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2013CFGAMESKCAL Part Deux

So needless to say I didn’t like the final result. The cowl turned out pretty cool but the big chunks were just too big and I didn’t like it enough to keep it.

It was a cowl that I finished in four days. The Fibonacci sequence turned out cool in the beginning but it wound up being such big repeats that I got bored by the end of it. 

So I ripped.

I hooked up the cowl to the ball winder and swift and ripped it out in a matter of minutes. It’s rather painful to do such a thing when you’ve put four days of work into a project only to rip it out in four minutes. But I knew the project would be better in the end for it.

So on Sunday I decided to start the knitalong over again with mittens. The Candombe color of the Malabrigo Rios just needed to be mittens with suede patches. I figured a pair of mittens in six days would be good, but I severely underestimated my ability to knit mittens, apparently.

6 hours later, I had a mitten finished. the next morning, the second mitten was done.

I sat there looking at the pair of mittens I had finished and swore to myself, wondering what else I was supposed to do for the next four and a half days. I figured I had more time so why not knit more mittens? I cast on the Plucky Knitter Wintry Mix and set on the second pair of mittens, figuring I’d get through as many pairs as possible until Saturday. Thus begins the Knitalong challenge.

AMMAP: As Many Mittens As Possible. 

Time Cap: 6 days. Sunday PM to Saturday PM. 

Size 5 needles. Worsted weight yarn. This is turning out to be a great stash-buster.

k2p2 ribbing, regular gusset thumb, rounded topper rather than my generic squared off fingers. Post WOD Cooldown will be weaving in all ends and sewing on the suede patches I plan on attaching and finally, to upload to Etsy. 

My plan with this, because I have no need for 85 pairs of mittens in my life, is to sell these mittens on Etsy, at work and on Facebook, for profit for myself as well as to donate 50% of the proceeds to DryHootch, a non-profit org for post-war veterans and family members. We donate change and such to them at Badger CrossFit whenever we use the water, so I figured, since I don’t think I’ll be sending the hats to Afghanistan like I did a couple years ago, that I’d sell them and donate the proceeds to a military-organization so I can help soldiers in some way or another.

Last night at DnD, I finished the first mitten of the second pair and cast on and made it to the thumb gusset increases on the second mitten before I got so tired I could barely keep my eyes open. Tonight, once I finally make it home from work, I’ll finish the second pair and start on the third. Each of the pairs goes through about 2/3 of a 220 yard skein, so I’m hoping to create something with the remnants. We’ll see.

They’ll all be getting a good soaking before I sew on the patches and then I’ll have them ready to go onto Etsy for purchase. I hope to be able to make a good amount of money from them as it’s really dear to me.

All while I’m working on this project, Boyfriend is requesting fingerless mitts.

The season changed today. It was cold last night and this morning. I love fall.

 

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Must Knit All the Things!

It’s been a stressful week at Chez Amanda so I’ve been knitting a lot. I’ve also been drinking a lot of (STRONG) coffee so I’m running at a mile a minute.

I knit to the middle of the foot on the stocking before I got bored with it. It’s on the floor in my apartment waiting to inspire me to finish it.

I finished the seed stitch cowl and bound off with a super-stretchy bind off late last night, which is the reason there are no images to be found of it yet. I’ll weave in the ends and take another photo when it’s fully done tonight.

I wound the skein of Merino Tencel I made a WHILE ago and stuck a knitpicks interchangeable size 7 needle in there to make another cowl/neck thing.

Realized I didn’t want to knit any cowls on Ravelry so I’m creating a neckerchief-thing that starts with casting on 300 stitches and decreasing from there.

No, I’m not crazy. Just highly motivated.

And I need this to be done by Monday, so I’m hoping to knit very quickly. This yarn is so soft and shiny and I lurve it more than any of my other handspun. It’s also very evenly spun, too. And it’s 3-ply. And did I mention I lurve it? I’ll post pictures of that, tomorrow once I start knitting on it.

I have every intention of casting on some flip-top mittens in a gorgeous teal color with size 2 needles.

I should probably also be working on the hat for a Christmas present. I planned on being up to the chart by the time I left for Seattle, but it looks like I’ll be knitting the whole thing on the plane. This isn’t a problem for me, but I’d much rather be knitting Chevry. The plane ride home will be dedicated to that as I’m determined to finish it by the end of the year.

For anyone who reads KnitEatLift, the ankle is doing better. I’m off to visit the good Chiropractor tonight to get a quick adjustment and then it’s home for knitting and cooking burgers. Blah, I know, but they’re good with a honey mustard dressing and some broccoli slaw on the side. I’m salivating at the very thought.

 

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Emotionally Over It

I finished the first stocking and was very exceptionally proud of myself.

Apparently neither boyfriend nor I can keep our toes out of the image. And the lighting at Boyfriends’ does not lend to taking photos of knitwear. Know that it is cherry red and dark grey. Really pretty, if not a little masculine. I think a couple snowflake buttons will ‘girly’ it up.

I spent a good amount of time looking at it and petting it and admiring it until I realized I needed to knit a second one.

So on Saturday I cast on the second stocking and got through to the Green foot part before the end of my shift at Cream City.

I even threw a fit with Boyfriend when it looked too boyish, that both stockings looked like boy stockings.

It’s at about this point where I started losing steam with the whole stocking thing. I was loving the Quatro yarn and I enjoyed the knitting aspect of things but I was just BORED with the fact that I was making another stocking for my apartment and I wasn’t knitting something else. I began imagining what else I could knit from my stash, thinking about the piles and piles of yarn I had available to me so why was I being so monogamous with this idea? I should have four projects in my purse, not just this one giant sock!

Sunday was spent bitching about the stocking, how I didn’t want to be knitting it, but I only had that one thing in my purse. I slowly churned away at it and finished half a skein of green before thinking I was coming up to the end of the foot. I stopped and ignored it until the end of my shift and I headed home to meet Boyfriend before driving up to Neenah to visit his little sister for dinner. I knew I couldn’t stand to knit the stocking any further and I wanted to knit a cowl for an event this weekend. I knew I had two skeins of Berocco Chunky that I could make into a seed-stitch cowl. I rushed around the apartment, grabbing a knitpicks interchangeable needle and a skein of the yarn before running out the door.

I cast on 131 stitches but realized it was going to be too small, so I upped it to 151 and started the K1P1 pattern. I worried that I’d be creating a rib but was pleasantly surprised that this was becoming a rather thin seed stitch pattern.

I got through about 6 rows before getting to Neenah so I stuffed it in my purse and headed up. After dinner I pulled it back out and knit for the entire game last night, among all the screams at the TV and playing with the cat. I finished most of the skein and was very surprised at myself and my speed in doing this project. Either I’m highly motivated or I just was knitting at the speed of light.

Sorry for the crappy lighting. “Cavernous” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

It’s rather thin, so I’m hoping wrapping it around my neck twice will help keep out the chill while still looking chic. I’m also completely charmed with the speed at which I can knit one of these, so I might have to do some more stash busting with some more colorful  yarns and make something up with this.

I also grabbed the blue socks I’ve been knitting but I’m pretty sure they’ll never be done. I need different needles as the clover needles are too small for me to properly get a handle on. I’ll be buying some KnitPicks needles when I finally have money again. And I just don’t really like knitting socks, I don’t know what it is. They’re nowhere near instant enough for me, especially when I’m knitting on size 1 needles.

I still have the Christmas Present hat to knit, but I probably won’t be working on it until the last second.

I’m desperate to keep knitting my Chevry. I want it done so badly I can taste it. However, other things just keep getting in the way and I won’t be able to work on it until Christmas Day.

Until I can calm myself and my desires for other knitting, I will keep knitting and purling on this cowl. Saturday is quickly approaching, after all!