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(no subject) [Aug. 3rd, 2006|04:45 pm]
jill
Okay. Calmly now... I am going to finish the Seaberry Shell (Interweave Summer 06) THIS WEEKEND if it's the last thing I do. I have to:

1. Rip out the whole collar, because the pattern was written improperly and it doesn't fit over my head and there isn't enough stitches and and and and (I could go on)...
2. Finish up the right side with a three-needle bindoff (it seems to give it something more to look at than just a sea of reverse st st)
3. Pick up all but two on each side of the live stitches from the tops of the back and front... both shoulders, as well as the neck
4. Knit a gigantic garter stitch collar (about five rows) with six stitches worth of a button flap on the left shoulder
5. Sew on button
6. Hope for the best.

Who knew that this sweater was going to be the death of me? Who knew??? I also think I made the armholes to curvy-inny, but it's way too late to fix that now. I'll have to live with it. If worse comes to worse, I can always try to block them a little bigger.

I feel like I'm close to finishing my little orange lace scarf, too, but who knows how many yards I have left on that skein? I can't wait! Then all I have to do is block it and be happy. Not like this dumbass sweater!!!

Speaking of sweaters and having me not hate them forever, I think I'm going to make Tubey out of Cascade 220 - the greeny heathered version. I bought one skein of it on Monday (when I should have been buying ONLY for my secret pal) thinking I'd make another one of these scarves... but I think that I'd like it in a sweater even more. Plus, I think I'm going to get some nice laceweight for my next scarf, so it isn't quite as bulky. So I need about five more skeins of this C220... fourty five more dollars... I guess I can deal. Haha.

Also: I can't wait for my next secret package to come from my secret knitting buddy!! The last one was so great!!!!!
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(no subject) [Jul. 31st, 2006|05:58 pm]
jill
I HATE THE SEABERRY SHELL!!!!!!

It will never be finished, I think... Ever....

However, I am now excited about making yet another little lace scarf, with some Cascase 220 Heathered, in colourway #9407, which is a beautiful light green tweedy yarn. Yay!
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(no subject) [Jul. 25th, 2006|09:26 pm]
jill
Eep... another update! I think my #3 project should be:
This sweater!!
I've been eyeing it for awhile, actually... and now it's out in English and I think I should dive in. It looks hard, though... we'll see, we'll see.
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(no subject) [Jul. 25th, 2006|08:45 pm]
jill
Heckkkk yeah! I am so almost done the Seaberry Shell!! All I need to do is finish a few more rows of the back, block both the front and the back pieces, stitch up the collar and then sew up! And then done! I guess it's a bit more work than I thought, but... most of the knitting is over! I'll definately have it done by the weekend, if not tomorrow or Thursday. I'm so infinitely excited. And then, in order of priority, here are my next tackles:
1. Finish my orange lace scarf (with the yarn from my secret pal... thanks secret pal!!!!!)
2. Knitty's "Tubey" - I haven't yet decided whether I want to do this in the cheap yarn that I have (Red Heart Super Saver - eww, but really cheap), or buy some really nice worsted yarn.
3. Find a good quick sweater pattern. One that I can make pretty quick... and also doesn't suck. I need more good sweaters for the winter!!!
4. I would LOVE to do Jacket No.20 in Phildar's Printemps Catalogue... however, I don't know if that much stockinette stitch on that small a gauge will make me gouge my eyes out. My second choice is Jacket No.33, which is probably just as much stockinette, but less finishing (yay!).
5. Eventually, when all other things have been finished, start working again on that damn yellow sweater. I hate it. It's on 3.5 needles - make me die or what!! But I have all the damn yarn for it, so I have to finish at some point. But I don't feel so bad, because it's cheap yarn that I got on sale for 50%. Oh Patons Canadiana, how I couldn't resist a deal like that. And now I'm stuck with it!!!
6. Interweaved between all those projects (which don't actually seem so daunting now that I see it all out there), I have to start thinking about knitting up some of those collar pieces for my winter coat.

Alright, so this isn't all that bad!!
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(no subject) [Jul. 24th, 2006|07:36 pm]
jill
So a little while ago, I bought a BEAUTIFUL vintage winter coat at the ol' thrift store... it's kind of beigy-pinky-grey-brown felt, kind of tweedy looking but not really, wrap style with a belt, goes down to mid-calf, and has a HUGE collar... made of fur. Now, everything about this coat I absolutely love. Seriously. It looks really good on me (because it's just so over-the-top, and my hair is big, curly and reddish blonde), and I'm excited about wearing it... but the only thing that I was hesitant about it when I bought it was that FUR. I just didn't know if I would feel comfortable wearing it. Well, now I know that I'm really not. SO... what I'm planning to do is collect a whole array of beautiful yarns and threads in cool (read: not warm-toned... colour wheel theory speaking) browns and pink tones, and warm (read: not cool-toned) greys... and knit myself a giant collar out of ruffles, laces, and different gauges of knits. I actually think that it might turn out even better than the current fur... but that's just in my head. I haven't even really done a sketch yet... this is just a daydream so far. But I think it may also be the answer to a couple of problems that I seem to always have: A) not really wanting to knit a THING, but wanting to knit... I would just need to knit a long line of whatever stitch for around the collar. B) I am forever buying one skein of a beautiful yarn that I have no use for. It almost always goes into something half-hearted, or just doesn't get used at all. This way, I can buy whatever impulse yarn I want, and then knit it into something completely useful.
With that being said, it looks like I'll have a happy trip to Knit and Purl tomorrow!
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(no subject) [Jul. 23rd, 2006|10:06 pm]
jill
South Country Fair was this weekend. I got back about... oh, I don't know, two hours ago? It was disgustingly hot, and humid, and I was sweating all weekend. I'm wicked exhausted now. I bought an orange wrap skirt that actually doesn't suck like most wrap skirts do... and also I started on the Seaberry Shell from Interweave Knits (summer). All round, I did a lot of knitting in the car, but the rest of the weekend was spent finding shade and sleep... and walking to and from our hotel room (we weren't camping... and thank god, too many bugs!). Scott did really well with the Uncas, I didn't know how good that band actually was until this weekend. But right now I am TIIIIIREDDDD!!!!!
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(no subject) [Jul. 18th, 2006|11:20 am]
jill
Wow, so it's been forever since I've updated. That is no good.
I'm working on a series of embroidery drawings lately... they're making me quite happy, actually. They're a bunch of plain old cityscapes, that are all stitched with white thread into black felt. Once I'm done all of them, I think I might frame them with knitting somehow and then do a kitschy show at Cafe Mosaics!!!
Also, the Artwalk was a bust this year. I didn't even stay for Sunday. The art that is on the ave lately just sucks all aspects of suck, and that really frustrates me. I am saying now that I won't do it again next year, but we all know that I always say that. I'll probably sign up come March.
Other than that, I've learned how to use the sewing machine (again). Which means that I should get to finally making a bag so that I don't have to lug my giant one around anymore.
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(no subject) [Jul. 3rd, 2006|01:37 am]
jill
Re-started my sweater. For the third time. I'm redesigning it, because the pattern I was using was working out to be way too awkward in the stomach area... and I want a better fit. Also, the gold thread I was using just didn't do it for me after a little bit... I found some lemon yellow thread at the thrift store... I'm using that for now, but I know I probably won't have enough for the entire sweater. I guess we'll just have to see. I hope it works out.
In other news, Canada day was fun.
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(no subject) [Jun. 19th, 2006|07:03 pm]
jill
I am completely overwhelmed right now.
Fully and completely.
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(no subject) [Jun. 17th, 2006|02:54 pm]
jill
I'm about 8 inches into my sweater now... and realizing that I should have made the smaller size. Boo! I always have this problem, though, with all clothes - I always think that I'm way bigger than I am. I think it comes from when I was 30 pounds heavier, last summer... I've since lost all that weight and yet I still think I'm the same size. I don't feel any smaller. But I guess I am. Oh well, why not another giant sweater? It's not like I don't wear them.
In any case, though, the yellow yarn and gold string is going together quite nicely... it's bright yellow, with just a hint of gold speckles in it. I'm pretty happy. I just wish it was smaller now! Sucks! I guess I can just keep going as I am, and maybe after I'm done the back I'll make the front according to the smaller pattern size, and then when I'm sewing them together, I'll just take the back in quite a bit? And then bind them tightly? And then cut the excess out? Or maybe I'll just suck it up and take note for next time? Who knows.

Today, though, I still have to colour about 14 pages of the Journal project for the deadline on Monday! I is sucks!
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