Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ok. I give up.

Today marks the day I officially give up on the Venezia. I gave it a fair shot, but it wasn't meant to be. I got to only the third round of the chart, when I realized that I:

1. Can't do the decrease and stay in pattern.
2. Can't do the pattern after 3 glasses of chardonnay.
3. Can't do the pattern unless I'm locked in a room, alone, in complete silence.

So. I guess it's done. But now what am I supposed to do with 12 skeins of Sandnes Garn Lanett? In navy and white?

In other news, I finished the Drops jacket. Completely. Blocked it. Buttons sewn. Ends weaved in. AND...most of all...I actually LIKE it!
I'm working on birthday projects now so I'm not talking about it for a while, because the three birthdays coming up in the next 1-2 months are knitters. And they might look at this. But I'm starting to think that I'm the only one that reads my blog. Which would be fine, but y'know.
I think I might knit myself a shawl. I'm in a shawl kind of mood. I have a bunch of Ultra Alpaca light that would be lovely. I love Berroco. Love, love, love it.
Anyway. I'm done here, going back to Ravelry, scrounging for patterns.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Comment dit-on knitting?

I know how to say it. I was just yokin'. Anyway, I'm knitting for birthdays now. There are too many birthdays and babies happening in the next month or so. Don't know how to keep up.
The Venezia is still sleeping in my spare room (which is now basically the yarn room), and I'm working on something with my Debbie Bliss Cotton DK (which I don't like). I've brought out my DROPS jacket again. It is absolute madness that I don't have it done yet. I'm literally finishing the collar. It's only a few more rows of double moss, but I don't know why it's not done yet.
Oh, and I fully hate Debbie Bliss yarns. I hate them. Cotton DK feels like a garbage can to work with. Cathay splits, Cotton feels like garbage...and those are the only two Debbie Bliss yarns I've used. And I hate how they have just enough in each ball of yarn to make...absolutely nothing. What is it, 4 yards in each ball for the bargain price of 70 billion dollars?
Happy first sunny Saturday of Spring!

Love, Crankypants

Friday, February 13, 2009

My nemesis, the Venezia.

I guess it's not fair to already characterize the Venezia as my nemesis, but it's been annoying me since the day after Christmas. I finally decided to cast on NOT using invisible provisional cast on, because, after a bazillion tries, I decided it was never going to work out for me.
So. I'm only on row 5. I have to get to 15 before the fun starts. And by fun, I mean constant hurling. I absolutely hate the needles I'm using. I believe I'm using Inox size 2 circulars, and at row 15 I can breathe a sigh of relief and switch to my size 4 Turbos. But the relief will be short lived, as the chart begins on row 15. Blarg!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

WHATEVER, JANUARY!


OK, so I'm a complete failure at knitting this month. I've started 6 projects, frogged every one of them. My latest frog was the Fern Glade hat from Knitty, but I screwed up in the fourth row. What a maroon! I was using some Classic Elite Yarn and my 16 inch size 6s that BLOW. They're not Addis, so of course I hate them. I feel like I might be more of a needle snob than a yarn snob.
I've got to get my KNITTING ACT TOGETHER, PEOPLE!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Finally, the Venezia

After much freaking out, I've finally begun the Venezia. I've only been contemplating it for 3 weeks. I made the decision to NOT do the invisible provisional cast on. It'll just be one more bit of finishing to do, but after many tries, I just can't get that down. I don't care. 280 stitches? Much easier to just do a regular cast on and worry about sewing later. It takes a bit of time to cast on 280, which I know is quite a surprise for all.
I finished Chris' gloves, thank God. Unfortunately, I need to fix one of the fingers, because when I finished them I'm not sure how to secure it, obviously tying them off doesn't work. Guess weaving is the only answer. I hate weaving with an intense passion. Stupid weaving.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I don't want to be a kiss up, but...

Ravelry is quite possibly the best site, ever. I have links to my facebook, lastfm, twitter, and livejournal on my profile there! AND it shows my tweets on my profile...It's just so great. Needless to say, I belong to too many social networking sites - but I'd give 'em all up for Ravelry (well, maybe not Facebook.)
Moving on. I'm knitting two pairs of socks. Some hilariously huge socks for myself out of super chunky Farmhouse Yarns in dark, dark purple...It's only 18 stitches, but I'm still annoyed. Maybe I can finish one tonight? I'm almost at the heel turn, so if I can't finish it...I'm super lame. The other ones I'm working on is out of this new Farmhouse Yarns, Winnifred's Washable, and it is a glorious yarn to use. I am 5 inches into the 2x2 rib - need to get to 8.5 inches. I was at 2.5 this morning...so we'll see how this develops. The color of it is called Olive, but it's paler than what I'd call Olive...and it has some blue in it. I worried that it might be too girly, but I don't think it is. It's not like Chris has his socks inspected. Except by the Sock Inspector. D'oh! I know, the picture is really bad. It looks like I'm knitting in a cave in the dead of night. Sue me. I'll get a better picture later.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Poinsettia & stuff


So here we are. It's the right mitten, and I've just started the holly leaf part..I've put it down to procrastinate on Facebook and Ravelry. I'm about to pick it up, as I now have a Lifetime movie to distract me from the internet: "My Best Friend's Husband", starring the Mom from My So-Called Life, and the Allison's abusive boyfriend from Melrose Place. Meh, this one's not so great. Anyway, I digress. I'm at the holly leaf. I'm so glad it's not the 70 billion colors anymore. The grey Farmhouse not just for sock yarn is working great. The colors are a bit different, and I'm kind of happy with the result. I would like to get the yarns that are specified on the pattern, but that can happen later. I do like this pattern, although size 2 needles...can get a bit tiresome.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy Stinkin' New Year.

I'm still contemplating the cast on for the Venezia.
In my contemplation, I've decided to do a bit of stash busting, and make the Holly and Poinsettia Mittens from Interweave Knits, winter 2008. They are pretty cute so far, but I think using some Farmhouse Yarn silk blend wasn't the best choice for two of the colors, because it's a lighter weight yarn than the other ones I'm using. I will probably finish the poinsettia chart for the right mitten as soon as I finish this post, because I'm three rounds away. I'll be glad to be done with this chart, though. I'm still trying to learn how to work with colors, and this one has like 8 or 9 colors to the chart. Ugh. I've had to untangle everything like 12 zillion times. This one also has some backstitch embroidery, which I have NO idea how to do.
I'll figure it out. I've got plenty of time, now I'm on NO deadlines. Sigh. Knitting is relaxing again. Anyway. Kir came over last night, and we got some knitting done, drank pink champagne, and watched some hilarious Lifetime movie starring Elizabeth Berkley from Saved by the Bell and some other lady that looked familiar but we had no idea who she was. God, it was bad. Almost as bad as the one I had watched the night before when Chris was at work, which was brilliant and starred Susan Lucci as the crazy sexpot who becomes Fatal Attraction lady after she sleeps with David Charvet, who unfortunately is married to Andrea from 90210. Susan Lucci, sexpot? Really? I mean, I'm sure Jackson Montgomery thinks so, but everyone else? Not so much. It was uber gross. But awesome at the same time. Something half as good probably won't be on tonight. Unless I luck out and "Mother, May I Sleep with Danger" is on. That one never gets old. Well, pretty much any Lifetime movie starring anyone from 90210 is a sure thing. I'm getting sidetracked.
I took down the Christmas tree today, and since doing that, I'm already in the depths of S.A.D. Maybe I should get one of those atomic sunrise lamps that my dad has.
Back to the Venezia. OK. So the invisible provisional cast on. I watched the knittinghelp.com video, and I can't get the damn thing down. I tried using waste yarn, I've tried using another circular needle, but it is not working. I always get confused as to where I am in "in front, behind behind" and then when I use the circular, the needles get tangled, and then while untangling, I lose my place. How am I ever going to start this? I have to cast on 280 stitches. 280!!!!
It's enough to make me hurl. And another note on that: when I finally get it cast on, how the hell do I knit from it? It seems so tight. OK. That's all. Back to knitting. Or maybe back to snooping around ravelry for a while, making some chili, playing with Scoop, and then knitting. With a nice chardonnay thrown in there somewhere.
I hope some nice Lifetime movie is on. If not, I go to my old standby: Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth one, of course, starting from the fourth hour. :) )