Sunday, February 28, 2010

Olympics Finish Line

I had to abandon the Mara shawl when, after ripping out a week's worth of knitting (more on that in a future post), it became clear that I would not make the end-of-the Olympics deadline. Instead, I cast on the Lacy Baktus in some more of my handspun.

Lacy Baktus

Pattern: Lacy Baktus by Terhi Montonen
Yarn: my handspun from superwash BFL from Cloudlover in the Fangorn colorway
Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm
On Ravelry

This is a pattern where you weigh your yarn, knit half of it with increases every four rows, and then decrease every four rows. Well, I'm still pretty new at spinning, and weighing apparently wasn't the best judge of whether or not I'd used up half of my yardage. So, with one day left in the Olympics, I used up my yarn and still had at least three repeats to knit (#2 below) ... and so I frogged it back to past the center point to start the decreases earlier (#3).

Baktus Take One

I could have handled this with a bit more grace and a lot less stress if I wasn't knitting on a deadline. But I wanted the Ravelympics/Knitting Olympics medals, so here is the finished shawl/scarf (a little too big to fit in one frame):


It's a little shorter than I'd like, and I'm counting on the blocking (which certainly was not going to happen today too) to help stretch it out.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Winter Olympics

In honor of the Winter Olympics, I am participating in the related Knitting Olympics and Ravelympics knit-a-longs that began last night. I was originally thinking I'd do a series of small projects, and see what I could get done in 17 days, but the spirit of the Olympics is to challenge yourself, so I'm going big and going to attempt a full shawl. I may not finish, but I decided setting a big goal was success enough if need be.

I'm knitting Mara, a simple triangular garter stitch shawl with a ribbed and slightly ruffled edging. I'm planning on adding some shoulder shaping. Part of what makes this project medal-worthy is that I'm knitting it from my own handspun, Potentiality Handspun Falkland in a colorway I'm calling Blueberries and Chocolate. It's one pound and 1028 yards of fibery goodness.


I cast on last night. I planned to do this while watching the opening ceremonies, but as we don't have tv reception, I planned to watching the ceremonies via online streaming. I spent 40 minutes trying to find a feed that worked, and struck out multiple times and places. This was, let's say, extremely frustrating. In the end, I put a movie in the DVD player and cast on to a sweet and sappy coming of age story.

I am loving watching the colors change as I knit. I rarely knit in garter stitch, so I am impressed by the thick squooshiness of the fabric I'm making. And I'm just starting to add the shoulder shaping, so it's coming along great so far!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

2009 in Review

In 2009 I became a bad blogger. I can point to graduate school as the primary cause of this, but now that it's February, and I have 8 months of school left, I think I have to admit defeat. So, rather than try to bring anyone who may still be reading this (and thank you if you are!) up to date on each project, I'm just going to show you the year in review.

Despite grad school, it was a productive year, although it looks like I concentrated on the accessories. More portable, and simple stitch patterns were definitely my friend this year.

2009 Knits

1. Mini Sweater Trio, 2. Dolores Park Cowl, 3. Cowl'd and Frosty Morning, 4. "Camel" Cowl, 5. Spiral Cowl, 6. Herringbone Cowl, 7. Lichen Cowl, 8. Two-One Cowl, 9. Turn A Square Try #3, 10. Turn A Square Try #4, 11. Maine Morning Mitts, 12. Lollipop Hats, 13. Cabled Sampler Baby Blanket, 14. Sampler Baby Blanket, 15. Verona Shawl, 16. Deciduous Lace Shawl, 17. Barn Raising Quilt, 18. Susan Shawl, 19. Mitered Hanging Towels, 20. I-Love-Stockinette Baby Bibs, 21. Baby Goth, 22. Cotton Stripes Hat Trio, 23. Lace Ribbon Scarf, 24. Thorpe!, 25. Camera Sock, 26. Crofter's Cowl #1, 27. Crofter's Cowl #2, 28. Pretty Thing Cowl, 29. Toasty Mitts!, 30. Purl's Cashmere Cowl, 31. Vancouver Fog Mitts, 32. Gathered Scarf, 33. Hello Kitty Hat, 34. Scrunchable Hat, 35. Earflap Hat, 36. Ribbed Hat

I also had time for some spinning:

2009 Spinning

1. Corriedale Sliver, 2. Three Skeins, 3. 8 oz Eire Corriedale Pencil Roving, 4. Two Skeins of Eire, 5. 4 oz Shetland Top, 6. My Winding Wheel, 7. Green Yarns, 8. 4 oz BFL Top, 9. One Skein of Autumn Girl, 10. Hanspun, 11. Four Braids, 12. Falkland Fiber, 13. 4 oz of strips, 14. And then there were nine, 15. Blueberries & Chocolate

And I kept on accumulating yarn. The best:

2009 Yarn

1. Squoosh MCN in Brick, 2. Sundara Night Blossom, 3. CMF Wild Horses, 4. CMF Baby Camel/Merino, 5. Sweet Georgia Frozen, 6. Sweet Georgia Stillwater , 7. Graphite, 8. Mysterious Night, 9. Antoinette, 10. Aurora Borealis, 11. Fjord, 12. A Step in Time and Roasted Java, 13. Black Cherry ASM, 14. MadTosh Van Dyke Brown and Plucky Augustus, 15. Deadly Nightshade, 16. Pigeonroof Charcoals, 17. Sundara Poppy, 18. Charcoal over Blue Lagoon, 19. Deep Spaces, 20. Seasons Collection, 21. Black over Violet, 22. End of the Day FSM, 23. Brambleberry, 24. RPoGP, 25. Cashmere, 26. Fiberphile Batwings, 27. Arabian Nights, 28. Huckleberries FSM, 29. Delphiniums, 30. Rocky Shore, 31. Copper Rose, 32. Plum Pudding, 33. Smoke, 34. Chocolate Chambord, 35. Taj Mahal FSM, 36. Ember over Flame