biggest gauge FAIL ever… FO: Deep V argyle vest

A while ago, as I finally finished the print o the wave stole after working on (and off) it for over a year I decided I didn’t want anything like that to happen. Having many wip’s is nice but they shouldn’t stay wips forever.. I like the knitting process but there are limits…

So with this idea in my head I decided that I wanted to get my deep v argyle vest done and I didn’t want to spend an entire summer with an unfinished winterknit in my head. You may have read the original post (scroll down) where I say I’ve made a lot of swatches and I’m going to knit this project with cheap yarn as a practice round for fair isle. This is the third time I knit with two colors simultaneously and for the first time I’m actually happy with how it looks. You can view attempt one and two here (please don’t it’s embarrassing). So anyway At some point (when I needed to graft the shoulders together and add a few rows of ribbing on the neckline and ‘sleeves’) I ran out of yarn. Now the shop I bought it from isn’t an actual yarn shop so they have a few acrylic yarns in a few colors and that’s it. So I visited 3 Wibra’s in 3 cities for about (yes) 4-6 times in a stretch of 2 months only to realize they didn’t have it anywhere. They had a lot of other colors but just not one lousy ball of dark brown.

So after a desperate cry for help on Ravelry I got a (rather large) push in the (with neon signs and lightbulbs decorated) right direction and begged for a ball of yarnΒ my fellow Raveler (yeahyeahyeah, thanks again ;)) proposed a swap. So my problem was solved right? The nice, rude-never-learned-to-say-hi-or-whatever-postman delivered myyyy preeeccioouuusssssssss and I started knitting like crazy.

Well.. first I started grafting (I hate grafting so I crocheted) the shoulders together. The pattern tells you to turn the work inside out and graft. So I turned the work inside out and checked if I hadn’t twisted anything and started grafting. It looked good, but then I discovered this:

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

yea.. see what I did there? Now this my friends is a genius at work, lets view this piece of art from the side…

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

Yes ladies and gentlemen… I actually managed to CHECK before I grafted the damned thing together… *sigh*

So anyways, moving on…. I de-grafted, un-graftified, frogged the thing and attached them to the right part and started doing the ribbing on the left ‘sleeve’. So you might be reading this and thinking… lilirious.. you don’t understand what ‘gauge’ means.. this is just a little fail.. you were overexcited… things like this happen right? easy fix…

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

THIS is a gauge FAIL. The left jacket you see fits me… the vest on the right.. is… big… get it? BIGGEST gauge fail? yea.. πŸ˜›

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

It’s quite big isn’t it πŸ˜›

Anyways, so when I discovered this I had two options: either frog or find another solution. I wasn’t planning to frog as I was way too bummed out to reknit the whole thing, plus I had already cut the steeks so that would’ve been very painful… instead, knowing the yarn was cheap and that I had achieved my goal (learning to knit fair isle withouth stretchmarks) I decided to take the bold route πŸ™‚

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

A little sewing here…

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

a little cutting there…

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

and DONE πŸ˜€

deep v argyle vest FAIL/ FO

It’s still a bit loose (it was way too big remember) but with winterclothes and after some washing and blocking I hope it’ll lay flat πŸ™‚ Hope to have an FO post tomorrow πŸ™‚

edit: this is the FO post as there were no significant changes after the blocking process πŸ™‚

why laryngitis sucks…

sooo…. almost 2 months ago I felled by acute laryngitis after a week of stress and sleep deprivation… I spent a whole week cryingΒ lying on the couch trying not to breathe… πŸ˜›

So then it went away and I thought it was over and went on with my life as usual.. unfortunately for me it wasn’t over yet and I’ve been feeling a little sick ever since. I went to the doctor and he told me that I could’ve gotten antibiotics for it and it would’ve been over completely, but that I didn’t have to worry or anything but it was going to take a while longer for me to be completely cured.

It turns out that this means that you’re actually sick all the time and don’t really get better untill it’s completely gone and with every little breeze or little rain the whole feeling sick thing comes back in full force…

This is how this morning, more than a month and a half later I woke up feeling like I was hit by a truck…

I spent this entire day lying on the couch (again..) playing Paper Mario on the wii and spent much of the day sleeping and stuff.. I dreamt of knitting but I didn’t manage to do much.. this is all that came out after a whole day of spending on the couch doing nothing..

anastasia socks

How I love the yarn and the pattern…. it’s Anastasia socks by MintyFresh. I love how the pattern is simple but cute at the same time πŸ™‚ I hope to have more knits to show for the next post πŸ™‚

BFL Dandelion in action

So here’s another double post today πŸ™‚ I’ve been sitting here on my chilling spotΒ awesome outdoors office and been trying out my next spinning project. As I’ve already told you my goal in life (well…) is learning how to spin as many meters as a malabrigo hank (yes 3 ply) from the same weight. Once I can do this and have a nice consistent yarn I’ll have achieved my goal. The 100 grams of Merino gave me a nice 300 meters of 2 ply (which is nice but is 300m less than I needed for 3-ply… So since I’m still learning I don’t mind at all.. and I’m actually quite happy with the amount of yarn I managed to produce πŸ™‚

With the merino I tried some different kinds of techniques (learned from the internets of course) and got some weird results which were nice and thin at some points but quite irregular and thick at others. This time I’m doing a combination between drafting and long-draw while pincing the yarn…. wtf right? πŸ˜› I’m inventing stuffs as I go hahaha

I’ve read somewhere that there is no right or wrong when it comes to spinning so I just went ahead and tried out whatever seemed to work best which was pincing the yarn to stop the spin from moving up, draft a bit and let the spin move up and then long-draw.. a bit weird but it works quite consistently so far πŸ™‚

BFL Dandelion

This is what I look like while spinning… excuse the punk hair (no don’t excuse the messiness). I love The Man for putting up with this (he actually likes my spinning and treats it as of it’s actual yarn and he never complains about it yay!). The pile on the right of the wheel is a quarter of the predrafted Dandelion roving. I split it in two and then split one half in two again and that’s what I predrafted… so there’s a whole lot left.

BFL Dandelion

This is what’s been spun up from half of the predrafted fibre. The green has become quite light but when it’s plied with the yellows I think it’ll look nice πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t want to have it to epxlosive πŸ™‚

BFL Dandelion

To document mostly for myself what I’ve been doing I added a close-up picture with my left index finger for a scale reference. There’s some inconsistency as to the thickness of the strands but overall it’s about the same I think (especially compared to the previous spinning project πŸ™‚ )

Besides spinning I’ve been doing some swatching for my evil plans for the Malabrigo sock yarn I’ve got lying around.

malabrigo illusion knitting swatch

I’ve been intruiged by shadow/ illusion knitting for quite a while but I never really got to it…

malabrigo illusion knitting swatch

I really love the subtle effect it has. This picture really sucks because IRL the heart is much more visible but it’s okay for now πŸ™‚

FO: Hew

FO hew

Pattern: Hew, by CanarySanctuary
Size: 36″
Yarn: handspun merino 18,5 micron from wol-uniek

And here it is.. my first ever FO with handspun yarn. There’s a lot of things wrong with my version of ‘hew’ and I might even be a bit disappointed because of some external factors which will be discussed soon, but as this is my first ever handmade, handspun project I’ve fallen deeply in love with it… what short-comings? πŸ˜€

So here’s the deal, my handspun gauge and the original gauge didn’t match, so I made a swatch (which obviously I forgot to wash) and calculated from there. I’m completely unaware, at this point, that handmade yarn can also stretch after blocking… πŸ˜› So I took the fresh yarn with me to a trip to Croatia and knit, mostly, in the car. As you may have guessed you can’t really try something on while sitting in a car… So what I noticed a bit too late is that the whole thing is a bit too long πŸ˜›

Anyways, I can live with my hew being too long and a bit too wide, that’s no problem.. I could say I’m leaving some space for growth (you never know… :P). But then there’s the other thing…. .I managed to lose weight……… tho it’s just a little bit on the scale obviously it’s a bit more in circumference…. so now it’s not only too wide because of the yarns stretchyness… it’s actually too wide because I shrunk… WTF?!

This might be the only time I’ll actually be bummed out about losing weight…

FO hew

This actually shows in the back where the whole thing tends to get a bit loose untill (while I don’t notice from the front) it hangs down my back (quite a romantic look tho)

FO; hewtyyyyyyyz (a secret message from my kitty)

Anyway, I still totally love this vest and I’ll be wearing it quite a lot πŸ™‚ It’s nice and warm and still has an airy feel to it. It looks nothing like the original hew in my opinion, which is quite a shame as I was going for that but the cotton just didn’t really look all that good as garter rib so I gave up on it quite quickly.

office space

rant

In general I’m an easy going person. I’m in for a lot of things and try not to make things more difficult than they need to be. But there’s things about me that are not so cool and which tend to give me quite some stress…. I’m not good at letting things go. Not in a petty ‘just-wait-I’ll-get-you-when-you-least-expect-it’ kind of way, but when more in a masochistic ‘why-would-they-do-this-to-me’ kind of way… I won’t react but things people do can really get to me to a point where I get really depressed.

Now before you think I’m a total freak let me explain will you πŸ˜‰ I only have this problem with people who are really close to me, either my family or my first ring of friends. Sometimes people will react in a certain way that I find hurtfull, but I won’t tell them, because I’ve told them in the past and they either reacted in a very negative way or they said they wouldn’t do it anymore but continued to show that kind of behavior. So after a while I stop asking but I still do feel hurt or sad by it…

/rant

I’m saying this because prior to being a knit blog this place was supposed to be about me organizing my hobbies and my life πŸ˜› so sorry about the rant.. but this is me showing myself I have to stop caring about people being mean to me. So this one is for me and for those so-called friends: welcome to my office πŸ˜‰

office space

What you’re seeing here is my 2×1,2 (I think) balcony on the third floor facing the south. I have sunshine from 7 in the morning till sunset in the middle of summer, so now it’s from 8.30 – 9am till 7-8pm. I sit here everyday, reading my books, making notes on my macbook and knitting while getting a tan. I won’t post a picture but it’s noon and I’m wearing a bikini HELL YEAH!

office space

This is my Β East view, with my sweet kitty Noodles checking out the strawberry plant. The cats love the balcony and plz don’t freak out they are indeed very carefull πŸ™‚

I’m not posting these pictures to rub it in my ‘friends’ faces who talk behind my back about not spending my time at the uni’s stuffy overcrowded rooms, but I’m posting this to prove to myself that I don’t need people approving of my life and of my way of doing it, as long as I’m having fun. The next time someone sais something nasty I’ll ignore them and think of this post (yea even in the dead of winter)

so.. back to knitting….!!!

jaywalker wip heel

meet my sock-covered heel πŸ™‚ There’s something about me making things more difficult (in contrast to what I typed above) when it comes to knitting.. I can mask my stupidity by saying I like to have a challenge which I obviously will πŸ™‚ The pattern calld for more decreases but I have small feet… I mean I knew I have small feet but I wasn’t expecting them to be this small… I even decreased 2 stitches per repeat of pattern (which is 8 stitches in total) on top of the 4 I had already decreased with my smaller gauge… WTF?! πŸ˜›

Or I can say you all have huge monstrous feet.. I won’t say it out loud because I love you guys but I will think it in the back of my head where all thoughts are private.

jaywalker wip heel

My question for you is: did I even do this right? it seems a bit off? This was not done with short-rows but that may have been much and much better as decreasing and then picking up stitches really doesn’t look that polished… anyway… they seem to fit perfectly now without stretching the fabric but it might grow on me…. and if I know Murphy it most definately will… πŸ˜›

hew wip

I’ve also worked on my hew for a bit and I must say that the more I knit the more excited I get about this project. By now it’s all so weird.. I’m only NOW realizing that I have spun yarn and made something unique.. whoa.. πŸ˜› my love for spinning just grew with 20% πŸ™‚

hew wip

little picture of the backside.. The cotton keeps curling on me but I hope it won’t do that anymore once it’s washed (and while I’m wearing it).

hew wip

It feels good to finally have some sunny pictures of the yarn as the sparkles show a lot more and the color seems much more ‘happy’ than it does in the overcast pictures πŸ™‚

Jaywalker wip

Every now and then by doing things you usually don’t do you learn things about yourself you would never have learnt if you hadn’t done this particular thing… vague much? πŸ˜›
As I might have said once or twice I’m doing my graduation project at the moment and need to spend much of my time reading on my subject. I also have some unfinished work I need to hand in these coming weeks, for which I need to read some other books as well…. So long story short: I’ll be reading like crazy for the coming 2 months…. So what does this have to do with my knitting you ask?

You may remember this post.. well.. let’s just say I noticed I tend to read better when my hands are busy.. I can’t stand reading because I feel I’m not doing anything, so when my hands are busy I read better because i do have little breaks and my mind keeps working.. one of the main problems I encountered while reading is when I’m reading the really interesting stuff about my field of study my mind tends to wander….. I’m reading about something and then – while reading! my eyes keep reading – my brain starts thinking of ways to use this information, or arguments in favor or against this information come up because of previous literature studies…. By the time I come out of this ‘trance’ I’ve actually read and flipped through tree or four pages of book but I can’t remember any of it……..

does anyone have this?? or does anyone know what this is..? it’s so weird…

So that’s why, tho I LOVE reading books for entertainment I despise reading books for education… but now that’s over I guess… sock knitting was the key!

So now I’m sitting in my lazy chair sucking up information but my mind is not able to wander as I’m already counting stitches in the background, thus keeping my focus on the information and not on what I could be doing with it! I guess I’ll be churning out a lot of socks now…….. πŸ˜› the first one is always the hardest I think and now I’m on a roll and don’t need to hold the massive construction of two socks, two balls of yarn and a huge magic loop I can sit in my lazy chair and read/knit all I want πŸ˜€

Jaywalker wip

So yeah, this is basically what I’ve been doing πŸ˜€ *looks really proud* You might remember the yarn from this little FO and you just miiight recall how this catastrophe took place and therefore you might wonder why on earth I’m knitting my first real socks with untrustworthy, evil yarn like this… well the answer is quite simple, I don’t have other sockyarn I’m willing to sacrifice hehehe

I have a nice stash of malabrigo sock yarn in two shades but I will not be using that anytime soon, and definately not for socks as I’m brooding on other evilness for those pretty yarns. So since there’s nothing left there’s no other option than just to suck it up and use this yarn… I won’t be putting these in the washing machine I might add…

Jaywalker wip

This is the second attempt as the first one was way too large, even with my smaller gauge. I cast on 28 stitches for the toe-up adapted version instead of 32 and now it fits like a charm. I’m not sure when to start the gusset yet but I think I still have a length of knitting to do before I get there πŸ™‚

BFL dye Dandelion

Besides knitting socks I opened up the roving and tried to give it back a little fluff as it had become a narrow strip after the dyeing, and made a nice braid. I want to use it in a nice project (though I’m not sure what it’ll be yet) and I want to get as many meters as possible so I just dyed it all in one piece. This is also because it was shipped by Bep in one piece (thank you!) so it was a lot of fun πŸ˜€

BFL dye Dandelion

The braiding was quite an experience because of the length but thankfully The Man lent me a hand and it was a lot of fun πŸ™‚ I love how you can see the structure in the braid πŸ˜€

EDIT

I wanted to end this post with a particularly hilarious picture of Noodles sleeping.. My cats thend to sleep in the most ridiculous positions but this one tops them all (so far..) enjoy! πŸ™‚

noodles = weird

noodles = weird

BFL roving dye: Dandelion

I’m posting twice today because I don’t want to clutter my FO posts, but there’s something I’d love to tell you about πŸ™‚ I’ve bought 300 grams of naturel colored BFL roving from wol-uniek and it arrived on friday πŸ™‚ Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of the superpretty and airy rovings I received (sorry) but I do have pictures of the dye results πŸ˜€ After the merino coloring from the previous posts my mom told me about safflower. She told me she had a huge pile of powder left she had been gifted, which didn’t use (as safflower doesn’t smell like saffron). It had already been tested on the next dyeing event and had proved to be very effective πŸ˜€

food coloring

The safflower powder and the green food coloring bought at the Chinese toko proved to be quite a fun experment πŸ™‚

BFL roving by wol-uniek.nl

The safflower powder was mixed with vinegar and heated au-bain-marie to make sure all of the powder was solved in the vinegar mix. I wasn’t sure if I should use the green food coloring undiluted or not because I didn’t want the green to be very dominant. So not knowing what to expect I mixed the food coloring with vinegar as well and poored it over the roving.

BFL roving by wol-uniek.nl

I rolled up the whole thing and put it in the microwave for 5 minutes but it wasn’t really hot yet, so I shoved it in for another 5 minutes. Once I rolled the roving out into the sink there was no color left and all the pigment was stuck to the roving yay πŸ™‚

BFL roving by wol-uniek.nl

I’m totally happy with the way it turned out and hope to be able to start spinning very soon πŸ™‚ but before I do there’s a little something else I’d like to show you:

wip jaywalker toe-up

It’s the beginnings of my first Jaywalker socks πŸ™‚ The toe-up edition!

FO: practice sock

FO: test sock :)

Isn’t it pretty??? It’s my first ever made sock, and even though it was just a practice sock it actually fits me (tho a bit stretched out, there was no gauge) quite well πŸ™‚ This little excersise has given me an answer to the question: why knit socks? In the one day I’ve worn them they’re already much more comfortable than my other socks, and it seems my feet can actually breathe.. which was a huge problem for me.. I sometimes get clammy feet when I wear normal socks, but I do have cold feet all the time so bare feet isn’t much of an option for me.

FO: test sock :)

These socks were knit with Wibra Saskia (I believe) on 3.0mm needles. I don’t have any pattern or gauge so I called them practice socks, but they’re from Silver’s sock class. Knitting two socks at the same time was interesting but I’m not sure if I’ll be using this method again. Shifting the needles and the loop to knit one sock after the other was a bigger pain for me than I imagine finishing one sock first and then starting the other.

I haven’t washed them yet because I’ve been wearing them constantly πŸ˜› I need to knit new socks so I can wash these πŸ˜€

I swore I wouldn’t…..

but I did… I don’t know how it happend people..

… wait for it…..

I’M KNITTING SOCKS….

ahh phew.. there you have it.. I’m curretly knitting my first pair of socks ever, even though I promised myself I wouldn’t.. well.. it was a bad promise anyway.. let me tell you how this happened πŸ™‚ When I was young my mom used to knit and I tried to knit a little and ended up with endless meters in stockinette… πŸ˜› So even tho my mom used to knit I’ve never seen her knit a sock, and I always imagined this was because socks have a hardcore function and why spend so much time knitting something you won’t be able to wear much?

don’t shoot me yet… that’s how I used to think πŸ˜› lol I’ve been fascinated with handknitted socks for quite a while and even 3> a lot of them on rav, but first I sucked at knitting.. then I sucked at DPN’s, then I wanted to finish old projects and then yadda yadda yadda…. so when all of these things were irrelevant only one ‘but’ remained… I HATE knitting the second part with a passion…. I have the same thing with sleeves.. I really really hate knitting the second part…. my sleeves are always a bit different…. and so were my mittens :'( maybe it’s just something I need more practice with but I don’t care.. I hate doing it.. :p

first socks ever :|

I found out you can knit them both at the same time… instructions can be found HERE. I’m loving it! Because it was the first time I’d be knitting socks I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t get confused with the two strands of working yarn, so I made sure there would be a color difference between sock A and B, I really don’t mind this difference because it helped me pick the right yarn for a few times now πŸ˜€

so… besides this little adventure I’ve got some progress on the handspun hew to show you πŸ™‚

hew wip

this is a mod I found on rav made by her and thought it was very pretty, later on when I started my hew I wanted to have something lacey like that and went searching for a pattern I liked.. later on I found out it was exactly the same pattern………

Anyways, it will be blocked once it’s done and I’ve already swatched the white yarn and it blockes out quite nice and it should be the same size as the handspun so I hope Muphy stays away and it works out the way I hope it will πŸ˜›

hew wip

So far I really like the contrast between the two yarns, the white Wibra Nova cotton is quite shiny in contrast to the handspun, but it also makes the yellows pop. Without the white the lighter parts of handspun just appeared dirty but now the color actually shows πŸ™‚

hew wip

I also feared the combination would look weird but the more I knit the more I like how it’s turning out. It might look a bit weird on this picture but I think that’s merely because it’s not finished yet πŸ™‚