Knitting is my procrastination tool

{October 31, 2007}   Zzz…

It was a slow night for trick-or-treaters. We gave away almost all the Play-Doh, but there’s tons of candy left.

Ravelry is also really slow. I’m sorry, but the extra page to confirm the store and yarn? Why? Why can’t it pop up like the project page is set up?


{October 31, 2007}   Anti-climactic.

I got my Ravelry invite today after 1 month, 2 days (pretty impressive seeing as how when I first checked, there were 17,297 people in front of me. Yes, I signed up 9/29/07).

I find Ravelry is…slow and only allows flickr pics at the moment. I find flickr annoying. I can’t access the group pics, for example. I’ll have to ask those wiser than I about the process.

{October 31, 2007}   I present…

Cho Chang! 😉

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This is my Halloween get up. The tie I knitted, the robe I made, and the wand I got in the Countdown to July Harry Potter swap.

{October 29, 2007}   Getting back to those WIPs!

Yea! My yarn came! Yea for yahoo knitting groups! Now I can complete the Baby Surprise Jacket hood modification!

Somebody’s selling my info to people. I’m getting knitting-related ads at school. Not horrible, but can be annoying! That’s how I got a free pattern for a jacket I’m not interested in making. 😛

I ripped out the Fever back to the Dolcetto section on the Simple Knitted Bodice because it’s a pain to count stitches on & I kept getting a number I didn’t want. Fever’s not worsted weight, but a very thin, but soft 2-ply with beads. It’s not going to affect the pattern, but it has high potential to be a PITA. Good thing it’s so soft!

{October 22, 2007}   La, la, la.

I finished the knitting part of my tie. Now I need to sew some backing on it. I wonder if fusible interfacinig and acrylic mix. 😉

Can’t wait to get going on my self-design sweater again! I had this crazy plan going back when I was new to colorwork…and now there’s a colorwork knitting challenge on Craftster. Due late Nov. We’ll see if I can do this with things I’ve learned since. 😛

{October 20, 2007}   Revvin’ up for Halloween.

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Guess what I’m going to be. 🙂

Using free knitpicks tie pattern. They’ve modified it to make the pattern construction clearer–which I like because the multi-color instructions were a mess! This is a WIP, so it has no backing yet. At the moment, it’s curls like any other stockinette pattern.

This is Red Heart Supersaver in Light Gray and Royal Blue on US3. I cast on fewer sts because of the gauge difference (first rows form the right side of the bottom of the tie). Will likely be making a scarf in case Halloween is cold. Plus Supersaver is so much more yardage for my money!

Light gray is being knit in behind (see resources page. sockp0rn’s link has the technique pages at the bottom).

My proportions are 13 rows for the bigger sections, 2 rows each for the light gray, 3 rows for the blue in between (it just didn’t look right otherwise). you can modify at will. I didn’t copy the ‘official’ ties because that pattern drives me nuts. Simpler PoA trapped bars are just fine with me!

{October 17, 2007}   Vote!

Interweave Knits has finally opened the polls for the Reader’s Choice Best of Interweave Knits!
Vote for any pattern not already published in the Best of Interweave Knits book (there’s link for the Table of contents) as many times as you want until December 15, 2007. All you need to know is the pattern name and the season & year it was published.

The top 10 will be announced in January 2008, and the top 5 will be made available FREE on in Spring 2008!

I’ve voted for the Sideways Spencer Fall 2004, Venezia Pullover Winter 2006, Caftan Pullover Spring 2006, Rambling Rose Cardigan Winter 2006, Tweedy Aran Cardigan Winter 2001/2002, Tangled Yoke Cardigan Fall 2007, and am open to voting for more. 🙂


I wasn’t happy with how the SKB was turning out on US 6s in Red Heart, so it’s been reverted to center-pull balls. Haven’t decided if I’ll reknit it in that pattern or another. In the meantime, I’ve begun the SKB in Joann’s Sensations Dolcetto (discontinued, but on sale for $5 if your Joann has it) and Fever (discontinued, but if your Joann has it in the clearance section, it’s $3.17 a hank) cream and cream w/ beads. It’ll be very yummy when it’s done!

Bound off the skirt of the tilted duster and began on the collar (yes, still sleeveless). Have decided the recommendation of 5 inches is not going to work. Sorry, I’m just not that big. Will frog back to add buttonholes (FYI, randomly creating button holes before you have buttons is just asking for trouble). Collar will likely be only 3 inches. Really want to do a seed stitch edge. Skirt curls. 😦

{October 15, 2007}   How do you define…

UFO? (And I mean knit terms–UnFinished Object.)

WIP? (Work In Progress)

knittingdaily has this funny poll for UFOs, but their definition to me is a WIP. “An unfinished object is a project where you have taken up needles and yarn, cast on with the intention of making something, and to date have not finished the project.

To me, a UFO is something that isn’t done, but you really haven’t touched it in forever–as in, you might have put it on waste yarn and taken the needle(s) for another project, haven’t touched it. I admit to having some UFOs on my list (to the right). 😉

I would finish things more quickly if I could get this sleeping thing down.  I don’t sleep enough. 

{October 15, 2007}   Why…

…would you torture yourself by doing a scarf with stranding instead of learning to double knit?

Just saw a couple of examples of such insanity on Craftster in the last few days and just have to wonder.   This is, of course, someone who regards scarves as next to useless unless it’s -20F.  And I didn’t knit myself a scarf for the occasion (I have only knit 2 scarves and they were for other people–knit flat).  Je deteste scarves.

{October 14, 2007}   Working….

Just atteched my 3rd ball of Cascade 220. Didn’t quite make it to rep. 9 on the skirt.

Began the foot repeats on my second bayerische sock.

Am eager to get these out of the way to start snowflake socks from Interweave Fall 2007.

Borrowed Knitting Around the World from Threads and Traditional Fair Isle Knitting by Sheila MacGregor from the library to make a tam similar to this one on Craftster.

et cetera