Okay so this is my first time back on here in a while (well over a year I believe), but I've been knitting strong all the time. I'll actually need to take some photos of some of the work I've done. I've come on really well as a knitter and I've recently started crocheting. So, why am I back? Well, one word; sanity!
Not 10 minutes ago, I realised that the aran afghan I had cast on (for the third time...307 stitches!) was wrong again, and so in my fit of rage, I immediately slipped off the needles and started manically pulling the yarn out. Now, I'm sure we all know that when this happens, we end up with a giant lump of tangled yarn that's an absolute nightmare to pull apart and wind back up. This time was no different. What I didn't know however, was that by some freak coincidence, was that my yarn had somehow managed to weave itself through the loop on the zip of my open pencil case, so after about 10 minutes of gently prying the knots out, I lose my patience and start thrashing the yarn around in a rage. Of course, my pencil case goes flying, launching scissors and pens and rulers and shit everywhere. Basically, I need to sort my act out and become better organised with my knitting. I've got quite a few WIPs that I need to get finished, and I need to decide properly what I'm going to do next, rather than just playing around with the yarn and needles til I find something I like.
So, things I have on the needles (or waiting to be stitched up)...
1. Mellow from Rowan Drift (which can be seen here; http://www.knitrowan.com/designs-and-patterns/patterns/mellow-0 ) I've really enjoyed knitting this, I will ALWAYS love using chunky yarn. I literally only have the collar left to knit, and the only reason I cant do that right now is because it requires 8mm circ needles, which I cant get at any of the stores near me.
2. A girls dress. This, is almost complete, I just need to pick up stitches to do the armband seam, then attach the loops for the ribbon belt. Then it'll be technically "complete", however, because it's for my niece, I'm going to crochet on some little flowers and maybe put some other decorations on it.
3. The Aran Laptop Cover from Men Who Knit. This was a good knit, I bought some really lovely yarn (Rowan, Cocoon) to do this. I've knitted the entire thing up, I just need to sew up the sides, and then attach the buckles. Originally I wanted to put on some nice big buttons, but I couldn't find any I liked.
4. A mohair scarf (black and white), which I've only done a few rows of. This one almost sent me into a pit of depression and insanity as well; 200-some stitches, and I found it really difficult to knit at first, but now that the tension has evened out, its knitting up a great deal easier.
5. (this one is a bit out of place) I've got a whole set of patches cut ready to make a baby quilt. Quilting has become quite a favourite of mine, but it moves slowly cos I cant afford a sewing machine and have to use my mums. (don't even talk to me about sewing it by hand!)
Anyway, I have a couple of questions about various things; firstly, are some patterns just...well...wrong? I got a pattern for a fairly simple Shawl Collar Sweater, I knit up the entire thing once and it was massive. I mean...MASSIVE! So I knew I must've done something wrong...I checked my yarn and it was the right weight. I knit up a swatch and it was the right tension, so I made a couple of adjustments to the length and knit it in the small instead of the medium...and it was still HUGE! I mean, not as huge as it was previously, but still well beyond what anyone would ever wear. So, are some patterns just plain...not right?
Secondly, when I put my laptop together, I'd like to line it with some material to make it seem a bit more luxurious. I was thinking maybe silk. However, are there any fabrics I shouldn't use, considering there's going to be a laptop stored in there?
And finally, a variety of people have told me that I should start selling stuff on etsy. I always kinda laugh it off, but it is something I'd be interested in doing. Do any of you have any experience with this? Sometimes I don't really understand how I could make it viable...take my Rowan jumper for example; the yarn for that cost roughly £100, so in order to make it worth the time and money, I'd have to sell it for upwards of £200. Surely people aren't going to pay that for a jumper?! :-S
If you've read this far...thank you so much! I no longer feel like I'm on a rampage!