My knitting fears, hopes, dreams, and what comes of them.

Friday, November 30, 2007

There's a Low Moon Caught in Your Tangles

I hate tangled yarn balls. Hate hate hate. I decided to take my knitting to class today, and had to sit and untangle yarn for an hour. -.-

I'm still working on the scarf, so yay me. I'm a little worried that this is going to cut into the time I need for other projects, but Becky said she might help me with the hats. <3

All right then, work to be done!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Butterfly Scarf

I started on my butterfly scarf! Three different times! ^_^ I'm making up the pattern myself (well, the combination of stitches, anyway), so I had to rip it out a few times because of various mistakes. I also had to keep it from curling, since it was stockinette, so I learned a new cast-on method that's supposed to help and added a border. So far so good! This is also my first time cabling, which is working out well.

Now can I finish it in three days....?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

To-Do List

I just want to keep track of where I'm at project-wise. Right now the only thing I have on needles is Becky's scarf, so I can start a few more projects.


  • Black calorimetry for Christen
  • Blue butterfly hat for myself
  • Wavy hat for Kelly
  • Pithy hat for Eilene
  • Sock hat for my dad
  • Finish skull scarf for Becky
  • Butterfly scarf for Casey
  • Ribbed scarf
  • Afghan for me
  • Towel toppers for my grandma
Not too bad, I guess... Only six of these need to be done by Christmas, so I have right around 25 days to finish everything up. That's about 4 days per thing, and the calorimetry will only take one day. I should probably start the butterfly scarf first, because I think that will take the longest.

...I think I'm going to go get started. ^^;;;;; Wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A Buttload of FOs

All finished and photographed!! Warning: Picture heavy!

I'll start with the calorimetries. The pattern can be found here.

This is the first calorimetry I made, which turned out way too large. It was knit on US #6 needles with Bernat Softee Chunky. It lacks a button or woven in ends because I haven't decided whether I should frog it or not.

This is the calorimetry I made for myself. I used Noro Silk Garden and US #6 needles. This is my first non-acrylic project. I used the same alterations as I did with the brown calorimetry.

This is the one I made for Becky. I cast on about 112 stitches for this one. It looks great on her! I'll try to make her let me take a picture. I used Caron Simply Soft Deep Plum Heather on US #6s.

Next is the scarf.

This is the double-knit star scarf I've been working on for ages. I used Caron Simply Soft in black and Autumn red, knitted on US #7s. The pattern is here.

Last but not least, a couple of hats.

My beautiful butterfly hat. I am sorely tempted to keep this, but I think I'm going to make one for myself in blue. This was knitted on US #5 and #7 circular needles. The yarn is Caron Simply Soft in Plum Wine. I love this hat SO much!

Oh, Jayne hat, how I love thee. This is supposed to be Jayne Cobb's hat from the series Firefly. The pattern calls for wool or cotton, but I used Caron Simply Soft in Autumn red, mango, and lemonade. This is a gift for a friend, and I'll try to get a picture of her wearing it. This was knitted on US #10.5 circulars.

Well, that's all I got! Now I only have one WIP: Becky's scarf, which is hibernating. I need to get started on a few more things!

Monday, November 26, 2007


Well, I got a lot of work done tonight! I wove in the ends on my star scarf, finished the butterfly hat (my first time working on double-pointed needles), and wove in the ends/sewed the button on my calorimetry! The pink button I planned on using went missing, but I found a nice brown one instead. :) Also, I did one ear flap on the Jayne hat and am working on the second. dare I try to finish it tonight?

Pictures will be along shortly, I swear! I just have to finish picking the dog hair off of everything...

Sunday, November 25, 2007


I'm ready to put the butterfly hat on double-pointed needles! I just need Becky to show me how. I am really excited. I think I'm going to make a matching butterfly stitch scarf, but I need to do a border around it or something because JUST butterfly stitch is kind of boring.

I guess I should finish my homework so I can knit some more. :(

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Happy Birthday, Becky!!!

I had to work today, so I took the butterfly hat along to work on. I got pretty far! I'm a little worried that it might end up sitting too far off my head, but it isn't for me anyway. I also got the button sewed Becky's calorimetry and the ends woven in using my brand new tapestry needles! Becky bought me a set with three different sizes in a cute little case, and the smallest actually fits through the holes on the button. The calorimetry fits Becky perfectly and she loves it, so yay me! Now if I could ever finish her skull scarf...

Just for the record, I'm terribly jealous of the sock she's making.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Another Hat!

I have to go and get Becky today (yay!), so I don't plan on doing much knitting. I started on a butterfly hat using the Plum Wine yarn, and so far it's looking great. I like making the little butterflies! Anywho, I imagine I'll get a few things 100% finished when I can get a tapestry needle and some fabric glue.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a great holiday. I know I did! I ate a bunch at both dinners (one on mom's side, one on dad's) and had a bunch of time for knitting. Becky's calorimetry is off the needles, but since I don't have a tapestry needle I can't finish the darn thing. She did give me some hat patterns over the phone, so I think I'm going to cast on one of them. Time to use the Plum Wine yarn, perhaps?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Not-So-Happy Hooker

I finally finished the star scarf!! It's great. I don't like the way the bind off end flares out while the cast on end is square, but it isn't very noticeable. I think Cody ate my tapestry needles, so weaving in the ends will have to wait. I am really really proud of it, though, and I can't wait to give it to its new owner.

Before I worked on that for the night, my mom attempted to teach me how to crochet. I'm pretty sucky at it, but I might get it with practice. I still think knitting is way cooler (no offense), but I would like to be able to do both. In return, I tried teaching mom to knit. She has arthritis pretty bad, but she did a really good job for her first time. She did a row of knit and a row of purl with minimal trouble. She had a little trouble realizing it was harder to backtrack than in crochet, and that it was also harder to fix mistakes, but I think that if she practices she'll get it in no time.

I'm casting on Becky's calorimetry (I have the pattern memorized by now) so that I can work on it tomorrow in between stuffing my face. With any luck, I'll have it finished before Becks gets back from Texas.

Oh oh oh! While I was tearing the house apart looking for a tapestry needle, my mom took a crochet hook to the brown calorimetry. It's good as new! I can tell the dog got a hold of it at all! Crisis officially averted.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

It's a Dog-Eat-Knitting World

I mentioned Cody in the last post, right? Well, since he was in a new place we wanted him to stay inside for the first night. I'm not used to having a puppy around the house (especially a three feet high puppy), so I didn't put all of my knitting away like I should have. To make a long story short, Cody tried to eat the brown calorimetry. It looks like he ripped out a few stitches, but I haven't examined it closely enough to see if it's ruined. At least they don't take long to make... If he had tried to eat the star scarf, I would be pissed.

Speaking of the scarf, I've decided it only needs 14 stars instead of 15. Two left to go! I think I may stay up and finish it, but you'll just have to hear about that tomorrow.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Dog Hair: NOT Suitable for Knitting

One of my dogs died last week, and as a result both my mom and the remaining dog were terribly depressed. Mom decided to get another dog, and after an unsuccessful trip to the animal shelter a friend of mine brought over a stray she had found. His name is Cody and he's a great dog, but he sheds like crazy and is still enough of a puppy (age-wise, not size-wise) that he wants to get in your lap. Because of this, all of the knitting I took home to work on is covered in coarse white hair. I am not looking forward to picking all of those hairs out of my work.

Star scarf update: Five more stars to go!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Plum Crazy

Becky leaves for San Antonio tomorrow, so on our way to meet up with her sister we stopped by Wally World. I'm still trying to get Christmas presents done, so I picked out a really nice pink yarn (Plum Wine) for a scarf and hat. In case I wanted to change colors, I let Becky help me pick out a second skein. She chose this really beautiful dark purple color (Deep Plum Heather). It's totally coincidental that both colors are a shade of plum. I think I'm going to make Becky a calorimetry out of the purple. It all depends on if the Scarf of Doom (I love it, but I'm so tired of working on it!) gets finished anytime soon.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

It Liiives!

Today I broke out those beautiful interchangeable needles and cast on my Jayne hat! OMG exciting! It's looking amazing so far. Right now the main hat is done, but it still needs a pom pom and ear flaps. Still, I'm terribly impressed. Hooray for my first hat! I hope the recipient likes it. -^^- Note to self: Start collecting double-pointed needles...

Friday, November 16, 2007


Since I've been making a million calorimetries lately, I decided to dig out my button collection from when I was a little girl. I also bought a bag of mixed buttons to add to the selection. I found a perfect pink button for my Noro calorimetry!

Since I'll be home all week while Becky's in San Antonio, I plan on getting a lot of knitting done (including my star scarf, dammit!!). It might take me a while to get pictures up, but I'll do what can.


Thursday, November 15, 2007


-^^- I've already finished my calorimetry! I was worried that it would turn out too small, but it's perfect and beautiful and I'm SO glad I did it in Noro! I can't find a tapestry needle at the moment, but as soon as I've worked away the ends and sewn on a button I'll take piccies. I am going to wear this EVERYWHERE.

I am a little over halfway done with the star scarf, and I'm casting on the Jayne hat as soon as I can get the needles away from Becky.

...Just wondering, but what the hell did I do before I learned to knit? O.o

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Love Love Love Love Love Love

I am happy.

Today Becky and I took a trip to our LYS and splurged! That's right, we bought yarn from somewhere other than Wal-Mart! Becky came out of the deal with some very beautiful sock yarn (Tofutsies) and sock needles, as well as a skein of yarn for a Christmas present. I bought a skein of Noro Silk Garden (my first non-acrylic yarn!) to make myself a calorimetry (so I can stop wearing the one I made for someone else).

Becky's sock yarn.

Becky's hat yarn

My precious, beautiful Noro. I'm in love.

We also decided to go ahead and get our joint Christmas present to each other. Here it is!! We needed it to make some more Christmas gifts, and I can start on my Jayne hat! Yaaaaaay! This also means that now Becky and I can both knit hats at the same time.

I don't know if I've ever been happier. :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Nothing to See Here...

Well, I have been wearing the Calorimetry for two days. I was just testing to see if it works, yanno. I promise I'm not using things I made for people just because I can! Honest!

Anywho, haven't had much time to work on anything else. I am halfway done with the star scarf. I expect to have it finished in about a week (am I being ambitious?).

Monday, November 12, 2007

A Couple FOs! Rejoice!

Yaaaaay! I won't keep you waiting any longer!

The first project is the Windy City Scarf from Stitch 'n Bitch. I knitted this on US #7 needles (smaller than the pattern calls for) and I cast on a few extra stitches. I should have made it longer, but didn't realize that until I had already changed colors. I used Caron Simply Soft in Denim and Chocolate. This is a gift for a friend.

The scarf in all its glory.

A detail shot of the colors.

Now for the calorimetry... I edited the pattern so that it would actually fit me (this is only after a beautiful but failed first try). I cast on 106 stitches and used needles two sizes too small (US #6). Then I only worked about twelve or so short rows (I kind of just eyeballed it... When I got it half as wide as I wanted it, I started increasing again. It fits me perfectly! Too bad it's meant to be a gift. This is a fast knit, though, so I will certainly make more. This is done in the same Chocolate yarn as the scarf, and I plan on doing some Denim blanket stitching around the edges.

Here it lies...

And an action shot, just for fun.

And finally, the two together.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 11, 2007


I am posting my FOs TONIGHT! I promise! I am weaving in some ends right now and then I'll have Becky help me with pictures.

Also, I changed the calorimetry pattern to fit me and am really pleased with the way it came out... I'll give the specific alterations in the next post.

I bought Becky (and by extension myself) a book for her birthday. We now have our very own copy of Domiknitrix. Exciting.

Be patient with me, I'm busy. :(

Saturday, November 10, 2007


I just wanted to show y'all that I have actually been working on something...

I have a handful of rows left to do, and it's done done done! And my sweetheart and I have scheduled a time to take pictures of our work tonight. *sigh* Too damn busy!

By the way, I reeeeally want to knit this.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Nothin' New

Still working on the revised calorimetry. More on that later. :) I promise I'll get pictures up soon! I'm such a procrastinator...

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Pattern Woes

I finished another project! Go me! My calorimetry is off the needles and... much too large for my cute little head. However, it fits the girlfriend, so I may give it to her. Or I may just frog it and then redo it with few stitches and rows. Had I been a good girl and done my homework, I would have discovered they nearly everyone has had the exact same problem with the pattern, and I could have saved myself hours of work had I looked around. :( However, I am starting another one with smaller yarn and fewer stitches, so we'll see how it goes.

Number of times I had to explain what a "calorimetry" was today: 7

I promise I'll post some pictures soon! I'm just too damn busy at the moment. Do you still love me?

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


I finally finished my keyhole scarf! Yaaaaay! But, I lied: I haven't been working on finishing my star scarf. No, instead I let myself be sucked in to making a calorimetry. Oh well.

I don't have time to post pics tonight, but I'll try to tomorrow. Laters!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


So, I got to wear the stylin' new hat Becky made me for the first time today! Okay, so I know this doesn't have anything to do with ME knitting, but I just wanted to show how awesomely awesome this hat is!

What about my projects, you ask? Haha. Funny. No, I should seriously be done with the keyhole scarf TONIGHT, and then I'll finish the star scarf. After that it's a toss-up between starting something new and finishing Becky's scarf.

Love, peace, and chicken grease!

Monday, November 5, 2007

A Cunning Hat...

I WILL finish something soon, I promise! I am about 75% done with my keyhole scarf, and will finish the star scarf soon after that.

So. My first non-scarf project is going to be the Jayne Cobb hat from Firefly. However, I am conflicted. For one thing, the only size 10.5 needles I can find are Addi Turbos, and I don't know if I'm prepared to spend $20 on a pair of needles that I might only use once. Also, should I make the hat out of the acrylic yarn that I already have which matches the colors pretty closely, or do I order a kit like this one that includes all the yarn I need and a premade pom pom? Or do I just go and buy the wool, use the pattern off the internet, and make the pom pom myself? I have a lot of scarves to make, so I don't need to decide this anytime soon.

All right, off to hopefully finish my keyhole scarf. Love.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

WIP Update

I'm taking a break from the Star Scarf to work on a brown and blue (excuse me, chocolate and denim) keyhole scarf. This isn't because I'm sick of the star one, but I end up with a big tangled mess when I try to take it out and about with me since there are two balls of yarn attached to it. They've already gotten ridiculously tangled once, and I don't have the time or energy to pick at knots for a couple hours. Therefore, that is now my stay-at-home project. The keyhole scarf involves only one skein (at the moment) so it's been nice to carry around. Also, it's a really quick knit--I started it last night and am over a fourth of the way done. Go me!

I have fallen out of love with making pom-poms. It's kind of entertaining and they look really cool, but don't make me do it very often. Please?

I should have a finished project to show y'all soon...

Saturday, November 3, 2007

So Many Projects...

...Not enough needles. I am not fond of having to choose a project based on what size and how many needles we have. For example, we only have one circular needle PERIOD, so only Becky or I can be making a hat at one time. Hopefully we will remedy this soon... I would like to try my hand at hat-making. :)

In other news, my star scarf is coming along beautifully. I've finished six repeats of the pattern and have started the seventh. The pattern calls for fifteen repeats, but if I think it's long enough I may stop sooner than that. I'm a little confused about binding it off, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.

Anyway! I guess I had better get back to work. Laters!

Friday, November 2, 2007

New Yarn!

Okay, so it's not for me, but I'm always excited about a trip to the LYS. The girlfriend bought four skeins of this beautiful yarn called Berroco Comfort. It's 50% Nylon and 50% Acrylic, but it feels heavenly. She's making Christmas gifts with most of it, but there is promise of some mittens for me... Excited!

Yeah, I promise I'm working on stuff instead of playing on ravelry... No really, I am...

Thursday, November 1, 2007


Hey-yo! I got my Ravelry invite! My username is kiwikero, so look me up.