Thursday, July 08, 2010

Train Knitting

I'm still working on the sleeves of the striped sweater.  I've completely run out of the lavender and will be out of the white shortly so I'll need to start getting creative with the row pattern.  I'm almost to the top so it shouldn't be too noticable.
I don't usually take a sweater project on a trip but I'm so close to being done with this that I'm taking it with me to NYC.  I'll have a total of eight hours on the train and if I can't get it finished in that amount of time, I'm doing something wrong.  I'm bringing everything I need to finish it completely and with any luck, I'll have finished object to bring back with me.  I'm also bringing a pair of socks as a back up.  I feel like I'm show a great deal of self restrain in only bringing on pair of socks with me to work on.  Usually, I'd bring at least three.

Monday, July 05, 2010

The Knitting Won

I was over at the zen center yesteray.  I sat morning practice then was hanging out for an hour or so waiting for a going away party to start.  I was sitting on the couch knitting when I started to get super sleepy.  I finally lay down on the couch with the knitting on my stomach and dozed off.  About half an hour later, just as I was waking up, a friend walked past, saw me passed out on the couch with the knitting on top of me and said, "Looks like the knitting won!"

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Vacation, Vacation, Vacation!

I am so happy to be on vacation!  One of the hard things about having the shop open seven days a week is that, even on my days off, I never have my house to myself.  Don't get me wrong, having the shop open every day has been really great and mostly I don't mind.  I'm just really going to enjoy having the place to myself this week.
The only major plans I have for my vacation is a trip to NYC to see Melissa.  I've splurged and bought train tickets.  One of my all time favorite things to do is ride the train and knit.  I would take a train trip to nowhere just to sit, watch the world go by and knit.  I'm hoping to have the striped sweater done by then so I will probably take socks with me.  I'm not quite sure what project I'm going to tackle after the sweater.  I may do the vest for my cousin Whitney.  I meant to get it done for Christmas last year but then my Christmas knitting got completely stalled out when I hurt my shoulder.  My bike is at the shop right now getting new handlebars so as to avoid that issue this year.  The thing about the vest is that I haven't even finished spinning the yarn.  I'm close, though, then I can start knitting it.  Yeah, I think that one may be our winner.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Wonders of Blocking

The gray sweater is happily blocking on towels.  I decided to wet block the whole thing and then use the iron to touch up different spots that needed it.
The collar lay flat just fine but
the pockets needed some extra steaming to not be puckered.
All in all, I'm pretty pleased with it.  Now that it is blocking, I can measure the front and order the zipper.  I have forgotten whether my sister wanted a two way zipper or not so I'll have to call her.
Next, we have to long neglected striped sweater.
The more I look at this, the better I like it and the more baffled I am that I ever put it down in the first place.
The back was done and the fronts were done above the armholes.  It took no time at all to finish those up and now I've started the sleeves (sorry about the blurry picture).
I've decided to knit them at the same time because I'm running out of the lavender and white.
This is all I have left of those two colors.  I've decided to just punt on the colors when I run out and get this thing done.
One of the draw backs of doing both sleeves at the same time with this many colors is the big tangly mess that the yarn turns into.
Fortunately, this is mercerized cotton and so mostly just slides right through this tangle.  I can get a surpisingly long way before I have to untangle it.
After the super fiddly finish work on the gray sweater, I'm looking forward to the finish work on this.  There won't be as many ends as you'd think because you carry the yarn up as you go and the edging is just a row of single crochet all around the edges with a couple of crocheted ties.  I'm a little concerned about covering the front edge where I carried the yarn up, but, even if is shows through a bit, it is still worth it not to have to sew in all those ends.
Do you all read Franklin Habit's blog?  If you don't, you should.  His latest post is laugh-out-loud funny.