Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jinxed

I started my second Honey Cowl. I'm doing it in Sanguine Gryphon's Bugga again but the color is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It's a gorgeous green/brown variegated yarn. I got a lovely surprise while knitting when little bits of a blue hue showed up in it. As lovely as it is, I think it's jinxed.

First off, I opened it up and went to put it on the swift. I cut it, put it on the swift and went to wind it. I couldn't get it to go. Apparently I cut it in the wrong spot. After ten minutes I gave up in frustration and walked away for a break. Glenn stepped in. The man has the patience of a saint which you may have already surmised because he's been married to me for almost twenty five years. He sat for about an hour and a half getting it into a cake. At one point I looked and he had it tangled around the base of the ball winder. That was the second issue. Finally after almost two hours he gave me the yarn in a lopsided cake but it was done. He said he finds the untangling very relaxing. I, on the other hand, could cut a bitch after ten minutes.

I cast on the cowl and all was good. I brought it out with me knitting because it's easy and I can talk while I knit. Or so I thought. I dropped a stitch. No, I lost a stitch. I could not find it. Had to rip it down. Cast on, started knitting and realized I didn't cast on enough stitches. Ripped it again. I'm now about a quarter of the way through it and hoping that the bad mojo is gone.

Now this is the question. Is the yarn jinxed or is it me? Rhetorical question really because I know it's me. I just know it.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Oh Honey!

I'm gonna come right out and admit this. I'm sick of sock knitting. That's right, I said it! I decided I need a break and looked for a pattern that was quick and easy and definitely not socks. I had a lovely skein of Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in Florida Blue Centipede I'd wound a while back so I looked at the patterns on Ravelry and came up with the Honey Cowl. Finished it up in just a couple of days.





I originally cast on 200 stitches, on size 7 needles, but after a few rounds, I frogged it and added 20 stitches which is what the pattern says to do for the larger cowl. I knit to about 7 or 8 inches did the three rounds of knitting and did a sewn stretchy bind off. I'm very happy with it and am hoping for a cold snap here so I can wear it soon. I like that it's snug around my neck and I know it will keep me nice and warm. I have only one other skein of Bugga, in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and have cast on another Honey Cowl for Megan.

I think I'm going to be doing a lot of hat, cowl & scarf knitting this spring. I've lost the urge for the sock knitting and I'm hoping it's temporary because I have a bit of sock yarn stashed. Ok a lot of sock yarn stashed!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Scarf & Socks

It's been a while but I've been busy! The kids were home for spring break this week and we didn't get a chance to go to Annie & Company so not a lot of knitting got done but I do have some progress to show you.

Here's my Min Ulla so far:




I have a good chunk of it done. Enough so you can see how it will look once it's complete. I really need to concentrate on it so this week not a lot got done. With the boys home, not a lot of anything gets done. Except eating.


I got a serious case of second sock syndrome with my V Junkies this time around. When I made them for Joyce, they seemed to fly off the needles - not this time. These seemed to take forever but I finally closed them up today and here they are:




Love them! I went up half a needle size but went with the smallest pattern size, casting on 60 stitches. They fit perfectly. With the weight loss, right now I'm having to guess at sizing. I had cast these on with 72 stitches and halfway through the first sock, realized they were going to be much too big so I ripped them. That's probably why they took so long! I didn't have second sock syndrome, I had THIRD sock syndrome! Well they're done and I'm very happy with them.


I've had a skein of Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, Florida Blue Centipede, wound up and ready to go for a few weeks and finally decided to cast it on. I found a pattern, Honey Cowl, and thought it looked very cute and easy. The pattern calls for DK and I'm using Sport. It also calls for size eight needles, 220 stitches. I'm using size seven needles and cast on 200. It's a four round repeat pattern so it should be easy, mindless knitting I can do when not working on the Min Ulla.

Kids go back to school on Monday, happy dance, so I should be able to work on my scarf more.



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Inspired

Since The Point closed, a few years ago, my time spent in yarn shops has been limited. Usually Allyson and I would either hang out at one of our houses, hers is great because she's got a gorgeous backyard in the middle of Manhattan, or we'd go to Whole Foods to lunch and knit. Once in a while we'd go to a yarn shop just to shop or, if we were hanging out, we'd be the only ones there.

The last few weeks, since my knees have been feeling better, we've been going to Annie & Company on the upper east side. Alyssa, the manager from The Point, is there along with her friend Carli, and Marlene. They're all brilliant knitters and such lovely people. They really are welcoming and so fun to be around. There are also a group of women who seem to be there around the same time we go. They're knitters with all different times served. Some, like me, have been knitting a few years and others, like Al, have been knitting for forty years or more. One thing they all have in common is that they're very inspiring.

Until hanging out there, I was very happy knitting socks. I still am, don't get me wrong, but after seeing what they're all working on, I really want to try other things. That was why I started the Min Ulla scarf, after seeing three of them in the shop. I also want to try a shawl or three. I've been looking at patterns and have downloaded some now I just have to chose one!

I'm currently working on the V Junkie socks, for myself, and the Min Ulla. The Min Ulla is a dream and, as Alyssa warned, quite addictive. The only thing is I can only work on it when there's nobody home and I'm alone, otherwise I get distracted and can't get much done. After I finish the socks, I'm going to start a shawl and put aside the sock knitting for a while. I also saw a couple of cowls I like so I'll be choosing a pattern and working on one of those.

I'm going to be seeing my sister, Pat, in the next few months. I haven't seen her in four years and I cannot wait to see her! Know what that means? I have to finish the sweater I started for her three years ago. Just a reminder - I started the sweater, got the sleeves done and part of the body, knit four inches too long on the body, Allyson took it down for me and then I got mad at the sweater, put it in an Ess-A-Bagel bad and shoved it into the closet. Allyson volunteered to finish it for me if I can't do it on my own. I'm going to give it a go though and try to get it done myself but I'm really not optimistic about it. It's wonderful to have a knitting godmother like Allyson. Not only is she brilliant but she's generous and extremely capable of covering my ass when I screw up.

Happy Holidays! Hope you all enjoy yourselves during this holiday season.