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Just updating my ravelry page and I thought it would be nice (for me) to have everything in one place. Here’s what I have on the needles at the moment.
I cast on for Jaali, as mentioned earlier.
You cast on and knit a long row of cables, then pick up stitches from the side and knit up. Very neat. The body of the jumper is in reverse stocking stitch, so when I get to that part I’m going to see if I can work out how to do the cables backwards, so I can knit all the way instead of purling.
I have another fox on the go.
Body is done, head is halfway. The yarn is Moda Vera Mousse again, and the tail is Moda Vera Cardinal, which is 40% acrylic and feels exactly like knitting polyfill. Yuck. But it is the right colour and fuzziness, and I only need to knit a bit of it.
I have a glove and a half of Genmaicha for me
Well, sort of, I’m a bit worried I’ll run out of yarn so no thumb on the first one, yet. That way I can knit the thumbs in something different, if need be.
I’ve knit these before, for my sister.
And at the time I thought I’d knit another pair for me. It’s only taken three years. The yarn is undyed camel that I got at my first bendigo… hmm, sensing a pattern? I really like these, the cable pattern is lovely and the pattern is well written, as you can expect from Kristen Kapur. Really clever, clear pattern.
I have a back and almost a front of a Phyllo yoked pullover
Which is really boring to photograph, and I probably won’t knit on that until winter is over since it’s a cotton blend and I’m all about the wool right now.
And I have a secret thing I’m trying to work out from scratch
I’ll let you know how it goes. But it did necessitate learning double knitting, and holy CRAP that’s a cool technique. Plotting a double knitted tea cosy, once this is done.
And here is an FO from ages ago that I’ve only now managed to get photographed properly. It’s my Damson, and it’s a bit disappointing, really.
I ran out of yarn on the bind off row. The yarn was from my first Bendigo trip, and I’d bought Emma a skein of laceweight in the same colourway, so I asked if I could have as much of that as it took to bind off, and she very kindly said yes. However, it is a bit lighter – more pink than red – and the bind off is still a bit tight, so the thing curls like crazy and won’t sit flat. I’ve got a couple of things to steam block, so I might give that a go, but I don’t hold out much hope. I probably should unpick it and bind off again. When I first fished it I sort of shoved it in a srwaer to forget about it, but it’s been getting a bit of use this autumn with jackets and the like, as a scarf. And I certainly seem happy about it here.
Hmm, only five things on the needles. That’s not many! Better go cast on something else…
At the risk of jinxing myself, I am going great guns at the moment. The last few after-work evenings have been very productive. I’ve been out in the garden, weeding and sorting. The three cornered jacks are back, but in smaller numbers, and I reckon I’ll have them cleared out by the end of the week – it would have been earlier but I was waiting for them to be big enough to weed easily. I went to Bunnings the other day for miscellaneous supplies (why is it that I always remember something ELSE I needed, as soon as I’ve gotten home form a Bunnings trip…) and they had a whole bunch of sad-looking seedlings selling for $1 a punnet. I whacked up some dodgy temporary fences around extra garden beds, so that the chickens couldn’t maul them, and whacked them in. Now they’ve perked up and I’m sort of hoping some of them won’t make it. Because I have seeds I planted in pots coming in, and if all of the Bunnings seedlings I got thrive, I won’t have anywhere to put them!
Well, maybe I’ll get the front yard mulched and then I can put some out there. It is to laugh, I think I’ve been getting ready to mulch the front yard for about 6 months. I even got halfway through before I ran out of mulch and oomph. Still, I have something like 5 cubic metres sitting in my back yard, and if I do’t get a wriggle on, it’ll all turn to compost.
No photos of all this productivity, I’m afraid. I feel like a post is so boring without photos, but I haven’t cracked my camera out for ages. Might try to do that tonight. I had a peep at my rav projects, too, and decided that some of the photos are inadequate. Don’t you hate it when there are no good project pictures for something, despite 100 people having finished one? So I’ll have to have a photo shoot session, perhaps.
Speaking of knitting, also going great guns. I finished the FBS – barring one seam and the buttons. S was over on Saturday and feeling poorly, so we basically spent the whole day on the couch. I took the opportunity to power through, and I knit all of it from the sleeves down in one day. For some reason I felt like this project took forever, but I only started it on the 2nd, so it took me just under 2 weeks to knit, including time where I didn’t touch it because it was making me feel pouty. I think because the top bit with the yoke and the sleeves took so much mental energy to figure out, I felt like I was over halfway done. So when it PURPOSEFULLY CONTINUED not to be finished, I lost patience. I am feeling quite pleased with it, and it would already be seamed etc except after two hours of weeding an evening I somehow don’t feel like I can come at mattress stitching, even if it is only for an inch. But I think there will be more of these – at a family do on Sunday my grandma gave me some leftover Luxury in a lovely purple. It’s not enough to make an adult sized thing, and I don’t really wear purple, but it’s PERFECT for FBS or other baby things.
I am knitting Riding to Avalon like crazy, too. I’m almost done the increases, almost up to the shaping for the sleeves. Zooming along. I’m sure it will slow down when it’s too big to be bus knitting. I’m also making progress on Phyllo, but it’s a bit slower, because it’s knit back and forth and I am slower purling. Plus, I just don’t like it as much. Purling, that is. I did consider knitting this in the round, and I wish I had. But now I’m 9 inches in, I don’t feel like ripping it. Given that that 9 inches has happened in about 10 days of intermittent bus knitting (only when it has been too hot for wool), I think this will go fast enough that I don’t get too annoyed. But from now on, I think I’m going to knit in the round whenever it’s not too hard to convert. It’s just faster, and funner.
I am considering doing something like that 12 jumpers in a year challenge that some people did last year. I feel like I maybe said something like this last year (or maybe the year before?) and it never happened, (or was that sewing) but… I was thinking that baby stuff would count. Given that I already have one thing off the needles and another one halfway there, I don’t feel that it’s too over ambitious. I’d like to be more deliberate in enhancing my wardrobe, this year. I want to knit to the gaps in my wardrobe, and knit things that make me feel eager to wear them. Or perhaps I could make it a 12-wearable-things. I’m not making any solid resolutions because you know how these things go. But maybe an unofficial challenge to myself? I’d like to have enough FOs to make a lovely mosaic at the end of the year, at least!
So, I talked about my hopes for sewing. I want, in the immediate future, to sew a pair of pj pants for S, and cut out and sew this dress, the pattern for which I bought last year on impulse. I have some heavy black material that I sewed a skirt out of at a past craft camp, which gets alot of wear. I think I have enough left for this dress, and if it works I might try both kinds of skirt. I also want to use the same skirt pattern (which I traced out of one of Janet’s Ottobres) to make a bunch of simple skirts. I’ve given up on pants. Well, jeans can stay. But pants… they are not my friends. I have three pairs of work appropriate pants in my wardrobe, and I don’t think I’ve worn any of them for about a year. I put them on in the morning sometimes, and then I take them off again because they feel so uncomfortable, or fit funny.
Which brings me to my next sewing… goal? Goal sounds to firm really. I bought a pair of undershorts from Allihalla on etsy. They are so nice, but I noticed the other day that they are starting to go at the thigh seam. Well, no wonder, I’ve worn them pretty much every day since I bought them in October. Which, now that I think about it, is kind of gross. Anyway, I want ot make myself a bunch more – it shouldn’t be hard, theoretically. I am also tempted to make myself some underwear. I am really fucking sick of not being able to buy underwear that is either interesting (ie, not beige) and comfortable. I bought some new underwear under duress, over the holidays, and they all dig into my thighs in a most unnecessary way. I noticed that Spotlight had some not-boring jerseys in, so maybe I will buy a few half metres, and sew up a couple of prototypes, using an old comfortable pair as a pattern.
I don’t want to over anticipate myself with the sewing, otherwise I’ll get overwhelmed and not do anything. But those are my immediate plans, and we’ll see how we go. There are a lot of clothes in my wardrobe that I wear because I don’t have anything better, but that I don’t like much or don’t fit me. If I could get my butt into gear and get some momentum with the sewing thing, I could get rid of a bunch of that stuff. I think that would feel good, and I’d end up wearing clothes that feel like me, more often, instead of defaulting to jeans because it’s all too hard and nothing is good enough anyway.
So, that’s sewing. Here is a run down of what is on my knitting needles/to do list.
First up on my needles is Riding to Avalon. I cast this on as consolation for having to rip Cecchetti. Again. I was trying bust darts and they didn’t work out, and when I ripped them out I had a completely wrong number of stitches – significantly fewer than I ought. Which is good, because when I tried it on it had a LOT of negative ease, and that means that it was just because I did it wrong, not that the sizing or the pattern is wrong, or anything. But I just couldn’t work out where I’d gone wrong, so I ripped the whole damn thing. I’m not too fussed since the last time I knit it it only took me something like 2 weeks to finish the entire body. It’s perfect bus knitting and it knits up fast. But I just… can’t look at it right now. So I’m knitting Avalon, and I’m up to the decreased for the waist. I’m knitting it in Shiloh wool in a deep chocolate brown colour that I just realised is exactly the colour my school uniform jumper was. Uh oh. It’s an alpaca wool blend and it is so. Soft. I’m really enjoying it. I am knitting it like crazy because I really want to wear it and, more than that, I really want the satisfaction of an FO after the cecchetti frustration.
I’m also knitting the Phyllo Yoked Pullover. This one has been on my wish list FOREVER. I started knitting it once, in 2007, using bendigo cotton. It just didn’t work out. Norah Gaughan left a comment on my blog post about it, saying that since the original was knit in calmer, which has elastic in it, yarn subs are harder. So when Harmony came back to Bendigo Woolen Mills, I bought a bunch with this in mind. I cast it on in the holidays because it was too HOT for yarn, and I needed an incentive to tidy up the disaster that was my craft room. I decided that if I could uncover the drawers with my stash in, I could cast on. It’s just plain ss knitting at the moment, so no telling how this one is going, although I must say that the Harmony is surprisingly nice to knit. I’m knitting it in the sea mist colourway, and it’s nice and bright. The other colours are so blah, I was a bit worried that it would be insipid, knit up. But good things so far.
I’m also knitting the February Baby Sweater. I’ve been knitting some surprise baby garments, but I’m waiting for some more yarn to get here. So in between, I thought I’d knit some for a gift stash, because I think my peer group is heading into that phase of life. And while I like gifting knits, I dislike deadlines. It’s a bit slow going – I’m knitting it in Luxury which I have found plenty soft before but for some reason I’m finding it a bit… not scratchy, but… hard? I don’t know if it’s the gauge I’m knitting at, or whether the red dye process is harsher than the others, or what, but it’s not exactly slipping joyfully through my fingers. And also, EZ kind of makes me want to poke my eyes out with my needles. I acknowledge her greatness, but if ONE MORE PERSON tells me that her writing is ‘intuitive’ when they CLEARLY mean that the KNITTER has the be intuitive, because EZ leaves out things like button holes and doesn’t make it clear if it’s supposed to be 4″ of pattern and then 1″ garter, or 4″ total, with 3″ pattern and 1″ garter… *deep breath*
Anyway, let us say that this is not the most relaxing of knits. Although, I’m now past the arms and so it’s just knit knit knit for another 5″ – which shouldn’t take that long, given how small it is, but I am dragging my heels a bit.
I am also knitting secret baby stuff, as I mentioned. Hopefully it’ll be off to the recipient in the not-too-distant future (these babies and their time lines) so I can show off here.
This year, I would like to add to my jumper pile. I would like to decide the fate of some of my jumpers that I don’t wear now. For example, I love my Rogue, but the sleeves are just too short. And I love the yarn I used for my grey jumper, but it’s too boxy and short and I really should rip it and reknit it. And I still have a few random WIPS around the place, like a half finished hat, and my Henley Perfected that I last knit on in 2008 and clearly was not meant to be. I should rip it and use the yarn for something else. Parhaps a blanket? I love the alpaca yarn but it is just too slouchy drapey, and also so WARM.
I would also like to knit through my stash. It currently fits perfectly into the storage I have for it, and I would like to keep it that way. I want to buy some more Bennet and Gregor wool (I have some particular projects in mind) but I already have several jumper’s worth of yarn. So I would like to knit through that first. And then, maybe, I could splash out. I have been fixated on the Camilla pullover lately, and I think it’s because of the lovely yarn. (I can’t decide if the jumper would look ridiculous on my frame). But I think, if I knit up a significant amount of my current stash, I would feel ok about spending $70 on yarn for a jumper. Because I would have saved that in random yarn purchases that I never get around to knitting. And it looks so SOFT.
I am also having a bewildering urge to knit socks. I don’t understand it, but if it’s still around once i’ve finished one of the jumpers on my needles, I might just give in to it.
Gosh, I hope you skimmed all that. It’s a bit tedious, isn’t it? But talking about my craft hopes and dreams was why I started this blog in the first place. S listens nicely and, more impressively is actually interested, but I have to stop and explain things which is not the same. At least this is text so you don’t HAVE to listen to me rabbit on.
In short, I am burning to finish Avalon and Phyllo and Cecchetti,