Monday, February 21, 2011

I am not yet convinced that I am capable of knitting with two strands of yarn at the same time. I am currently trying (and the key word here at the moment is TRY) to make a baby hat for my dear friend Princess that involves double knitting. And, apparently, you can't do double knitting only using the English method.

So last night I watched a few videos and read a few tutorials and figured out how to knit Continentially. Which is slightly weird but not difficult although my gauge is definitely tighter at this moment. However, the minute I add that extra strand of yarn to either hand it all ends up going very wrong. Tension becomes a thing I can only dream of and somehow despite doing what the videos tell me, I am still carrying the yarn across the front. *pout*

P.S. Yes I also know that really what I need to do is sit down and practice for you know more than half an hour but I'm choosing to ignore that at the moment and hope it will all magically work out anyway

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Had a really lovely girls/spring cleaning weekend. T and I meet up with my friend Steph at a fantastic Italian place for lunch followed by a visit to the Kimball to see the Salvatore Rosa exhibit. While my dad didn't think these plans were exceptionally fun sounding, I had a ball. I so rarely get to indulge in lunches where champagne is served ^_^.

As is typical of T and I, we meet up in Plano which means I got another opportunity to knit in public places. This is generally an opportunity to practice my conversational skills with completely random people. I've run into fellow knitters, genuinely curiously people, and those who seemed to use it as an excuse to half ass hit on me. This trip was remarkable in that not one person said anything. Though at least a few did stare *grin*

I keep flipping between projects at the moment but I'm hopeful that I will get Casey's gloves done in time for her to use them this winter. Of course she lives in Boston so I think I've got a few weeks.

Spud and Cloe fine sock with Io by Asa Tricosa

Friday, February 4, 2011

I had decided recently that instead of buying new yarn, I would finish up all of my WIPs. This would both save me money and insure that people whose gifts I've started wouldn't have to wait years before getting their happy knitted thing. It was actually all going fairly well, until yesterday, when I filed my tax return and suddenly didn't feel quite so broke. I swear I only intended to buy some different green yarn for a baby hat and somehow I came out with enough yarn to do three new projects.

Here is some lovely Spud and Chole Fine Sock for Casey that will become a neat pair of gloves

And here we have some Jitterbug for Stephanie

And finally we have some Pagewood Farms for Eileen.

I feel I should point out that none of its for me. I'm sure that makes it better...somehow ^_^