snafu

So I was just knitting along on my Weaver’s Wool Mini Shawl (ravelry), which I started in a fit of copycatitis. It may be mini, but there is plenty of garter stitch to soothe the frazzled writer of dissertation-related nonsense.
I was even using up some stash yarn: Dream in Color Classy, Good Luck Jade. This yarn has already traveled to Germany and I decided it should travel home as an actual knitted garment.
It started life as a Clapotis, but was soon frogged, as I’d forgotten where I was in the pattern and had used needles a size or two too small. Most of one ball (all I’d used) was wrapped back up and left to sit for the next 10 months or so.
Obviously it was wound a little too tightly. See how the fabric gets all crazy bumpy and uneven where I switched in the new ball of (formerly frogged) yarn. Yeah, the yarn had lost most of its zip and squoosh. At this point, there were a lot of stitches going … and I wasn’t sure if I should rip or not.
But finally I couldn’t take any more of the bumpy messy stretched-out yarn.  It will get a bath or a steam treatment at some point.  Until then, I’m just going to use up the non-frogged balls.  It’s a mini shawl, after all.

DiC classy weaver's wool shawl

Big difference, right?  Yeah, I thought so.

the buttons did it.

I was feeling ambivalent about the Hoodie until I got the buttons on. They gave it just the right amount of shape, just the right amount of closure to make this a winner. Buttons buttoned, the fabric just behaves — no more hanging or stretching or awkward pulling to get the sweater to sit right. Instead of regretting my yarn choice, I can just enjoy the softness.

central park!!, originally uploaded by katie:m.
The buttons themselves are quite pretty, in an understated wooden kind of way. As usual, I found them at the local department store — always a surprise. I like the light wood with the black yarn — just the right amount of pfiff to add to an otherwise plain black cardigan. And the best part: I had only 40g of yarn left over!

central park!!

Here are the details:
pattern: duh. [knitting daily] (ravelry)
yarn: Valley Yarns Sugarloaf in black, 17.2 balls (=860g/1393y)
needles: US10/6.00mm
started: March 21, 2008
finished: August 20, 2008

when in doubt, blog the cat

Well, here at chez dustbunny we’ve been at dissertation terror level: red for the past few days.  Not pretty.  Needless to say, I am now slowly trying to find my spine in that pile of quivering jelly on my desk chair and get back to work.  Also: need to prepare for another “oops, I quit again” phone meeting with my advisor.  How do other grad students avoid this panic?  I need the secret handshake or password of relatively sane academic perseverance.
In knitting news, I finished the CPH and found some lovely wooden buttons.  I’m still not convinced the yarn was right for the project, but it will make a handy sweater none the less.  Pictures soon.

I should really be at the library

But instead, I thought I would show you how lovely the Sheepaints yarn is knitting up.  I really like the semi-solid look of the turquoise and think it will make a smashing Shetland Triangle.  Which I can wear to my proposal defense, obviously.  So it’s really work-related knitting.
The Central Park Hoodie is totally blah. The fit is kind of weird; the yarn is on the funky side.  And I think I made it way too big or my gauge was off or my yarn grew or something.  The sleeves are only semi-optimal.  One more button band to knit and then we’ll see.  Maybe buttons will help?
Now I’m really going to go to the library.

6 quirky things

So: instant post. Emmms tagged me for 6 quirky things … just add water!

The rules:

1) Link to the person who tagged me
2) Mention the rules
3) Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about myself
4) Tag 6 other bloggers by linking to them
5) Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that lets them know they’ve been tagged

1. I have a selection of special “travelling” underpants. Obviously, the chosen pairs are lucky. They are also usually pink. They prevent the airplane from falling out of the sky. I have gone to somewhat elaborate lengths to make sure to always wear a pair when travelling.

2. I practice an elaborate, cryptic, and totally arbitrary system of license plate divination. Some combinations are good; some are bad. My current license plate is merely neutral. All time worst: NUU. I hate that one. How I knew I’d chosen the right college? License plates with BMC were popping up all over town. One of the signs I might have picked the wrong graduate program? Not nearly enough PU spottings.

3. Secretly, I’m very superstitious. (See numbers 1 and 2.)

4. Charlie Watts is my favorite Rolling Stone.

5. I never sucked my thumb. Instead, my sister and I both suck our tongue. Notice the present tense.

6. I am creature of habit and routine to such an extent that I often reread favorite mysteries three or four times, just for the comfort of knowing all will turn out well in the end. I usually put off reading a new mystery until I’m ready for the mental commitment necessary to get through the suspense.

It’s late so I’m going to cop out on tagging anyone. If you want to take a shot at quirkiness, feel free! I’d love to read the answers.