Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Yes, I checked the gauge. I spent an entire evening knitting swatches with various needles, measuring, ripping, etc. I was obsessive. I even stretched the swatch and measured the gauge, as suggested in one book. I knit the sock, put it on and while I'm basically happy, I get the feeling that with time this sock will slip down my ankle into the shoe.
I've decided to go ahead and knit a second sock and if worse comes to worse, shrink them a bit. Since I have plenty of yarn left over, I'll knit the next pair in smaller size needles.
Any suggestions? What size needles (in millimeters) do you use?
*ps, after some research online, I'm beginning to think this particular yarn is too small for these needles.
*pps, I just realized this yarn will not shrink. Some ripping may be in my future. *sigh*
Saturday, January 27, 2007
If that doesn't make much sense, check this out: Clover's bamboo double pointed size 2 needle is 2.75 mm and size 1 is 2.25 mm. But, other brands (and this seems to be the norm), like Knit Picks size 2 dpns are 3 mm and size 1 is 2.5 mm. This may not seem like a huge difference, but when you're knitting with small yarn and need a gauge like, oh, 7.5 stitches per inch but end up with something more like 6.5 stitches, that extra stitch adds up quickly. In fact, it could add something like an extra 10 stitches to your sock. NOT GOOD.
So if a pattern says to use size 2 dpns, one cannot assume that they will meet the appropriate gauge. One cannot also knit a quickie swatch and assume that the variances she see's are just fine and start knitting with the supposed "correct" needle. No, this is not what one should assume.
You'd think that after all this time, I'd have learned my lesson by now. I'm just not a fan of gauge swatches! I can admit that. Especially when it's a yarn like the one I'm using today that's multi-colored and hard to"read."
Thankfully, Simba gave me some moral support by being equally enraged at these needle size differences.
DaVinci Code: Eh. I read the book. It was much better and even different. I'm glad I didn't see it in the theater, it didn't live up to all the hype.
See No Evil: We shut off the movie 15 minutes after it started. It was turning out to be one of those horribly acted, typical horror movies. Dumb.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: I really enjoyed this movie. It was a little sci fi mixed with some drama and love. It was confusing in the beginning but after a while, you'll understand what's going on. See it.
Simba keeps standing in my way, I can't see the tv.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Today I was talking to Yaya about this bootie, trying to convince her it isn't hard to make at all. Even though I've have a little more experience then she does, I stand by my claim. I dare say it's fun to make. I'm definitely going to make more. For you crocheters out there, there is a crochet pattern and in fact, I believe it existed first. You can find it in Candi Jensen's book, Candy Babies: Cute Crochet For Wee Ones. If curious, Faythe posted a couple pictures from inside the book on her blog.
Here it is pre-seaming. After seaming, all you have to do is add the Plush for the decorative element and you're done!
So while working on this part, I watched another movie. Undisputed 2. *sigh* I never thought it was going to end! OK, here's the story line. Tell me if you think it sounds all too familiar:
- Good guy framed and goes to foreign prison
- Good guy must fight evil bad guy
- Good guy faces hardships in prison and is mistreated
- Good guy beat down in first fight
- Inmates do something nice for good guy
- Good guy stops being selfish and does something nice for inmates
- Good guy "trained" by crusty old mistreated inmate
- Good guy fights bad guy again
- Good guy wins
- Good guy helps crusty old mistreated inmate get out of prison
My rating: Dud.
The only cool thing about the movie were the accomplished martial arts talents of Michael Jai White, best known for his role in Spawn. His acting, I'm sorry to say, seems typical of even some* Hollywood A-listers these days. As far as the film goes, it was typical. I didn't even have to look up from my knitting and chatting online to know what was going to happen next. There was also some Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon type filming going on. If you like that and are into these Man type films, you just may like this flick.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
She's right. It sucked. It could have been better with a different cast and someone who could tell a story better. Or some cohesiveness. Or even someone who can edit. Nicholas Cage's forced acting has gotten on my last nerve.
I also finally saw The Break Up. Sure, I've seen it several times at work on the monitor on the wall but I've never heard the audio. I liked it, but I wasn't really happy with the ending. This kind of movie begs for a happy ending, not reality.
I should have photos of the completed booties tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Jen recommended not using a ribbon since babies tend to pull at them. I decided to go ahead and use the ribbon for this size since it's intended for a 0-3 month baby. I figure the baby won't really be pulling at the ribbon much at that age. I may be wrong. Either way, the ribbon is integral to the design. Maybe later I'll figure out how to work it in along with a button.
Monday, January 15, 2007
This weekend I found the sock and finished it up Sunday. Figuring I might as well make a mate (no sense in just one sock), I started on the second sock and finished it today. These aren't the colors I would choose for socks but I don't mind. They're nice and warm and perfect for this weather.
Did you hear that eastern parts of San Diego county are experiencing all time lows? Oranges and avocados are freezing through and dropping off trees. It'll be interesting to see what the agriculture is like this summer, especially since there are already predictions of it being a very warm season.
Meanwhile, I have my wool Cascade 220 socks.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Thursday I worked from Shawn's place. He and his roommate have a new puppy, Boomer. Boomer, a 12 week old bulldog puppy, is the cutest little thing...with many pointy teeth!
I totally forgot about Boomer until I saw her little face. Look! Look how adorable! Look at all her wrinkles, and that face! I think I got her a little riled up. It may have been related to all the kissing and snuggles or maybe even the high pitched voice I used when talking to her. OK I realize she doesn't look excited here. But believe me, this is her excited expression.
She's actually pretty small. She's shorter than my cat Simba, but much bigger around. Here she is with Shawn getting some lovin. All day long she suffocated Shawn by trying to lay on or next to him.
On my lunch break, I took her outside for a walk. It was at this time I learned the major difference between owning cats and dogs: warm poop in a bag.
I don't really think bulldogs are big fans of walking. It may also be because she's a baby. Either way, this issue was eventually remedied when Boomer realized my pant leg was a great toy.
There was quite a bit of growling and tugging going on. Check out the size of those paws! Her dad is 68 lbs...
I grabbed a stick and used it to entice her off my pant leg. She ate it, another stick and some leaves. Though she has a lot of teeth, most of them are tiny. Tiny but sharp.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Today I tortured friends and family with stories about my quandary and options I had. I even made Shawn, who cares nothing of yarn and barely pacifies me with feigned interest, listen to my woe. You see, because I'm using Knitpicks yarn, it's not like I could just go to the store and pick up another ball of that very same yarn. Plus, I'm working against a deadline here! I eventually decided to go to a yarn store and look for a substitute that would be suitable for the edging but could also be tied into the sweater elsewhere, you know, to make it blend.
You can imagine my happiness when I discovered, during a desperate search through handbags tucked into handbags tucked into handbags into handbags, a small plastic bag with half a ball of The Yarn and not one but TWO booties! Poor Mom was on the phone with me at the time and kept yelling, "WHAT WHAT!" while I screamed.
So no Faythe, I won't have to frog anything to get more yarn. And the rest of you, well, you can rest assured I won't be bothering you with any more incessant questions like, "What would you do?" and me telling you why your idea won't work. At least, for now. I'm sure there are more potential disasters in the future.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Well, it seems that the sleeves are bigger that the actual arm hole. This may be, as Faythe pointed out, because knitting in a round produces different gauge. It may also be because I didn't account for the stitches that would have been folded under when seaming. Or it may be because I measured the panels in inches as if I was using smaller cashmerino while the sleeves are measured in accumulated stitches. Either way, I have a problem. As I see it, I have two choices (frogging is not one of them): I can either add on to the sweater panels to make them larger so the arm hole will be larger or I can squeeze the sleeve into that arm hole. This will, of course, require some creative seaming. I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. I really don't have that much yarn left so I have to be careful.
On the I-Don't-Know-How-To-Relax front, I broke a needle last night.
In my defense, this needle was really soft to begin with! It was always bending this way and that. But I liked it because it's much smaller than the other sturdy needles I got on clearance. Not only did it snap in half but a couple months ago, the eye split in half as well. I worked around this because I loved it so much but now with this broken tip, I think a replacement is due. Oh, and the eye wasn't split that wide. I just opened it up so you could see it.
Darn, I think a shopping trip is in order! hehehe This time I'm going for the metal needles! And when I get back, I'm going to try the Seinfeld puffy sleeve look.
Now, I did take offense at the Red Heart on the left. It's so coarse! And the colors, what am I going to do with this? At first I thought it was camouflage yarn. But the greens aren't right. It's a mixture of frog-green, dark and light brown, a yellowish color, a tan, a gray, and maybe some others I'm forgetting. I already have an evil plan for this yarn and some ideas for the Ci Ci. muWAHaHaHAhAHAhaaA!!
My cable and internet just went off. Apparently there's an outage in my area so you'll see this post after I have service again. Meanwhile, I sit here freaked out cause I'm supposed to be online in ten minutes to start work! I'm not in any shape to drive in to work and besides, by the time I get there, this situation could be resolved. Grrr! Despite the convenience of combining all my services into one huge package with one company, I now can see how it's a bad idea.
update: I'm now back on!
Monday, January 08, 2007
The Chargers are 14-2 with the best winning record in the NFL right now. This weekends playoff game against New England is highly anticipated, as Chargers fans gaze at the light at the end of the tunnel: the SuperBowl.
When we get some extra cash, we're going to figure out how to properly display it. EEEEE!!
*Yes, that's our Christmas tree in the background, it's a long story.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
It seems I knit when I should have purled. So now there's a tiny blip in the pattern. Because it's almost in the middle of the coat, I'm not frogging, I refuse! I've tried dropping seed stitches before with utter failure. So I'm not doing that either. Desipite my usual ease with frogging anything that irritates me and Faythe's mocking me with, "Where there's a will, there's a frog!" I will not frog. I've put my foot down. It will be our dirty little secret.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
After I agreed to make it for her, I realized I was in the process of making the very same coat for my cousin Stephanie's unborn child, due in February.
Christmas projects pretty much put a stop to everything else so I decided it was time to pick up the needles and get going. The hard part is trying to find all the yarn and needles for it. ARGH! So, I turned to my new "knitting storage unit."
Well, that turned out to be a challenge. Needles are everywhere. Yarn is scattered. My knitting storage unit is in total disarray.
See, I had this extra dresser and I thought it would be great to use for yarn storage.
My original plan was to put all acrylic yarns in the bottom drawer. Yes, acrylic (bite me). The middle drawer is for wool and alpaca. The top two drawers are for specialty yarns of great variety.
I've managed to squeeze my swift and ball winder along with other accessories into the drawers as well. One of them won't shut correctly. OUT OF CONTROL.
It seems that I have underestimated the power of yarn crack! I keep finding random balls of yarn around the apartment either in or out of bags. I even have other storage containers with yarn stashed away that is only discovered when least expected. And of course, you know I can't find the yarn I need when I'm looking for it. You can ask Zoe, I've been looking for the 2nd ball of Nora Kureyon so I can make her Kitty Pi for at least 2 weeks now.
I'm thinking I just may need to get rid of some yarn.
Today I was telling Faythe about some Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino that I am hoarding and due to lack of space, also is not in the knitting storage unit. This just happens to be the yarn I bought while visiting Faythe in Spokane. I totally binged and spent a significant portion of my car payment on yarn I had absolutely no plans for! But I couldn't help it, it was beautiful AND hard to come by in my region. The very thought of actually knitting it up and giving it away makes me feel anxious.
Meanwhile, like a pretentious pre-school, my knitting storage unit now has a waiting list full of yarn wanting to join the security of its drawers.
I think I need to join a Yarn Crack 12 step program. Maybe I'll meet someone there who has some tips on knitting storage solutions.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
I can't seem to find a photo of the M and C ship, but Apollo took a lot from inside the ship. I thought this was the most interesting. It's the bathroom! Nice bucket.
They both went on the sub of course. It looks like it's been sitting there, or somewhere, for quite a while. Look how rusty and gunky it is at sea level. Mom and I didn't go on any of the ships. Well, I popped onto the Star of India just so I could take some pictures of the two kids, but other than that, Mom and I just walked around talking and taking pictures. Oh and Mom waited obsessively for planes to fly in so she could get that perfect photo of planes appearing to fly into buildings.
Liz spent a lot of time playing with the various objects on the Star of India. This retired guy whose job it was to inform us about everything on the ship told us how parents love this thing (sorry, don't know the name) since it tires out the kiddies. That didn't work with Liz. She had a lot of energy.
Speaking of retired guys, they were definitely dedicated to their jobs. You didn't even have to look one of them in the eyes, they honed in on you as if their life depended on reciting every fact they knew about the ship. Fortunately, Liz just ate it up. Here she is asking one of them about the ropes. He just loved that.
Apollo and Liz. Oh look, there's the Master and Commander ship behind them! Maybe I'll go take a better one later. Sorry.
Liz made a Mexican lady very happy by paying too much for a necklace. She didn't even try to bargain with her.
Apollo met someone at the ticket office who was also from Detroit and cut a sweet deal for a few bucks off his and Liz's tickets to go on the USS Midway. These tickets were separate from the other ships at the bay and were spendy, despite the "discount." They're normally $15 each.
I found this photo online somewhere (obviously, since I haven't been flying above San Diego lately...or ever). To the very left you see a bunch of boats docked, then a bit of land, then the first ship is the USS Midway. If you look carefully, you can see the runway for the jets.
Bunks and lockers from within the USS Midway. I was surprised at exactly tight the quarters were.
Liz playing with the switches inside one of the jets on the Midway. About six jets were set up as simulators for people to play with. From what I hear, it was a lot like playing a video game.
Some of the dials and buttons.
Meanwhile, remember that bit of land I described above in that aerial shot of the Midway? Well, Mom and I were standing on it when suddenly the wind started getting crazy. We were freezing cold! Again, GAH! to you wintery San Diego!! hehehehehe We tried huddling up to the tree's to block out the wind. After one particularly ferocious blast of wind involving a bunch of palm leaves, Mom huddled under a limb, curving her body to fit it. When I went towards her to huddle in for warmth she said, "Get your own limb!" WELL, there's motherly love for ya!! :) We later discovered the thorns on the tree (yes, thorns!!) had ripped a hole in Mom's shirt.
After calling Apollo around six times, apparently he was enjoying himself on the simulator during each call and couldn't hear the ring, we got the "kids" to come to the top where we could zoom in and get a photo of the two of them together. You can't tell but Liz is trying to rabbit ear Apollo.
After a brief situation involving police sirens, Liz being left alone at the carrier, Apollo knocking someone over while running back to the carrier to find her, and a teary eyed teenager, we went to Coronado. This pigeon landed on Mom's hand and stayed there long enough for me to fumble at my camera in my purse and take several pictures. Seems he was picking at her rings. Gold digger! And no, Mom's not that big. The wind was blowing like crazy and poofing out her coat.
Though we hung out in San Diego and did this touristy stuff, I think Mom, Liz and Apollo had a great time.