Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue

As of Wednesday morning I have 5 1/4 inches of the last sleeve still to knit. The going got faster when I finished the section with the garter stitch border. Now it is straight stockinette.

Mad props to my friend Mark who lent me "Clerks" and "Clerks: The Animated Series" DVDs.

And yes my cat Dante is named after the character in the movie. Although his personality is more like Randal.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Like sand through a hourglass...

As of Tuesday morning, August 30, I still have 14 inches of the last sleeve to knit. Fueled by Dr. Pepper and aided with my Ipod and Monty Python and Ren and Stimpy DVDs I should just make my deadline if I keep up this pace.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!

For the last month I have been frantically knitting the Kumo pattern found at Knitty. I’m trying to finish it before AnimeFest starts on Sept. 2.

It is a relatively easy pattern. It is mostly a series of rectangles knitted up in stockinette. Some sections have edging done in garter stitch. And the front panels have some shaping to them, produced by knitting some simple decreases. The most involved portions of this project are the cloud patterns done in intarsia.

Being cheap… That is to say, thrifty, I am knitting it up all in cotton. I used Sugar and Cream for this project. I felt that using cotton would produce a durable garment that would get softer with each washing. The downside to this is that the garment is going to be relatively heavy.

As of Monday August 29, I have the back panel, both front panels, one sleeve, and the belt knitted up. The remaining sleeve is about 1/3 complete; I need to knit 21 inches by Wednesday evening so that I can stitch the whole thing together. This is my first really large knitting project that I have tackled. And in such a short time period. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Hey Rocky! Want to watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat?

Last week, I was going through a Rubbermaid bin full of yarn and found this unfinished scarf.

I got the pattern from Ozyarn. (Unfortunately Ozyarn is out of business and the pattern is not in Google's cache.) It is an illusion scarf with a heart pattern. I was working on it at our local knitting guild meeting. The members were so intestered about the scarf, we worked it up into a program of illusion knitting.

If you have never seen illusion or shadow knitting, the first time you see the pattern pop out is like magic. Looking on the pattern straight on, you see only stripes. But when the pattern is tilted...

The scarf is about half finished. Now I just need to finish it so I can give it to my girlfriend.

Now I just need to get a girlfriend.