Archive for April 2010

This is taking longer than it really should

April 27, 2010

One sleeve down, one more to go (and collar). Hooray for progress. But not so much for “slow” one…

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I have spent more time doing other random things than actually knitting. That, and during that little time I spent working on this pullover, I spent quite a bit of time ripping out bits and parts of the sleeve and having to redo. At first, I wanted to re pick up the stitches from armhole. Then there was issue with decreasing not fast enough (like I mentioned in the previous post), then for the very last time, I had to unravel almost to armpit because I forgot ONE decrease almost in the very beginning (sure I could’ve ignored it and made one more decrease at the end, but no that wouldn’t be right).

Alas, as of last night, one sleeve is bound off. D-O-N-E.

And the second sleeve, should be a breeze (in theory) as long as I don’t make stupid mistake, like forgetting a decrease toward the beginning of the sleeve and not realizing until like 3 inches before binding off.

Anyways, should go get ready for knitting group tonight. Plus, Chris should be home soon and will be demanding his computer back ;)

Happy Cocoa-versary!

April 19, 2010

It’s been a year already since the first day little Cocoa Kitty Butt came to live with us!

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Well, technically today marks one year for the day Cocoa came for “visiting”/cat-sitting. But doesn’t really matter because after staying with us for 3 weeks (though originally meant to be only for 2 wks), she went “home” for five days before she “permanantly” moved in. Close enough. So.. yes, I count today as the anniversary. Hooray for little Cocoa!

I’m still very much smitten with my mitten kitten.

Gray pullover continues to grow

April 12, 2010

So the body of the sweater is done. Still need to work on the sleeves and collar, but hey, at least this is significant progress.

Actually, most of the knitting was done yesterday. It was absolutely gorgeous outside yesterday but I sat home and knit instead. Actually, that’s not completely true because I did take a little walk outside, but yes, mostly I just sat home and knit.

So this afternoon, I figured, hey I should start take a picture of the sweater-in-progress before I start working on it again. So I laid the sweater on the ground turned around to grab my camera, then there she was. Cocoa has decided to invade my “photo-session”.

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I tried to get her to move. That totally did NOT work at all. I tried to take pictures of my sweater, instead, I end up taking tons of pictures of the cat while she was sitting on it. Whatever, I give up. I guess this is the “price” of being a cat owner. I get it now – people told me that if you have a cat, the cat will take over your life. Totally get it. I mean, after all, I only woke up because she said “hey you, it’s breakfast time”. Whatever.

So anyways, here’s sort of up-close shot of the stitch detail. Of course, with Cocoa’s little mitten paw.

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So anyways, it’s a bit cold(er than yesterday) today. Cocoa has been super clingy today, even more so than usual – she’s been sitting on my lap all day (well, other than while she was sitting on the sweater for the pictures). Isn’t that sad all I want to do, is just to crawl back to bed?

Anyways, back to the topic of sweater knitting, my main concern for the moment is yardage. I’m using LB Wool-Ease and I thought I had 5 skeins of this gray, but turns out I only have 4. Now I’m down to approximately a skein and half, and I don’t know if I have quite enough. I’m crossing my fingers I do. I suppose the worst case scenario would be having a 3/4 sleeves instead of full, long sleeve like I wanted to. And/or go out and buy an extra skein (which who knows when that’s going to happen) and use that for the collar and sleeve cuffs – not super concerned about dyelot for those. I should have double checked to make sure I indeed had 5 skeins. Yikes.

Back to sweater knitting or something something

April 9, 2010

So I started to knit again. Seemingly it’s getting a bit late for a sweater, but since this week so far has been almost back to winter-like weather, I guess it’s not too weird after all.

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It’s still at very “beginning” stage, so there isn’t much to look at. I started it on like, Tuesday (and now it’s Friday today) but what you see in the picture is about only a day worth of knitting. I started and gotten pretty far on the first day, then I haven’t done much since. I sort of blame it on the weather – gloomy weather isn’t so motivating.

There isn’t much to talk about at the moment, since you know, there isn’t much there to begin with. More juicy details on the sweater to come with further progress, and when my eyes aren’t so tired. I was fine even 5 minutes ago but suddenly my eyes feel tired (and I don’t mean “feeling sleepy”). It’s kinda weird to describe it, but really, that’s what it is – they’re just “tired”.

So yeah.

Ketchup

April 1, 2010

Hey look – new layout.

I think it’s pretty functional at this point. Or that’s my excuse for calling it “done” for now. I must admit, I felt a bit rusty with css attributes and syntax – it’s probably it’s been years since I wrote a full-blow style sheet (and time has changed some things around! hah). Either that, or I never really knew how to properly do things before. Nontheless, it is done – but I’m sure if I were to “validate” css, it will bring me some error, or at very least, some warnings. But all and all, it’s “working”.

As for the knitting-front, I don’t have much to show. Well, since the last post (… which was last September, so it has been few months), I did finish manage to do few things here and there, and all the WIP’s from even “years ago” are finished. But honestly at the moment, I’m not really in the mood to knit. For about a month+ or so, I really haven’t been knitting. And surprisingly, I’m “ok” with it.

Oh what else is new…

Oh my old old old cell phone died on me. On my birthday nontheless. By “dead” I meant it stopped picking up signal. If a phone won’t receive a signal, well, that’s “death” of a phone. So I got me a new phone. I really like my new pre, but well, I do miss having a tiny green phone. Oh well, time for something new, and it was absolutely out of necessity.

Speaking of my birthday, my intention was to release another free pattern on my birthday, like I have done in past couple of years, but this year, I skipped out. The excuse? Well, pattern itself is done and finished, but I do not have proper pictures to show for it! Funny stuff. Maybe sometime later.

And Cocoa is still being awesome as always.

And lately, I’m trying my absolute best to actually “cook” proper meals for dinner (almost) everyday. I want to make new (to us) things and make Chris try – I think that may be the only way to get Chris to eat different things. But I’m also aware this is easier to be said than done. All I can do is really “try”.

Oh and happy April Fool’s Day, as if it’s a holiday.