Monday, October 29, 2007

the knitting gods do not like me today


I am *THIS* close to finishing $1.50 cardigan. And guess what?

I ran out of yarn. I have approximately 450 stitches to knit (plus a BO) and I Ran. Out. Of. Yarn.

Why is this? I do not know. I bought extra. I bought LOTS extra. I suppose I should've bought LOTS AND LOTS extra.


I was going to restrain myself and not give in to the Knit Picks sale. Now? Alas. I am not paying more for shipping than one stupid skein of yarn so I shall have to purchase something to enhance my stash.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Apparently I only post now when I have questions. This is actually something I've thought about for a long time, but only now thought to ask y'all.

Knitters more famous than myself (specifically I'm thinking of the Yarn Harlot and Kelley who owns Knit Picks - I listen to her podcast) always make reference to knitting while they're out to eat or at movies, over at a friends' for a get together, etc.

Now. I am all for knitting during stolen moments. I can't tell you how often during my day I pickup my needles when my hands are (rarely) idle and knit a row or two. I also take my 'to-go' knitting (currently a plain sock) to Scoot's swimming class (I sideline there and don't swim) and whenever I go to my parents' or the in-laws'.

I am not abject to knitting in public at all. Cripes, I've NEVER cared if people stare at me funny for anything, so why should knitting stop me?

My problem is this: anytime I whip out my knitting (around people I know, I mean now), I get a bit of the evil eye. It's like people don't understand that I am a multitasker: I can knit and carry on a conversation with you at the same time (unless I'm doing more complex knitting, in which case, I only do that when I have peace and quiet at home anyway).

Since I've started knitting I cannot let my hands sit idle (which is why if my hands are baby free for a change, I'm on the computer or knitting most likely), so it is very difficult for me to just sit and talk to someone without doing something with my hands.

Er, anyway. My question is for any of you that have opportunities to knit around non-knitters in a social situation, do you?

Monday, October 1, 2007

Here's a question for fellow Ravelers: has anyone figured out how to delete a project? I had stopped knitting my Tulip socks because I decided I really didn't like them all that much anymore, though before frogging, I wanted to let them sit a bit. I was looking at them again the other day and I really think they'd be better off frogged. So...I want to delete it off Ravelry, but can't figure out how, short of just changing all of the info in it to suit another item.

As I've already shared with some of you, I reached a bit of an impasse with part of my $1.50 cardigan because I didn't have enough fully alert time to devote to just sitting and knitting a large chunk (for me it was easier to do that with this section because there is SO much going on with pick it up and put it down repeatedly would've been too confusing). But I'm past it now, though I definitely fucked up the decreases a bit, so I have to take a gander at the neck edge and compare it to the other one and see if it will make a difference or if I can fudge it and just add more decreases over the next chunk (it's in a lace pattern and is way too confusing to try to explain how I made the error).

I cast on some lace socks too that will be a gift becasue I want to take them with me this weekend for our trip (plus my plain stockinette socks I'm knitting for myself).