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Summer Round-Up

Simmer Dim knit with STR Lightweight in Thraven
Simmer Dim knit with STR Lightweight in Thraven

 

My plans to be a productive knitter during the summer months exploded in my face (yet again). The summers here are as hot as the winters are cold.  I love the cold and hate the heat. Once it hits 30 C, I am done; I just lie on the floor waiting for the heat to end.  I got off to a good start in June, with Nerd Wars to motivate me, but that is where the good times end.  I finished Simmer Dim in 2 weeks for a Nerd Wars challenge. I just love it. It’s going to get a lot of use this fall and winter. Then I made a Milo tunic for my daughter. I got it finished on time and thankfully it is knit top down because I ran out of yarn, so it is a short-sleeved sweater in the end.

I got more done in July than August, but I missed my deadlines and didn’t submit anything for Nerd Wars. I started the Pod of Cetaceans Cardigan, which is a great pattern, but I since I was working with a cotton blend yarn I didn’t entertain the idea of a steek for a second. I had no trouble modifying it for straight knitting and it was going really well, I’d reached the yoke when my deadline ran out, and the WIP has been sulking in a corner ever since. Same thing happened with my August WIP, I didn’t make the deadline and I’m too mad at myself to pick it up right now.

I should really be a responsible knitter and sit down and finish what I start. I went to do just that and then I stumbled upon the Sanagi dress pattern. I’ll just make a swatch to get it out of my system…

Checking In

I haven’t been posting here as much as I’d like, but I’ve been knitting despite being a lot more busy than I had envisioned. I’m participating in Nerd Wars this summer, on Team Hellmouth. I’ve posted my completed projects to my FO’s 2012 page, but I haven’t had the time to properly blog them. Simmer Dim & Milo are wonderful patterns that I’ll likely knit again. I’m working on a simple raglan sweater for my son and a cardie for my daughter at the moment, plus I’ll probably squeeze in a cowl before the end of the month.

Silly pic

I haven’t given up knitting, I swear! I have been fiddling with this hat for what seems like ages:

You can see the dpns sticking out on the right side. I’ve frogged (again!) since then, because the decreases were not giving me what I wanted. I’m using the JKnit app to write (and revise) the pattern as I go. It’s a great app, you should try it if you get the chance.

WIPs

I’m almost finished my Tomten, and making slow progress on my Sutton Hoo Hat, Unicorn Sleeper, and St. Enda. I have to get cracking on the St. Enda — it must be completed before Jan 10 2012 because it’s for my father-in-law.

The Tomten is a wonderful pattern to knit, I barely had to look at it since it was so easy to memorise.

I feel kinda unsettled today because yesterday I had my first ever car accident. It was a fender bender and it was my fault. I don’t have a lot of experience, I’ve only been driving for a year. I hit the other car from behind, and since I was trying to merge out of my lane when someone in front (not the car I hit) short stopped, only the left front of my car and the back right of the other driver has any damage. The other driver doesn’t have much damage, but I managed it so that the headlight’s glass broke, the bumper cracked, and the hood dented. So all three will have to replaced. I feel so stupid, though no one is angry at me, not even the driver I hit (seriously, I could not have hit a nicer person), I kinda feel like they should be. I guess that means I’m angry at myself, which is true. My inability to pay attention or focus very well is probably what I hate most about myself and at least partially responsible for me having the accident in the first place.

Progress despite avoidance

I was making great progress on 海丰’s Ryuu-ko Sweater, started the sleeves aaannnddd put it down. Picked up the Unicorn Sleeper again, which is good, because I should be further along already. Figuring out the details of an original pattern is hard enough, but writing them down so that they make sense to others is really something else. True to form, I was avoiding it. Come to think of it, I haven’t been working on the Sutton Hoo Hat either. I also realised that 海纳’s Aviatrix Hat from last year was too small, so I made her a Conch Hat by Elizabeth Zimmermann.

海纳's Conch Hat

I really love that pattern, I made another one last August from the same yarn for my friend’s baby. Now to choose between my two adversaries of the moment: sleeves or pattern writing.

Anchors

So 煤球 lost the hat I made him last year. I started to make him a new one in the exact same pattern, as his pickiness seemed to like it. Yesterday he informed me that he didn’t like the pattern I used for him last year, it was too tight around his head (I increased the width given in the patt) and not long enough (at nearly 45 cm?!). We were passing a shop that sells cheap stuff to tweens, he pointed to a long black and pink striped hat with ear flaps. I was really tempted to make him a Jayne Hat, as he would have no idea what he was wearing, which would be funny but also cruel. So I thought about ear flaps, and this image kept popping up in my head:

Sutton Hoo Helmet

I won’t be making a balaclava, and it won’t really resemble the pic at all in the end, but the image is an anchor for me as I come up with a design for his pickiness’ hat.  Do you ever use anchors when coming up with design/knitting?

Unicorns!

This summer, I came up with several design ideas and I’ve been mucking about looking for the best way to bring them to life. I’ll be starting on a sleeper for my 1-year-old, knit in a cotton/acrylic blend because the wool one I made last year was just too hot. We live in a modern building in an urban area, so knitting for the decrepit country houses I grew up in is just not practical. It will be a lilac-y pink, the long sleeves will be raglan and there will be a hood. I made a rough sketch of what I was planning, then cast-on. Once I’d knitted a teeny bit of it, and I came to the astute realisation that I should write the pattern out in full, for all sizes, knit one of the sizes, and correct the mistakes in the pattern as I go.

I will probably put unicorns in there somewhere - haven't decided yet.