archive for the ‘stitch & bitch’ category

baby rug

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

i just can’t win: there’s always something wrong with my knitted projects. this time, it’s realizing i had been using the wrong pattern, as i started the last color stripe. this was supposed to be a baby blanket for my new nephew, but it’s more like a rug.

and how did i manage to mess this project up? i’m blaming purl for this one. i bought the kit, and the insert that came in the kit directed me to the super easy crib blanket in worsted twist page, so i did the pattern on that page. what i didn’t realize was i actually bought the super soft merino yarn kit, which meant i should have followed a link buried in a paragraph of text halfway down the page, to get to the pattern for the super easy crib blanket in super soft merino. goddammit, purl.

there was no way i was going to frog the whole damn thing and start over. sorry baby carl, you got a rug, instead of a blanket. you probably won’t be a big fan of pink, so i guess it’s ok (the pink was peach in the photo in the purl store. grrrrrrr).

i really should quit this knitting thing. but it’s the only time i watch tee-vee shows, and i’m still itching to work on a super blanket.

new knitting

Monday, September 29th, 2014

just getting started…

double seed stitch blanket is done!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

even though i frogged more rows than i can count, i still managed to make a mistake that i didn’t catch early enough — the pattern is shifted so it’s in alignment with the row above it, rather than staggered. not super noticeable, but still disappointing after all the time i put into it. and i messed up the pattern when casting off, and i could fix that by ripping out the cast off row and the row before it, but i haven’t really wanted to do that since i considered it done.

it’s heavy and warm, and big enough to cover my full-sized bed. i will not be cold this winter!

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.