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What a piece of toast…

January 30, 2008

I’d say today was pretty satisfactory – despite the lack of accomplishments. But then again, we all need one of those days – you know, just lazy and do absolutely nothing kind of day without feeling super guilty about it.

Okay, so I did manage to finish a pair of sock that’s been sitting on back burner since fall: I present you, crazy salmon and lime Dublin Bay socks.

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It’s made with J-Knits Superwash-Me yarn in AC-143. Yes, it is super neony.

And I strolled myself over to Needleworks, with intention of buying a skein of worsted wool for a hat. While there, I was very tempted to buy more sock yarns – they had Kureyon sock, Dreams In Color Smooshy, Araucania Ranco solids and all these insane amount of cool sock yarns and I resisted. I resisted and only bought a skein of 220 which was what I was there for to begin with. I know. I was being good.

And I headed home, and soon after I heard this loud knock at the door – and it was the mailman. He handed me this gigantic blue padded envelope, and all this was inside!

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All these are from Ariel for my birthday! I was thinking about waiting couple more days to open it, but well, I gave in (okay, without a second thought) and opened it (right away). Between her and I, now we have 4 (phantom) matching pairs of socks. Yes, now we really have to work on them.

… and that toast-shaped pin cushion is hillarious! I love it! I mean, come on, who wouldn’t love a piece of toast?!

Thank you Ariel!

No accomplishments, just plans

January 27, 2008

You know, I still haven’t been knitting much lately. Instead, I’ve been playing Super Paper Mario which kinda kept me amused, until I realized how much to read in this stupid game (I guess it’s semi RPG-like) and it started to annoy me. I still have few more stages to beat until the actual end of the game, that is, if I plan on finishing it. I actually haven’t played it for past couple of days so we’ll see.

On the other hand, I did come up with few vague knitting ideas and plans for this year. I know it seems a bit late for these le grande plans since January is almost over, but here it goes.

One, I have decided to make a sweater for Chris’s mom for upcoming Christmas. You see, I never have to worry about sweater curse because Chris won’t wear sweaters. Okay, the exception being those thin machine knit kinds. But I know his mom would wear sweaters and would actually take good care of it – which opens up possibilities in terms of choice of yarn. I don’t have to restrict solely to machine washables. Two top contender was this one from garnstudio, and slipped hours (and i already bought it from etsy). I’m leaning toward slipped hours, and I also would like to make one for myself as well.

Next in business, I have decided to make more garments (by which I mean, sweaters) this year. Will I succeed? That’s a good question.

And.. okay, maybe I wasn’t completely honest when I said I haven’t been knitting. I did manage to finish a hat.

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It’s just that I’m not sure how much I like the crown decrease. It’s just a mock up so we’ll see if I can live with it, or if I end up butchering it and start all over. I just wanted to make a hat with braided cables and earflaps and that’s what I came up with.

Bleh, I don’t know, I’m cold and kinda hungry. Time to raid the fridge, I suppose.

It’s really time for bed

December 24, 2007

It’s like 3:30 in the morning, and I’m finally getting ready for bed. I pretty much procrastinated all day and didn’t exactly start wrapping gifts until around midnight but the important thing is, it’s all done now.

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Amongst those boxes are my two finished knitted gifts: a blanket for Bruce, and a scarf for Grandma W.

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Everything is finished, wrapped, and ready to hit the road tomorrow (er, today). Hooray!

Merry Christmas everybody!

This is how I went the wrong way and got back on track

December 5, 2007

I thought I’d share a tale of triumph.

So, the blanket I’ve been working on for past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying very hard to stay on track. Little by little, I’ve been working on it everyday and the progress was slow by steady. I was pretty content with the progress….

Then I discovered. One itty bitty cable, crossed wrong way, about (wee less than) 100 rows down.

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I was pretty ticked off. If it was only few rows down, I was going to just unravel and redo them, but it was way too far down for me to undo past couple of days worth of work. So I decided to maybe ignore and leave it as a “design feature”. I even showed it to Chris, and he and I agreed that no one probably would notice. But more and more I thought about it more upset I got. I basically sat there, just debating on what to do.

And at a point, I decided to be brave and unravel just that section, and rework it.

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And with patience I don’t have, I managed to fix it. And now we’re finally back on track.

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Oh yes I did.

Veni, vidi, vici, motherfuckers*.

(*ps – ok, that was super corny)

All Rusted Root-ed out

November 28, 2007

Rusted Root was in fact all finished in time before Thanksgiving, as planned. In fact, I finished it on Sunday night (or Monday morning, if you’d rather call it that). But I didn’t really take the completely finished and worn garment until… today. So here goes:

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Now for some un-fun afterthoughts:

  • I used Cotton Fleece in Candy Apple which I really liked. Thank you Tania for picking that out for me. And I really enjoyed using the yarn. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about knitting a whole garment with cotton, but surprisingly it was not terribly bad to knit with and it feels pretty fine to wear against the skin. I didn’t realize until I was done with second skein that the yarn was in fact seconds and did not have dyelot on them and each skein differ in color (it wasn’t until it was all knit up that this became noticeable to me) but honestly, I don’t think it looks bad at all. One of the skeins (I think the second one) has more yellow/orange tint to it compared to the other two skeins used. But at the end, I noticed but I don’t think anyone else really did.
  • I got to try out Suzanne’s ebony circular. I really liked the needle itself, however, not so fond on the joints – especially with slightly splitty yarn like Cotton Fleece, it would sometimes get caught which did slow me down a little bit, but the annoyance was at tolerable level, so it’s all good.
  • As for the pattern – it’s an adorable sweater, I’ve wanted to make it ever since I saw it for the first time. However, I don’t think it was necessarily the best pattern for me. Structure and fit-wise, it felt more like it was made for more petite shaped body than.. say, me. Granted, I am pretty small built (relatively speaking) but the shoulder and fit of the armhole was a bit of issue for me – I do have somewhat broad(er) shoulder and big forearm for someone my size and they fit pretty snug (I mean tight, really). And puffy sleeves? That totally didn’t happen either – but then again, I’d look ridiculous with them anyway (big shoulders + puffy sleeves = icky icky). I suppose I could have gone up a size but that would’ve made the garment fit too loose around the chest (that’s even if I decreased more) since I don’t have much of boobs. Maybe if I had to do it again I’d cast on few more stitches in arms only. I don’t see myself knitting it again anytime soon though, if not ever.
  • I made this sweater because it was totally adorable… but… I probably won’t ever knit a short sleeve sweater again. It’s too cold. (but it was too cute)
  • Remembered why I think seamless sweaters are awesome. It’s superfast!
  • When you give yourself a deadline for something, you’re more easily exposed to distractions. I found myself playing hours of FreeCell instead of knitting, or watching stupid movies (namely Idiocracy), or watching same movie twice in a row just because it’s on (namely The Departed, or find some reason(s) to go grocery shopping on daily basis, etc.
  • … and it’s always painful to know that the garment that you made for yourself fits someone else better than you. The sweater fits perfect on one of my coworkers… and I was pretty tempted to give it away except, I rather not.

As for other knitting business, I started on my (possibly) one and only knitted Christmas gift this year.

The strangely sadistic last-minute-hectic knitter in me have once again decided on making a throw for Bruce (though, I think I have mentioned this in previous post).. and I started on it on just this past Monday. I have no idea how long it’s going to take me to finish it, nor that I have any idea how long I want it to be. I just decided to knit it and keep going until I run out of time, run out of yarn, or finally decide on when it’s long “enough”. And I decided to document the “monumental” stages – basically taking a picture of it as I’m done with each skein of yarn. I think Vanna’s Choice is dyelotted yarn, and I just bought bunch, not caring about the dyelot. But strangely enough everything seems a-okay. I haven’t seen any noticeable changes among the skeins, so I guess that’s a plus.

Here’s the progress after one, two, three, and four skeins.

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And it’s still a working progress.

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