Monday, April 29, 2002

HA! Ocean Sweater (renamed "Aberdeen") and Mom's Shawl (renamed "Post-Partum/Empty Nest: My Momma's Blues) have been entered into the art salon... now we'll see if they're accepted (find out tomorrow).

Now to work on the top-secret afghan project!

Non-Knitting News Requiem this weekend was awesome, senior honors recital audition on Friday went well!

Friday, April 26, 2002

Ocean Sweater almost done... the knitting's done, I just need to sew it together, which will happen tonight, as will the rest of the fringing on mom's shawl, because submissions for the art salon are due tomorrow...

my history paper takes too much time away from my knitting and I just ordered a bunch of new yarn, and fleece, cuz I'm going to teach myself how to spin. I'm such a dork.

Sunday, April 21, 2002

I am half-way done with the fringing of the shawl... This is the last dance concert, so I should get a lot more work done on it this afternoon. I figured that the way I would deal with the worming yarn was to pull all the extra loops to one side, then tack them down with the same fringe I'm using on the border. My art-salon artsy-fartsy name for the piece is "Post-Partem/Empty Nest: My Momma's Blues" I think the ocean sweater will just be called "North Atlantic".

Alicia came into the costume studio last night and saw me working on my sleeve. When she asked what I was making and I replied sweater, she asked for whom (though I think she actually said "who" Dan's bad for me, making me care about stupid shit like that) anyway, I answered "for me" and she said "Good! It's about time you made something for yourself, evertime I see you knitting, it's always for your mom, or dad or Dan, or someone..." Maybe I should take the hint.

In a burst of not-taking the hint, I have decided to knit my sister a bikini for her birthday next month.

Non-Knitting News I graduate a month from yesterday and I still haven't managed to send out my graduation announcements, much less figure out what I'm doing besides "moving to England to be with the boy". sigh

Saturday, April 20, 2002

sleeve done. oh yeah.
First sleeve almost done! YAY! I am so entering this into the student art salon. That just means I need to finish by Friday. No sweat. Now the real question-- can I also finish Mom's shawl by then, too? Hopefully. Costume crew chief position has been good for productivity levels knitting-wise. Not so good history paper-wise. Ah well.

Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Front is almost done! YAY! I cast off for the neck already, so I have just a bit more to go before the whole piece is done...

Non-Knitting News Requiem soloists have been posted. None for me. Ah well.

Sunday, April 14, 2002

Ha! The back of the mohair sweater is now done! HA HA HA! and there are 2 inches done on the front... NOTE ON KNITTING WITH MOHAIR: do a really big gauge swatch. My 4x4 square just didn't cut it... what was supposed to 19 inches wide ended up being 25 in the middle, with no random increasing... ah well... it'll just be baggier than originally planned...I've also decided to do the cowl neck if I have yarn. I will not post my feeling on whether or not I'll have the extra yarn, as I would like not to jinx it.

Non-Knitting News JCR will sign all senior recital paper work and Monica not only will accompany me, she's really happy to. She WANTS to accompany me... la la la la la... life is good

Saturday, April 13, 2002

As of last night there are now 17 inches done on the back piece of the Ocean Sweater... 5 more to go... I was very productive in the car on the way to Iowa City and playing trivial pursuit last night (the boys won. barely. gargh) so now I need to think about necklines... I know I want a boat neckline... do I want to drop the front slightly (an inch? less than that?) or take the easy way out and not drop it at all? Also, if I have enough yarn left over, do I want to add a cowl neckline? hmmm... decisions...

Other decisions... Kate W.'s getting rid of all that nice bulky sage green wool-ease. Do I want it for a cabled cardigan? Maybe... temptation

Non-Knitting News JCR did NOT post Requiem soloists yet... do I want to ask him to sponsor me for my Senior Honor's Recital audition? hmmm...

Kate and Ariel are trying to plan a wedding. Neither of them have ever been to a wedding, it's kinda funny. But I get to through a bachelorette party. Hells yeah.


Friday, April 12, 2002

So, this is my blog... I'm new to the blog world, but campus has something similiar... Anyway... rundown on the projects (I hope to post pictures and patterns once I get the hang of this):

1. Mom's shawl that's left over from Christmas... I NEED to get this done before her birthday! It's a basic garter-stich, cast one stitch one, KPK into that stich. row 3: K1, YO K to end. Repeat row 3. But it's knit in lots of fibers (all shades of blue with some purple and green) in mixed fiber stripes on size 17 needles... and the knitting's done, I just need to fringe it, which is BORING! and, the chenille wormed on me, which I did not know chenille would do... sigh, so I need to somehow tack the stretched-out loops in such a way that it looks like I meant to do that...

2. The ribbed turtleneck sweater... this sweater is done in beautiful Kamchatka SeaMoss worsted weight ( they're good people) and was going *perfectly* until it came time for the sleeves... so the ribbed pattern is supposed to be stretched when worn, and I knew one inch was 4 stitchs horizontally but didn't even stop to think about vertically (which is 6.5 stitches to the inch), so when I cast up the side of the armhole, I just picked up a stitch in every stitch... *sigh*... of course I didn't realize this until I had finished the first sleeve and triumphantly tried it on... then ripped out 2 weeks worth of work and hid the sweater. I think it can come out next week.

3. The gray lace scarf. This is knit on some lace-weight yarn of unknown fiber source that I picked up while in China. (Yes, I can read fiber labels in Chinese, this yarn just wasn't labeled) Anyway, I'm taking the last body pattern from the Cherry Blossom Shawl from this springs issue of Interweave Knits and just knitting it as a scarf, gauge is rougly 6-7 stitches per inch, on size 8s... this would go really well if I had the attention span needed to concentrate on the pattern.

5. The JCR afgan project, but it's a secret until next month. I'll tell you then, I swear.

4. (The last project, I swear, and the one currently sitting in my backpack) The Ocean Sweater... knit on szie 13s in mohair, it's going wondersouly fast (10 inches since I started yesterday!) This mohair is GORGEOUS, I got it at Spindles, Shuttles, and Skeins in Boulder, CO, while on choir tour last month... I have 3 colors: blue, green, and gray, but they're all slightly variegated, using the other colors and all look like the ocean at different times of day, so I'm knitting in the flat, using one-row stripes of each color, but it doesn't look that stripey, which is very, very cool.

Non-Knitting news of the Day: JCR's posting the Requiem soloists today (supposedly) my audition blew, but OH! how I lust after this part... sigh