Sunday, July 23, 2006

I'm melting!!!

Yes, it is far far too hot in Western Canada at the moment. Records have been broken all over the province, 30+ celcius is a regular occurence at the moment and I feel like I'm melting.

The only plus side is that I have a/c at work so for most of the day I at least get to beat the heat.

But on to knitting things!

The scarf is coming along nicely now that I've decided not to worry so much about the mistakes I keep making. I've frogged this thing completely three times because I kept messing up and trying to go back just enough to fix it.. and then being utterly inept and unable to return it to the needles. So now I just fix what I can, how I can.

For example: I've dropped stitches twice so far while knitting on the bus, so I just did an increase to get back to the right number of stitches. that's the worst that has happened so far this go around, hopefully nothing worse will happen *knocks on wood* and things will keep moving smoothly.

I also had to adjust the pattern, because as written it doesn't work. I tried it a couple of times, it just doesn't. You see, there is a little note that I noticed saying that the pattern is a multiple of 16 + 1 stitch. If I worked it as written.. well, it was a multiple of 20 + 1 stitch. But that was easily fixed. Instead of 4 (ssk, yo) I do 3 and only 7 knits and later it's just 3 (yo, k2tog) instead of 4 and still just 7 knits.

Easy fix once I realized what was wrong. I think they just mis-typed because it's the same pattern for the storm water shawl only smaller.

In other news, it is far too hot to be thinking of fingerless gloves but I've decided to go for a different style that I saw and liked better than the ones I had started.

The Fetching from Knitty's latest issue look nicer IMO, and I think will come in handy this winter. I'll probably make up a pair for my step-mom as well, once I've tried it for me, because she delivers papers and she only has those thin gloves... a pair of these would keep the rest of her hand warm and could easily be layered over the thin cotton gloves.

Maybe next time I post I'll get up pictures for the scarf.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Farmer's Market..

So I went to the farmer's market today to check it out. It only moved closer to me about, oh, a year or so ago.

And among the fruits, vegetables, varieties of food and craftmanship I found.. yarn!

Wool, alpaca and mohair mixes, hand died by the owner of the stall and either spun or unspun so you can spin them yourself (roving I believe it's called? I have no clue about spinning, I'll just keep my finished yarn and knitting for now. Maybe when I'm more insane I'll try that ;) )

But it was gorgeous, so I think at some time I will be picking up yarn from her.

I did start my scarf with the silk/seacell stuff. It's coming along fairly well now that I have the hang of it. Looks nice too, I can't wait to finish it and wear it. Which might be awhile since I knit maybe a couple times a week when I can find a spare minute. I'm going to have to find a bag to take it with me to work on the bus in. Then maybe I'll get more of it done.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Getting started...

So now, thanks in part to being sick and having way too much time on my hands and full of antihistamines from allergic reactions, I now have a ball of yarn.

I tried to start the pattern but it's obviously not as easy as I thought, I keep losing the stitches. *sighs* I suppose this is the mix of yarn and the type of needles I have, as well as my never having worked with this before.

I'll try again when I have a longer attention span.