Archive for September, 2010

Didn’t win Sunset Cat‘s giveaway, but entered Life on Laffer e’book giveaway (really lovely patterns,  take a look at Craft Work Knit to see for yourself) running until October 10th.

not to the heel yet

On Your Toes by Ann Budd

I’ve signed up for “Soctoberfest”, because my current activities already qualify me.   Haruni is still hibernating in the freezer, and will continue to do so until I’m geared up to tackle it’s life-line less state…  Yeah, did I mention I took OUT the lifeline at the point where pattern A meets Pattern B…?

Such hubris.

I’ve gon ahead and created an account at NaNoWriMo, and am actively researching my setting idea.  Seriously leaning towards Science Fantasy (as in DEFINITE Science Fiction elements in what is very much a Fantasy story).  Don’t want to wear out the charm of it, but did I ever mention that I fell in love with Astronomy by looking at artists conceptions of a red dwarf circling a blue giant?  Pretty pretty mental pictures…  Might Gimp up a cover at some point in October (yeah, in my ‘copious spare time’)

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I’m considering joining NaNoWriMo (because November is just around the corner). Then again, right now I should be editing the Ramblin Ambler. And I have a headache…

So much creative thought, so little energy and organizational skills. Nuts, right?

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It must be scream like a f*ing pirate day, because I just realized how badly I’ve messed up Haruni part B.  As in, now I need to frog back all 11 rows I’ve done on it.

I was so SURE I had downloaded the corrected pattern (but apparently I hadn’t), even sent notes to the designer to make sure I was knitting it right, and still I managed to totally mess up the repeat structure.  I think I know what’s needed now, though.

So, back in the freezer with it, and I will just have to go to my socks for comfort knitting.

Did I mention the benefits of multiple WIPs?

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Well, didn’t win the Knit – A- While Vampire Giveaway.  Ah, well. so it goes, there’s a great KnitCircus giveaway from Sunsetcat

toes and beginning of ribbing on size one circs...

On the plus side, I cast on Ann Bud’s “On Your Toes” socks from Interweave knits. Used Judy Becker’s Magic Cast On (which I love, btw).   It’s a nice, simple pattern, perfectly suitable for TV knitting or late night casual conversation knitting.  The Knit Picks yarn is a great change from my love-hate relationship with mohair as well.  It’s well behaved and doesn’t surprise me (and it looks yummy too).

As I mentioned in the Labor Day Episode of the Ramblin Ambler, I got mixed up about the size of the Addi circs in my knitting bag, and wasted time buying more US #2’s when I needed #1’s. Fortunately, the LYS was really nice about letting me swap them, so that’s cool. (Of course, I probably should have gotten shorter circs, but live and learn).

I’m still working on Haruni (and well into Part B now, need to get a good picture of that I suppose).  Just getting to the point where that part is starting to ‘make sense’, and approaching yet another transition point.   I actually decided I had to print out the chart key, because otherwise I’ll never remember where it’s K2Tog first and Sl2K1PSSO for the other repeats and where it’s Sl2K1PSSO first and Sl1K1PSSO for all the others (or however it goes).

I also frogged the Calla.  I think it had just been hibernating too long, and when I picked it up again I couldn’t get the stitch counts right, and besides, the pattern really would have been better with a shinier yarn.  Maybe market bags for that cotton poly blend…?

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Got some more pictures taken.

GrassHere’s  some nice grass gone to seed by the Dorsey Train Station.  I think it’s beautiful myself.  I also took pictures from the train station itself, from the front and the back. I particularly like the Maryland flag on the front and the sunlight through the window on the back.

Entered Knit-A-While’s Vampire Knits giveaway (end date 9 September). I didn’t enter the contest at You Just Gotta Keep Knitting, because I just couldn’t beat one of those names, but if you think you might the deadline is 27 September.

Dorsey Station Front Dorsey Station Back

I’ve recovered the five rows I frogged on Haruni, putting it in the freezer did the trick nicely.  I talked a little bit about the recovering/lifeline process in today’s episode of  the Ramblin Ambler, mostly because I’d never heard anyone else addressing the issue I’ve been having with it (i.e. the lifeline is there, but it doesn’t hold the stitches ‘nicely’ as a needle would, even if you tug on it, when you’re working with really grabby yarn like, say, mohair).  Took it to the first Labor Day foodfest an showed off how pretty it is even on the needles (can’t wait to see what it looks like blocked…).  Will take more pictures once I have enough of the border that the change of pattern is clear.

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