archive for the ‘stitch & bitch’ category

f-ing frogging

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

things were going so well, and then i discovered a mistake, 4 rows back. i considered forging ahead but i just couldn’t live with the error — it was too noticeable. but i haven’t touched it in well over a week, knowing that frogging 4 rows could actually make it much worse. so it sits. for now.

super blanket!

Friday, March 21st, 2014

i recently became obsessed with the colors used in every blanket in every photo of the purl bee’s super easy blankets post. so i decided to try to design a giant super blanket using the fabulous colors: i took screen shots of each yarn offering, used the eyedropper tool in photoshop to get a solid color value, and then arranged the colors. i’m still not sure if this is the right composition, but i’m not in a hurry because i have other knitting projects to finish. it’ll be a good project for next winter.


Thursday, March 6th, 2014

knit a full skein over the weekend
i’m halfway through my blanket! it’s big enough to cover my lap as i knit, and it is so warm. which has been needed, because spring is a long way away for us.

slow progress

Friday, January 31st, 2014

this baby is going to be so warm
i didn’t make the “major progress” i was hoping to make on my blanket during my break from school last month. in fact, i don’t think i touched it at all until the last weekend of the break, when i madly knit a whole skein in one night. only 15-1/2 (of 22)  skeins to go. hopefully it’ll be done by the start of next winter.


Monday, December 2nd, 2013

so far, no big errors!
this is my last week of class for the semester. all i have left is to prepare a 4 minute oral presentation for class on friday and then i’m done for about a month! still not sure what the subject of my presentation is… eeeks.

i have been sneaking in some making and knitting here and there, i just haven’t had the time to prepare any posts. i hope to make major progress on my latest blanket over the next few weeks. there’s a nice long backlog of movies i want to watch…

double seed stitch blanket

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

having a hard time keeping this away from the dog... she really likes the yarn
i’ve managed to make a some progress on my new blanket! and no mistakes so far! but will admit that it took a 6 attempts to really get going… 1-1/2 skeins down, 20-1/2 to go!

new knitting

Monday, September 9th, 2013

it only took 6 attempts to get going.
i started a new knitting project: purl’s double seed stitch blanket. i wanted to knit it after i finished my super easy lap blanket, but the cost of the super soft merino was crazy. i spent a lot of time trying to find a cheaper alternative, but i couldn’t find enough skeins of the correct weight in a color i liked. and then a trip i thought i was going to take was canceled. so i decided to use the money allocated to the hotel and use it for yarn. and now i’m knitting a very expensive blanket.

i’m working on the “throw” size, which is 60×60 inches. only 58-1/2 inches to go!

my blanket!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

only 3 noticeable errors!
my lap blanket is finished! and now i want to knit another. i have my eye on purl’s double seed stitch blanket (throw size, 60×60 inches) i but need to find an alternative yarn… their yummy super soft merino is just too expensive for a large blanket ($19.50 a skein x 22 skeins = yikes).

knitting update #6

Monday, May 6th, 2013

finishing just in time for hot, humid days of summer!
i’m on the last color of my blanket!

knitting update #5

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

i’m on color number 6 on my blanket!

knitting update #4

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

i'm rewatching twin peaks while i knit...
i’m on color number 5 on my blanket. some days i feel like i’ve frogged more rows than i’ve added. and being that spring weather is long ways off (it was 7 degrees yesterday morning), hibernating under a blanket and knitting late in the evening is still very appealing.

knitting update #3

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

i didn't realize how well the colors go with my sofa. yay!
i’m on color number 4 on my blanket!

knitting update #2

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

think i might be aggrivating some carpel tunnel issues...
i’m on color number 3 on my blanket!

knitting update #1

Monday, February 11th, 2013

and not too many mistakes yet!
i’ve started color #2 on my blanket!

new knitting

Monday, February 4th, 2013

can't wait to see a finished blanket!
i’ve picked up my knitting needles again, and i’m knitting whit’s knits super easy lap blanket. and it’s for me, for my lap (i swapped out the hot pink for orange). i started this weekend, and hope to finish before the end of february. that’s the plan for the month (along with taking photos of tulips but not much else). postings may be brief and sporadic until the winter blahs go away.

baby blanket!

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

whew! you can't see the mistakes in this photo!
i spent most of august madly knitting the baby blanket pictured above, hoping i would finish it before my sister’s august 30th due date.* knitting confounds me: it takes me at least 10 attempts to get started, but eventually i figure it out and i’m usually ok after the tumultuous beginning. still, i made a few mistakes here and there: too many stitches, too few stitches… and i’d procrastinate for weeks before figuring out how to fix the bigger messes… thankfully, you can’t really see my mistakes once i finally forged forward. the pattern is whit’s knits: chevron baby blanket from the purl bee, and it’s pretty easy for a novice knitter (especially if you’re not prone to numerous false starts like me!).

* i delivered the blanket on august 28th, and my sister delivered her baby on monday night (9/10): i am an aunt to a niece!


Thursday, March 8th, 2012

too pink?
i’m picking up my needles after a long break for women’s history month.

copy cat

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

neck gator
when anna posted about the neck gator she knit for her husband, my neck had serious gator envy. i needed one for myself. over the weekend i abandoned my to-do list and i opened a bottle of cheap red wine, popped buffy the vampire slayer into the dvd player, and knit.

and now my neck is toasty warm.

anna found the pattern on christina’s icewerks blog. i used fleece artist’s slubby blue yarn instead of malabrigo — thanks for helping me pick it out, jess!


Wednesday, January 13th, 2010


i finally finished knitting my pillow cover! i think i started some time in october. i just knit a long rectangle in stockinette, bungled some button holes for the wonderful handmade buttons marian (florcita) sent me from the netherlands, and lastly, sewed up the sides. since i didn’t want tight little stitches i knew the pillow within would show through the larger stitches, so i bought some rit dye in tangerine and brushed the pillow with it so it’s orange underneath. all in all, it’s pretty amateurish and full of imperfections, but it’s done, and it’s exactly how i hoped it would turn out. and that’s all that matters.

will i ever finish?

Monday, October 26th, 2009

thank you for all of the great cold-busting tips! my sick-ick was enough to be annoying, but not the ass-kicker i was fearing. it was just enough to make me to slow down, rest, and get to my knitting. here’s where i stand:

my slooooow sweater
my sweater: yeah, this is the one i was going to finish by the end of last january. i was about 90% done, and i decided to start over. at this rate, i might be done at the end of next january.

my slooooow skirt
my skirt: this one was easy to take with me while traveling. i made quite a bit of progress during my flights. but the needles are oh-so-tiny, and what i’ve done up to this point wouldn’t even cover my butt. and it’s supposed to be ankle-length. i should be done by spring 2010. or 2011.

my pillow cover!
my pillow cover! anna suggested i knit a pillow with my yummy orange yarn. i thought it was a great idea! anna sent me some patterns, but i decided to just start knitting. my original thought was to just do a simple stockinette, and that is what i’ve decided to do, only i like the “wrong” side better. it highlights the texture of the yarn. not sure how i’m going to finish it yet… maybe buttons?

and… the winner of the wires t is comment #8, nikki! thank you again for all of the comments. it’s fun to see old friends and meet new ones… i hope to get back onto a regular blog reading schedule soon…