Saturday, January 31, 2004

MD Scarf: Completed. New Project: Added

I have so many projects in my queue right now that it is ridiculous. Anyway, I finished Mike's scarf last night and he loves it. I love it too because although it was extremely simple to make, it looks so much nicer than the stripey mess that he had been wearing previously.

Right now, I am in the middle of working on an i-cord scarf for myself in all different shades and textures of blue yarn to match the blue suede coat that I have. I'm about half finished with it already and it has inspired me to create something else out of this really beautiful deep teal yarn that I picked up the other day.

So... With the teal yarn, I am going to be making a cardican completely out of i-cords. I'm really excited about this and I'm going to start it immediately after finishing the i-cord scarf. The i-cord frenzy that I seem to be in has also inspired me to frog the cat paw lace shawl that I finished last month so that I can make an i-cord shawl out of the yarn instead. THIS IS SO EXCITING! If the cardigan (and the shawl) come out the way I picture them in my head, I want to make a 3/4 duster out of some really fluffly black variegated yarn.

Notice how I keep adding more and more to the "to do" list? Yeah. Its amazing that I get anything completed. :)

Friday, January 30, 2004

Danger danger! High voltage!

That MD Scarf is insanely quick to knit. Its already at 50" in length and I haven't even been devoting all my time to it. Everyone is going to get one of these for Christmas this year since I could definitaly knit one up in a day, given I have no other responsibilities to take care of.

Anyway, on to shopping updates! Yesterday I picked up these really beautiful variegated rose colored glass beads that I am going to work into the wrap that I want to wear on Valentine's Day. I'm so excited about this because I really think the beads are going to make the wrap look A+. I also picked up a soft pink skein of yarn that I am thinking about working into the wrap, but I don't really know if I will be... The softer pink may appear to be too little girl pink for my taste in comparison with the other colors that I already have worked into the wrap. I'm thinking that perhaps I will do only one row randomly knit with the pale pink to break it up a bit, or I'll make a pair of mittens or something out of it.

I should really take pictures of all these things. Essentially, I have so much going on, and so little to show for it online.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Adding a New Project to the List!

I feel really bad because my boyfriend wears the very first thing I ever completed when I started knitting -- a 12 inch wide dark and medium blue garter stitch scarf that is slightly too short. At the time, I was immensely proud of it. But now, I'm a little bit ashamed! It totally sucks compared to what I am capable of doing NOW! Don't get me wrong, he loves it... but I only half love it. Yesterday he mentioned that one of his buddies at work saw the scarf and asked if I made it. Mike said that I did and then WENT AND POINTED OUT FLAWS IN IT and they both had a laugh.

har har har. Very funny.

Well, I can't send him out wearing silly things that I made when I first started knitting, so I started a new scarf for him. It is the Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf from http://www.threadbearfiberarts.com. I started it last night and it is 15" long so far (I'm shooting for a good sized five footer on this one).

On top of that, I've also started working out another thing that I am going to be starting once the MD Scarf is completed.

So, what does that make -- 8 projects that I will have in progress? :)

I'll update this with pictures soon... but I've got to get some more knitting done first!

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

My Favorite "Generic Hat Pattern"

Here is how I make hats using only straight needles. No DPN's or circulars are involved! I based the "generic hat pattern" on Rita Taylor's beret pattern from about dot com. This pattern is written to be used with 4-ply worsted weight acrylic yarn, however it can be adjusted to utilize any type of yarn or size. Just use your noodle. :)


R1: Cast on 5 stitches.
R2 & All Even Rows: Purl
R3: Knit, increasing in each stitch except the last one. (9 sts)
R5: Knit, increasing in each stitch except the last one. (17 sts)
R7: Knit, increasing in each stitch except the last one. (33 sts -- If knitting for a baby, stop increasing here.)
R9: *K1, inc in next st* (49 sts -- If knitting for a younger toddler, stop increasing here.)
R11: *K2, inc in next st* (65 sts -- If knitting for an older child, grade school perhaps, stop increasing here.)
R13: Knit. Do not increase in any stitches.
R15: *K3, inc in next st* (81 sts -- Stop increasing here if you are making an adult sized hat.)

R16: It is at this point where you can adjust to either increase or decrease the number of stitches on your needle to fit whatever stitch pattern you choose to use for the hat. For example, lets say that you decide that you want to knit your hat with the tulip lace pattern from Vogue Knitting's Ultimate Knitting Book. The lace pattern states that the st patt requires a multiple of 8 stitches. Since you have 81 stitches on the needle, purl 2 together to decrease by one stitch on your needles so that you are working with 80 stitches instead of 81. For a basic hat, I like to do a simple k1p1 rib throughout the hat. Therefore, I increase in the first stitch in this row, and then k1p1 back as normal, because k1p1 rib requires an even number of stitches.

R17-?: Knit in your pattern until you have reached your desired length. If you like the "scully" style hats, bind off in rib (or in your pattern) when you reach 8 inches. If you like the kind of hat that has a three inch folded back brim, bind off when you reach 11 inches. These measurements are for adult sized hats. Use your judgement when knitting to the appropriate length for a child's hat.

Welcome to the Jungle...

of yarn, that is!

I tried doing this on LiveJournal, however it just wasn't working for me. So... I'm here!

(And since I'm still working on this, it might suck for a bit. Keep checking. Pictures and updates will be happening all the time!)