Monday, September 10, 2007

Dogwood Donna begins

In honor of fall, I decided to start knitting something dark green. Enter Dogwood Donna from the spring Knitscene (yes, I know it was meant for spring. But now it's going to be meant for fall, ok?). So my yarn from Yarniverse in Memphis arrived Friday and I'm knitting a swatch. I've spent waaay too much time away from knitting this summer and I'm ready to get started again.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Coolest Hat Ever...

Love the Center Square pattern. Love the colors I chose. Problem? I made it too large!!

I have a big head. Blame it on the hair, blame it on the genetics (my brother claims big head status, too). So I always try to make my hats a little larger than normal.

Flashback to winter 06-07. It is unbearably cold. I drop by Urban Outfitters and check out the clearance sale on hats. Pick up two hats: one helmet style and one plain. The plain one won't fit over my head. The helmet one looks silly, but I wear it anyway because it's warm and--good Lord--it covers my whole head, chin, and neck. As a result, I get made fun of by friends and decide to make this hat.

Because the UO hat was too small, I decided to increase the gauge on the Center Square hat for my big head. This resulted in a hat that was too big. Awesome, yet too big.

I frogged it (but not before taking a lovely photo) and will most definitely redo for next winter.

Lucky not very lucky

I hate Lucky. I really do.

I've been working on this for years. As is tradition, I knit, I frog, I knit, I frog. I actually had it almost put together when I discovered that the top of one sleeve was wider than the other. Oh, it won't be obvious, I told myself. I continued to sew seams and whadya know? It looked terrible. Frog!

So here I am again, knitting and hopefully not frogging again. Will I ever finish this? Why do I continue to do things wrong and not check them when it only pisses me off in the end?

Here's the new sleeve just starting...

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I hate the asymmetrical coat from Elann.

I wrestled with this durn coat back in October when I purchased way too much for this yarn to make this project for my mom's birthday on December 1. I had many many troubles with the pattern right from the start. I wrote Elann, they printed a correction, and sent the new pattern.

Things were going well until I started to finish the collar. Wrote Elann again and they said there were no other problems or corrections.

A few minutes ago, I got a revised pattern in my email. This is May. I made the coat in December. My mom can't wear the coat now, plus it looks terrible because of the botched pattern.

This is the one and only time in the history of my knitting that I can indeed say that the muss-up of the pattern was not my fault. But it still makes me wanna go GRRRR because it was a nice birthday present with is now almost unwearable. Sigh.

Here's a picture of the finished yet botched coat.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Faux Cable Vest: Frogged

The faux cable vest looked really good on the model on the cover of Knit.1. The vest looked like I was carrying two 4th graders around--one on my back and one on my belly.

That yarn is super bulky. I don't even think it would look good on a super skinny person. The cable looked so awesome, though, that I had to take a picture before I frogged it. Still partly on the needles, as you can see.

Now...what to make with the bulky yarn?