carynb: (Knitting)
Wow, I've really gotten out of the habit of posting, haven't I? Six months, it's been. Not that I was ever a prolific poster, mind, but six months seems a bit much.

Anyway, I spent last night out at a reading by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, i.e. the Yarn Harlot, followed by dinner with [livejournal.com profile] crystal_diva and [livejournal.com profile] neeuqdrazil (Hmm, I should drop a line to Dreamwidth to allow for links to ravelry IDs - they would be a little more appropriate here).

Anyway, the reading was lots of fun. Stephanie was really entertaining, and having heard her voice, I'll be hearing her read her blog in my head from now on. The bookstore was obviously not quite prepared for us - they had maybe 40 chairs put out, and I'd say there were 100-150 people there. It was hard to see how many people were in the standing-room only areas, like us. It was kinda fun, being in a largeish group of people, most of whom had knitting in their hands. There was a wide variety of projects on display, and I think I freaked the woman next to me out a bit when she hauled out an sweater with an intricate pattern of twisted stitches, and I gushed over it. She was peppered with questions - what pattern? what yarn? and I think she got a little flustered. *g* And [livejournal.com profile] neeuqdrazil had a bee-you-ti-ful test knit shawl in three different colours of Indigodragonfly's fabulous yarn.

It was a fun evening. I really should try to get out more. *g*

Speaking of which, M & I have tickets to see Hey Rosetta! next week, so that will be two weeks in a row where I've actually been out socially on a work night. Woo-hoo!
carynb: (Rogue Me)
Heh. I just checked my status on the Ravelry invite list. I was told:
  • You signed up on July 15, 2007

  • You are #16711 on the list.

  • 9543 people are ahead of you in line.

  • 4340 people are behind you in line.

  • 33% of the list has been invited so far
They've about 21,000 requests for invites from Beta testers since June. I mean, I know crafters are really into, well, their craft, but that seems insane. Of course, I can't wait to get my invite, so I can start setting up projects and managing stash and posting pictures and all that kinda stuff. It seems like it's gonna be a really cool site, once it's actually live.

I've actually thought about trying to write software to do something like this on a personal level; doing it on a community level just seems more useful. This way, when I'm starting something new, instead of googling the pattern name for wool recommendations and such, I can just look up the pattern in this one place, and there'll be lots of people with info on how they did it. It'll need a critical mass to work, of course, but it looks to me like they'll have it. It's just such a cool idea. I kinda wish I'd come up with it. *g*
carynb: (Knitting)
So, this morning I got up and headed out to the Downtown Knit Collective's Knitter's Frolic.

It was gonna be a short, inexpensive trip, I thought. I was just gonna hit a few booths and head home again.

My goal? I wanted some funky buttons for the cardigan I finished Tuesday night, and some Size 3 Addi Turbo circulars so that I could finally start that Icarus shawl I've been meaning to do.

Heh.

I got both, plus....
  • Cotton yarn for a cute little summer top, since, well, it's almost summer...

  • Socks that Rock sock yarn in a colorway called Stormy Weather.

  • Smooshy Sock yarn from a company called Dream in Colour

  • Two small batts of turquoise roving

  • Size 000 circular Turbos.
And, I don't even LIKE sock knitting, particularly. Apparently I'm gonna have to try that again. And, when I checked my Wedding Ring Shawl pattern when I got home, it's not 000 needles i needed, but just 0. Oh well, I'll find some use for it, I"m sure. *g* So I suppose it's just as well no-one had any gossamer weight yarn there - I still wouldn't be able to start it.

What I didn't buy? The $700 Louet Spinning Wheel that I spent an good 20 minutes on, trying out the feel and just spinning some roving that they had there next to it. It was so fun, and relaxing, just sitting there working the trestle, sliding my fingers along the roving, watching it spin. If she'd had another wheel there (she'd just sold the floor model), I might just have bought one.

(The whole house buying thing is weird there - I've got one half of my brain going - You're on a budget! You can't afford to drop $700 on a Spinning Wheel! And the other half going - But you'll have room! If she'd had a wheel there to sell, I don't know which half would have won.)
carynb: (Knitting)
So, I've gone and created a new blog. Over on Blogger, actually. I wanted to see what it was like, what the differences in setup and use were like, so I created a new place to talk about my knitting and (maybe) spinning, and other such creative pursuits. I won't stop talking about stuff like that here, but I didn't want to spam my whole friends list with the stuff all the time, and I don't want to lock the posts down to a subset, either, so I can talk about stuff with people who aren't on my friends list. (It actually seems like an awful lot of crafters have craft-specific blogs, probably for the same reason). So, new blog. And the reason it's in Blogger? Mainly so that I can have a sidebar with "percent done" graphics for projects, which you can't do in LJ. *g*

Anyway, I thought I would try out Blogger, and it's just...different. It's just so much more broadcast than conversation. There's nothing like a friends' list there, no easy way to check the blogs of people you'd like to read, who are also using Blogger. There's no easy way to log in to blogger from your own page, so it seems like they assume you'll post something and then never look again. And, you're maybe two clicks away from making money by putting ads on your blog. There's no such thing as public vs. private posts. All in all much more "publishing" than "journal", and it's gotta be hard to build communities over there...

If you'd like to check it out, it's at CarynKnits. I've also created a syndicated feed for it on LJ - something else I wanted to try out (Blogger makes it ridiculously easy to create, LJ makes it ridiculously easy to add, so it's all good), and you can access it here
carynb: (Knitting)
Haven't posted much at all recently, have I?

Let's see - last weekend I went to a Pampered Chef party at [livejournal.com profile] race29girl's place, and spent waaay too much money. *g* I'm now thinking about hosting such a thing myself, but I don't really think I have enough space. The free goodies if it goes well, though, are tempting.

Other than that, I've been kinda unofficially participating in The Knitting Olympics. I never actually signed up, but I thought it would be cool to challenge myself to try something different, and to try to get it done inside of 16 days. I almost decided to try to make some socks, but I didn't make it to a yarn store, so I went with something sitting in my stash, waiting for me to get to it. knitting stuff, including pictures )

So I've spent the last two weeks on the couch, watching the Olympics (Jeff Buttle was fantastic! So was Joannie Rochette!), mainlining the first season of House and knitting like crazy.

Speaking of House..(Spoilers for Season 1, pretty vague) )

My plans for tonight are to do laundry, vacuum my apartment, fortify myself with a glass of scotch, and attempt to pickup the 438 stitches I need to do the border on the shawl. And maybe watch some Season 1 Wonder Woman while I'm at it. Yeah, my life's just that exciting. *g*

Finished!

Nov. 21st, 2005 10:57 am
carynb: (Knitting)
As I noted on Saturday, I managed to finish my Rogue, finally! I'd forgotten what a rush it was to finish off something I really like, and will wear. I'm not generally very creative or crafty, so managing to finish something like this just felt really, really good.

I also really liked the fact that I had to learn a lot in order to finish the pattern. Some things I'd never done before are:
  • Some simple different stitching patterns like slip-slip-knit and knitting/purling through back loops. I learned to knit from my mother and my grandmother, and they were, apparently, pretty straightforward when it came to knitting. Changing the direction of the stitch decreases does make a difference in the look of the finished product, though.

  • Another relatively simple trick I'd never done before: Making the increases and decreases one in from the edge, instead of the last stitch in the row. It makes for much smoother edging.

  • Double cable increases and decreases - specific to Celtic knotwork-type cabling, these look pretty cool.

  • Blocking. I'd never even heard of blocking before, and I was amazed at the difference it makes in the end product. Who thought that wetting and pinning down the wool before putting it all together would actually do anything? *g*

  • The biggest of them all, though, had to be the grafting. I'm incredibly proud of how well the grafting of the cable pattern on the hood turned out, considering I'd never done any before.

And now, on to the pictures! )

Success!

Oct. 3rd, 2005 01:03 pm
carynb: (Knitting)
After almost throwing the damn thing out Friday night, I got back to the grafting yesterday, and actually made it work.

How bad was Friday night? Well, I spent about an hour on Saturday at Lettuce Knit looking over wool and patterns, and actually bought the wool to make a make myself a Clapotis. I don't like just dropping things, but I could see me knitting up the sleeves on the Rogue and sewing them in and still having live stitches at the top of the hood that didn't get finished until 2 years from now. I thought taking a break now might be the better solution.

Fortunately for me (I guess), I didn't take the abbreviations list from Knitty.com out to M's with me. Well, and I took both projects with me. I sat down to start the Clapotis and had no idea what they meant by "kfb", so I couldn't actually start it. (As a side note: M's modem is currently very, very dead. It's brand new, to replace one that got blown in a thunderstorm a week ago, and I think he shorted it out as he was trying to place it. No internet all weekend! And so, I couldn't go out to the site and get the abbreviations list. Bother!).

So, I went back to the Rogue. I had fairly detailed instructions on which way to graft each stitch, thanks to PumpkinMama on the Rogue_Along newsgroup (on Yahoogroups), and I think I figured out what I was doing wrong last time - I was wrapping the wool around the needles extra times, knotting the wool. This made snugging up incredible difficult, and twisted some of the stitches so that they looked like purl stitches when then should have been knits. I had to undo 5 of my hard-won 16 stitches, but it only took me about an hour to complete it. (28 stitches in an hour isn't horribly bad, right?)

In the end, I think it turned out okay.

See the hood! )

I still have to graft the stitches joining the hood up to the cable border, but that can be cast-off and sewn together if necessary. It may not look as smooth, but having it seamless is not as crucial as it is in the middle of the cable pattern. And besides that, I only have the nice, straightforward sleeves left to do. Almost there!
carynb: (Knitting)
Rows knit on my sweater this week: 28.
Rows currently done: 8

Twice this week I've had to unravel what I've done and start again. I just started on the front of the collar, where flaws will show horribly. So, when I find something wrong, taking it out is pretty much the only option. The first time was a flaw in the cabling; the second, I was so concerned about the cabling I missed an armhole decrease.

Oh well, third time's the charm, right?

Undoing work is horribly frustrating, though. *sigh*

My Rogue

Aug. 31st, 2005 06:47 am
carynb: (Default)
So, I started knitting my Rogue sweater about 10 days ago, and I thought I'd post some work-in-progress pics. I'm knitting it in the Biggs & Little Heritage wool, in red heather.
10 days in )
I think I'll be taking pictures about once a week and posting them, just so that I can have a journal of how it knit up. I'll probably lock them away (I don't really want to span my friendslist with pictures of a work-in-progress), unless people would like to see them. So, if you would, comment below and I'll include you in the friendsgroup.

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