Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A day late

I said I'd post yesterday, oops. Oh well!
Progress as of this afternoon on The Helm (much further now, going to join the hem this evening in fact).

My provisional crochet cast-on. You know, the one that you pull and it magically disappears, leaving live stitches? Well, it wasn't that one, it was the kind that you have to unpick every. Single. Stitch. Thankfully I had Kirk to entertain me, and apparently influence my speech.

Black and (winter)white Mission Falls 1824 Superwash Merino for Mr vonA's pirate mittens. Can you tell I'm hooked on this stuff?

And finally, all the leaves, stacked in their signatures, waiting to get bound into a book. Will either become my journal, knitting book or cookbook, or some Frankensteinian collaboration of the three.

Exam on Saturday.

Monday, December 11, 2006

We're venting steam, cap'n!

One more exam done, and one more to write on Saturday. But being done this one really eases off some pressure.
I started The Helmet again (the name comes from the fact that it was knit almost entirely to power metal, and anything less would not be metal enough), here's hoping it goes better (went down to 4.00mm from 5.00mm needles, am doing the hem PROPERLY), but I have realised that not only has my stitch gauge changed, but so has my row gauge, and I might need to include another pattern repeat or something. I decided not to go through the pain of frogging the old Helm quite yet (I have enough on my plate right now as is), and thankfully I had only used 2 of the 4 balls I had purchased, so I'm knitting the new Helm from fresh yarn, and as an added bonus, I can easily compare the two to see if I'm changing everything properly!

I also got some black and white Mission Falls for a pair of pirate mittens (from HelloYarn, I think I'll be using) for my excellent buddy Mr. vonA. Those will be commenced after my second exam, or after I finish The Helm, if that happens first.

Miss Violet's Pink Ribbon Along is somewhat booming! (info in a prior post), and last I heard, Lisa Souza had sold over 120 skeins! Which is about half of Miss V's deductibile. Way to go people, you are all amazing! (I bet the count has grown since, too)

I need help! I would greatly (greatly!) appreciate any tips/tutorials on avoiding/reducing the jog when knitting circular colourwork, as it is something that takes away from my Helm, which saddens me.

Also, if anyone can think of any somewhat kooky and/or (maybe ironically) punk-rock patterns (hat?) or ideas, I would be thrilled to hear from you. I can't say much more, as it is for someone who may or may not be reading this blog, but, well, yes, if I say anymore I might give it away.

Photos tomorrow! (I think I might give myself a day off of studying, and I have the day off work) Hopefully I will have some other crafty things to show of the linoleum print and bookbindg varieties.

Happy knitting peoples!