08 May 2006


I knit something

Amazing, I know.

I can't believe it's been over two months since I've written anything in here. I definitely never meant for that to happen. Unfortunately, taking a trip to Paris over spring break (for a class, though it was definitely a lot of fun, the MCAT and all studying involved in that joyful venture, and now, most recently, finals has robbed me of almost all of my knitting time. There was a little work on that hat from the last post (still unfinished, but it's May now so who wants a hat? Even in Ohio) and a brief affair with a sock, but for the most part, there was nothing.

However, while I was supposed to be writing a final paper on Patriarchy in Jane Austen on Saturday I realized that this weekend was my last chance to give the Knitting Olympics shawl to its intended recipient, or rather, the mother of its intended recipient. So instead of writing the paper, I knit, stitched, weaved in the last ends, washed it, and prayed it would dry in time. Thankfully it did, because I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do if it didn't, although I had a pretty creative plan involving a floor fan and some hair dryers. In lieu of an actual baby, modeling the shawl is the stuffed dolphin my brother got me from the Newport Aquarium.

I must say I am extremely happy with the way it turned out. The pattern was not thorougly exciting, but it was easy enough to memorize, and it turned out looking so nice. It's also so soft and wonderful, and when I gave it to my "mom," she cried, which made me cry, but it was worth it. So very worth it.

Pattern: Shawl in Special Knits

Yarn: Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino in the alluring shade "340001"

Started: 11 February 2006

Finished: 6 May 2006

Oh Blog, I shall never forsake you again.

03 March 2006


Wait, the Olympics ended?

Originally when I lost my mind and joined the Olympics I had planned to update a few times during. Or, you know, at least say that I'd joined. But now that we're almost a week out, I see that didn't happen. Winning the Olympics also didn't happen. Despite some frantic knitting there towards the end I ended up with:

This. Which is a completed center section of the shawl from Debbie Bliss' Special Knits. I also had this:

Which is a (very small) section of border. I stayed up late Saturday getting the main section done, and then I got home from church Sunday around one, suffered brief delusions of being able to knit the entire border and attach it to the center section in an hour, started knitting, realized I was insane, and then did my homework. The baby I'm knitting this for is still several months away, though, so the defeat isn't that crushing. I'm satisfied with what I got done, and I know that I devoted all the time I possibly could have in those sixteen days to knitting. I actually feel pretty good about myself for sticking the main section out. It makes a cute pattern

that I think makes a lot of people think it's more challenging than rows of stockinette broken up with rows where you actually have to count, but the fact of the matter is, it's boring. It looks nice, I really like it, I'd consider doing it again, but it's boring. The border is highly cute and also fast, but I'll probably shelf it for a bit. This may be because of the, um, side project.

which had several good reasons for existing (oh how do I remember the days when I couldn't imagine knitting more than one thing at a time). First, my good friend Andrew lost his hat. He's a Texan, and though this winter in Cleveland has been quite mild, he really can't go without one. Second, I like to knit during organic chemistry because, well, it's the most boring subject on earth and the professor reads off slides that we print out. And I thought it might be awkward and pretty obvious if I started whipping out a big yellow thing in the middle of class. So I think I'll finish this first, since I sort of abandoned his ears for the sake of the Olympics. And also he's been wearing a hat he got when he was eight. Haha.

25 January 2006


Saga of the DNA Scarf

So I'm a nerd. That said, I'd had my eye on the DNA scarf since shortly after I learned to knit. From all I'd heard, cables were easy to do, but I was a brand new knitter and had taught all I knew to myself except for casting on and the knit stitch. So I didn't feel quite up to the task. Time went on, and I'll admit I sort of forgot about it while I was busy with other projects. But I came back to it earlier this fall when I was looking to start something new. I devoted an evening to solving the mystery of cabling, and I was sort of ashamed that I'd ever put it off, but oh well.

I finished the first DNA section soon after winter break started, and I'd finished the neck ribbing as well and was walking around the house with half a scarf on when I realized it might be kind of short. I like longer scarves, and I'm fairly tall anyway, and the scarf was not highly flattering at that length. I was really tempted to just knit a few more inches of the neck ribbing and hope that would help, but in the end I went the perfectionistic route and ripped it back to ad another repeat. And from then on, the scarf exacted its revenge.

I didn't rip back far enough. I had numerous problems with the seed stitch even though I had managed to knit half a scarf without messing it up once, and I spent a great deal of time bonding with my tiny crochet hook. Somewhere in there, though, I learned to cable without a cable needle, and that is the most useful skill on earth, I am sure. Especially since I had to put off knitting more times than I would like to admit to because I couldn't find my cable needle.

Anyway, I finished it just before the end of winter break, and I really love it. The yarn is soft and warm and it shows off the cables really well, which is something I had worried about. Even my friend Andrew who had orginally avowed to de-knit everything we ever knit had to admit that it's cool. We determined that the scarf is actually displaying B-DNA, which perhaps forever cements our nerdiness. But we're Case students and it's what we do, sit in the sweet lecture hall in Wickenden and look up pictures of DNA structure to figure out which one has been knit into a scarf. It makes me sad sometimes, that college doesn't last forever. It's some kind of life.

As someone so wisely pointed out, the best part of this scarf is that you have to be a nerd to realize what it is.

Pattern: Double helix seaman's scarf, pattern here.
Yarn: Knitpicks' Elegance in Oatmeal, four skeins.
Started: Late November 2005
Finished: Early January 2006

19 January 2006


Oh Blog

Wow. Blog.

So I've been reading knitting blogs for about a year and a half now. And I've been knitting only marginally longer, and I've been talking about knitting in my regular journal for quite a while too. But I never really planned on having a knitting blog. I blame other people. And I realized that probably people on my regular journal could care less about me and my knitting, so even though as I'm writing this with no readers, at least I can delude myself into thinking that someone cares, right?

Um, anyway, what else? In case you are here randomly and not because you know me and I forced you to stop by, I'm a third year student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. I'm an International Studies major, and I'm starting to get ready to take the MCATs in April because I am a glutton for punishment. I knit a lot, but not as much as I'd like and mostly when I should be studying.

Okay, I think that's it for my knitting-less introductory post. Knitting content will come tomorrow. Or you know, whenever I next feel like it.

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