I Wanna Knit That!

Yesterday I decided to go yarn scouting. I didn’t really have anything in mind that I wanted to buy, but I wanted to look around. So, armed with my gift certificate to the Yarn Company, seven dollars, and a 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon, I set out. I looked around at Hobby Lobby, but there wasn’t anything that said “BUY ME NOW!” I saw some crochet cotton that I thought about getting to make the Wisper Cardigan, but I didn’t get it because 1) I have enough stuff on my plate, 2) I wasn’t entirely sure how much I’d need, and 3) I wasn’t really sure if it was the right weight. Next I went to The Yarn Company. I looked around (and around and around) but once again, nothing that I really wanted to get. However, I looked through some of the magazines that they have, and decided to buy the Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. Since it was a few years old, she said that she’d only charge me $2 for it, which was nice. After getting home, I noticed that it had the Dollar And A Half Cardigan in it. And I thought to myself “That’s really cute. I’d like to make that.” And then, as I was wondering what color to eventually make it in (I was leaning towards yellow), I remembered that I had some red yarn that I unraveled from a sweater that I got at Goodwill for 99 cents on the last Sunday of spring break. I even took a picture of it.

It’s the same kind of sweater that I used to make my Owls sweater, only this one was a size XS instead of a medium, and, obviously, it’s red. It’s 50% wool and 50% acrylic. I still need to simmer it to get the waviness out, but I did a swatch yesterday.

That’s the lace portion at the bottom and I did both stockinette and reverse stockinette stitch above it because I’m not sure which will look better.

I’ve done a little bit more knitting on the supper secret something, but I had to go back a few rows because I messed up on it. I’ll hopefully finish it within a week after I get back from the mentoring trip. I’m also going to start to body of Vivian when I get back too.

Sweater Vest and Oregano

I finished knitting my sweater vest.

This is the front of it.

This is a picture of the cables on the side.

This is the back.

It’s a little bit longer than I wanted it to be; I was hoping that I could wear that shirt under it and still have it sticking out a bit, but it doesn’t in the front. But that’s okay.

On Monday I was outside in the garden, and I happened to look at the oregano. Which isn’t that hard to do; it’s right there, taking up a lot of space, obvious to the whole wide world.

So I picked a little bit,

took it inside and plucked off all the leaves, realized it wasn’t enough,

went outside and picked some more,

plucked off all the leaves and washed it all in the salad spinner.

Then I put the leaves on the dehydrator to dry. After it was thoroughly dried, I put it into a bag and crumpled it up. I didn’t take a picture of it when it was dried, because, in addition to being a lazy ka-nitter, I am also a lazy gardener and oregano preparer. Or maybe just a lazy photographer.

I’ve been working on a super-secret-something ever since I finished the sweater vest, so I have nothing to say on the ka-nitting front. I’m thinking about knitting this shrug to wear over my sundresses to church, because all my dresses are sleeveless, and I don’t have anything to wear over them that matches everything. However, that would require spending money, and seeing as I don’t have a job yet, I don’t really want to spend money. Especially when I already have yarn that is waiting to be knit up.

Speaking of yarn, Knitpicks has some new colors of Imagination sock yarn. I kinda wish they had these up earlier, because I’m sure that Enchanted Forest would look good with Arabian Nights for those fair isle socks. I also like the Ruby Slippers colorway. I’m sure Mom would like it too. By the way, you still haven’t told me what you want me to knit you for Mother’s Day.

I’m Just Going to Pretend That it Hasn’t Been yet Another Month Since I Last Posted.

So, first off, I finished knitting that blue sweater on my birthday.

Details are on the project page on Ravelry.

Second, I finished the Snapdragon hat, but it’s huge nd I’m afraid it’s going to look goofy it I try to wear it. I’ve thought about felting it slightly, but I haven’t yet.

Third, I finished half of the fiber that I started spinning back last fall. Well, sorta. I still need to finish plying it, but I know what I’m talking about.

Fourth, I got some yarn for my birthday. I got some Essential Kettle Dyed yarn in Ivy, and some Stroll Tonal in Blue Violet.

I plan to make a pair of Garden Gate socks out of them; I even made a swatch. Well, not a full swatch, and I didn’t block it or anything, but at least I know what it’ll look like.

Fifth, I started knitting Vivian a few weeks ago. I’ve finished the sleeves, but I probably won’t start the body just yet.

Sixth, I started knitting a sweater vest a few weeks ago. I still have to knit a few more rows before I split for the front and back. I plan to finish it before I start the body of the Vivian sweater. For some reason I can’t put up the picture of it because the computer’s being stupid.