yarn is in the aiirrrrr

guys. guys. guess what. spring just happened. like, right outside my window. i was able to stay outside for more than 15 minutes today, and got my first sunburn of the year. that’s pretty sweet.

in light of that, this sweater i’m knitting is totally ridiculous, but whatever. it’s coming along pretty fast. a friend took this picture for me:

the super-sweet glimpse of my dorm room is a freebie. no, don’t thank me. a few things: one, length? i kind of feel like maybe i should have kept knitting, or like i might rip out the bottom and do that. I’ve made enough mods that I don’t feel like I need to go to the full tunic length, which will probably be out of style this time next year anyway, but does that look too short/stretched? two, sleeves. you know how i feel about sleeveless/short-sleeved sweaters. or maybe you don’t, so i’ll tell you: i think they’re dumb. so i’m knitting the left sleeve right now. the thing is, i’m not sure where to stop. a few inches above the elbow? a few inches below? i don’t think i want full-length sleeves. right now i think i’m aiming for a solid three-quarter length. but i might punk out, because i hate knitting sleeves. advice would be appreciated.

also, way overdue:

remember that time i knit a quant? this is how it turned out. kind of so-so; i like it better than i did at first. mostly it just makes me wish i had dreads; i feel like once you do, you can get away with wrapping whatever the fuck you want around them. it was kind of fun to knit; i might make another one sometime.

guys, it’s almost 5 and the sun’s still up. i think i’m going to go kill some more skin cells. i leave you with this thought: i have one skein of recycled sari silk. what to make with it?

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and the seventh sin was envy; thus said the Lord

actually that’s probably not true. but in all seriousness, have you seen this?

Let’s talk about this for a minute. First of all, this is for sure my new favorite blog. (Gosh, I hope she doesn’t hear that. I’m blushing already.) It is attractive, full of delicious delicious food (also attractive), and some seriously badass knitting. this lady is a class act. also, the name? six one seven? is a shoutout to the home of my heart, Boston. see, we are obsessed with the same things! even besides yarn!

now about this particular FO. it is an hourglass cardigan. a novel concept. normally i am into v-neck cardigans; the thing where you just leave the top unbuttoned and it flops around always seemed kind of dodgy to me. but she makes this look so cute. and the thing is, I have like eight skeins of chestnut brown plymouth encore laying around. it has been destined for a cardigan, some kind of cardigan, since i got it. originally it was going to be some self-designed cabled behemoth; then a Mrs. Darcy, then a Maude Louise. Now I’m thinking maybe this? It is less fancy-shmancy but also pretty nice. let’s be honest, i probably need a universal brown cardigan that goes with everything (fyi: everything i own is brown. this is perfect.) more than i need to knit cables forever. thoughts?

speaking of knitting cables forever, i am nearing the home stretch of the shopping tunic. it is seriously a tube with sleeves, guys. like, i kind of knew that going in, but. i’m not going to put up a picture, because that really is all it is. imagine the last picture, but more of it. i have a break coming up; hopefully i will finish it then. also, on a related note, IT IS SO WARM. that is really great, it’s just sad that i will never wear anything made of wool ever again.

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way back in the day.

okay. nothing exciting is going to happen in this post; i’ve barely even been knitting. i’m just going to talk about yarn, and stuff, for a while. sorry.

I am still in possession of about two pounds, or the same volume as my torso and head, in white acrylic baby-yarn. i have no babies to knit ridiculous things for, (ex. the hooded baby blanket pattern that came on the ball band) nor do i plan on acquiring any. so i’m casting about the internet for some other stuff to do with it. here’s the current plan:

1. Anne Elliot Spencer. Cute, and lacy, and kind of meant for girls with a bust but whatever, knitting is a flexible medium. Planned mods: US 3s or maybe even 5s, and make the whole thing longer. I cannot really pull off shrugs. Possibly longer sleeves also.

 

2. Branching Out. (saccharine, I know. what else can you do with baby yarn?) I tried this once a long time ago when I had only a really fuzzy idea of what lace knitting even was. I think that if I double up the pattern, i.e. two lace repeats across the scarf, it could be thick enough to be functional. Also, fringe. Duh. I am all about fringe.

3. Crazy Vintage Cardigan(s). Okay, bear with me on this one. These are largely untenable as clothing options, unless you are Mary-Kate/Ashley. They seem even more untenable if you know what I normally dress like: somewhere in between “twelve-year-old boy” and “supercilious barista.” There is no room for a lacy wasp-waisted bolero in there. But regardless of my actual fashion choices, I have this intense, animalistic attraction to ridiculous, hyper-femme clothes. Little lacy gloves? Little lacy stockings? I am at their mercy. I can’t tell you how many cute little Goodwill dresses I have that will never get worn, because I never actually pin my hair in waves and go on picnics or whatever. Anyways, there you have it. I’m being totally honest about this.

Other thoughts: dying some of it? Maybe? because i don’t really wear white things that often? that’s a little labor-intensive for me, but we’ll see how it goes. wish me luck, dudes and dudettes.

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happy bunny day

oh hey. how was easter? do you do easter? we do, kind of. i went home for Easter Dinner, and it was pretty nice. i know i usually reserve my knitting blog for, you know, knitting, but we so rarely cook or eat classy food that I just want to brag a little.

ready? that, my friends, is a platter of coq-au-vin served with braised pearl onions, a real honest-to-goodness Julia Child recipe. there’s cognac in it. we set it on fire during the cooking process. note also the buttered parsley potatoes, and the not-from-Costco wine on the table. of course, you can also see the undeniable evidence of our true culinary characters: the all-purpose blue-collar Green Bean Casserole with Campbell’s Mushroom Soup. we make it classy by sauteeing actual mushrooms and putting them in there too. “Everyone thinks it’s all made from scratch,” says my mom. Cough, cough.

back to the yarn, though. this is what that same table looked like a couple hours before:

pictured here are the shopping-tunic-in-progress, and two Lion Brand “Pound Of Love” skeins. (sounds like the title to a bad 70’s porno.) they are a gift from the Easter Bunny/my mother; she says that “You and I never agree on what color yarn you should wear; I thought white was a safe choice.” In actuality, instead of making this universally useful, i have no idea what to make with it. two pounds of DK white acrylic? i wish i were into doilies. i was inspired to plan an Anne Elliot Spencer after this tunic is finished, but there is a lot more than one shrug to be made out of that yarn. thoughts or suggestions would be WELCOME. what’s in your ravelry queue right now?

you would think that schoolwork would be getting in the way of heavy knitting right now, and in a technical sense i suppose you’d be right. in that there is a lot of schoolwork i should probably be doing. but in actuality, it is beautiful out and i am totally incapable of doing anything i am supposed to do. i am about at waist length on the tunic, and am leaning towards the pockets. also, i have a lot of time spent in hospital waiting rooms and at bedsides coming up; nothing serious, but it will be a lot of time spent sitting down. i’m thinking i might be bored and stationary enough to return to my mitts. wish me luck!

love forever and ever,

rachel

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in like a lion, out like a sweater

happy spring! happy purim! happy good friday/easter! happy mawlid al-nabi! happy spring break, maybe! we are all so happy about everything!

here is what the sweater looks like now. it is not super exciting:

yeaaaaahhhh. check out that big-ass cowl-neck thing. this is going to be intense. it’s going fast enough, but i’m having to accept the fact that by the time i finish it, it will be too warm for sweaters. we are approaching that point even now, actually. such are the travails of a knitter. i would also like to point out that my endpaper mitts, the project that could actually possibly have some use this time of year, have had absolutely zero progress made on them. turns out i just fuckin’ love stockinette.

i think i love stockinette because i like to do other things while i knit. i am a compulsive multitasker. this sweater probably has four or five hours on it now; here is an abridged list of things i have done while knitting it.

– attended a local Mortified! reading
– listened to Saul Williams
– listened to Sage Francis
– watched Obama’s State of the Nation address on race in America
– listened to Alix Olson

what do you do while you knit? now is the time to share.

celebrate hard, make safe choices,

rachel

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and… take two.

so, i frogged that huge mass of stockinette that was the scoop-neck sweater. life is too short to knit stuff you’re not totally obsessed with, you know? in a moment of reckless abandon, i cast on for a roughly worsted-weight version of twinkle’s shopping tunic.

now, a few things about this one.

1. I say “roughly worsted weight” because while the yarn is Paton’s Canadiana, worsted weight, I’m using US 9s. This solves several problems at once; the fact that knitting a stockinette tunic-length sweater is really boring and takes fucking forever and I’d stab myself in the eye with the US 7s if I used them, and the tendency of the Canadiana to knit up really densely on the US 7s I was using before, giving it a stiffness that I wasn’t fond of. As you can see, the gauge looks pretty normal, actually. Which is nice.

2. I do not, in fact, have what you would call a “pattern” for this. I saw the schematics in Twinkle’s book once, and I remember thinking it looked easy. I mean, it’s definitely the kind of thing you can figure out by looking at, right? Right. I think I can do it.

3. Planned mods: I’m adding 3/4 sleeves, because I’m against short-sleeved sweaters on principle. I’m thinking about the pockets; namely, about whether or not I want them. This is where having the actual pattern would be helpful, as I’ve never done set-in pockets before. Hopefully this is the kind of thing Ravelry can be a resource for.

I’ve kind of set the Mitts aside for now, and am mostly working on this like an automaton. Why, you ask, after having been so lethargic previously? Because it’s midterms week, of course, and I have Lots Of Other Things I Should Be Doing. yessss.

One more thing before I go – usually I’m not so into cutesy kitschy amigurumimimioiojfaijkfha whatsit, but seriously, check this out:

Found while browsing Ravelry. Incredible, amirite?

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the endpaper mitts with no end.

oh hey.

so maybe it wasn’t clear from the last post, but i finally cast on for some endpaper mitts. using crimson&brown, two brands i’ve never heard of before and which do not actually match in terms of gauge, i have this:

my cast-on is a little iffy, and the colors don’t contrast as well as i would like them to. but so far, they seem to a) fit, despite my total disregard for all ideas of gauge and sizing, and b) keep my delicate, ladylike wrists warm. if i ever finish them, i think they will serve well.

and hey, here’s some stuff i did finish! i had a nice little break from classes last month, during which i went home. the FOs that came out of this are the Chunky Calorimetry and my very own Banana Republic Knockoff Hat.

I’m happy with them – it’s the yarn left over from the Evening Shell. The Calorimetry stays on a little better than my other one, and the hat fits without even stretching. This is impressive, because my head is roughly the size of Central Asia. My mother, not pictured here, voiced her approval; namely, she said the hat was “cute” and the Calorimetry was “another one of those things.” essentially, resounding applause.

which brings us to my so-called “current project”:

this is a sweater. you last saw it balled up on my floor next to the couch. the idea was this: deep scoop neck, subtle cabling detail on the bottom hem and sleeves. i was really pumped about this. and maybe i still would be, did it not fit like a potato sack. scroll up and look at it. it’s shaped like a potato sack, isn’t it? i am not shaped like a potato sack. so there’s that issue, and i was seriously considering just straight-up sewing seams into the sides because i am not up to ripping it back. but now, i’m also not that in love with the color; or at least not the combination of color and pattern. you know? so i’m sitting on it, and thinking about maybe pursuing something else with the yarn. any thoughts are welcome.

okay, i’m going to go to class now and work on becoming the bright future of America. peace, yo.

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