Just a bit of cashmere makes the medicine go down

How time flies…

 

Having the My Cryptonite done felt really good, it had taken me a bit longer then it normally would have if I had more time on my hands to knit it.  That’s life however and I did the best I could.  It looks pretty good on, it’s still not cold enough for me to wear it, which here in California it really never gets that cold.  Well at least where I live and for someone who has a cold tolerance of a Canadian, but I digress.  I’m hoping that soon the weather will turn and start to get cooler, instead of going cooler and then deciding to go back into the 70s.  In any case I have a ok picture of me wearing it, I’ll take better ones when I wear it outside.
My new Longfellow Cardigan is coming along smoothly.  I couldn’t get the gauge that was in the pattern, but with a little math I’m knitting the size above the size I would normally wear.  This is my second sweater in a fingering weight yarn and I forgot how long it takes to knit.  It’s not a bad knit by any stretch of the imagination, but on size U.S. 4 and fingering weight yarn, it just takes time.  I’m about halfway to the underarms at this point and I have to resist the urge every so often to pet it.  I’m not big into 100% cashmere yarns, too warm for me, but the little bit in the Casbah does wonders.  The fabric should be perfect for me wearing during the “coldest” months here.  And the color is nice and neutral-ish too.  The back is currently completed, I’m working on one of the fronts right now and I have to say having less stitches makes it go by much faster.  It’s starting to get a little bit “cooler” here, so I can hopefully have it in time for that.

But in the mean time I did get another sweater’s quantity of fingering weight.  Not sure what I’ll make with it, but if I like the longfellow enough I’ll make it again.  I’ll have pictures of the yarn later.

On to the next

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Well this has been an interesting week or so.  Lots of big assignments and exams due in the same week.  But on a good note I finished My Cryptonite, it’s done, and with minimal yarn chicken.  Well a bit of yarn chicken, ok more then just a bit.  I had to buy another skein of color A and it came in handy.  I should have chosen a yarn that wasn’t a little smaller then the requirement.  Color C started to freak me out enough that I checked my friends stash to see if they had that same color and lot.  She did, but I didn’t need it thankfully, I had plenty of B and C. The decision to cut in between a lot of the big sections meant a lot of ends, lots.  I thankfully wove them in while I went.  I just need to block it soon and get that going.  
I did start my Longfellow cardigan out of Casbah in Nori.  I’m really liking how it is working out so far.  I keep feeling the swatch on my arm, feels so good.  Makes me want this cardigan even more, but it’s going to take time.  Hopefully I’ll have it done next month, but that depends how much time I have to knit.  
Check out the add for the newest design, Spring Iris.  You’ll see it on the patterns page under the featured patterns on the right.  

 

Finished in time, but not in time

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Well being sick does have some advantages I found out.  Being too stick to go anywhere and having to stay at home, I got a lot of knitting done.  I finished all of the knitting for my garment a few hours before my flight last night.  I was so happy with it, it came out better then I invisioned it.  Everything just fell into place, I just had to sew in the ends, and I just didn’t have time to block the rest of it.  But something else happened too, I got sick last Friday night, I was getting better up until the night I was supposed to fly out to New York.  I was feeling way worse then I thought, I decided that I should wait until after dinner to see how I was feeling.  I still didn’t feel good, I had to make a decision.  Go through all of the travel to get there and still feel sick or worse, or cancel the trip and be disappointed.  This was not an easy decision, I had spent the last 4 days siting at home, resting, knitting like a mad man to get ready for the trip.  But in the end, as you can guess it I had to stay home.  I wasn’t feeling good and I knew that traveling would make it worse.  I wish I could have gone, but it’s for the best, I’m still not 100%.  Granted I’m at around 75-85% now, but I don’t think that would have happened with the traveling.  
In any case I’ve been at home, knitting here and there, binge watching Netflix, and working on school assignments.  The design is finished, just need to sew in a few more ends and do a final block.  Then back to the computer to write up the pattern to get it test knitted.  With that off the needles I need to pick up another project in it’s place, maybe a design? Well I think the yarn that I wound up for Rhinebeck will be next.  I chose three projects to bring with me, a cardigan, shawl, and socks.  The socks are nothing new, they’re the same Mind the Gap Socks I was working on in London (no they’re not done yet).  


I chose Longfellow because it’s a simple cardigan that I think will look rather dashing on me.  The yarn is Casbah in the color Nori (seaweed), it’s a black overdyed green color.  I think it’s going to be a good knit for me and maybe I’ll get some good use out of a lightweight sweater here in California.  All the yarn is wound and I’m ready to cast on, I didn’t get the gauge for the pattern, I liked the gauge I got.  So I’m knitting the pattern one size up which will give me the size that I want to knit for myself.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll start, but it just depends how much I can get done on some other things.  


My Cryptonie has grown quite a bit, finally got through the first larger section of color C.  This was going to be another project to bring with me, because I probably would have finished it with all of the traveling that I would have been doing.  Not to mention down time and the ease of the pattern.  But I’m coming close to having it complete.  A bit of advice, if you knit this pattern, weave in your ends as you go.  I decided to cut colors A and B when getting to the big color C sections.  I knit tight and i didn’t think I could carry two yarns up the side and make it look good.  But I’ll be glad to get this one done so I can show it off.  


This yarn was going to be brought as a just in case I finish everything.  I know it’s a crazy thought to have traveled for only 3-4 days and finish everything.  Hear me out, if I finished My Cryptonite and the socks I would only have the cardigan.  This yarn is destined to be my third Sharktooth, since the other two were made for my mother.  Well the first one got claimed by her.  So this will be a sharktooth, once I have the right sized needles available.  
For now I’ll just be here, studying, writing papers, knitting, and wishing I was at Rhinebeck.  Maybe I’ll buy some yarn to make myself feel better.  Sounds like a plan to me.  

The Final Stretch

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Today is Sunday, which is a day I would normally be at work all day, come home, have a little time to do homework, knit, and relax.  Monday starts my long day at school, which means not a lot of time to do anything before I leave.  But it appears that I have caught the plague that has been going around, which started late Friday night.  Started with a sniffle, which shouldn’t happen since I take allergy medication 365 now (since they can be pretty bad).  But when I get a sniffle on top of that , I know I’m getting sick.  A few other things clue me in, like running way warmer then the warm I usually run (not a fever though), headache, then feeling cold and boom, sick.  My coworkers yesterday said that its good that it’s getting out of the way before I fly, I disagree.  It would have been better that it happened after I came back, or not at all.  What ca you do, you can’t win them all.  What that means though is that I have a full day to do whatever I need to do, granted it’s mainly sitting at home, trying to fend off the sick.  But what that means is that I get to knit today, more then I would have if I had to do my normal Sunday.  
I might have a shot in having my design done and ready before wednesday.  It’s a long shot though, I just started the last piece about an hour ago and it’s making good progress.  But then there is the blocking, ends, seaming, and all of that fun finishing bits that I need to do still.  If I’m diligent today however, I have a good shot of having it done.  I’m really hoping that I can get it done, so then I can swatch and work on something else, travel knitting.  I have that narrowed down at least to a cardigan, shawl, another shawl, another sweater, and a few other ideas.  Maybe even some socks that I’ve wanted to do for a bit, out of some fun hand dyed thicker yarn (not that thick, it’s a sport/DK weight).  But I do have a little time to think about it today, swatch, and get everything packed up.  I have the yarn wound up for the sweater though, some Casbah that I have had in stash for a little bit now.  It’s in the color Nori and I think would make a great light weight cardigan.  
Though I think that crazy thought I had about 2 weeks ago isn’t going to happen.  I wanted to make a super bulky sweater that I’ve wanted to make for a while now, which would be perfect for colder weather.  But even at my knitting speed as it is, with the time remaining I think it would be impossible.  Only with a knitting machine could I actually do it and my flat bed machine isn’t made for super bulky yarns.  Maybe when I return I will thin about casting that on and just have it waiting for the next time I need a big bulky sweater.  

And now a time warp.  It’s Sunday evening and I’m still taking my cold drugs (yes they’re helping, even if it doesn’t seem like much).  I am just over halfway on the last piece I need to make before this project can be called finished.  Lets hope that I can get it done.  Going to knit more and keep binge watching things on Netflix, I’ll post photos when I have the energy to take some.  Well not of this design, not yet, that you all will have to wait and see.  I have to start packing too, yikes.  

Time is still elusive

Well this semester is definitely trying to kill me.  Lets just say that the work load is pretty big.  I have been working my butt off.  
Knitting time has been limited.  I’ve been trying to get some time in the morning to keep my routine going.  That routine if you don’t remember is knitting, which watching some YouTube, and having my morning coffee. Some days I wake up late and then will have to rush out the door, with no knitting done.  I’m still planning on having my design ready for debut for Rhinnebeck, but it’s going to be tight.  Right now my needles are on fire trying to get the last bit done. I’m starting to doubt I’ll be able to finish but I’m going to try. And I should clarify by debut, I’ll be showing off the design, the pattern is not even close to ready to be published. 
Also, I need to consider what my travel knitting is going to be. It all hinges on if I can complete my design. I just wound up my last 2 skeins of yarn today, I fear I might not have enough to finish. But I’m going to see if I can get yarn shipped fast just in case. And well one of my knitting friends and I did a trade for another skein. We will see how this pans out, 4 days until I fly. 

Still can’t read patterns

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I don’t think this will come to a surprise to many of you that I still have issues reading patterns, I think I’ve found out my problem.  When there is a shift in the pattern or I think I know what the pattern says without checking, I have a problem.  Lets talk about the most recent issue I had, which didn’t happen once, but twice.  I’m referring to My Cryptonite, which the pattern is written very well, it’s very clear, just my brain can’t compute.  Lets break it down shall we.

  1.  I knit through the part that repeats itself quite a lot, without any errors, well maybe one, but that was no big deal.
  2. I get to the part when the pattern changes slightly and I think I see it say something like “just keep going with the same pattern”.
  3. I keep going in this manner and about 30 rows in, I look at it and think it’s time to start a new section.
  4. I look at the pattern and curse myself.
  5. I repeated the wrong section for the last chunk after the big repeat section.
  6. Decided to rip it out and to do it correctly.
  7. Today I was knitting along and got to the written number of repeats for the new section
  8. Come to realize I forgot to repeat from the old section too before starting the new section
  9. Have a bit of turmoil of either I rip this out and get it right, because the third time is the charm.
  10. Or who about not, I don’t want to do this part again, it won’t make much difference.  I’ll just fudge it a little to get everything on track again.
  11. Early morning knitting while having school fatigued brain doesn’t help.
  12. The designer saw the picture of her design I was knitting that I posed on my instagram (@tygerknits if you’re interested).

Do I think that I’m going to be able to read patterns in the future?  Probably not.  Do I think I can still write a decent pattern?  Yes.  Do I want to get this knitting done to knit one more thing before next month?  Yes.

Deep stash diving

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Today would have normally been a day I would be in school until late, but thankfully I have today off because of a National Holiday.  I honestly thought I would have gotten up earlier but I guess I need a long recharge from this past week.  Not that it was especially trying or hard, but just because of some stressful situations with school, which are now resolved.  And the fact that I am not a morning person and I’ve had to get up early a lot because of school.  But I have been knitting, quite miraculously I have been, not a lot but enough to keep my sane.  I have my school project which is Love of Spiders, a good one that I can just auto pilot while in class, going unnoticed.  It’s in Mora Silk, which is nice to work with, makes a very nice fabric.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The blue is more of a turquoise blue, but it is still very nice.  Lots of ends to deal with since I didn’t want to carry up the contrast color and make the edge too tight.  Just a little more to go and then I can start the next section of the pattern.  Maybe I’ll get a section done tomorrow during my lecture.

 

Even though I am trying to be a monogamous knitter, I can’t be when I have a design going.  And the Sports were the non thinking knitting, but those are done.  I just need to finish a little more seaming, wash, and block them and then I can call them 100% done.  But the spiders should have been it’s replacement, but I’m delegating that to be school only knitting, so I needed something else for non design knitting.  So I started My Cryptonite, yes I spelled that right, it’s a Melanie Berg pattern.  I debated getting 3 skeins from my LYS for my Birthday, but resisted and instead went into stash and pulled out 3 skeins of Madelinetosh Sock, one deep stash, one medium, and one kinda medium.  The colors I chose were, Composition Book Grey, Fog, and Grasshopper.  I’m really happy with how they are mixing together and this pattern is so great.  Maybe I’ll have to dig again later and make another.

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Composition book is not that pinky purple in real life.  I just wanted some quick photos, so no edits.  But these will do for now.  Back to enjoying the day, going to knit for a while.

Time and knitting

Well it’s that time of year again. I have officially started my last semester in college, which means it’s going to be a long few months. I know that school is important and that you need a good education to get ahead, but I have to say one thing. Senioritis his you pretty damn hard. With all of that said, lets just say it’s going to be a long and stressful semester.  I will say so far it seems like homework is far and few between, it’s all about the practical applications of what you’ve learned.  So that is nice, but it also means a lot of reading too, meaning reading and knitting time.

 

When I started last week I needed to bring some knitting just in case I had downtime or felt comfortable whipping out the knitting during a lecture.  I didn’t want to bring the Sports that I have been working on, or the project that I’m designing.  Neither the bright colors or the need to pay a lot of attention to something was something I wanted.  I decided to have a project that was pretty much reserved for school.  I grabbed some Mora and some needles and cast on a Love of Spiders.  I’m using a nice blue-turquoise and a black, it’s coming out quite nicely.  And the fact that it is silk is another plus.  But not to fear, yesterday I finished the sports.  Well the knitting is done, the little bit of ends and sewing, and the drawstring are still needing to be done.  Not to mention blocking, but I did try them on and let me tell you, they’re bright, and they’re fantastic.  I might need to make a few other pairs, but maybe in more subdued colors.

 

No pictures this update, have to keep knitting and reading.

Ravellinic

I can’t believe it’s been this long since I have written here, but lets do a quick one.

 

  1. No I am not doing the Ravellinic (I think that’s how you spell it), my main project is a design so I can’t really push through it that fast.
  2. I do have the Sports I have in tandem while designing, but I want the design done sooner rather then later.
  3. Not having knitting to show here doesn’t give me much to talk about
  4. Which them makes a kind of boring blog.
  5. Which probably frustrates those wanting to see what design I’m working on, or what I’m knitting on in general.
  6. I really need to get this design done so it can get tested
  7. That and so I can knit on something I can actually show here
  8. I need to knit through my stash
  9. Ooooo look yarn…

 

Yarn will never, ever leave you

There are certain things that happen in my life that warrant yarn purchases.  Most of the time I buy yarn because, you know, it’s irresistible to me.  Something about the color or fiber content, or both that just sing to me.  It calls out a siren song and tells me all of the possibilities that it could be.  Some were like the yarn from the shop I visited last week, where it told me exactly what it was going to be.  They told me what design they wanted to be and told me I knew they were perfect for it.  There are definitely yarns like that, but this yarn wasn’t for that reason.

 

I won’t go into detail what life event that was, but this was another one of those events.  I went through my local yarn shop and I looked at all of the yarn there.  I knew my birthday is this month so I would also hold off on anything crazy until then.  But I knew I needed something for this now tradition.  I picked up some more Malabrigo Mora to make a For the Love of Spiders.  I got a nice teal-y blue and a black, so I think it will work out well.  No pictures just yet, I will soon.  I just realized I really need to start cataloging my yarn in Revelry again, I’ve been slacking off on that.

 

Just a quick post and a friendly reminder, yarn will never leave you.