Eve’s KnitPicks wishlist

Monday, April 16th, 2007
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I’m going to buy the KnitPicks Options set, and while I’m paying for that I figured I should buy some yarn for a few projects I’m planning. This is far too much yarn to buy, so I need to cull the list! Does anyone have opinions on any of these?

  • 3 x Shadow in Jewels or maybe Vineyard (for a Shetland Triangle)
  • 3 x Alpaca Cloud in Tide Pool (for my self-designed shawl, to be knit after the Shetland Triangle so I have a vague idea what I’m doing)
  • 2 x Bare Merino Wool Lace Weight (for a fun dyeing project)
  • Palette in a few colours, probably red, black, mist, purple and green (for Komi mittens)

Additionally, I’m taking suggestions for luxurious 100% wool or wool blend sock yarn (or even just fingering weight yarn that could be used for socks) that requires 2 skeins for a pair of socks. I want to knit two socks, but each in a different colourway, and I would rather not have leftovers lying around.

Oh yeah, and my essay is finished so I’m totally allowed to spend this morning on a matching hat for my Backyard Leaves Scarf. That makes a full hat, scarf, and mitten set!

Backyard Leaves Scarf, suckas

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
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Backyard Leaves Scarf

I finished my scarf! Just in time for spring. And I am so not blocking it. Right now I just like it all bouncy and bumpy, but maybe I’ll block it in the fall.

Backyard Leaves Scarf, started February 15th, 2007, finished April 8th, 2007
Pattern: Backyard Leaves Scarf from Scarf Style
Yarn: a delicious heathery cranberry 100% merino from a large men’s sweater (roughly DK weight)
Needles: 4mm-ish
Pattern Notes: I really don’t like the seaming requirement. I tried to use a provisional cast-on and then pick up stitches, but it didn’t really work because I wasn’t thinking at the time. I’d try it again, but scarves are so tiring. I need to design something for myself! My creative juices are flowing, and the levies can’t hold them much longer. Fortunately, I hear FEMA is good at dealing with that sort of thing. I’ll keep that as my backup plan.
Would I knit it again? Hellz no. The pattern is real nice and all, but scarves are no longer my thing. To the knitters who have never tried it: I’d definitely recommend it! Although at times I’m not the hugest fan of Annie Modesitt’s instructions (she sometimes doesn’t mention her reasons for doing certain things or just assumes bits of knowledge that the average knitter doesn’t have until I realize that I’ve just knit 2 full inches on the wrong side of something), but her designs are ingenious. I’m definitely going to make use of this scarf’s edging technique in many future projects. Love it!

Backyard Leaves Scarf

Backyard Leaves Scarf

Backyard Leaves Scarf

My favourite part (other than the magnificent edging technique) is the way you cast off. Just keep knitting the leaf until all you have is a single stitch. It’s a BIT more complicated than that, obviously, but that’s the general concept. It’s that sort of thing that makes up for the occasional lack of clarity.

Backyard Leaves Scarf

I am a Workaholic

Saturday, March 24th, 2007
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The first step in the 12-step program is acceptance, right?

I have all this eye-tracking data now, and my eye-tracking data analysis program refuses to analyze it properly. I am considering writing my own program to analyze it. With graphics and everything. I am crazy.

I feel like I am in Stage Four of the thesis writing process. If Stage Four also involves a sudden and strange addiction to coffee, accompanied by the requisite caffeine crashes that make up 98.4% of the day. Oh, I long for the 1.6% when the coffee is actually working…

I finished knitting the Backyard Leaves scarf, and I have absolutely no energy to seam it together. Why on earth would you design a scarf that you have to seam together??? I originally decided that I would pick up the provisional stitches I left on the first half and just keep going with the second half, but then I picked up the wrong stitches and had to rip back once I realized what I had done. Instead of being the smart little girl and picking up in the right spots, I gave up, cast-off the first half and cast on an entirely new second half with the intent to follow the instructions to the letter and seam them together later. Because, of course, it would be no problem to seam, seaming is fun! Seaming is to knitters like ambrosia is to Zeus, right? Oh ho ho. Seaming is what data analysis is to researchers. You know you have to do it to finish, but it’s so darn excruciating…

I’m too tired to even weave in the ends. Maybe I can do that this afternoon, if I can pull myself away from the lab. I have six participants coming in, which will bring me up to my self-imposed requirement of 20. Not bad for an honours thesis, especially given the massive number of knitters who helped with the web end of things. (Thank you, knitters.)

I just want to keep blogging because if I don’t stop, then I don’t have to start working on the essay that is slowly ever so slowly growing during the dark times (literally dark times) as I sit by my participants in that tiny little room with the lights off so the eye-tracker can find their little bulbs better. My eyes hurt. I now associate that essay with headaches.

But anyhoo, getting back to the knitting, the FOs certainly are flying off the needles. I don’t have the patience to start anything new, so I’m finishing a lot of UFOs that were mellowing in the drawers. I finished the head of my aunt Liz’s dragon, and now I just have to seam it together (*weep*) and stuff it and glue some eyes on. I finished a third kiddy hat (and the ears that will soon be seamed onto them) for our local hospital. I tried working on my dad’s Rule 30 scarf, but after two rows I couldn’t bear it any longer so I decided to put it away again. I think I’m going to start my Orangina, now that I have once again experienced the catharsis of FOs (which I will photograph as soon as they are seamed, ha!). Maybe after that, I will have time to whimper quietly in a corner while my thesis data grows un-analyzed.

:-0 Alarm!

Sunday, March 11th, 2007
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Guys, there is an emergency. The Beau has decided that, since he filled out my questionnaire and read my comics, he is going to be a contestant to win yarn*. He also said that if he did win it, he would not give it to me :( The beau is a mean boyfriend.

There has been a lot of knitting at Chez Needle Exchange, and a lot of working. I wasted a lot of time yesterday looking at recipes for things made of chocolate, but I made up for it by knitting about a foot of my scarf while watching The Lost Tomb of Jesus. It was a pretty good documentary, if any of you folks are interested in archaeology (or even if you’re not). I’m not, and I thought it was fascinating. I saw something else by Simcha Jacobovici in which he was searching for Mount Sinai (it’s right here in Toronto, mystery solved), and I wasn’t too convinced of his scientific prowess (his use of geometry and step functions made me yell at the television). But this one does put out a pretty good case for a set of ossuaries containing the bones of Jesus. I’m not an archaeologist so I have to watch this from a laywoman’s point of view, but I do have a grasp of the scientific method and it’s an acceptable argument. There are A LOT of ifs and A LOT of maybes, and they manipulate statistics in a way that rubs me the wrong way. Nothing convincing at the moment, but at least it’s out there. Having grown up in a very religious household that also highly valued scientific discourse (Genesis was a metaphor for the Big Bang and evolution), I’m fairly sure this will be a dinner table conversation the next time I’m back with the folks.

Anyhoo, back to the knitting. The Backyard Leaves scarf is reaaaaally close to being done. I cast off the second half and then forgot to post the pictures that I took, so they will be up shortly, as well as a description of certain dumb things that I did afterwards as well as a full on Annie Modesitt worship party. Check back soon.

* Don’t worry, he is ineligible.

I have knitting updates!

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
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Backyard Leaves

Here is my backyard leaves scarf in progress. Pardon the colours; it was really bright. The red is actually much redder, and absolutely beautiful.

For the backyard leaves scarf, you knit two parts of the scarf separately and then seam them together, but I decided to do a provisional cast on and then pick up the stitches for the second half. The scarf is going well, and I think I’m less than a pattern repeat away from casting off and being able to ditch the stitch holder.

Felted Slipper

Good news: my slippers felted this time! They’re not felted enough yet, so I’m going to wash them a few more times to get them down to size. And now that I know the slippers felt, I’m going to pick up the second one (I’m only half finished knitting it) and finish it.

A line down the denter of my slipper

One unfortunate learning experience: You can’t really see it very well here, but there is a quite prominent line down the center of these slippers (on the top and the bottom). I folded them the wrong way before throwing them in the washer and they felted extra hard along this line. I didn’t forsee this, although I should have. Hopefully you folks out there who have never felted before can benefit from my mistake! Don’t Do what Evey Don’t Does!

Follow Eve on her trip to the Library!

Thursday, February 15th, 2007
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Scarf Style Wrap Style Hats On!

I braved the windy streets of Kingston to pick up three delightful books from our local library. I also returned three books, which means I still have an embarrassingly large number of knitting books on my shelf.

Oh my goodness, it was so windy this morning! I went out to shovel the walk (my dad says, “you call that a walk?” but yes, I call that a walk thankyouverymuch, I also shovel THE SIDEWALK), anyhoo, my face felt frostbitten! I still have a prickly feeling on my face and it’s been half an hour. So I think I need a new scarf to cover my cheeks. My old scarf has been annoying me lately because it’s so bulky, but you know what’s not bulky?

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It’s weird to be knitting for winter things in February. Winter has been displaced! I swear, if it’s still winter during April exams, I’ll have a bone to pick with… someone. I haven’t decided who yet, but bones will be picked, mark my words. MARK THEM!