold CD, so we got to listen to Donna Fargo belt out "The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA").
Went home, woke up with a slightly sore throat, and spent New Years catching up on reruns of the new Battleship Gallactica with a fire in the fire place. By Tuesday though, I had NO VOICE. Not just a scratchy, deep, Lauren Bacall, sultry sort of no voice, but really NO voice. Then, I opened up the kiln and what to my wandering eyes should appear but some strange and unwanted (read: ugly) variation on a trusted glaze that I had used dozens of times - for a HUGE order that was due mid-December (I won't go into the kiln disaster and the successful and very butch experience of rewiring the whole d**m thing that made the order late in the first place).
So Wednesday, still with no voice, I drove out to the burbs to the clay supply store to pick up a commercial clear glaze (ack) and then mixed up a simple low fire clear glaze in my shed just to be on the safe side. throw the glaze on a couple of pots and stuck them in the kiln to test fire.
We share the house with a 5 foot bear - 'Blackie' is handy to have around as he does like to model knitted items - however, he tends to lounge around the house in a kimono (He's home all day - the least he could do is clean up a little or occasionally have dinner ready)
and he also insists on his constitutional right to arm bears.
see attached photo.
(sorry for the duplicates)