I’m a little behind in the blog, I’ll try and catch up today, so there might be a few crazy posts today. I was able to finish the last cowl in the Great Cowl KAL of 2012. It was called the blueberry scowl. It was 300 stitches wide and I used Sunshine Merino Worsted. It’s a gorgeous soft squishy yarn. I liked knitting this project because of this yarn. I picked buttons with a Celtic knot because I knew they’d be perfect. It has been unseasonably warm now so I won’t get to use this until the fall, but the loveliness will be waiting for me.
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… 😦
Tonight I cast off my “flurries” cowl. I started it on Monday as part of a KAL from the designer. The cowl was knit mostly in Brioche stitch which was nice and something different. Its knit in a lovely soft, squishy sportweight merino hand dyed by Sunshine Yarns. The colorway was Twilight inspired and is called Bella’s Lullaby.
I had a drop stitch issue that delayed my finish, but was able to prevail before the deadline of 2/8. We are supposed to receive the next pattern for free. I think it’s a fingering weight pattern, so I’ll have to go through the stash this weekend to pick the next yarn.
Anyway… Here’s the pretty!! Two pictures because of lighting differences.
So sometimes in knitting as with life, crap happens. I’ve been known to drop stitches, pick em up and fix things and move right along. Tonight while working on the flurries cowl, I hit a spot where a tiny little stitch jumped off the needle. I tried picking it back up, but it was too tricky. Then I dropped the first 4 stitches off the needle for about three rows but could not figure how to get them back on. So I contemplated puking!!! Seriously. But then I just decided to pull the needle out. I lightly pulled the yarn and watched my beautiful knitting unwind itself/fall apart. After I went back about 5 rows, I picked up all the stitches and went right back to work. It was a success. And lest you think this was a small success let me just say,that this mess was brioche stitch. Not a stitch pattern for the feint of heart. It has a lot of yarn overs, slipped stitches and k2togs. So not only did I unravel it, I picked it back up!! This cowl will be done tomorrow!
I should have taken photo evidence of this, but didn’t even think of it at the time. I was too annoyed at losing that knitting time. Said project is below before I did a bunch more knitting, then messed up.
In other news I need to plan some house cup projects and get going on those. Then I also have to figure out what I’m taking to camp to work on which is in two weeks.
And since it’s February 2012 I have to get a new drivers license and new tags and an oil change all before next weekend. Good grief!!!
Decided to start a new project today. Like I don’t have enough going on in my life, but this adventure was intriguing. At feministy.com you can sign up for 5 cowls in 50 days. Pattern is released and there are xxx days to complete. If completed and posted by deadline the next pattern is also free. Since I have a giant stash I have enough yarn for these projects. I’m using my one skein of Sunshine Merino Sport in Bella’s Lullaby. So far so good. Of course I’m in the stockinette section still. Pictures and status to come.