Gauge is Good Friday, May 26 2006 

Or, how to waste several weeks of your life.

I’ve been knitting along on Icarus, being remarkably focused for once.

I noticed it seemed awfully big, but I ignored it.

Then today, as I was starting Chart #2, I realized I couldn’t ignore the largeness of the shawl any longer.

My row gauge? Is off.

BY 10 ROWS!

Pre-blocking.

*headdesk*

I put it aside for the moment but I think I’m going to rip it out. I hate to do it, but I don’t need the monster shawl, either.

My next plan is to come up with a design of my own, some sort of stole thing. Maybe that will work out…

My Life of Saturdays Tuesday, May 23 2006 

I’m still job hunting, so now that finals are over I have a lot of free time on my hands. Hopefully that will change soon, but for now I’m trying to enjoy the knitting time.

This weekend I helped Mary move into my apartment. She’s staying here while she’s in between places to live, so there’s been lots of mad crazy knitterness going on.

As I was cleaning my apartment, I came across a long abandoned project: Grecian Plait. I think I started it about 2 years ago, but then it got so warm that I abandoned it in favor of more summer-y stuff and shoved it in the back of a cabinet and forgot about it.

So, I started knitting again and have now finished the front and back:

The yarn is a really gorgeous pastel purple, which is normally not my color (I tend to go for the darker purples) but is really cute for spring and summer.

Now, I should be a good person and work on the sleeves so I can finish the project. But…I got distracted.

And who can blame me? My Knitpicks order arrived, bringing me yarn-y goodness! I ordered some Wool of the Andes in Hyacinth to make Rogue and some yummy sock yarn in Rocky Mountain Dusk.

I managed to summon the willpower to set those aside, though, because I also got the needles I needed to work on Icarus from the latest Interweave.

It’s coming along well, although it’s now at the point where I’m slowing down considerably. I knitted ALL day yesterday, while watching tapes of all the TV shows I didn’t have time to watch during school (yes, I am a TV junkie) and didn’t even get through an entire repeat of rows 19-42 on chart 1 (it’s the 3rd of 5). Oy vey!

It is looking gorgeous though, and I have enough momentum with it now to keep plugging along until it’s finished:

I know it doesn’t look like much, being unblocked lace and all, but I’m happy with it.

What’s up next? More work on Icarus, plus the socks I’m working on and some fun Kool-Aid dying!

If I Could Offer You Only One Tip For The Future, Sunscreen Would Be It Sunday, May 14 2006 

Baz Luhrman was right about that. Wear sunscreen.

Otherwise, you will end up like me, boiled lobster girl, after a day at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. My back and shoulders were an alarming shade of red. And I had my hair in braids, so I am now a bona fide redneck.

Luckily, I speak fluent southern.

Aside from that, the festival was awesome. I went with Mary and I also saw Cristina there. I missed the blogger meetup, due to not being sure where it was. Oops!

So what did I buy? A drop spindle, assorted wool (a large bag of white, two small balls of turquoise and red), and a cone of gorgeous purple laceweight yarn.

The yarn was a tough one–I knew I wanted to make a shawl to go with this amazing black dress I got on sale at Bennetton and haven’t worn yet (though Mary borrowed it and looked amazing) but I didn’t have enough yarn to make the Candle Flame Shawl, my original idea.

I cast on anyway, thinking I’d get more yarn, then I got the new Interweave Knits. As soon as I saw the Icarus shawl, I knew I had to make it. Thankfully, I hadn’t gotten too far on Candle Flame.

So there I am, knitting away, when I notice that the end of my needle is missing. And there are little kitten toothmarks on the end. I eventually found the rest of the needle, so no vet bills, thank god, but I had to go get another set.

The needles I started on were dollar spot ones from Target. So no big loss. I go to Michaels, get a pair of Clover bamboo needles. Not circs, because I couldn’t find a pair of US4 circs, I’ll order some online soon, but I can make do with straights for a while.

I start knitting this morning.

I look.

THE NEEDLES AREN’T THE SAME SIZE.

The Clovers are bigger than the dollar spot needles. So now? It’s time to rip back. Rip, rip, rip all the way back to the beginning.

On the other hand, having to order circs from Knit Picks gives me an excuse to get some more yarn so that I can get free shipping…..

Maryland Sheep and Wool Friday, May 5 2006 

I’m so looking foward to Maryland Sheep and Wool tomorrow! All I really want to do today is knit and think about knitting, but unfortunately I still have 2 finals and an article to work on.

I’ve never been to MDSW before, but I hear it’s fabulous. I’m going with Mary who has a digital camera, so I’ll have pictures to post right away.

I know there is supposed to be a knitting bloggers meet up at 1:30 at the stage area, I definitely want to go to that.

I’m in the market for a drop spindle to learn on, so if anyone has any advice on that, it would be fabulous.

I’ve also gotten an idea I’m working on, for a documentary about knitting and knitblogging. It’s still in the extremely early planning (I hesitate to even call it pre-production) phase, but I’m very excited about it.

If any of you readers are going, let me know! I can’t wait!

Quick Update Wednesday, May 3 2006 

Just a quick post to let peole know I haven’t completely dropped off the face of the planet.

School has been keeping me crazy busy–I have 5 papers to turn in today and an oral final, so there has been absolutely no crafting occuring for the past few weeks.

Never fear, though, I will return full force now that classes are over. I still have 2 finals and an article left to do, but they’re spaced out enough that I should still have some actual free time.

In the meantime–I’m going to be heading to Maryland Sheep and Wool on Saturday, I think. Hopefully I’ll meet a bunch of other cool knitbloggers there!

I’ve decided, if it’s not prohibitively expensive, to purchase a drop spindle so I can learn to spin. I actually own an antique spinning wheel, but it is still in North Carolina and in drastic need of repair, so I think I’m going to take the drop spindle route for now. I really don’t have space in my apartment for a wheel.

I’m also learning to sew and quilt. My first planned sewing projects include a cute sundress in purple polka dotted material and some nice, button down shirts for warm weather. The kind I can wear to work, in the even that I get a job. (Yeah, the job hunts going fabulous, why do you ask? ;))

I’m probably going to create another blog or two this summer–non-crafting blogs. A writing blog, to track progress on my screenwriting endeavors and possibly a socio-political blog as well.

I can’t think of anything else to add to this post right now, and I have to go make sure I have all the things I need to turn in so that I don’t fail.

Oh, and write the oral presentation on Lazio that I have to give at four this afternoon (Lazio e un regione d’Italia is pretty much all I’ve got right now).

Ciao!

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