Sunday, January 29, 2006

My mommy picked up some new dpn's for me, suh-weet! I got started on the first sleeve for my brown cardigan, so now I'm excited about that once more.
I think I'm going to have to make more of those ice cream hats. This girl at school told me she'd pay me $20 for one! Wow! Oh, also, I was given a link to a pattern for a knitted cherry, so that will be perfect for the next one I make. How cute!
Let's see, now... what else have I been doing? Well, I'm working on a scarf:

It's worked on size 3 needles; that's tiny, for a scarf at least! But it's a comforting kind of slow, you know what I mean? I know that it won't get finished too quickly as I sit with it in class or in front of a book. It keeps my hands occupied for long stretches of time while my mind takes in all different ideas.

Actually, this scarf was going to be a project to get me more accustomed to Continental knitting. I read a couple different places that Continental knitting goes a lot faster than English knitting, so I figured it'd be a good idea to at least try it, despite the fact that I've been knitting quickly and comfortably with the yarn between my right thumb and forefinger ever since I learned.
Well... Continental knitting does not go faster. Nor does it make it any easier to regulate tension. In fact, all that wrapping around fingers and winding needles around each other with handicapped ambidexterity is a downright annoyance. All the rows in which I held the yarn with my left hand are considerably looser and more uneven than the rest, so I decided right then and there to give up my attempt at becoming a Continental knitting master and go back to the style that has served me well since childhood. So there!

Ooh, I bought yarn on eBay! Isn't that exciting? 4 skeins of pretty blue %100 wool. Now--promise not to laugh--this is my first purchase of wool yarn. Ever. Yes, that's right... I've been knitting obsessively for nine months and, alas, my stash remains nearly full of synthetic fibers. I suppose the major reason is that I am cheap, but honestly, I find nothing wrong with acrylic yarn. Most knitters out there seem to cringe at the very idea of buying a brand of yarn that is sold at your everyday monstrous retail store, but I truly find nothing wrong with Bernat Super Value, Caron Simply Soft, hell, even Lion Brand is a bit of a luxury to me. I mean, what is so bad about acrylic yarn? It's machine washable, affordable, and it's even softer than a lot of wools out there. So, yeah.. now you know. I love acrylic yarn and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
However, thinking that I must be missing out on something since I haven't ventured past the cheapest yarns stocked at Michael's, I was delighted to find that on eBay I can, in fact, get nice yarn of natural origin for around the same price. This is a revolution. This is a major turnaround in my yarn stashing standards.
Energized from my eBay escapade, I asked my father if he had any yarn lying around from the days when he was really into crocheting. Oh boy, when I was a kid my dad used to make the coolest hand-crocheted ties and billed hats with a teeny tiny hook (all, coincidentally, crocheted in the English style). I knew he didn't really do it anymore since his fascination with making pipes has escalated, so he gave me all of his old yarn. They're mostly pretty boring colors, and I only found a multitude of different scraps each rolled tightly into a ball and piled into a grocery bag (I suppose that mainly crocheters accumulate these bags full of various tiny yarn balls, because I've also seen them at my grandma's house and tucked into my Spanish teacher's purse).

But, yeah, they're all wool. At least my dad wasn't one of those Red Heart Granny Square Afghan crocheters. Oh, not that there's anything wrong with that, of course, but... well... you know.

Luckily, there was one large skein that my dad never broke into, which was exciting to find. It's a dull purpley/blue that would make a nice lace shawl or something, if only I wore shawls. I don't know. I'll decide what to do with it later, but here it is.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Crap. I just wrote the longest entry in the history of my perpetually brief blog and then Xed it out on accident.
I have homework. I'll get back and retype everything in a couple days.

Monday, January 16, 2006

I'm back with an ice cream cone hat (already!). I tell you, time flies when you're procrastinating!

I can't decide if it's finished or not. The shape isn't perfect, but I'm not sure what I could do next time. It makes me feel more like a baker or a bishop than an ice cream cone... If anyone actually reads this, it would be lovely to receive any criticism at all from you. I want to perfect the shape of the ice cream. Is it too short? Too bubbly? Any comments at all would be greatly appreciated.

Wow. Belated happy new year. School's got me too busy to knit (I'm glad that was a lie).
The brown cardigan is ready for sleeves, but I'm not. I need to get new double-pointed needles for it.
To take up the time before that shopping trip, which might not happen for a few weeks, I've started making an ice cream cone hat! It's quite literally going to look like a swirly cone of soft serve... that is, if I do it right. I've already had to start over six times. But I'm excited for the finished product! If not a little anxious. I'll hold off on pictures until it looks a little bit more like it should, because for all I know I'm going to rip back eighty more times before it actually works.
So there's your update. Until next time.