Friday, June 27, 2008
OK, I can knit faster than the average, but can I make a pair of socks in three days? Big feet. Though the leg part wouldn't have to be too high, P. preferred his socks shorter.
I cast on Wednesday evening while I was meeting Dinara. Let's see when can I finish it...
(Yes, I know. I am a complete idiot, for knitting the socks in the first place, then thinking I can do it in such a short time. By now I see that since the yarn nice as it is only 40 gramms per ball, they will probably be anklets. Big, mensize...anklets.)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I finished this over the weekend:
I think the front is OK too:
I am glad I did ordered the fifth bal of yarn, withouth it I wouldn't be able to finish it, but there about two third of the ball was left over... so, since I wanted a crocheted cap for ages, I thought I might try to make one:
I used up all the yarn I had, even had to frog a couple of rows from the swatch, but at the end all I had left were the pieces I cut off after weaved the ends in.
The details... pattern is so heavily modified, there was only the original idea left... Yarn: Patons Serenity DK (50% cotton, 50% bamboo), needles 2.5mm straight knitting needles, 3mm crochet hook.
(Mom, Grandma, see what I made??? Are you proud of me?)
Then something is getting suspicious. I remembered when knitting the swatch I had problems with the edges, because the pattern was drawn out one column more, which gave me one extra yarnover in every fourth row, and I realized that I have to stop and turn one column sooner. I count the little boxes on the chart... I count again. I count one repeat, and I count a second one. Thea are SEVEN stitches. Darn it. Why didn't I realized that when I was knitting the swatch???
Ok, an other calculation 77 stitches plus four, I cast on 81. * Knit the garter, knit the first row. It still didn't end the right way. I go back, unknitting stitch by stitch. About halfway I realize a mistake I made a wrongly placed yarn over trew the whole thing off. Knit again. Still didn't ended the right way. Unknit back, now only third way of the row, i find a mistake. Knit. Hurray it ends with the stitch it supposed to. Purl back. Knit the pattern again. knit six more rows of the pattern.* Measure realizing it would be too small. Frog cast on 88 stitches, and repeat from*. I find an other mistake in row eight so take it off the needles frog, but thinking it would be wise to measure it off the needles. Too big. Frog, cast on, and repeat from *.
Why is it that the simplest the pattern the more I have to frog it until I get the first four or so rows right?
Anyway, I fighted and won. The cardi is on its way. have about ten centimeters of the lace.
In the meanwhile the TV was on. After some medical shows and news came on a movie about Giorgio Perlasca... Mankind never cease to make me wonder, and sometimes just stand in awe. Of course it goes for the negative as well, but sometimes one can run into a positive story. I did heard about him before, but this film put the whole story together. The man was brave. And/or crazy. He did things without thinking. Acquiring a list of "protected persons" dragging them off the train, and asking more and more names from them pretending the names being on the list. And when the Spanish ambassador left, he pretended to be the Spanish consul and issuing counterfeit safe passes to thousands... According to legend at any given time there are 36 true men live on earth. He must have been one of them.
Monday, June 23, 2008
I thought this over when I started knitting/crocheting again after a long interval and for me it is clearly because I NEED to create things with my hands... baking bread works too and so does gardening/planting things. I have a brainy job and doing things I can actually touch with my hands keeps me sane and balanced (or so I hope). It's a need, a drive, much like an artist feels the need to create art I suppose.
You are right. That is also part of it. Even from my early childhood I hade to make things. Do stuff with my hands... Gardening, baking too... but MAKE things. Sew, make clothes, blankets. Knit. Bead, make jewlery. Whatever. Just DO...
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
But don't ask me why I just don't want to use the same stitch pattern... so I am making all these samples to figure out which one to use... I want one with fairly strong vertical lines and LOTS of holes (which are necessary, because I am kind of short of yarn...)
Help me choose which one to use, ok?
First I thought I would use this one:
but then I tried this one
And I just couldn't say no to a butterfly pattern, like this (the lower part), but I was like naaaaahhh, and tried the very simple lacey grid like the upper part of this piece:
I am for one leaning toward the last one which at the upper part of the above sample, what do you think???
And while I was swatching I did the swatch for the cardi I want to make for my best friend's daughter:
Which gave me one more possibility on the racerback stich too...
Monday, June 16, 2008
Oh and here is me and Christopher on Saturday:
Dinara, thank you... these picture will be my favorites!
I didn't post all week, because there was nothing much to post about. No word jobwise... We did had some lovely knitting meetings, and I finally have pictures to show!
We also organized a meeting on Saturday the World Wilde Knit In Public day... We choose a place where there is a small playground so I took Chris with me.
These pictures were shot by him, so forgive me for the quality they are the tryings of a seven year old...
The day started out rather cold and cloudy, but for the afternoon it was lovely. Sunny and not too hot... At the evening we went to a concert of a band where Kriszta's hubby plays. It was fun!!!
Monday, June 9, 2008
And here are some pictures of knitting. the swatch I did a week or so ago for the purple beaded shrug:
I've deceided to knit it with the short bamboo needles, but the package haven't arrived yet...
And the second act of the butterfly story... it is a happy story, so much I made the same pattern twice in very rapid succession...here are some pics of the white linen/cotton version:
By now it is dry. I hope it will not take me too long to sew it toogether and crochet the picot edge around it. (That is something I still haven't did for the blue one.)
There was also nice advancement for the yoga wrap, now I am at the point when I have to figure out if I should to the whole for the sleeves here or one repeat later...then I have to figure out just how to so the holes for the sleeves.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
On a lighter note...here is a few picture from our friday knitting lunch:
Pictures are curtesy of Dinara (in the purple top). Kriszta is on the right side, me in the beige pulli and sunglasses (not to mention the red hair) and on the left side is Genia (if that is the right spelling, sorry dear...)
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Wednesday lovely meeting with the knitters, sending back a dry croissant and getting faboulous eggplantcream instead...
Thursday afternoon after many times putting it off I finally started the translation, just to have to drop it, because... There is a lady I bought some yarn from many months back on e-bay, and when we were discussing shipping she said she would come to Hungary on a tour in early summer if I don't mind waiting for it she would bring it to me. Somehow the dates were messed up in my head, I was kind of thinking they would come next week, but she called me on Thursday. They are here on a very busy organized trip, so it was hard to find time to meet up, unless I dropped everything, and jumping on the bike I went over, which was what I did. They were lovely people, the lady even brought a book for a present for Ch., which was nice... I felt sorry we didn't had more time.
When I got back I really started on the translation.which went rather well. And even though I have to admit it wasn't the samertest idea, (umm shall I admit it was rather insane), but I kept doing it until it was finished... at six AM. It felt good to be done with it though. For friday I had a knitting meet up, and after work the goodby party for one of my favourite collegaue, and I promised Ch. I would be with him on Sat. and Sun. I would have hated to have it in the back of my mind that I still have this or that many pages...
The friday knitting meeting was great, but it is that always. We have a new member, a girl from Russia, Siberia in fact. So the club is really getting international...Work was rather slow, so I managed to knit, just to have to frog it back... the butterfly top needs to be decreased for the waist shapig, so why did I increased instead???
Monday, June 2, 2008
Onto more positive things. I got a translation from the trainers last week... I must have left positive impression, to have them trust me with this... I gave them a very sensible price though, and if it turns out well both of us will be happy...
And I met with my Ravelry knitting friends. We had lunch which was great. And since Dinara said that she is going to met with a girl from Russia who might join us I asked if I can come along, she was happy to agree... All turned out great because I could give the cafe as the meeting place for the trainer to hand the translation over... So friday all turned out well.
On the knitting front, the cotton-linen version of the Butterfly dress seems to fly off my needles, I finished the lace edges, and the bodice of the front...