Shelter in Place: Day 11

Shelter in Place:  Day 11

Current Mood:  Undecided

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Why do I even bother making plans?  Last you heard…I was going to turn that skein of Cosmic Wonder Dust into a Ripple Bralette.  Needless to say, that’s not even remotely close to what is happening.  I’m sure you longtime readers could have predicted this!

I second guessed myself over gauge.  I always go down minimum 2 needle sizes to get gauge.  The Ripple Bralette has suggested needle sizes of 2 + 4 so I was looking at 0 + 2.  Rather than deal with that crap, I switched my yarn to worsted.  If I was switching gauge & yarn entirely, might as well switch patterns too.

Zaftig, an old Knitty pattern, seemed like a nice alternative.  Especially because it’s a modification of the Th-Th-Thong pattern, which I’ve already made.   (One day I’ll find those photos and it’ll be worth the effort.)   Thinking back, this may even be the pattern I first learned short rows for.   The idea is, one short row pouch = banana hammock, two short row pouches = over the shoulder boulder holder.

So I started knitting.

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I was pretty skeptical at this point.  I decided to press on anyhow.  At this point, I’ve knit my two short row pouches.  The Zaftig pattern calls for them to be joined to a knit band in succession.   At this point, it’s also worth mentioning the suggested yarn for this pattern is Cascade Fixation, a stretchy yarn with a bit of spandex in it.  My yarn is 100% wool, completely different, not stretchy the way Fixation is.   This made me question the gauge calculations for the rest of the band.  Rather than worry about that, I decided to join my pouches with a vertical band instead.  I’ll have more precise control this way, and hopefully get the best fit.

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Rather than worry about that, I decided to join my boob pouches with a vertical band.  There should be no question about the fit this way.  I’ll have plenty of opportunities to measure as I knit and work until it’s long enough and no more. I decided on a wide seed stitch band.  Wide enough to stay put and balanced so it won’t roll.

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At this point, I’m mostly doubting that crotch pouches and boob pouches are so easily interchangeable.   And, since I make all my decisions on the fly, I’m wondering if I have enough of this yarn to get me where I need to be.   We’ll just have to wait and see.  I’m skeptical but still pressing onward.

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I haven’t frogged this cowl yet, either.  I keep thinking maybe if I look at it longer, these colors will grow on me.  Or maybe if I add more colors, the ones that clash now will, suddenly, start to work harmoniously together.  Maybe??

Or maybe I just need to start something else as my easy, obviously it’s going to work project.  It’s Friday and Friday’s are for casting on, after all!

Anything to distract from the reality of the world, right now.  I’m very thankful that dithering over did I pick the right color yarn is the worst of my worries right now.  I hope everyone out there in knitlandia is as lucky.  Stay safe, folks!

 

 

Shelter in Place: Day One

Shelter in Place:  Day One.

Pretending as if nothing is out of the ordinary.

I’ve got enough yarn for a viral apocalypse AND a zombine apocalypse, consecutively!  I think I’ve got food and toilet paper for a few days.  Long enough that the currently empty stores in SF should have time to restock.  Hopefully.  The panic shoppers will run out of storage space momentarily.  This is still San Francisco…72 mega rolls take up a lot of space in apartments that don’t have space for a bathtub.

No, instead of dwelling on the fact that I haven’t had a bathtub for 17 years and today is the day I find myself REALLY wanting a nice hot soak, I’m focusing on optimism.   I always want more time to myself.  I like wearing pajamas all day.

This is all going to be fine.  I will read up on science shit for work.  I’ll take naps.  And then of course, there’s knitflixing and crafternooning.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  This sounds like a lovely day to me.  There will definitely be green knitting.

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My local pub is still doing take out too…fish & chips can totally happen today.

Let’s hope this calm continues.  3 Weeks is a long time.   In the meantime, come back tomorrow for Stitches West pictures.  I’ve been sitting on them but I’ve finally got plenty of time to share!

(and check out my newly updated 2020 Cross Stitch Gallery...expect more of that during this shelter in place too!)

Stitches West & Beyond

February has been a total whirlwind!  I knew going back to work would happen quickly, when it did happen.  I knew my creative time would take a hit but man, I forgot what a disaster everything else becomes too!

I used to laugh at the parade through my building on Saturday mornings.  First thing…take out the garbage.  Without fail, every Saturday morning, half the building takes out it’s trash.  Then they all parade through the laundry room.  Then it’s the parade to the grocery store.  As you can imagine, it is with great reluctance that I re-join this parade.  It’s all coming back to me though.  I’ve usually gotta work a trip to the post office in there, too.

I’ve been forcing myself to knit at least a few stitches in the evenings.  Slowly, I’m getting back into the swing of maximizing my time.  I’ve finished a bunch of small instant gratification projects recently, hats and toys.  I’ve got a new Dotted Rays shawl on the needles, too…but I’ve had no movement on my steeked sweater.  It is still zipper-less.

 

And then Stitches happened!  Phew!  I’m nearly recovered.  It was a good time and, I’m happy to report my ‘Carrying Coal to Newcastle’ approach worked.

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I filled my bag with stash yarn from home, just as little reminder that I have plenty of great yarn and there’s no need to buy anymore.   It totally worked!  I did not buy yarn at Stitches!  I did buy a couple trinkets…a Willie cool patch and a cute tin with a few little stitch markers.  The flying alpaca-corn became the perfect zipper pull for my notions bag!

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Check out this slideshow to see all my Stitches pictures.  Without serious yarn shopping to do, I took a lot of pictures and looked at lots of samples.  I doubt I even saw half the market floor though.

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And so, another Stitches is in the books.  I’m looking forward to next year when, hopefully, I’ve lifted my self imposed ban on stash acquisitions.  I’m super inspired and motivated to do lots of knitting in March!

Ready…Set…GO!

Zipper Installation Time

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The knitting is done!  Woohoo!  I’ve also secured the steek, cut it and bought the zipper!  I even wove the ends in!  The only thing left to do is sew the zipper in!  Naturally, this means I’m second guessing my design decisions.

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As a pullover, this sweater fit perfect.  I like pullovers with positive ease.  Only problem…it’s a cardigan.  I like my cardigans closer to zero ease.

My first thought was to re-steek the front panels to remove an inch from each side.  That’s two more steeks though…why do twice the work, when I could just trim one front side and have an asymmetric look.  Then I thought, why cut it again at all?  What if I abandoned the zipper and went for a double breasted look?

Big decision.  I’m totally undecided.  And this weekend is Stitches West, which means no time for such focused work.  I’ve got plenty of time to sleep on it.  In the meantime, I’m still wearing it…shawl pins work just fine on sweaters too!

The Race is ON!

It’s official!  I start my new job on Monday.

There’s so much to do between now and then, including finish my sweater!  I’m making really good progress.  The sleeves are done.  Lucky for me, my favorite sleeves are half to 3/4 length.   Just a few more inches on the body and the knitting will be done!

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That’s not the end though.  There’s still a ton of work to be done after the knitting.  Securing & cutting the steek, installing the zipper and then designing & stitching my RBG inspired dissent collar.  No chance this will all be done by Monday but I think it can be ready in time for Stitches.   It’s not for a couple weeks yet but it’ll be here in the blink of an eye!  (My resolve to not buy yarn is still holding strong too!)

Happy Friday!  Anybody else excited for work Monday morning??  lol!  Have a great weekend, Knitters!

 

Must.Knit.Faster.

The race is on.  I feel my unemployment coming to an end very soon.  I started the week with no job opportunities and now, I have two.  Things are looking good on the job front!  Of course, this brings a whole new urgency to my knitting!  Can I finish this before I start a new job?

The good news is…I’m well passed the sleeve divide and into the body.  It’s smooth sailing all the way down to the hem from here.  It’s nothing but stockinette in the round.  I love this bit.  It’s the part of knitting I love the most.  The autopilot part!

The business of steeking, adding a zipper and duplicate stitching the final details will take some time though.  Either way, I think I’ll have a new sweater in time for Stitches.  I’m crossing my fingers!

I’ve also finished an Etsy update because who knows when I’ll have time for that again!  I had fun doing a couple snarky Valentine’s day hoops.  I mean, what’s the point of having a significant other if you can’t share a little snark?

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And of course, now that we’re having a clear spell, I’m making sure to get out and visit my favorite sit and knit for a spell spots while I still can.

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I even met a reporter from our local NPR station to record an interview about The Palace of Fine Arts!  I’ll definitely share when it’s been broadcast.  It was the kind of fun thing I definitely don’t have time for once the job starts up!  I’ll definitely be making the most of my weekend!  Happy Friday!

WIP Wednesday – RBG Squid Ink Fade

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Now that’s it’s finally on the needles, I’m making good progress on my latest sweater.  Of course, any notion of following a pattern was quickly laughed off.  I mean, I could try but it wouldn’t work out.   I started off with a peacock fade but now I’ve decided to go darker with it…a squid ink fade, if you will.

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I started with Idunn, a Knitty pattern by Ragga Eirikisdottir.  Initially, I thought, I’ll just knit this sweater as is.  The yoke details could pass as an RBG collar no doubt.   Ultimately though, I’ve decided to knit the sweater in plain stockinette with no colorwork in the yoke.  I’ll add my RBG collar details after I’ve finished the knitting via duplicate stitch.  It’s an unconventional approach…but that’s definitely the way I roll.

I’ve finished my first color and ‘faded’ into my second color.  I’m knitting top down, in the round, with the intention of steeking and adding a zipper.  I’m just about to divide the sleeves off.

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That’ll be a big help!  Right now, it’s just sort of a big blob.  I feel like it’s too big, despite all the math & gauge working out.  Fingers crossed that good news awaits on the other side of the sleeve divide.

I’m also working on a few new cross stitch designs for Valentine’s Day, so I’ve updated my cross stitch gallery with a new page for 2019!

I’m really looking forward to growing my collection this year!  My idea book is overflowing and I’ve finally found my stride, post-holidays.  Stay tuned for much productivity!