Friday, October 12, 2007

knitters block 2

I need to knit faster...
Of course nothing is really striking my fancy at the moment. I'm done with the fetching for my mom but no pictures yet, and I'm slogging away on the first jaywalker... still.
In my defense I have been busy lately. My friends from Montana visited this weekend+Mon and Tues so I was busy with that. Actually the two people to whom part of this site is dedicated, even though they never see it being without a computer.
I've also been working the second job a lot which is prime knitting time, but not without distractions. Distractions include: working, surfing the internet looking at knitting things, working, staring into space etc.
I'm really trying to learn the continental style because I can see that it is faster, but I have trouble with tension, my yarn gets all swirly and when I purl the stitches end up backwards. So I have some work to do.
I'm a few inches away from starting the toe of the jaywalkers. I have a list of yarns I want and a friend should be buying some yarn so I can make a Bobblicious for her before she goes to Korea. A quick project on huge needles with huge yarn is just what I need.
I have found that the queue function on Ravelry has helped me immensely with my backlog of wants and needs.

ps. I realized after initially posting this that it was the second post titled "knitters block" in a row. Yowza. Maybe I should take up sewing (i.e. learning to sew) for a week or two.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

knitters block

It doesn't seem like it's been that long since I posted last... oops.
I have knitters block. What I need is a large gratifying project to work on. Right now I have two different socks started. I have one Jaywalker and one Spiralling Sock sitting on the needles.
I was really excited about the Jaywalkers until I realized they don't stretch that much and might not fit the intended recipient. So I put laid them on the coffee table and there they have stayed, mocking me everytime I turn on the TV.
Then I started a pair of spiralling socks in OnLine Supersocke, but the yarn annoys me because it is too visually busy to see how spirals are coming out.
I need something other than socks for a while, I also need to get some size 1 and 2 circulars because doing socks on double-pointed needles is getting old.
So last night I started a pair of fetching for my mom. Which helps, the needles are double-pointed, but size 4s so not too, too tiny. Plus the pattern is immediately gratifying and doing cables without a cable needle makes me feel clever.
I'm also making a present for the b/f for his birthday. It is very silly, but I need orange yarn before I can continue working on it.
I want to start working on either the Airy Wrap-around Sweater from fitted knits or Sizzle from Knit and Tonic. But I don't have yarn for either.
In spinning news:
I finished spinning the last of the Strings and Yarn fiber this weekend. I've learned that you should draft all of your fiber at the same time, because waiting a week between halves makes it hard to remember what you did. But everything turned out fine.
But now I'm out of fiber too. Ahhh!
I need a third job so all of that money can go toward knitting pursuits only.
P.S. I'm on Ravelry now! I'm knitonRachel!