Monday, November 30, 2009

Another Ribs and Ridges

I mentioned in my last post that I was thinking of making another Ribs and Ridges hat for my sister, since I liked my own so much. I remembered that I had the PERFECT colorway for her in my stash last week, so I just went for it. Luckily, this fit the requirements for my last class in the House Cup. I got to double dip - House Cup goodness with a Christmas present.

Pattern: Ribs and Ridges Hat by Pren Wilcox
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Citrus
Mods: I'm pretty sure at this point that the pattern does have errors, so I had to modify it a little bit. You can read the changes I made here.

I'm happier with this hat than I am with my last one, since this one is mathematically correct. Not having to fudge stitches is a great feeling. Now I'm kind of sad that my original Ribs and Ridges is messed up. It's not messed up in a way that anyone can see, mind you. Only I know it's messed up. It's bugging me anyway.

These colors are so happy. It kind of looks like a candy corn puked, but I like them. They represent my sister's personality perfectly. She's loud and cheerful, all oranges and sunshine. I hope she likes this.

Right now I'm freaking out a little because I have a TEACHING INTERVIEW tomorrow (yes, that event really does warrant all caps)! I'm practicing potential answers I'll give tomorrow and preparing myself the best I can, but my stomach is in knots.

This job isn't exactly ideal. It's further away from home than I'd like. I'll have to bum rides off of someone every day since I don't drive. I can make it work though. God, I'd do anything for a real job. It would be so nice to have some extra money, especially around the holidays. Not having to sub any more would be divine.

But now I'm working myself up. It's just an interview, it's just an interview . . .

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ribs and Ridges

It's been ages since I properly blogged! I have been working hard on the projects for my final swap, which I mailed out last week. My partner is in Canada, so she hasn't gotten them yet and that means I can't blog about them. I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise.

However, I can blog about the awesome hat I made for DADA. It's one of my favorite hats of all time. I brought it to Disney last weekend on our impromptu vacation and it did a nice job protecting me from the rain.

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Whales Road
Mods: Either the pattern has an error, or I made an error (more likely). I ended up having to completely fudge the placement of the last set of ribs. It's an easy pattern though, so doing this was just a matter of moving them over a few extra stitches.

Let me just say that I LOVE this hat. The pattern was simple and completely addictive (and free!). I finished the entire thing in half a day because I couldn't put it down. It fits perfectly too.

The pattern is an excellent choice for variegated yarns. The ribs and ridges are chunky enough to stand out against a mix of colors that would obscure a more subtle pattern. I'm one of those knitters/crocheters that loves variegated yarn, but never knows how to show it off in a project. I think that the Whales Road (which is a mix of all of my favorite colors) was the right choice for this project. It looks great!

In other knitting news, I finished my February Lady Sweater last night! I bought some buttons for it this morning. All I have to do is block the thing and sew them on. Of course, the yoke is still too big so the darn thing looks horribly bunchy under my arms, but at least it's done. Maybe the blocking will help improve this problem. I'm taking it as a learning experience. No one's first sweater comes out perfect, right? It's a lesson for next time. Don't make the yoke "just a few rows bigger, in case." That sounds so stupid when I say it out loud. Why did I do that??

Monday, November 16, 2009

Little Lamb

I've been in swap mode for the past few days. I got one package out in the mail today and I'm feverishly working on another. When that one is done I'm taking a small break from swaps. I need some "me" time. Odd Ducks is doing a villains swap in January though, and I HAVE to be a part of that. So, the break will be small, but it will be nice.

I have a surprise finished object to post about today! I say it's a surprise because I didn't know I would be making it until this weekend. I thought I had my favorite animal swap package all done. Then I received MY package in the mail. It was so good that I figured I had to do one more thing for my partner. She had Christmas ornaments on her wish list, so I went with a little sheep for her tree.

Pattern: Sheep in Sheep's Clothing by Frankie Brown
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in White
Mods: I used a fingering weight yarn and size 0 needles

This little lamb came out really cute! The pattern was easy. The body and legs are knit in one piece and the head, ears and tail are done separately and sewn on. Embroidering the face was tricky. It took several false starts, but I made some admirable french knots in the end.

The head was the only difficult part. You knit it flat (it looks like a diamond shape), then make a running stitch along the edge of the piece and pull tight to gather it up into a round shape. I had to do it twice because my first attempt looked like a piece of chewed bubblegum. I got it eventually though - the trick was to be really careful to make your running stitch neat and even and to gather the stitches with a light touch. Stuffing the head with a little bit of batting helped as well.

I have another project done, but that is for a swap partner who knows who I am so I can't post pictures here! Now to get back to being productive . . .

Thursday, November 12, 2009


I'm feeling restless today. I had a really hard week at work last week, and coming off of all the stress from that has left me feeling drained and lost. I'm finding it hard to muster the energy to clean, cook and find jobs. I'm just so tired- not quite physically tired, but emotionally tired. I'm trying very hard to stay positive and keep going about my usual routine, but it's just a down week for me.

I know I'm depressed because I'm reading The Great Gatsby again. That's my go-to novel for when I'm feeling sorry for myself.

My February Lady Sweater is disappointing me. I made the yoke too big and now it's looking all bunchy under my arms. I'm foolishly holding out hope that blocking the sweater will fix it. Like pinning it out will magically erase all of its imperfections. I'm totally bummed because I really like this pattern and I didn't want my FO to look amateurish. I'm thinking that if I really don't like the look of the sweater once it's finished I'll make another. This one will be like a test run.

I finished one project for the House Cup and I'm about to start another. Again, I'm not particularly enthused about the assignments this month. I'm certain now that I won't be participating in the next term. I will miss it, but I need a break. I am looking forward to pursuing some different projects that don't really fit in with the Cup.

Now, back to knitting and Gatsby.