Sunday, June 24, 2012

Progress: Haruni

As I promised, I started Haruni last night.  To be honest, I am not nearly as intimidated as I was originally was but I've already made a mistake...dun-dun-dun.  Nothing major, my count is off by one stitch after the 40th row, but I am still starting to feel the weight of such a long winded project. 

More updates soon!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Finished: Jane, Rikke & Simple Pleasures Hats

I've had an incredibly fruitful knitting week.  I am beginning to feel unstoppable and like I may have beaten my summer curse.  Within the week I finished a Jane hat in Madelinetosh Vintage (French Gray colorway), a Rikke Hat in Berroco Ultra Alpaca (Berry Mix) and a Simple Pleasures Hat in Malabrigo Worsted (Sunset).   All of these hats are incredibly easy, so I shouldn't toot my horn too much, but I am feeling good about my ability to keep my knitting up during this suck ass weather. 

Simple Pleasures

I am feeling so ballsy, in fact, that I have just cast on a Haruni with Cascade 220 in an amazing Olive color.... I wasn't joking in my last post.  I've finally made it.  More on Haruni soon.  And hopefully by the time I am finished I still have hair (and a sense of humor).

In other amazing news, a Ravelry friend from the RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) group, gifted me the pattern for Stucco.  I am delighted, as I have been fawning over the pattern for some time.  I was quite surprised to look it over and to see how intricate some of the stitches were.  I feel it will be a bit of a challenge--one that I am looking forward to soon.  So many thanks to the amazing lady who made my day.  

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Finished: Agnes

There is nothing quite like the bitter pill of finishing a beautiful knitted item, only to realize the fit is... wrong.  This happened to me when I bound off my last Agnes sleeve a few days ago.  I had been sorta trying it on while knitting, but I just kept thinking the alpaca blend would stretch with a harsh blocking.  Come to find out, I was wrong.  The length from the neck to the armhole is just a tad too short and it pulls in an incredibly awkward way.  I mean, it went over my head, and I guess, I should call it a success in that regard, but I knew we weren't destined for each other.  Luckily, it perfectly fit my dear friend Bailey, who is beyond knit worthy and who I know will keep her forever.

In related news, I have officially knit over 100 items in my knitting history.  It is true that I passed the milestone a while back, there are undocumented FO's in my mental history, that never made it to Ravelry but today I marked the "official" 100th item with the addition of my soon-to-be Rikke Hat.  It is hard to fathom how many skeins of yarn have actually passed through my hands throughout my knitting life. From my very first visit to my LYS, to visiting stores across the US, to the feeling of delight when the Webs newsletter arrives with summer sale info... I feel like this is me.  This knitting thing, is something that will last with me forever.  It is hard to explain to non-knitters, but I can remember every feeling I ever had when I knit something.  To the stress I felt when I bound off Agnes, to the glee I felt when I finished my Lady Eleanor (the epic snowstorm of that year was finally over), to the realization that "hey, I can really do this!" when I 3 needle bound off my Imogen.  I occasionally come across remnants of my former knitting self, the person who would pick up yarn at the craft store in hopes that one day I would finally arrive...
Well, yarn, I have made it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Finished: Daybreak Pt. 2

Over the last eight days, my brain decided it needed a new project.  I am not sure what turned off my mental cruise control on Agnes, but I feel like it had something to do with receiving a new order from the Webs summer sale (that included some Plymouth Boku and a few various skeins for other projects).  

So I embarked on another Daybreak Shawl using Cascade 220, the Boku and size 8 needles.  After a few too many hours of bad television, I bound off.  The Boku is really a superb alternative to Noro and had no knots and not nearly as much vegetable matter as I expected.  Overall, I am happy and I am equally proud to add another 354 yards to my 2012 total! 

And now back to the last half of my last arm on Agnes... which has been loyally awaiting my attention. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Progress 2: Agnes

My Agnes has been coming along amazingly.  For some reason I have found myself in a hurry to finish it, even though it is (horribly) too hot to get any wear out of it for the time being.  
I just started work on my last sleeve, so I can already picture it blocking out later tonight after a marathon day of bad reality tv. 

I had cleared so much on my Agnes in such a short time, I thought it would be wise to take a tiny break and  so I cast on my Holden the first section there are 44 repeats and I am quickly nearing 40 after bringing it along to work for a lacy break from the monotony of stockinette stitch.  I should soon have an update on both projects!