30 October 2009

No comment

I'm a big blog reader. I've got quite the list of blogs in my reader that I read through during the day. But I'm not really a big blog commenter. In fact I usually just don't comment. Like not at all.

That's right. I lurk. I'm a blog lurker.

But I really don't like that term. It makes me seem like I'm some sort of shady character reading someone's blog, quietly scheming as I read each entry, slowly plotting some sort of evil plan. But that's not me at all. I like reading about people's process, seeing pictures of their latest project or lamenting the lack of glitter glue in the world today. Most of the time I just don't have anything to add. Well like pretty much all the time I'm without response. Nothing to say.

Usually this doesn't bother me at all. But lately it feels like I'm not fully participating in the whole crafty blog world. I'm not part of the conversation, just listening in. Or something.

So I've started to make an effort to comment on the blogs I read regularly. It's only been a few days of it and I'm still at that point where I feel stupid for being the 12th person to say 'neat sweater' and have nothing better to add. But I figure it will get better. At some point I'll be used to saying something and won't feel like such a dweeb.

'Great job! Love the colours!'

29 October 2009

Leaf Lace Scarf

This yarn has been burning a hole in my stash since February. Really dying to be knit. Even while working on other projects I've kept one eye on the lace patterns trying to find something worth using this super squishy awesome yarn. There were a couple of shawl contenders but would have been a stretch with one skein.

I came across this pattern during a crafternoon with Mr. Peabody and knew immediately it was THE pattern for this yarn.

I initially cast on as written in the pattern, with 4.5mm needles and two pattern repeats. After one chart repeat I could see the gauge was too loose and the scarf too narrow for my liking. I ripped and restarted on 3.0mm needles with an extra pattern repeat and went to town knitting away until the whole skein was used up.

Pattern: Haruha scarf by Mari Muinonen
Materials: Malabrigo Yarn Lace in Sealing Wax
Start Date: approx. September 30, 2009
End Date: October 24, 2009

I. Love. This. Yarn. Love it. Malabrigo lace is super soft squishy fabulous. With just enough spin to keep the fibres together this yarn is super nice to knit with. And the resulting fabric is just great. A nice density but really light too. The scarf is quite warm for how thin and light it is.

This scarf has been my pseudo mindless knitting in caf├ęs, hanging out in yarn stores, at work during lunch for the past while. Mindlessly adding inches here and there in between working on other projects. Now I have to really think about what I want to work on next. Or maybe I'll just cast on for another mindless scarf in the meantime.

Some contenders include:
Lace Ribbon Scarf
Chevron Scarf

28 October 2009

Fall Repeats

I enjoyed the Jaywalkers that I made for my mom so much that I had to make myself a pair out of similarly striped yarn.

Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina
Materials: Regia Crazy Color 5437
Start Date: September 16, 2009
End Date: September 24, 2009

I knit these pretty much as written. The second skein started with the right colour to match up the stripes but unfortunately not at the same point of the colour repeat so the stripes don't quite match up. I did debate about starting at the next repeat of the colour but unraveling all that yarn seems like a waste to me. The stripes are in sync enough that it's not too jarring. A person has to be really evaluating the harmony of the stripes to notice it which is good enough for me. My general attitude towards matching stripes is pretty lax. I don't mind if socks end up being fraternal twins rather than a matched set.

The kind of unfortunate thing about these socks is the fit. They're a bit on the loose side. I may try running them through the dryer to try and get a better fit but in the meantime they're hanging out in the house socks.

Oh and I generally really love the colour combination.

26 October 2009

September Shortie Harvest socks

Another super quick pair of socks. It's taken me way longer to post these socks than the time it took for me to knit them.

To be honest I'm not really smitten with them. The colours don't grab me. The pattern wasn't very fun around the ankle. The only part I like is the 1x1 rib over the foot. Makes for a squishy foot that breaks up the stripes nicely.

Unfortunately these socks have put me off knitting the next instalment of the Rockin' Sock Club. I have yet to wind the skein into a yarn cake. I think I may be done with knitting socks for a bit.

Pattern: In Season by Melissa Morgan-Oakes
Materials: 'Garden Daze' Socks that Rock lightweight Sock club for July
Start Date: September 6, 2009
End Date: September 13, 2009

And the socks don't photograph well either. Generally mheh all around.