Thursday, January 24, 2008

Soulbot legs DONE!

Soulbot legs
Originally uploaded by drxgirlfriend
One thing I hate about working with a mid-row color change is how shitty stitches tend to look. Obviously from a fair distance, you can't even really tell, but I can and I hate! HATE! Hate ittt! How hard is it to make something perfect?! Obviously pretty hard.

I'm 78 rows in, not much further to go. I hope to finish it by the end of the weekend, get the sleeves done in two days, seam the last day and send it off for a marvelous birthday gift. Wish me lots and lots of luck!

Friday, January 4, 2008

The Difference Between Intarsia and Fair Isle is BEYOND Crucial...

I am an idiot. Wait, no, I just failed at the front of my sweater because I never bothered to read the chapter on Fair Isle Knitting in my SnB Handbook. So, yeah, I guess you could consider my actions idiotic, but this doesn't happen too often. I'm learning my lesson.

So yes, as you must have assumed, I have unraveled the front to start fresh, meaning I lost three days of knitting. This sweater MUST be done by the end of the month, and it's already the fourth! I have to finish sleeves, and sew seams, and make an attempt at BLOCKING! I have to buy fancy wool wash and write a card! Good thing I don't work tomorrow so I can stay up until five making up for lost work. Oh wait, I do have that tattoo appointment tomorrow. Well, Heather won't mind if I take a nap during it.

WARNING! Intarsia in progress...

soulbot in progress
Originally uploaded by drxgirlfriend
This is my workspace: my bed. Pay no attention to the Little Mermaid fleece throw: it was extra cold last night and it's the only extra blankie I had! Don't judge me! You can't see all the bobbins, they're underneath the sweater front, but trust me, it's a jumbled mess. It's such a hassle I can't even bring it to work! That means it's going to take me longer to get it finished, and I want it done in LESS THAN A MONTH!

All I can think about is knitting this thing. Work will be super long and boring today!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Back is DONE!

I finished the back of my beloved grey sweater a few days ago, and plan to start the actual intarsia pattern tonight after work. How sad is it that I have no social life because I'd rather be knitting? True story, two seperate parties invited me out last night and I said no to both so I could start the front of the sweater, knowing that I could get the bottom done, work some stockinette at work the next day and be ready to start Soulbot when I got home. Regardless, I love it and plan to never give it up.

I think I want to learn crotchet, mostly because I found some pretty cute patterns that I want to make. However, I still feel the need to learn more about knitting rather than just pick something else up as well. I'd like to be an expert in one trade, rather than so-so in two. I really need to tackle DPNs, so I think after I finish this amazing sweater, I'll try to make some gloves or something.

I'll post pictures of my progress tomorrow, or after I get some of the intarsia in. Pictures right now would be somewhat boring.