Wow. It’s hard to believe how fast the time is passing by, I feel like I am living in an alternate reality, “November?! It’s not November, it’s still June…” I look outside and wonder when the leaves fell from the trees, it seems like it was overnight.
I guess I have been keeping busy, though I don’t feel like I have done much at all. I had intended to write something thoughtful regarding what has been playing on my mind of late, but the words don’t want to come just yet. Was it Hawthorne who said, “we must not always talk in the market place, of what happens to us in the forest.”, some things are best left unspoken. This is a lesson I don’t always follow, it took me a while to learn what it really meant.
Anyhow, here are a few of my projects in the works. I’m still working on the scarf I spoke of a few posts ago, it’s taking forever. I think the yarn is cursed. Instead, I’ve worked on more pleasant things. I also dyed my hair and cleaned the bathroom, not exactly pleasant but at least both me and the bathroom look presentable.
I’m still reading your blogs, even if I don’t comment as much.
I don’t know about you, but I have this compulsion for knitting scarves. This time every year, I get all zombie-like, “scaaarrrfff”. As a result I have quite the collection, and most people who know me end up getting a scarf at some point. This year I am trying something different.
April had me look at a scarf on ModCloth, to see if I could figure out how it was made. I have an idea, although my initial experiments were less than successful. I like a challenge and if I manage to crack the technique they used, I will post my results. Since I was already on the site, I looked at other scarves and saw a very nice one I could totally make RIGHT NOW. It combined the textures of garter stitch with a woven stitch in a circular scarf. What is different about these scarves is I am trying to recreate something on sight alone, rather than follow a pattern or pick a stitch out of my Harmony guide. The scarves will not be exact copies, but will hopefully possess the qualities I liked from the originals.
This is what I plan to do for one of the scarves:
On straight needles, size 7, using DK yarn, cast on 78 stitches.
Garter Stitch for ___ inches, slipping first stitch in each row.
Purl next row.
Begin Woven Cable Stitch, slipping first stitch and knitting last stitch on each row. Continue for __ inches. Knit one row right side. Bind off. Join ends.
ETA: It may be necessary to go up a needle size for the woven cable stitch portion, if it pulls in too tightly in comparison with the garter stitch.
I don’t have a photo yet as I am still on the garter stitch portion. Originally, I had planned on waiting to post this for when I had a completed scarf, but it will be some time before I am at that point. The original was made from 100% acrylic, for mine, I’m using stash yarn (Rowan Silk Wool in Sorrel). The yarn is a funny shade, under certain light it looks green, in others, brown. I tried to make a scarf from this yarn before, but the Liz had business to settle with THAT scarf, so I had to frog the whole thing. Hopefully this scarf won’t suffer from residual bad cat karma.
I feel like I have the flu. I rarely get sick, so it might not be, but it sure feels like how I remember the flu to be like. I haven’t done much as a result. I finished two more granny squares, and I am taking a stab at deconstructing two scarves seen online to see if I can make them myself. One of them was much easier to figure out than the other. Not that I need another scarf, but both are very cleverly constructed and it would be fun to learn a new technique, in the case of the “difficult” scarf. The easy one is a textural delight and is worth making if only for that reason.
For the moment though, I am sitting with a cup of coffee and the soon-to-be-hemmed-sweater in my lap.
Above is the sweater dress I bought on clearance either last year or the year before. It was online (Gap), and like most clearance purchases, nonreturnable. I usually wear a large medium or a small large, depending on the cut of the garment. I usually prefer my clothes to fit on the loose side. However, this was marked as a large, but it is closer to an extra large. Aside from being far too big for me, I do like it. It’s made from 100% wool and the top part fits alright. From the waist down though, it hangs like a sack.
The first thing I did, was undo the side seams. This took a whole day to do both sides. I stopped at hip height.
I measured where I wanted the sweater to end, a bit past crotch length, and then I cut, using the stripes as a guide.
Now I have to hem the slits on the sides and the bottom edges, then my “new” sweater will be finished. I tried it on and it hangs nicely, much better than it did as a dress. The sleeves are unusually long, even for me, but look alright cuffed. I’d rather have the sleeves too long than too short. Usually it’s the other way around, and I have to wear them pushed up to disguise the fact that the sleeves are too short. Anyone with long arms will know what I mean.
The remaining fabric will become a pair of legwarmers, and no, I won’t wear the sweater at the same time as the legwarmers. Once I get them stitched up, I’ll do a separate post.
Worked on these the past few days, it is starting to get colder. I’ve also started another project, I’m converting a wool knit dress into a tunic length sweater. The dress was too big and I never wore it, but it would be fine as a sweater. I might even get a pair of legwarmers out of the extra material. It was either do something with the dress or give it away, and I could use another sweater. I’ll post on it, once the project is farther along. I finished undoing the side seams and it’s time to decide how long I want it to be.
April and I started a new 30 day challenge, this one for arms. I’m interested in seeing what results I have. April had amazing results from the last one, mine were not as measurable. I may not see much from this challenge either, my biceps are already 13″ around, but it would be nice to have a little more definition. We’ll see. April says she has spaghetti arms, but neglected to say if that was cooked or uncooked.
Simone passed away Monday evening, we buried her in the garden Tuesday morning. We’re all sad, she was with us for a long time. It feels weird with her gone.
I worked on the pattern for “The Hat” and made a second one from cotton yarn. It turned out much differently than the initial acrylic one did.
I think the pattern will be more of a recipe, than a series of hard and fast steps to follow. The acrylic hat (multi) is a close fitting beanie, while the cotton produced a cloche shaped hat. I used the same sized hook for both and both yarns are labeled DK. The cotton is Vinni’s Nikkim and the acrylic is Stylecraft Special DK. In any case, I am getting closer to a finished “pattern”. Jill attempted to make a tire cover using the pattern, but changed her mind.
I also started making squares for a new blanket. I have yet to make a traditional granny square blanket, seems like as good a time as any.
I’ll border these in white.
Simone, my pet rabbit, has not been doing well this past week. It is only a matter of time before she leaves us. She about 13 years old, I’m told that is a respectable age for a pet rabbit to live. Prayers for a peaceful and pain free transition for her are appreciated.