Thursday, April 19, 2007


This'll teach me not to brag how fast this tiny gauged long sleeve sweater is going.

I misremembered the final count of stitches after the increases and had to frog about six inches. This should teach me not to rely on quick (sometimes incomplete or wrong) notes scribbled on pieces of paper rather than the full pattern. We're off and running again though, and I'm hoping to have the sweater done before it gets too much warmer.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

A New Adventure

I suppose you could call this a slip up on the path of Spring Cleaning, but I'm having a lot of fun with it and it's nice to start something new. Plus, it'll take me awhile, probably much farther than most of the other projects right now, and I'm enjoying the challenge.

I do have some other progress on the mittens and Thermal to share, but it's been a busy week and I don't have any decent photos. I'll do a decent update in the next few days (after I turn a few things in), and I definitely haven't forgotten about that pattern I promised. Maybe the weather will finally get warmer and I'll get motivated to blog properly. Let's cross our fingers.

And just because, here's another video about our beloved sheep:

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

One Small Step

Forgive the bad lighting and ends not woven in, but I wanted to share what feels like a monumental accomplishment: both Broadstreet Mittens are off the needles.
I'm not sure yet how the top is going to work, especially because the pattern as written is unclear and confusing, as well as lacking any pictures of how the top flap fits with the back of the hand. Hopefully we'll see tomorrow.

Stitch and Bitch is improving: I think it might turn into a movie and knitting night until some more people are interested and we get a bigger group together. Tonight's flick was D.E.B.S. which turned out to be just what we all needed.

I ran across this video the other day and I think there should be more cute knitting YouTube videos out there.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Friday, April 6, 2007

And Then There Were Two

Thermal is just clicking along, isn't it? Sometimes it surprises me how fast this thing is going. I'm sad to see that Alison is putting hers off; it's so easy and interesting to knit that I think everyone should give it a try. Seriously, I'm hoping this cold weather sticks around until I'm done so I can wear it. Actually, scratch that: it can stay cool, but not this cold. After temperatures in the 70s last week, this week's highs in the 30s has been a shock to say the least.

Anyway, the only things I'm having troubles with are the sleeve increases. I get distracted by the pattern or whatever I happen to be watching and then I lose count of the rows. So I've figured out a system of flaps on a piece of paper (as a sort of quasi abacus or counter) so I don't have to carry a pen around with me (am I the only one who ends up losing it or accidentally writing on something?), but even that isn't working very well. Any suggestions?

Here's some proof of how beautiful it was just a few short days ago - flowers and trees were budding, the grass was very bright, and we no longer needed any jackets. Now half of the country seems to be stuck in an early spring freeze. I sure hope it ends soon.

P.S. I must be a boring blogger - the weather seems to be an interesting subject for me.

P.P.S. I'm working on the pattern for the thing I mentioned a couple of posts ago, but I can't figure out how to save the chart in a format I can then upload. Any ideas?

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

The Bright Side

Let's look on the bright side: when you have a fledgling knitting group that is very sporadic and no one is really committed to coming to it, at least you don't have to look at projects like these.

Really, we should count ourselves lucky. College students on a budget are not always a pretty sight. I suppose we'll try again next week. I'll even make cookies this time.

I seriously have no words for this last one. I do believe that it is a kind of hat/mask though. As in, there's a person's head under there.