Thursday, September 23, 2010

(almost) Finished Stuff!

First off, I made an apple for the NYC Yarn Crawl scavenger hunt.

Unknown thick 'n thin wool red.
Ironstone Yarns 'Harmony' for the leaf.

It took me an evening to make, and was lots of fun. They asked for an apple no smaller than 4"x4", so I had to mod the pattern a little bit- I continued the increases until I had 60 stitches, worked an unknown number of rows for the middle (until it looked about right), then went straight to the normal decrease rounds. The last increase round was (k8, kfb), so I started my decreases with (k8, k2tog).

The organizer of the apples asked me to drop it off at Knitty City, so I got to take a little trip uptown. It was the first time I'd been to Knitty City, mostly because I don't get to the UWS (upper west side, for all you non-new yorkers) very often. I have to say, it was impressive. They had lots of Dream In Color, a ton of MadelineTosh, Zephr in skeins (I've always seen it in bulk), and more Malabrigo than you could shake a stick at. It was so awesome that I thought I was going to get a nosebleed (anime style) and then pass out. It took *all* of my willpower to walk out of there without buying something. :-/ I will definitely be going back.

This next project comes with a bit of frustration.

Those are the last 41 stitches that need to be bound off. See that tail? Yep, that's all that is left. (Aside: AAArrrrrgh!!!) I'm using Jeny's SSBO, and it uses quite a bit more yarn than expected. On the other hand, when I block it it won't turn into a square.

Right! Project details: 
Yarn: My own handspun. Main shawl section: 50/50 alpaca/wool (from Palmer's family farm, CT) 2.2 oz, 272 yards 2ply. Edging: 100% alpaca (from Moonlit Alpacas, VT, through Joe K.), ~0.6 oz, 41 yards 2ply.
Pattern: Mazatlan, with some minor modifications: first, I didn't do the 'fish', and second, the mesh row should read: k2, yo, k1, * yo, k2tog repeat from * to marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, * k2tog, yo repeat from * to last three stitches, k1, yo, k2

Looks kinda like a manta ray, doesn't it?

Current unblocked measurements: 37" wide and 19.5" deep.

Don't worry, I'll post pics once it's all done.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

O.o New Blog!

Hello non-existent audience! 

Welcome to my new blog. It shall be for knitting. More specifically, things that I knit and want to show off, or ramblings of a knitty kind.  Side effects of this blog include: writing practice, more pictures taken of the things I make, possible boredom/sleepiness on the part of the internet and fewer crazy outbursts from me in real life.

As I have found it difficult to separate my knitting from my cats, you will probably be seeing them from time to time. Like now!

Flow, complete with hoodie
Isn't she adorable when she hates me? I thought so too. The hoodie is here (rav). It took me about a day to make, using about 1/2 skein of Reynolds Lopi (blue), and an unknown about of leftovers of some Lamb's Pride Bulky (gold). Very cute, lots of fun, and I suspect that many people who enjoy things of this nature will be getting them for Christmas.

I do hope that I have inspired all you gnomes out there to start torturing cats with knit-wear ASAP. Good luck!