Finished Wicked

Well I am done with Wicked. Overall I really liked the pattern. I just wish I was a little….less chunky (ok fat, but I was trying to be nice to myself). It is actually kind of flattering. I am heavy in my top area and I think that it doesn’t make the girls look too scary! If only my tummy wasn’t so big it would look absolutely awesome. Cascade 220 was a perfect choice for this. It gives it enough stretch in the areas that need it without looking stretched out. I am glad that I went ahead with the shaping. Its a little big through the shoulder/armpit area, but no so much that it is going to bother me I think. It is also a tad big through the lower back area. I haven’t blocked it yet so maybe once it is all blocked it won’t seem so big through there. If not it won’t be the end of the world, it isn’t too bad. I made it extra long to accomodate my thickness. I HATE having to fight my shirts because they are all too short. The short sleeves were good I think because it isn’t a heavy sweater. Good for spring because it will give warmth and a little bit of cool too. I am glad that I have this sweater in my library. I am probably going to be knitting one for my best friend too. She really liked the design of it and said she wanted one too. I am going to show her my finished product on Tuesday so we will see then if she still wants one. I think I am going to rip out the sleeves for Jim’s Fog sweater. I am like 2 inches short of finishing and since I used Cascade Eco Wool.. I really don’t think that I need 475 yards of yarn for two inches. I hate to do that just because it is not cheap yarn (for the amount it is priced well though) and then I will end up with a partial skein of yarn that I won’t be able to use. Well I am sure I could come up with something.. but $20 specifically for two inches worth of sleeve doesn’t make sense to me. I bought some more wool on Thursday. I sat down to spin a little bit today. It is pretty gray, but I am not sure that I really like the way it works up. I guess it doesn’t really matter. Practice is practice and that is really what I want right now. I am going to go to the library sometime this week and try to pick up a book on spinning. It is Spring Break. I don’t have much studying I HAVE to do this week. I am taking off work on Thursday so I can stay home and spin all day. I just need some quiet time to figure it all out. To figure out what it is I am doing wrong and right and figure out what all needs to change. I really was interested in spinning at first but not like I am now. Now it almost consumes me. I am not very good at it but I love it. Funny.

It fits!!!!!

I have surprisingly gotten quite a bit done on Wicked. I have done the basic shaping. Now I just have the length left to do. I got a little antsy earlier and decided to try it on. Partly so that I could see how much longer I need to make it. I am almost all torso (my mom is 3 inches shorter than me and her legs are actually longer than mine) so I can’t make things normal length. You would think that this would make me thin. *sigh* The other part was because I am impatient to say the least. So I put a bunch of stitches on some waste yarn because I am using some shorter circs. And here it is:

Forgive the boob shot. That is as long as it is and I didn’t really want to show my gut. Or my face. It is our anniversary and we have sat around in pjs all day. NO MAKEUP!! So my face is not part of the shot. Apparently this sweater is going to show off my boobs. Oh well! I don’t think I am going to be able to finish it… just the body for now. I have to look back through and see if I have 7 dpns for the sleeves, but I don’t think that I do. I am going to have to buy another size 7 circ. because I really prefer 2 circs, but we will see. I will use what I have if I have them. This makes me realize that I need to go through and set up my needle inventory on my Ravelry. I have about another 3 or 4 inches, maybe 5, I haven’t decided yet, before I do the bottom which is only I think 1.25 inches. So I am adding about 3 inches to it. I don’t like my tops to be too short. I HATE fighting to keep them down. Maybe if I lost a little weight I wouldn’t have to worry about it so much because my boobs would shrink a little and so would my gut, making clothing a little bit longer. Soon…. I have been eating better at least. We had some issues with our gym. The owner got arrested for video taping a girl through her window so we won’t go there anymore. And that was the only one that was cost effective at this point. So soon we will be getting a treadmill for the house. Soon. I have been doing some spinning research today since I want to start spinning more and make it good.

On a non knitting note… my husband turned the tv to some weird show on Discovery. These people are wrestling aligators. People are insane. And I think I am just as insane for not being able to look away! And someone just got bit on the face. Ew.

Finished yarn and Wicked sweater.

I got my first handspun all done, plied, and set. I am happy with it except the color doesn’t thrill me. But there it is finished and happy! I haven’t checked to see what the WPI is yet. I would do it right now but the cat is on my lap along with my knitting and my dog has me trapt on one side. I love that my animals help me procrastinate! Good puppy and kitty. I decided to start working on Wicked again. I had put it aside and was going to frog it later on. I needed the needles it was on so I put it on scrap yarn. I am glad that I decided to do that instead of just frogging it. I would have had to start all the way over. Instead I spend the time picking the stitches back up. That was exciting (note sacrcasm). I actually had no troubles figuring out where I was in the pattern. That made me pretty happy. Oh and I have this nifty little App on my iPhone called StitchMinder. I really like it helped me in counting all of those billions of stitches every other row. I am kind of funny when it comes to counting stitches. So every other row is an increase row and the following row is a straight knit row, and I count the stitches after every knit row. I can tell by looking at it that I made all the proper increases and everything, but I am always so afraid that I am going to mess up and have to figure out where to rip back to to fix my mistakes that it is just easier for me to go along and count every other row. I have been counting to each stitch marker then putting the number of stitches in my stitch counter thing. I know that I could do tons of other things, but it is easy for me and I can see it really well. I guess I am a little weird but whatever. It works really well for me. I didn’t have to rip back at all. Now I am on straight stockinette for a little bit before I have more shaping. It took me a while to figure out what was going on with the sleeves since I haven’t done a top down sweater before, but I did what I always do and just followed the directions exactly how they were written and after I got past the first sleeve… well it made total sense. Sometimes I just need to do what is said and not question it. As you can see in the picture, it is a little over 2 inches below the arm holes. Can’t see it well because it is on on the needles, and on the cat, but it is. I tried it on when I got the sleeves on the waste yarn and I am pretty happy with it I think. I am not completely sure, but I think it will be good. I really liked the size of the arm holes. I think that the weird neck on it will be good. I am a little concerned about the size of the rest of the sweater, since I am “thick” through the middle. Ok. Fat. Whatever. Maybe this will make me want to lose weight. Yeah. Right. Like that’s going to happen. The problem with losing weight is I really need to exercise and that would take time away from knitting, spinning, school, work, my husband, and sleep. I am trying to finish school right now. Ok well I have absolutely NO classes that are a part of the certificate now that I am getting (Entrepreneurship) instead of getting an actual Associates or Bachelors, at least for now, I guess I am starting school instead of finishing it. That is depressing. It is going to be hell for the next couple years but I really want this. So I am having to shove everything I can into all the little holes between this and that in my life. I had a test in my class on Wednesday so I had no studying for the entire weekend. I really don’t have much to knit right now due to lack of good yarn so I got on Ravelry and looked at some different patterns people have used the Cascade 220 for. It was between Snow White and Wicked. I decided to finish Wicked. I am still trying to decide on the front pocket, but I am leaning away from it. I can wear it to work if I don’t have a pocket. I don’t think that they would feel it appropriate with it. But just a sweater I could get away with. I still want to knit Snow White, but it will just have to wait. I need different yarn for it anyway. I am thinking of making it a color that would look really nice with my black pants with a white button up under it… Hmmm. Maybe pink would be good. I like pink… Or blue. Crap. I will never be able to make up my mind. Anyway. That is what I have going on in the knitting world. Oh and I found out that KnitPicks has the same yarn that I was using for the Fog sweater for DH. The one that I have two inches left to go and ran out of yarn.. Yeah. So when I get the money, if I can’t make it to KnitWicks, I can always order it from KnitPicks. So even though he won’t get to wear the sweater this year : ( It will eventually get done. It is just not easy to drop $20 for 2 inches. I guess I will make a dog sweater with the rest of it. Or a scarf. I don’t know. I hate having to buy that much yarn (almost 500 yards) for 2 inches. Well 2 inches and seaming.

Wicked

I have started Wicked. I am done with the collar and part of the shoulders. It is coming along nicely. Almost to a point to put the sleeve openings on waste yarn! Should have that done by Thursday, anyway. Since we have been moving and all I haven’t had as much time to knit as I would like to have, but even with just 5 minutes here and there it is still growing. This is my first project knit continental. I just learned how to do it. I am excited. It is something that I have wanted to learn for a long time, but have never understood how to wrap the yarn. It is way easier than I thought it was going to be. Of course since I have knit for so long the other way, when I pick up the yarn it automatically wraps around my right fingers without thinking. But not a single stitch has been knit that wasn’t continental. : )
I got the wool in for DH sweater on Thursday. I am still looking for the perfect pattern, but since we just moved, I can’t find any of my patterns or books. I know they will turn up soon. We have like 10 boxes of books and I am sure that they are mixed in with non knitting books. He is supposed to sand down the bookcase today so that it will be ready to paint next weekend. Then we will be able to unpack all of our books. My bookcase upstairs in our bedroom is just waiting to be filled with knitting books!
The house is starting to look good. We don’t have a lot of decortive items at this point, but it is looking good anyway. The bedroom looks nice, thanks to DH. He worked very hard yesterday getting the master bed and bath set up while I was at work. I still have to wash our comforter so I can put the duvet cover on, but that requires knowing where it is! That will really set it off. The living room is kind of bare. We have the small sectional couch down there with a rug borrowed from my mom. There is a picture on the fireplace that is holding the spot where the flat tv will go once I have enough saved for it…Maybe by Christmas….. And of course the cat jungle. The giant fake plant (named Gordon by my father years ago) that Jack has decided is his little kitty paradise. We got our new kitchen table all put together. When we were asked if we wanted to pay them to put it together, DH asked if was going to be a difficult process. “Just 3 or 4 screws” is what she said to me. There are more than that in each chair leg. 3 hours after we started putting it together, it was done. It is so beautiful. I am very excited to be in a home that I can be proud of. It isn’t huge but it is very nice. After the places that I have been living, it is even nicer!
Knitting/crochet projects that I am wanting to work on:
1)Wicked (started)
2)Odessa (have yarn for this)
3)Sweater for DH (have yarn for this)
4)Sweater for Mom
5) Harry Potter scarves (maybe) for my stepsons
6)Circle to squares afghan
7)Fireside afghan in black/red for our bed
8)cabled afghan for MIL (if time permits before we go to Georia)(have yarn for this)
9)Christmas stockings at least for DH and I. Boys too if time permits.

Knitting loop

I have been kind of out of the knitting loop for a while. It isn’t that I haven’t had the desire; Quite the opposite. I just haven’t had the inspiration (or money) to do it. I think I need to see other people knit so that I get jealous of what it is that they are knitting and want to do it too! Anyway so I met Mary Ellen the other day at church. We both knit so of course everyone wanted us to hang out! Great idea! I had so much fun going to Knitwicks. I bought yarn and after a while I was inspired. I knew that I wanted to make a sweater, or anything really out of this beautiful Cascade 220 heather yarn. Mary Ellen got me a pattern to use and now it is in the making. I had a couple of false starts but now it is coming along. I haven’t been working on it much. Done with the collar, not much else. Can’t wait to see how well it comes out! Moving has put roadblock in the process, but soon I will be all unpacked and can work on it once again.