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2011-01-19 12:14 am

Blerg.

I have a toe mostly worked up for a sock in nice but uninspiring yarn. (At the moment. It's a dreary navy blue tonal with some dye breaks - goes oddly lavender in places, slushy charcoal in others. It may be more inspiring yarn when everything isn't so grey out.I may rip it out and start something new as an alternate travel project but honestly, I've got so many WiPs on needles I have trouble picking one to focus on. I know what my problem is - I want to so everything at once and somehow expect it to be magically finished within a week - somehow ignoring the fact that 4 rows can take me an hour to complete. ::rolls eyes:: I need to buckle down and focus.

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I HAVE been spinning a bit lately. Hopefully there will be some washing and whacking this weekend and I'll have some pics. I haven't really been feeling the spinning thing this winter, but I think that's because I'm avoiding a project I started - about a pound of tightly curled cormo mix roving. I do not like spinning it, Sam I Am. I do not like it as top or batt, or having been slept on by my cat. I do not like it in the fresh air, hell, I do not like it anywhere. I'm not sure if it's how it's been processed, or is it's too sproingy, or too lanolin-y or what, but I just dread working with the stuff.(which isn't to say cormo doesn't make lovely yarn that I'd be happy to knit with, just, y'know, not when it's made with my hands.) BUT! I will finish it eventually because, well, I'm stubborn like that.

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If you are a fellow Ravelry junkie, you've probably heard by now that Remnants, the ridiculously sprawling Big 6 forum dedicated to whatever ravellers had on the brain that day is kaput. Done, dead, finito! Personally, I'm not sad to see it go and I'm all for whatever makes the site easier for TPTB to run, but I am sympathetic to the folks who hung out there regularly. It's know fun when your Internet watering hole up and vanishes. Been there, got the mousepad. RIP Remrants, you were something else.
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2010-06-17 09:11 pm
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2 week sweater update!

Damaricotta - 75%!
I CAN SEE THE LIGHT!

I'm almost done with the body, only another 20 rows or so, and then I can attack the sleeves. While I am am optimistic about getting this done on time, I also have to remember that I have guests coming this weekend and well, one must be polite, even in the face of looming deadlines.

The Plan:
  • Finish the Damariscotta
  • Finish the FLS
  • Finish the current section of my current citron
  • Contemplate casting on the Alice. But not before all of the above is completed. The Damariscotta, at the very least.
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2010-06-15 12:24 am

Sweater Update! (And other random stuff.)

I am cruising along nicely and having finished the bust decreases, I slipped it off the needles and tried it on (no pictures because I lowered the neckline to make it a better layering piece for the fall and I don't really feel the need to flash the Internet,) and I am 1.) in love, and 2.) still basking in that OMG IT'S A SWEATER euphoria. Brace yourselves, I think it's going to go on for a while yet. I seriously added at least 20 sweater patterns to my queue. I'll try to get a picture of it again towards the end of the week.

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I went through my yarn bin this afternoon and pulled out a bunch off odds and ends - single skeins that I ought without a plan, multiple skeins where I've decided that the original plan sucks, and am destashing them. They're up on Ravelry with pics, if anyone is interested in taking a look. I need to clean house and this has the added benefit of putting a couple bucks into the new computer jar.

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In case it's not evident, I like Ravelry quite a bit. I'm not a huge chatter on the boards, although I belong to a zillion groups, but I really think that their project, stash and pattern management tools are excellent. The project pages keep me honest with what's on the needles and what I'm ignoring, the stash pages help me keep track of what I actually have (both in that I don't buy unnecessary dupes and also that I actually have enough yarn in my stash to pull off a particular pattern,) and the pattern pages help me keep tabs on patterns I actually want to make. It really is an invaluable resource for me. I'd be quite lost with out it.

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I am test driving some Knitpicks zephyr interchangeables. I think I like them, although I don't know they're any less 'clicky' than my metal Addis are.

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Rubenesque ladies! The current issue of Verena has some very nice sweaters in it in our sizes.(Ignore all of the eye-searingly bright sweaters with (imho) alarming colorwork. It's like dayglo hell in there.) It's well worth the price of picking up a paper copy if a few of them catch your eye. I probably will end up making at least a couple of the non-ribby ones.
fallingbooks: piles of books and yarn (fallingbooks)
2010-05-27 06:49 pm

I think I'm over the club thing.

I belong to a couple of yarn/fiber clubs. The idea being that you pay a set amount (I prefer the monthly pay-as-you-go ones, but most of them tend to be lump sum payments for spans of anywhere from three months to a year,) and you get a surprise package of yarn/fiber and accessories that are valued at x percent of your payment. Right now I'm in two sock yarn clubs and a fiber club.

I think they are in concept great things. Good for stash building, wonderful monthly surprises (if you don't know what you signed up for,) usually a decent bang for your buck, but they're also something of an 'I have money to burn' or 'I am extreeeeeeeeemely flexible about my knitting' kind of luxury. I don't know that I fall quite in either category at the moment.

For example, I love that my fiber club uses all kinds of different wools to send things out on. I probably wouldn't have tried Shetland as readily and I quite love it thanks to the club. But I don't know if I've just hit a bum run or what, but the last 3 our of four shipments just have not appealed to me. They were on fibers I already know (and have too much of) or they were colors that were decidedly not me, or both. I think that's a sign I need to drop that club, at least for the time being. I'm also getting a little control freak about my spinning and have very decided ideas about what I want to spend my time creating right now.

One sock club ends this month so while it's been fun, I'm glad I don't have to worry about re-upping. The other sock club I quite like as there's always at least two color options to pick from and the bases are delightful, except it's a little expensive because we get a pattern every month for socks. They're LOVELY patterns. Very intricate, very pretty. HOWEVER. I am pretty sure, based on my socky experiences, that they're are not going to fit my feet as written, and the really figural ones will not be (easily) adaptable. I'm not sure what I want to do about this one. There are sister clubs I can slip into to get the same colorways, but they're not quite the same with regard to yarn bases. I'm still mulling it over. I've only recently join and am still trying out their different bases, so I may hang in a little while longer before making any major moves. The club colors have been delightful the last few months, and I can always use the patterns for socks for other people.

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I'm currently in a knitting phase at the moment with a couple shawls, a pair of socks, and a sweater on the needles at the moment. I'll post up pictures and pattern links when I get a bit further along.
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2010-02-28 04:31 pm

plans,

Planning has never been a particular strength of mine. Or at least when faced with a multitude of options. (If you give me one project and tell me to focus on it it, that's one thing. I'm a rockstar at that. Give me an assortment of shiny projects with no deadlines, however...) I've spent a good chunk of the morning poking at my ravelry queue and running around etsy looking at some handpainted roving and I'm at a loss for what to do next, and how to prioritize.

- Do I want to make a big project or a small one?
- Do I want to use yarn I have or do I want to get new yarn?
- Do I want to spin the yarn or just buy it?
- Will my sanity hold up if I try to spin it?
- Where on earth with I get that much fiber from?

And on it goes.

I think, at least, I want to finish up the projects already in progress (for example, I'd really like to finish my Peaks Island Hood while it's still cold enough to wear it (which for me, means below freezing, I'm a hearty Northastern Gal and fear no cold temperatures,))and then maybe only have one stash-busting wip going while I move on to working on writing some patterns and spinning up what I currently have in stash. I have a couple of ideas for shawl, scarf, and hood-like-thing patterns which I'd like to get written and tested before the fall and this mass backlog of OMGness is definitely holding it up.

This would all be so much simpler if I could hit the lottery for some big money or there were a few more hours in the day.