Jupiter Must Currently Be Aligned With Mars

I actually did a swatch this weekend.  I know!  Craziness.  But since I am embarking on a new project, that is lace and requires beads, it seemed the prudent thing to do.  So I got the swatch all knitted up with the beads, which were pretty easy to incorporate and pulled out the blocking mat.

Fiori without flash

Fiori swatch without flash

I’m not sure if you can see it, but over on the far right of that picture is a rather large hole that is not supposed to be there.  I accidentally snapped the yarn in that one spot while I was blocking it.  That is the first time that has happened to me, and I can only be thankful that it was the swatch and not the actual shawl.  The beads are somewhat hard to see in this picture, there are only 2 different types.

close up of beads

I ended up choosing the bottom five.  They are lighter, metallic looking, and when you look at them a certain way, they have a slight blue cast to them.  I really like them and I think they will work out well.  Once that was decided I got it started.

Beginning

For this pattern, Romi has you do a belly button cast on.  It’s interesting.  I think I prefer Emily Ocker’s.  It is less of a hassle, at least to me.  But it’s better to have tried it and find out, than never try new things.

So, off I go to continue my new project.  At least until the new yarn arrives.  Some of it should be there when I get home :)

Who Wouldn’t Be Excited?

So, I’ve ordered some yarn recently (shocking, I know).  Some of it is for presents, some of it is not.  (The “not” is yarn that I purchased as a birthday present to me.  My birthday was last month.)  I need to work on presents right now, so of course, the first bit of yarn I receive is the yarn not for presents.  But it is very exciting all the same.  You get home, find the package waiting for you and it’s like Christmas, even though you bought it yourself.  It’s still something fun and exciting that you get to open.  So I open up my package and there was this:

Miss Babs

 

Isn’t it lovely?  It is 1250 yards of hand dyed 100% Tussah silk yarn from Miss Babs.  It’s more than I ever spent on one hank of yarn since I started knitting, but I think it’s wonderful.  It’s a little more purple than I expected, but I think it will look lovely as this.  All I need are the proper beads and I’m ready to start.  I mean, I don’t have the other yarn for the presents yet.  Might as well fill my time with something new.  Right?

Faster Than The Speed Of Light

I am currently way ahead of my self-imposed schedule.  On Wednesday, I began a present and while I didn’t have much time to work on it during the week, I was able to knock it out and get it off of the needles by Monday morning.  You have to love those 3-Day Weekends. :)

      

 

(The second one is the actual color of the yarn.)

 

Now granted, you cannot see much in these photos, but it is a surprise so I’ll post the full thing later.  It does still need to be blocked, but that is easy enough.  I have now ordered yarn for the next project and since I have the time, I am bringing the shawl out of Time Out and have started working on that again.  At least until the new yarn gets here.  I have now knocked out 5 of the 11 items on my To Do list for this month and all of the items for last month.  I don’t know about you, but I’m excited.

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend.

So Far So Good

I decided yesterday afternoon that I needed a schedule.  If I am going to finish everything I need to at a decent time, I need to balance my commitments and my knitting time.  I am a “master” at scheduling.  I can schedule just about anything.  I am also a very visual person so spreadsheets, calendars, and color coding are my friends.

My problem lies in following the schedule.  It is all well and good to have an awesome schedule, but if you don’t follow it, there is no reason to even have the schedule.  This time I am going to do everything I can to actually follow my new schedule.  Currently, it is a very simple schedule.  Just an academic calendar that I received for free at the office with all of my commitments laid out and short To Do lists for every month.  I actually started following it last night, just as I was supposed to.  And I have checked off all of my To Do items for this month.  Which is very good since there are only a couple of days left.  I am very happy that I didn’t fall of the wagon the first day.  Now lets see if I can keep it up.

The Bug On The Windshield

This is definitely one of those times where, no matter what I do, I cannot seem to get past this ring on my shawl.  I’ve had to tink back, rip back, count and recount, so many times, it’s not even funny.  This whole section has just smacked into me with the force of a Mac truck and I’m just a gooey splat on the windshield.  It will definitely not be ready when I want it to be, so it’s going into Time Out…again.  Bad shawl, no cookie for you.  (While logically, I know this is not the shawl’s fault, this just gives me something else to blame, rather than my own incompetence.)

So…on to something new.  For the next little bit, I’m going to be focusing on Christmas knitting.  If you’re a good little knitter, you’ve been working on this for some time now.  If you are not, it’s time to step it up and get on that wagon before you’re blocking things at midnight on Christmas Eve, hoping it is dry enough to at least get it in the box and wrapped for the few minutes it takes the recipient to pick it up and open it.  Been there, done that, it’s not pretty.  Trust me.

Since this is going to be a time of Christmas knitting, it might get a little quiet again since it’s really hard to talk about stuff that is supposed to be a surprise.  Otherwise, it’s not a surprise.  Though it can also be difficult to knit things for the people you live with.  That can be a bit interesting if you don’t want them to know what it is or ask questions.  

 

Good luck and God speed with this year’s Christmas knitting.

(One of these days, I’m going to be finished in October.  Maybe.  Probably not.)

The Light Bulb

There have been plenty of moments for me over the last few years as I teach myself to knit, that I will just stare at a pattern uncomprehending. “What on earth does that mean?!” Then after thinking about it different ways, trying to knit what it says, suddenly the light bulb goes on over my head. “That’s what they were trying to tell me!”

Such is not the case with a pattern that I am test knitting for the border of my shawl. It is from an old pattern that has been rewritten and I am not quite following it. I start to have an “ah ha” moment, but then that doesn’t turn out to be quite right. I have trouble just making it through the 3rd or 4th line.

And this is the perfect example of why you might want to test knit a pattern before you try to incorporate it into your work. You may have issues just understanding what the pattern is telling you.

And I Ain’t Talking About The River In Egypt

That’s right, folks, I’m talking about denial.

Denial: /diˈnīəl/ noun failure to acknowledge an unacceptable truth or emotion or to admit it into consciousness, used as a defense mechanism.

We all have our moments, some small, some large, where we deny things to ourselves and others.

As I mentioned last time, I had taken a little break from my shawl.  I was getting back into it recently, in fact I even knit a good 20+ rounds in just a couple of days.  But there was a problem lurking in the shadows.  I knew something wasn’t quite right.  I could tell just by looking at the section that it didn’t look like it should.  I told myself, it’s because it’s in the round, and it’s bunched on the needles, it will look right once it’s off the needles.  I looked at pictures of the pattern, looked at my work, it still didn’t look right even as I continued to knit along, endlessly working those 576 stitch rounds, until last night.  I looked again after 49 rows.

shawl mistake

That is not feather and fan.  And I, my dears, was in serious denial.  So last night, I ripped back the 49 rows of 576 stitches and began again.  C’est la vie.