I fail.

  • Feb. 15th, 2010 at 1:36 AM
knittykat: Hello Kitty face, knitted by me. (Default)
After having been away from this journal for months, I've realized that there are so many things I've made that never got posted here! For brevity's sake, I'll link the picture gallery for my knitting and hope that will suffice for now. I am currently in the process of adding tags and information to the gallery so you'll have some idea of what you're looking at!

In the meantime... even though I haven't been doing a lot of knitting as of late (I just picked up my needles again a week or two ago!), I HAVE been buying knitting magazines. I've developed a small obsession with Alan Dart's patterns, and have been buying Simply Knitting as a result. The big downfall to this? In Canada, the magazine costs $14.50! Which, admittedly, is an insane price for a magazine. But a girl's gotta have her indugences, right?

Meanwhile, I'm making a sweater... the pattern for which was included on the ballband of the yarn. Go me.

KIPping at last!

  • May. 21st, 2009 at 5:29 PM
knittykat: Hello Kitty face, knitted by me. (Default)
Finally, I have discovered the joys of KIPping (Knitting In Public, for those of you who don't speak Knitting)! Usually the things I'm working on are too big/take too much yarn/are too annoying to take places for me to be able to do this, but last week I was showing [personal profile] ghosts how to knit and so I took so yarn and needles along with me so I'd have something to do while she worked on her piece.

Out of this came two dishcloths. They're those ones that apparently people's grandmothers make, the ones on the diagonal. I'd never made one before, so that was fun. I also now want to play more with cotton yarn, and have bought some Lily Sugar N' Cream so I can do so. (I think I actually want to make a skirt or shorts out of it... cotton's nice and light, and seems to be a good thing for summer!)

While I was on my way home on the bus, a couple of girls sitting across from me admired my backpack (the Hello Kitty one - the front panel of it is my icon) and were asking me about knitting. We had a nice conversation, as I'm always happy to share the joy of knitting with others! You'd think it was a religion or something. ;P

As for what I'm working on now... I'm making a GIR. His head and body are finished, but he still needs limbs and eyes. Wonder if I can also make him a cute little doggie suit?

Also... it's really hot lately. This makes me disinclined to do much of anything... and oddly, I've been finding myself betraying my natural hide-in-the-basement tendencies and instead laying in the sun and getting a tan (which normally I hate). Any suggestions for light/small/summer-type knitting projects?

Dahlia fail.

  • May. 12th, 2009 at 12:09 PM
knittykat: Hello Kitty face, knitted by me. (Default)
Frogged and am starting again - people were not kidding when they said this sized large! I tried on what I had and it was WAY too big. Now am making a bit small, on the logic that a) sizes are overestimated, and b) knitting stretches.

At least I figured this out a week or two in and not when I was finished? Still aggravating, though. Am gonna try for a medium instead of 1X though, and hope that fits.

Dahlia is progressing!

  • May. 9th, 2009 at 9:29 PM
knittykat: Hello Kitty face, knitted by me. (Default)
I'd say I'm 20-25% done now... I'm on the plain-knitting part, which is going swimmingly. I had a little confusion when I had to cast on for the neck and underarms, but only minorly so, and it looks good.

As I said to my mother this morning regarding my process: "It's going so quickly now - I'll be at the confusing part any time now!" (Keep in mind that I have very limited experience with cables, which is what the entire skirt is made of...)

Also, my Gigantic Ball Of Yarn That Will Never Ever End is finally showing signs of shrinking. It's now 1/3-1/4 of the size it was when I bought it, which still means it's the equivalent or 3-4 normal balls of yarn! This after making a sweater (links to Ravelry page) and now a good chunk of the way through Dahlia. I keep saying that the skirt length will be dictated by how long my yarn lasts!

I can't wait to get to a point where I can a) try it on, and b) figure out how the heck the skirt works. :P

May. 3rd, 2009

  • 9:56 PM
knittykat: Hello Kitty face, knitted by me. (Default)
I'm finally starting to see some progress on Dahlia - five sets out of eight (top shaping) are done, and I can see the puffed sleeves taking shape! Very exciting!

Less exciting, however, are the banes of my existence known as the Right Lifted Increase. I can do the Left ones just fine, but RLIs just seem to screw up. First I ended up bunching everything up by continuing to pick up the same stitches again and again (and in which case I'm glad the needle I was using broke, causing me to lose a bunch of stitches and ultimately causing me to frog and start again), and this time there's a bunch of very tight stitches along the increases. I'm assuming this is okay considering it's also the dividing line between the back and sleeves, but... blah. Not crazy about it either. So, now I'm doing LLI, slip marker, m1. Much nicer, and less detrimental to my sanity!

Also amusing is watching the rows get longer. I started out with 76 stitches, the called-for amount for a 1X Dahlia (I'm not a small girl. Not a HUGE one, but definitely on the largish side!), and am now somewhere in the neighbourhood of 220. Am hoping I'll have room on my circulars for the full 324 or so! (Ah, the joys of not having EXACTLY what's called for and therefore compromising - my size 8 circs are 24" instead of the much larger ones mentioned in the pattern. Oh well. I'm poor and can't currently justify another $5-$6 for a knitting needle when I have the right size, just with less length.)

Maybe, just maybe, I'll finish this in a semi-reasonable amount of time... then again, I can't guarantee that I won't take on small projects in the meantime! I already took a break Friday night and spent an hour making a case for my digital camera, as it keeps getting dings in it from rattling around in my purse. Just a basic pouch, with a drawstring added afterward when I realized it was a bit loose. Nothing too interesting, but something I'd meant to do for quite some time.

On a different note, I was tempted to do some cross-stitching today... until I looked again at the pattern I've got started. I really want the finished work, but it's much more complicated than what I'm used to. I've done some rather large pieces, but they've not been terribly shaded (my favourites are Winnie-the-Pooh scenes), and this one is. I think I need something simpler!

What are you fellow knitters up to?

Look, a finished object!

  • May. 1st, 2009 at 5:32 PM
knittykat: Hello Kitty face, knitted by me. (Default)
(Also, welcome to those of you from LJ that don't really know a lot about knitting. Hopefully you don't hate it here. If you do, I'll probably be having a more fandomy-type journal once I set it up, and you can follow that instead.)

so, Jack finally got finished a few days ago. For some insane reason, I have moved onto Dahlia, which (for me, anyway) is insanely difficult. I want to extend the "skirt" into an actual skirt so I can wear it as a dress, but... well, let's not worry about that yet. I got confused just casting on!

Well, okay, maybe that's a teensy bit of an exaggeration. However, I managed to misread/misunderstand the directions a few times, leaving me very confused!

I think I've got it now, though, and hopefully it'll all work out. *crosses fingers*

And now, onto the picspam... which is probably not so much picspam considering there's only three pics. But whatever...
pics be here )

Oh, and for those of you on Ravelry? If you want, you can find me there, under the name willowkat (link to my profile).

I'm a slacker.

  • Apr. 26th, 2009 at 4:37 PM
knittykat: Hello Kitty face, knitted by me. (Default)
At least in the sense of knitting lately, anyway. Poor Jack still isn't finished, and I haven't been working on him a lot - the last time I did anything on him was Friday night. All I have to do is one arm and his legs, sew him up, and stuff him, which is not a lot of work, but I haven't felt like sitting down to do it.

Also, just as a note? If you ever want to put a pipe cleaner inside an I-cord... it's easiest if you knit around the pipe cleaner to begin with. I figured this out after I'd knitted a good part of Jack's arm and tried to insert said pipe cleaner. Can't say it went well. I ended up frogging almost back to the beginning - luckily, I-cord doesn't take long!

Then, once I fixed that problem, I managed to sew in his arm inside-out... as in, when I turned him right-side-out, his arm was inside his body. Go me. *hides in shame*

(Aside: has anyone ever actually used a pipe cleaner to actually clean a pipe? Can't help but wonder.)

Apr. 24th, 2009

  • 1:10 PM
knittykat: Hello Kitty face, knitted by me. (Default)
I think I've found my next project: the Hug Shrug (scroll down - it's the last one on the page).

I'm pretty much always cold, but it's mostly in my arms (I tend to wear mostly T-shirts), so I figure a long-sleeved shrug would be a lovely thing to have! Not to mention that I was able to get some lovely fuzzy extra-bulky yarn for a dollar a ball the other day, so I've got enough to make a project like that. Yay!

I've been slacking on my knitting for the past few days, though, so who knows when I'll get around to it...

Note: This pattern is also on Ravelry, if you're a member there.

*crosses fingers*

  • Apr. 20th, 2009 at 6:45 PM
knittykat: Hello Kitty face, knitted by me. (Default)
Just added this account to my Semagic, so here's hoping it works the way it's supposed to! So far the only issue I see is that Semagic doesn't seem to realize that Dreamwidth supports tags. Oh well.

Anyway, today is Monday, and Monday is my watch-stupid-amounts-of-TV day. And why am I mentioning this? Because TV watching means knitting time! Tonight I'll be starting Jack Skellington (links to a pic of a finished project), which should be fun.

If you have Ravelry, this is a free pattern, and can be found here.

I think I'm going to try the suggestion of using pipecleaners as a "skeleton", so he can be bendy. As far as I can tell, this should be a quick project!

EDIT: Two out of my three hours of TV aren't on tonight, so I might watch a movie instead. Must have knitting time!

Hello, Dreamwidth!

  • Apr. 19th, 2009 at 8:48 PM
knittykat: Hello Kitty face, knitted by me. (Default)
First post!

...okay, now that I've gotten that out of my system, I'd like to say hello and welcome to my knitting journal. I'm not knitting anything at the moment, but have finished a few things recently and (as always) have all sorts of things to try next!

Basically, the idea of this journal is to talk about knitting as a process, as well as showing off finished projects. It's a place that I can squee over triumphs and growl over confusions and things gone wrong.

I really don't know what else to say at this point, so... welcome!