Musical Stylings

At this point I wish I could add music to this little into to said blog post. I would definitely be playing Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer. You know the part I am talking about, “ooooooooh we’re half way there, oooooOOOOOoooooo LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER.”

 

It’s just the way my week has been going and I think it could use a little bit more music! BUT, it’s Wednesday people… we’re half way there. Now please switch your playlist over to Judy Garlands beautiful rendition of Over the Rainbow.

 

If you haven’t guessed, I have finished the rainbow socks!!!!! I finished them and wove in the ends while Paul and I were visiting Sara and Piotr. I felt really happy about casting those babies off and immediately cast on my next project for #OperationSockDrawer.

Rainbow Socks

 

Since I am attempting to finished one pair of socks per month, I thought they should be themed socks. Music now to Six Pence None the Richer’s Kiss Me.

I am going for a Valentine’s Day theme with these ones, not obvious at all. Really transparent like mud…. I am really happy with the way it is knitting up. The colours aren’t pooling at all, which was really my design while dyeing it; total and complete variegation! I think these socks are going to be lovely and HIGHLY envied by all those coveting my increasingly full sock drawer!

Valentine Socks

Next Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther Theme

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have been working on my super secret project and it is going really well. I didn’t really have a strict time line for this project, but I wanted it done in the next couple months. I think I might manage to get it done much sooner! I can’t wait until it is completed and photographed so I can show everyone. It is a design I am really excited about!!

 

And just for fun Ray Charles Hit the Road Jack,

I hope you have enjoyed my musical wanderings of today, and the knitting too! I am really sorry about any resulting tune wedgies resulting from this post.

 

Definitely Deprived

Well, I haven’t gotten all the knitting in I wished I had. I know there is always a time crunch before weddings, but I thought I would have an hour here or a half hour there to do SOME knitting. The prize for most worked on project goes to….. *drumroll*…. Car Socks!!

Green Gradient Sock

I suppose that really isn’t too surprising, but I haven’t really had the time nor inclination to knit much. I’ve briefly mentioned I was struck down with the flu, but it was so bad, I couldn’t even knit. I just wanted to lay in my misery and possibly sleep.
I am feeling much better now, but still exhausted. I think I might need several lattes on the wedding day itself. Hair and makeup for me and the girls starts at 8AM. If that isn’t crazy, I don’t know what is. I think I am going to try to get very little sleep on Thursday night, so sleep Friday night will be no problem! Right? No? Crazy idea?

Green Gradient Socks 2

I originally wanted to have my rocky coast cardigan done for Vogue Knitting, but I doubt that is going to happen. I am going to make a copy of the pattern and take it with me to Chicago! Hopefully I’ll be able to get some work on it done and maybe a little steam blocking. Hotel room irons probably have a steam mode? It would be something really sentimental to complete the sweater on my honeymoon. We will have to see.

Green Gradient Socks 4

I am really looking forward to another weekend at Vogue Knitting Live, but this year they have seemed kind of unorganized. I’ll withhold my judgment until afterwards, but I’ve gotten a bad taste in my mouth more than once before-hand. While planning a wedding, the last thing you need is trouble from something you’re going to do on your honeymoon. In movies you always see people getting upgraded to first class etc, when they’re on their honeymoon. It really has helped me decide that the next event I am going to attend will be a stitches event. I’ve been thinking about going to one for a while, but my recent dealings with Vogue Knitting have tipped the scales.

Green Gradient Sock 3

Small Bout of Start-itus

This week has been a really rough week. Getting everything together for the wedding takes a crazy amount of time and memory; both things are in short supply here. Paul and I have been running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to make sure all the odds and ends are tied up.
This week we were also struck with a really bad case of the flu. We were both bedridden for the weekend and Monday! It was going around and we were bound to get it at some point. I guess it is better to get it now rather than later and possibly during the wedding. It was not a good flu though, I was legitimately too sick to knit.

Gradient Sock Car

In the past week I have gotten quite a few rows put on my gradient socks that are my car knitting. I can never believe how fast these knit up. It is really quite crazy. I think if I ever had to commute to work, on a train or something, I would be the most productive knitter ever!
I also started another pair of the gradient socks, as per the title. I wrote about them in yesterday’s Technical Tuesday, but here is the photographic evidence!

Gradient Toe

They were a little bumpy getting started, but no more than when you try something new. I found the pattern gave a lot of leeway and wouldn’t recommend it for a beginner pattern. I would have preferred something with more structure, which I could flagrantly disregard. I messed up on the slip one knit one of the heel flap, I had a hard time understanding the instructions so there was some ripping and re-knitting, but I didn’t want to go back too far or I would be totally lost in the pattern.

Gradient Sock 2

I think they are turning out not too bad, all things considered, and no one will really notice if the alignment of the heel is off by a little bit. I did the same thing on my first pair of cuff down socks and I thought it would really bother me, but I haven’t even noticed it. Honestly, how often do you look at the back of your heel? When the socks are neatly folded, no one notices either. This is one of the only mistakes that doesn’t haunt me, which is why I am going over it now, and not as a Monday Mishaps. It was a mistake, but not a painful one, or maybe more like a growing pain. I’m getting taller as a knitter.

The Yellow Brick Road

Aaaaaaaaand… it’s October. Holy. Cow. I am getting married in 18 days… and there is so much knitting to do…

Over the Rainbow Socks

With that eloquent start, who needs actual introduction sentence? SOCKS! I’ve finished a pair of gradient socks from the KnitCircus! One pair of the Over the Rainbow colourway. I absolutely love this colour gradient! I was really worried when I cast it on that I was not going to be able to fit in the green on the toe of the sock, luckily, this was not the case. They ended up being perfect. I only had a small amount left from each individual sock cake! I’ve started the next pair of gradient socks on my list, I don’t remember the colourway, but it goes from a golden brown to a chocolate brown. I am doing this one from the cuff down as well, but it is my car knitting. It stays in the car and I only knit it when I am waiting or a passenger. I only knit it once while I was the driver… there was traffic okay!

Over the Rainbow 2

I’ve taken out the couple gradient sock cakes I bought while I was in Chicago last year and plan to knit them all up before we go for our honeymoon. I am trying to get a majority of the yarn knit into an actual garment; that way Paul can’t say I never knit the stuff I bought last year.

Shibui Baby Alpaca Start

I started knitting the Rocky Coast Cardigan with the Shibui Baby Alpaca in the colour UV. It is definitely not mindless knitting, but it isn’t as consuming as you would think a completely cabled cardigan is. It is knit of large needles so that helps take a lot of the monotony out of it. You always feel like you’ve accomplished so much at the end of your knitting session.
I started it just the other day and I can already start to see the cardigan forming. I am not going to wet block this cardigan because I think it will take all the shape out of it. When I was looking for a pattern, I was specifically looking for something that was going to stretch well. Alpaca isn’t the most sturdy of fibers and is known for it’s extreme softness and sagging. I don’t think this cardigan would look terrible once the fiber starts to stretch; it is made with a nice drape in mind.

SBA Rocky Coast

I’ve had some… problems with the crazy striped cardigan, but you will have to wit and hear about that on Monday. That should tell you how well it is going.

Functional Friday: Podcasts!

Since I’ve been reviewing a lot of knitting tools on Fridays, I’ve decided to take a couple minutes and review two knitting podcasts. The first one is called knit circus, from knitcircus yarn. The second it called CraftLit, it is a really wonderful literary podcast for the book loving among us.

I was directed to the Knit Circus pod cast because I love Jalaa’s yarns. Found on Etsy, KnitCircus does the most amazing gradients! You will see an example of the colourway for the month of may, Over the Rainbow, because I ordered enough for two pairs. I just can’t get enough of these gradients.

I’ve actually met both Jalaa and Amy at Vogue Knitting Chicago! I plan to see them there again this fall! Both of these ladies are the most welcoming and friendly people I have ever met, and considering most knitters, that is saying a lot! You can especially tell in their pod cast; sometimes I feel like I am just having coffee with them and listening to what they’ve been up to in the knitting world.

There are a lot of really great resources for patterns, books, upcoming events (mostly in the USA) and a lot of information in general. I usually listen to these podcasts while I am working and constantly take notes. By the time I’ve caught up on all the episodes my desk is completely covered in post-it notes.

The reviews are honest and they always pass on things they think are the best. If something they review doesn’t meet with their approval, we don’t hear about it. Amy and Jalaa keep me in the loop as far as upcoming knitting publications are concerned. I am always writing the release dates for book releases in my planner.

The second podcast I am going to talk about is CraftLit. I briefly mentioned CraftLit in an earlier podcast; Heather was nice enough to help me with formatting the new blog space. I did not really go in depth as to why I like it so much.

As creepy as this may sound, I love Heather’s voice. She has a very good voice for doing audio books or a podcast and has amazing sound quality. There is nothing worse than trying to listen to an audio book with poor sound quality. To really demonstrate how much I appreciate good sound quality, I once popped in a set of headphones and listened to this podcast when I was having trouble sleeping in a hotel. It really did help, I went straight to sleep and had some very strange dreams… Although I think that had more to do with the story that particular podcast was about…

Enough about the esthetics! CraftLit has great content as well, which is really the most important thing. As an English major I really don’t get as much opportunity to flex my language muscles as I would like, so this is a perfect fit for me. As I mentioned in my previous post, the books read on this podcast are in the public domain. Which means they are older and mostly classic literature.

I could, technically, go onto the website that records all these audio books and listen to them straight, but I love the commentary Heather does. She puts things into historical context, accentuates the tone someone used while speaking and those 1000 other little things that make you understand the book better. I have a great appreciation for the research that goes into each book and she really manages to find good information. They are very engaging and I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to read more, but can’t stop their hands from crafting long enough!