Knitting


I haven’t posted in a week because I’ve been working frantically on some thesis research. I need some results that I can present next month in my conference presentation and not look like an idiot. Many of my activities that are not GIS-related have fallen by the wayside, including editing Chapter 3 and exercising. The one thing I have kept up with is my knitting with a few new projects on my needles.

I’ve been working on a Springtime Bandit scarf/shawl for a few weeks now, although I haven’t touched it the last few days. I’m on the last chart, so the end is near. Just need to finish it up so I know how much of that yarn I’ll have left. There should be at least one skein and probably most of another left. I’m thinking about using the rest of that yarn to make a pair of Rose’s Fingerless Mittens as a gift for a friend. I hunted down the pattern after seeing the last episode of Doctor Who season 2 this week.

While I’ve been watching Doctor Who with my husband (Netflix Watch Instantly has all 4 of the new seasons) I’ve been knitting a Clapotis.

This is a mini-Clapotis and not full-sized because I don’t have enough of the yarn for a full one. The pattern is simple once you get used to knitting on the diagonal and either increasing or decreasing every row. My favorite part is when I get to deliberately drop a stitch and unravel it down the scarf. I find that unraveling very cathartic.

Yesterday I started knitting an Urchin hat from the Fall 2007 Knitty. This hat is knit flat using short rows in 8 wedges. Once I looked up how to do a wrap & turn for the 5th time I haven’t had any problems with the pattern.

I have one and a half of the wedges finished, mostly while waiting for processes to finish in GIS. The green yarn on the end is the provisional cast on and will be taken off so I can use those stitches to graft the hat closed with the other end of the hat. The yarn is bulky, so it’s a very fast knit.

The Clapotis and Urchin will probably end up as gifts for friends. I’ve been thinking about what else I can make for the friends I’ll see while in Greece this summer. That’s more fun than thinking about restarting (for the 3rd time) the FLS I’m making for my mother. I’m trying to bribe myself into knitting that FLSĀ  before I knit this Peasy sweater for myself. A few people have made it as a pullover, which I’m planning to do as well, so I can work on the bottom in the round. But I’m not even going to allow myself to buy the yarn before that darn FLS is finished. I just hope that I can buy the yarn and start the sweater before I leave for Greece in May, because I think it would be a great airplane knit, once I get to the stockinette portion.

Have you ever had a project that you’re excited at the beginning, but gradually you find it boring so you work on it less and less? This is the tale of one such project, my Lace Ribbon Scarf.

I purchased this gorgeous fingering weight silk and wool yarn over a year ago at my favorite local yarn store (it’s my favorite partly because I can walk to it, although the yarns and people there are awesome). I already had the lace ribbon scarf pattern in mind and had decided to also knit a matching beret (more on the beret later). This time last year, I was riding the bus to school at least 3 times a week, so I had plenty of knitting time. I had knitted about half of the scarf (1 skein), when I decided that I should knit the beret to make sure I had enough yarn for it. I knit the Reverie Beret once, but had to frog it because it was too small.

At that point I left for 2 months in Greece with the scarf in tow. I had other projects that occupied my knitting time while abroad (Ripples skirt, hats for my friends Vlassis and Gabitza, and my first 2 tries of the Razor Lace Cami which has since been frogged), so the Lace Ribbon languished. The scarf sat only half-way finished until this month when, flush with enthusiasm from successful completion of 2 projects during the Winter Olympics, I decided to finish the Lace Ribbon scarf and Reverie beret. The Lace Ribbon pattern is easily memorized and easy enough to work on while on the bus or watching TV.

Last night, while I was watching a Netflix video, I messed up a row. I probably could have tinked (unknit) back to where I messed up, but suddenly I was fed up with this scarf. Don’t get me wrong, the pattern is nice and the scarf was looking good, but I was bored with knitting it. So I frogged the scarf.

All those months of knitting gone in half an hour.

And I don’t regret it.

I cast on for a Springtime Bandit with the now freed up yarn. And I’m loving it.

So farewell Lace Ribbon Scarf (and Reverie beret). Someday I may knit you, but probably not until I once again have long bus rides and the need for a super-easy pattern.

Yes, yes we do like our blankets here at Chez Poor Grad Students. But it’s not just my husband and I. Oh no, even our cat likes the blankets, although she prefers to remain on top of the blankets rather than underneath them as her humans do.

Here Tigger is napping on not one, not two, but THREE of our blankets. Because one is never enough.

Now she’s made herself more comfortable by tucking her head over so that it’s upside down to the world.

In this close up, you can see that she is also partially shielding her face with her front leg to protect her sensitive eyes from the nasty morning light.

Speaking of warm things, I’ve been working on the sweater for my mom and have finally taken pictures as well.

Here you can see the sweater as it was this morning. Since then I’ve knit 6 entire rows of the lace pattern. At this rate it’ll be finished in no time.

I’ve also finished two of my goals for the week – I wrote the section of Ch. 2 and I sent in the paperwork to renew my passport. The passport renewal was grueling. I had to get a haircut, get passport photos taken at Walgreens, dig out a certified copy of my marriage license, write a check to the Department of State, and successfully stuff all of these items, the renewal application, and my old passport into a properly addressed envelope. But now the paperwork is in and barring any complications, I will once again be free to roam the world by this summer. The reason I had put off getting everything together for the passport renewal was because of the passport photos. I’ve had to get new photos the past 4-5 years so that I could get an International Drivers Permit each year, but this photo will be in my passport for the next 10 years, so I had to make it good (especially because I’ve had a really hideous pic for the past 10 years). I’m happy with the photo and won’t be ashamed to flash my passport photo anymore.

Turned the oscillating fan up to medium last night and I was able to do some knitting (we’re cheap grad students and keep our apartment a bit on the warm side). I finished the brim and ready to start the chart for the Trilobite Hat from the Summer 2009 Knitty. The yarn I’m using is purple (big surprise there) and frogged from a magic squares scarf I made a couple of years ago.Magic Squares scarf I had made the scarf skinny and very long so that it was just too cumbersome to wear. Now it’s going to be a very cool hat and possibly a cowl if I have enough yarn.

I fell in love with the hat pattern when I first saw it, in part because I taught an intro to geology course this spring and had been re-introduced to trilobites in the section on relative dating. Two of my three thesis committee members regularly teach that same course and I can’t wait until they see this hat this winter. I love having a knitty project with geology. Oh and I definitely love the purple!!

I’m having trouble getting any knitting done, mostly because my hands end up all sweaty and gross and I don’t want to touch the yarn. July wasn’t bad, but the heatwave hit just before August began. So I haven’t been doing much knitting and won’t until I feel comfortable touching yarn again. Hope it happens soon, because I need my stress-reliever.

CthulhuBag_AlmostFinishedThe fair isle portion of the dice bag is complete. Now I just have to finish the top and do an i-cord. Oh, and weave in the ends (my least favorite part of knitting). The dice bag is for my husband, who games (although not D&D). The pattern for this bag can be found here.

Not sure if I’ll finish it today because I’m going to a sale at a LYS. I have a list of projects and yarn needed for those projects including matching his and hers hats (or toques for you Canadians out there) for a couple getting married in October. This should be fun because it’s 2 of my favorite things – yarn and sales – together.

Just finished listening to the Cubs-Marlins game. The game was already 4 hours before the 10th inning. Sloppy playing, poor pitching, and injuries on both sides made for a very slow game. I was very happy the Cubs won, but wish the game had been a little easier for them.

The only good thing about having such a long game was that I knit most of the Cthulhu dice bag I’m making for my husband. This bag is my first foray into Fair Isle knitting and it will not be my last. Before I do another project like this however, I will learn how to knit continental-style (picking) so I’m not slowed down by having to put down the one color and pick up the other. Over. And over. And over again.

I should be able to finish up the dice bag tomorrow and will post pictures then.

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