Knitting: Ah, the colors

I’m still loving knitting this project. It’s actually become quite mindless. I can just pick it up wherever I am and KNOW exactly what I need to do and where to go, etc. In any case the colors are awesome. I’ve gone from pink to purple and back to pink again. It’s great seeing the color changes. Very exciting.

Tomorrow will bring a break in Spectra though. The 4th pattern of the Great Cowl KAL 2012 will be released and I have to start right away as this is a quick turnaround. It’ll be due 4 days later on 3/5. I have to ready my yarn. Not sure if I can get it on the swift and through the ball winder or if I should hand wind it? Just not sure.

Here’s an update of Spectra, 19 color wedges are done but this photo was taken earlier with a little less.

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Knitting: From one addiction to another

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Addiction in progress

So not to be too serious today, but I need to talk about addiction.  Addiction has been at the forefront of my life because I’ve just been surrounded in it, always.  Mostly because I am an addict (of many things) and most of those around me are as well.  I also grew up in a houseful of addicts.  Some addictions can be good, like healthy eating and exercising and some can be bad, illegal drugs, overspending money, etc.  Take a good hard look at yourself, I bet you might find an addict in yourself.  And this is not the time to confess or anything, but there is also a saying “It’s all about the moderation.”

But how does one moderate when taking on a new project? In my case, the Spectra Wrap, or maybe it’s a scarf?  No matter… this project is exhilarating.  I am in love and yes… addicted to it.  It’s one of those patterns that is just so easy and captures you from the beginning.  I really was not expecting to be so enraptured with it.  I thought, hey, that’s a cool pattern, I might like to try that some day.  And then I came across this pretty skein of “Crazy Zauberball” yarn and knew it would become this project.  I wasn’t totally enthralled with the purples in my stash for the solid piece of this and I ended up going with this dark grey/brown color called Shadow Canyon.  It’s actually been in my SELL bag, but I pulled it out and wound it the other evening.  It’s probably not the best color pairing, but at this point, I don’t care because the bright pinks and purple of the Zauberball definitely take center stage!

Anyway this is one of those easy to remember, just go with the flow kind of patterns.  It’s part garter, part stockinette stitch, it has short rows which make interesting shaping and if you are using a graded yarn or even different colors for the color blocks, the knitting becomes so much fun to see what comes next.  Good knitting bud, Karen Maxwell turned me on to this pattern.  She’s using a pretty purple for the main color and really awesome striping Noro for the “Color” changes.  I haven’t seen it since she first started, heck, she may be done by now, but in any case, I have completed 7 wedges and want to keep going and going and going….

Addicted.

So when does addiction become a problem?  You neglect yourself, your family, your house, work, you just have to have or do that thing.  For me it’s knitting.  It consumes me, it infiltrates my mind and it’s all I can think about.  Today for instance while working, I’m in my head going over however many wedges per day can I make?  And when will that get me done?  I thought about moderation, there’s 86 wedges, I have 7 done, that’s 79 left.  If I knit one a day, that’s just over 2 months and I’ll be complete.  Two months?!  Two months is much to long, what about 2 a day… or 3 or, maybe 5 a day?  Yes, 5 a day would get me done in just under 3 weeks.  Can I do 5 a day, how much is too much?  How do I lose control?

Addiction.

Today it’s Spectra.  I can’t recall the last time a project gripped me this hard.  I was sort of like that with the kniterati mystery by Janel Laidman in early February, but that wasn’t so much of an addiction as I just really want to get this done because I love it and want to wear it.  Of course that plan fell apart numerous times and now she is sitting on the unfinished back burner… perhaps forever, we’ll see.  In any case, it’s been a long time since I had this uber urge to leave my life, lock myself up with my sweet, sweet yarn and knit until my fingers bleed.

 

Yarn: what goes out comes back in

When I travelled to Pittsburgh last week, I was absolutely NOT going to buy yarn. I had no plans to go to any yarn stores at all. However, there is a hat I really want to make called Bedrock. It’s by Stepen West. The yarn used isn’t carried here in the area, but I did find it at a store in Canonsburg, which was about 15 minutes from Sarah’s house. So we hopped over there Thursday night. I had a little panic on buying that skein because it was only 98 yards and I just couldn’t see how it could make that hat. I wasn”t sure and it was too pricey to buy two skeins… and I didn’t want to buy one and not have enough… so I passed on it.

Instead, I bought some Rasta by Malabrigo in Teal, Madtosh DK in Worn Denim, Crazy Zauberball and String Theory Caper (cash blend sock yarn) in Jasmine.

Right now I only have plans for 2 of these yarns, the Zauberball is going into a spectra scarf and the Rasta is set aside for the next cowl in the great cowl kal of 2012, sponsored by Feministy.

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Knitting: Another FO for 2012

I kinda really didn’t like knitting this project.  I especially hated the beginning.  368 Cast on Stitches, joined to work in the round.  Thanks to my sister for holing on to my cast on, so that I didn’t get it twisted when joining (many people in the KAL had this problem).  Anyway, I got a lot of compliments on the yarn the colors are deep blues and greens (my signature).  However, let me just gripe about thsi yarn for a minute…. upon winding it, there were 2 cuts in the yarn.  That made me a little pissy to start with… then whilst knitting on and on forever, I came to several spots where the yarn was just frayed, barely hanging on my one little strand of nylon.  I had to tink back a few stitches cut and rejoin a new piece.  Having to do this once, ok… but again and again… this yarn is total crap!  However, I was already so invested in soooo many hours of monogamous knitting (yes you heard me right), I had to keep going. 

There were many times there at the beginning I never thought I’d make the deadline, which is next Tuesday the 29th.  Hours and hours and hours of stockinette in the round… which thank grace I didn’t have to purl, but it never looked like I was making any progress.  Anyway, I finally was able to get to the short rows section which definitely add interest and variety to the knitting.  I definitely picked up some momentum and after very deliberate knitting finished and bound it off yesterday evening.  It was a curly rope of knitting. 😦

This morning I was up early so I gave it a good steam press and that worked out some of the curl and I was able to wear to work today.  I can definitely wrap this around 3 times if I want to keep my neck warm, but it’s long enough to wear as decoration, so that is probably what I’ll do!

Anyway, happy to be done, now I can go back to my gorgeous Kniterati Mystery Shawl/Scarf and finish it up this weekend.  YAY!  Progress!

I’ll have to add the photo later, am having issues linking… 😦

Knitting: And the knit goes on…..

So I’ve taken a small blog hiatus, not inentional but rather, I really need to do it, but don’t feel like it kind of mode.  I have SEVERAL items going on and it’s been a whirlwind.  Enter that it was my annual Kon-O-Kwee knit camp weekend as well.  I just have so much to talk about and show photos of but sadly, I can’t seem to find the time to sit and put a thought together.  I’m hitting one of those phases where I feel really overwhelmed.  In part, I think my sleep interruptions are definitely taking toll.  I feel like I can’t reign everything in and things just go spinning wildly by while I just sit on the sidelines, knitting in hand and just watch the world spin so to speak.

Anyway… work is busy, I feel like I need a real break though I just had 2 glorious days off before the weekend.  I’m very much looking forward to my trip in May… and seriously contemplating just taking a whole week off and staying home.  We shall see.

So knit projects… I’m still going strong in the 5 Cowls in 50 Days – Great Cowl KAL.  I’m on #3 which I affectionately call the Cowl of Doom.  268 cast on stitches, stockinette n the round (thank grace!), in fingering weight yarn.  The only thing keeping me going is the gorgeous color of the yarn.  Seriously love it, although I’m really ticked at the person that made the yarn.  I think she’s indie, but the yarn had 2 cuts in it while I was winding it and so far I’ve come across THREE spots where the yarn was like split apart and just holding together by one little nylon thread.  So I had to cut the spot and add new yarn in the middle of the row several times now.  Anyway, I’m finally feeling better about this piece.  I started the first of 3 short row sections, so while over the weekend I really didn’t think I was getting anywhere, I finally feel like I may actually get this finished.  I did almost throw in the towel a few times.

I did also sillily decide to cast on for yet another afghan.  Thiis one is the Bernat mystery CAL/KAL.  One clue per week.  I’ve decided to make the crochet version so the first clue was to knit 9 squares in color A and one each in B, C, and D.  So we’ll see.  Good thing about crochet it goes fast, I can make these squares in about 10-15 minutes.  I’ve gotten 6 complete so far.

So that’s all for me, hopefully I’ll sit down soon and organize my thoughts and photos and get everything updated.  I’m painfully behind in the status of all things knit!

Knitting: WIP Sunday continues

I have continued with WIP Sunday today, however rather than work on a sock as had previously planned, I worked on something more recent. The Janel Laidman mystery shawl. I started it a couple of weeks ago when the first clue was released. I set it down to work on my other things and it was a bit boring. I knit a massive ton today. It feels like a million rows of garter stitch. I could count them, but I’m over it now.

Anyway there’s these loops that require picking up, 290 of them to be exact. After picking these up a lace section starts. I’m on row 3 of that section. These are REALLY long rows. It might take me a bit to finish this one. A new cowl KAL is supposed to start on the 8th though.

Well here’s the before and aft:

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The color in the first one is more accurate.

Disturbing and sad news of the world

Words can’t entirely express my feelings right now. I’m sort of reeling from a very sad story published in this months rolling stones. A very dear friend of mine posted the link on FB. The article was very long and very wordy. Those words told a story of hate and violence all happening in the name of religion and politics. I’m definitely not blaming God here, but the people that abuse in his name.

Political leaders in this very RIGHT area are persecuting the gay community. Not only the gay community but CHILDREN. I can’t even begin to describe my dread over this. According to the article 7 kids committed suicide in a particular district. Of that 7, 4 were reportedly gay or had been bullied and accused of being gay, yet the school district and specifically teachers stood by and did nothing to help these kids that were being tormented. They were afraid of the backlash or of losing their jobs. I’m not entirely blaming the teachers there but mostly the politicians. I cannot stomach that no one stepped in though.

I support those that want to be religious in whatever church or religion they want to have, but when you preach that another person has no value because they aren’t the same as you or fit into your mold, you are flat out wrong. There is no justification for demoralizing or vilifying another person for their beliefs, gender or sexual orientation.

When will this world stop and think and preach or teach acceptance, understanding and love?