Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Well, I finished the first five objects and started these socks while travelling around in Nebraska. The pattern is from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. They will be for my husband.
Project 1 - Red Dulaan Scarf
Yarn - from a partial skein, donated by a friend. I think it was a Lion Brand Yarn.
Pattern - I just made it up. A haphazard series of welts on a stockinette stitch background.
Note - Will be donated to the Dulaan project. It just needed the ends woven in.
Project 2 - Handknit Hat
Yarn - My own handspun.
Pattern - Winged it as I went along.
Notes - Another for the Dulaan pile.
The blue yarn at the top of the hat is some of my very first handspun. It has that 'charming' thick-and-thin look to it.
Some regions were underspun
Others were very overspun.
The brown and grey yarns I spun around Christmas time - improvement is encouraging.
Project 3 - Baby Dulaan Hat (modeled by Oscar the snow owl)
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport
Pattern: It came from Interweave Knits, but I don't remember which one and am too lazy to look it up.
Notes - Here's another picture I really like.
Project 4 - Funky Hat
Yarn - Bits and bobs left over from other projects and no ball bands.
Pattern - Made up by me. This was supposed to be a square hat, but it turned out to be a rectangle.
Notes - I was going to send it to Dulaan, but it is a bit strange. I may just keep it for myself in the Island of Misfit Knits. Though I may wear it from time to time.
Project 5 - Shawl
I should think of a better name for this shawl, but . . .
All of the finished objects above only required seaming or weaving in of ends. This one actually required a bit of knitting. I finished it up while at the Royals game last Saturday.
Pattern - Again, I made it up as I went along.
Yarns - I knit this with two strands of yarn held together.
A cotton yarn bought on the cone at Yarn Barn (in KS) and a fancy ribbon type yarn that Target was selling in their dollar bins about a year or so ago. I really like the plush fabric these yarns make together.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
The past week feels like it has stretched for 3 weeks. I finished and turned in my grades for both classes, went to Nebraska for three days of field work, searched (unsuccessfully) for a new home, and watched the Royals lose to the Seattle Mariners. In terms of knitting, I did make progress on one unfinished object and my new secret knitting project. I will try to get pictures tomorrow.
In the meantime, here are some pictures from my trip to Nebraska.
Or maybe not - I seem to be having problems getting the photos uploaded onto blogger. I will try again tomorrow!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
(sorry for the blurry pictures)
Though I officially graduated with my Ph.D. in December, this weekend was my ceremonial hooding. I was pleased to have my advisor "hood" me on Saturday. The academic regalia, including the "hoods" that professors wear during commencement is a tradition that dates back to medieval times.
Yesterday I turned in all of my grades (all 1000+ of them) for my two classes. I still have a few loss ends, but for the most part, I am done with teaching for the semester.
Now on to the new chapters. This summer I will be working as a botanist at the Kansas Biological Survey. In fact, I should be packing right now for a trip to Nebraska (we leave in an hour). I am very much looking forward to this change of pace.
But the biggest change will come this August - we will be moving to Liberty MO as I have gotten what is just about my ideal job. I will be teaching ecology/botany/biology at a small liberal arts college in Liberty. I am so excited about this position, though at this time it is a visiting professor position for two years. Lots of changes in the air, and this is a good thing.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Pattern: Country Socks in Folk Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: The grey is Garnstudio Karisma Superwash, the blue is Nature Spun Sport by Brown Sheep Co.
Modifications: I knit both the heel flap and the heel in the contrasting color, as opposed to just the heel.
Notes: These are nice, thick, coushy socks. And I was actually able to wearing them - the day after I finished sewing the ends in, the night-time temperatures dropped into the 40's. Talk about good timing!
A good thing: The ribbed pattern on the instep and cuff, I love it.
A bad thing: The Karisma yarn is already starting to pill, though I was warned of this.
The Fourth Item - Handspun scarf
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Then I will start my summer job - basically doing botanical surveys of various prairies in the region. This job will involve a lot of travel - so I am hoping for an increase in knitting time.
Update of finished objects coming soon.
Monday, May 14, 2007
31 unfinished projects, many of which just need the ends woven in. Several that may need to be frogged. Some I just don't know what to do with.
So before I start any new projects - I must finish off a least 5 of my UFO's. I have divided my UFO's into 4 categories below and provided a brief description. The photos are not very good, but I just wanted a snap-shot. Finished objects will get proper photographic treatment.
Those that require knitting
1. Socks for my niece - since she lives in another state, I decided to knit a tube sock and add in an afterthought heel. I finished the first one and measured it on her last time we were visiting. But of course I have forgotten important things like needle size and how many stitches I cast on. And where the heel should be. If I can remember the needle size, I may cast on for the other sock soon.
2. Country Socks - From Folk Socks. I am past the heel on the second sock and then just need to sew in the ends. These are rather thick socks and with the warmer weather, I have not been as interested in finishing them.
3. Green Alpaca Vest - I started this in January and it sat on the needles since my classes started. The back is done and one side is over halfway complete. Need to determine where I am in the pattern, but once I do so it should be good for knitting in the car.
4. Made-up shawl pattern. This is an old, old project. Started over a year ago. One Christmas, Target had some novelty yarn in their $1 section. My niece got me several skeins, including a weird ribbon-like yarn (see close-up). I decided to use it as a carry-along with some coned, multi-colored Cotton yarn I purchased at the Yarn Barn several summers ago. I really like the resulting fabric, but is it knit on size 10 needles so the knitting is not smooth. I just never get in the rhythm of the knitting. But I want to finish it. Maybe if I work on it just a row each day.
5. Hatband - This will become a hat Dulaan.
6. Snowball scarf - This is something I came up with fooling around with some leftovers. Just need to finish off one remaining "snowball".
31. (this one is out of order, because I almost forgot it). Dulaan sweater
Those that need the finishing touches
7. Dulaan Hat made from my handspun. Just needs ends woven in.
8. Dulaan Scarf from my handspun - need to sew pieces together and weave in ends.
9. Purple sweater - This is a really old UFO. All I need to do is block it and seam up the pieces.
10. Another Dulaan Hat - needs sides sewn up and ends woven.
11 and 12 - Two cotton bibs (pattern from the Mason-Dixon Girls). Just need ends woven and buttons sewn on.
13. SOAR Silk Bag - Need to close of the bottom with a three-needle bind-off, sew up sides and weave in ends.
14. Cotton Bag - Kitchner handles together, sew in ends. Add embroidery?
15-19 - Scarves and Hats for Dulaan - just need ends woven in.Two hats and the red scarf - finished!!
Those that will visit the "frog pond"
20. Hemp hand-towel. This is technically finished but it is not the right size for a hand-towel. I will rip it and make something else from this yarn.
21. Handspun yarn scarf - the scarf is worked in a mistake rib, but I think this yarn really wants to be lace. Or something else. It is not happy as a mistake-rib scarf.
Those I have no idea what to do with
Three "blankets" - or maybe just rather large swatches. In each case, I was just interested in making fabric. No idea about what to do with the fabric when I was done with it. But I rather like all three pieces and don't want to rip them out. Maybe I could make pillows with them. Any other ideas?
22. - Mission Falls Cotton Strips - One of the very first things I knit. I love the colors, love the stripes. All ends are woven in, but I just don't know what to do with it.
23. Naturspun Sport - Playing with color and slipped stitches. I think this was to be a baby blanket for my nephew (who is now almost 1.5 years old). But it was too small. Again, I really like the colors and the fabric, but I just don't know what to do with it. This one still has a lot of ends to be woven in.
24. Log-cabin blanket - this project was started while I was finishing up my dissertation and had ALOT of reading to do. Long stretches of garter stitch is perfect for knitting while reading the ecological literature. But I ran out of the purple yarn and that brown for that matter. I just don't know what to do with it.
26. Blue Sweater Vest - The floral motif should be more centered on the back. The knitting is sloppy. I love this yarn (Angora Tweed by Garnstudi0), but my understanding is it is no longer being made. I hate to use a yarn I love so much in something that is not great. This will probably be making a trip to the frog pond.
27. Anatolian Mittens from Folk Mittens. The mitten is too small, the yarn is not the best for colorwork, the book with the pattern has been returned to the library. It is very likely that this will remain an unfinished mitten for a long time. Maybe forever. The yarn is very difficult to pull out. 28. Fortune Cookie Bag from Folk Bags - I thought it would be bigger than it is. I don't want to knit the i-cord handle. Probably another candidate for the frog pond.
29. Half of a small poncho. My own design using a very pretty ribbon yarn and an acrylic/mohair blend yarn. Another piece that I love how the fabric turned out, but the whole thing is smaller than I expected. Plus, I did not write down my pattern and probably would not remember it. Besides, ponchos are so 2005. It might be cute as a little girls capelet if I were to somehow add ties.
30. And finally - the nordic diamonds scarf. I am almost ready to send this one to the frog pond as well. I just think the yarn wants to be something else.
Whew!! I had no idea.