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.

Sigil

Another sweater for my baby! I love the way Sigil turned out. Like every other Starmore sweater I’ve knit, this one will be loved and worn until I can’t fit over her head anymore.

The only trouble I had was with reverse st st pieces having to be sewn together. I can’t do it beautifully, so I try to make the ugly seam a design element of the sweater. Or I that’s what I tell myself. The collar is not rolling over the way I had hoped, despite my tinking back to add to extra rows when I saw it wasn’t quite perfect. I have just barely enough kureyon left to tack down the collar if necessary, but it would change the look and I want it to roll properly.

Now I have to finish the hat I’m working on, though I did cast on for an icelandic cardie in my post-FO excitement yesterday. And start my first shawl. Which is for a bride. At her wedding. Not nervous at all. I’ll be fine as long as my avoidance knitting stays simple. Everything. Will. Be. Just. Fine.

FO #2

Finished 27 February 2012

I finally finished the Tomten I started last fall and put down so that I could get my St. Enda done in time for my trip back to China.

The tears are mostly due to the fact that I am weaning her off breast milk at the moment. She happily wore it to daycare this morning. I promise.

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.

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.