Have you ever felt that you missed out on a knit? Like missing the deadline for a sock exchange or not being able to buy that knitting book because it's out of print and may never be printed again? Such drama that can arise in the knit world.
I had seen the knitted robots by Jess Hutch on a few blogs and felt the urge to make one but alas, no patterns available. It wasn't even on Ebay. I remember how my friend Patricia said that it was near impossible to get now that they were all sold out. Imagine my surprise to see it then on the cover of Craft magazine. I was definitely one of those people who was duped into buying it thinking that pattern was inside but alas, no... False advertising? A whopping Yes from me! I'm not completely dissin' on Craft mag because I do loved the other projects within, but really now... it was so misleading.
Her book of course isn't the only one that I am talking about. There are other great knitting books that have either been out of print for sometime or have recently gone out of print. Mostly Mittens is another such title (Did you see it's over on Amazon, used for $205! whaa!) I'm not all so bummed out though since there are new titles out everyday that contain a wealth of great patterns which make not being able to get some of the other coveted titles not as hard to bare. (but can I tell you how envious I get of those who do have them! you know who you are ;-)) But, I'm a very patient girl. Just ask my friends.
Oh! I heard back from Kim Hargreaves, which is so thrilling to me because in what other industry does one of the leading desingers actually have acess to or is able to commuicate with a normal everyday person of the craft. If I were making an at home film and wanted to ask Spielberg a question do you think he'd respond? Anyway, point being it's true that her kits are sold together... no seperate pattern for me but I get that if you're growing a business there are things you have to set standards for and hope your consumer understands. I actually might just get the kit anyway since I'm considering more and more finishing that Blanket Cardigan for my mom after seeing the Philistine's.
The knit world is no different from any other industry - there are things that are currently available and others that aren't. Example: have you tried getting an copy of the orignial Fletch movie? Impossible. Out of print! (plea for Chevy Chase!)
I will keep knitting Cherie while I wait for all these things. The back is complete and now to start the front (can't winter break be Every Week, I'm getting massive amounts of knitting done!). Being straight stockenette I thought I would go nuts but I love mindless knits on a vacation week. Keeps the brain on a low function frequency.
After hitting a few home runs, I've found my self in a knitting slump. I was crusing along knitting to my hearts desire, whipping out FOs here and there and now I'm like "Ehe". The problem I know has to do with the small needles and the teenie tiny yarn that I'm working with for both the sock and the beret pattern. Worsted and Bulky weight will do that to you - especially the bulky. Shame on you bulky. Why do you just give in so? So eager and apt to please me like you do.
It's like I have Phenominal Cosmic Knitting Powers, itty bitty knitting mojo. I need a dosage of "knits-i-would-stay-up-for-all-night" or some might call, "Start-itis". Please someone infect me! Glee has the potiential but alas no yarn so I must find something in between to kick start the fire. I want to be overwhelmed as I have been in the past and those past potential knits are still out there but the flame has sizzled a bit. Enter a new to me book Classic Knits by Erika Night, I haven't even see it yet but for my J.Crew/Banana Republic influence wardrobe I feel like it might be just the thing.
After reading a few book reviews on the internets I think a quick trip to B&N with my gift card might be in order! I've seen her Glamrous Knit book and know she's a woman of great designer talent. Somehow though her other book didn't seem to have many practical things-I-would-wear knits where this does.
I am finding so much gratifcation with my CPH that I want to have other everyday sweaters in my wardrobe. It's so thrilling and fun to wear something you've knit and actually LOVE wearing it. I think it's time to do a little shopping ;-).
You must be asking yourself, "after the speed at which she knit the Leaf Lace Pullover (remember Bulky wool!), how long must it take her to get a decent picture of it for all to see?" Can I confess something? While it's all seamed up and ready to go, the obsticle that has slowed me down is the friggin' button. I did get one over the weekend but found that none of the needles I had could fit through the little holes and I haven't had a moment to go to a store to get some proper needles. I'm not making any true promises to anyone as I can barely keep those promises to myself. So blame the button and part my procrastnation. "Why do today, what can be put off until tomorrow?"
It's supposed to snow royally here which will be fun if I can get a day off (yea working at schools!) or not fun (Ugh, driving to work in snow!) if I must come in. Obviously a Snow Day will be used knitting up other fun things like mittens, another monkey sock and maybe finising a 2nd BF hat. The little immediate gratification knits, how I love thee.
I'm still waiting on an order for starting Glee ("patience is a virtue") and I also still need to measure my BF for his potential sweater (which frankly i'm not starting juuuust yet, yes yes I believe, I believe, no sweater for the boyfriend). I have been though at least swatching for it. I'm using it as practice. I'm trying hard to get into a rhythm for continental knitting. I am normally an english knitter and feel pretty darn good about it, but know that it's always good to learn new things and become more versitile. "One should never feel like they've learned "enough" of anything!" So I have resorted to just knitting continental for now... believe me it's getting easier but I always feel like changing back to the Old Ways. Hey, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Outside of my knitty life things in tentenknits land are changing. My apartment lease is up and it's time to get a move on. It's truly sad because I love (Love!) my current apartment. It is big and the location is great, but the owners have decided to sell my building and therefore I'm out on my tutkis. I'm hoping to strike gold a second time with the hope of finding another apartment with such luxuries (Cross my fingers, toes and knitting needles). As they say, "Change is good."
What mottos do you live by?
the knitting for my bro's fab scarf is continuing... don't want to bore you with the details. it remains my only knitting project for now. i can't wait to finish it and show you. it's simply beautiful.
i am however making a mental knit-list which keeps growing and growing with every click.
1. endpaper mitts by the fabulous eunny yang. i cannot stop thinking of these and saw another pair knitted up and am now obsessed.
2. central park - i've been scheming with Fricknits over this one. it will be done in the new year. oh yes it will be done.
3. Monkey - not only do i love the name but it's been a while since i've felt inspired to do some socks. yea knitty!
4. shedir - this is going to be a christmas knit (stop your laughing, i am going to finish... 12 more days right? Twelve long days... I have the calmer ready and waiting.) I'm excited to do this one too with my new found libration from cable needles!
5. Santa Hat - I really love the one from Handknit Holidays and am hoping to pick up some Blue Sky from my LYS to do this one for the big day too. (noted two hats in 12 days, plus finishing scarf)
6. Odessa, although I didn't really love LOVE the pattern, I gave my hat to someone and just loved it on them so I figured I'd gift one more for Christmas (ok, three hats one scarf 12 Days)
I also bought this really great skein when I was in VT. It's probably only good for a short scarf. I love the colors: pinks, browns, and creams. This would be for me but with the above list I think it's gonna have to wait.
Sorry this post is sans pics, it's really gloomy here today so it's really a no go. Hopefully by the weekend I'll have some decent light. Perhaps some from work shots tomorrow. It's a 12:30 dismissal and our Christmas party... I hear there's going to be wine!
Now to ponder while I work the scarf: Fringe or Not to Fringe?
It's been a long, busy, tiring week. I had no time for knitting nor blogging. Work was emotionally and energy draining. I ordered a lot of dinners to tired to cook and have gone to sleep early (except for Thursday*). There was just no time. So on this beautiful and unseasonably warm Saturday morning, I awoke and realized: I have time.
Boleroooooooooooooo! I get so impatient when making a top like this. I'm constantly trying to wear it before it's done just to see if I'm on the right track. Even then I could never truly get a good idea. So when you get to that moment, when it's all seamed up, when you slip your arms in the sleeves and turn to the mirror, it's just so wonderful when you see something so simple and beautiful back.
I made the second size up and I did have some row gauge issues but with some encouragement I made some adjustments and knitted on. On the whole this was pretty mindless knitting. The shaping was pretty straightforward and there was a lot of straight rows. A great TV watching knit.
Things got a bit tricky when I got to the ribbing. I began picking up stitches and realized I was closer to the smallest size directions than the size I was knitting. I just decided to follow those instead and I think due to the lack of rows (off row gauge) it worked out perfectly. Ahhh... the beauty of knitting, even if it doesn't quite match you can do a little ad lib and sometimes things come out right.
Great Pattern, Great Yarn all equal a Great many times this will be worn.
Pattern: Debbie Bliss' Fiery Bolero, IK Summer 05
Yarn: DB Cathay (about 6 balls)
Needles: Addis Turbos size 6 and 3
*As I'm writing this post I'm watching College Gameday on ESPN (I heart Herbstreit!) One of the segments highlighted a football player from Boise who's a damn good knitter! He whipped out a hat during his interview! Speaking of football, this New Jersey native has much pride for RUTGERS! I was at a crowded bar in Hoboken watching the game live on Thursday night and that place was electric! What a game! Even if they don't go to the BSC bowl game at least they're building a program we can certainly get behind and be proud of for years to come! GO RU! (a bit aside, my alma mater, BC is playing Duke today... easy win boys!!)
Thank you so much for the comments about Rusted Root! I wore it to work yesterday and didn't get one "did you make that?" (which to me means people accepted it as more than a handknitted top, however there was one woman who is an experienced knitter who zeroed in on me and made me turn around like a ballerina so she could see it all... yea! accomplishment!)
As I grow as a knitter, I realize how many techniques are out there to learn. How also in the beginning I used to look at something knitted and think "How the hell did that come out that way?" and now I've graduated to "hmm, so that's where you put the YO or k2g..." Finishing RR made me realize that I can be more confident on making my own things and not having to stick to a pattern. Ahh the freedom! The creative juices that are now flowing need to be focused! (it's no help also that i'm off from work today and can THINK about this allllllll day.)
So, now it's time to give myself a new challenge, to learn a new skill... to add a tool to my perverbial knitter's toolbelt. Enter Miss Fig and Plum... she just finished a beautiful pair of norweigan mittens that I now cannot stop thinking about. I think of them as the perfect project for a beginner Fair Isler as myself, as well as a great canvas to work with if I ever wanted to be daring enough to just create a pattern all on my own. Not to mention it is a Zimmermann pattern and who else to learn fair isling from than the queen herself. A trip to my LYS today should quench this desire.
Beyond new projects also lies those that need to be finished. Can you guess which of those are close to being completed?
I'm feeling all sorts of R-a-n-d-o-m today. Not like any of my posts have followed a strict beginning, middle and end sequence anyway.
- I'm so freakin' happy it's Friday! I had a pretty busy week and finally my on the road phase of my job is drawing to a close. Today was the final day of back to back presentations. I can now return to a more normal work day. This gives me and my car much joy.
- The scarf for Julie is coming along fabulously. I can't stop looking at it. The dying that manos is famous for is amazing to me. Plus the feel! It's so squishy! I'm so happy I went up the needle size. I'm on to the next ball and expect a solid finish. Just in time for her marathon! Ahh scarves they are just such an immediate release.
- Rusted Root, after having a false start is also well on it's way. I'm just above the shaping and I think it's gonna fit!! It's become a nice, relaxing, meditative, tv along knit. The pattern is clearly written (even though I managed to get confused, it's all me folks, allll me) and the leaf motif is cute too. I would have maybe decrease the stitches differently but I'm working it like the pattern showed me and perhaps I'll change it up a bit if I make another. Fab job Zypher ladies!
- My needles have come in so I can finally finish the BOLERO! I'm worried though about the picking up of stitches. I feel like I'm going to need a few cups of coffee to concentrate. I do have plans to make another bolero for my mother.
- For all my Hoboken area knitters: we're trying to make the Hoboken SnB knitting group grow so here's my plug for all my blog readers. Tuesday nights starting at 7:30 at the Frozen Monkey Cafe off of Washington Street between 5th and 6th! Come and play! If you're just visiting Hoboken, come too!
- Lastly, HELLO RHEINBACK!!! Oh my goodness, I'm almost in denial that it's this weekend. Granted I won't have my Rusted Root, but I do have my socks from long ago AND my scarf. I feel like it's going to the North Pole and meeting Santa Claus! I am worried that it's going to be pure sensory overload. I'm traveling up and back from Hoboken with a friend so it's a full day fibery road trip.
I hope everyone has a nice, relaxing, fun filled weekend!
when I said that this would be my Rheinback knit. I meant Rheinback 07.. oh yeah definitely 07.
Well I guess it was wishful thinking or perhaps it was a really rediculously bad guessing on my part that this would be ready in time for Rheinback OR perhaps it was because that two days ago I frogged the whole thing considering I realized I had been following the pattern alllll wrong.
You know those numbers in the parenthsis that are there for the mulitple sizes - riiight, those rows... the ones I should be increasing and decreasing on? Yeah well I don't pay attention to those much. I had a really bad feeling that the whole project was a bust from the start. I was worried that my gauge was too tight and then with the lack of rows being done because of my misreading the whole shirt was off. At one point I held it up to myself in the mirror and got scared that I was indeed growing.
Needless to say I'm not giving up! This is now being my, uhh, ...... Thanksgiving Shirt! HA! I am still however going to Rheinback and will be sporting my Backyard Leaves scarf and maybe take my NBaT on it's first venture out of the apartment.
I must confess I wasn't up to posting today. I did myself in this weekend by participating in a Charity Pub Crawl. No one told me that being 26 is SO Not like you're 21 or 22 and that drinking from 3:30 to Midnight is a Bad Idea at my age. What's this about a two day hangover??? But I casted on something new that said to me, "put down your water and advil and get to that computer to share this":
The pattern is a mistake rib-stitch. I casted on 31 stitches and am using Manos with size 10.5 needles. I wanted the stitches to be nice and big so it is wonderfully squeezeable. I am LOVING the color and how it's coming out. The purples and oranges and browns. IT's screaming fall!
The scarf is for my dear friend Julie who is running the NYC Marathon. She has also done a triathelon in Hawaii for the group who hosted the Pub Crawl to benefit the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am so proud and amazed by her (pretty much in every way). If I haven't mentioned this before, I have the most amazing girlfriends in the world. I'm freakin' blessed! And Jules is among them. (Dana is the champ who came with me to the NY Stitch Out, god love her, I will soon get her to blog, MU ha Ha! But there are so many more important girlfriends that I don't even get to mention here! I'm telling you... blessed!) I'm hoping to finish Julie's scarf for her big run on Nov. 5 (06.. yes, 06)... so that when she's done and feeling so accomplished she can wrap it around her deserving neck and get warm again.
Yeah I said it. I actually enjoyed Monday. Whoop De Do!
No Honestly, I did. And you wanna know why? Because I had a fabulous weekend and I am just paying it back this week. Today I sat happily in my school office knowing that I didn't have to go anywhere. I didn't have to get in my car to drive to anyone's school to do my pitch. I could sit, happily answering phones or whatever. It was great. Oh and another thing, I had a FABULOUS weekend.
Saturday I helped out at Patricia's Yarns in Hoboken. I LOVED it. I was worried that it might be knitting overkill but on the contrary I enjoyed helping people with their projects or getting them excited about the yarn they picked out. Not to mention working on a sock... On a Jaywalker no less...
This is the Tekking XXL jaywalker I was working on. It will be used as a sample for the shop.This week cannot go by any faster for me so that I can get back to helping more.
New Project: BOLERO! OOOLAY!
I hit the stitch gauge on my swatch but not row, but I've been assured that this may not be as big of a problem as I think. You know you read some knitting books whose instructions, to me, can sound like my 7th grade teacher, "You MUST NOT run in the hallways"... "You MUST NOT knit your garmet if the gauge is off" it's like you're breaking a knitting law. Now, I know there's much to be studied and planned out with your knit gauge but some of these knit books make it sound like your finish product will be "terrible and make you unhappy for the rest of your life" if you don't use: A) the yarn suggested B) the needles and C) you don't hit gauge.
I always loved running in the hallways.
Also notice that cute little thing that looks like a purse? It's a PIN CUSHION! My roomate happened to find a vendor that was selling these and thought of me. How great is that!? I love it and am blown away at how thoughtful she was. I guess I should get crackin' on her scarf!
ETA: Also, went to the Stitch Out and had a fabulous time. I mean I got to meet Cara and Mason Dixon KAY (not Ann) Sorry! That's what I get for being Overly excited and not paying attention! How freakin' sweet is that!?