A blog about knitting, and some other stuff....

Monday, November 24, 2008


So it's been a bad week.  Two tests and two papers, an interview and inventing a portfolio to go with said interview (yes, I graduated, yes I'm still taking classes, you just can't keep me away).  Said portfolio should show things like internship experience,  classwork, and hand skills.  The hand skills area was lacking so I decided to knit something impressive (at the very last minuet of course).  I went for Spiralen.  

I freaking hate lace. I never thought I hated lace, but I do.  Everything seems relatively simple: I read the instructions, I understand the instructions, I follow the instructions, and I end up with the wrong amount of stitches at the end of the row.  Also starting knitting in the round with only 8 stitches on size 3 needles was one of the hardest knitting things I've ever done.  Shouldn't have been, but it was.  But the good news is since I had to start over so many times (about 12) I'm now really good at knitting in the round with only 8 stitches on size 3 needles....

At first I came up with this, which only vaguely looks like the pictures in the pattern.  I was confused.  Then I realized that the "plain knit every other row" direction only lasted until row 12, yet I of course had continued it all the way through because I am so good at following directions.  

Everyone told me this was lovely.  It was fantastic and great for my portfolio.  I of course thought it was crap because that is not what it's supposed to look like.  So with little time left before I actually really needed a finished portfolio and when I actually should have been doing schoolwork, I made a new one, the correct way (and it goes a lot faster when you're not adding extra rows....)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Election Hat!

I have this thing with hats, namely that I hate them. Or let's say I hate wearing them. I think I look stupid in most of them, although I realize that they're really nice to have when it gets cold. So I keep knitting them, at least one a winter, in my eternal quest to find a hat I don't hate. While watching very exciting election coverage last night I knitted this (well, the vast majority of this, I started it Monday night).

Yes, I am a lazy blogger and instead of using a camera I use Photo Booth....

The yarn is some cone yarn I picked up many years ago from Webs. It's way bulky which I don't really like, and it's 100% wool so it's rather not so soft, and I have a ton of it that I don't know what to do with. I don't even know what the stuff is called.... The white is Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool. This is a lovely knit, very quick, easy, and I like it! We'll see if I wear it. Now to wait for this unusually warm weather to end.... no, I don't mean that, don't end, stay as long as you'd like.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

innocent drinks

I'm sure many have heard about this from other place (ie/ Mason-Dixon Knitting, which is where I heard about, yesterday, so I'm probably way behind on the game here), but check out all the tiny hats that are going on innocent drinks!!  Oh, if I only lived in the UK, I'd drink an innocent drink with a tiny hat.