Lace, the final facecloth.

June 20, 2007 at 10:00 pm | Posted in charity knitting, FOs, log cabin blanket | 2 Comments

Just a simple feather-and-fan facecloth, and it marks the last of the dishcloth cotton I have, so you won’t see any more plain facecloths here for a good long while. I’ll get back to my other projects now.

Actually, I have been working more on the log cabin blanket. The piece I had was getting so cumbersome that I decided to leave it be and start on another section. I figure that six sections, two across and three down, will make a good sized-blanket, and it won’t get so large on the needles and I won’t be knitting hundreds of stitches across just to make it a teensy bit larger.

I’ve also done some more little hat knitting.

I’ve finished 15 little hats now. Not many, but every little bit helps, and knitting such small projects keeps me busy during my nights at work, so I feel doubly productive.

I love the hat that’s in the middle of the first row. If the while were only red instead, it would look like a little strawberry hat. I’m going to have to look around for some red DK-weight yarn now to see if I can make one.

Also, doing that hat made me think that making something in one solid colour, except have little dots at regular intervals using variegated yarn, could look really nice. Especially if the variegated yarn is in some bright colours, and the solid background colour is black. I’m going to have to make myself a hat like that, or perhaps some mittens.

Jakob, as always, is sleeping comfortably, only this time, he’s obn a pile of boxes in the hallway.

Look at him! Have you ever seen a kitty-face look more content?

I know I haven’t.


Drive-by birthday post!

June 7, 2007 at 12:14 pm | Posted in log cabin blanket, Random babble, WIPs | 6 Comments

Yes, it’s my birthday today, so I thought I’d get in a quick post before I head off to work. I’m 23 years old today, and sometimes I don’t feel like I’m much older than 18. (Don’t act like it sometimes, either. *grins*)

And just to be sure there’s actual knitting content in this entry, I give you my updated log cabin blanket!

It’s grown quite a bit. When I’m sitting down, it now covers from my waist to my ankles. It’s a little less than halfway done, I think, judging by that. Of course, I’m running out of colours. I found some more odd balls of worsted acrylic last night to add on a few more sections, but I think I’m going to have to buy more yarn to finish this.

Fortunately, that’s covered in the Knit From Your Stash rules, that I can buy more yarn to finish a project if I need to, so it won’t technically be breaking the yarn diet. So I sense a trip to Value Village is coming, so that I can get at least a few more grab bags of yarn to help finish this blanket.

Jakob thinks it’s far too early to be blogging.

Another long time between updates.

April 10, 2007 at 12:25 am | Posted in Akatonbo, lace, log cabin blanket, Random babble, scarves, WIPs | Leave a comment

I really need to be more consistent with this thing. Honestly, I don’t know how some of the bigger bloggers can do daily updates! I just don’t have that much knitting to write about!

I’ve decided to abandon the idea of monthly goals. They work only on the assumption that I’ll have nothing better to do with my time than knit, and unfortunately, this simply isn’t true. I read, I play video games, and I still have to work. It’s easier in the long run to post progress reports than goals. So no more of that. (I only did a few anyway. I doubt they’ll be missed.)

Anyway, as far as progress reports go . . .

I’m still chugging away at the log cabin blanket.

I’ve finished the ball of yarn I was using for the blanket squares, and started on a new one.

And I’ve finally got the pattern down and am working on the dragonfly scarf, which from now on will be called the Akatonbo scarf, in honour of its unintentional inspirer.

Since it’s less of a complicated pattern than I thought it would be, I’m going to offer it as a free pattern, once I’ve finished knitting up the whole scarf. Which ought to be in a few weeks or so, since I’m knitting it on and off at work. Normally I avoid doing lace at work, but there’s something about designing a pattern my myself that makes me memorize it quicker, and so I don’t lose my place as easily.

(Akatonbo, by the way, is Japanese for “red dragonfly.”)

I’ve also got the yarn ready to knit an altar cloth for a friend, though I won’t take a picture of just a ball of yarn, even if it is hand-dyed. :p

So yes, my inability to stick to one project at a time has manifested again. If I could just finish that last half of that to-be-felted slipper, it wouldn’t look quite so bad! Two blankets on the go will stay on that WIP list forever, it seems, and the rest . . . Well, I suspect they’ll go quickly enough, since I’m at least enjoying knitting them.

And what’s the point of knitting something if you’re not enjoying it?

Nick clearly thinks that would be a crazy thing to do.

It’s raining, it’s pouring.

March 27, 2007 at 7:32 pm | Posted in log cabin blanket, WIPs | 1 Comment

It’s actually been a full week since my last update. No wonder, really, since I haven’t exactly been what most people would call productive. I knit some more blanket squares, and a bit more on the log cabin blanket, but other than that, I’ve been in something of a knitting limbo.

It might have something to do with my insane obsession with playing Suikoden V all the time. I’m not sure. The jury’s still out on that issue.

It might be because I’ve been trying to raise awareness of a truly messed-up loophole in US law that allows the perpetrators of incestuous child abuse to remain with their victims under the name of “family preservation”. (Please, if you have a spare five minutes, do read the journal entry I linked to, and check out a few links at the bottom of that page. Increased awareness is the first step to changing something so awful.)

It might be because my roommate‘s father is in the hospital for a recent heart attack, and needs surgery next Monday, and I’ve been a bit worried and distracted about him.

It might be because I’ve been working more in an attempt to get more money for my trip back to England this summer, while at the same time trying to recover from a truly crappy illness that keeps making me lose my voice. (A very bad thing to have happen when one works at a call centre!)

It might be all of the above reasons. They say it never rains but pours. Here’s a time where I’m inclined to agree.

But even when it rains and pours, the kittens will continue to snore.

Flipping back and forth.

March 20, 2007 at 12:52 am | Posted in Knit From Your Stash 2007, log cabin blanket, Random babble, WIPs | 3 Comments

It seems I’ve been unable to stick to one project over this past week. I’ll knit an inch of the soon-to-be-felted slipper, then I’ll get bored of that and do another few rows of the feather and fan scarf, then tire of that and switch the knitting more of the log cabin blanket I started a while ago.

The log cabin blanket, obviously, and it’s currently about 14 inches both wide and high. I’m knitting this out of odd balls of worsted weight acrylic yarn, usually stuff that came from the grab bags at Value Village. It’s nothing special, but I enjoy big but simple projects, and this is definitely one of those. I’ve become a lot better at picking up stitches since I started working on this.

Also, Canada is a very cold place for about half of the year. One can never have too many blankets!

Besides, in addition to keeping me warm, this is a very good way for me to whittle down my yarn stash, to get it to a more manageable level. It’s still taking over the house, but it’s losing territory, and that’s what I like to hear! (Of course, you just know once KFYS ’07 is over, I’ll go out and buy a bunch of yarn to replace all that I ‘lost’, don’t you? :p)

Non-knitting news

I received a letter from my grandmother today, inviting me to go back home for a holiday this summer, and she’ll pay for the flight! I most certainly will be taking her up on that offer, since I didn’t think I’d be able to go back for at least another year or two.

Now, for those who don’t know (and I bet that’s all of you), I was born in the northeast of England, and moved to Canada when I was 5, when my father was offered a job at the now-closed dry dock that was in this city. I’ve gone back over a few times before now, for holidays, but this will be the first time I’ll have ever done it on my own.

Anyway, even though my grandmother will be paying for the flight, it’ll be unfair of me to assume you’ll provide my spending money, too, so over the coming few months, the For Sale section will have some actual stuff in it. Mostly hand-dyed recycled yarns, and some sets of stitch markers, and a few other assorted little bits and bobs, all in an effort to save some money for going home.

Jakob’s happy for me. He expresses it by snoring.

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