February: 1286 yds
31 March, 2009
February: 1286 yds
29 March, 2009
I have been having a bear of a time this year with keeping projects on needles and I think I've frogged close to half of what I've cast on. This weekend has been horrible that way. The scarf from last post? Frogged. Didn't care for the pattern enough to figure out the instructions. When it comes down to it, I'm not so much a lace knitter. It has now been cast on as a second Ishbel. Then yesterday, I cast on a Zig Zag blanket, worked on it for about two hours, and decided I hated it. Frogged. It has now been recast on with two sizes smaller needles and many more stitches so that I would like the look of the fabric better and I could do longer zig zags like in Grumperina's Jaywalker socks.
It's really hard to rack up the yardage this way. :) I'm hoping the rest of 2009 will go better then the first quarter has. Not a great year for knitting so far.
27 March, 2009
As blasphemous as it may be to say, while I love Sundara's colors, her sock base is not my favorite. I'll be trying out some others I have before I say for sure, but this may be the end of sock yarn buying from her. I'm hoping it's just a "gimp" skein of yarn, a lot of the CaWG seemed to be, and that's what is going on with this particular yarn. I have quite a bit of sock coming from her in May. There is nothing worse then loving a dyer's colors, but not the yarn base they use.
I'm considering the possibility of putting a third project on needles again. I have a fair amount of random sock yarn that I will never use for socks but is too variegated for me to use for other items like hats or accessories. I'm planning to start a Zig and Zag blanket, but much larger then "pram" sized. I would like a small-ish blanket to snuggle under while I knit, and what better way to use up odds n ends as well as yarns I know I won't use because I couldn't resist them, but I have no use for such variegated yarns? I'm thinking I'd like to make it about 2-2.5 times as wide as the size given, which is just over 21" wide. I'll be frogging the Jaywalkers and using that yarn as either the border or color for stripes instead. Then as I have leftovers, like I did for Ishbel, I have something to use them for rather then wondering what to do with 24 odd grams of fingering weight yarn. I'll get a lot more use out of a blanket then mitts, or yet another hat, or scarf anyway. :)
23 March, 2009
22 March, 2009
Overall, it was a great knit and I enjoyed it the entire time: I just didn't enjoy how much time it took. One of my favorite parts was watching for the purple/lilac bits to pop up in the colorway and then admire how they looked on the right side.
If all goes well, I'll have pictures tomorrow or Tuesday. Now I think it's time to read the instructions for Ishbel and look at casting on for that tonight.
19 March, 2009
So far this month (meaning as of Tuesday), I've knit close 700yds, almost all of it worsted and in this current project. Not bad, but I have been hoping to maybe hit a mile in yarn every month if possible. If I can move onto a fingering weight project or two, I may be able to make it. If not, I'll definitely break the 1000 yd mark, and that's fine too.
I've been working on destashing at Ravelry and trying not to add to my current stash unless I have to. (Acquiring more of yarn I realize I may not have enough for with specific projects is one of the only exceptions I'm making to "no new yarn.") I *did* buy some yarn that was supposed to be in back at the end of January that finally popped up last week, but I'm hoping that's the only new stuff I'll be bringing in until I can get some more projects done.
Time to go cast on that second sleeve. With any luck, I may get the ribbing on it done before the night is up: children permitting.
13 March, 2009
07 March, 2009
05 March, 2009
For those curious, here is the list:
02 March, 2009
01 March, 2009
Anywho, back to knitted yardage...I enjoyed the "diet" we held during February in my Snobs group on Ravelry. I didn't win, not even sure I placed in the top five, but it was interesting to see how much I was really knitting up. I've decided that no matter what, I want to keep track of my monthly yardage and see how much I knit that way in 2009.