Sunday, January 31, 2010

Another one where I make a sweater too big

Ya know... I really do still have that body image complex.  Why is it that every time I try to knit a sweater I make it about 3 sizes too big?  

Can you guess what today's post is about? 

I started the Lightweight Pullover by Hannah Fettig.  Super cute!  Even though I'm not a cowl-neck sweater person, I really like this sweater.  And it was a major bonus that it is a top down construction sweater and super easy with just stockinette stitch -- something I need right now as I can only knit for about 1-2hrs a week.  

I am using Knit Picks Palette yarn in colorway Fog (a discontinued color so I better have enough yarn!).  This is a fingering weight yarn so I just held it double and it was perfect.   

I CO for one of the medium sizes and started knitting the cowl.  Within a day I had most of the cowl done!  

So over the next 2 weeks I would sneak in a row or two here and there.  Before work.  After work.  Between class lectures.  Between writing a paragraph of a paper.  So yeah, knit a little here and there and in 2 weeks I had this much done!

Those little lines - those would be life lines.  Not because this pattern is difficult and I needed to rip back.  Nope those are where I held stitches together so I could try it on.  From very early in the process I could tell it seemed a little big.  But I figured, I'm always cold.  I can just add layers under the sweater.

And all my troubles stems from the fact that I could not try on the sweater.  I am knitting this on my KnitPicks options interchangable circs.  One of the bonuses about topdown/bottom up sweater knitting is the ability to try on as you go.  Um yeah not with a size 24inch cord!  Well not on my body at least!  I did find, however, now Knit Picks is offering a connector for the interchangables.  Both times I have tried to order they have been sold out.  So all of you knitter out there... let me buy some... please!  My sweater knitting depends on it!

So yeah, I couldn't try on the sweater.  And I was in denial.  So I kept knitting... until the SO looked at it the other night and was like... "um... I think you did it again."  Shitty!  So I took out some waste yarn and tried it on....

Yeah.  Waaaay too big!  Even with layers, it just bulks in the wrong places.  So I frogged it.  Yep.  The whole thing.  Funny Story:  this is the first time I utilized the split-splice technique.  I have never done it, but because this yarn is so thin and it is 100% Peruvian wool, I figured I could split-splice the ends and no weaving in.  Boy it worked!  And I do like that I won't have to weave in ends.  

However, frogging back 4 or 5 balls (don't forget held double so we are talking 8 or 10).  I ended up with this monster: 

It is rather comical.  Here is another shot.  

And just to give you some more laughs... here is The Ball as compared to Kyle Bun.  I think he was rather frightened by the monster of wool.

So back to square one.  I'm going to CO for the same sweater again... this time I'll try to keep my actual body measurements in mind!  Wish me luck!  

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wandering Wednesday: Knit Princess

(click the pic to 'embiggin)

I love-love-love Knit Princess!  I think I have blogged about the comic before and here is my fav comic.  Go to Knit Princess to see more!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Nice and Easy Socks

A while back... quite a while ago actually, I blogged about a solo, sad, single sock.  At that time I had recently finished the Cookie A socks and I was just starting a new graduate program so I needed easy, and simple.  So I went to a big box store (yes me, who always reminds you about 3/50 Project) and I purchased Red Heart, Heart & Sole.  Then I immediately CO and knit a sock -- a simple toe-up with an anatomically correct toe and a nice gusset and slip-stitch heel.  Simple ribbing on the top of the foot and up the leg to give it a snug fit and we have a nice, simple, cheap sock.  However... after the first one (Which I finished in just a couple days of occasional mindless knitting) I noticed my hands hurt.  Bad.  And the yarn didn't feel nice.  WTF?  But really for less than $4 a ball I really couldn't complain.

A couple months passed and I wondered if the pain was from the yarn and needle combo.  This yarn is 70% Superwash wool with 30% Nylon with aloe and I used bamboo dpns.  I CO a second sock with my Knit Picks nickel plated dpns and this time felt no pain!  I still found the yarn ehhh. Although it is wicked pretty.  I love the patterning and the colors.  But for me the yarn still feels different than when I use other things like my Koigu, Lorna's Laces, Claudia's etc.  But for a cheap and simple sock fix, this did the trick.  If I decide to ever get this yarn again (not sure if I would, but I'm just saying) then I'll have to remember to use the metal dpns and not the bamboo!

Pattern: None
Yarn: Red Heart & Sole in Toasted Almond Colorway
Needles: 2.25mm dpns
Started: September 3, 2009
Finished: December 31, 2009

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wandering Wednesday: Welcome 2010

Happy Wednesday and Happy New Year!

I wanted to take today to say hello and a Happy New Year to everyone.  I wish all of you good luck and good health for 2010!

My spring semester is looking pretty crazy.  I have an RO1 and RO3 (well my BOSS has those due, I'm just contributing data to the submissions) this semester.  I have 3 classes (which I have until Friday to decide if I want to cut down to 2).  And I have low-dose radiation scheduled for late March/early April.  This has me working 10-11hrs a day then class work for another 4-6hrs each day.  My knitting is gonna be soooo pissy with me!  Needless to say I don't think I will have much time for crafting/knitting/blogging.  However, I'll check in when I can but don't be surprised if there are long gaps between posts.

So yeah, wish me luck and I'll continue to periodically check in with you guys to get some knitspiration and my knitting fix!!!