Knit it, Violet!
Finished objects, works in progress, and lots of rambling about two sticks and some string...
Monday, November 20, 2006
  on the twelfth knit of christmas...

The peapod is blocking! the peapod is blocking! excuse the hiddeous color the camera picked up and the hideous couch which has no excuse. the ends are woven in, too, i just don't trim them before i block, so those dangling stings won't be there, of course.

here is a close up with a much more accurate color representation:

and the SIP of the day, almost argyle #2: now, if you're saying to yourself, "gee, that looks like it's posing with a spinning wheel..." you're right! my wonderful grandparents GAVE me a wheel. i futzed around with it a little last night and i feel so much more comfortable using it than my spindle, with the exception that i'm not quite quick enough yet. but no time for spinning talk now, because...

The Christmas KnitList:
1 branching out scarf
2 pairs of felted slippers
1 beaded scarf (Scarf Style)
1 swallowtail shawl
1 pair cabled footies
1 koigu scarf
1 recycled silk purse
1 chunky last minute scarf
1 pair of mittens
1 cabled hat
1 DNA cable scarf (which could possibly wait till after the holidays...)
1 partridge in a pear tree

this doesn't even touch sewing, baking, soap making, work, school, sleep, etc. but i have a week off school and work (the joy of working at a school, double thanksgiving break!) and plenty of knitting time...anyone want to come over and do my laundry??
Sunday, November 19, 2006
  crafty low self esteem?
what do you do when you get totally down on your crafting skills?

right now i'm feeling miserably pathetic about everything i do creatively. what do you do when you feel crappy about the things that are supposed to make you feel good??
Sunday, November 12, 2006
  light at the end of the tunnel...

i finished one of kellen's almost argyle socks! well, almost finished. the toe still needs grafted and the end woven in, but who cares! just one more left... these haven't been overly thrilling to make, but the design comes out great when they're actually on a foot. more about that when i finish the other.

expect an update soon, in the form of my massive knit-for-christmas list. it's daunting, but i'm having fun!
Monday, November 06, 2006
  bad knit blogger, bad!
i realize i have not posted since october first. have no fear, i have not dropped off the face of the planet. my lack of posts partially has to do with the fact that i've absoulutely been swamped at work and school, as well as the fact that K now has weekends off, which means i opt to spend time with him rather than knit blogging...

...but mostly, it has to do with knitterly denial.

my last post was at the onset of soctoberfest. i set small, realistic goals. i failed. i wanted to finish Kellen's Almost Argyles. did i? No. i stubbornly refused to knit them on 5 dpns, saying i always make do with four. unfortunately, with a 16 st repeat design, it really was logical to knit them on 5 needles. naturally, i lost track of the pattern and had to rip back to the ribbing. this brusied my ego and it's been fairly slow going ever since. here's the current progress on sock 1:my only other goal for soctoberfest? to decide on the sock pattern i wanted to knit my maternal grandmother for christmas? accomplished? no way. i have no excuses for this either. i'm just panicking over christmas knitting.

and the swallowtail shawl? i loove this pattern. loove the yarn. is it done? nope. i frogged it completely. i started it four times before i got the hang of it, and then halfway through the second chart and *BOOM* huge glaring error. i couldn't tink. i hadn't used lifelines. i cried. i chalked it up to overuse of charts. EVERY WIP HAS A CHART! too much!

the only thing i've made real progress on:the baby peapod sweater. i'm still ahead of the baby, so that's good.

i have more gifts to knit than there are weeks until christmas. then, you know, school, finals, finding another job (i'm going to have to quit because my hours are inflexible with my school schedule next semster. ugh. i love my job.) and other minor details like that.

and STILL OTN: the branching out scarf. will the madness ever end??

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violet is a crafty girl with feminist values. knitting is her main squeeze, but she also flirts with sewing, embroidery, mosaics, jewelry making, block printing, and polymer clay. she's also been known to cook and garden. she loves a good thrift shop, teapots, and her boyfriend kellen.

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